Originally Posted by PulseGlazer
Choshu isn't bad or a lariat monkey, he's just not in a class with the best...and his drawing power and awesome booking often put him in that class to far too many. And, honestly, who wasn't having great matches with Jumbo and Tenryu in the 80s?
Takada was a freaking god at both wrestling and shoot style. He and Hash had some of the best and least talked about matches. Strangely, Maeda is hit or miss with me and I may actually prefer Sayama as a shooter to the Tiger Mask stuff. It's damn close.
As for Takada, I love his junior stuff (well, it fell under the junior heavyweight "umbrella", even though it was exactly junior-ish, for the most part) with Hiroshi Hase (another guy that doesn't get enough praise - I know McQueen agrees). Their 2/5/88 match is really fantastic.
Then there's his series with Koshinaka and that ruled as well. They had an exceptional match in 1986 (I'm sure it was August some time... maybe the 5th) and then another really good match on 2/5/87 where Kosh went after Takada's broken fingers. I also enjoyed the tag matches they had involving Mutoh and Fujinami a fair bit as well. I've got one of those on my computer ready to watch, actually.
I like Maeda! Not one of my absolute favourites, but he's a part of one of my favourite puro matches of all time - Maeda/Fujinami from 6/12/86 as part of the NJPW/UWF feud, so that probably counts for something.
And I really should check out more of Sayama as a shooter. His match with Fujiwara from 12/84 was fantastically brutal, but I can't recall seeing any other shoot-style matches involving him. I do like him as the original Tiger Mask a fair bit, though.
GP, I marked when Stryker name-dropped Liger as well
I also made sure to point it out in the WWE DVD thread.