re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Yoshiaki Fujiwara v Riki Choshu (NJPW 9/6/87)
--Fujiwara doesn't even wait for Choshu to get to the ring before unding him and laying some badass headbutts to rock his brain. All that makes Choshu's head bloody not even three minutes in, and the crowd were eating it up. Looked to me like they had accepted Fujiwara and Choshu needed to pay for his invasions and betrayals. Probably as far off from the actual story shit that happened, but what the hell. Fujiwara gives Choshu a piledriver and lifts his head when going for a pin, "you thought that was all?". Fujiwara's headbutts are insane-looking, btw, I can only think of Chris Benoit throwing better ones. Once Choshu starts actually getting in some moves, Fujiwara's all, "ok, I'll choke him". Choshu's had enough and stomps Fujiwara while standing, and Fujiwara reacts differently to each one, the first was like "I dare you to kick me again", the second was like "getting closer", the third was like "almost.....", and then he goes back to the throat and into an armbar. Choshu still in content with using some stomps, and Fujiwara sells each one harder and harder. And the way he sells those punches in the corner, oh my God, his facial expression of being somewhat surprised and happy at the same time that Choshu has a nice amount still left in him in incredible. Choshu's trying to put Fujiwara away with a variation of the Scorpion Deathlock, but he can't quite sink it in properly and once Fujiwara grabs the ropes he stomps the motherfucking crap out of him. Fujiwara reverses a suplex into a Fujiwara Armbar and has this insane SMILE while doing it, like "I put the kibosh on your move, bucko". Fujiwara goes to pull off that entire turnbuckle section and throws it at Choshu's head, I mean that thing can't hurt THAT much but it was a really nifty touch that I'be never seen before. His Irish-whip-into-it attempt is futile and Choshu's fighting for his career so he reverses it. Choshu goes for the Riki Lariat and it ends up becoming a FUJIWARA ARMBAR. Choshus's beyond pissed and figures Fujiwara's head hasn't got any blood on it, so he just has to bring him to the outside and bloody it up. His head and chest becomes flooded with his own blood and he's still trying to lay those headbutts in. What was really was his final headbutt, he hits it then wobbles around, selling an emotion of "these headbutts are going to finish ***me*** off", and it was his final one. Choshu can't believe he's actually got the strength to pull those off, so he finishes him with two Riki Lariats that Fujiwara sells like a god of selling. All of that was in thirteen minutes. You don't want to miss this one.