Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I'm Watching: Liger vs Ohtani

If you read this week's edition of the Tweetbag, you probably noticed that I asked TH a quesiton about who was better, prime Danielson or prime Liger. And admittedly, he had not seen prime Jushin "Thunder" Liger, having only seen him in WCW and in his other North American excursions for Chikara, Ring of Honor, and PWG. This is a situation that needs to be fixed. And the best, quickest, way to do that is to turn to the magic of YouTube.

Now for a lot of people, this isn't going to be Liger's greatest rival. That honor might fall, depending on how old you are, to Naoki Sano, or Chris Benoit, or even Koji Kanemoto. But even despite this, watching this match is instructive in one big way - body language. At this point in his professional life, Liger is, by any reasonable understanding of it, the Man. He is the top of the junior heavyweight heap. Watch how he carries himself. And watch how, even without understanding a single word, that comes through when you watch this match. This, right here, is prime Jushin Liger.