TAPE 435

Quality: VG

Length: 6 hrs (2 DVD)

JAPAN TV 8/90 - 9/90 (Oh yeah, great, great stuff here! All kinds of classic All Japan and New Japan TV here, including several matches from the legendary Misawa/Tsuruta feud. The first hour or so is devoted to a Misawa TV special that features lots of cool match highlights. Quality on this is VG throughout, making this tape a must-have!)
Mitsuharu Misawa interview (clip of Tsuruta vs Misawa, 6/8/90) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Shiro Koshinaka, 4/22/83 (JIP - Misawa's pro debut!) Tiger Mask II vs La Fiera, 8/26/84 (JIP) Tiger Mask II vs Kuniaki Kobayashi, 6/21/85 (JIP) Tiger Mask II vs Kuniaki Kobayashi, 8/31/85 (JIP - Misawa wins NWA Int't Jr title) Tiger Mask II vs Jumbo Tsuruta, 3/9/88 (JIP) Tiger Mask II & Toshiaki Kawada vs Yoshiaki Yatsu & Hiromichi Fuyuki, 5/14/90 (JIP - this is the famous match where Misawa unmasks) Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Akira Taue vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Masa Fuchi, & Kendo Nagasaki (clipped - no finish shown) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jumbo Tsuruta, 6/8/90 (clipped) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen, 7/27/90 (JIP - Hansen wins Triple Crown) Fantastics vs Eric Embry & ??? (JIP) Kenta Kobashi vs Dan Kroffat (JIP - ***1/2) MITSUHARU MISAWA, TOSHIAKI KAWADA, & TSUYOSHI KIKUCHI VS JUMBO TSURUTA, AKIRA TAUE, & MASA FUCHI (FANTASTIC MATCH! Great stuff. ****1/2!) Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat vs Eric Embry & ??? (JIP) Akira Taue vs ??? (JIP) Johnny Ace vs Rip Morgan (JIP) Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Masa Fuchi, & Mighty Inoue Wild Pegasus vs Jushi Liger, 8/19/90 (JIP - Pegasus wins IWGP jr title) Keiji Mutoh & Masa Chono vs Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom Vader vs Riki Choshu, 8/19/90 (Choshu wins IWGP title) Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Akira Taue, Masa Fuchi, & Mighty Inoue (JIP - Misawa wears blue tights for this one and then KO's Fuchi) Jumbo Tsuruta vs Kenta Kobashi (Good stuff - ***1/2) Stan Hansen & Johnny Ace vs Steve Williams & Terry Gordy (JIP) Stan Hansen vs Steve Williams, 9/1/90 (JIP) MITSUHARU MISAWA VS JUMBO TSURUTA, 9/1/90 (The rematch! Great stuff, with incredible crowd heat.) FANTASTICS VS JOE MALENKO & TSUYOSHI KIKUCHI (Amazing that Kikuchi got out of this match without being crippled - he goes for a springboard dropkick, but falls to the floor instead, he gets spiked on his head on a backdrop, and he nearly gets spiked on his head falling off while trying a forward roll. Even with all the mess ups, this is a great match!) Terry Gordy & Steve Williams vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (JIP) Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki vs Shiro Koshinaka & ??? (JIP) Vader vs Shinnya Hashimoto GREAT MUTA VS HIRO HASE, 9/14/90 (Bloody match; This match, and this match only, has some tracking problems from the source. Nothing I can do to fix it. Still watchable though.)