Japanese wrestling legend Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger has announced his plans to retire early next year at NJPW’s annual January 4th Tokyo Dome event Wrestle Kingdom. Liger plans to spend the months leading to his retirement wrestling around the world, saying goodbye to the legions of fans he’s made over his decades-long career.
Liger is a legend in Japan, having won the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Championship a record eleven times, but as a dumb American I remember him the most for his appearances in WCW in the 90s. Everyone remembers his match with Brian Pillman at SuperBrawl II but I became a Liger fan through Japan Supershow III where he battled Ultimo Dragon in a GREAT (and heavily-clipped) opening match. I’m not big on going to live events but if Liger is nearby at some point before January I may need to make the pilgrimage and pay my respects to one of the true legends of the industry.
Date: February 29, 1992 Venue: Milwaukee Theatre at the MECCA (Milwaukee, WI) Commentators: Jim Ross & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura
The second edition of SuperBrawl moves the PPV to February where it would remain for the rest of WCW’s life. It’s a pretty important show too, as Sting finally gets his shot at WCW World Champion and former best friend Lex Luger, Jesse Ventura returns from Hollywood to debut for WCW, and the American wrestling fans get their minds blown out the back of their skulls by Brian Pillman and Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger. Let’s see how it holds up.
WCW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger
WCW United States Champion: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude
WCW Television Champion: ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin
WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Arn Anderson & ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton
WCW United States Tag Team Champions: ‘The Taylor Made Man’ Terry Taylor & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine
Jushin Liger [c] vs. Brian Pillman for the WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Terry Taylor (*1/2)
Ron Simmons vs. Cactus Jack (**1/4)
Van Hammer & Tom Zenk vs. Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas (*3/4)
Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham vs. Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (***)
Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
Rick Rude [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
Lex Luger [c] vs. Sting for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)