As I’ve said in the past, I’m a wrestling fan. Sure it isn’t the coolest thing in the world, but I stand by the fact that the medium can allow people to tell great stories.
I originally had an idea of posting some matches that I found on YouTube and write a bit about the people in the match, however I never really kept up with it.
So here are three matches that I’ve recently re-watched and enjoyed.
Jun Akiyama challenges Kenta Kobashi for the GHC Heavyweight Title (Pro Wrestltling NOAH) 10/07/04
In May we saw the final match of Kenta Kobashi in Puroresu (Japanese Wrestling). Over his career he had a number of great matches with amazing talents from Japan and with some North American talents like Samoa Joe.
While not many WWE fans know of Kobashi his importance to the sport is huge as he was maybe one of Japans biggest stars.
Here is one of my favourite matches from his career, as Canadian Television Station The Fight Network presented it with Mauro Ranallo (Strikefore and Elite XC commentator) and Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski (Live Audio Wrestling) on commentary.
Both of these guys pound the hell out each other and it makes for some exciting moments in the latter half of the match.
Mankind (Mick Foley) Challenges Shawn Michaels for the WWF Title at WWF In Your House 10: Mind Games 09/22/96
Over the course of Foley’s career he would be known for his battles with Triple H, The Rock and The Undertaker however, early in his WWF career he challenged Shawn Michaels for the title.
Both wrestlers were hot coming off of wins from Summerslam the month before. Mankind was now managed by Paul Bearer and was positioned as one of the company’s biggest heels.
While Foley’s and Michael’s styles were very different they both worked well together as both guys got to look strong against each other.
The only down side from the match comes from the finish. Shawn wining by DQ was a way to try and keep both guys strong but the feud never really continued after this event and Mankind would continue his off and on feud with Undertaker the next month.
William Regal vs. Kassius Ohno on NXT Wrestling 04/10/13
While NXT is just now airing more in the United States it’s been airing in Canada since it’s reboot. While the show doesn’t have the best production values it does have a number of great talents in both up and coming talent and trainers.
In this match Kassius Ohno (formerly Chris Hero) takes on legend William Regal in a good old fashion-wrestling match.
Over the course of the match Regal uses his traditional wrestling style to get over. He even works over Ohno’s fingers, something that isn’t scene in most modern day wrestling matches.
This was just a fun match to watch and could of easily been on RAW or Smackdown.
Bonus Treasure Hunt: Gail Kim vs. Taren Terrell Last Knockout Standing TNA Slammiversary 06/02/13
While I wouldn’t expect to say this I watched TNA’s Slammiversary and was pleasantly surprised about the match between Gail Kim and Taren Terrell.
These two didn’t work that long but ended up having one of the better matches of the night. This match isn’t on YouTube so you’ll have to find it on your own, but it’s a solid watch.