Thursday, December 28, 2017

NJPW 1/30/1990 - Owen Hart vs Jushin Liger

NJPW 4/28/1991 - Owen Hart vs Jushin Liger

Jushin Liger beat Owen Hart with a Liger Bomb. They did a lot of things here but unfortunately, selling wasn't one of them. They popped up from everything seconds after they did it and it really hurt the flow of the match. There wasn't a real story to the match either and Liger got very little offense in before getting the win. Lots of cool athletic spots here, but that's about it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

World of Sport 1/28/1980 - Smith Hart vs John Elijah

World of Sport 1/28/1980 - Smith Hart vs John Elijah

Elijah picks up the first fall quickly after a failed crossbody that became a body slam

Hart takes the 2nd fall fall after a surprise slam

The finish

John Elijah got the win at 1:19 in the 5th round with 2 falls to 1. This wasn't overly special but it wasn't bad. Smith didn't bring much to the table here minus 2 cool takedowns. Elijah had great facials all throughout the match and took a bunch of bumps for Smith. I did enjoy the fight for the bodyslam, but this was an average WoS match.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Stampede Wrestling 12/8/1979

Stampede Wrestling 12/8/1979

 Keith Hart vs Joe Ventura

"If they do not defend their title within the next two weeks, it will be stripped from them. So we might have a strip show here on television." - Ed Whalen on Keith and Bret Hart's tag titles

"If you're confused, that's Joe Venutra the engine and Keith Hart, the caboose." - Ed Whalen | "Okay, now I'm confused." - Me
The finish

Keith Hart got the win with a roll-up. Decent match here. This was mostly all technical ground work and might be a bit of an acquired taste, but it was believable and pretty solid all around. They showed the last 5 minutes of the 11 minute match and the crowd either wasn't into it or it wasn't mic'd well. I was rather impressed with Keith here.

Ed Whalen interviewed a fan. They said they had a petition about overturning the result of a match with Sandy Scott and The Dynamite Kid. They got 60 signatures.

Keith Hart said him and Bret had a month to defend the belts and were running near the end. He said he didn't know if Bret could make it in time and if they had to forfeit, he'd team up with Bruce Hart.

Don Gagne was interviewed. He said he was fined $200 last week for slamming JR Foley, the manager. He said if he gets involved again, Foley will get hurt.
"That belt there is mine. I'm keeping it." - Don Gagne
Bruce Hart vs Andre Sweezta
Sweezta is from Ukraine.

The finish

Bruce Hart beat Andre Sweetza with a flying clothesline. Bruce got jumped early then made a quick comeback for the win. This was not long at all and Bruce barely got any offense in before the finish.

JR Foley apparently was scouting Sweetza and smacked him for losing.

Bruce Hart said he wanted a match with The Dynamite Kid before Foley came in.

"Just tell me what I have to do." - Bruce Hart | "GET LOST. GET LOST." - JR Foley
Foley said he wanted Sekigawa to take care of Don Gagne tonight, "because money does talk".

The Dynamite Kid said Hiroshi Yagi was overweight and he'd cripple him tonight.

Larry Jones vs Yan Ki

Wayne Hart, another Hart family member, is the ref here. They randomly cut it off after 2 minutes and told us Yan Ki won. What they showed was all headlocks as seen above.

Leo Burke & Hubert Galant vs Tony Staton & Oservio Oshura
Stanton is in the corner

Oshura beats up Galant

Leo Burke fires up

The finish

Hubert Galant got the win here above on a crossbody. They showed about 5 of the 18 minutes of action here. Not too much to say due to the clipping except I really liked Burke's fire.

Leo Burke said he wanted to beat both Harts to win the titles, not in a tournament.
Galanta said the same thing.

The Dynamite Kid vs Hiroshi Yagi
Joined in progress of course.

The ref declared this a no contest after both men were outside the ring and didn't make it back in. A shame this was clipped. What they showed looked really good and Yagi was an awesome babyface. Yagi would go on to become Ryuma Go. The crowd was really into Yagi and Dynamite was really good here too. Yagi looked like he was bleeding from the mouth. Only about 8-9 minutes were shown, but it was good.

Yagi said he would lose 5 pounds in 3 days so he could challenge for DK's title.

"You started it and I'll finish it, brother." - Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid said Yagi was even more overweight than what he claimed and he said he'd take him on next week.

Foley also said Bret Hart would have to wait for a title shot.

North American Heavyweight Title - No DQ - Don Gagne vs Mr. Sekigawa
Gagne is Frenchy Martin. Sekigawa is the future Mr. Pogo, so this is quite the odd dream match.
As only Stampede can do, they cut away, saying this went to a no-contest. I guess we'll just take their word for it then since we'll never be able to see it...What they showed wasn't bad at all either. French Martin was a fiery baby face and Sekigawa could move. While they weren't super flashy, they made up for it by knocking the basics out of the park and making it look like a fight. They spent a decent portion of this choking each other out with wrist tape.

Stu Hart said the belt would be held up but the rematch had to have full rules and Leo Burke would be the ref. Burke promised a winner for next week. Stu was hard to understand here.

Overall thoughts: The editing and cuts on this show are the worst I've ever seen on a wrestling show. They wasted our time and ruined the show. Awful. I don't know how anyone could put with this week after week without throwing something. I actually did like a lot of the matches here but none of them were complete and some of the matches were cut in the beginning and more importantly the end. Don't waste your time watching this.