Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AJPW 2/17/2000 - Big Van Vader vs Toshiaki Kawada

AJPW 2/17/2000 - Big Van Vader vs Toshiaki Kawada

"The f*** you gonna do ref, huh?" - Vader

A young KENTA watches Vader

Big Van Vader got the win in 13:44 with a lariat. Like most of Vader's AJPW run, it was good, but disappointing considering the talent involved. It was a nice slugfest but it was almost too even at times and they didn't work the obvious match of Kawada being destroyed early, working a comeback and then getting finished off for the Vader win. That style would have been much better. Instead, they traded for most of this with Kawada getting the advantage and Vader getting to do little else besides his Vader Hammer's. This wasn't bad by any means but had this been a few years sooner and better booked, they could have done something very special. Rating:***1/2

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