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For the longest time, big men in wrestling were of one mould. Slow, lumbering and of course large, not much was ever expected of a 350lbs+ performer from an athletic point of view. Their asset was their size and as long as they maintained that, they would be fine. Leon White changed that. Making his first (and perhaps biggest) impact in New Japan Pro Wrestling in the late 80’s, White was given the gimmick which he would carry with him for his whole career – Big Van Vader. As a former NFL prospect, Vader was blessed with legitimate athleticism for someone his size. Not only was he as strong as an ox but he could move around the ring with a swiftness that defied his size. His agility was equally as impressive, peaking on the occasions where he would pull off a top rope moonsault (never the prettiest moonsault but still absolutely remarkable). These talents gave Vader the ability to have some really great matches throughout his career, and the combination of guaranteed match quality plus his natural monster aura made him a guy much more suited to being a top guy in the main event scene than most of the big men that came before him.
I’ve been kicking all sorts of rear end with the TNA news. Well it continues today.
According to Eddie Slater who sent the information into PWInsider, there is local radio advertising in Los Angeles for TNA’s supercard scheduled for October known as Bound For Glory V. The show is slated for Irvine, CA and the advertising states that the show will feature the final match in the career of former TNA and WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting, real name Steve Borden.
We’d heard for a few years now that Sting has wanted to call it quits, but every time he is about to, Dixie Carter and the folks at TNA sweeten the pot in terms of money and Sting always returns. Historically, for the past three years at TNA’s Bound for Glory, Sting has not only come out victorious, but won the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2006, he defeated Jeff Jarrett in Kurt Angle’s first TNA PPV appearance. The following year he beat Kurt Angle himself to win the title. Finally, last year, Sting won the title from Samoa Joe in the storyline that would form the Main Event Mafia.
At long last we conclude Misawa Week here on FightGameBlog. Today we present one of the biggest matches in Japanese Puro history. This match is regarded as one of Misawa’s finest moments.
On May 2nd, 1999, All Japan Pro Wrestling ran the world famous Tokyo Dome in a tribute to the founder of the company and it’s primary mentor – Shohei “Giant” Baba, who passed away earlier in the year. A sell-out crowd of 55,000 fans witnessed history in the making. In the highly anticipated main event, the most feared gaijin, perhaps of all time, Super Vader, would defend his AJPW Triple Crown Title. Vader was a feared monster in Japan and the fans had seen him throughout the years lay waste to their grandest heroes. In his debut, Vader annihilated Antonio Inoki in seconds, something that had never been done. Then in the mid 90s, Vader defeated Nobuhiko Takada to win the UWFI’s “Original Pro Wrestling World Title”. Vader was unbeatable. On this day, he faced Mitsuharu Misawa, the other hero. Misawa was competing for his unprecedented FIFTH AJPW Triple Crown Championship. Could Misawa fight for his fallen mentor, vanquish the beast, and bring the AJPW Triple Crown back into Japanese hands?