TAPE 376

Quality: EX (1st Gen Convert)

Length: 110 min (DVD)

ALL JAPAN OCTOBER GIANT SERIES '97 PT 2 (This is a pretty rare All Japan comm. tape with some of the secondary matches from the '97 Giant Series tour. Some good action here, the Kawada vs Takayama match in particular is a keeper. I've got a 1st gen convert so VQ is EX.)
Johnny Ace vs Akira Taue, 10/21/97 (***1/2 - surprisingly good match from a couple of guys who work hard but are very awkward.) Toshiaki Kawada vs Yoshihiro Takayama, 10/21/97 (YES! Now this is good stuff! I'm not gonna sit here and tell you this is a **** match, because it's not. But it certainly is a *FUN* match. Kawada and Takayama hook up in their rematch from the Kawada's lone UWFI match on 9/11/96 and they use the opportunity to put Takayama over as a shooter. Takayama spends the first 15 minutes of this 18 minute match just beating the crap out of Kawada - DRILLING him with palm thrusts to the face and jaw - busting open his lip, blasting him in the head with knees, and lighting him up with kicks. This is just fun to watch! Don't get me wrong, I love Kawada, but he is so stiff with guys that it's fun to see him get stiffed brutally for once. Somewhere, I'm sure, Jun Akiyama watched this match and said "YES! Payback for torturing me from '93 to '95!") Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace, 10/11/97 (Good match, the last 5 minutes are excellent, but not quite the **** match I was hoping for.) Hayabusa & Manukea Mossman vs Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori, 10/11/97