Last night, in Long Beach, Calif., New Japan Pro Wrestling hosted the second of its first two shows ever on American soil. As far as wrestling stories go, it will go down as one of the most important of the summer.
Among the expected attendees was Dave Meltzer, the dean of wrestling journalists. Then, tragedy struck: Meltzer's father, Herbert, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 90. Dave Meltzer decided not to make the trip to Long Beach and among those who missed him most were The Young Bucks, the best tag team in the world and progenitors of a finishing move called The Meltzer Driver. So, on Sunday morning, they decided to pay tribute to Dave and Herbert the best way they knew how:
Sure enough, in their match against RPG Vice, they did. It looked like this:
Note the, "Herbert Meltzer, that was for you" as the cherry on the sundae. As someone who watches a lot of pro wrestling, that was one of the damnedest things I've ever seen. And as the Young Bucks' unofficial "Uncle Dave," odds are Meltzer had a big smile on his face watching it, too.