Originally Posted by MrPaiMei
Oh, I don't watch deathmatches either, I musta worded it wrong. Go with what McQueen gives you, the man knows his shit. And if your just starting, a buythematch comp with a varied matchlist is just what you need.
Haha, I appreciate the praise PaiMei
Ok here goes
1. Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask (7/23/82) Note: Don't let the 1982 fool you the whole Dynamite Kid/Tiger Mask fued to this day holds up
2. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (9/1/90) Note: Watch Misawa become the man, and see first hand why many puro fans conciter Jumbo to be the best ever, the man was a f'n genius.
3. Great Muta vs. Hiroshi Hase (12/14/92) Note: The Best ever Muta match also happens to be the Muta Scale match, oh and Hase is one hell of an awesome talent even if he always was a midcarder
4. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat (All-Asian Tag Titles) (most complete version available) (5/25/92) Note: And you thought Joe vs Kobashi had a hot crowd, this happens to be Wrestling Observer's 1992 MOTY
5. Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuharu Misawa (Triple Crown) (6/3/94) (sound fluxuates slightly) Note: I don't know what he means about the sound but that doesn't stop this from being perhaps the best match....
..OF ALL F'N TIME!
6. Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke (4/16/94) Note: J-Cup 94 semi finals, despite the botch in the finish awesome match, and this comp needs some Liger and Sasuke.
7. Shinjiro Otani vs. Ultimo Dragon (8/4/96) Note: Part of the J-Crown Tournament and a personal favorite of mine as I'm a mark for both of these guys. Ultimo may be the bigger name in this match but oh man this is Ohtani's f'n show, one of the single greatest performances I've ever seen. Meltzer is gay for not giving this five stars, srsly.
8. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama (Real World Tag League Finals) (12/6/96) Note: Most Puro marks say this is the best tag match ever and while it's awesome I disagree (I would give that to a joshi (women's) match from '92 I was gonna throw on here but no Joshi on buy the match.
This match still rocks though.
9. TAKA Michinoku & Dick Togo & Men's Teioh & Shiryu & Shoichi Funaki vs. Super Delfin & Gran Naniwa & Gran Hamada & Tiger Mask IV & Masato Yakushiji (some static on video/audio) (10/10/96) Note: M-Pro!!!!! First the bad news, No Great Sasuke, the good news, this match is pretty much the father of the "Dragon Gate" style of multi man tags, you can't not watch.
10. Koji Kanemoto vs. El Samurai (Super J Finals) (6/5/97) Note: The Match I was talking about earlier. Seriously awesome, Seriously hard to find, Seriously *****.
11. Shinya Hashimoto vs. Genichiru Tenryu (8/1/98) Note: I won't lie not a great match, but OMG is it ridiculously stiff. So stiff that I'm not a mark for stiffness I am a mark for this match. Also most prime hashimoto isn't on the site and this is a good place to start on what he's all about.
12. Vader vs. Kenta Kobashi (1/15/99) Note: Vader & Kobashi enough said.
13. Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada (10/9/00) Note: Sasaki is the dominate force in New Japan, NOAH just split from All Japan and AJPW despirately needs to start a working relation with there former rival company to survive, the result. A Dream Match that lives up to the hype. also this sets up the awesome Wrestling World 2001 show that I will be in depth reviewing very soon.
14. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Wataru Inoue & El Samurai (GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Titles) (1/10/04) Note: You might have heard of these guys, if this is the match I'm thinking of it's pretty damn nifty.
15. Kensuki Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiozaki (11/5/05) Note: Two Legends, Two up and comer's, TWO THUMBS UP!
16. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata (IWGP Title) (4/13/07) Note: My Current Japanese MOTY.
Whew I'm exausted now but yeah thats pretty much my all star pick for Japanese matches.
Edit: Hell I forgot Misawa vs Kobashi 3-1-03 from NOAH, thats another must see match.