View Full Version : Mitsuharu Misawa Has Passed Away

06-13-2009, 10:04 PM
I already posted about this in the wrestling thread... but dammit, this needs it's own thread.

Mitsuharu Misawa, one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time, was declared dead at 10:10 p.m. Saturday night at a hospital in Hiroshima after being dropped on his head in a tag team title match.

Misawa would have turned 47 on June 18th.

Misawa & Go Shiozaki were challening Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito for the GHC tag team championship in Hiroshima and Misawa was dropped on his head at about 8:45 p.m. and knocked unconscious.

According to eye witness reports, Saito gave Misawa a "routine" back suplex that was described as a "7" in danger on a scale of one-to-ten. He did not get up. It was chaos in the ring as they attempted to revive him using CPR and the crowd was hushed for a while, and began a "Misawa" chant. He turned purple in the ring and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

The wrestlers were told on the bus that he had passed away.

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.

After the death of Shohei "Giant" Baba, Misawa wrestled a little over one more year for All Japan Pro Wrestling, while working as company president. After consistently butting heads with owner Motoko Baba, the widow of Shohei Baba, he and 90% of the All Japan roster quit the company to form Pro Wrestling NOAH.

Wow... just wow. He was a true legend in the sport, may he R.I.P.

06-14-2009, 02:39 PM
They got to be careful using certain moves on older wrestlers. I'm surprised Ric Flair hasn't been hurt by getting 'cut' open for a man his age. For a wrestler to die like this is just sad.

Assaundrell Yumerai
06-14-2009, 03:56 PM
Condolence and rest in peace.

The Burmy
06-14-2009, 04:29 PM
I don't really know much about Japanese wrestling nor watch it, but getting hurt like that, ouch. R.I.P.

06-14-2009, 08:23 PM
That is one of the reasons I stopped watching wrestling. The deaths, not-meant blows on wherever part of your body. Bloody faces and body, I hate it.