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post #1171 of 1407 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 07:15 PM
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Re: Your 5 Star Match Lists

I wish there were more Dusty Rhode matches on youtube. I've never seen any of his matches with Flair.
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Re: Your 5 Star Match Lists

there's at least one on dailymotion. their '84 Starrcade match is on a certain torrent site as well.
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Generico and Ricochet vs. Kevin Steen and Tozawa - ****3/4

ahhh what a match

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The Dusty/Flair cage match from one of the GABs in 1986 is phenomenal and on youtube.

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Starting to keep a list of five star matches in a thread elsewhere. Here's the first one!
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Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen (NJPW; 1981-09-23)

This is easily one of the smartest pro wrestling matches that I’ve ever experienced in my time as a fan of pro wrestling. Absolutely stellar work from both men through and through and my first official five star match. Why?
  • The workrate: Beyond moves and holds, something is happening during nearly every moment of this match. Andre working the lariat arm like William Regal - It’s a thing of beauty and comes into play multiple times. Hansen provides his infamous brawl barrage and the chemistry obviously meshes well.
  • The “spot dodge” factor: Each man dodges multiple times and since dodge spots are awesome normally, added into a match as this is a fat bonus. The dodge spots are big factors surrounding both of the match’s big spots as well.
  • The bodyslam psychology: It begins as seemingly just another day for Andre when he rather easily counters Hansen’s first attempt to slam him, by grabbing the injured arm. Looking to put away his foe, Andre starts throwing suplexes and strikes. Hansen’s “resthold comeback” is full of struggle and when he dodges that boot and toe kick’s Andre, the tension in the air is at maximum. He nails the slam, but further than that, the aftersell of both men is priceless. Hansen’s display of successful exhaustion and new found confidence not only in his game, but knowing that Andre has a weakness (back), is executed perfectly. Andre is human after all! Beyond that, Andre temporarily loses that air of invincibility, visibly loses confidence, and shows lack of physical dominance for the first time in New Japan.
  • Andre’s camel clutch escape and Hansen’s armdrag: <3
  • The midway countout with regards to Gordi’s point about all involved performing to full potential: Mr. Takahashi and the New Japan representative play their roles perfectly during the countout/restart break. Mr. Takahashi making things suspenseful in his announcement and the suit’s “acting” is well done. Skaaland is perfect as the wise, heel manager here. I absolutely love how Hansen and Andre both cut it out the second they realize what has happened and begin the petition for a restart. It shows they want the win rather than just enjoy the violence a match like this brings. Heel Andre runs to his Skaaland for advice and to help persuade the officials while Hansen does his job as face to rile the crowd support into a frenzy.
  • The face and heel performances: Hansen working as a babyface gaijin in 1981 is remarkably energetic and varied. I’m tempted to say that this face performance is up there with some of Terry Funk’s best because while less dramatic reaching high points, it is continues from beginning to end and less blatant. He’s vibrant at all the right times and completely loveable in his quest for nothing more than to beat the giant. Andre gives us a verbal dialogue to go along with his body language and his special brand of heel tactics. A+ in selling, timing, and expression (body and facials) for both men.
  • The finish: Hansen finally hits the Western lariat and that moment is rightfully a highlight reel regular. True to the equality theme, they sell for equal amounts of time. Hansen had to use his injured arm to try to finish off Andre and in doing so worsened the injury. Andre was knocked out of the ring, but as just previously stated, the arm wasn’t fully functional so though he got taken out temporarily, he was vertical at the same time that Hansen was. His confidence had taken another hit though. Since he couldn’t beat Hansen his own way, he grabs his own elbow pad to try and Hansen with his own medicine. That would not happen as Mr. Takahashi, irritating Andre by trying to check for weapons inside the pad, eats Western (Europe) Lariat and the match ends then and there. Both men, still willing and able, continue fighting each other and then the ring boys, until Hansen is forced out of the ring. The symbolism with both men standing tall at the end, with Andre in the ring and Hansen whipping a chair, is the sugar on top for the theme of “irresistible force meeting the immovable object”. In the end, the force remains active and the object remains unmoved.

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Yeah that match is ridiculous. Might be my favourite wrestling match of all time.

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AJPW - 31/8/93
Steve Williams vs Kenta Kobashi
*****

Its really weird watching Kobashi look so physically good after watching him more recently.
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Villano III vs. Atlantis (Mask vs. Mask)- CMLL
March 17, 2000

Don't think I ever saw this match before and I know it was one of WON's Matches of the Year so I decided to check it out. I must say wow, this was one emotionally draining match. The mat work was excellent and how each guy was trying to one up each other was a thing of beauty. The sequences were crisp and Atlantis being ripped open was crazy; Villano III working over Atlantis like nobody's business, the drama they built towards the finish was spectacular and the crowd bought into every little thing, some were even crying! Man CMLL matches don't build drama like that anymore. Excellent stuff from 2 huge stars.



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That is indeed one of the best matches this decade, an incredibly epic and emotionally draining finishing stretch which never borders on overkill because of the simplistic pins being attempted by both. The brawling and selling of the blood is exceptional by both men and of course the crowd are molten hot for everything.

If you were wowed by the matwork though, check out Atlantis/Blue Panther 1991 on Youtube. I'd say its definitely the go to match for great Lucha matwork.
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That is indeed one of the best matches this decade, an incredibly epic and emotionally draining finishing stretch which never borders on overkill because of the simplistic pins being attempted by both. The brawling and selling of the blood is exceptional by both men and of course the crowd are molten hot for everything.

If you were wowed by the matwork though, check out Atlantis/Blue Panther 1991 on Youtube. I'd say its definitely the go to match for great Lucha matwork.
The one for the NWA Welterweight Title right? Trust me I know all too well how great that match is, I've seen damn near every major Blue Panther match there is . The execution, reversals and overall flow in that match was awesome and how they were able to build drama in between only made it better. I especially loved how after each fall, they changed the dynamics of the storytelling within the way they carried the match. The crowd bought into every fall, reversal and just an excellent showcase for both luchadores.



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