July 6, 1997
Originally reviewed here.
Right before this match started, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Mankind showed up as they had never stopped brawling. This was a good thing to get over the Hunter/Mankind feud, but it definitely did no favors for TAKA and Sasuke.
They started out tentatively. Things picked up, and Sasuke hit a diving thrust kick to the floor. Bananas. TAKA fought back and hit his double-jump plancha. “What a samurai warrior this TAKA Michinoku is,” said the owner of future publicly-traded company. Sasuke fought back and hit an Asai Moonsault. TAKA came back and hit the Michinoku Driver, but Sasuke kicked out. Sasuke came back with a series of movez and finished TAKA with a bridging Tiger suplex.
This was just a movez showcase match, but it was a ton of fun. It’s a shame WWE doesn’t make matches like this happen anymore.
Match Rating: ***