Edward Albee, perhaps America’s finest living playwright, since the recent deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, once said, “If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you’ll tend to succeed interestingly.” No country better embodies this saying than Japan.
Several weeks ago, I posted an article about yesterday’s Dream 9 card - more precisely, the acid trip fantasy of a match between Korean giant Hong Man Choi and former Oakland A’s slugger, Jose Canseco.
I predicted that Canseco would get hurt.
I was right.
Canseco mysteriously broke his leg, or something like that, in the middle of Round 1, after which Choi mounted the steriod-whistle-blower and pummeled him into submission. Okay, so Japan failed - at least they failed interestingly.
Other fights on the Dream 9 card turned out to be pretty cool, particularly the open class matches, where in some cases, Davids like Gegard Mousasi bested Goliaths like Mark Hunt.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Japanese don’t like logic. They have a refreshing lack of respect for the laws of nature shaped by man’s empirical wisdom. The Japanese imagination has given us so many wonderful gifts, from Anime to Sushi to ridiculous MMA fights.
God knows what’s next. Bob Sapp vs Carson Daly? Mark Kerr vs the goth kid who should have won American Idol. Whatever crap they put on, I’ll be watching, because they just might succeed interestingly.