New Japan Pro-Wrestling “One of the best talents in 100 years” Hiroshi Tanahashi will play 3rd generation Hiroshi Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, Hirokichi Amayama at World Tuck League 2019. Did.
In the interview after the match, I called for “reverse generation struggle”, but I would like to look back on what the generation struggle that occurred about 10 years ago was.
For new fans, knowing the history of the 3rd generation and Hiroshi Tanahashi will make this match more interesting.
In the World Tag League 2019, Hiroshi Tanahashi-Henale confronts the third generation
At the World Tag League 2019, which is currently taking place in various parts of the country, a contested battle was held in two consecutive games.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henale vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henale vs. Yuji Nagata& Manabu Nakanishi
In these two matches, Toa Genale was also active, and Hiroshi Tanahashi team won two consecutive wins.
For current Nippon Pro-Wrestling fans, I feel that this is not a surprise ending, but a reasonable result.
However, if you are a fan of watching New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 2000s, it is a little lonely that four third-generation men have been defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi.
This seems to have felt Hiroshi Tanahashi, and tweeted about the interview after the game as follows.
Tanahashi: Yesterday Tenkoji, I fought with Nagata & Nakanishi today, but is this OK? As it is, will it end with the butt swell as it is? Nakanishi, Kojima, Tenzan, and now, if you want to create a “reverse generation struggle”…
<Source: New Japan Pro Wrestling Official Twitter>
On the other hand, Yuji Nagata
That thought, I’ve been fighting for the last 10 years.
It seems that you haven’t given up on the title front yet, and haven’t given up the top to a lower generation.
I would like to expect that the reverse generation struggle and the third generation battle that Hiroshi Tanahashi struck will begin.
3rd generation and 2000s generation struggle
The period when the third generation players, such as Yuji Nagata, were most active on fat, was in the 2000s.
Rather than the fact that New Japan Pro-Wrestling was the most unpleasant era in the 2000s, the popularity of the professional wrestling world was sluggish.
You know, PRIDE and other mixed martial arts booms have come, and the pro-wrestling strongest theory gradually became an illusion that professional wrestlers were defeated in the mixed martial arts ring one after another.
Among them is the name of Yuji Nagata.
In order to stop fans from wrestling, the professional wrestling world will continue to realize dream confrontations that could never be realized in the days of Inoki and Baba, such as New Japan Pro Wrestling vs. All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling Noah So, it was an era when we began to revive professional wrestling.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the players who were called the three fighting spirits and all-japan four celestial kings were the main axis.
Even in the sluggish era, the popularity of the fighting spirit three musketeers and the all-day four heavenly kings was immovable, but it was Yuji Nagata, who was not the leader who was the leader on the actual ring, and Tenkoji It would not be an exaggeration to say.
Unexpected relationship with why Hiroshi Tanahashi set up the reverse generation struggle
Compared to the third generation of Hiroshi Nagata and others, the confrontation with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata, Shinsuke Nakamura and the fourth generation (three new fighters).
Generally speaking, the wrestling generation struggle means that the lower generation faces the upper generation.
In the old days, there was a generational struggle where players of our generation, such as Choshu Riki, Tatsumi Fujinami, and Akira Maeda, faced Antonio Inoki, and all-Japan professional wrestling against Jumbo Tsuruta Mitsuharu Misawa and others formed a super-generation army and fought hard every day.
The 3rd generation and Tanahashi are in the 4th generation struggle, and the most iconic is the 2004 G1 climax.
In this tournament, Hiroyoshi Tenzan won the championship by defeating three new fighting spirit players.
The third generation at that time was very vigorous, such as taking away the IWGP heavyweight belt from Yoshihiro Takayama, who was competing as an external enemy at that time, and how the fresh players such as Hiroshi Tanahashi will break down the stronghold It was also one of the highlights.
The younger players such as Hiroshi Tanahashi, who knew this strong third generation, couldn’t be convinced by the seniors who felt the current front line.
It’s not a daily stingy relationship like Choshu Ryoku.
Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Twitter shows a glimpse of his birthday’s smiles and tells him that he is a good junior when he gets off the ring.
Will the reverse generation struggle begin?
Tweets that make you feel the strong belief of Yuji Nagata.
In this tweet, I can be sure that Hiroshi Nagata’s fighting spirit has not yet disappeared.
However, the barriers to the age of influx are severe, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi cannot deny the impression that power and speed have dropped considerably compared to the past due to successive body failures.
Yuji Nagata is still a big wall as a young lion wall, but there are scenes that are pushed when fighting players who are currently active on the front line, and himself himself with the 2018 G1 climax last year, Since it is the last participation, it may be starting to feel the limit of physical strength.
What is the most important thing you can do in the third generation?
However, considering that Genichiro Tenryu continued playing until he was 70 years old, and Choshu Riki was still active until this year, it is still too early to get old.
By all means, I would like to expect that IWGP will continue to name the title.