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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yoshiaki Fujiwara is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment

Yoshiaki Fujiwara v. Shiego Miyato UWF 6/21/90 FUN

PAS: Really fun extended squash with Fujiwara putting on a super impressive squashing a guy performance. This is the most Bernard Hopkinsy I have ever seen Fujiwara look as he was all about using distance to blunt Miyato’s attack. There was this great moment, where Miyato makes his big run off offense, he gets Fujiwara in the corner and Fujiwara dodges and parrys his attack until Miyato punches himself out and gets winded.

TKG: This was completely one sided as Fujiwara worked as guy who completely outclasses his opponent. Your long one sided worked shoot matches can often be dull as higher tiered worker will just work disinterested. Fujiwara instead works guy having fun, and playing around. He gets hit a couple times cleanly in the Miyato’s corner run and does some spit selling but for the most part dodges the shots and puts Miyato away easily.

Yoshiaki Fujiwara v. Hiroshi Hase NJ 5/3/93-EPIC

Man when you watch handhelds like this it pisses you off that all this stuff happened 17 years ago. Right now we get every show that happens in Japan a day after it happens, but it all sucks. Back in 93 you would wait months, and there was awesome shit like this which was lost forever. This opens with some of the better matwork you are going to see in New Japan, really sweet countering of moves and Hase is really great at using amateur riding and position, while Fujiwara was pulling out really cool ways to escape things. Fujiwara gets the advantage with headbutts and he does this great little dance after popping him, totally cocky dick stuff. Hase gets the advantage with a take down and starts spiking Fujiwara with uranages, and it looks like a matter of time. Fujiwara was so great at selling rubber legged and desperate. Finish was a true Fujiwara classic, with Hase going for his big Choshu clothesline and getting ridden down with a spectacular out of nowhere Fujiwara arm bar. Fujiwara worked flash finishes better then anyone in wrestling history and this is just another example

Yoshiaki Fujiwara v. Mitsuhiro Matsunaga Rainbow Produce 1/20/02-FUN

Less of a match then a series of funny ideas. Matsunaga comes wrapped in barbed wire with some scorpions on leashes. Fujiwara spends most of the match attempting to defuse the booby traps, grabbing gloves from Usuda before he locks up, getting a pair of wire cutters and even handing his young boys brooms to sweep up the thumbtacks. Matsunaga gets very little offense in the match as it is mostly just Fujiwara beating on him. I would have liked to see this be more of the brawl, but this was amusing for what it was.


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