Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fujinami v. Go- Double Shot

okay two more great matches from that WWWF Junior Division that I know you've all been waiting to hear about, i'm only 3 decades too late

1) Tatsumi Fujinami v. Ryuma Go (11/30/78)- 4
2) Tatsumi Fujinami v. Ryuma Go (10/02/79)- 5

The first match was a pure ground battle, they fought for 20 minutes and all accept a few standoffs and some moves near the end but the rest was on the mat. I'm as big a fan as the next guy of stuff like this, love MMA battles where it's all mat science as was this one, but with a wrestling match, where you can control what happens, there was no payoff here and there really should have been. Fujinami has some excellent facials, both on offense and off, as displayed here but when the end finally came this felt like a runon sentence of a match.

Our 2nd match really felt like they had built the first as an exhibition because they pulled out all the stops here. Groundwork dominated the first portion, but they weren't just going to stop there; they were using dropkicks to get the advantage back on the ground. Go hitting a plancha outside from the top in 79? Fucking awesome. He also had these nasty claw marks on his face like Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon. Would have liked a more satisfying finish to wrap this one up but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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