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September 29, 2002 / TJ Hawke

Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe from EPIC WAR 2002

 

Recap from TJ Hawke:

They started out tentative, with each man going for some kicks and submissions.  Neither man was able to do a lot of damage in the early goings.  Joe hit some awesome chops.  Dragon came back with some chops, but they just pissed off Joe, instead of injuring him.  Dragon hit some kicks to the head to take down Joe.  Dragon then went after the left arm of Joe.  Dragon had an arm submission locked in, but Joe picked him up and hit a suplex.  Joe came back with the face wash. Joe suplexed Dragon to the floor.  Joe then hit a body splash off the apron.  Back in the ring, Joe was in control of the match until Dragon hit a leaping enzugiri.  Dragon followed that up with some big strikes and a running forearm in the corner: 1…2…NO!  Joe avoided another leaping enzugiri and hit a bridging German suplex: 1…2…NO!  LARIAT: 1…2…NO!  Dragon got a couple of sloppy pinning combinations for nearfalls.  Dragon sent Joe to the floor and then hit a suicide dive.  That was poorly edited.  Back in the ring, Dragon hit a snap butterfly suplex and a diving headbutt: 1…2…NO!  Joe came back with a powerbomb/STF.  Dragon almost escaped, so Joe transitioned it into an arm-trap crossface.  Joe berated Dragon, but Dragon still made the ropes. Joe called for the Island Driver, but Dragon avoided it and locked in Cattle Mutilation.  TIME LIMIT DRAW! BOO!

 

Disco Machine and Excalibur ran in to check in on Joe.  I believe Rocky Romero and Ricky Reyes checked in on Dragon.  The crowd was very appreciative of the match.

 

Another cool match from EPIC WAR that showed how talented both of these men were even when they weren’t close to being on national television on a weekly basis.

Match Rating: ***1/2 

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