THE DESTROYER VS.
MIL MASCARAS
2/3 FALLS, 7/25/74

I don't know much about anything when it comes to pro-wrestling, but I know what I like, and I know what moves me.

I try to write about it in a way that's personal to me.

Like an X-ray on our innermost feelings, I look inward to the soul...Where wrestlers find the will to pursue their desire to the end of the line, to the human limit. Where lives are lived in intense states, and wrestlers struggle with how they feel, as we all do. From their inner contradictions springs passion and complexity, urging me on... to go the distance, to reach the end of the line, until wrestling says something to me about my life.

That's the insight I have. That's what being a fan comes down to. I love wrestling no more or no less than anyone else does. But I have to get something out of it. I've never found a better way of going about that.

I'd never seen the best.

But here it is. A match I'll always remember. A match I'll take with me. I want to share that memory with you.

The Destroyer is the YASUJIRO OZU of wrestling. Yasujiro Ozu is the greatest filmmaker I've ever seen. Like Ozu, The Destroyer makes things as simple as they can be. That simplicity means something honest, something sincere, and something heartfelt. Someone once said that Ozu whispers where others shout. That's the way it is with The Destroyer. That's the voice he found in the ring. If The Destroyer is understated, that makes everything else overstated.

I've loved wrestling a long time, but this is the best I've seen anyone go about it. I've never enjoyed myself as much as I have watching The Destroyer work. The Destroyer had me in the palm of his hand. He creates through his selling. He creates in the space between moves. In the way he turns the match. It's easy to believe there's a million ways to turn a hold and every one's a blast. Whenever I watch Ozu, I fall in love with film again... The Destroyer takes everything you've felt about wrestling, brings it together, and makes it new again. Wrestling looks like something you've never seen before. Something you never knew could be this good.

What's special about The Destroyer is that he doesn't draw attention to himself. The match isn't about him in the way this review is about me. The Destroyer makes this match his own. Everything about it is effortless, but nothing shouts, "This is a great wrestling match!" The Destroyer is small and reduced, like Ozu's camera. He doesn't occupy the space. He takes the space and gives it life. Perhaps I'm wrong to write about The Destroyer in the way that I am. This match is about how great he thinks his opponent is. How great he thinks wrestling is. The Destroyer creates _outside_ of himself. People talk about things taking on a life of their own. Here the ring becomes it's own world. The wonderful world of two masked wrestlers... The Destroyer's match is about that world. His story comes from the inside, but extends out into the universe.

He wrestles for his audience and his fans. That's why it resonates. My God does it resonate.

You don't have to dig deep to find The Destroyer. Whenever he plays on your expectations and has you laughing, you've found him. Humour is part of who The Destroyer is. He's not afraid to let it show, and never shies away from making you laugh. I smiled while watching this match. Stupid grins I couldn't control. Even Mil grins. That humour never takes away from the "integrity" of the match. You love it all the more. It makes you feel good about something you care about. That's wonderful to me.

The Destroyer is fun in a way you'll show your children. They'll laugh too. They'll love him too. Good for his day? The Destroyer is timeless!

I want to go the distance, to the end of the line. That's where I want to be. But The Destroyer is better than that. He's better than my favourite wrestlers. He's better than I'll ever be. His matches aren't about trying to get your feelings out. They're about entertaining people. It's harder to make someone laugh than anything else. That's why the Destroyer is the best. It's simple. It's sincere. It's honest.

This match was a gift to me. At the time I didn't know it was going to be one of the best wrestling experiences of my life. The person who sent it to me is a good friend and a good person. I'm happy to have something in common with him. I'm proud that it's this match.

Thanks to: Todd Yates.
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