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Join Date: Feb 2007
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
The star ratings are not the Meltzer type of ratings, this is my Netflix ratings on whether I liked the match or not. * for hating a match and ***** for loving the match.
Rikidozan vs. Masahiko Kimura [JWA – 12.22.1954] ***
This is a very important match and a fascinating one to watch. A portion of the beginning is a bit of a hype package as we see both competitors preparing for the bout and the audience filing in to watch. I love how the match begins with some polite wrestling and they take their time as the original plan was for them to go to a time limit but it then quickly turns into a shoot.
Rikidozan vs. Lou Thesz [JWA – 10.7.1957] ****
One of, if not the most important match in the early history of puroresu. This is the match with the one-hour time limit and is the best match from these two that I’ve seen. The opening minutes of the video that I have of this match is of both men training for this match, Lou Thesz arriving in Tokyo to meet his opponent and an impressive parade in the streets of Tokyo for the father of puroresu, Rikidozan. These men were treated like royalty. This match also drew an 87 rating which is a mind-boggling rating to this day. I was a bit worried as it is 53 years old, if the match would be entertaining or not but I really enjoyed it. It’s essential viewing for anyone who wants to see historically important matches.
Rikidozan vs. Lou Thesz [JWA – 10.13.1957] ****
Some more great hype footage before this shorter, livelier rematch from the record breaker the week earlier. Fantastic mat work all around. There’s a surprising amount of crowd heat that is garnered by Thesz. I might like this one slightly more then their hour-long bout as this has more heat. The brawl at the end is fantastic.