Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Little Planet
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Just caught this,
Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (6/6/97): **3/4
I expected a lot more from the beginning stages. The start, I thought was great with Kawada's usual strikes and Misawa going nuts. All of a sudden, it degenerated into a 'moves on the whim' type thing. The problem was that if they weren't planning on selling the injuries, then doing the same moves over and over again on the opponent was a very bad idea. The armbar sequences by Kawada were sloppy and didn't strike up later once Misawa's neck became the focus.
A lot of brutal headthrowing though, which is to be expected I guess but they didn't do anything for me because there wasn't much thought put into building that (except for 'me mad' obv) and not enough follow up either. The ending, though I liked the idea of it came off rather flat. Kawada was out of it, so the referee didn't count the pin? Then he GOT THROWD ON HIS HEAD again and Misawa got the pin.
Just too many drivers, powerbombs and suplexes for my tastes, especially since they were all delivered in the same sequence over and over again until Kawada died. It's definitely a very good match but it's nowhere close to what they did in 94. This makes me want to watch that again.