Sunday, December 12, 2010

AJPW Classic 70's Style :: Funk vs. Tsuruta '76

Terry Funk is arguably one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. His selling, in-ring ability, and ability to put guys over is amazing.

Terry Funk vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (2/3 Falls) - AJPW 6/11/76 - 8

Two fucking awesome wrestlers going at in classic puro action. Jockeying for position has never been more interesting or fun to watch. Terry would try to tangle up Jumbo, but he would have none of it. The faces and grimaces on both men's sweaty faces told the story: this shit was legit. Terry's working over of the left arm of Jumbo was something kids nowadays should take notice of. The arm-work was to die for on both men's part. So much retching and hate in the way they'd pull each others arm, bend each others arms, and generally cause extreme amounts of discomfort in one another. This was delicious. Terry would try to come back from Jumbo's arm holds, only to be frustrated to be put back in them just when he least expected it, be it from an arm-drag or lariat. The finish to the first fall was just so clean you could eat food off of it. Fuck yes. Fuck. Yes. Purogasm. The second fall is when things would get heated. Some great open hand strikes and stiffness featuring Funk bumping over the top rope like the madman he is. Jumbo's sell of a back drop also featured some great head-grabs and body convulsions. This is just simply how it is done. This is pro wrestling. This is awesome.

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