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Vader vs. Inoki.... utter confusion.

Postby kwilson83 » 2005/02/02 Wed 9:30 pm

I was always led to believe, from copious Internet reports, that during his New Japan debut match, Vader defeated Inoki in under three minutes.

So I finally got to see a match from that time period. It is definitely Vader and Inoki. I was informed it was their 12/27/87 encounter. According to purodvd.com who sells the event (see screenshot <a href='http://www.purodvd.com/njpwclassics111504.htm' target='_blank'>here</a>), I do indeed have the right match (you can see screens from the match I have below).

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The problem is.... not only does Vader not win in 3 minutes, but he doesn't win at all. The match goes around 10 minutes, and the match is thrown out due to interferance and the referee getting knocked out. Now I realize that sometimes the "legend" of a match can grow over the years, but this is a huge difference. Anyone have any insight as to why there is apparently this mistake in puroresu results around the web??
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Postby One to Remember V » 2005/02/04 Fri 2:24 am

Why's he wearing that suit? Is that how he used to always wrestle in Japan?
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Postby stunning_grover » 2005/02/04 Fri 11:25 am

I think that's how he wrestled in the late 1980s. But I'm not sure.
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Postby kwilson83 » 2005/02/04 Fri 1:26 pm

This actually is the only match I have seen him with the full suit, and the full mask, and the sceptor. They went all out with his character. For the 1/88 fight with Inoki he wore the mask but actually had on no shirt at all.
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Postby Hisaharu Tanabe » 2005/02/08 Tue 9:56 pm

Not a wrong result. I actually saw the match (my mother was nice enough to tape it in Japan and sent me right away in 87/88).

Vander actually beat Inoki in few minutes right after Inoki had a match against Choshu on the same card which also included the first two matches on the list (tag match with UWF guys and IWGP jr. title match).
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Postby kwilson83 » 2005/02/08 Tue 10:36 pm

Thanks Hisa, I thought you might know. I looked literally everywhere I know to look and I can't find when this match is, but I will just assume it is early 1988 during one of their lesser shows.
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Postby matt farmer » 2005/02/24 Thu 4:32 am

Yes not only did he beat Inoki, but due to the outrage of the crowd. They had a small scale RIOT. Which cause the Sumo Hall to ban wrestling in the building for a short period.
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