Thought I'd make a thread for this since it can cover a lot of ground and comes up a lot these days, both in the ring and in people debating about wrestling in general. I recently reviewed a relevant match from my recommend thread and thought I might as well share it here!

Jushin Liger, Ebessan, & Tigers Mask vs. Super Delfin, Perro, & Kuishinbo Kamen 11/24/03 Osaka Pro Tokyo Holiday Paradise

I suspected what this match would be when I saw it was Osaka Pro, and I was not disappointed to see that I was right! This is a Japanese comedy match in it's purest form, and that really, really works for me. Ebessan and Kamen are flat out comedy wrestlers, and spent the beginning of the match "fighting", i.e. posing and playing to the crowd and trying to get their partners to tag them so they wouldn't have to do any work. They do a wonderful job including Liger, who has comedic chops all his own. Several points in the match involve Liger getting excited to so some comedic trope, only for everyone around him to suddenly so something different or act very serious and look at him like he's nuts. There's something called "The M-Pro Hop" (I believe, anyway) where after a hectic comedy sequence, everyone in the ring turns around and hops suddenly. Don't ask me to explain it in more detail, but it's a thing! At one point they're going to do it in the match, and Liger's very excited, but when the moment comes everyone else crouches down and he's left hopping all by himself. Poor Liger! But yes, he did a wonderful job with everything as expected. You also get absurd running gags like Ebessan continuously baseball sliding into the same random ringside cameraman all through the match, and a lot of verbal joking that was obviously lost on me (Deg, feel free to translate if there's anything worthwhile!). It's very obvious to see that this kind of wrestling was an influence on companies like CHIKARA, and as a fan of this stuff I thought it was great fun.



Obviously this is great if you're a fan of this type of stuff, but it's also interesting to see how influential this stuff is in the modern tropes that drive guys like Jim Cornette up the wall, and how many of them originated in the supposedly super-serious land of Japan! Any favorite comedic moments in wrestling, if not full matches then just moments over the years?