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Best of Battlarts Set V.1 Thru V.17 (17 Discs)
by Christopher Dutrieux Date Added: Thursday 13 December, 2012
This is pro wrestling in its purest form. BattlArts was formed by wrestler Yuki Ishikawa in 1996, and showcased, but was not limited to, the shoot-style of pro wrestling. They also had working relationships with Michinoku Pro, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, and other shoot-style promotions of the time. While BattlArts never had a title of its own, three titles from other promotions were recognized: UWA World Middleweight, Independent Junior Heavyweight, FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team. BattleArts held a loyal cult following over its 15 year existence, even among its roster. For example, wrestler Munenori Sawa considered his home promotion to be BattlArts, and when the promotions closed its doors late last year, he himself decided to retire. This collection is made up of matches from the initial 1996-2001, the promotion being put on hold following some managerial problems thereafter. You'll see some familiar faces (Great Sasuke, TAKA Michinoku, a young Ikuto Hidaka, Bob Backlund, Road Warriors) and hear some names you've never heard before or have heard since. One of my favorite volumes is number eight, a one night tournament featuring Bob Backlund, with a non tournament tag match featuring the Road Warriors. Bob Backlund, even tho considered over the hill, is still great in the ring, being classic Bob, and puts on the best matches of the card. Fans of UWFi should definitely check this out, as I feel its a great continuation of that style, even tho it is a bit modified. The only issue I have is a small one. Earlier volumes can get slightly tedious to watch, as the same talent is showcased over and over. This doesn't mean its not worth it; its an understood part of large best of collections from smaller promotions. Overall, I had a great time with BattlArts, and kinda wish there was a similar promotion in my area, as I'd be at every show. Well worth my time and money, and yours too.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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