Posted on November 25, 2010 by Zachariah Marcantoni
Match #90: Chris Adams vs. The Great Kabuki (7/4/85)
Good guy Kabuki is back for a big Fort Worth showdown with Adams. Just so you know, he’s dressed in a giant pink Fragal Rock wig, spike wristbands, a crazy green dress, and holding nun chucks. He’s Lady GaGa before Lady GaGa.
They tease a kick battle to start, and Adams eventually lands on the back of Kabuki’s head. He’s quite proud as he takes over with a headlock. Kabuki gets up and thrust kicks Adams. Adams grabs at his mouth as if he’s bleeding. Kabuki’s headlock takeovers are really good, and it hides that he doesn’t move as well to have Adams move around him. They’re doing a lot with a little in this one. Adams is using his wrestling to stay ahead, trapping Kabuki in a leg scissors. It’s building. Five minutes gone.
I was wrong—Kabulki is reasonably quick for a guy that has a thick belly. Maybe it’s muscle, what do I know. They do some mat work, with Adams finding a way to get the leg scissors and Kabuki working for the headlock. Back to their feet, Kabuki finds a way to control Adams and build to a big thrust kick, Adams doing the hard work. A thrust kick sends Adams over the top rope in the biggest spot to this point. Adams takes double fists and chops, before shooting Kabuki out onto a table on the outside. They brawl out there, Adams in charge. The match intensity has definitely picked up, as has the heat for Adams. Adams superkicks Kabuki from the apron onto the table. A moment later Kabuki sends Adams into the ringpost. Ten minutes gone.
Kabuki with a thrust kick when they get back in. Adams takes over a moment later. Good, thick, back and forth action here. The ring announcers says only three minutes remaining (that math seems funny). Adams nails Kabuki with a piledriver but can’t get the pin. He puts his feet on the ropes but Sunshine nocks them off. He chases her around the ring, into the squared circle, right into a Kabuki thrust kick. The crowd explodes as Kabuki pins Adams for the win in roughly 12 minutes. Post-match Adams superkicks Kabuki and throws around ref Hazzard and Sunshine.
I thought most of this was Adams carrying the bulk of the movement and thrust of the match, but Kabuki did hold up his end. Really good second half once the match got more serious. I loved Sunshines involvement and the entire finishing sequence. There were a few negatives here and there, one being I’m slightly apathetic to Kabuki, but this is a solid match. 3 stars and 6/10