Megumi Kudo vs. Mayumi Ozaki (FMW April 18, 1997)

This match has it all! Barbed wire! Megumi Kudo spamming suplexes like her name is BROOOOOOOOOOOCK Lesnar! A chain! A chokehold big swing! In ring psychology! Japanese ladies in mom jeans!

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Terry Funk vs. The Sheik (FMW 5th Anniversary Show May 5, 1994)

Do you like bleeding old men? Forks? Pants being on fire? Chairs being chucked at random? Strangulation? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions than have I got a wrestling match for you!

If none of those things tickle your fancy this match also has Sabu in pants that look like tin foil, a guy with dodgy monster gloves and face paint carrying a torch, and Terry Funk climbing up a wall in a baseball stadium!

But wait! There’s more! Order now and get a guy yelling in Japanese over a PA telling people to get out of the way as a pair of bleeding old men chase each other slowly through a crowd as our special gift to you!

Bad News Allen vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (UWF-i December 5, 1993)

Union of Wrestling Forces Internation (UWF-i) was founded on May 10, 1991, as a continuation of the UWF. Like the UWF before it UWF-i featured a more hard-hitting, realistic style than other wrestling promotions. Though the matches in UWF-i were predetermined, the federation is seen as the precursor to many of the popular MMA promotions that arose in Japan.

Here we have the master of the Ghettoblaster, Bad News Brown/Allen taking on MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba in one of his earliest bouts.

Marti Bell vs. Leva Bates (Shimmer 66 April 13, 2014)

Leva cosplaying as Pee-wee Herman.  The secret word of the day is “three.”  Now you all know what to do when anyone says the secret word, right?
SCREAM REAL LOUD! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!  As you can imagine much shenanigans transpire with the audience popping every time the ref counts to three.  Marti Bell gets increasingly frustrated by the entire thing.

All in all it’s a pretty good opening bout, not in a workrate sense, but in the fact that it gets the crowd really into the match.

Kowabunga (USWA July 1990)

The year was 1990 and America was gripped by Turtlemania.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere: on TV, in the movies, in the cereal aisle…everywhere.  The Turtles were big business, and down in Memphis where the adage red green equals green still holds sway, USWA decided to cash in on the Heroes on the Half-Shell.  Enter Kowabunga!

Seriously watch the video.  It is fucking insane.  A guy in a Turtle costume goes apeshit over TV before a guy dressed as Splinter more or less tells him to go to Memphis to wrestle Jeff Gaylord.  This really makes no sense at all because almost as soon as Kowabunga arrived in USWA everyone else was like, “I though he was just a moron in a suit, but he can wrestle.”  No one acts like he’s actually a turtle, so what the fuck is going on with this vignette?