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    Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome 1/4 & 1/5 Jushin Thunder Liger Retirement

    May seem early to start a thread for shows 10 months from now, but Jushin Thunder Liger just announced he will be retiring this January in the Tokyo Dome. The greatest Junior Heavyweight of all time and perhaps the greatest wrestler of all time retiring seemed to deserve an early start.

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    I've only ever seen his match against Tyler Breeze at one of the NXT Takeovers. What are considered his best matches, so I can look them up?

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    Loved watching his stuff in the late 90s. I'd look forward to his matches the most on the NJPW tapes I used to get from a trader.

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    top 10 of all time. do they go the usual route and do a multi-man match with big names for his final match, or a big one on one match? what about liger vs. okada for the IWGP title headlining?

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    ACTUALLY, how about liger wins the IWGP title at dominion, drops it at WK?

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    I will always remember him wrestling Pillman in WCW. They had some good matches. First exposure to any Japan wrestlers was WCW and the relationship they had with New Japan. I need to look some Liger matches to watch.

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    Sounds like one of the shows will be the normal NJPW Dome show and the other will be the Liger retirement show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I've only ever seen his match against Tyler Breeze at one of the NXT Takeovers. What are considered his best matches, so I can look them up?
    This seems like a good place to post some matches


    My personal favorite Liger match. The tournament final to crown the first GHC Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Liger and Takehiro Murahama vs KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I've only ever seen his match against Tyler Breeze at one of the NXT Takeovers. What are considered his best matches, so I can look them up?
    Shame we only got that one-off appearance from him at NXT but at the end of the day NJPW is where his home is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    This seems like a good place to post some matches


    My personal favorite Liger match. The tournament final to crown the first GHC Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Liger and Takehiro Murahama vs KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji

    Those early-2000s Liger vs. NOAH tags are up there with my favorite things ever in wrestling

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    The only meeting between Liger and Rey Mysterio Jr


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    The semi final from the first Super J Cup against The Great Sasuke


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    they have another match in 94 thats even better but it's a bitch to find online. i know it's up on some japanese video streaming site but it's hard to wade through all the copies of the j-cup match to find the right upload.

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    CMLL went all out for Liger's final match in Arena Mexico last night


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    This is in Entertainment then too I guess?

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    Hey I can do this now


    By virtue of winning the 29th G1 Climax Kota Ibushi is the Number 1 Contender for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and if he can defend his status will challenge for the title at Wrestle Kingdom in the Tokyo Dome.

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    Ibushi is a fantastic wrestler and very smart of him for not signing with the WWE. I have followed his career for years, I even have a DVD where he's like 100lbs soaking wet teaming up with Sanshiro in DDT where his finisher was the dropkick lol. Pretty sure it was his first year in wrestling, maybe even his first match.

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    I still say MLW Wrestling missed a trick not booking Liger for one of their big shows and having him work against Brian Pillman Junior. Those two could tear the damn house down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I've only ever seen his match against Tyler Breeze at one of the NXT Takeovers. What are considered his best matches, so I can look them up?
    Liger and Tiger Mask vs Taiji Ishimorri and Atsushi Kotoge from Pro Wrestling NOAH

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    I think someone is leaving this show with two belts

    https://uproxx.com/prowrestling/njpw...m-challenge/2/

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    Jay White, Kota Ibushi, and Tetsuya Naito are all cutting promos about being double champion now

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    a 4 Way Elimination Match would be crazy. I don't think New Japan has ever had a 4 Way Match, or an Elimination Singles Match.

    Or a Title vs. Title match.

    I want that.

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    The idea everyone is going with is that 1/4 would be Okada vs Ibushi and Jay vs Naito with the winners wrestling on 1/5

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    So, Ibushi wins the title and then dies the next night vs Naito.

    Yeah?

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    I'd rather 1/4 being IC title vs. IWGP contract, with the winner fighting Okada the next night. Better storytelling for me. Particularly when (if it is Naito), he has the set up for the Ibushi match because he beat him last time he wrestled him. What has earned him an IWGP title shot to this point? He didn't win the G1 and has lost to Okada at 2 dome's already.

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    kishin liger/suzuki at KOPW? rematch as jushin thunder vs suzuki at the dome? or do they go with a more traditional junior opponent for the actual retirement match?

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    I've always assumed Liger would be wrestling Hiromu at the Dome

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    Jay White is now the IWGP IC champion....yay.....

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    So... Liger paints his face even though its always under a mask in public?

    Makes sense...?

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    Jay White is an immense bore.

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    The first official match is the main event on January 4th.

    Kazuchika Okada makes his v5 defense against Kota Ibushi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    The first official match is the main event on January 4th.

    Kazuchika Okada makes his v5 defense against Kota Ibushi
    I can't wait. Going to be an incredible match.

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    Ibushi is the man!

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    2nd confirmed match for 1/4

    Liger/Tatsumi Fujinami/Great Sasuke/Tiger Mask 4 with El Samurai in their corner vs Shinjro Otani/Naoki Sano/Tatsuhito Takaiwa/Ryuseke Taguchi with Kuniaki Kobayashi in their corner. Norio Honaga will be guest referee.
    Last edited by Defrost; October 15th, 2019 at 6:43 AM.

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    Cute. Seems Kanemoto is the only major Liger rival/ally not involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    2nd confirmed match for 1/4

    Liger/Tatsumi Fujinami/Great Sasuke/Tiger Mask 4 with El Samurai in their corner vs Shinjro Otani/Naoki Sano/Tatsuhito Takaiwa/Ryuseke Taguchi with Kuniaki Kobayashi in their corner. Norio Honaga will be guest referee.
    Incredible. I love that El Samurai will be part of it. When I was a young teen, I saw his pic in a PWI 500 and fell in love. I honestly never saw a match of his until sometime in the mid 2000's I think. Just loved his look and name.

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