TAPE 935

Quality: EX

Length: 9 hrs (5 DVD)

TABE'S BEST OF KIYOSHI TAMURA VOLUME 2 (Having left UWFI behind, Kiyoshi Tamura was ready to become the superstar he always knew he could be. He entered RINGS with high hopes, accompanied by much hype and attention. It would be a long road but he would eventually ascend to the summit. See it all here, the matches that made Tamura a superstar, including the legendary series with Volk Han. Also see Tamura's sometimes-successful transition to MMA and his return to pro wrestling with U-Style. VQ is EX throughout.)
Kiyoshi Tamura vs Dick Vrij, RINGS, 6/29/96 (Tamura makes his RINGS debut and scores a solid win over RINGS vet Vrij) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Willie Peeters, RINGS, 7/16/96 (Late in his UWFI run, Tamura was a prick to guys in the ring. Here the favor gets returned with Peeters mocking him and taunting him throughout. I love it!) KIYOSHI TAMURA vs VOLK HAN, RINGS, 9/25/96 (First in a trio of legendary matches with Volk Han. Great stuff.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Mikhail Ilioukhine, RINGS, 10/25/96 (Leglock master Ilioukhine is one of the forgotten gems of the shoot-style era. Their 1998 match is better but this is still good.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto, RINGS, 12/21/96 (Tamura nails a sweet rolling armbar in this one) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Volk Han, RINGS, 1/22/97 (More with the master himself, Volk Han) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Akira Maeda, RINGS, 3/28/97 (Tamura gets his first crack at Maeda since Maeda put him out of action for a year more than 7-1/2 years prior. Unfortunately, Kiyoshi doesn't quite get the revenge he's looking for...) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Christopher Haseman, RINGS, 4/4/97 Kiyoshi Tamura vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, RINGS, 4/22/97 (Excellent match that is a foreshadow of things to come with Kohsaka) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Nikolai Zouev, RINGS, 6/21/97 (I'm a broken record here, but Zouev is another long-forgotten master...) KIYOSHI TAMURA VS BITSADZE TARIEL, RINGS, 7/22/97 (Great match with lots of drama. Tariel isn't exactly a workrate demon but he comes through here.) KIYOSHI TAMURA vs VOLK HAN, RINGS, 9/26/97 (The last of the series. There would be no more but this one is great.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Hans Nyman, RINGS, 10/25/97 (Nyman pounded Tamura a couple months prior; here, Tamura gets his revenge) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Joop Kasteel, RINGS, 11/20/97 Kiyoshi Tamura vs Akira Maeda, RINGS, 12/23/97 (Major breakthrough for Tamura as he finally nails the revenge victory over Maeda he's been seeking) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Mikhail Ilioukhine, RINGS, 1/21/98 (Mega Battle '97 Finals - the biggest win of Tamura's career. This was likely supposed to be a rematch with Han but he got legit injured against Ilioukhine. Ilioukhine sees an opportunity and takes advantage of it, putting on the performance of his life. Excellent match!) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Dick Vrij, RINGS, 3/28/98 (While in a choke, Vrij rakes Tamura's, legit pissing him off as you might imagine. Vrij, recognizing instantly that he's screwed up big-time, immediately allows Tamura to tap him out to prevent any further troubles.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, RINGS, 6/27/98 (Legendary match, called by some the greatest shoot-style match of all-time. I like it, but I wouldn't go that far. Great match that goes the full 30 minutes.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Masayuki Naruse, RINGS, 8/28/98 (Another long one that's excellent) KIYOSHI TAMURA VS YOSHIHISA YAMAMOTO, RINGS, 9/21/98 (Probably my favorite Tamura match from RINGS. Both guys really step up huge in this one and the results are outstanding. Great match!) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, RINGS, 1/23/99 (nowhere near the level of their others) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Valentijn Overeem, RINGS, 2/21/99 (Legit shoot that sees Tamura get a tooth knocked out!) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Hiromitsu Kanehara, RINGS, 3/22/99 (Former UWFI guys hook up and the results are excellent!) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Frank Shamrock, RINGS, 4/23/99 (Legit shoot that sees Shamrock get screwed. He loses a point on a bogus decision and that lost point costs him the decision. Excellent match.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Bitsadze Tariel, RINGS, 5/22/99 (Not every RINGS match was a shoot after Maeda retired. Here, Tamura wins the RINGS title in a decent work.) KIYOSHI TAMURA VS YOSHIHISA YAMAMOTO, RINGS, 6/24/99 (Legit shoot? You decide. Outstanding 20-minute draw in front of a boiling hot crowd.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Joop Kasteel, RINGS, 8/19/99 (Good match, then Kasteel taps to a hold that isn't even really applied. WTF?) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Dave Menne, RINGS, 12/22/99 (Opening round match in the now-legendary 1999 King of Kings tournament) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Renzo Gracie, RINGS, 2/26/00 (Huge win for Tamura as he becomes the first man to defeat a Gracie in an MMA match) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Gilbert Yvel, RINGS, 4/20/00 (At one time, Gilbert Yvel looked like a superstar. This would be that time as he uses the RINGS rules to his full advantage and completely overwhelms Tamura to win the RINGS title) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Antonio Nongueira, RINGS, 10/9/00 (from the 2000 King of Kings tournament) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Vanderlei Silva, Pride, 2/24/02 (Tamura makes his Pride debut and gets beat up) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Ikuhisa Minowa, DEEP, 9/7/02 (Some great submission work in this one) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Nobuhiko Takada, Pride, 11/24/02 (Work? Shoot? Double-cross? Mistake? You decide! Takada chooses Tamura for his retirement fight and, depending on who you listen to, the results go horribly wrong when Tamura KOs Takada with a punch. Was that supposed to happen? Who's to say?) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Wataru Sakata, U-Style, 2/15/03 (Seeking to restore the glory of the shoot-style seen in the UWF and UWFI, Tamura started U-Style in 2003. Hopes were high but never reached. Here we have the excellent main event from the first U-Style show.) KIYOSHI TAMURA VS HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA, Pride, 8/10/03 (Great fight) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Katsuhisa Fujii, U-Style, 12/9/03 (Excellent match) KIYOSHI TAMURA VS TSUYOSHI KOHSAKA, U-Style, 2/4/04 (At 15 minutes, this is a little shorter than I would have liked, but the two old rivals put on a fantastic show for this 1st Anniversary U-Style show.) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Kyosuke Sasaki, U-Style, 3/13/04 Kiyoshi Tamura vs Kazuki Okubo, U-Style, 4/28/04 KIYOSHI TAMURA VS HIROYUKI ITO, U-Style, 8/18/04 (From U-Style's title tournament - great match, one of the best in U-Style's short history) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Alexander Otsuka, U-Style, 8/18/04 (I'm shocked - shocked, I say - that Tamura would win the U-Style title tournament) Kiyoshi Tamura vs Josh Barnett, U-Style, 11/23/05 (Surprisingly good match with Barnett; this one is fun.)