re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Tanahashi just built the foundation of the future ace of Japan with that. Literally. He's 24 and just put on a legit MOTYC imo and outperformed Tanahashi handily. Not just that, but it went best case scenario-ly. With that and other factors such as his natural charisma, his look and size sans bulk that will come, and wrestling ability, the boy is going to be much bigger than Tanahashi ever was. Seriously. Brilliant move as if Naito wins, then it was classic Japanese transitional champion booking in order for a Naito (c) vs. Tanahashi title match to be monumentous rather than, "oh, this should be good" to have a "the future" theme on their sure sell out 40th anny show. If not, the crowd's afterward will be huge to pay to see a new champion each time out. My opinion, of course, but I support it 100%.