Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Sep 2007
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
Jack Brisco vs. Antonio Inoki, JWA 8/5/71: ****3/4. First time seeing this, and my first time seeing a really high end Brisco match. The match itself is an all time classic, and Jack Brisco may be a top 20 worker ever if he had any kind of consistency. He's incredible here; it's not hard to figure out why he was given the NWA title a couple years later. With 2009 eyes, it was a real treat to watch. I see guys in TNA or the indys run through all the tired chain sequences with lighting speed, and it means absolutely nothing. It may be aesthetically pleasing to some people, but it's all filler until they can start hitting their spots. Here, Jack and Inoki put on a masterpiece with really intricate technical work and minimal highspots. It's a struggle for control, and they milk holds for everything they're worth. You have to marvel how much they get out of so little. 75% or so of the match is on the mat, and it builds and builds in a way that when highspots are finally hit, they seem huge. It's very rewarding if you have the patience for it. As I said before, Jack's performance was amazing, and I'm definitely gonna seek out more of his singles work now.
A side note, why doesn't Japan, Mexico, and other international stuff get it's own thread at least? Not having it's own subforum is understandable, but a thread for match discussion would be great. Seems like there's enough puro viewers here to make it worthwhile.