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  1. Check out this new to us FULL WAR handheld show we reviewed from 1993, WAR vs. NJ in Korakuen! The best thing about WAR handhelds is we get to see how mean and nasty these guys were all being when the cameras weren't on. This show is filled with tough guys. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/03/new-footage-friday-we-declare-war-62593.html
  2. The brain trauma match is one of our highest rated NJPW matches, so mashed banana brains don't bother us.
  3. Agreed. Those two looked like they could take on anyone in the world. As violent as any shootstyle I've seen.
  4. If we had reviewed nothing more than this 1991 handheld match of Richard Slinger vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, it would have been completely worth it. I've seen a lot of Kikuchi, and occasionally you see this total dickhead side of him come out. You're so used to Kikuchi being the one eating a beating, that it's shocking how sadistic he can be. And then you realize Slinger is also a total monster who came up entirely within the Japan dojo system, and these two just beat the shit out of each other for 10 minutes. The whole match feels like they're taking liberties with each other, and while it never goes off the rails into an actual shoot, it feels like it could at any second. This is unprofessional professionalism, and I've already watched it three times. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/02/new-footage-friday-thesz-valentines-jr.html
  5. Commentary hasn't bothered me, but I think I just learned to mostly tune out commentary ever since Heel Michael Cole. I thought the triple threat was easily the best WOW match since they've been back, especially loved the Jungle Grrrl/Tessa parts. Jungle Grrrl feels like someone who could have gotten really good if she hadn't gone on to have an actual normal live post original WOW. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/02/wow-women-of-wrestling-episode-4-2819.html
  6. I appreciate you going back and watching the match again, even if we disagree. While it did seem like there were moments where Eddie looked in genuine pain (it was crazy how much size he was carrying around at this point), I still thought he really turned in a great performance in a not great match.
  7. They really need to stop having heel vs. heel matches. Crowd had no idea who was the good guy in Maverick vs. Hurtz. Still, enjoying this. Also I don't really notice ring announcers much unless they're especially bad, like monotone Torrie Wilson bad. I don't know if I could name a "favorite" ring announcer, for some reason just something I think about a lot in my wrestling production. (This is to explain an earlier comment left on my episode 2 review). I hadn't liked Shaul's growly read of "New Orleans" but honestly hadn't noticed her announcing before that. Outside of Finkel I'm not sure who is even considered an all time great or all time terrible ring announcer. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/02/wow-women-of-wrestling-2119.html
  8. I disagree re: Eddie during that final run. I think using that ECW match to somehow say he wasn't up to performing is really disingenuous or misleading. The fans were getting obnoxiously into the role of asshole ECW fans, as WWE foolishly had Eric Bischoff come out into the crowd with a bunch of RAW wrestlers right before this match, so everyone in attendance is being kewl and chanting shitty Lita chants at Edge while the RAW wrestlers taunted back. Eddie looked awesome in the match, he did everything he could to try to get their attention back, but fans were too excited to be a part of an angle. Eddie looked pissed the entire match, which is pretty understandable considering a minimum of 2/3 of the fans were focused on the balcony the entire match. Go back and watch the match. Due to the circumstances it's not a great match, but Eddie looked awesome.
  9. That tag match is spectacular. I loved it so much I watched it again right after watching it the first time. Rey/Eddie was sooooo good. I saw the match a month earlier at the Cow Palace, this is the only time I've seen anything from that run since seeing it live.
  10. I'm really, really enjoying WOW. It's bringing back a bunch of fond memories of college years, although I wish it were more campy like the original. But it's nuts how many little things they're doing right so far. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/01/wow-women-of-wrestling-12519.html
  11. I like most TakeOver's and this was no different. I loved Riddle/Ohno, totally delivered everything I wanted to. The tag was awesome, and Hanson was a guy who was always underwhelming to me, but he's really put everything together the past year. He's better every time I see him. really dug Baszler/Belair too. The other two matches weren't always my thing but were executed well for their thing. I had a blast the whole show. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/01/nxt-takeover-phoenix-12619.html
  12. He wasn't really a guy making AJPW Comm tapes in the 90s, outside of the infamous Honda/Izu vs. Hayabusa/Shinzaki match where Shinzaki gets busted open and bleeds everywhere. So there wasn't a ton of Honda to judge by until he got to NOAH. And once he started getting more viewed matches in 2001 he looked really good. I've seen a decent amount of his mid 90s stuff and he was still raw and hadn't developed some of his best 2000-2005 traits, but I bet if I had access to and watched any '96-'99 Honda out there that it would come off really favorably. A ton of those AJPW undercarders age really well. Seriously, go back and look at how much better IZU was than anyone remembers.
  13. There was Berzerker/Papa Shango vs. Taker/Ultimate Warrior (but Berzerker mostly pairs off with Warrior, and it's great), and Flair/Berzerker vs. Taker/Savage (which I also remember having mostly Flair/Taker pairings). BUT, I'm pretty sure there is a Berzerker/Taker match on an Undertaker Coliseum Video. I have the tape, haven't watched it, so it could just be the awesome sword match that set up their house show run. I've kind of been saving it as I like knowing there's potentially a Berzerker match on this VHS that I haven't seen, and that VHS is just staring at me, right next to my TV. It's weirdly more exciting to me not knowing what match COULD be on that tape. Maybe I'll wait to watch that tape when I turn 40 (24 months away!) so if it turns out to be the Superstars match, it won't be as disappointing because I will have already spent the day confronting my own journey closer towards death.
  14. I have too many fond memories of watching the original WOW in my gf's basement apartment and being excited all week for it. Times have changed a lot since then, but I still really liked this episode of WOW I watched on Friday night. https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2019/01/wow-women-of-wrestling-11819.html
  15. You couldn't possibly be calling us ageist. There are so many elderly men that we feverishly champion.
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