Do you hate Inoki?
Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:37 PM
As I've said, he feels like a guy who was perfectly content to just sit on the mat and run out the time if you let him. Seems like every bit of selling, every high spot, bit of excitement, or basically anything that isn't laying on the mat has to be dragged from him by his opponent. I've got this impression seeing him vs. both Hansen and Backlund now. But mostly he's been rubbish.
Now, I haven't seen more than 20 Inoki matches in my life total, but how on earth was Inoki such a legend being as sickeningly dull as he was?
Any thoughts welcome on Inoki. What are some examples of Inoki being "on", rather than his opponent basically forcing him to have a good, watchable match?
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He's been on TV for something like 50 years. I think I mentioned to you once that he's in the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. He also had a go at breaking America at one point and during that run had a guest spot on The Muppets Show.
Another very big chinned man is the former football manager and pundit Jimmy Hill.
But I think Inoki has them both beat. Look at it!!
My god. You could put a banana next to his face and there'd probably still be chin left over.
I have to respect that.
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Posted 22 October 2013 - 01:44 AM
I hated watching every Inoki match that made tape from the '80s, because he mailed in way too many performances. But I like his best stuff too much to say I hate him. Not sure why John felt the Brisco match was just there; I thought it featured lots of hardfought matwork with effective build to the highspots. And Inoki worked hard in it. I think Loss is a fan of that match as well. I also liked the Robinson match, and as Dylan mentioned, I've generally not hated the '70s Inoki I've seen. That was his athletic prime. I genuinely loved that 2/6/86 match against Fujiwara in which Inoki was the lesser guy but held his own. Others have mentioned his willingness to let Vader slaughter him when he was past 50. I feel weird defending Inoki, because I've probably suffered through as much of his worst shit as anyone. But there you have it. JVK, I feel like you're generally not a fan of older-school matwork, so I'm not sure you're ever going to like some of Inoki's better stuff from the '70s. You've already expressed your aversion to the Hansen series, and I thought he was pretty good in those matches. So the gulf might simply be too wide.
Well I did give the 5/9/80 Hansen match an A, which is a pretty high rating from me. I was also the high vote on the 12/06/79 Backlund match on the recent Titans show -- and by some margin.
But in both cases, it felt like I liked these matches despite Inoki. I'm just wondering if there are matches where the match is good primarily because of Inoki rather than his opponent.
Posted 22 October 2013 - 01:51 AM
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