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Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen v Terry & Dory Funk (12/8/84)
You know when Brody's at his best? When he's in there with guys like Terry Funk, because then he actually has to sell and *gasp*... bump. Don't get me wrong, I love Brody. But God dammit, he is one uncooperative motherfucker. I watched this about 4 years ago and dropped 5 snowflakes on it. Not quite as enamoured this time around, but man, this is just some awesome pro-'rasslin.
Brody and Hansen control most of the first ten minutes, hitting shoulder tackles and big boots and knees, and it's pretty obvious that the Funks are up against some heavy shit. Terry spends the majority of the first half on the apron, but his first tag in gets a massive reaction from the crowd. Terry is beloved, and now he's back.
Dory is the one that does the majority of the load for his team (or takes the majority of the beatings, rather), and it makes sense with this being Terry's first match back in over a year. Dory's as stoic and methodical as always, and is, as usual, the perfect contrast to Terry's wild, brawling, raw emotion. Terry trying his damndest to get out of a Brody piledriver is great, but his failure to do so and response to it by popping back up, eyes glazed over, before collapsing again like a cartoon character slipping on a babana peel, is pretty much the best thing I'm likely to see this week. Actually, it's Thursday, and I usually lose all vision during the last few days of the week, so it's guarenteed to be the best thing I see this week.
Around the 12 minute mark Terry and Dory start to put together a decent chunk off offence, and it's only a matter of time before Brody and Hansen get pissed off enough to start whoopin' fools with chairs and stuff. Then Joe Higuchi gets sandwiched between Terry and the turnbuckles, so shit is really on.
Fist they take out Terry. Technically, he's the weakest of the two at this point in time. Dory's been active for the last year, so with Terry out of the way, they decide to try and break a table over his back. The job is pretty much done, and with the referee stirring again, it's practicially curtains. That's unless Terry can get back in the ring. Oh... he appears to be doing so. And, uh... he has a chain in his hand.
Unsurprisingly, he goes postal on everybody, including the referee for trying to stop him. Match gets thrown out, but Terry continues to beat on fools. Nobody fucks with his Funkin' brother. Terry's back... here's to his next retirement.
Really, from the opening bell to the 16-ish minute mark, this is fantastic. Great story, and executed perfectly. The problem I have with it is the finish. And it's kinda a big problem. Now, I know that this is All Japan in the 1980 and that clean finishes aren't the norm blah blah blah... but this is the culmination of a feud that started three years ago. From the moment Hansen debuted in the 1981 RWTL finals, destroying the Funks and torpedoing Terry Funk's head with a lariat, through the '82 finals, right through to Terry's eventual retirement. Three years later, Terry returns to help his brother take down Brody and Hansen. This needs some kind of finish. Whether it's a "Terry returns and overcomes the unstoppable forces" deal, or a "Brody and Hansen beat the valiant Terry Funk, who just didn't have enough in him after a year lay off" deal, this one has to have a conclusive end. It doesn't, and it ultimately leaves this as "just another great match," when it should've been so much more.