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UWF-I World First Year 1st & 2nd Commercial Tape 1/9 & 2/15/92 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr. Q=Master. 2 DVDs


Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda. Exciting but flawed match. There was a lot of countering, with Maeda sometimes following impressively and other times making mistakes. It helped that Kanehara's transitions were so good. Well, it helped that Kanehara was so good period, once again totally making the match. Maeda wasn't real accurate with his strikes and his footwork and balancing was lacking. Kanehara's face got marked up from some errant blows. The match was kind of long considering Maeda's experience level, but the length turned out to be okay except it was embarrassing that Kanehara drew a guy that was so inferior. 15:00. **3/4

Masahito Kakihara vs. Tom Burton. Kakihara was too quick and athletic for Burton. He was just dominating, leading 14-3. Burton didn't have much offense, with unconvincing comebacks and unclean execution. Kakihara made some good moves, but as a whole it was very disappointing because they didn't work that well together and Burton is certainly better than this match would lead you to believe. 10:49. **

Tatsuo Nakano vs. J.T. Southern. Southern's offense was holding an appendage. Nakano was never big into submission, so this wasn't a good matchup. Nakano got fired up at 7:30 and did some of his regular big moves, but that didn't save the match since it ended within 25 seconds. 7:52. *

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yuko Miyato. Very intense and pretty realistic. Tamura was really good here, and Miyato more than held his own. Tamura was in control more, but Miyato was slaughtering him points wise because his knockdowns are worth 3 times Tamura's forced rope escapes. Tamura made some amazing balance counters to avoid Miyato's submission and go into one of his own. 8:11. ***

Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoji Anjo vs. Gary Albright & Jim Bose. Yamazaki was obviously the standout. He knows how to make Albright seem a lot more impressive than he is, but Gary also deserves credit for being up to the task. That pairing produced really good stuff that well thought out with the lower success rate where you had to work up to the big moves. I liked how an attack would start to work, but would then be countered on the 2nd or 3rd step, so it was back to the drawing board. The fans were really into it. Anjo vs. Bose obviously wasn't as good or interesting, but it was decent enough. Bose is one of those real persistent guys tat is willing to get hit if that's what it takes to do the technique he's trying for. His strikes weren't very credible though. 15:57. ***


Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda. This was an improvement over their previous match, but it plays a lot better when you see it 5 weeks later rather than 1 1/2hr. Kanehara was more willing to have standup exchanges in this one, which wasn't a wise strategy but made for a more exciting match. Maeda was cleaner and more precise here. 15:00. ***

Masahito Kakihara vs. J.T. Southern. Mainly due to the hairdo Southern looks something like HHH a couple hundred thousands injections ago in WCW as JPL. Unfortunately, he might not even be that "talented". Kakihara blitzed Southern, who couldn't deal with his speed and quickness, and had him on his heels for much of this short one-sided match. 4:51. *1/2

Kiyoshi Tamura & Yuko Miyato vs. Tatsuo Nakano & Mark Silver. Tamura totally carried the first part, which was mainly avoidance counters. When you see this style in the midst of all just take the rope escape stuff you wonder why it took so long for guys to catch on to how much better this style makes the matches, not to mention allowing the match to go long without them killing a bunch of time so they didn't run out of points too soon. Nakano's submission work with Tamura was as good as his ground stuff ever looked. Nakano stepped up in the second half, which was more his style with the highlight offense. The match just exploded at this point with the success rate suddenly going from very low to high, which was goofy but at least both parts were very good on their own. Silver isn't coordinated or clean enough to do much with Tamura and added nothing to the match, but at least wasn't allowed to reduce it. 18:23. ***1/2

Yoji Anjo vs. Pez Whatley. Why in the world did NWA push Shaska? He was even worse in this style because all he could do was "control" his opponent. The audience was giggling because he didn't know what to do once he got on top. For some reason it took Anjo 5 minutes to get anything off against this expert, then he won immediately. 5:10. DUD

Nobuhiko Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Gary Albright & Tom Burton. This was the typical case where Yamazaki was undermined by the booking. He works better with Albright because he's smarter and quicker than Takada and actually understands the real life positions. Since Takada was the bigger star though it was Takada vs. Albright that everyone wanted to see, so Yamazaki was largely stuck with the simply outclassed Burton and because the match was designed to build up Gary he had to be the job boy yet again. There were still some nice spots between Yamazaki and Albright though, like when Albright rammed Yamazaki into the corner to stop a German suplex then arm tossed Yamazaki off into a arm bar attempt. A spot you saw far too rarely in UWF-I was the a guy paying for getting up quick to avoid a knockdown being called. Yamazaki saved two points by rushing to his feet after Gary's bodylock suplex, but Gary leveled him back down with a forearm. Speaking of things you don't see, where the hell were the leg takedowns in this league? You had all these former wrestlers and they are all grabbing high. This match wasn't all it could be because its purpose was to set up the 5/8/92 title match by furthering Gary's monster push. 17:11. ***

UWF-I World First Year 3rd Commercial Tape 2/29/92 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masukazu Maeda

Standing Bout: Makoto Ohe vs. Pat Kane

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Pez Whatley

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Mark Silver

Yoji Anjo vs. Yuko Miyato

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Tom Burton

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Flemming

Gary Albright vs. Masahito Kakihara

UWF-I World First Year E=mc2 Commercial Tape 3/17/92 Nagoya Tsuyuhashi Sport Center
-2hr 25min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs
UWF-I Sekai Gennen E=mc2 3/17/92

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masukazu Maeda

Masahito Kakihara vs. Mark Silver

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Tom Burton

Mark Silver & Yoji Anjo vs. Yuko Miyata & Kiyoshi Tamura

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Steve Day

Gary Albright vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

UWF-I Kakutogi Sekaiichi Ketteisen '92 Yokohama 1st Anniversary Commercial Tape 5/8/92 Kanagawa Yokohama Arena
-2hr 55min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda. Both men were fired up, so they went at it hard and fast, wasting little time. It wasn't a technical masterpiece, but it was exciting because it was all action. Maeda was the better striker, but Kanehara had the submission skills. This made for a dynamic match because Kanehara would takea lot of punishment trying to get Maeda down. Kanehara had superior stamina, so he was able to get some big strikes in as Maeda tired. Definitely one of UWF-I's best openers. ***1/4

Masahito Kakihara vs. Mark Silver. As good as Kakihara is, it was still too long because Silver has no offense, no charisma, and lacks stamina. Silver didn't seem to want to take Kakihara's strikes either. Way too much dancing around and positioning, way too few points lost considering how long it was. Kakihara tried, but it was like wrestling a smaller version of Severn and he just didn't know what to do with this guy. *

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Tom Burton. Not much happened then the finish came out of nowhere. *

Yuko Miyato vs. Mark Flemming. The match built slowly to the bigger spots, but there was always something happening so it stayed entertaining throughout. Flemming had good wrestling ability, but he actually applied it in an entertaining wy and seemed to have takent the time to go beyond straight wrestling. Miyato helped him a lot, doing the little things to make the moves look good and technique look clean. Good solid match. ***

Yoji Anjo vs. Steve Day. Anjo looked pretty good here, but Day lacked the technical ability to follow him. Day also couldn't strike, so he just went for takedowns. It was passable, but they didn't work that well together, not that Anjo had much to work with. *1/2

Special Exhibition Match: Billy Robinson vs. Nick Bockwinkle. Their bodies were shot, but their minds were still sharp. They did so much, they just didn't (couldn't) do it physically. So there weren't that many spots, but they made everything they did have meaning. There was no wasted motion, and they understood the degree to put the various moves over. This match shows it's not what you can do, but how you do it. It was so basic, yet so advanced. **1/2

Tokubetsu Jiai (Special Match): Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Koji Kitao. From the opening intense stare to putting over the KO, Yamazaki used his acting ability as much as his wrestling ability to make the match and get Kitao over that much more than he already was. Yamazaki saw a huge slow opponent, so he tried to kick his legs out. The problem was that Kitao was so much bigger and stronger that he could take a lot more of Yamazaki's blows than Yamazaki could take of his. Kitao is so awful, but Yamazaki is so smart & talented that he got a good match out of him because he knew how to play things. Kitao's offense was horrible at times, but Yamazaki sold it so well that it didn't kill the match like it could have. In the end, Kitao came off as being really impressive (in a real fighter sense, not as a worker) because of his size and the things Yamazaki did to make his offense look deadly. Of course, all the fans wanted Yamazaki to win, but they had to pay to see Takada vs. Kitao to see Kitao lose. ***

Kakutogi Sekai Ichi Ketteisen 3 minutes 10 rounds: Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Mathew Saad Mohammed. This was practically over as soon as it began, but it was a great win for Tamura since Mohammed was a former WCW and NABF light heavyweight boxing champion.

Kakutogi Sekai Ichi Ketteisen: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gary Albright. Albright's strategy was to be as close as possible to Takada, so Takada wouldn't have room to throw his powerful kicks. This had some really good spots, but it didn't flow and there was too much dead time. Takada did a good job with Gary, but Gary wasn't very impressive. His one-dimensional suplex style hurt the match because they were on the mat a lot, and he couldn't do much of anything there. The standup portions were really good though with Takada's nasty kicks and knees, and some big suplexes by Gary. **1/2

UWF-I World First Year Hakata LIVE Commercial Tape 6/28/92 Fukuoka Hakata Starlanes
-1hr 55min. Q=Master

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshiro Takayama 7:58

Tatsuo Nakano & Mark Fleming vs. Kiyoshi Tamura & Yuko Miyato 17:51

Masahito Kakihara vs. Yoji Anjo 10:12

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Steve Day 9:39

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Silver 5:15

Gary Albright vs. Tom Burton 2:32

UWF-I World First Year Shizuoka LIVE Commercial Tape 7/12/92 Shizuoka Sangyokan
-1hr 55min. Q=Master

Standing Bout: Makoto Ohe vs. Fernando Carlos

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Masahito Kakihara vs. Yuko Miyato

Yoji Anjo & Mark Flemming vs. Tatsuo Nakano & Tom Burton

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Steve Cox

Kazuo Yamazaki & Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Gary Albright & Mark Silver

UWF-I Sekai Gannen Sapporo LIVE & THE ROOT OF WRESTLING Commercial Tapes 8/14/92 Hokkaido Sapporo Nakajima Taiiku Center & 8/28/92 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-3hr 35min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs


Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Yuko Miyato & Masahito Kakihara vs. Tatsuo Nakano & Tom Burton

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Ray Lloyd

Nobuhiko Takada & Mark Flemming vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Mark Silver

Gary Albright vs. Bad News Allen


Standing Bout: Makoto Ohe vs. Damian Meyer

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Mark Silver vs. Masahito Kakihara

Yuko Miyato vs. Tatsuo Nakano

Yoji Anjo vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Nobuhiko Takada & Mark Flemming vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Steve Cox

Gary Albright vs. Bad News Allen

UWF-I Pro-Wrestling Sekai Heavykyu Senshukenjiai Commercial Tape 9/21/92 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-2hr 15min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Dai-ikkai Junior Leaguesen: Tom Burton vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Dai-ikkai Junior Leaguesen: Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Mark Silver

Masahito Kakihara vs. Tatsuo Nakano

Yuko Miyato vs. Mark Flemming

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Steve Cox

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yoji Anjo

Pro-Wrestling Sekai Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Gary Albright vs. Nobuhiko Takada

UWF-I Kakutogi Sekaiichi Ketteisen Nobuhiko Takada vs. Koji Kitao Commercial Tape 10/23/92 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr 25min. Q=Master. 2 DVDs

Standing Bout 3min 5R: Makoto Oe vs. Kenpon Geow Samrick (sp?)

1st Junior Leaguesen: Tom Burton vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

1st Junior Leaguesen: Mark Silver vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Yoji Anjo vs. Iron Sheik

Gary Albright & Mark Flemming vs. Yuko Miyato & Masahito Kakihara

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Kiyoshi Tamura. ****1/4

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Koji Kitao

UWF-I THE ROOT OF WRESTLING NAGOYA LIVE Commercial Tape 11/25/92 Nagoya Tsuyuhasi Sports Center
-1hr 15min. Q=Master

Standing Bout 3min 5R: Makoto Oe vs. David Cummings

Hiromitsu Kanehara & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Jean Lydick & Mark Silver

Dan Severn vs. Yuko Miyato

Yoji Anjo vs. Masahito Kakihara

Nobuhiko Takada & Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Gary Albright & Mark Flemming

UWF-I THE ROOT OF WRESTLING Nobuhiko Takada Mortal Kombat Ryogoku 2 Battle Series Commercial Tape 12/20/92 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-2hr. Q=Master

Makoto Ohe & Bovy Chowaikung vs. Rudy Lovato & Fernando Calleros 17:03

Tom Burton vs. Mark Silver 2:31

Junior League Match: Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama 13:05

Bad News Allen vs. Yuko Miyato 3:51

Dan Severn vs. Yoji Anjo 6:12

Gary Albright vs. Masahito Kakihara 2:48

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Dennis Koslowski 5:46

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Naoki Sano 12:51