TAPE 783

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 2.4 hrs (2 DVD)

RINGS - 2/21/99 (As they started to move to an all-shoot format, RINGS put on mixed work/shoot shows like this one. Lots of good stuff here, with the highlight being the Akira Maeda retirement match with Alexander Karelin. Quality on this show is EX, master convert.)
Yasuhito Namekawa vs Ryuki Ueyama (JIP - legit shoot) Andrei Kopylov vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto Volk Han vs Nikolai Zouev (Couple seconds of video problems here) Sean Alvarez vs Wataru Sakata (MMA Rules, legit shoot - absolutely horrendous, do-nothing fight. Afterward, Sakata is pissed about something, so he walks over to Alvarez's corner and kicks him, starting a near-brawl.) Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Ricardo Morais (MMA rules, legit shoot) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Valentijn Overeem (Legit shoot that sees Tamura get a tooth knocked out) Akira Maeda vs Alexander Karelin (Maeda's retirement match - Not quite sure how RINGS managed to do it, but somehow they got Karelin - quite possibly the greatest amateur wrestler of all-time - to agree to do a worked match with Maeda. They hyped the heck out of this in Japan and succeeded in making Karelin seem to pose a legit threat to Maeda. Well done!)