This is one of my all-time favourite matches. It’s from 1996 in New Japan, this seemed like a dream match between Jushin “Thunder” Liger and the incredible Great Muta. However, Muta’s gimmick would not allow this to be a highly anticipated high-flying match-up. Instead, it was a violent brawl that saw Muta rip off Liger’s mask and the world see the debut of the ultra-violent “Kishin” Liger.
From the brutal piledriver on the table to the wicked chair shot from the top rope, this match really did bring hardcore to the ring without relying on gimmicks or insane blood loss. Instead, it relied on realistic violence and some incredible drama…as you truly get into things when “Kishin” is revealed.
Enjoy this Throwback Thursday match with two of the greatest Japanese wrestlers of all time.