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PUNQ's Ultimate JWA 1953-73 DVD Set

Note: the number before each listing is how many minutes that one runs.

JWA Vol.1

PREVIEW: The early Rikidozan days starting off with clips of some of his sumo wrestling matches. He was a Sekiwake (3rd highest rank) sumo wrestler before quitting and becomming a pro-wrestler. He did sumo for 10 years and was a part of the top division (Makuuchi) in sumo from November 1946 to September 1950. He didn't win any top tournaments (few do), but he was very close in June 1947 when he was in a play-off having the same record as the eventual winner. He founded Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance in Mid-1953. Later that year he went back to Hawaii, where he was originally trained. Only a minute or so of his first NWA Title match with legendary Lou Thesz on December 6, 1953 is available, but the clips show Rikidozan tarining and showboating on the pacific island. In the clips you can see Thesz do a powerbomb and this is 1953!

For the start of '54 Rikidozan had a series of matches with the legedary brother team of Mike & Ben Sharpe. The Sharps Brothers would end up holding the NWA Tag Title 18 times during their career and here they are defending the titles against Rikidozan and judo star Masahiko Kimura. Kimura's claim to fame is when he beat the original ju-jitzu master, Helio Grasie, father of Royce and so many other fighting legends, in a MMA match. In August Hans Schnabel was his main foe. A lot of Rikidozan's success came against large foreigners, mainly American, as the ultimate Japanese hero beating up the war enemy. At the end of 1954 the infamous match against Kimura took place. It was supposed to be a draw, but something happend and Rikidozan got pissed off and started shooting on Kimura punching and kicking him knocking him legit uncounscious. This is said to be one of the reasons why the Japanese style is more realistic and tougher compared to other wrestling styles.

1955 saw a lot of things happen. The main things was Azumafuji, a former Yokozuna (top rank) in sumo, had started wrestling for Rikidozan and both the All-Asian Singles and Tag Title tournaments happend featuring wrestling stars from all over Asia including India, Pakistan & Hong Kong. In a couple of the matches Rikidozan teams with Harold Sakata (aka Oddjob from the James Bond movie Goldfinger) This DVD finishes off with a Rikidozan singles match against Bobo Brazil from 1957.

3 - Rikidozan Sumo Clips
10 - December 6, 1953 - Lou Thesz -vs- Rikidozan
9 - February 21, 1954 - Mike Sharp & Ben Sharp -vs- Rikidozan & Masahiko Kimura - (NWA Tag Title)
1 - February 27, 1954 - Mike Sharp & Ben Sharp -vs- Rikidozan & Masahiko Kimura
3 - March 6, 1954 - Mike Sharp & Ben Sharp -vs- Rikidozan & Masahiko Kimura - (NWA Tag Title)
8 - August 6, 1954 - Rikidozan & Kokichi Endo -vs- Leo Newman & Hans Schnabel
7 - August 8, 1954 - Leo Newman & Hans Schnabel -vs- Rikidozan & Kokichi Endo
2 - August 25, 1954 - Rikidozan & Masahiko Kimura & Kokichi Endo -vs- Hans Schnabel & ? & ?
4 - September 10, 1954 - Rikidozan & Kokichi Endo -vs- Leo Newman & Hans Schnabel * (JWA Pacific Coast Tag Title)
15 - December 22, 1954 - Rikidozan -vs- Masahiko Kimura - (JWA Title)
14 - January 26, 1955 - Rikidozan -vs- Toshio Yamaguchi - (JWA Title)
3 - July 15, 1955 - Rikidozan & Azumafuji -vs- Primo Carnera & Hardy Kluskamp
10 - July 28, 1955 - Rikidozan & Azumafuji -vs- Jesse Ortega & ?
5 - September 7, 1955 - Rikidozan -vs- Jesse Ortega
7 - November, 1955 - Rikidozan & Harold Sakata -vs- Dara Singh & Syed Saif Shah * - (All-Asian Tag Title League)
7 - November 19, 1955 - King Kong Czaya & Tiger Jokinder -vs- Rikidozan & Harold Sakata - (All-Asian Tag Title League Final)
3 - November, 1955 - Rikidozan -vs- Dara Singh - (All-Asain Title League)
8 - November 22, 1955 - Rikidozan -vs- King Kong Czaya - (All-Asian Title League Final)
11 - August 14, 1957 - Rikidozan -vs- Bobo Brazil *Low Sound

JWA Vol. 2

PREVIEW: Rikidozan's new tag partner is another former top division sumo wrestler, Toyonobori. Here they are facing the super tall Lord Layton and Bobo Brazil in a fun match. Long awaited rematches happend in October '57 first with a 60-min draw and then again 6 days later for a shorter, but probable the best match I've seen from the 50's. Worth getting. Also on this DVD are short clips of the finals of the first 2 annual World League round-robin tournaments. The tournament that would inspire AJPW's Champion Carnival and NJPW's many versions like MSG League, IWGP League and G-1 League. From 1961 is one short clip of a match with Rikidozan going up against freakshow act Great Antonio. It includes Antonio draging a buss with passengers. Finishing off this volume is a the follow-up match from the next DVD against "Vampire" Freddy Blassie.

18 - August 15, 1957 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori -vs- Bobo Brazil & Lord Athol Layton [**] *Low Sound
65 - October 7?, 1957 - Lou Thesz -vs- Rikidozan - (NWA Title)
25 - October 13, 1957 - Lou Thesz -vs- Rikidozan - (NWA Title)
3 - May-June, 1959 - Mr. Atomic -vs- Rikidozan - (World League '59)
6 - June 15, 1959 - Rikidozan -vs- Jesse Ortega - (World League '59 - Final)
1 - May 13, 1960 - Rikidozan -vs- Leo Nomellini - (World League '60 Final)
3 - June 2, 1961 - Rikidozan -vs- Great Antonio
3 - July 25, 1962 - Rikidozan -vs- Fred Blassie - (WWA Title)

JWA Vol. 3

PREVIEW: Starting off this volume is two bloody Rikidozan battles against the one and only Fred Blassie for the WWA World Title. Wild stuff. The rest of the DVD is filled with matches from the March to May 1963 tour featuring many stars from that era like Gino Marella (aka Gorilla Monsoon), Killer Kowalski, Haystacks Calhoun and former NWA World Champion Pat O'Connor. Also on the tour is the earliest footage I know of a young and athletic Giant Baba. A lot of good old matches to be seen here.

14 - March 28, 1962 - Fred Blassie -vs- Rikidozan * - (WWA Title)
13 - April 23, 1962 - Rikidozan -vs- Fred Blassie - (WWA Title)
6 - March 23, 1963 - Kintaro Oki -vs- Killer Kowalski
8 - March 23, 1963 - Rikidozan & Shohei Baba & Great Togo -vs- Pat O'Connor & Killer X & Cowboy Bob Ellis
1 - March 24, 1963 - Sandor Szabo -vs- Kokichi Endo
6 - March 24, 1963 - Killer Kowalski -vs- Shohei Baba
7 - March 24, 1963 - Rikidozan -vs- Haystacks Calhoun - (NWA International Title)
3 - March 27, 1963 - Great Togo -vs- Sandor Szabo
4 - March 27, 1963 - Pat O'Connor -vs- Michiaki Yoshimura
10 - March 27, 1963 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori & Shohei Baba -vs- Killer Kowalski & Gino Marella & Killer X
5 - March 28, 1963 - Toyonobori -vs- Gino Marella
8 - March 28, 1963 - Rikidozan & Shohei Baba -vs- Pat O'Connor & Killer Kowalski
2 - April 11, 1963 - Killer X -vs- Kintaro Oki
2 - April 12, 1963 - Haystacks Calhoun -vs- Sandor Szabo
3 - April 12, 1963 - Pat O'Connor -vs- Shohei Baba
2 - April 13, 1963 - Gino Marella -vs- Cowboy Bob Ellis
4 - April 17, 1963 - Rikidozan -vs- Haystacks Calhoun - (NWA International Title)
5 - April 23, 1963 - Shohei Baba -vs- Gino Marella
5 - April 23, 1963 - Rikidozan & Great Togo & Yoshinoto -vs- Killer Kowalski & Killer X & Haystacks Calhoun
9 - April 24, 1963 - Rikidozan -vs- Pat O'Connor - (NWA International Title)
5 - May 5, 1963 - Toyonobori -vs- Frank Townsend (Killer X)
7 - May 5, 1963 - Great Togo & Yoshinoto -vs- Killer Kowalski & Gino Marella
10 - May 6, 1963 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori -vs- Killer Kowalski & Fred Atkins * - (All-Asian Tag Title Decision Match)
7 - May 7, 1963 - Haystacks Calhoun -vs- Frank Townsend
7 - May 17, 1963 - Toyonobori & Great Togo -vs- Frank Townsend & Fred Atkins

JWA Vol.4

PREVIEW: The last Rikidozan matches including two of his better matches against Killer Kowalski and The Destroyer (Dick Beyer). The last one happen just weeks before Rikidozan died. Rikidozan was stabbed on December 8th, 1963 and died a week later on December 15th. When Rikidozan died Toyonobori and Giant Baba was booked as the top stars in the JWA promotion. Here are 3 of Baba's NWA International Title matches against three different major American based stars in Fritz Von Erich, Bruno Sammartino (WWWF Champion) and Gene Kiniski (former NWA Champion).

1 - April 15, 1963 - Fred Atkins -vs- Mammoth Suzuki + April 17, 1963 - Killer X -vs- Kokichi Endo
12 - May 17, 1963 - Rikidozan -vs- Killer Kowalski - World League Final (NWA International Title)
19 - December 2, 1963 - Rikidozan -vs- The Destroyer - (NWA International Title)
5 - January, 1965 - Shohei Baba & Michiaki Yoshimura & Toyonobori -vs- The Destroyer & Bill Dromo & Kurt Von Stroheim
31 - December 3, 1966 - Shohei Baba -vs- Fritz Von Erich - (NWA International Title)
26 - March 2, 1967 - Shohei Baba -vs- Bruno Sammartino - (NWA International Title; 2/3 Falls)
30 - August 14, 1967 - Shohei Baba -vs- Gene Kiniski - (NWA International Title - 2/3 Falls)

JWA Vol. 5

PREVIEW: Here are 2 long matches from the mid-60's with The Destroyer doing a fine carry job of Toyonobori and my favourite 60's match with Baba defending his title against WWWF Champion Bruno Sammartino. To fine gems here.

68 - February 26, 1965 - Toyonobori -vs- The Destroyer - (WWA Title)
60 - March 7, 1967 - Shohei Baba -vs- Bruno Sammartino - (NWA International Title)

JWA Vol. 6

PREVIEW: Baba continues to be the big star of JWA with title defenses against top US stars Dick the Bruiser, Crusher Lisowski and Bruno Sammartino again. Also Antonio Inoki finally got his big push including his World League '69 Finals against "Russian" Chris Markoff and a very solid tag match teaming with tag specialist Michiaki Yoshimura.

30 - December 6, 1967 - Shohei Baba -vs- Crusher Lisowski - (NWA International Title; 2/3 Falls)
33 - December 6, 1967 - Antonio Inoki & Michiaki Yoshimura -vs- Victior Rivera & Baron Scicluna - (2/3 Falls)
5 - January 3, 1968 - Shohei Baba -vs- Crusher Lisowski - (NWA International Title) VQ=Ok
4 - February 28, 1968 - Shohei Baba -vs- Dick the Bruiser - (NWA International Title) VQ=Ok
27 - August 7, 1968 - Shohei Baba -vs- Bruno Sammartino - (NWA International Title)
4 - April 5, 1969 - Kintaro Oki -vs- Tom Andrews
23 - May 16, 1969 - Antonio Inoki -vs- Chris Markoff - (World League '69 - Final)

JWA Vol. 7

PREVIEW: Oh yes! Two fantastic long matches. Vintage 1960's technical wrestling from two masters of the trade in The Destroyer and Dory Funk Jr. against the Japanese stars Baba and Inoki. The Dory Jr. vs Inoki match is the fist NWA World Heavyweight Title match in Japan since 1957 and they sure delivered the goods.

60 - March 5, 1969 - Giant Baba -vs- The Destroyer
65 - December 1, 1969 - Dory Funk Jr. -vs- Antonio Inoki - (NWA Title) *VQ=Fair/blury

JWA Vol. 8

PREVIEW: An even better Dory vs Inoki match then their 1969 meeting. Funk is truly in his prime when these matches took place. A great way of starting off the 1970's. The Baba vs Kiniski isn't far behind. A very solid match. Also the tag match with Baba & Oki facing veteran Bobo Brazil and the badman Chris Markoff had its moments.

15 - April 16, 1969 - Shohei Baba & Kintaro Oki -vs- Bobo Brazil & Chris Markoff
65 - August 2, 1970 - Dory Funk Jr. -vs- Antonio Inoki - (NWA World Title)
45 - December 3, 1970 - Shohei Baba -vs- Gene Kiniski * - (NWA International Title)

JWA Vol. 9

PREVIEW: Finally an Antonio Inoki vs The Destroyer match available! It's in the same league as the one against Baba from '69 and is a hell of a lot of fun. It's from the World League '71 which also has the earliest Abdulllah the Butcher match I have seen in Japan. Inoki also has a similarly good match against future NWA World Champion Jack Brisco for the United National belt. Also on the DVD is Dory Jr. 4th and last NWA Title defense in Japan against JWA newest star in former Olympic judo fighter Seiji Sakaguchi.

30 - May 19, 1971 - Antonio Inoki -vs- The Destroyer - (World League '71 - Semi-Final)
15 - May 19, 1971 - Shohei Baba -vs- Abdullah the Butcher - (World League '71 - Final)
34 - August 5, 1971 - Antonio Inoki -vs- Jack Brisco - (NWA United National Title)
37 - December 9, 1971 - Dory Funk Jr. -vs- Seiji Sakaguchi * - (NWA Title; 2/3 Falls) *VQ=Shaky picture/Poor
10 - 1972 - Kintaro Oki -vs- Bobby Duncum

JWA Vol. 10

PREVIEW: Dick Murodch! Nothing more needed to say. Quality! Also Baba & Sakaguchi taking of the Funk Brothers for the NWA International Tag Belts in a very good match. Sakaguchi also faces Sabu's legendary uncle, The Sheik, for the United National Title and also a tag match featuring Greg's dad, Johnny Valentine, from the last year or so of the JWA promotion.

26 - December 4, 1971 - Antonio Inoki -vs- Dick Murdoch - (NWA United National Title)
51 - May 19, 1972 - Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk -vs- Shohei Baba & Seiji Sakaguchi - (NWA International Tag Title) *VQ=Shaky picture/Poor
16 - September 7, 1972 - The Sheik -vs- Seiji Sakaguchi - (NWA United National Title) *VQ=Shaky picture/Poor
29 - 1972 - Johnny Valentine & Dan Kroffat -vs- Kintaro Oki & Michiaki Yoshimura

JWA Vol. 11

PREVIEW: Korean wresler Kintaro Oki (Ill Kim) was one of the top wrestlers in JWA the last few years of its excistance. Here is one teaming with Giant Baba and a title match against a lesser known version of Mr.Wrestling's.

17 - 1972 - Shohei Baba & Kintaro Oki -vs- Bobo Brazil & Earl Maynard
26 - 1972 - Kintaro Oki -vs- Mr.Wrestling (Gordon Nelson) - (NWA International Title)

IWE Vol. 1

PREVIEW: As a bonus, here are some early 70's IWE matches. IWE was the third/forth promotion in Japan and was pretty good in its early days with top native stars Rusher Kimura and Shozo "Strong" Kobayashi along with strong foreign talent in a young Andre the Giant (Andre Rousimoff) and the original acrobatic big man Don Leo Jonathan. Watch Andre do a JUMPING Tombstone piledriver!

47 - May 6, 1972 - Strong Kobayashi -vs- Monster Rousimoff (Andre The Giant)
19 - 1972 - Monster Rousimoff & Ivan Vaiten & Tito Copa -vs- Rusher Kimura & Isamu Teranishi & Thunder Sugiyama
27 - 1972 - Strong Kobayashi -vs- Don Leo Jonathan


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