TAPE 949

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 95 min (DVD)

ALL JAPAN CHAMPION'S CARNIVAL 1998 (Good comm tape covering All Japan's annual round-robin tournament. Neat because this is the one time all year where the stars all work tons of singles matches instead of mixing in lots of tags. All matches are clipped or JIP. I'll never understand All Japan's match selections though - they leave off Misawa jobbing to Kobashi; they leave off all of Kawada's jobs, and various other matches between stars. I've got a convert from VHS master so VQ is EX.)
Akira Taue vs Kamala II, 3/21/98 Toshiaki Kawada vs Jun Izumida, 3/21/98 Stan Hansen vs Gary Albright, 3/21/98 (This woulda been a lot of fun in 1992 or 1993.) Kenta Kobahsi vs Johnny Ace, 3/21/98 Kenta Kobashi vs Wolf Hawkfield, 3/22/98 Toshiaki Kawada vs Takao Omori, 3/22/98 Stan Hansen vs Jun Akiyama, 3/22/98 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue, 3/22/98 (Taue scores the upset win) Gary Albright vs Kamala II, 3/26/98 (No Misawa/Kobashi, no Kobashi/Kawada, no Misawa/Hansen but, by gosh, we get Albright/Kamala!) Stan Hansen vs Jun Izumida, 3/26/98 Akira Taue vs Steve Williams, 3/26/98 Toshiaki Kawada vs Jun Akiyama, 3/26/98 Kenta Kobashi vs Takao Omori, 3/29/98 Stan Hansen vs Steve Williams, 3/29/98 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada, 3/29/98 Akira Taue vs Jun Izumida, 4/11/98 Johnny Ace vs Wolf Hawkfield, 4/11/98 Steve Williams vs Gary Albright, 4/11/98 Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama, 4/11/98 Stan Hansen vs Kamala II, 4/12/98 Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Izumida, 4/12/98 Jun Akiyama vs Johnny Ace, 4/12/98 Mitsuharu Misawa vs Steve Williams, 4/12/98 Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue, 4/12/98 (All Japan was never real big on submissions but, for whatever reason, they put over the figure-four big time during the CC. Here, we have Kawada - who never uses it - scoring a submission win with it.) Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jun Akiyama, 4/18/98 (Finals - complete - This is a perfect example of where All Japan started going wrong in the late '90s. Misawa takes several finishers, including three of Akiyama's Exploder that he was winning matches with during the CC, the figure four, a NASTY Pedigree, and other stuff - and still comes back. And then he beats Akiyama shortly thereafter with a couple of elbows. Excellent match, lame finish.)