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Jushin Liger vs Wild Pegasus (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/12/92)

NJPW G-1 Climax August 12 1992 Jushin Liger Wild Pegasus Chris Benoit Liger vs Benoit 4.5* Tokyo

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#1 Loss

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 10:55 AM

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 08:20 PM

Terrific match! From an action standpoint only, this is one of the best matches on the set. As far as juniors matches go, I like the February match better just because it has such tremendous selling from Liger and action almost as good. But as an all action sprint, this is on another level. It's a bit emptier than some of the best NJ juniors matches and even feels a bit like a tour version of their match if they were to take it to other territories. But it's still really great, and they are the two best at this style at this stage. Benoit takes the win with a gutwrench into a powerbomb off the top rope.

#3 MJH

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:44 PM

I've brought this match up elsewhere at times, but I was surprised watching this just how much it's Benoit doing the work; I wouldn't say he's "leading Liger by the hand" or anything, but he's clearly dictating and controlling this and just looks great. The likelihood is he had been for a little while before this, but this is my signpost as where Benoit became the best junior in the world and a great, great fucking wrestler.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 01:17 AM

This is another strong match between the 2. That finish was pretty awesome. A sprint that had a good story.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:51 PM

Really good match. I dig Liger's fake dive to the outside and then following it up with a baseball slide dropkick. Liger looked like he had Benoit on the ropes until the finish. The top rope powerbomb was pretty sweet.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:54 PM

The matwork passed the time but failed to inspire. All about the bonzo gonzo which was good and featured an amazing top rope gutwrench jumping powerbomb. Shallow Junior fun.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:06 AM

Between these and the Samurai matches, Liger's record of quality on the year holds up against just about anyone. Can't ask for much more out of an extended sprint between these two, with awesome power moves a cut above juniors anywhere else in the world. Benoit really looked like as much of a monster / powerhouse in the division as was possible here. Awesome finishing stretch with reversals on big moves including a tombstone and near falls before the awesome power bomb off the top for the finish. ****1/4

#8 PeteF3

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:21 PM

That finish was something else, no question. And Liger's baseball slide was about the stiffest version of that move I've ever seen. But it says something for the greatness of the work of Atlantis/Charles that even this comes off as somewhat mechanical by comparison. The action is good and well-executed but I guess I was somewhat spoiled by the more organic nature of the previous bout that I'm starting to like more and more as time (all 15 minutes of it or so) goes by. Maybe the best of the Liger/Pegasus Kid matches but not really something that's going to eclipse the best Liger stuff. Relative ambivalence toward this match aside, Jushin is still my Best in the World at this point.

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Posted 12 August 2015 - 02:16 PM

The matwork passed the time but failed to inspire. All about the bonzo gonzo which was good and featured an amazing top rope gutwrench jumping powerbomb. Shallow Junior fun.

 

Pretty much. It's funny, 13 years ago when I was watching entire years of New Japan, I realized that I connected less with this style of match than with Choshu's big main events. And watching tis today, I feel pretty much the same way. Yes, Liger is great. Yes, Benoit's execution is terrific. But there's still something lacking to me, to the point I'm not sure I would call it a great match. Shallow is the right word. Bomb throwing junior matches just lacks something when you've seen all the spots in the world and then some. (I was more a fan of Liger's matches with Honaga back then, which were a lot less workrate based)



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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:53 AM

Rude's DDT certainly has company in the "most devastating move ever from the top rope" contest after what I just saw. What made it more impressive is that Benoit did it off a superplex try from Liger, not only blocking that move, but hitting a more devastating one in its place. Absolutely phenomenal.

 

Second-best spot of the match goes to Liger's wicked baseball slide, which I actually wish Benoit would have sold for a little longer. I've never seen that move snap the back of someone's head off the railing before.

 

If you cut this match in half and make it two separate bouts, the first half would be extremely disappointing and the second half would be in the top ten for Match of the Year. I know that New Japan juniors matches usually start slow with the matwork, but it usually feels more energetic than that. Luckily, they turned it up several hundred notches in the last eight minutes or so. Maybe they didn't want to accidentally outshine the G-1 final, which don't forget was for the NWA World title this year.

 

I'm not sure if Benoit's the best wrestler in the world at this point, but he's improved by leaps and bounds this year, and I'm starting to see why he'd be regarded as such a stellar worker in the not-too distant future. Nice to see him get a clean win over Liger, which I think he's only done once or twice before.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:38 PM

#172 - placetobenation.com/countdown-top-500-matches-of-the-90s-200-151/2/

 

I thought the match was alright until about 4 minutes to go, then it really kicked in.  Through my eyes, I would credit that largely to Liger's performance.  He kicks it into the next gear with some great spots.  More of a really good match than great for me.  Great finishing stretch and epic finish.  ***3/4 







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