It's been a bit longer than usual since our last recap, and it's been a tumultuous few months to say the least. The Mason-Dixon posts became less of a focus for a while but we still had some great wrestling nestled away in there. In particular some hidden gems from eras gone by featuring some childhood favorites. Let's let JJZ break it down for us.
111. Big Van Vader
Starting off big, literally. Vader's runs in Japan were so good. Especially the earlier years. Japan always brought out his stiffest and most monstrous work.
112. Tatsumi Fujinami
113. Dynamite Kid
Both of these title runs showcased their depth as workers with heavyweight and junior heavyweight matches. Matches that would be stand outs in any wrestler's career.
114. Davey Boy Smith
115. Bret "The Hitman" Hart
116. "Mr Perfect" Curt Hennig
117. Tito Santana
This is young JJZ wrestling fandom at its core. I could watch any combination of these four all day. Being able to experience these four back to back (to back to back) like that highlighted the attention to detail wrestling had in the late 80s and early 90s.
118. Rick Martel
119. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
120. "Mr Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
The last three champions were a fest of hidden gems. They all featured wrestlers that I normally don't go out of my way to watch. Plus these matches weren't on any high profile shows. Every time I watch Portland it's like a treasure chest waiting to be dug up.