TAPE 814

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 3 hrs (DVD)

RINGS MEGA BATTLE '98 FINALS - 1/23/99 (The stupid team elimination format continues for the Finals, which holds this show back from being as good as it could have been. Still, all is not lost, with the opener being really good. I've got a convert of a VHS master, so VQ is EX.)
Yasuhito Namekawa vs Lee Hasdell (Hasdell gets screwed with a yellow card early on - for breaking the same rule Namekawa broke twice without a yellow card - and ends up losing the fight because of that one point. He otherwise batters Namekawa throughout with a very dramatic finish as Hasdell needs a KO to win and really goes for it. Terrific legit shoot - ***1/2 or so.) Kenichi Yamamoto vs Willie Peeters Dave Von De Veen vs Wataru Sakata Volk Han vs Hiromitsu Kanehara Kiyoshi Tamura vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (Waaaaaaaay too short rematch of their classic from 7 months prior; finish comes out of nowhere after a very short match. BOOOOOO.) Dick Vrij vs Grom Zaza Joop Kasteel vs Grom Zaza Joop Kasteel vs Bitsadze Ameran Joop Kasteel vs Bitsadze Tariel Hans Nyman vs Bitsadze Tariel (Finals)