Most frustrating stage 3 fail? Jul 31, 2020 12:52:12 GMT -5
Post by bigt on Jul 31, 2020 12:52:12 GMT -5
I don't mean last obstacle fails, those are always painful. I mean unexpected and wasteful (or "Mottainai" as Nagano would say) fails that squandered huge potential a competitor had.
I have several in mind. Shiratori Bunpei in Sasuke 17. Apart from his balance tank fail in Sasuke 14, he was among the top 3 competitors each time from Sasuke 12 to Sasuke 16, making it to pipe slider in Sasuke 16 when the 3rd stage had become a lot more difficult (after 13). Then out of nowhere he fails the body prop in 17. I like to think he would've made it to final stage as he seemed to train for pipe slider after two fails at it and it looked to be positioned lower than in Sasuke 16. I don't understand why he was given such a low number, too.
Next is Okuyama Yoshiyuki in Sasuke 27. He was only one who made to stage 3 from Sasuke 25 to 27. He made progress on UCH each time and had he made it there third time, he might've cleared it as it was shown in VTR's that he was practicing a lot. He made it further than David Campbell in Sasuke 26 afterall and his lighter body would've helped. In the easier 3rd stage (compared to 26) I can only see Chain See-Saw stopping him. Then again, I am not sure about his rope climbing skills. Still, would've been nice to see him in final stage. All that crushed by careless flying bar fail as he was looking to his right and completely missed left side of the bar.
Lastly, the more recent Yuuji Urushihara pipe slider fail in Sasuke 37. Would've been a blast from the past to see him in final stage although weather would've made winning problematic but I'm sure he would give it his best shot.
Share your ideas.