TAPE 293

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 1.9 hrs (DVD)

RINGS MEGA BATTLE '95 FINALS - 1/24/96 (Another excellent show on the way to their best stretch of shows. Lots of good stuff to be found here. I've got a conversion from a VHS master, so VQ is EX.)
Mikhail Ilioukhine vs Wataru Sakata Willie Peeters vs Christopher Haseman Bakouri Gogitdze vs Vladimir Klementiev Tony Halme vs Mitsuya Nagai (Holy crap, a GOOD Tony Halme match! I didn't think it was possible, but here it is. Halme is very active in this one, rolling out submissions, a chokeslam, all kinds of stuff, so it's not like Nagai is doing all the work. Fun stuff!) Tsuyoshi Kohsaka vs Maurice Smith (Dunno if these two were training partners at this point or not. Either way, this one is surprisingly short...) Dennis Raven vs Bitsadze Tariel (Raven looks like Dick Vrij's identical twin, only bigger) Volk Han vs Hans Nyman (3rd Place Match - Han must have pissed someone off as he gets pounded and squashed in a very one-sided match) Akira Maeda vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto (Finals - Maeda was always willing to put over guys but here he books himself a tournament win when he's clearly past his prime. This isn't bad at all - and I don't think Yamamoto should have won this match either - but Maeda just shouldn't be winning this tourney at this point. Still, a good match.)