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Just back from the Pro-Wrestling NOAH show in (my once home but now largely transformed) Coventry. The crowd and I started out as cool and educated, clapping politely at well executed exchanges. By the end of the evening after a couple of beers, with two of the biggest names in Japanese wrestling exchanging chops and forearms, we all went mental and comprehensively marked out. Ace.
Who was there, then? And what was the big-head-drop count?
There were many drops on the head. Many. A goodly number of stiff clotheslines too and, as you might expect, some fierce chops.
Main event was Naomichi Marufuji and Mitsuharu Misawa against Go Shiozaki and Kenta Kobashi. Kobashi hit the half-nelson suplex on both Marufuji and Misawa, and by God it looked like it hurt. Misawa's a big chap and not exactly light on his feet, and he hit the mat like a sack of spuds. He took a hell of lot of chops too. His whole chest was red by the finish.
Also on the card were KENTA, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe, Takeshi Morishima, and Doug Williams tagging with Nigel McGuiness. Big home crowd pop for them.
Things I learned from this evening: Aerials are off the top rope higher than they look on the telly. Taking a lariat off the ropes must hurt like hell. Even small wrestlers are big and big wrestlers are giants who walk the Earth.
Here's a slightly breathless review, although I don't disagree with any of it. Bison Smith over the top rope was breathtaking, and KENTA GTS on Edwards just made your eyes water.
While I'm here and remember, the venue was really pretty good. Nice size, comfortable seats (good when you're there for four hours), not overly excessive beer prices, and pleasingly informal staff. Not at all unpleasant. I even began considering going along for some ice hockey.
I saw Misawa there (and Doug Williams, now I mention it) myself many a-year ago.
(p.s. LAAAAARRRIIIIIOOTTTOOOOO and so forth).