ダニエル, on Mar 24 2012, 09:49 AM, said:
Who is the biggest Ibushi fan on here? Alan? Do even Ibushi's biggest fans think he's a serious and reasonable contender for Top 50 let alone top 12 or Top 1?
That absolutely hurts my soul. How could anyone who has seen those three guys work think Ibushi is better? FUCK.
You get back to me when Tenryu or Hash does their first springboard twisting 760 degree flippitty doodle. As I keep saying, Daniel, you really need to learn what pro wrestling is really
That being said...
Is Ibushi the silver-and-blue short shorts guy with Final Fantasy hair? And... isn't that the guy who took that never-ending Canadian Destroyer from YOSHIHIKO? Because, if so... Doesn't that definitively prove that YOSHIHIKO is, in fact, a better pro wrestler than Ibushi? And, that being the case:
Where is the outrage over YOSHIHIKU being excluded from the list?
being said... if Ibushi (or YOSHIHIKU) were to be the special guest on an Osaka Pro card, I'd go out of my way to see it. I'm not seriously arguing that he's one of the greatest ever, but he's really pretty damned good in a live context.
Here's what I wrote after the MATRIX Charity show on 9/11/11:
7. Kota Ibushi [W] & Atsushi Kotoge (450 Splash) Daisuke Harada & Shigehiro Irie [L]
Oh good heavens this match was fantastic as well. Maybe it was just the contrast to the crap sandwich that we had to gulp down before the break, but everything afterward just totally kicked ass. I was surprised by how tall and muscular Ibushi is in person. He doesn't look anything close to that big when I'm watching him as an .avi file! The guy seemed to be having a ball in there. He gave a TON to Harada and Irie and seemed well content to do his part to shine the spotlight on the local guys.
There was a pretty sweet sequence when Kotoge, then Irie, then Harada ripped off Ibushi's "Various rapid kicks leading into a standing moonsault" spot leading to an enraged Ibushi being all "Now I'll show you how it's REALLY done!" on Harada only for Harada to get his knees up. That got the biggest pop of the night. They even made it work as part of the flow of the match, since it was part of an "everyone keeps trying to one-up each other" sequence.
The best part of that one-upmanship sequence was when Irie and Kotoge got into a sick headbutt battle. You could hear the thunks clearly each time, and Irie even grew a grotesquely massive bump on his forehead... but they just kept going! They even did one more for good measure as part of the show of respect once the match was done.
I seem to remember that Ibushi was badly injured during that match. Is he back wrestling again?