TAPE 919

Quality: EX

Length: 11 hrs (6 DVD)

TABE'S BEST OF VOLK HAN (Volk Han is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest shoot-style wrestlers of all-time. His incredible submission knowledge, packaged into a non-threatening look captivated RINGS audiences for more than a decade. A main-event star immediately upon debut, Han would go on to be most-successful and most-popular non-Japanese performer in RINGS, twice winning the annual Mega Battle tournament. When RINGS shifted to being an MMA organization, Han went with them, successfully making the transition to legitimate fights. Now, see the greatness of Volk Han for yourself in "Tabe's Best of Volk Han", a 6-disc set covering Han's entire career. From the spectacular debut against AKira Maeda to the legendary matches with Kiyoshi Tamura and the dream match with Antonio Nogueira, they're all here! Quality on this set is EX throughout, with everything being converted from VHS masters. The lone exception is the match from 4/6/01 which is converted from a PAL source and is VG or VG/EX.)
Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 12/7/91 (Han debuts in this excellent match) Volk Han vs Genaddy Gigant, 3/5/92 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 4/3/92 (Maeda makes Han a superstar, jobbing to him in just his third match) Volk Han vs Grom Zaza, 5/16/92 Volk Han vs Herman Renting, 6/25/92 Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 7/16/92 (fabulous mat-based match with maybe the most-ignored excellent wrestler of the last 15 years - Kopylov) Volk Han vs Dick Vrij, 8/21/91 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 10/29/92 Volk Han vs Sotir Gotchev, 12/19/92 Submission Demonstration, 2/28/93 (dressed in his army fatigues - Han was a legit self-defense instructor in the Soviet army - Han demonstrates a number of submissions here. Very cool.) Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 3/5/93 Volk Han vs Mitsuya Nagai, 4/24/93 (Basically just a Volk Han submission demo. Awesome!) Volk Han vs Dick Vrij, 7/13/93 Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse, 10/23/93 Volk Han vs Nikolai Zouev, 11/18/93 Volk Han vs Pavel Orlov, 12/8/93 Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, 1/21/94 (Yamamoto would go on to become an excellent worker but here he's just along for the ride - and it's a fun one for the viewer.) Volk Han vs Bitsadze Tariel, 4/23/94 Volk Han vs Mitsuya Nagai, 5/17/94 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 6/18/94 Volk Han vs Hans Nyman, 7/14/94 Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 10/22/94 Volk Han vs Hans Nyman, 12/16/94 Volk Han vs Mitsuya Nagai, 12/24/94 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 1/25/95 (Biggest win of Han's career, the Finals of the Mega Battle Tournament) Volk Han vs Nikolai Zouev, 3/18/95 (Zouev is one of Han's best opponents. He's another non-threatening Russian dude who surprises with his tremendous skill.) Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse, 4/28/95 Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, 6/17/95 Volk Han vs Tony Halme, 7/17/95 Volk Han vs Bitsadze Tariel, 8/27/95 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 9/22/95 Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 11/16/95 Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, 12/19/95 Volk Han vs Hans Nyman, 1/24/96 Volk Han vs Dick Vrij, 3/25/96 Volk Han vs Nikolai Zouev, 4/26/96 Volk Han vs Hans Nyman, 5/25/96 (Han refuses to break his submission hold, even after the ref repeatedly pounds on his back, so Dick Vrij comes running in and punts Han in the head. All hell breaks loose after that, with punches thrown and debris tossed into the ring. Not real sure why Han did what he did...) Volk Han vs Mitsuya Nagai, 6/29/96 Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, 7/16/96 (well on its way to being a classic when it's ended early by a legit KO :( ) Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, 8/24/96 (the rematch! Also a great match.) Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura, 9/25/96 (First in what has become a legendary series of matches with Tamura. Great stuff.) Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse, 10/25/96 (Naruse DRILLS Han with a vicious spinning backhand to the jaw so Han, in a rare moment of anger, tosses him over the top rope!) Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, 11/22/96 Volk Han vs Bitsadze Tariel, 12/21/96 Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura, 1/22/97 (Han snags his second Mega Battle tournament win in another great match with Tamura.) Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 4/22/97 Volk Han vs Joop Kasteel, 5/23/97 Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, 8/13/97 Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura, 9/26/97 Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 10/25/97 Volk Han vs Dick Vrij, 11/20/97 Volk Han vs Mikhail Ilioukhine, 12/23/97 (Great match until Han legit injures his leg, ending it early. I can't help but think he was scheduled to win in order to setup another match with Tamura in the Mega Battle Finals on 1/21/98 - the next rematch with Tamura would never occur, unfortunately.) Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 1/21/98 Volk Han vs Akira Maeda, 4/16/98 Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, 5/29/98 Volk Han vs Kenichi Yamamoto, 7/20/98 Volk Han vs Bitsadze Tariel, 8/28/98 (Han takes a pounding here in a rare squash) Volk Han vs Dick Vrij, 10/23/98 (short match from RINGS' ill-fated attempt to change the Mega Battle tourney into a team format; bad idea) Volk Han vs Joop Kasteel, 10/23/98 Volk Han vs Hiromitsu Kanehara, 1/23/99 Volk Han vs Nikolai Zouev, 2/21/99 Volk Han vs Masayuki Naruse, 5/22/99 Volk Han vs Brandon Lee Hinkle, 6/15/00 Volk Han vs Lee Hasdell, 12/22/00 (That Volk Han, he's a submissions-only guy. Can't strike. *POW*! Out go the lights for Mr. Hasdell!) Volk Han vs Bobby Hoffman, 12/22/00 Volk Han vs Antonio Nogueira, 2/24/01 (Greatest Worked Submission Guy vs Greatest Legit Submission Guy. Something of a dream match.) Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 4/6/01 Volk Han vs Grom Zaza, 5/12/01 Volk Han vs Andrei Kopylov, 2/15/02 (Han's last match. This is done as an exhibition in the "old RINGS rules" on RINGS' final show in Japan. Fun to see these two go at it one last time.)