RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

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RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

Post by Rich Kraetsch » Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:47 pm

7 years ago today one of the greatest to ever step into a ring tragically passed away. Let's use this thread to post memories, full matches, highlights, etc. related to Misawa.

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Re: RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

Post by itsberlo » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:34 pm

My first ever Puro viewing was in the spring of 1997. I was in high school and at that point was a pro wresting fiend. I went over to a friend's house and he told me he had something crazy we had to watch. He said he traded some tapes and got back a whole bunch of Japanese wrestling. He put in the tape and we starting watching this master piece from January 20th 1997. I could not believe how awesome it was and was even more shocked at the fact there was wrestling elsewhere that I had not seen or heard of. It was because of this match that I have been in love with all kinds of Puro and still think it is one of the greatest matches of all time. I can still hear to this today the commentator, during a strike exchange, screaming " Elbow....kickooh....elbow....kickooh....elbow....lariatooooooooooo!!!!!!"

Thanks for the memories, Misawa. You will never be forgotten.

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Re: RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

Post by ayaashm » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:30 pm

I watched Misawa vs Tsuruta.Such a great match and told such an amazing story. The transformation of Tiger Mask to Misawa is great.
Here is the infamous 1990 match which catapulted Misawa to stardom:

Also,here's the infamous story that Dave tells about Giant Baba changing the finish of Misawa/Tsuruta on the day of the show :
It was 13 years later when Tsuruta, at the time the top star in the company, was shocked when Giant Baba asked him a few hours before their match to lose in a Budokan Hall main event to Misawa. That wasn’t how wrestling in Japan worked at that time, but as history has shown pretty clearly, Baba’s instincts in seeing the audience reaction with loud “Misawa” chants coming out of nowhere every few minutes in the hour before the show started in the building, as well as in the hours before outside the ring in the giant line to get in the lone exit, sensed it was the right time to do the unexpected. It was a unique atmosphere that night, something that I’d never experienced before and never experienced live since at any sporting event.
Part of the reason that match became so famous, and turned business around, the Japanese equivalent of the December 25, 1982, Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich cage match in Dallas (which set up The Freebirds vs. Von Erichs feud), or the Steve Austin I Quit match with Bret Hart and title win over Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as referee, which led to Austin’s popularity exploding, is because everyone in the arena that night wanted to see Misawa win. And pretty much, nobody really expected that he would. Baba was sitting at the concession stand near the entrance of the building, seeing the huge business for Misawa merchandise almost out of nowhere , hearing the buzz of the crowd, and sent the message to Tsuruta, in the dressing room.
Three weeks before what turned out to be the most pivotal match of his career, All Japan was running at the Tokyo Gym. During a match with Tiger Mask & Kawada vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu & Samson Fuyuki, after Tiger Mask pinned Fuyuki with a German suplex, he told Kawada to untie his mask. After doing so, Misawa pulled his mask off and threw it to the crowd, grabbed the mic, and challenged Tsuruta to a singles match, which headlined the June 8, 1990, show at Budokan Hall.
It was a moment that nobody could have fully expected the reaction to, as Tiger Mask was certainly a star, but he was not at the time, that big of a star. But the crowd exploded in chants of “Misawa,” which started happening at all the house shows over the next few weeks. It was certainly the reaction they wanted, but far better than even the most optimistic expectations.

Here is a great music video that shows their entire rivalry:

I also watched Misawa/Kobashi x Kawada/Taue.
THIS MATCH was something else. The aura that all four guys had around them was great.The leg work by Kobashi and the sell job by Kawada is something out of this world. Obviously,the head drops (Misawa esp.) are hard to watch.

Here is Misawa x Kawada the rivalry encapsulated in this playlist by Allan Cheapshot: ... 2eISU1EPnb
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Re: RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

Post by Grammarian » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:31 pm

If you're a WON subscriber, here's some quick links to the Observers covering his life and career, so that you don't have to dig through the archives to find them.

Part 1 of bio (June 22, 09): ... c-99-trump

Additional covereage (June 29, 09): ... tuf-finale

Part 2 of bio (July 1, 09): ... ch-history
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Re: RIP Mitsuharu Misawa

Post by soup23 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:07 pm

Misawa is the GOAT to me. He carried himself with such a weight and gravity to him. Wrestling is about showmanship but Misawa did as much without being a showman for his ace role. This can be conveyed as stoicism or disinterest to some but it perfectly complimented the major foils that he dealt with throughout his career. Misawa was the ultimate sheriff gunslinger in wrestling. He was committed to a cause that would end up costing his life both in storyline purposes and in real life.

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