Matt D Posted November 14, 2022 Author Share Posted November 14, 2022 5/14/90: Davey Boy Smith vs Dusty Rhodes, Jr.: Just a few minutes here JIP. Davey gives Dustin a couple of things out of the goodness of his heart, but he's mostly in the driver's seat. He really does come off as a star and Dustin comes off as competent and not trying too hard to be his dad. He's a year or two in at this point anyway. Davey wins with a superplex. 5/26/90: Misawa/Kobashi vs Davey Boy Smith/Johnny Smith: Story here is that Misawa and Kobashi might get advantages due to double teaming or using their quickness but Davey and Johnny (who was bigger than I remember from last time, chronologically, that I saw him) were able to take back over with power. Johnny had a nice exchange with Kobashi, bridges and handsprings and all that jazz, but sometimes you saw the strings a bit more, whereas Davey was just this amazing combination of strength and agility. He made it all seem effortless, which isn't to say it was all savvy, just that it looked easy. It was just enough of a narrative to underpin things as they shifted momentum back and forth, had Misawa/Kobashi more or less work from underneath, and then launched into a finishing stretch with a lot of pin breakups but a sort of inevitability for the "Bulldogs." 5/26/90: Kawada/Nakano vs Fuyuki/Kikuchi: Like I said, I value pairings such as this because I know they're not long for the world. This comes in JIP too, but with Kikuchi trying some stuff with Kawada and Kawada just absolutely brutalizing him with kicks and stomps. Total sea change from the pre-Tenryu era where, frankly, Kawada just wouldn't be put in a position to go off like this. The fans go nuts for it because it was so striking. Nakano got in on the act too (and was more of a mean jerk than usual, so good for him) with some hard whips into the rails on the outside. Even after Kikuchi jammed a power bomb attempt and made a hot tag to Fuyuki (who immediately nailed Kawada with a huge spin kick), Kawada still found his way out to demolish Kikuchi more on the outside rails. Kikuchi just had no luck in this one. He finally got back into it only to get kicked off the top by a non-legal man Kawada. Every time he almost got back into it, he'd get nailed from behind or cut off. Fans were very into this though. Ultimately, Nakano got his northern lights and Kawada contained a desperate Fuyuki from interfering to secure the win. Nice little bit of action that might be the first we've really seen of Kikuchi's connection with the crowd. It's a shame we only have 9 mins and not the whole match. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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