Hey Yo Stud Muffins & Foxy Ladies,
Pro Wrestling Love vol. 49:
The Best of Other Puroresu 1996-1999
Objective: Break up the Greatest Match Ever Project (hosted at http://gweproject.freeforums.net/) into more manageable chunks to help me build my Top 100 List for the project.
Motivation: Contribute to the discussion around these matches to enrich my own understanding of pro wrestling and give a fresh perspective for old matches and even hopefully discover great pro wrestling matches that have been hidden by the sands of time.
Subject: This forty-ninth volume of Pro Wrestling Love is the conclusion of the Top 12 countdown of the best matches to take place in the independent promotions of Japan between 1996-1999 this includes the shoot-style promotions of RINGS, UWFi, Battlarts, and Kingdom and the pro-style promotions of WAR, FMW and Onita Pro. The year 1996 was selected as the beginning because that was the year that there was an increase in quality matches from the independent scene and when RINGS really kicked into high gear. The big four of Volk Han, Kiyoshi Tamura, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and Yoshihisa Yamamoto closed the decade with some of the best matches not just of the decade, but of all time. 1996 is also the year that saw the demise of UWFi as Takada completed his invasion of New Japan and had one last gasp in a major feud with Genichiro Tenryu in a UWFi vs WAR feud. WAR also was on fumes with very few shows at the end of the decade with Tenryu spending his time in New Japan. FMW switched from an Onita-centric Death Match promotion to an Attitude Era style promotion centered around Hayabusa. Finally, with the demise of PWFG, BattlArts, centered around the interminable feud between Yuki Ishikawa and Daisuke Ikedea, rose from its ashes and created a ultra-violent, brutal hybrid style between pro and shoot style. You can revisit past Pro Wrestling Love Volumes at ridingspacemountain.blogspot.com. You can check out the full version of these reviews in ProWrestlingOnly.com by going to the forums and finding the folders associated with the date of the match.
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Top Six Heavyweight Other Puroresu Matches 1996-1999
#6. Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka - RINGS 4/4/97
#5. Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka - RINGS 6/27/98
#4. Genichiro Tenryu vs Great Muta - WAR 10/11/96
#3. Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura - RINGS 9/26/97
#2. Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura - RINGS 9/25/96
#1. Volk Han vs Kiyoshi Tamura - RINGS 1/22/97