TAPE 143

Quality: EX (1st Gen Convert)

Length: 1.5 hrs (DVD)

UWF VOL I - 4/11/84 (Here we have the debut show of the first incarnation of the UWF. They would later become a shoot-style group, but that is far from evident here. This is straight-up pro-style wrestling, with no shoot-style anywhere to be found. While this is a decent show, I can't recommend it to shoot-style fans or even really pro-style fans. UWF or Maeda completists only need apply. I've got a 1st gen convert so VQ is EX.)
El Signo & El Texano vs Mach Hayato & Mano Negra Ryuma Go vs Vinnie Valentino Rusher Kimura vs Scott Casey (It's weird to see Kimura actually physically fit and able to move, unlike his later AJPW comedy days.) Umanosuke Ueda vs Bob Sweetan Akira Maeda vs Dutch Mantell (Yes, ladies and gentleman, the answer to that burning question "Who main evented against Akira Maeda in the first show for the legendary shoot-style group called the UWF?" is Dutch freaking Mantell. Not exactly the opponent you'd expect, but this turns out to be a pretty decent match.)