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Old 10-17-2014, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Japanese wrestling - could someone explain this to me a little better?

I watch well rated puro matches occasionally, know the basics of Japanese wrestling history (Baba's AJPW, Misawa's Noah, Inoki's IGF, NJPW, etc), am really entertained by DDT's product, but that's about it. I have no idea of how a rank of the most important japanese wrestlers of all time would look like.

Could someone explain it to me? Where do Muta, Inoki, Misawa, Baba, Liger rank? Who was more important? Should I be familiar with any other name that made an impact as the men I mentioned before?

What was the importance of WAR for Japanese wrestling? What is the role of Zero-One, DDT and HUSTLE nowadays?

By the way, where do guys like Hayashi, Kenta, KENTA, Shiozaki, Último Dragón, Nakamura, Tajiri and Funaki rank among the all time japanese greats?
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In Japan everything is a fad. So depending on which era of wrestling, you'll get a different preference. It's a lot like WWE right now where people automatically think Stone Cold or Rock are the best because it's the only thing they know. Guys like Karl Gotch were huge in Japan, Rikidozan, Inoki, Baba, etc are going to be the legends or most popular.

Ranking is always difficult (at least to me) because Liger in most peoples eyes is above Tiger Mask but overall influence wise I feel Ultimo Dragon and Tiger Mask spread the Puro Cruiserwieght style more. I guess what I am saying like all rankings is subjective.
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Default Re: Japanese wrestling - could someone explain this to me a little better?

This may not explain an official ranking of who is more important to Puroresu Wrestling, but here is my ranking of my top ten favorites to watch

1. Jushin "Thunder" Liger

2. The Great Muta/ Keiji Muto

3. Koji Kanemoto

4. Nobuhiko Takada

5. Hiroshi Tanahashi

6. Antonio Inoki

7. Masahiro Chono

8. Yoshihiro Takayama

9. Yuji Nagata

10. Ultimo Dragon
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Default Re: Japanese wrestling - could someone explain this to me a little better?

I'm sure a few guys are gonna come in throwing down the hammer of knowledge on this thread so I'll leave my two cents.

Baba had dat entrance theme
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Default Re: Japanese wrestling - could someone explain this to me a little better?

WAR (Wrestle Association R later it was Wrestle And Romace) was Tenryu's promotion, it didn't last very long but it had stars like Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Mysterio, Malenko, Ultimo Dragon and so forth, the most significant event they had was the 1995 Super J Cup.

Zero One's early days when under Shinya Hashimoto was superb they were doing arenas, Steve Corino was one of the top guys there and Samoa Joe was a frequent Gaijin talent, but ever since Hashimoto suddenly died in 2005, they did have a small rebirth when they were known as 'ZERO1-MAX' but they have struggled financially and the future is in question, however there have been rumours they will perhaps merge with Keiji Mutoh's Wrestle-1 promotion at the same time promote shows under the Z1 banner.

HUSTLE was basically 'Fighting Opera' it was Kawada's HUSTLE Army vs the MONSTER Army, various wrestlers (at times under a mask) would come in and try to destroy HUSTLE, it was an awesome blend of cartoony like good vs evil, they have since gone under though. Its hard to explain here but try and find a HUSTLE show, they were great.

DDT is a brilliant promotion whos stock amongst pro wrestling in Japan has increased its like the Japanese version of Chikara but not as cartoony, New Japan just signed Kenny Omega who was one of their top guys but they'll be alright, keep an eye out for Yoshihiko (a wrestling dummy) and Misutero (an invisible wrestler) and Mr. X (a 7 year old kid)
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