This goes out to all the wrestling fans from around the world,especialy those who have followed the Japanese Pro Wrestling (Puroresu) Scene......One of the greatest has fallen at the age of 47 tonight: Mistuharu Misawa...
For those who don't know about this man here's a little bit of his bio and his acomplishments:
Mitsuharu Misawa was the Japanese high school national wrestling champion at 187 pounds in 1980, and was recruited by Giant Baba into All Japan Pro Wrestling. He gained his first taste of stardom in 1984 when he was chosen to be the second Tiger Mask. After unmasking in 1990, he became an even bigger star after a series of singles matches with Jumbo Tsuruta.
He was Japan's biggest pro wrestling star of the 90s, and one could make a strong case for him as the top wrestler of the decade. He was the Wrestler of the Year in 1995, 1997 and 1999. Misawa would form Pro-Wrestling NOAH in 2000. He had engage in epic battles against Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, and many more. He was a 3-time GHC Heavyweight Champion, 2-time GHC Tag-team Champion, 5-time All Japan Triple Crown Champion, 2-Time All Japan All Asia Tag Team Champion, and 6-time All Japan Unified World Tag Team Champion. As NOAH's president and active competitor, he would take the time to venture off to other promotions like New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor. Emerald Flowsion, Tiger Driver, Tiger Suplex 85 and Tiger Driver 91 are a few of the moves he used, not to mention he invented them.
On June 13, 2009, after receiving a backdrop from Akitoshi Saito during a tag team match with Go Shiozaki against Saito and Bison Smith at Hiroshima Green Arena, Misawa lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead in the hospital at 10:10 pm.
We lost a legend, someone that made us scream out of no where with his intense matches, someone who made us scream 5 Stars match in our rooms, someone who was a "true" wrestler.
The List Of Opponents is like a who's who of the wrestling world from the past and present like:
Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, Stan Hansen, Akira Taue, Yoshihiro Takayama, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima, Genichiro Tenryu, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Samoa Joe, Masahiro Chono, Jushin Thunder Liger, Hirooki Goto, Shinsuke Nakamura
Godspeed,Misawa-sama,your matches were ever so epic....
Rest In Peace