TAPE 421

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 7.7 hrs (4 DVD)

KINGDOM - THE LEGEND OF KINGDOM (After UWFI crashed and burned, Kingdom rose up to try and keep the shoot-style fire burning. An interesting mix of legit shoots and works done in a style more realistic than UWFI, Kingdom had a talented roster but lasted only 10 months. This DVD box set covers the entire history of Kingdom with all matches shown in complete form. Lots of good stuff here, particularly in seeing Sakuraba step into the limelight as a star. I've got a master, so VQ is perfect.)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs Naoki Sano, 5/4/97 (Excellent match - very stiff) Yoshihiro Takayamda vs Caribou Mandiengo, 5/4/97 Yoji Anjoh vs Masahito Kakihara, 5/4/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Yoji Anjoh, 6/20/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Orlando Weit, 7/29/97 Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Nicholas Starks, 7/29/97 Yoji Anjoh vs Paul Varelans, 7/29/97 Yoshihiro Takayama vs Hiromitsu Kanehara, 8/22/97 Naoki Sano vs Hiromitsu Kanehara, 8/22/97 (Tournament Finals) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Moti Horenstein, 9/3/97 (Not exactly the best Sakuraba match you'll ever see) Yoji Anjoh vs Patrick Smith, 9/3/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Kenichi Yamamoto, 9/20/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Greg Douglas, 11/3/97 Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Yoji Anjoh, 11/3/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Yoji Anjoh, 11/15/97 Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Patrick Smith, 11/19/97 KAZUSHI SAKURABA VS HIROMITSU KANEHARA, 12/2/97 (Easily the best Kingdom match ever. Dave Meltzer called this the stiffest match he'd ever seen and it's all that - and more. Both guys just blast each other, great stuff.) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Hiromitsu Kanehara, 12/8/97 (The rematch! Pretty much as stiff as the first match, with a really nasty KO. This one's shorter, though, and not quite as good. Still really good, however.) Masahito Kakihara vs Yoshihiro Takayama, 12/8/97 Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Eddie Ruiz, 12/14/97 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Paul Herrera, 12/14/97 Minoru Toyonaga vs Nicholas Starks, 1/28/98 Kenichi Yamamoto vs Daniel Rodriguez, 1/28/98 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Larry Parker, 1/28/98 (Parker is probably best-known for having fought on the infamous International Super Challenge show where Douglas Dedge ended up dying. He gets dominated here, however.) Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Nick Lucero, 1/28/98 Yoji Anjoh vs Mark Hall, 3/20/98