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Jushin Liger & Koji Kanemoto v Ultimo Dragon & Masao Orihara (New Japan Pro Wrestling 11/12/92
WOW! Fanfuckingtastic match. I Really like how everybody plays their role perfectly here. See, Ultimo & Orihara are WAR guys, while Liger & Koji are fighting for New Japan. Naturally the WAR guys are the heels, and while Ultimo is relatively respected by the New Japan crowd (and remains respectful to both the NJ crowd and his opponents in return... mostly), Orihara is fuckin' hated here. From the moment his name is announced, to any time he steps in the ring, to doing anything that would be considered "heelish" in the slightest, he gets awesome heat. Kanemoto hasn't degenerated into the punk that likes to kick babies and stuff just yet, so he's still the good guy, albeit with a little 'edge', to the New Japan fans. Liger? Well, he's fuckin' Liger - obviously the fans are red hot for this guy. Like, REALLY behind him. It's awesome.
Right from the bell it's pretty obvious that Orihara has run over Kanemoto's dog and that Kanemoto fucked Orihahra's girlfriend in return (or perhaps Kanemoto did the fucking first) because they are constantly bringing the hate for one another. The best instance of this, at least in the opening stages, is when Kanemoto backs Orihahra into the corner and Orihara looks at him like he's going to make him his bitch... so Kanemoto slaps him fucking silly. That was beautiful, seriously. What's even beautifuler (that's right, I'm about to talk about Liger so new, idiot words are allowed) is when Liger gets the tag and the crowd EXPLODES. Orihara never ran over Liger's dog though so there isn't the hate between these 2... that is until Orihara SLAPS JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER!!!! Of course Liger's all "Motherfucker! Kill Rex and slap me?! Shit's ON now, bitch!". So he slaps Orihara silly again. Awe-fuckin-some! Orihara then weighs up his options and says "Fuck it, getting slapped sucks. Your turn." so he tags in Ultimo.
At this stage in his career, Ultimo is pretty green, but the action is awesome nonetheless, and for the next 10 minutes, all 4 guys bring their 'A game'. Then...
Things REALY pick up! The last 6 minutes or so are freakin' great, rapid paced fun for everybody. Excellent spots, more hate, but maybe best of all, some awesome, awesome psychology - See, Kanemoto's obviously nothing compared to his teammate at this stage in his career. But neither are Orihara and Ultimo, and they know both are fact. So they do whatever they can to get Liger out of the way (there's a freakin' awesome suicide dive, tope, moonsault, senton sequence from all 4 guys around this part) so they can focus on Koji. They manage to do this, but Liger just keeps managing to get back in and save his New Japan buddy. Maybe my favourite spot in the entire match is when Orihara has Koji in a Boston Crab while Ultimo goes up top for a moonsault (which would have been a sick double team move), only for Liger to dive in to push bastard Orihara out of the way and lay over Koji so he doesn't get utterly fucked up! It's like Kobashi crawling over to help Misawa from 6/9/95, only with faster guys that wear cool outfits. Eventually the WAR guys' persistance pays off and Dragon kills Kanemoto dead for the 3 count, ending a fucking awesome match.
It's it a toss up between this and the Super Junior Tag League final as my favourite jr. heavyweight tag match! ****3/4