Welcome to Crossbody of Work, a show where we break down a wrestler’s career through five of their biggest matches.

This week, it is our first trip ever to New Japan Pro Wrestling to look at the career of Hiroshi Tanahashi. The Ace of New Japan has had a storied career and has helped define Japanese wrestling for a generation. We check out two of his battles against great rival Kazuchika Okada and three more matches. On top of his quality wrestling matches, Evan & Javier also talk about:

  • Tanahashi’s magical hair
  • The scariness that is Minoru Suzuki
  • What makes Japanese wrestling different
  • The beauty of the Rainmaker

And a lot more.

Listen to the podcast here, and check out the links to the matches below.

Match One:

Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Kazuchika Okada – IWGP Heavyweight Championship – The New Beginning 2012
Link to the match here.

Match Two:

Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Minoru Suzuki – IWGP Heavyweight Championship – King of Pro Wrestling 2012
Link to the match here.

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Match Three:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shinsuke Nakamura – 2015 G1 Climax Finals
Link to the match here.

Match Four:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada (c) – IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Wrestle Kingdom 10
Link to the match here.

Match Five:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kenny Omega (c) – IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Wrestle Kingdom 13
Link to the match here.

Promo: Recount Episodes on Hiroshi Tanahashi

 

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