And just like real life pro wrestling shows, the rookies on the undercard are often more enticing and fun to watch than the Main Event.
This match is joined in progress, Wakamatsu working on his opponent’s arm. Both young wrestlers are dressed in plain, basic black trunks and boots — apparently the uniform for rookie wrestlers until they get a gimmick and graduate into fancier gear.
I dig those tall knee-high boots on these wrestlers. Here we see Wakamatsu clamping on an awesome Keylock, using his legs to scissor his opponent’s trapped arm. This is another example of this cartoon’s usage of the hottest wrestling holds, many of which we haven’t seen since the Golden Age.
The repetition has the feel of a sexual act, or gives us the sense of masturbation.
After performing so many rolls, Wakamatsu collapses flat on his back, utterly spent as the ref counts him out and he loses the match. What a strange scene! What an odd way to lose a wrestling match! Seeing the cute rookie panting and exhausted, we almost get the sense that he is feeling post-coital fatigue, like he just nutted and now he needs a nap after rolling around repeatedly with his buff opponent.
I love when Japanese cartoonists draw cute young guys — damn he is adorable, gritting his teeth and scowling, trying to look intimidating (but you just want to hug him,)
I wonder if Wakamatsu’s opponent is meant to be the same man he Key-locked in Episode 6, or is this a new playmate? They didn’t bother naming these obscure jobbers, so I’m not sure.
And just like wrestling shows in real life, the preliminary bouts are over with far too quickly!