Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW/NJPW Supershow III

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Airdate: January 4, 1993

Attendance:  63,500 (sold out)

Will Muta finally beat Chono and unify the NWA and IWGP titles? Will it be worthwhile unlike the match at Starrcade? Can Liger regain the IWGP junior heavyweight title against Ultimo Dragon? What happens when the Hell Raisers and Steiners lock up? Who will win the battle between Tenryu and Chosu? Let’s find out!

Match 1 (six-man): Takayuki Iizuka, El Samurai, & Akira Nogami versus Nobukazu Hirai, Masao Orihara, & Koki Kitahara

Highlights:

  • Samurai dropkicked Orihara sending him to the floor.
  • To re-enter the ring, Orihara hooked a flying headscissors followed by his own dropkick.
  • A second dropkick sent Samurai to the floor, and Orihara backflipped to the floor.
  • When Iizuka tagged in, he and Samurai broke the wishbone on Orihara. OUCH!
  • Iizuka then slammed Orihara so that Kitahara could tag in.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides, Nogami slammed Orihara and mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • He then delivered a flying knee drop to Orihara’s leg followed by a knee crusher.
  • After Iiizuka tagged in, he suplexed Orihara and hooked a leg bar.
  • He then secured a single-leg crab and tagged in Nogami.
  • When he backdropped Orihara, Nogami applied his own single leg crab.
  • Kitahara then came in to save Orihara, but Nogami nailed him.
  • As Samurai tagged in, he slammed and gave Orihara a leg drop for 2.
  • Samurai then missed a dropkick, so Orihara tagged in Hirai.
  • After he dropkicked Samurai twice, Hirai suplexed him for 2.
  • Iizuka tagged in and dropkicked Hirai.
  • When he hit a sidewalk slam, Iizuka got 2.
  • He then hooked the sasori-gatame, but Orihara made the save.
  • As Iizuka delivered a vertical suplex, he got another 2.
  • Nogami tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and gave Hirai a missile dropkick.
  • Upon slamming Hirai, Nogami hit a leg drop but couldn’t get 3.
  • Orihara tagged in and dropkicked Nogami.
  • When Samurai tagged in, he piledrove Orihara.
  • He then placed Orihara atop the top turnbuckle and superplexed him.
  • As he gave Orihara a tombstone piledriver, Samurai mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a diving head butt for 2.
  • Samurai then PLANTED Orihara with a piledriver for another 2.
  • After Hirai tagged in, he dropkicked Samurai.
  • He then missed a second dropkick, so Samurai slammed Hirai.
  • When Nogami tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and splashed Hirai for 2.
  • Kitahara tagged in but ate a dropkick from Nogami.
  • As Nogami missed a second dropkick. Kitahara unleashed a series of kicks and hooked a German suplex with a bridge for 2.
  • Nogami then escaped a vertical suplex and delivered an enziguri.
  • After Iizuka tagged in, he dropkicked Kitahara.
  • Orihara and Hirai charged in but ate consecutive dropkicks from Iizuka.
  • When Kitahara slammed him, Hirai mounted the top turnbuckle, and they hit a Quebec crash on Iizuka.
  • Next, Kitahara and Kitahara gave Iizuka another Quebec crash, but Iizuka powerbombed Orihara for 2.
  • To say the least, Orihara was OUT COLD.
  • Iizuka attempted another pin but only got 2 thanks to a save by Hirai.
  • As Orihara laid motionless on the mat, the other five wrestlers brawled in the ring.
  • Samurai and Nogami then dispatched Hirai and Kitahara so that Iizuka could pin Orihara.
  • Iizuka, Nogami, and Samurai won.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  While the lack of experience showed here and there, Nogami, Iizuka, and Samurai gave Orihara a butt-kicking while putting on a show.

Match 2 (eight-man): Super Strong Machine, Hiro Saito, Norio Honaga & Tatsutoshi Goto versus Great Kabuki, Masashi Aoyagi, Akitoshi Saito, & Shiro Koshinaka

Highlights:

  • All eight wrestlers brawled at the onset, and Machine suplexed Akitoshi on the ramp.
  • As Hiro tagged in, he slammed Akitoshi.
  • Machine tagged in, but Akitoshi gave him a spinning thrust kick.
  • When Aoyagi tagged in, he missed an enziguri.
  • Machine then whipped him into the corner and delivered a corner clothesline.
  • After Honaga tagged in, he dropkicked Aoyagi.
  • Goto tagged in and hit a lariat to Aoyagi for 2.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides, Koshinaka hit a butt butt on Hiro to the delight of the Tokyo faithful.
  • Hiro then took down Koshinaka while Machine and Honaga split his uprights on the ring post. YEE-OUCH!
  • When Machine tagged in, he gave Koshinaka a cross corner whip but ran into a brick wall on his follow-through.
  • Kabuki tagged in and delivered a thrust kick.
  • Save it for the WCCW reflections, Kabuki.
  • After Kabuki clotheslined Machine, Goto tagged in.
  • Goto then attempted a vertical suplex, but Kabuki blocked it and gave Goto one of his own for a 1-count.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides again, Koshinaka sent Honaga into an Akitoshi spinning heel kick.
  • Aoyagi tagged in and laid in some STIFF kicks to Honaga.
  • When Honaga hit a belly-to-back suplex, he and Hiro delivered a slam-senton combo to Aoyagi.
  • Hiro then gave him a DDT, but Aoyagi rebounded with some thrust kicks.
  • After Koshinaka tagged in, he bulldogged Hiro for 2.
  • Shortly after, Honaga mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Kabuki.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides yet again while Aoyagi gave Goto a spinning thrust kick.
  • As he hit a belly-to-back suplex, Goto tagged in Hiro.
  • Speaking of Hiro, he delivered a jawbreaker to Aoyagi and slammed him.
  • When he mounted the second turnbuckle, Hiro missed an elbow drop.
  • Akitoshi tagged in and hit another spinning heel kick and tagged in Aoyagi.
  • After Machine’s team gave Aoyagi a series of corner clotheslines, Hiro and Honaga gave him a back drop/powerbomb combo for 2. Nifty!
  • Machine tagged in but received yet another spinning heel kick from Aoyagi.
  • As he gave Aoyagi a short-arm clothesline, Machine got a 1-count.
  • Again, all eight wrestlers brawled in and out of the ring.
  • Machine then slammed Aoyagi, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a diving head butt.
  • When he slammed Aoyagi, Machine hit a senton splash but ate a superkick from Koshinaka.
  • Honaga and Koshinaka tagged in, and Koshinaka hit another butt butt to Honaga.
  • After Honaga thwarted a third attempt, miscommunication with Goto led to his getting clotheslined.
  • Koshinaka then slammed Honaga, but Machine mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • Although he intended to hit Koshinaka, he ultimately head-butted Honaga.
  • Kabuki tagged in, got reversed on a cross corner whip, but delivered a thrust kick to Honaga.
  • As he clotheslined Honaga, Kabuki followed with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kabuki, Koshinaka, Aoyagi, and Akitoshi won.

Rating:  **1/2

Summary:  While there may have been chemistry within each team, they didn’t gel very well against one another.

Match 3 for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title: Ultimo Dragon (champion) versus Jushin “Thunder” Liger

Highlights:

  • When Dragon delivered a back elbow, Liger rebounded with a dropkick to the knee.
  • He then tied Dragon up like a pretzel but replaced the mustard with wasabi.
  • As Dragon upped the ante by applying a bow and arrow, Liger escaped and applied a Mexican surfboard.
  • He then gave Dragon a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a 1-count.
  • After he gave Dragon a cross corner whip, Liger followed with an abisegeri.
  • Dragon then took Liger down with a flying headscissors, leap-frogged him, and evaded a cross body block with a cartwheel.
  • When he delivered a front suplex, Dragon initially hooked a Mexican surfboard but applied the Dragon sleeper in mid-move. Innovative!
  • He then hit a pair of elbow drops and slammed Liger.
  • As Dragon mounted the top turnbuckle, Liger caught and attempted to join him.
  • On the other hand, Dragon shoved him down to the mat and barely grazed him with a missile dropkick. Liger, ever the pro, sold it like death.
  • Dragon then gave Liger a handspring elbow that sent him to the floor.
  • After a baseball slide caused Liger to fly over the steel railing, Dragon mounted the top turnbuckle again and connected with a cross body block in the VIP section.
  • With Liger on the apron, Dragon returned him to the ring via brainbuster for 2.
  • Liger then reversed a tombstone piledriver, but Dragon escaped and hit it.
  • When he mounted the top turnbuckle again, Dragon slipped and fell down to the mat. Oops.
  • Yet again, Liger sold it like a pro while Dragon got another 2.
  • Dragon then gave Liger a fallaway slam, floated over, but couldn’t get 3.
  • As Dragon whipped him into the corner, Liger cradled him for 2.
  • Dragon then rolled up Liger for 2.
  • After Dragon hooked a German suplex with a bridge, he got another 2.
  • Liger came back with another abisegeri sending Dragon to the floor.
  • When he powerbombed Dragon on the floor, Liger mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a somersault senton. Wow!
  • Dazed, Dragon returned to the ring only to receive a release German suplex for 2.
  • As Liger hit a palm thrust, he hooked a single-leg crab.
  • Dragon made the ropes, but Liger powerbombed him again.
  • After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Liger leaped but ate a clothesline.
  • With Liger on the floor, Dragon hit a corkscrew Asai moonsault. Amazing!
  • Back in the ring, Dragon attempted a huracanrana, but Liger blocked it.
  • When Liger attempted powerbomb #3, Dragon countered with a huracanrana for 2.
  • He then gave Liger an Asai moonsault followed by a sit-out powerbomb for another 2.
  • As he hooked la magistral cradle, Dragon couldn’t get 3.
  • He then slammed Liger, mounted the top turnbuckle, but Liger caught and joined him.
  • After Liger delivered an elevated DDT, Liger got 2.
  • He then hit powerbomb #4, placed Dragon atop the top turnbuckle, and gave him a super huracanrana.
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: ****

Summary:  Fantastic match where Liger made Dragon and captured the title.

Match 4: Tony Halme versus Ron Simmons

Highlights:

  • Wait a minute! Isn’t Simmons still WCW World champion? Nope (taped 12/30/92).
  • Simmons won a shoulder block battle and clotheslined Halme twice.
  • As Halme reversed a cross corner whip, he ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • Simmons then face-planted and piledrove him for 2.
  • When Halme gave him a cross corner whip, he delivered an avalanche.
  • He then clotheslined and elbow-dropped Simmons for 2.
  • Upon hitting a sidewalk slam, Halme got another 2.
  • He then gave Simmons a spinebuster but couldn’t get 3.
  • As Simmons attempted a comeback, Halme nailed him so hard that it knocked Simmons out of the ring!
  • With Simmons on the apron, Halme suplexed him back into the ring.
  • He then powerslammed Simmons for 2 while I realize these guys have the exact same moveset.
  • When Simmons reversed an Irish whip, he powerslammed Halme for 2.
  • He then hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • After Halme reversed an Irish whip, Simmons secured another inside cradle but couldn’t get 3.
  • Halme then missed a clothesline but received a spinebuster.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Simmons won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Pure definition of a popcorn match as Simmons’ star has faded immediately.

Match 5: Hiroshi Hase versus Sting

Highlights:

  • Sting military-press-slammed Hase with multiple reps to excite the Tokyo faithful.
  • When Sting delivered a pair of dropkicks, Hase sought refuge outside the ring.
  • Hase came back with a modified belly-to-belly suplex and a single-leg crab.
  • As Hase mocked “Ravishing” Rick Rude’s infamous swivel, he attempted the sasori-gatame, but Sting escaped.
  • Hase then hooked a LionTamer, but Sting wouldn’t submit.
  • After he gave Sting a knee crusher, Hase applied a single-leg LionTamer.
  • Sting rebounded with a vertical suplex for a 1-count.
  • When Hase hit a side-Russian leg sweep, he guillotined Sting with the top rope.
  • He then delivered a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
  • As he piledrove Sting, Hase mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Sting a flying knee drop for another 2.
  • He then hooked a sleeper but regrettably turned it into a choke.
  • Afterward, Hase pulled Sting out of the ring to give him the business.
  • Back in the ring, he hit a pair of uranages but couldn’t get 3.
  • He then delivered a German suplex with a bridge but only got a 1-count.
  • When Hase hooked a full nelson, Sting used momentum to send both wrestlers between the ropes to the floor.
  • Sting then slammed Hase on the floor and guillotined him with the steel railing. OUCH!
  • As Sting mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped, but Hase was too far away. Thus, it looked awkward and clumsy.
  • Sting then reversed a cross corner whip and hit a shoulder thrust.
  • After he face-planted Hase twice, Sting got 2.
  • He then applied an over-the-shoulder backbreaker, but Hase countered with a back drop.
  • When Sting escaped a backslide attempt, he jumped to the second turnbuckle, leaped backward, and mowed down Hase for 2. That did NOT look crisp.
  • He then gave Hase a German suplex with a bridge for another 2.
  • As Hase ducked a clothesline, he rolled up Sting while grabbing the tights for 2.
  • Sting then clotheslined him for 2.
  • After Hase tried to counter a clothesline with another uranage, Sting blocked it and delivered a jumping DDT.
  • He then slammed Hase, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a diving splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Sting won.

Rating: ***

Summary:  While good, the two glaring botches take this match down a notch.

Match 6: The “Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Scott Norton versus Shinya Hashimoto & Masa Saito

Highlights:

  • Norton challenged Hashimoto to kick him as hard as he could in the chest, and Hashimoto complied to ZERO effect.
  • As he got a running start, Hashimoto attempted a spinning heel kick, but Norton evaded him.
  • Norton then clotheslined and shoulder-blocked Hashimoto.
  • When Hashimoto reversed an Irish whip, he backdropped Norton.
  • He then successfully delivered a spinning heel kick for a 1-count.
  • After Rhodes tagged in, he gave Hashimoto a bionic elbow.
  • Saito tagged in but ate a series of bionic elbows.
  • As Rhodes suplexed him, he got 2 on Saito.
  • He then tried a cross body block, but Saito ducked. That caused Rhodes to land on the ramp.
  • When Norton tagged in, Saito gave him a cross corner whip and a corner clothesline.
  • He then clotheslined Norton but couldn’t take him off his feet.
  • Upon a second try, Saito ran into a brick wall.
  • Norton then kicked Saito in his ample midsection and clotheslined him. Too much Asahi?
  • As Norton missed a haymaker, Saito delivered a Saito suplex.
  • Rhodes came in and received the same treatment.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Hashimoto dropkicked Rhodes.
  • He then suplexed Rhodes and followed with an elbow drop for 2.
  • After Rhodes delivered the Flip, Flop, and Fly, he got 2 on Hashimoto.
  • Norton tagged in, placed Hashimoto atop the top turnbuckle, joined, and superplexed him.
  • As he gave Hashimoto a hangman’s neckbreaker, Norton hit a short-arm clothesline.
  • Rhodes tagged in and booted Hashimoto in the head for 2.
  • When he delivered a pair of elbow drops, Rhodes got another 2.
  • He then brought Hashimoto outside the ring and whipped him into a Norton clothesline.
  • Back in the ring, Rhodes gave Hashimoto a DDT and tagged in Norton.
  • Upon powerslamming Hashimoto, Norton couldn’t get 3 thanks to a save by Saito.
  • He then powerbombed Hashimoto, and Saito saved his partner again.
  • As he whipped Hashimoto into the corner, Norton came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Hashimoto then delivered his own DDT and tagged in Saito.
  • POINT OF ORDER: Yet another example of difference between Japanese and American crowds here because in America this would have equaled a hot tag.
  • Nevertheless, Saito hooked a third and fourth Saito suplex for 2.
  • When Norton powerslammed Saito, he got 2.
  • Rhodes tagged in and gave Saito a lariat for another 2.
  • After Saito hit Saito suplex #5, he tagged in Hashimoto.
  • Rhodes then dropkicked Hashimoto, gave him a cross corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Hashimoto unleashed a series of kicks, he followed with a third spinning heel kick for 2.
  • Rhodes then missed a clothesline but sold one from Hashimoto with a 360° spin. Woohoo!
  • When all four wrestlers were in the ring, Hashimoto delivered a jumping DDT to Rhodes for another 2.
  • Meanwhile, Saito tossed Norton to the ramp, and Norton lost his balance upon his return to his corner.
  • Hashimoto then hit an enziguri and pinned Rhodes.

Rating: **

Summary:  STIFF match where Norton and Saito dished out the punishment while Hashimoto and Rhodes were DEMOLISHED.

Match 7 for the NWA and IWGP World titles: Masahiro Chono (NWA) versus the Great Muta (IWGP)

Highlights:

  • Somebody please tell me that “Cowboy” Bill Watts is nowhere near the Tokyo Dome during this match.
  • When Chono missed a Yakuza kick, Muta gave him a spinning thrust kick.
  • Chono rebounded with a Samoan drop followed by a Yakuza kick.
  • As Muta sought refuge outside the ring, he grabbed a wrench from a toolbox under the ring.
  • Referee Tiger Hattori reminded Muta that this wasn’t Philadelphia and took the wrench from him before he could use it.
  • After Muta delivered a flashing elbow, he hooked an arm bar.
  • Shortly after, Muta tossed Chono outside the ring, joined, and rammed him back-first into the steel railing.
  • He then leaped to the top turnbuckle and struck Chono with a flying chop.
  • When he tossed Chono over the top rope to the ramp, Muta face-planted him.
  • He then took a walk down the ramp, charged at Chono, and clotheslined him.
  • As Chono mounted the top turnbuckle, Muta caught joined, and superplexed him.
  • He then gave Chono a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • After Muta hooked a German suplex with a bridge, he got another 2.
  • He then hit a handspring elbow, attempted the moonsault, but missed.
  • When Chono hooked the STF, Muta eventually made the ropes.
  • Chono then hit another Yakuza kick, but Muta responded with a dropkick.
  • As the previous sequence repeated itself three times, Chono kept dishing out Yakuza kicks sending Muta to the ramp.
  • With Muta on the apron, Chono tried to suplex him back into the ring; however, Muta blocked it and suplexed him onto the ramp instead.
  • Muta then placed him against the ropes, attempted a second handspring elbow, but Chono evaded him.
  • After Chono gave him a belly-to-back suplex on the ramp, Muta launched himself over the top rope and delivered a flying forearm.
  • Muta then attempted a vertical suplex, but Chono escaped and cradled him for 2.
  • When Chono mounted the top turnbuckle, he delivered a flying shoulder block for another 2.
  • He then powerbombed Muta but couldn’t get 3.
  • As he hit another Samoan drop, Chono hooked the STF again.
  • Will Muta submit?
  • No, he ultimately made the ropes.
  • Look at the size of THAT crowd! Phenomenal!
  • Muta then reversed an Irish whip and gave Chono a huracanrana for 2.
  • After Muta mounted the top turnbuckle, he ate knees on a moonsault attempt.
  • Chono then mounted the opposite top turnbuckle, leaped, but Muta evaded him.
  • When Muta delivered a backbreaker, he mounted the top turnbuckle and successfully hit a moonsault.
  • Do we have a new NWA champion?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Muta then mounted the same top turnbuckle and hit another moonsault.
  • Will it work this time?
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

 Rating: ****1/2

 Summary:  What a difference a week and a different continent makes! While the opening portion of the match resembled their snoozer in Atlanta, both wrestlers kicked all sorts of ass thereafter. I truly wonder why they couldn’t do this at Starrcade ’92. Who should I blame?

You’re the one pointing the finger, Cowboy.

Match 8 for the IWGP tag team titles: The Hell Raisers versus Steiners

Highlights:

  • Thanks to Watts, the Steiners left WCW in November 1992 and signed with the WWF. Despite that, they get a title shot here in Japan against Pinhead’s favorite tag team.
  • For those unaware, the Hell Raisers were portrayed by Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior (Kensuke Sasaki).
  • A double clothesline could put neither Scott nor Hawk down on the mat, but a second one put both of them down.
  • As Scott gave him a belly-to-back suplex, Hawk military-press-dropped Scott over the top rope to the floor. OUCH!
  • Upon his return, Scott delivered a double underhook powerbomb to Hawk followed by a piledriver.
  • If you’re familiar with Hawk, you know what happened next.
  • Yep, Hawk no-sold it and clotheslined Scott over the top rope to the floor.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Rick gave a belly-to-belly suplex to Sasaki.
  • Rick then slammed Sasaki, mounted the top turnbuckle, but leaped directly into a Sasaki dropkick.
  • After Sasaki hit a release German suplex, he mounted the opposite second turnbuckle and leaped.
  • This time, Rick caught and delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides again while Scott gave Hawk a belly-to-belly suplex.
  • As Scott applied a Boston crab, Hawk performed push-ups to escape it. Clever!
  • Scott then hooked an STF, but Hawk made the ropes.
  • When Hawk hit an enziguri, he gave Scott a shoulder breaker for 2.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides again, and the Hell Raisers delivered a double back elbow to Rick.
  • After Sasaki powerslammed Rick, he got 2.
  • Rick then backdropped Sasaki and tagged in Scott.
  • As Scott hit a pumphandle slam, he hoisted Sasaki into an over-the-shoulder backbreaker.
  • With Sasaki prone, Rick tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and elbow-dropped him. That sent Sasaki CRASHING down to the mat. Rick then got 2.
  • When Sasaki countered a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex, Rick tagged in Scott.
  • Speaking of Scott, he gave Sasaki a sidewalk slam, placed him atop the top turnbuckle, and delivered an overhead belly-to-belly superplex.
  • Rick tagged in, and the Steiners hit the Steinerizer on Sasaki for 2.
  • After they gave Sasaki the Doomsday Device, Hawk made the save.
  • Rick then missed a clothesline, and Sasaki powerslammed him.
  • Hot tag Hawk. I’m astounded that the Tokyo faithful cheered.
  • As Hawk ducked a double clothesline, he double-clotheslined the Steiners.
  • He then gave Scott a flying shoulder block and a clothesline.
  • When Scott reversed an Irish whip, he powerslammed Hawk for 2.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring while Scott delivered a Frankensteiner to Sasaki for 2.
  • Afterward, Hawk mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a flying clothesline to Scott.
  • Rick then gave Sasaki a release German suplex, and Hattori lost all semblance of the legal man.
  • As Sasaki reversed an Irish whip, he hip-tossed Rick.
  • He then joined Hawk on the floor, and the Hell Raisers delivered the Doomsday Device to Scott.
  • In the meantime, Scott tasted the steel railing which must have tasted like the Great Greedy Burger at Great Burger.
  • Sasaki then dropkicked Rick, and a clothesline sent both wrestlers over the top rope to the floor.
  • Since Hawk and Scott didn’t answer the twenty-count, both teams were counted out.
  • The Hell Raisers retained.

Rating: ****

Summary:  Hard-hitting, smash-mouth, high-impact wrestling at its finest. Sasaki did a great fill-in job for Animal, and I wish there were more matches between the Steiners and Road Warriors.

After the match, all four wrestlers re-enter the ring, shake hands, and embrace. Aw.

Match 9: Takashi Ishikawa versus Tatsumi Fujinami

Highlights:

  • Immediately, Fujinami dropkicked Ishikawa out the ring and hit a tope suicida. Woohoo!
  • While the Tokyo faithful CAME ALIVE with Fujinami fever, Ishikawa shoulder-blocked Fujinami out of the ring.
  • He then delivered a plancha and rammed Fujinami back-first into the steel railing.
  • When Ishikawa attempted a suplex, Fujinami escaped and tried to hook a sleeper.
  • Ishikawa escaped and hit a flying forearm.
  • As he attempted to hook the Dragon sleeper, the Tokyo faithful took exception.
  • Fujinami then attempted a cross body block but received a backbreaker instead.
  • After Fujinami hooked a sleeper, he switched to the Dragon sleeper, but Ishikawa escaped.
  • He reapplied the Dragon sleeper, yet Ishikawa escaped again.
  • When Ishikawa clotheslined Fujinami, he got 2.
  • He then powerbombed Fujinami twice and got another 2.
  • As Ishikawa mounted the top turnbuckle, Fujinami caught, joined, and superplexed him.
  • Ishikawa then clotheslined Fujinami and hooked the Sumopion death lock.
  • However, Fujinami grabbed the bottom rope to escape.
  • After Fujinami delivered a series of enziguris, he hooked a Dragon sleeper.
  • Ishikawa submitted so Fujinami won.

Rating: ***

Summary:  After the initial high spots, these guys went toe-to-toe and counter-for-counter until Fujinami unleashed the enziguris.

Match 10: Riki Chosu versus Genichiro Tenryu

Highlights:

  • At the onset, one could tell this match wasn’t a Saturday afternoon in the park. The battle here was REAL, folks. It’s ON like Donkey Kong.
  • Tenryu attempted an enziguri, but Chosu blocked it and attempted the sasori-gatame.
  • As Tenryu made the ropes, Chosu VICIOUSLY grazed him with a clothesline.
  • Chosu then gave Tenryu a series of head butts, and Tenryu was BUSTED OPEN.
  • When Tenryu delivered an enziguri, Chosu no-sold it.
  • He then gave Tenryu a cross corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
  • After he gave Tenryu a second one, Chosu ate a knee to the midsection on his follow-through.
  • Tenryu then elbow-dropped him for a 1-count.
  • As he hit a DDT, Tenryu got 2.
  • He then slammed Chosu, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a flying elbow drop for another 2.
  • When Chosu rebounded with a belly-to-back suplex, he got 2.
  • He then gave Tenryu a vertical suplex, hit a lariat, and got another 2.
  • Upon delivering a series of lariats, Chosu couldn’t get 3.
  • Tenryu came back with a knee drop and attempted a powerbomb.
  • As Chosu countered with a back drop, he got 2.
  • He then attempted the sasori-gatame, but Tenryu escaped.
  • When Chosu gave Tenryu another lariat, he couldn’t capitalize.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Tenryu caught, joined, and hit his own superplex for 2.
  • After Tenryu mounted the opposite top turnbuckle, he hit a second flying elbow drop.
  • Chosu then hooked a German suplex with a bridge for 2.
  • As he shoved Tenryu down, Chosu got another 2.
  • Tenryu then delivered another enziguri, struggled, yet gave Chosu a powerbomb.
  • When he powerbombed Chosu again, Tenryu pinned Chosu.

Rating: ****

Summary:  These two grapplers had been on opposite sides of the ring so often that, oftentimes during the match, their hatred seemed legitimate.

After the match, Antonio Inoki enters the ring and congratulates Tenryu.

Conclusion:  With two title changes along with two other ****+ matches, this show is a no-brainer to recommend. The huge attendance gave this show the sixth largest crowd in wrestling history at the time.

Buyrate: NONE

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 01-11-93!

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