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I recently bought two Best of the 90s tapes(no WWF, WCW, Lucha Libre), but it was good none the less.

Now how about the 80s?

I know ya'll say some of the same things you've said before.

Flair-Steamboat
Tiger Mask-Dynamite Kid
Steamobat-Savage

That's all I got off the top of my head, but anyways shoot -


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In the W Observer, Jeff Bowdren put his list of 100 Best matches of the Observer years for the 80s or first ten years of the WO or something like that. Somebody put all of them on 8 videos for me. Anybody want them? I am not a "tape guy" and several of the matches are not really copyable(?) anyway.
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Todd posted the Bowdren list earlier this year, so I'm reposting it.

Over at another board, I asked if anyone had the list of the top 100 matches of the 1980's that Jeff Bowdren did. One poster was kind enough to post it for me and I'm bringing it in here to see if anyone has any thoughts about it (e.g. omissions or ominious choices) So (only the first 20 are ranked):

1. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, May 7, 1989
2. Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask, April 23, 1983
3. Jaguar Yokota vs. Lioness Asuka, August 22, 1985
4. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, February 20, 1989
5. Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich, December 25, 1982
6. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu, January 28, 1986
7. Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham, February 14, 1986
8. Lioness Asuka vs. Chigusa Nagayo, February 26, 1987
9. Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Akira Maeda, June 12, 1986
10. Riki Choshu & Tatsumi Fujinami & Akira Maeda & Kengo Kimura & Super Strong Machine vs. Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi & Keiji Muto & Kantaro Hoshino & Yoshiaki Fujiwara, August 19, 1987
11. Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask, August 5, 1982
12. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, April 2, 1989
13. Bill Dundee & Buddy Landell vs. Jerry Lawler & Dutch Mantel, March 24, 1986
14. Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, November 15, 1989
15. Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham, January 20, 1987
16. Tiger Mask #2 vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi, June 21, 1985
17. Ted Dibiase vs. Jim Duggan, March 22, 1985
18. Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada, December 16, 1988
19. Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Atsushi Onita & Masa Fuchi, 1981
20. Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami & The Cobra vs. Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith & David Shults, July 1, 1984

The rest are listed by both year and country:

1989 (8)
Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson vs. The Rockers, February 16, 1989
Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, March 18, 1989 (house show match; rated at *6* stars by the WON)
Ricky Steamboat vs. Lex Luger, July 22, 1989 (house show match)
Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, July 23, 1989 (NWA Title Match; Flair's "comeback" match)

1988 (5)
The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics, March 27, 1988 (US Tag Title Match at the first Clash of the Champions; WON match of the year runner up)
Ric Flair vs. Sting, March 27, 1988 (NWA Title Match at the first Clash of the Champions; 45 min. draw; WON match of the year)
The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics, April 26, 1988 (US tag title change in a 40 min. house show match)
Ted Dibiase vs. Randy Savage, July 22, 1988 (WWF Title match inside a cage; notable for a fan climbing the cage to prevent Dibiase's valet, Virgil, from interfering)
Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger, December 26, 1988 (NWA Title match at Starrcade)

1987 (5)
Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage, March 29, 1987 (IC Title match at WM 3; WON match of the year)
Terry Taylor & Eddie Gilbert vs. Sting & Shane Douglas, June 1, 1987 (with Chris Adams replacing an injured Shane Douglas during the match)
Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff & The Road Warriors & Paul Ellering vs. Ric Flair & Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson, July 4, 1987 (the first War Games)
Negro Casas vs. El Hijo del Santo, July 18, 1987 (Hair vs. Mask match; without TV still drew more fans than shows headlined by both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair)

1986 (7)
Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham, February 14, 1986 (WON match of the year)
The Fantastics vs. The Sheepherders, April 7, 1986 (second round of the first annual Crockett Cup)
The Midnight Express vs. The Rock & Roll Express, April 1986 (only aired on Japanese TV; with Jim Cornette suspended above the ring in a cage)
The Rockers vs. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers, August 31, 1986
Owen Hart & Ben Bassarab vs. Hiroshi Hase & Fumuhiro Niikura, September 6, 1986 (50 min. scientific between unknowns at the time)
Curt Hennig vs. Nick Bockwinkle (AWA Title match; famous 60 min. draw that aired on New Year's Eve on ESPN)

1985 (8)
Ric Flair vs. Bruiser Brody, January 25, 1985
Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich, January 25, 1985 (regarded as Kerry's best match ever)
Ric Flair vs. Terry Taylor, June 1, 1985
Ric Flair vs. Butch Reed, October 27, 1985
Jim Duggan vs. Buzz Sawyer, November 11, 1985
Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard, November 26, 1985 ("I Quit" Cage Match; widely consider the best match ever held at Starrcade)
Ted Dibiase vs. Dick Murdoch, December 31, 1985

1984 (5)
Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich vs. Koko Ware & Norvell Austin, May 14, 1984 (brawl all over Mid South Coliseum)
Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik, June 16, 1984 (Boot Camp match; WON match of the year runner up)
The Freebirds vs. the Von Erichs, July 4, 1984 (Bad Street Match; WON match of the year)
Terry Gordy vs. Killer Kahn, November 22, 1984 (Texas Death match; bloodbath with Kerry Von Erich as special guest ref)
Ricky Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard, November 27, 1984 (TV Title Match at Starrcade 1984)

1983 (3)
Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodl, March 12, 1983 (45 min. cage match for the NWA tag titles; spawned the idea of Starrcdae)
Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, June 1983 (Loser Leaves Town Match)
The Freebirds vs. the Von Erichs, July 4, 1983 (2 out of 3 falls)

1982 (2)
Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid, September 2, 1982 (before the ladder match, this was widely considered the best match ever at MSG)

1981 (3)
Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Atsushi Onita & Masa Fuchi, 1981 (the second famous Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl)
Wayne Ferris & Kevin Sullivan vs. Bill Dundee & Dream Machine, April 1981
Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter, April 21, 1981 (Alley Fight at MSG; WON match of the year)

And now for the Japanese (men's) matches:
1989 (3)
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu, June 5, 1989
Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, July 13, 1989
Jushin Liger vs. Naoki Sano, September 20, 1989

1988 (12)
Hiroshi Hase vs. Nobuhiko Takada, February 4, 1988
Hiroshi Hase vs. Keiichi Yamada, February 5, 1988 (Hase's second ****+ match on consecutive days)
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tiger Mask #2, March 9, 1988
Owen Hart vs. Keiichi Yamada, June 10, 1988
Owen Hart vs. Shiro Koshinaka, June 24, 1988
Toshiaki Kawada & Ricky Fuyuki vs. Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano, July 19, 1988
Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Don "Nakaya" Neilson, July 31, 1988
Antonio Inoki vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, August 8, 1988 (60 min. draw)
Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu, August 28, 1988
Toshiaki Kawada & Ricky Fuyuki vs. Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano, September 20, 1988
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu, October 28, 1988

1987 (7)
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Shiro Koshinaka, February 5, 1987
Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka, March 20, 1987
Antonio Inoki vs. Masa Saito, April 27, 1987
Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara, September 1, 1987
Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara, December 11, 1987

1986
Riki Choshu vs. Killer Kahn July 31, 1986 (Texas Death Match)
Nobuhiko Takada & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Keiji Muto, November 24, 1986
Akira Maeda vs. Don "Nakaya" Neilson, October 9, 1986 (widely considered the best mixed match ever)
Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichro Tenryu, December 2, 1986

1985
Bruiser Brody vs. Antonio Inoki, September 16, 1985 (60 min. draw)
1984
Nobuhiko Takada vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu, April 19, 1984
Dynamite Kid vs. The Cobra, July 5, 1984
Satoru Sayama & Nobuhiko Takada vs. Akira Maeda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara, July 23, 1984
The Cobra vs. Shiro Koshinaka, August 2, 1984
Satoru Sayama vs. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, December 5, 1984
Tiger Mask #2 vs. Pirata Morgan, December 8, 1984

1983 (4)

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu, April 3, 1983
Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy vs. Dory & Terry Funk, August 31, 1983 (Terry Funk's original retirement match)
Riki Choshu & Animal Hamiguchi & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Akira Maeda & Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura, December 8, 1983

1982
Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Dory & Terry Funk, December 13, 1982 (Real World Tag Tourney final)

1981 (1)
Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka vs. Dory & Terry Funk, December 12, 1981 (Real World Tag Tourney Final; Stan Hansen's All Japan debut)

And finally, the women's matches:

1987
Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta & Mika Suzuki & Yachiyo Hirata & Mika Takahashi vs. Lioness Asuka & Mika Komatsu & Kazue Nagahori & Mitsuko Nishiwaki & Etsuko Mita & Sachiko Nakamura, December 5, 1987
1986 (4)
Chigusa Nagayo & Lioness Asuka vs. The Jumping Bomb Angels, March 20, 1986 (2 out of 3 falls)
Bull Nakano & Condor Saito vs. Dump Matsumoto & Yasuko Ishiguro, October 1986 (wild brawl with tons of foreign objects; with Dump in the rare position of babyface)
Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo vs. Bull Nakano & Condor Satio, October 6, 1986
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Dump Matsumoto, November 7, 1986 (Hair vs. Hair match)

1985 (2)
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Lioness Asuka, May 1985


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Cool, JT saved me the trouble of pasting this, although it would've been no trouble

Some that are missing that I thought warranted attention are:

Ric Flair vs Rick Martel, 10/85 - I really enjoyed this match, it is refreshing to see Flair in a different environment at this time period and not doing a lot of his cliched spots.

Ric Flair vs Barry Windham from the 1987 Crockett Cup - Haven't seen this in a long time but anything with Flair and Windham back then was gold.

Ric Flair vs Jumbo Tsuruta, 6/82 - Hmm, a lot of Flair stuff eh? Great battle between 2 of the best wrestlers of the modern era. Word on the street is that their 6/83 match was even better, although I've yet to see it.

Dynamite Kid vs Mark Rocco, various matches during the early 80's - I reviewed one of their matches here a while ago and these matches took place in the same time frame as the DK/Sayama matches and they were every bit ahead of their time for my money.

Dynamite Kid vs Tatsumi Fujinami, 2/5/80 - Awesome, DK was really coming into his own here and played the young ***** really well. I loved this match as DK dominated and showed some great offense that wouldn't be dated today even though it was 1980.


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Glad to see some people haven't forgotten
the list I created....the thing was a *****
to create, simply from the amount of time
spent on it...someone called me last year
and asked me if I was going to do one on
the "Best of the 90's"....I said...no thanks.
HAHAHA So many great memories from that list. I'm sure each person that reads will
discover a match they feel should've been
on there. I tried to cover each year and
area so that everyone had some representation. I'm sure I could've listed
10 Flair-Windham matches, or 10 Flair-Steamboat matches, or other great feud matches Dibiase-Duggan, 'Birds-Von Erich's...
but I tried to cover the "big matches" that
ended up paying off....i.e., a match on a
big show that lived up to its billing.
I will say this...I voted the Flair-Steamboat
match from 5/89 in Nashville as the greatest
match of the decade. But what I guess I was
too chicken to do was to tell everyone that
the greatest experience I ever had at a
wrestling match in my life was in December
of '87 at the 10 or 12 girl tag match at
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The 2,000 plus
teenage girls in attendance blew the roof
off the building for the entire 50 minutes
of the most falls to a finish match. Its
like, think of the pop that Austin or Rock
get upon an intro....it sustained itself
for the whole match. The girls in the match
(Chigusa Nagayo's girls vs. Lioness Asuka's
girls)fed off the energy and displayed tremendous endurance and ability. I was in
awe. It was showed on t.v. in an edited
20 minute version. If you ever get a chance,
get a tape from a reputable dealer and take
a look at it. It was awesome.
Jeff

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I hope you didn't take it as I was criticizing the list by adding some of my own matches. I can't even fathom the thought of trying to list a top 100 matches of the 1990's. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your list and to this day, I still peak at it regularly to see what matches I should buy next.

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Mr. Bowdren, were you one of the lucky fans that was able to see Lioness Asuka vs Jaguar Yokota WWWA World Title Match on August 22, 1985 live? I really would like to know how the whole match was like because only 6 minutes of the 25 min. match be aired on TV. Plus, I think Jaguar Yokota (and Akira Hokuto) is (are) the greatest wrestler(s) of all time.

Jeff Taylor (who thinks Yokota/Masami vs Crush Girls 2/3 falls Sept. 26, 1984 is the 101st top match of the 80s (Top 10 really))


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Todd....absolutely did NOT take it as an insult...just mindful that different people
might have had different takes on what makes
a match great or not....
thanks for your kind thoughts...as to the
comment that JT made, I did NOT see the famous Yakota vs. Asuka match live...but oh
boy...do I wish I did.
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number 1 would have to be Ric Flair in a two out of three falls match in 89 which Flair lost. Flair is my favorite of all time and this is a match in which he lost but my favorite classic ever.

number 2 is when Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk in the I Quit Match.

number 3 is Ric Flairs first world title win when he defeated Harley Race in 1981 in a steel cage.

I could go on and on naming great matches from the 80's and previous. You just can't come up with any great matches from these days. Wrestling has taken a turn for the worst. There are no great stars these days. I mean how can you compare The Rock, Booker T, and Austin to great names like Flair, Rhodes, Funk, Anderson, Steamboat, Blanchard, Race, etc., etc.

I'm only 18 years old and did not get to see many of these matches when they happened. I started watching wrestling in the late 80's, but I watch all the old video tape that I can. I think that I was born at the wrong time or something because I'd love to see it like it used to be.


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Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior-WM6
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Hogan vs. Warrior wasn´t in the 80´s.

My take on best matches of the 80´s is:

1. Savage vs. Steamboat, WM III
2. Savage vs. Ronnie Garvin, ICW
3. Savage vs. Warrior, 1989


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As far as U.S. wrestling Flair and Steamboat from New Orleans at Clash of the Champions 6 was nothing but wrestling junkie paradise...
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Ditto...Flair vs. Funk 'I Quit' match too...plus Tiger Mask-DK...and there was a Memphis TV match between Terry Taylor and Jacques Rougeau that's a personal fave of mine...

...and I'm not sure if Hogan vs. Warrior was or wasn't in the '80s, but I'm damn sure it wasn't a great match...

So long from the Sunshine State!



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Hogan vs Warrior was April 1, 1990
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Ric Flair beat Harley Race for the NWA title only once - at Starrcade '83 in a cage. His first win was over Dusty Rhodes in a "normal" match.

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I think Billy Jack Haynes and Dr. X vs One Man Gang and Brother Love was my best match of ALL time .

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The flair-steamboat matches, WarGames 1, Flair/Sting,Clash 1 Flair-Race,Starcade 83 Magnum TA-Nikta Koloff
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Jeff Bowdren discusses the best matches of the 80s again in his latest column. Jeff not only updates his top 10 picks but critiques the top 10 picks of John McAdam as well. You can read the column by clicking here.

http://216.150.140.88/columns/shootkick/default.asp?B1=View+Column&articleid=4058

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Just moving this one up to move that pinhead's posts off the front page.
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