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Tatsumi Fujinami & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Dynamite Kid & Steve Keirn (1/18/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn (2/3 Falls) (2/1/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dynamite Kid (2/5/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (2/8/80)

Gran Hamada vs. Babyface (4/3/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (4/3/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Chavo Guerrero (5/9/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (5/9/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Rocco (9/11/80)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (9/11/80)

 

 

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Tony Londos (9/19/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Kengo Kimura (9/25/80)

Chavo Guerrero vs. Kengo Kimura (9/30/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Ron Starr (9/30/80)

Bob Backlund vs. Stan Hansen (9/30/80)

Chavo Guerrero vs. Kengo Kimura (11/3/80)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn (11/6/80)

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (4/23/81)

Antonio Inoki vs. Stan Hansen (4/23/81)

George Takano vs. Stan Lane (7/24/81)

 

 

Tiger Mask/Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Pete Roberts/El Solitario (9/4/81)

Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen (9/23/81)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Isamu Teranishi (10/8/81)

Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. Negro Navarro & El Signo (10/30/81)

Tiger Mask vs. Gran Hamada (11/6/81)

Tiger Mask vs. El Canek (12/8/81)

Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Andre the Giant & Rene Goulet (12/10/81)

Tiger Mask, Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Baby Face, Dynamite Kid & Abdullah the Butcher (1/8/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (1/28/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Bret Hart (2/5/82)

 

 

Tiger Mask vs. Steven Wright (4/1/82)

Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan (4/1/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Black Tiger (5/26/82)

Hulk Hogan vs. Abdullah the Butcher (5/26/82)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdoch (7/6/82)

Tiger Mask & Kengo Kimura vs. Bret Hart & Dynamite Kid (7/16/82)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Dick Murdoch (7/23/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (8/5/82)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Hiro Hamaguchi (9/24/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (11/4/82)

 

 

Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan (12/9/82)

Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (1/6/83)

Gran Hamada, Kantaro Hoshino & Tiger Mask vs. Missionaries De La Muerte (1/14/83)

Tiger Mask & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi & Gran Hamada (2/10/83)

Antonio Inoki & Kengo Kimura vs. Adrian Adonis & Bob Orton Jr. (3/4/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (4/3/83)

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (4/21/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (4/21/83)

Akira Maeda vs. Killer Khan (5/17/83)

Hulk Hogan vs. Antonio Inoki (IWGP League Final) (6/2/83)

 

 

Dick Murdoch vs. Abdullah the Butcher (7/7/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (7/7/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (8/4/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (9/21/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Killer Khan (11/3/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Akira Maeda vs. Riki Choshu & Higo Hamaguchi (12/2/83)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Akira Maeda & Kengo Kimura vs. Riki Choshu, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi (12/8/83)

Antonio Inoki, Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Riki Choshu, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Animal Hamaguchi, (2/9/84)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (3/9/84)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Seiji Sakaguchi & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Riki Choshu, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Higo Hamaguchi (3/22/84)

 

 

5-on-5 Gauntlet Challenge (4/19/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (5/18/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Andre the Giant (6/11/84)

Bob Backlund vs. Riki Choshu (8/24/84)

Riki Choshu vs. Greg Valentine (9/7/84)

Antonio Inoki vs. Billy Crusher (9/17/84)

The Cobra vs. Hiro Saito (11/9/84)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis (12/7/84)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis (12/8/84)

Hulk Hogan vs. Tatsumi Fujinami (2/5/85)

 

Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch (3/29/85)

Keiichi Yamada vs. Shunji Kosugi (4/18/85)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis (5/24/85)

Andre the Giant & Tony St. Clair vs. Seiji Sakaguchi & Kantaro Hoshino (6/13/85)

The Cobra vs. Don Arakawa (8/1/85)

Keiji Mutoh, Keiichi Yamada & Kengo Kimura vs. Shinya Hashimoto, Shunji Kosugi & Kantaro Hoshino (9/13/85)

Antonio Inoki vs. Bruiser Brody (10/31/85)

Dick Murdoch vs. Bruiser Brody (11/22/85)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Masked Superstar & Dick Murdoch (11/29/85)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi (12/6/85)

 

 

Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch (12/10/85)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura vs. Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi (12/12/85)

Akira Maeda vs. Nobuhiko Takada (1/3/86)

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (1/10/86)

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (2/5/86)

Antonio Inoki & Keiichi Yamada vs. Nobuhiko Takada & Osamu Kido (2/5/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (2/6/86)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Kengo Kimura, & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Akira Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada, & Yoshiaki Fujiwara (3/7/86)

Antonio Inoki, Tatsumi Fujinami, Kengo Kimura, Umanosuke Ueda & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Akira Maeda, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Osamu Kido, Nobuhiko Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki (3/26/86)

5-on-5 Challenge (5/1/86)

 

 

Kengo Kimura vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (5/16/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (6/12/86)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Akira Maeda (6/12/86)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. The Cobra (6/17/86)

Antonio Inoki vs. Dick Murdoch (6/19/86)

Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Bad News Allen & Steve Williams (7/25/86)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (8/5/86)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Kengo Kimura, Kantaro Hoshino, George Takano & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Akira Maeda, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Osamu Kido, Nobuhiko Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki (9/16/86)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (9/19/86)

Akira Maeda vs. Don Nakaya Nielsen (10/9/86)

 

 

Tatsumi Fujinami & Keiji Muto vs. Nobuhiko Takada & Shiro Koshinaka (11/24/86)

Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido vs. Nobuhiko Takada & Shiro Koshinaka (12/8/86)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Kengo Kimura (1/2/87)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Kengo Kimura (1/14/87)

Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda (2/2/87)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (2/5/87)

Keiji Mutoh & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Akira Maeda (2/5/87)

Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka (3/20/87)

Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Keiji Mutoh & Shiro Koshinaka (3/26/87)

Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito (4/27/87)

 

 

Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kazuo Yamazaki (5/25/87)

Riki Choshu vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (6/9/87)

Kengo Kimura vs. Masa Saito (NJ TV 6/10/87)

Riki Choshu, Super Strong Machine & Kuniaki Kobayashi vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Osamu Kido & Nobuhiko Takada (6/12/87)

Riki Choshu vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (6/29/87)

Masaharu Funaki & Akira Nogami vs. Yoji Anjo & Tatsuo Nakano (7/18/87)

Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Super Strong Machine & Kuniaki Kobayashi (8/2/87)

Inoki/Fujiwara/Sakaguchi/Hoshino/Mutoh vs. Fujinami/Choshu/Maeda/Kimura/Super Strong Machine (8/19/87)

Akira Maeda vs. Super Strong Machine (8/20/87)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (8/20/87)

 

 

Akira Maeda vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (8/29/87)

Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kazuo Yamazaki (9/1/87)

Keiichi Yamada & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Rocco & Owen Hart (9/7/87)

Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Antonio Inoki vs. Akira Maeda & Tatsumi Fujinami (9/7/87)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Nobuhiko Takada, Riki Choshu, Akira Maeda & Super Strong Machine vs. Antonio Inoki, Dick Murdoch, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Masa Saito & Seiji Sakaguchi (9/17/87)

Dick Murdoch & Antonio Inoki vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Masa Saito (12/4/87)

Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Masa Saito (12/7/87)

Nobuhiko Takada & Osamu Kido vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara (12/27/87)

Hiro Hase vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (12/27/87)

Keiichi Yamada vs. Masakazu Funaki (12/27/87)

 

 

 

Keiichi Yamada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (1/25/88)

Keiichi Yamada vs. Hiro Hase (2/4/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (2/4/88)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Hiro Hase (3/11/88)

Shiro Koshinaka & Antonio Inoki vs. Hiroshi Hase & Riki Choshu (4/11/88)

Akira Nogami, Tatsutoshi Goto, Keiichi Yamada, Kantaro Hoshino & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi, Hiroshi Hase, Hiro Saito, Norio Honaga & Kensuke Sasaki (4/27/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Vader (4/27/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (5/27/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (6/24/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Vader (6/26/88)

 

 

Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Don Nakaya Nielsen (7/29/88)

Antonio Inoki vs. Vader (7/29/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Keiichi Yamada, Shiro Koshinaka, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kengo Kimura vs. Hiro Saito, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Super Strong Machine, Masa Saito & Riki Choshu (9/12/88)

Keiichi Yamada & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Perro Aguayo & El Canek (10/10/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Shinya Hashimoto & Masa Chono vs. Tracy Smothers, Steve Armstrong & George Takano (11/11/88)

Antonio Inoki, Riki Choshu & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Kengo Kimura & Osamu Kido (11/11/88)

Antonio Inoki, Riki Choshu & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Scott Hall, Bob Orton & Dick Murdoch (11/17/88)

Antonio Inoki, Riki Choshu & Kantaro Hoshino vs. Tatsutoshi Goto, Masa Saito & Seiji Sakaguchi (12/5/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Grappler (12/5/88)

Tatsutoshi Goto, Masa Saito, Seiji Sakaguchi vs. Scott Hall, Bob Orton & Dick Murdoch (12/7/88)

 

 

Keiichi Yamada vs. Shiro Koshinaka (12/9/88)

Naoki Sano & Osamu Matsuda vs. El Bello Greco & Sergio El Hermoso (1/6/89)

Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kengo Kimura vs. El Bello Greco & Sergio El Hermoso (2/3/89)

Antonio Inoki vs. Riki Choshu (2/22/89)

Shiro Koshinaka vs. Hiroshi Hase (3/16/89)

Riki Choshu & Masa Saito vs. George Takano & Super Strong Machine (3/16/89)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Jerry Lawler (3/16/89)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Vader (4/24/89)

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Victor Zangiev (4/24/89)

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Vader (4/24/89)

 

 

Riki Choshu vs. Big Van Vader (6/27/89)

Jushin Liger vs. Black Tiger (European Rounds) (7/12/89)

Riki Choshu vs. Salman Hashimikov (7/12/89)

Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (7/13/89)

Big Van Vader vs. Salman Hashimikov (7/13/89)

Riki Choshu & Takayuki Iizuka vs. Super Strong Machine & George Takano (7/13/89)

Hiroshi Hase & Takayuki Iizuka vs. Naoki Sano & Akira Nogami (8/3/89)

Riki Choshu, Jushin Liger & Kengo Kimura vs. Big Van Vader, Manny Fernandez & Buzz Sawyer (8/3/89)

Jushin Liger vs. Kantaro Hoshino (8/5/89)

Buzz Sawyer vs. Victor Zangiev (8/5/89)

 

 

Jushin Liger & Akira Nogami vs. Kantaro Hoshino & Naoki Sano (8/8/89)

Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano (8/10/89)

Akira Nogami vs. Naoki Sano (8/31/89)

Jushin Liger, Kengo Kimura & Riki Choshu vs Pat Tanaka, Owen Hart & Bam Bam Bigelow (8/31/89)

Riki Choshu vs. Shinya Hashimoto (12/7/89)

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Holy crap this is going to be awesome.

 

175 is ALOT but I publicly vow here in front of the witnesses at prowrestlingonly to somehow get my ballot in.

 

Was waiting to see how many early decade Choshu/Fujinami matches would make it, I count 5! Kewl. I heard how good their series was but only saw 1 match and didn't want to go through the 1983 TV set and get a bunch of disks just for their series.

 

So is the 4/19/84 Gauntlet considered one match? If I remember the entire thing was well over an hour, kickass the whole thing was put on. Also great the 5/1/86 Gauntlet match is on as I thought it was really fun and sets up Fujinami/Maede.

 

Was hoping for the Inoki/Brody (4/18/85) and 86 hour match to make it, but that's cool.

Also noticed neither Inoki Vs. Fujinami matches are in. The Hour match would've place high for me.

 

Matches I never heard of but look AWESOME:

 

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Steve Keirn (2/3 Falls) (2/1/80)

Hiro Hase vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi (12/27/87)

Tatsumi Fujinami, Shinya Hashimoto & Masa Chono vs. Tracy Smothers, Steve Armstrong & George Takano (11/11/88)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Jerry Lawler (3/16/89)

Jushin Liger vs. Black Tiger (European Rounds) (7/12/89)

 

Also looking forward to Fujinami Vs. Hogan!

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Set looks incredible. So much stuff I never even knew existed. And the fact there's 3 Chosu/Fujiwara matches on it that I haven't seen means I'd probably pay the $45 dollars for discs with those matches alone.

 

I also echo Floyd's sentiments on Fujinami/Keirn from 2/1/80. And ditto that for about 100 other matches.

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Riki Choshu vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara is either 06/09/87 in Osaka (Choshu pins him in 12:28) or 06/29/87 st Korakuen (Fujiwara is COR at 8:14)

 

Riki Choshu & Strong Machine & Kuniaki Kobayashi vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Nobuhiko Takada & Osamu Kido is 06/12/87 at Sumo Hall.

 

Kengo Kimura vs Masa Saito was taped 06/10/87. It aired later in the month.

 

John

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Riki Choshu vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara (12/28/87)

That would be off. It may have been one of the earlier two I gave the dates for. Check the times and finishes and buildings.

 

If it's not one of those two, then it's probably from 1988 or early 1989 before Fujiwara jumped.

 

My guess is that they are both from June 1987.

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The set is modified. We had three matches listed twice. Thanks to John for making us check on those.

If you double counted and have less than 175, toss the Dusty vs Backlund into one of the early slots. Best Dusty Match Ever, and Bob is freaking brillant. I'm pretty stunned it's not in there, especially since the Choshu vs Backlund is. :)

 

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BTW - I haven't seen them, but were the first two Fujinami vs Choshu matches that bad to not make the list? Given 15+ Tiger Mask matches on there, and the lack of love that there seemed to be for Tiger, I thought some of that first run Riki-Fujinami stuff might get to a wider audience than those who have Dan's season sets (which I keep meaning to get).

 

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BTW - I haven't seen them, but were the first two Fujinami vs Choshu matches that bad to not make the list? Given 15+ Tiger Mask matches on there, and the lack of love that there seemed to be for Tiger, I thought some of that first run Riki-Fujinami stuff might get to a wider audience than those who have Dan's season sets (which I keep meaning to get).

 

John

The first two weren't bad, but they mostly introduced patterns that would be taken to greater heights in the '83 matches. We decided that we liked the five '83 matches so much that we had to include the whole lot, and the '82 matches (both nominated) were victims of that decision.

 

You should get the '82 and '83 season sets, though. It's fun to watch the whole thing unfold week by week.

 

Overall, I'd say Choshu-Fujinami is well-represented.

 

Tiger Mask fared so well only because they brought in a lot of interesting people to wrestle him.

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I also 2nd the Dusty/Backlund match. Fun dream matchup with Dusty kinda playing the heel and Backlund getting busted open trying to retain the title.

 

I also like the 3 gauntlet match for the Jr. title with Cobra/Dynamite and Davey. Maybe each match was pretty short but I liked the whole thing as one big match.

 

I was looking back at my Top 100 80's list I made about a year ago and was surprised the 8/8/88 Inoki/Fujinami match was 2nd overall for NJ.

 

My old list for people to look at and chuckle at: http://floydscabana.blogspot.com/2008/07/t...hes-of-80s.html

 

By the way once again I'm not complaining! The comp looks awesome and I know the final matchlist is already set. I know after watching hundreds of hours the last thing you guys want to hear is bitching about matches being left off. :P

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I'm kind of surprised that only 2 of the matches form the original Top of the Super Juniors, and nothing from the 1984 WWE Jr. Title Tourney.

 

John

 

No one liked the matches from the '84 tourney. I went in expecting to nominate some and just couldn't find any that felt deserving. TOSJ was better but suffered from the fact that we had better versions of a lot of the match-ups. I actively disliked the final, and the Takada-Kosh wasn't nearly as good as the three we nominated. The Owen shit tended to be badly clipped.

 

As for the bias talk, no shit. It's three guys culling through hundreds of hours of footage. But we all have different biases, and actually, we bent over backwards to include junior shit that we didn't love (like the last two DK/Tiger Mask matches.) If we didn't go at it with bias, it would be boring as shit.

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As for the bias talk, no shit. It's three guys culling through hundreds of hours of footage. But we all have different biases, and actually, we bent over backwards to include junior shit that we didn't love (like the last two DK/Tiger Mask matches.) If we didn't go at it with bias, it would be boring as shit.

Just to be clear, and I know it wasn't what you intended, but I wasn't the one tossing "bias". :)

 

John

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As for the bias talk, no shit. It's three guys culling through hundreds of hours of footage. But we all have different biases, and actually, we bent over backwards to include junior shit that we didn't love (like the last two DK/Tiger Mask matches.) If we didn't go at it with bias, it would be boring as shit.

Just to be clear, and I know it wasn't what you intended, but I wasn't the one tossing "bias". :)

 

John

 

No, I know.

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I am putting 8/8/88 in purgatory. No more 8/8 talk until the errata set. It was boring. MOve on.

 

To be clear, we nominated a ton of matches. We had to make cuts. Just because a match doesn't appear doesn't mean we didn't like it. Alot of the matches above were nominated. However, we think the ones on the set are better.

 

Dusty-Backlund was nominated. I was the lone Backlund rep on the panel and the sole reason there is any Backlund on this thing. Backlund-Hogan was left off because that match will be represented on WWF. I thought Hansen-Backlund was good enough to go on and I loved Backlund-Choshu rolling around on the mat... more then the low-level endorsement I gave Backlund-Dusty.

 

We enjoyed the 1982 Choshu-Fujinami matches but the match-up appears 7 times in total. Those were the weakest of the two.

 

We put 4 DK-TM matches on there. I think that is a pretty damn good representation of what the feud is about. I liked the 10/21 TM-Kobayashi match. It didn't have enough support to make it on and I wasn't going to use a personal pick on it when we already had the matchup twice.

 

 

Twenty-eight Fujiwara matches? I wonder who influenced that many matches.

I am in no way, shape or form part of the Fujiwara is the Best camp. On this set alone, I like Fujinami, Choshu, Murdoch and Liger /Yamada better. I think Jumbo is a better wrestler. However, the majority of those Fujiwara matches are pretty fucking great. Maybe 5 or 6 are ones I wasn't crazy about.

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Personally, I'm glad there's a bunch of Fujiwara on there. I'm not really a shoot-style kinda guy (although Fujiwara's actually my favourite shoot-type ever, probably... either him or Han), so I'm looking forward to seeing a chunk of his pro-style (or "more" pro-style that shoot-style :)) stuff. I know there's a lot of people that pimp him really heavily already, so it should be interesting to see what other people - people that haven't seen a whole Hell of a lot, like myself - think of him by the time they've worked through the set. I wouldn't be surprised if I came away loving him, though (really enjoy him already anyway). I already mentioned the 6/9/87 match opposite Chosu, which is probably gonna be up in or around my top 5, so if the other stuff clicks with me like that, then I'll no doubt be sold...

 

Quick question, Will: are you planning on ever comping Liger at any point?

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Twenty-eight Fujiwara matches? I wonder who influenced that many matches.

 

Set looks great, although some bias exists in plain sight, and there are some very key juniors matches absent involving Mask/Kid/Kobayashi.

You know, before the Memphis set, there was a lot of Lawler pimping going on much like the Fujiwara stuff now. I kinda thought, eh, don't see what's so great about Lawler. Then my ballot had him in like my top 8 or 9 matches.

 

The beauty of these sets is the re-evaluation that goes on regarding "best ever" talk.

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Twenty-eight Fujiwara matches? I wonder who influenced that many matches.

 

Set looks great, although some bias exists in plain sight, and there are some very key juniors matches absent involving Mask/Kid/Kobayashi.

You know, before the Memphis set, there was a lot of Lawler pimping going on much like the Fujiwara stuff now. I kinda thought, eh, don't see what's so great about Lawler. Then my ballot had him in like my top 8 or 9 matches.

 

The beauty of these sets is the re-evaluation that goes on regarding "best ever" talk.

 

Replace Fujiwara with Fujinami and the Lawler comparison is more accurate. Fujinami was the king of the 80s in New Japan.

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Twenty-eight Fujiwara matches? I wonder who influenced that many matches.

 

Set looks great, although some bias exists in plain sight, and there are some very key juniors matches absent involving Mask/Kid/Kobayashi.

 

I wasn't involved with putting this set together, but a quick look through list and still don't see the numbers being that odd. I can't see how you'd look at this and make the complaint your making.

 

Fujiwara, Maeda, and Takada all have 23 matches in 86,87 when they were part of hot big UWF angle. Fujiwara also shows up three times in 83 as third guy on a team facing Choshu's Army.

 

Tiger Mask who only wrestled in New Japan for three years is in a whopping 17 matches with the majority of them being singles matches.

Tiger Jeet Singh who still a major player in New Japan for first three years in the 80s and doesn't have a single match on the set.

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