I finished the Best of Vader vol. 1 DVD from IVP today. Quite the epic ending, to say the least.
First up was Vader vs. Tatsumi Fujinami. This match was unique in that Vader didn't dominate it. In fact, Fujinami dominated large portions of it and in some points manhandled Vader! Immediately popping to mind is a hip-toss Fujinami performs on Vader in earlier part of the match. Vader still managed the win, though. Ignoring that though, I must comment on what is easily the greatest spot in pro wrestling history. Vader is a bloody mess in the ring and the ref grows concerned that he just can't continue. The ref holds back Fujinami while the doctor enters the ring to check on Vader. As the doctor walks up to Vader, Vader promptly kicks him away. A great, great, GREAT moment!
Next up was Vader vs. Antonio Inoki. This was more your typical Vader match with Vader dominating and the smaller Inoki trying to outsmart him. For the most part, Vader just destroys Inoki in this match. My favorite part is when Vader just casually throws a table on Inoki. As the match progresses Vader throws everything at Inoki. A chokeslam, Vader Bomb, Vadersault, etc. but Inoki refuses to stay down. Then Inoki catches Vader out of nowhere with a powerslam and follows up with a cross arm breaker for the submission victory. Kind of out of nowhere but perfectly sensible, really.
Match of the Day goes to Vader vs. Antonio Inoki.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997