Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Big Van Vader (10/30/99)
After being criminally misused for 3/4ths of his post-WCW stint in the World Wrestling Federation, Leon White packed his bags and headed to the Land of the Rising Sun, where he wasn’t just some giant dude who’d gotten out of a feud with Kane over a mask that practically reveals his own face. In Japan, he was a monster, a legend. A silly little thing like a mostly laughable four year run wasn’t going to detract anything from Vader’s aura.
And Misawa? As one of the best wrestlers of all time, hour long encounters and wars of attrition were nothing new to him. He had legendary feuds with the likes of Kenta Kobashi and Jumbo Tsuruta, and is probably one of the most well-known Japanese wrestlers to have never worked a significant amount of time in the Americas. Every match involving Misawa has the distinction of being a big event. He was a timeless, tireless worker to whom words do no justice.
This is a big match for a big prize, the biggest in Japan: The AJPW Triple Crown. Enjoy.
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