sek69 Posted January 16, 2006 Report Share Posted January 16, 2006 This is from the Stampede Classics set I got from Mort, and it's an interesting match for a couple reasons. First, and most obviously, Yamada is Jushin Lyger wrestling sans mask and under his real name. Secondly, I don't know if it's Yamada's first match in North America or just in Stampede, but he's palpably nervous out there. Probably worried about Stu kicking his ass if he screws up. Thirdly, I don't know if its because he's not wearing the Lyger bodysuit, but Yamada looks thick here. He looks like a hoss-in-training rather than what he'd end up becoming. The best comparison I can make is he looks like a young Mr. Saito out there. The match itself reminds me of the Muta (as the Ninja) match from the Best of Florida set that Mike Graham put out. Both feature guys who end up becoming legends doing stuff that was unheard of for the time period. Poor Ed Whalen can barely call the match as there's stuff being done that he's obviously never seen. Anything remotely resembling a flip of any sort gets called a somersault. Beef holds the match together well, and I'm reminded of the thread earlier around here saying that he could have been a superstar with Benoit had he made better business decisions. He looks very Benoit-esque throughout this set and I have no doubts he could have been bigger had the cards played out differently. The match itself isn't really too remarkable, Yamada wins after a flip off the top rope, but it's interesting for historical purposes and as a glimpse of what might have been with Beef. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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