Still didn't get to the that lengthy match (Kojima vs. Tenzan, Beavis). I really need to get on that as I pushed it off specifically to this week. On top of that, today's matched ended up being Kane vs. Shane McMahon in an Ambulance Match. I didn't watch it and I'm not sure I will.
I did watch The Best of the Big Boss Man vol. 2. It only took two discs of these, but I've quickly learned that these are not "Best of"-comps like you might think they are. They're more just comps of matches from a specific guy. That said, this volume is leaps and bounds better than the previous featuring a couple of awesome tag matches. Additionally, as is kind of the case often with AJPW as I understand - several of them are JIP.
First up is Boss Man vs. Akira Taue. It's a good match that plays out like a battle of bulls. Boss Man dominates the majority of the match, but Taue puts him away with two Nodowas (chokeslams).
Next is Big Boss Man vs. Kenta Kobashi. Um, yes please. Another good match playing out just like the last one. Boss Man dominates hard, Kobashi fights the power and then puts him away with four leg drops and then a flying leg drop! That's basically murder!
Boss Man/Steve Williams vs. The Patriot/The Eagle. A bit too lengthy and it never really clicks to the next level. It's not the worst match, but it's definitely a notch below the good stuff. The big surprise here is that Boss Man picks up a rare win for himself with the Boss Man Slam.
Boss Man/Steve Williams/Richard Slinger vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Jun Akiyama/Kenta Kobashi. Oh man. And it's every bit as good as you'd expect. Tons of crazy near-falls, Boss Man moving around the ring like he's Shawn Michaels, Steve Williams murdering Jun Akiyama, and so much more. The crowd is hot, the action is hot, this match is great. Dr. Death proves his namesake with a vicious bridging back suplex on Akiyama to score the win.
Boss Man/Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi/Mitsuharu Misawa. More of the same awesomeness, including the debut of the DOUBLE POWERSLAM~! It's amazing, really. There's a great near-fall at the end where Misawa hits a frog splash on Boss Man and it's pretty much assumed over but NO~! HE KICKS OUT and the crowd loses it. Misawa then finally puts the Boss Man away with a BEAUTIFUL bridging German suplex - and Boss Man is no small guy here!
Boss Man/Steve Williams vs. JOHNNY ACE~!/Dan Spivey. A notch down from the previous two matches, but still better than Eagle/Patriot if only because of Dr. Death's powerslam OFF OF THE TURNBUCKLE on Johnny Ace. We're talking British Bulldog-style powerslam - OFF OF THE TURNBUCKLE. AND ACE KICKS OUT~! Good fun stuff with Dr. Death putting Ace away with the Doctor Bomb.
Boss Man/Steve Williams vs. Akira Taue/Toshiaki Kawada. One finally great one for the DVD. Great stuff here as everyone is just hitting hard and acting like hosses. We get a return of the DOUBLE POWERSLAM (seriously someone needs to gank this as a tag finisher), Boss Man punching people hard as shit, and Kawada kicking people in their skulls. Boss Man goes down to the Nodowa to finish it - although it does take two to get the job done.
Boss Man/Steve Williams vs. Stan Hansen/Giant Baba. Not exactly a classic, obviously, but it's good fun to see the Boss Man pounding away Giant Baba. Hansen ends it with, what else?, a lariat that Boss Man sells wonderfully.
The DVD falls of a cliff here. Up next is Boss Man vs. Freddy Kruger (yes) which is nothing but an extended squash and then Boss Man vs. Jim Duggan (yes) which is nothing but a waste of time.
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Match of the Day goes to, and this is tough because those middle three and the match with Taue/Kawada are all fun, but it goes to Boss Man/Steve Williams/Richard Slinger vs. Mitsuharu Misawa/Jun Akiyama/Kenta Kobashi.
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