Wrestling Omakase #200: NJPW Anniversary Show Retro Roulette w/ Quinlan

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This week on Wrestling Omakase we take a completely randomized look back at NJPW’s anniversary shows through the years (from 1981 through 2017!) in our 200TH EPISODE!!!

John is joined by their longtime friend and wrestling travel companion Bryan Quinlan (@IM_NOT_QUINLAN), for, yes, EPISODE TWO HUNDRED! Yeah! They start things off with a big thank you to all of the patrons and listeners for making this possible, and then discuss some recent good vaccine news, memories of attending wrestling shows together and much more. They then get into the six random matches from six random anniversary shows through the years, all of which can of course be found on New Japan World:

1981: Antonio Inoki & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Stan Hansen & Abdullah the Butcher
2002: Yuji Nagata vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
2009: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tiger Mask IV vs. Masahiro Chono & Jushin Thunder Liger
2013: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lance Archer
2014: KUSHIDA & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Gedo & Jado
2017: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tiger Mask W

Topics that come up along the way include: a little bit more Hansen History, who’s been disqualified anyway, Abdullah looks positively spry in 1981, the good side of Inoki-ism, Nagata and Takayama tear the house down, Masahiro Chono could barely move by 2009, Hiroshi Tanahashi doing heel mannerisms is very weird, two different shows at Korakuen four years apart are very different, we sure miss Shinsuke, Marty Asami may still be unconscious right now, why the hell did Gedo & Jado have to fight Manabu Nakanishi, Flair Flops, the entire history of Kota Ibushi’s departure from his NJPW/DDT dual contract and his weird time as a true freelancer, Kota would rather be an anime character than make money, SUPER TIGER DRIVER, and more.

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