is a staple of Japanese culture. Both Sumo wrestling
and professional wrestling enjoy a strong following
and history in Japan.
Ross comments on death of Misawa - 14th June 2009
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announcer Jim Ross says it's a shame that many
U.S. wrestling fans won't understand the impact
Mitsuharu Misawa had on pro wrestling across the
world because he wrestled in Japan.
was generally considered one of the best wrestlers
in pro wrestling during the 1990s and his legend
grew as a master of in-ring psychology in the
2000s once his body was well past its prime.
a damn shame that the vast majority of American
wrestling fans won't give a second thought about
the untimely death of 'a Japanese wrestler,'"
Ross said on jrsbarbq.com.
says he wasn't an acquaintance of Misawa, but
he felt like he knew him from watching DVDs of
Misawa wrestling over the years.
significant piece of Japanese wrestling history
died this weekend," Ross said. "Mitsuharu
Misawa apparently died in the very spot that he
gained his incredible fame and resounding respect
from wrestling fans around the globe...inside
a wrestling ring."
also talked about the emotional connection Misawa
made with pro wrestling fans in Japan, especially
in the NOAH promotion that Misawa founded.
was naturally tough and it showed. And his fans
loved him for it," Ross said. "They
also loved his passion and the emotional ride
on which he would take them. That's what pro wrestling
is, selling emotion."
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