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Puroresu Show Reviews

Reviews of puroresu shows in my collection

Wednesday, July 07, 2004


FMW 'Over The Legend' Kawasaki Stadium 9/28/97

This show picks off after Megumi Kudo's retirement show a few months prior. Why Kudo couldn't wait to have her last match at Kawasaki Stadium is beyond me (It was under renovation at the time). It should also be noted that the true show stealer was Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki VS All Japan's Kenta Kobashi & Maunakea Mossman. It was rated as one of the best matches NEVER seen. This was because Kobashi & Mossman were contracted under All Japan, and due to copyrights, FMW couldn't release the footage of the match.

Street Fight Royal Rumble
Match features The HeadHunters, Super Leather, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Ricky Fuji, Flying Kid Ichihara, Hidoh, Hideki Hosaka, Alexander Otsuka, Minoru Tanaka, Koji Nakagawa, and Mr. Pogo II. They clipped out alot of action between entries, which wasn't so bad since it was mostly punching and kicking. Still a fun opener.
Match Rating: **

Miss Mongol & Crusher Maedori VS Miwa Saito & Kaori Nakayama
The joshi division is FMW severly deteriorated after Megumi Kudo and Combat Toyoda's retirements. Mongol & Maedori are just brawlers like their leader Shark Tsuchiya (More on her later). Nakayama was good, but still no where near as good as Kudo was.
Match Rating: *

Mr. Gannosuke & Hisakatsu Oya VS Jado & Gedo - FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Title Match
This was a standard tag, but got good a bit at the end as Gannosuke tried to out-rudo Jado & Gedo. Good match, but nothing really special.
Match Rating: **

Aja Kong VS Shark Tsuchiya - WWA Women's Title Match
This was VERY hard to watch. Tsuchiya is one of those people you really want to see get their ass whooped, and Aja Kong was the right person for the job. Problem was Tsuchiya pulled a Yoshinari Ogawa, escaping everytime Aja got some offense in, or Mongol and Maedori would get involved to halt Aja's momentum. This could have been ALOT better.
Match Rating: *

Kodo Fuyuki VS Terry Funk - NWA Texas Title
I'm not really sure if this was a title match or not. Funk cut a cool promo before the match about how Fuyuki is trying to make a name for himself against him. And if you were expecting a slow paced match out of these two, that's exactly what you get! Funk's age is definately getting to him here. Though the sports entertainment like finish was ok and liven things up.
Match Rating: **1/2

Vader VS Ken Shamrock - No Rope, Ultimate Fight Rules Cage Match
Both men are noted as representing the then WWF. Pancrase Mission's Yuki Ishikawa was the special guest referee. Unfortunately, the rules of this match really brought things down and I was dissapointed by the finish. Maybe WWF wanted to protect their product at the time?
Match Rating: **

Masato Tanaka VS The Gladiator- World Independent & Brass Knucks Double Title Match
This is the first time I've seen these two square off in a singles match in an FMW ring, and needless to say they didn't dissapoint. But I can't help but feel they rushed things a bit as they went for the big spots rather early and plenty of tables were broken in this one. The match itself was also just given 16 minutes. They should have at least given them 20 minutes. Still, a great match.
Match Rating: ***1/4

W*ING Kanemura VS Atsushi Onita - Exploding Barbwire Cage Time Bomb Death Match
Breakup of the W*ING Alliance VS Onita's Retirement

Kanemura beat Tanaka for the rights to face Onita here in an explosive barb wire match at the Shiodome. Onita came out of retirement to stand up to Terry Funk's Funk Masters of Wrestling faction. Onita would go into retirement for a 2nd time if he lost here and Kanemura would have to break up his W*ING faction (the W*ING promotion had closed long ago) if he lost here.
Just TWO minutes into the match and already they were colliding with the ever dangerous explosive wire! This was a really good death match with the two of the pioneers of the death match. Then again, Onita really can't do much outside of the environment, unlike Kanemura. The closing minutes was fun as they powerbombed the hell out of each other! Good death match overall and a great way to end the show.
Match Rating: ***1/2

Overall: This can be considered a good show. They clipped what was needed (most of the time) and the main events delivered. Definately recommended for fans of old-school FMW.


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