Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: On the Rocks with a Bitch and a Bottle
Re: Official Indy DVD Help Thread
Seriously, what Tiger Mask and his New Japan buddies were doing in 1982 pretty much shits over today's "innovation"! Nedless to say, I watched more Tiger Mask.
Tiger Mask v Steve Wright (NJPW, 4/1/82)
I probably shouldn't have been surprised that this was great, given the fact that Tiger Mask is Tiger Mask and any German guy wrestling in New Japan during he 80s was gonna provide something cool, but still, I was very surprised at how much I really dug this. Steve is the father of a certain Wunderkid, but I've never seen young Mr. Alex Wright pull out a fraction of the super fun stuff his daddy does. The cartwheels out of wristlocks into nip-ups into headstands into hammerlocks, so on and so forth, are some really fun sequences, and I must say, I marked at a couple of them. My favourite part of the whole match was probably the striking, though. Well, the forearms in particular. Sayama throws some sweet kicks, but this was all about the manly forearms, and both guys just slapped the taste out of the other's mouth with them. I love it. So yeah, minus the completely out of nowhere finish (albeit clean, for a change) this most definitely wasn't a waste of 20 minutes. ***3/4
I also watched some more good shit involving Tiger Mask, as well as another Tiger (black), a snake man, and an assortment of Japanese fellows:
Tiger Mask v Black Tiger (NJPW, 5/26/82) ***3/4
Riki Chosu, Animal Hamiguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu v Tatsumi Fujinami, Akira Maeda & Kengo Kimura (NJPW, 12/8/83) ***1/2
Yoshiaki Yatsu v Nobuhiko Takada (NJPW, 4/19/84) ***3/4 (Crowd is freaking MOLTEN)
The Cobra v Kuniaki Kobayashi (NJPW, 8/2/84) **** (Cobra somehow manages not to break his spine. And Kobayashi no-sells a tombstone on concrete)
Nobuhiko Takada v Shiro Koshinaka (NJPW, 8/5/86) ****
Yoshiaki Fujiwara v Don Nakaya Nielson (NJPW, 7/31/88) ***3/4 (STIFF)
All of this, aside from the Fujiwara/Nielson match, is available on D-man's site.