TAPE 70

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 14 hrs (8 DVD)

AKIRA MAEDA UWF DVD (Oh yeah baby, bring on the good stuff! What we've got here is a set of DVDs covering Akira Maeda's entire UWF career over both forms of the UWF. Lots and lots of great matches and you get to see the evolution of "shoot-style" wrestling from technical "pro-style" into pure "shoot-style". I've got masters of the DVD set. AWESOME!)
Akira Maeda vs Dutch Mantell, 4/11/84 (Debut show for the 1st UWF) Akira Maeda vs Mark Lewin, 9/7/84 AKIRA MAEDA VS TIGER MASK SAYAMA, 9/11/84 (Great match!) Akira Maeda & Pete Roberts vs Osamu Kido & Keith Hayward (30-min technical masterpiece! ***1/2) Akira Maeda vs Tiger Mask Sayama, 1/7/85 (SUPER stiff finish to this match - ***1/2) Akira Maeda vs Osamu Kido, 1/20/85 AKIRA MAEDA VS KAZUO YAMAZAKI, 2/18/85 (slightly clipped) AKIRA MAEDA VS YOSHIAKI FUJIWARA, 3/2/85 Akira Maeda vs Keith Hayward, 7/8/85 Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 7/13/85 Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada, 7/17/85 (slightly clipped - ***1/2) Akira Maeda vs Osamu Kido, 7/21/85 Akira Maeda vs Satoru Sayama, 7/25/85 Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 8/25/85 Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada, 8/29/85 Akira Maeda vs Satoru Sayama, 9/2/85 (This is the infamous "shoot" match between these two guys. Doesn't look like a shoot to me, though. Looks like just a regular match, then all of a sudden Sayama fakes being kicked in the groin. Totally weird.) AKIRA MAEDA VS YOSHIAKI FUJIWARA, 8/29/87 (VERY stuff match, headbutts, full-on strikes, etc.) Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki, 5/12/88 (Great match! 25+ minutes - ***1/2. This is from the debut show of the 2nd UWF.) AKIRA MAEDA VS NOBUHIKO TAKADA, 6/11/88 AKIRA MAEDA VS GERARD GOURDEAU, 8/13/88 (Wrestler vs Kickboxer) Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki, 9/24/88 AKIRA MAEDA VS NOBUHIKO TAKADA, 11/10/88 (OUTSTANDING match in front of a hot crowd that features Takada scoring his first win over Maeda!) Akira Maeda vs Norman Smiley, 12/22/88 AKIRA MAEDA VS NOBUHIKO TAKADA, 1/10/89 (30-min draw) Akira Maeda vs Bart Vale, 2/27/89 Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki, 4/14/89 (Good match that gets stopped when Yamazaki busts himself open hardway by headbutting Maeda.) Akira Maeda vs Chris Dolman, 5/4/89 Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki, 5/21/89 (***1/2 - Yamazaki takes a "Holy Shit!" bump when Maeda, doing his "over the shoulder suplex/bodyslam" move, doesn't get Yamazaki turned all the way over and just spikes him straight on his head. OUCH!) AKIRA MAEDA VS NOBUHIKO TAKADA, 6/14/89 Akira Maeda vs Yoji Anjoh, 7/24/89 Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 8/13/89 Akira Maeda vs Jumbo Baretta, 9/7/89 Akira Maeda vs Yuko Miyato, 10/1/89 Akira Maeda vs Kiyoshi Tamura, 10/25/89 (Maeda shoots on Tamura and legit busts him up) Akira Maeda vs Willie Wilhelm, 11/29/89 Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada, 1/16/90 Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 2/9/90 Akira Maeda vs Kazuo Yamazaki, 2/27/90 Akira Maeda vs Tatsuo Nakano, 4/15/90 Akira Maeda vs Masa Funaki, 5/4/90 Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada, 6/21/90 Akira Maeda vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara, 7/20/90 (Fujiwara scores the upset with, appropriately enough, a Fujiwara armbar, twisting Maeda's arm at a sick angle.) Akira Maeda vs Yoji Anjoh, 8/13/90 Akira Maeda vs Nobuhiko Takada, 9/13/90 (WTF? Who books a 10 minute Maeda/Takada match? This should go 20 at least!) Akira Maeda vs Masa Funaki, 10/25/90