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11 hours ago, ohtani's jacket said:

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This is listed as  a "Entscheidungskampf", which as best I can tell is some kind of decision match. I'm not sure if this is the "final" of the tournament or not.

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It might translate to "tournament final" but more likely it means "blow-off match" or something similar. Probably, each won one match within the tournament and the third match was about who the real better wrestler was, i.e. a rubber match.

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Rene Lasartesse vs. Dave Taylor (Piratenkampf, Hamburg 1987)

This wasn't the best Piratenkampf match and it wasn't the worst. You could probably make an argument for Taylor being better at Piratenkampf matches than regular matches, which is peculiar. You'd think it would be the opposite. This had more heat mongering than violence, but it was perfectly ok. 

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Tony St. Clair vs. Dave Taylor (Wien '90)

What was with Dave Taylor and the tassels around his arms? I think it was related to a gimmick he had in Reslo. It's weird and does nothing for him. Speaking of doing nothing for him, Tony St. Clair had a sickening mullet in 1990. Just ghastly. If you were hoping to see Taylor and St. Clair carry on the proud tradition of British heavyweight wrestling, you'll be sorely disappointed. This was a comedy match without any laughs. The ref in Wien gets involved too much. It's the same thing in every match. And that damn whistle.

Tony St. Clair vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (Graz '95)

This was better than expected. Our boy St. Clair could wrestle. He does some nice defensive work in this match against Takayama.

Tony St. Clair vs. Fit Finlay (Boxing match, Bremen '96)
Tony St. Clair vs. Fit Finlay (Chain match, Bremen '96)

Weak, half-arsed gimmick matches. This was 1996, the same year Finlay had his amazing feud with Steve Regal. How can these be so bad? Am I the only one who watches bad Finlay matches? Or am I the only one who thinks these are shite?

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Tony St. Clair vs. Fit Finlay (Hannover, 9/9/91)
Tony St. Clair vs. FIt Finlay (Street FIght, Hannover, 9/11/91)

Now these were MUCH BETTER. You want to watch these if you're a Finlay fan. The first match sets up the Street Fight, and the Street Fight is great. The best thing about it is that they only use a few props, but they use them to maximum effect. The rest of the match is a straight brawl. Both guys bleed. Finlay bumps like he did in his youth. The ending could have been better, but it hardly mattered. One of the better Finlay matches I've seen between '86 and the feud with Regal in '96. 

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Osamu Nishimura vs. Michel Kovac (Wien '97)

Nishimura in catch seems like a dream come true. We just need to find a better opponent than Kovac.

Fit Finlay vs. Steve Casey (Hannover '94)

Look, it's Finlay against Wild Angus' boy. I always had a soft spot for Casey and I loved the way he kicked the shit out of Finlay in this match. It's kind of rare that you see a wrestler use their size advantage with their legs instead of their reach. I didn't have huge expectations for this but it ended up being a cool bout.

Fit Finlay vs. Tony St. Clair (Graz '86)

This was clipped, but it's professionally shot so worth checking out. They're so young. 

Fit Finlay vs. Tony St Clair (Wien '91)

This is decent by Wien standards, but nothing essential. 

Fit Finlay vs. Dave Taylor (Hannover '91)

Man, Hannover is a hell of a wrestling town. Don't let 'em tell you that Dave Taylor was never over anywhere because they loved him in Hannover. This took a while to get going because they were playing off the crowd heat, but it got good in a hurry. I guess everyone has an expectation of what a Finlay vs. Taylor match should look like, but they were adlibbing nightly in front of paying crowds, so you kind of have to remind yourself that it's a house show and not your own personal dream Finlay vs. Taylor match. Fun match. And Hannover, hell of a town. 

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Fit Finlay vs. Steve Wright (Wien '91)

Steve Wright matches are always a bit disappointing to me. He's one of those guys who has a false rep for being a super worker when, in reality, his matches rarely meet my expectations. This one showed his fighting side, and it looked like he had the potential to have a really good fight with someone, but I doubt that he ever did. Maybe I'll turn the corner on him some day. I'm starting to turn the corner on my idea that Finlay was poor between '86 and '96. 

Fit Finlay & Hiro Yamamoto vs. Steve Wright & Alex Wright (Wien '93)

The Wrights' entrance is lame. They deserve to be beat on for that. Fit Finlay vs. Alex Wright, what a wrestling education that is for the wonder kid. If you've never seen a young Tenzan before, he looks a bit like Tajiri. He doesn't do much, but that's okay because this is mostly about Finlay vs. the Wrights. Steve Wright is like a house on fire. I could dig this Steve Wright. I guess you need to mess with his kid to get him all fired up. 

Fit Finlay vs. Alex Wright (Wien '93)

Steve is at ringside for this. This was the best beat down since Dibiase and Virgil. Steve got involved just like Piper, and of course he got beat down too. I hope there's more of this. 

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Fit Finlay vs. Chris Benoit (Wien '91)

FInlay vs. Benoit, this has to be good right? There's no comedy, I can tell you that much. They beat the shit out of each other in the Finlay vs. Benoit tradition. I'm not sure if people are interested in this match up anymore, but it was a decent match.

Fit Finlay vs. Franz Schumann (Street Fight, Wien '93)

Both guys came to the ring in white t-shirts and jeans with taped fists. They both bladed but not enough to ruin those white tees. Another decent match from what seems like a pretty good run for Finlay in Wien that year. 

Fit Finlay vs. Franz Schumman (Chain Fight, Wien '94)

I thought this was a boring and uninteresting fight, but the camera angle gives us a good look at what the outdoor Wien venue looked like. 

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Fit Finlay vs. Chris Benoit (Wien '91)

It's Benoit vs. Finlay in Wien again. No major revelations here. You know what I would have liked to have seen? A Finlay vs. Dynamite Kid series. That would have been amazing. 

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Fit Finlay vs. Chris Benoit (Street Fight, Wien '91)

The Wien trilogy is complete. This was more of the same from Benoit and Finlay. Both guys bladed but a lot of the action happened on the far side of the ring so we missed out on the more compelling stuff. 

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Dave Taylor vs. Owen Hart (Wien '90)

This was better than the Finlay match largely because it was Owen working an Owen Hart touring match instead of a Fit Finlay brawl. Owen Hart touring matches aren't really my thing right now, but it's not every day you see Owen wrestle Dave Taylor. 

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Franz Schumann vs. Jushin Thunder Liger (Bremen, 12/19/92)

I'd never bothered to watch this before. This was from some kind of Japanese tape and had Liger and another guy doing commentary over it. Heavily clipped with a lot of the focus on Liger. I wouldn't mind seeing the full match since it looked like one of Schumann's better bouts. 

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