Here's your Fight-Size update for the morning of 1/4/2020.
- Jushin Thunder Liger lost his penultimate bout at Wrestle Kingdom 14's opening night. You can view post-match comments from the competitors in the video above.
- Everybody in the wrestling world is celebrating the career of Jushin Thunder Liger, including names like Kevin Owens and Adam Cole (bay bay!)
He is most definitely #Undisputed #ThankYouLiger pic.twitter.com/AeMeHBPgIR— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) January 4, 2020
I once asked Jushin Liger to give me a palm strike backstage at a show we were on for one of my Weekend Escapades videos on YouTube.— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) January 4, 2020
He hit me so hard that the phone went flying out of my hands and I bled profusely from my mouth after.
He’s the man.#ThankYouLiger
Honestly not ready to hear Ligers music for the last time watching him walk down. As someone who has more or less been defined by the term Cruiserweight/Jr heavyweight..it’s hard for me to watch probably the greatest Jr of all time (next to Rey) hang it up. #WK14 #ThankYouLiger— ---- TJ Perkins ---- (@MegaTJP) January 4, 2020
He had a mouth like a sailor & never could seem to keep his hands off my Boys... But I am honored to have been afforded the opportunity to share the ring with @Liger_NJPW #ThankYouLiger pic.twitter.com/iigTo5jvbw— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) January 4, 2020
I've had the privilege of calling multiple Jushin "Thunder" Liger matches, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Liger was a tremendous inspiration for me becoming involved in pro-wrestling, and I am honored that he came to our little corner of the world.#ThankYouLiger pic.twitter.com/sOQOTYnO9T— Excalibur (@ShutUpExcalibur) January 4, 2020
#ThankYouLiger @Liger_NJPW for an amazing, influential and trend setting career. It was a pleasure every time I had the privilege of competing against you. Also hello to @facdaniels & @EdgeRatedR since they are great brothers pictured in this random motley crew here. pic.twitter.com/8nHxSmADB2— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) January 4, 2020
Had the pleasure of wrestling @Liger_NJPW in early 90’s in Japan for NJPW. A true professional & great talent. Congratulations on an amazing career tomodachi— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) January 4, 2020
尊敬 #ThankYouLiger pic.twitter.com/74mSjY4FO7
- AEW's Jon Moxley is once again the IWGP United States Champion. Moxley gave some post-match comments following the brutal Texas Deathmatch with Lance Archer. He's big game hunting in NJPW:
- Arisa Hoshiki and Mayu Iwatani won the first Stardom match in the Tokyo Dome. Learn more here.
Mayu Iwatani says she was more nervous in front of Tokyo Dome crowd than Madison Square Garden crowd last April.#WK14 #WrestleKingdom14 pic.twitter.com/5t7zED8i7N— Jim Valley (@JimValley) January 4, 2020
Is Mayu Iwatani the first woman to wrestle in Tokyo Dome and Madison Square Garden since Madusa/Alundra Blayze in 94/95? pic.twitter.com/UZfGtohNzU— Jim Valley (@JimValley) January 4, 2020
- Comeback complete: Hiromu Takahashi is the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion once more. Will Ospreay & the new champion gave their post-match comments after their absolute classic
- The Double Gold Dash finals are set: Tetsuya Naito has a date with Destino & "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada. Jay White is not happy about it:
- Ahead of Wrestle Kingdom Night 2, Chris Jericho spoke with Sports Illustrated
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- Eric Young spoke to News Channel 5 in Nashville
- In case you missed it, last night's WWE SmackDown saw the on-camera returns of Sheamus, John Morrison, and Jimmy & Jey Uso. 205 Live also saw the return of The Brian Kendrick.
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