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BRIAN PILLMAN WEEK – 5/16 Match of the Day: Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger

by on May 16, 2011

Brian Pillman was born on May 22, 1962. He was awesome. Mike and I both agree that he was a great wrestler and fantastic wrestler. To honor Brian’s would-be 49th birthday on Sunday, we’re dedicating this week’s Match of the Day series to him. Every day, we’ll be showcasing a different Brian Pillman match (and hopefully not just the same examples that everyone knows of or pulls out whenever they mention his name).

Today’s Match of the Day happened on my fourth birthday, August 11, 1991. This was the first time Pillman ever wrestled a man who he’d end up synonymous with throughout the 1990’s: Jushin “Thunder” Liger. This one took place on Liger’s home turf of New Japan. Pillman was very much the heel here, between jumping Liger at the bell, cutting him down with pace-slowing holds and piledriving him on the concrete. It’s a really interesting match because it’s nothing like the famous Superbrawl match, which seemed more focused on bringing different bits of offense in front of a major American audience than anything. This match was very much more structured around Pillman being the foreign, mean heel and Liger being the hero who overcame this American jerk.

To view the match in its entirety, please click under the cut!

-TOM. 

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