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Old 07-12-2012, 06:58 PM   #1191 (permalink)
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Man, I don't know I like which most between the '77 and two '79 tags between the Funks and Abby/Sheik. And then there's the '78 tag which has the hulk ups of all hulkups. The summer '79 is mother fucking incredible and the '79 RWTL Final is an absolutely perfect conclusion to the feud IMO, and maybe my favourite of the three. Give the feud a watch, I've got most of it (minus the '77 tag but including singles matches) on my youtube channel which is in my sig.

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Tag League: 1977.12.15-WOTC-The Funks vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik [WORLD OPEN TAG CHAMPIONSHIP] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brB1KPpohm8

Terry Funk vs. Abdullah the Butcher, Dory Funk Jr. vs. The Sheik (AJPW 12/1/1978) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KovmJdq-vt0&feature=plcp
Tag League: The Funks vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik (AJPW; 12/9/1978) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlAWBhAMjs4&feature=plcp
2/3 Falls: The Funks vs. Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik (AJPW; 7/15/1979) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMuLWZ5EZDs&feature=plcp
Terry Funk vs. Abdullah The Butcher (AJPW; 7/18/1979) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN_VdjfSXJY&feature=plcp

Edit #2 Quick and fun match complete with a brawl featuring a couple Texans afterwards. - Abdullah the Butcher & The Sheik Vs Wahoo McDaniel & Frank Hill (Nov. 30, 1979) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjXWP6a1dIo

RWTL Final: The Funks vs. Abdullah The Butcher & The Sheik (AJPW; 12/13/1979) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=061dhkaAUjk&feature=plcp
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #1192 (permalink)
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Kobashi taking it straight to Hansen from the bell to try and stop him ASAP was awesome, Kobashi dominating almost the entire match was such a change from their previous matches and made it seem like Kobashi really had Hansen's number this time especially when Hansen tried comebacks but couldn't get anything going because Kobashi would come out on top every time. Hansen's selling and his comeback spots were worked to perfection and even though Kobashi dominated, he still seemed like the underdog just trying to do anything to put Hansen away. The sense of desperation from Kobashi was so awesome, and the final stretch was amazing with Kobashi pulling everything out but making small mistakes that allowed Hansen to get the win. Crowd was balls awesome too.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:42 PM   #1193 (permalink)
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Not gonna lie, first watch of Kobashi/Hansen last year I thought it was like a ***3/4 match. I mean that's SOMETHING, but I didn't think it really beat what Hansen was doing in even 1992 with the AJ guys. Honestly I try to forget I ever watched it because it feels like one of those matches I just missed "it" with. Like how I missed "it" with Austin/Angle and got "it" on a second watch. I'd be surprised if I thought it was better than Kawada/Hansen, though. That's probably my favourite All Japan singles match from it's inception in 72 up to that point in 93.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:30 PM   #1194 (permalink)
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I'd go Hansen vs Kawada 2/28/93 >>>>>>>> Kobashi/Hansen.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:56 AM   #1195 (permalink)
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Guess I'm alone in liking Kobashi/Hansen that much then lol. I love Hansen/Kawada too but there was just something in the Kobashi match that clicked more with me. Absolutely loved it, one of my favourite AJ matches. I would put their other singles matches a lot lower though.

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Not gonna lie, first watch of Kobashi/Hansen last year I thought it was like a ***3/4 match. I mean that's SOMETHING, but I didn't think it really beat what Hansen was doing in even 1992 with the AJ guys. Honestly I try to forget I ever watched it because it feels like one of those matches I just missed "it" with. Like how I missed "it" with Austin/Angle and got "it" on a second watch. I'd be surprised if I thought it was better than Kawada/Hansen, though. That's probably my favourite All Japan singles match from it's inception in 72 up to that point in 93.
The Summerslam match? Because I didn't think it was that amazing when I watched it last year. Thought it was great but not a 5* classic, maybe I should watch it again then.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:25 AM   #1196 (permalink)
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Guess I'm alone in liking Kobashi/Hansen that much then lol. I love Hansen/Kawada too but there was just something in the Kobashi match that clicked more with me. Absolutely loved it, one of my favourite AJ matches. I would put their other singles matches a lot lower though.
You're not alone. It's probably my favorite '90s AJ match that doesn't involve Misawa.

For some reason, Hansen/Kawada has never excited me in any way. Not a pairing I'd ever expect to feel that way about.
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Yeah, Kobashi/Hansen > Kawada/Hansen. Slightly, but better.
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The Summerslam match? Because I didn't think it was that amazing when I watched it last year. Thought it was great but not a 5* classic, maybe I should watch it again then.
Yeah, first watched it in late 2009 and was all "well this is GOOD, but...eh." I think I've seen it three or four times since then, and honestly I've never seen it as a match better than four stars.
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I'm in a sort of funny mood with star ratings these days, I'm more content to just elaborate my thoughts and let that basically sum up my thoughts (if people prefer to just have a rating I'll always provide one, but for now I think a general review can tell my thoughts on the match better than just a simple star rating), but I'd definitely call the Funks v Abdullah/Sheik 2/3 Falls tag as well as '79 RWTL Final as 'perfection'. Not necessarily ***** as I said due to my altering stance on star ratings, but I'm not convinced they could have done a thing better in both those matches than what was put into them. And its not like the first two matches in the series were far and away lesser matches, but those two in particular were just astonishing.


EDIT: As for Austin/Angle, I think its the best match the company put on in 2001, not sure if I'd call it the #1 match in company history but then again I'd have to rewatch the absolute best stuff to try and get a clearer picture. On last watch (for the 00-09 MOTD poll) I came out of it probably the same as I did before, Austin's heel performance was still as captivating and complex as I remembered, Angle was again a fiery and resilient babyface and I thought they timed the Stunners well within the context of the match. They definitely served a purpose in accentuating Austin's psychotic breakdown which led to the referee abuse, and furthered the story going in that Angle had him frightened. Finish was still as gloriously dickish as I recalled, Nick Patrick was really underrated in that elitist prick heel role: post match Ankle Lock might be the most I've ever enjoyed the move.

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Austin/Angle is a dramatically epic WWF Title match. Angle and Austin gave two of the strongest babyface and heel performances I've seen in one match. It would probably be 5 stars for me if Angle had made Austin tap. Austin submitting to the Ankle lock would just would have capped it off perfectly for me. However, the DQ finish they had was great too and how it was played made sense.
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