TAPE 546

Quality: EX (1st Gen Convert)

Length: 2 hrs (DVD)

ALL JAPAN CHAMPION'S CARNIVAL '97 (Bit of a mixed bag comm tape from AJ. The Finals are excellent, but the prelim clips are waaaay too short and there aren't enough of them. Oh well, good tape anyway. Everything is brief highlights unless noted. I've got a 1st gen convert so VQ is EX.)
Akira Taue vs Johnny Ace, 3/22/97 Kenta Kobashi vs Takao Omori, 3/22/97 Toshiaki Kawada vs Tamon Honda, 3/22/97 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Gary Albright, 3/22/97 Johnny Ace vs Stan Hansen, 3/30/97 Akira Taue vs Gary Albright, 3/30/97 Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama, 3/30/97 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada, 3/30/97 Stan Hansen vs Jun Akiyama, 4/2/97 Toshiaki Kawada vs Gary Albright, 4/2/97 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Steve Williams, 4/2/97 (I've told people I can't stand the head ref in AJPW - Kyohei Wada - and I've never really been explain it. I always said "he's too involved with the wrestlers". Well, here's Example #1: Williams pins Misawa after a backdrop driver, but only gets the fall after Wada ROLLS HIM ON TOP OF MISAWA FOR THE PIN. WTF is that?!) MITSUHARU MISAWA VS KENTA KOBASHI, 4/19/97 (They run a 3-match series for the Finals since Misawa, Kobashi, and Kawada are all tied with 19 points in the League portion. This is your typical excellent Misawa/Kobashi match and goes to a 30 minute draw. Good stuff! Complete match shown.) Toshiaki Kawada vs Mitsuharu Misawa, 4/19/97 (Complete match - Kawada gets his 1st ever singles win over Misawa and it's tainted since Misawa had just finished wrestling a super-tough 30 minute match only minutes earlier. Gotta love AJ booking!) KENTA KOBASHI VS TOSHIAKI KAWADA, 4/19/97 (Complete Match - Kobashi gets the benefit of some rest, so he comes back out and wrestles another excellent match. Over 53 minutes of **** action from him in one night. Great stuff!) Naoki Sano & Masa Fuchi vs Johnny Smith & ???, 3/30/97 (Clipped) Hayabusa & ??? vs Manukea Mossman & Kentaro Shiga, 4/2/97 (Clipped) Hayabusa & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Yoshinari Ogawa & Kentaro Shiga, 4/19/97 (Complete - They show stuff like this complete, but can't give us Kobashi pinning Misawa in the League portion of the tournament or another 15 minutes of clips or something. ARGH.)