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[1982-06-25-NJPW] Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant & El Canek

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El Canek wants to start the match against Hogan, but Andre starts screaming at him to GET OUT! The chants for Hogan are deafening. Hogan quickly turns Andre around into a double armlock, but Andre starts climbing the ropes with his feet as Hogan holds him. The ref calls for a break so Hogan just drops him. Andre is not happy and lays on his back, howling in pain. Collar and elbow tie up, Andre gets Hogan in a gigantic headlock. Hogan drops down to the mat and Andre leaps over him! Giant slap from Andre in the corner, Andre turns around and starts shoving Hogan in the corner with his giant butt. Canek tags in, kneelifts and dropkicks Hogan. Canek starts choking Hogan in the corner, but Hogan picks him up and runs with a bearhug into the opposite corner. Hogan slams Canek and tags Inoki. Andre tries to run from Inoki, but Hogan grabs him by the hair and Inoki chops him hard in the corner. Andre comes back with a double noggin knocker. Big overhead chop sends Hogan to the floor. Canek comes in and gets Inoki up in a backbreaker submission hold. Inoki slams Canek and makes the tag. Hogan hits some kneelifts and a legdrop. Inoki gets Canek in a drop toehold and attempts an indian deathlock, but Andre makes the save. Hogan hits a brainbuster suplex on Canek. Hogan hits a running elbow on Canek and follows with the Axe Bomber. Andre runs in and stomps Hogan, headbutt, big chops. Headbutts Hogan a second time. Andre takes Hogan up for a huge suplex. Andre is laughing maniacally, but misses a diving headbutt. Hogan nails Andre in the head three times and goes for the axe bomber on the big man, but is met with a Giant Boot. A second big boot sends Hogan to the floor, Inoki runs in from behind and dropkicks Andre out after him. Inoki and Canek start brawling. Hogan and Andre are fighting up the aisle. Double Countout at 9:40 2 1/2**.

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Its rather amazing to see four true superstars go at it in the ring. Honestly this is a dream match you'd have on a video game because you'd never see the footage. 

 Match-wise- It was fun! Andre was the real focus as the unpinnable monster. Good moves for the time, solid action, nothing to hate here plus, the star power makes it that much more exciting!

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