Re: Your 5 Star Match Lists
Han/Tamura is my GOAT shoot style match, but Fujiwara/Sayama is an awesome series and contrast of styles and definitely worth watching. Think the date of their best match is 9/11 or 11/9 depending on what dates you go by.
Also add Hashimoto vs Fujiwara 1994 for the IWGP Title as an essential Hash match to watch, Fujiwara establishes his amazing grappling and Hashi has to find ways to go on the offensive whilst worrying about exposing a limb for Fujiwara to hook. Great chess style match that you'll love if you watch a lot of Hash matches and see how differently he's forced to work for the majority of the match, plus its a rare Fujiwara title match so the crowd are really up for it.
Also check out the 1993 NJPW/WAR feud which progressed Hashimoto/Tenryu and produced some truly great singles and tag matches filled with stiff strikes, HATE and nuclear crowds.
Agreed on Kobashi/Misawa 2003 not being near their best, found it to be reliant at times on more headrops which is the way Misawa wanted NOAH to be IIRC, Bubz is spot on with the 20/1/97 love as their best match. I also adored one of their 30 minute draws (think it was in the Champions Carnival) on last watch, pretty sure Kawada is able to beat Misawa and Kobashi later on in the tournament as a result of both men being weakened from the match.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK : 11-05-2011 at 12:46 PM.