When one hears the phrase: "One of these days, Alice - POW! Right in the kisser!" you expect some violence, or perhaps the lead up to Ralph Kramden finally getting hauled away by the cops for all of his alleged spousal abuse on the classic television sitcom The Honeymooners.
So… imagine my surprise when the "right in the kisser" routine reared its ugly head during a recent Japanese professional wrestling match.
I used to watch wrestling on TV all the time… even went to a match at old Maple Leaf Gardens, just a few rows away from the actual ring, watching Hulk Hogan defeat OMG (One Man Gang).
I used to watch Maple Leaf Wrestling - The Beast was my favorite, but unfortunately I don't think he ever made it to the big paydays that eventually hit in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
I don't believe it's real - never did. It was just entertainment… watching two guys (or gals, or tag team, or Battle Royale (not the great Japanese movie by the same name that obviously inspired The Hunger Games - see HERE) almost beat the crap out of each in a grotesque spandex ballet.
And while I hated the 'interviews' which were to help spur fan animosity or create pathos for a wrestler's brand, I respected those that could make it entertaining: Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bobby The Brain Heenan, the Vachon's, and perhaps one of the best schticks ever: The Undertaker and the creepy Paul Bearer… oh! and the very entertaining The Grand Wizard. These guys made the 'interview' entertaining.
Professional wrestling is sports entertainment. These guys still hoist each other up over their head, dive off turnbuckles, get hit by chairs, plow through tables, wrestle on tacks or with barbed wire fencing… it's a tough business.
The Japanese wrestling federations are also known for their outlandish behavior… usually taking the violence to the nth levels that its North American counterpart is afraid to.
And... then there's this:
The video keeps disappearing from the blog, so just in case, click HERE.
How much money did they give these two guys to do that? Whatever it was, it wasn't enough, as this will stay with them both forever (so keep re-watching the video).
Thanks, Julien... but still... this blog is for Rob J, because we used to watch pay-per-view wrestling at my place all the time! We didn't pay. Except in dignity.