I think between his antics here and his match as Super Ligerfin at the BOSJ's I need to start watching some more of that motherfucker. He is REALLY entertaining, Delphin and SUWA trying to out dick each other would have been uncomprehendable greatness.
His stuff on that MPro set is generally always as fun, btw. His run in late '96-'97 put him up there with Liger, Ohtani, Kanemoto, TAKA, Samurai & Togo as one of the best juniors in Japan during that time. Considering how completely stacked those years were for work, that's pretty good going.
Watched Sabu v Koji Kanemoto from 5/3/95 (New Japan)
last night, and I'm wondering what kind of shit whoever decided to put the Jr. Title on Sabu was smoking at the time, because he's kinda not very good. He writes a book on how to kick your own ass in this, literally having to sell the beating he dishes on HIMSELF (actually, I don't think he's so much as "selling" for much of this as opposed to legit breaking his ass bone on some retarded bump). There's this spot early on where he fucking murders Kanemoto with a sunset filp powerbomb from inside the ring out to the floor, and at that point I was expecting Koji to bump like a loon to keep up with him. My fears were soon extinguished when Sabu tries the exact same spot again, but botches it COMPLETELY and ends up tossing himself onto the concrete, landing flat on his back without making any contact whatsoever with anybody else. I laughed heartily and rewound frequently. Then he tries to slingshot himself into the ring, but lands on his bad leg and kinda crumples in a heap. Koji kicks him in the face lots for involving him in this parade of spaztics (well, one spaztic). Sabu fucks a bunch of stuff up and he's pretty terrible. Koji manages to somewhat save it by being a dickwad and stiffing Sabu in the face. In fairness to Sabu, the crowd are *really* behind him in this. He picks up a table and the place pops huge. Then he does that spot where he sets it up against the ring barrier, puts someone on top of it and jumps onto it from inside the ring by using a folding chair as a lift-off pad. Not sure how often he used to connect with that, but there's no way Koji wasn't NOT moving. Sabu dies. Again. He tries plenty of other stuff... usually fails, though. There's some retarded moonsault in there somewhere. Neat. Try to wrestle, you useless sack of shit. Koji kills him lots and actually drags this into not only passable, but *good* territory. Some fucking how. There's a story of "mentally challenged idiot trying to usurp the junior dickhead by taking the mentality of 'If I don't die the first time, I'll do it a second time' and applying it to wrestling" in there somewhere, and I'm generally easily amused, so I kinda dug this. It's more hilarious than good, though. Koji wins, thankfully. Sabu wins the title back a couple months later. WHY?! I watch this and imagine Sabu and RVD sitting under a tree getting blazed and Rob saying "Remember that time you wrestled Koji Kanemoto in Japan?" and Sabu going "Yeah, that was cool. They loved me." and Rob going "Yeah... but you fuckin' sucked, dude." and Sabu going "No I didn't! They were losing their shit for me." and Rob going "Yeah, because you managed to beat the shit out of yourself. Pass the blunt, retard." and Sabu using one of Rob's vintage Green Lantern comics as a roach. Yeah... I guarantee you that's happened. You want all this. It's a couple stars.