Jushin "Thunder" Liger took on Tyler Breeze at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn last night. This match between a legend and a rising star did not disappoint.
Last night's match technically was not Liger's first WWF/WWE exposure, according to Solie's Vintage Wrestling. Long-time WWE fans might remember the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship that existed between 1997 and 2001 in the United States, but it was actually defended in Japan as early as 1981.
This is where Liger won that title in 1997 However, his match with Tyler Breeze was the first to be broadcast for the entire WWE universe.
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Jushin Liger is a high flyer, submission specialist, and martial artist who revolutionized pro wrestling in the 1990s. He is proficient in various pro wrestling styles, including lucha libre and Japanese strong style.
One of New Japan Pro Wrestling's most accomplished wrestlers, the 11-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion is well-known for his appearances in WCW, where he had successful matches against Brian Pillman, Dean Malenko, Juventud Guerrera, Konnan, and Rey Mysterio, Jr.
He is a former Light Heavyweight Champion and a former United States Champion, both in WCW. Liger has also won numerous titles in promotions such as CMLL, Jersey All Pro, and Pro Wrestling Noah.
A STAR ON THE RISE
Tyler Breeze held the Tag Team Championship and Heavyweight Championship in Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory, where he debuted in 2010. He continued with the company when WWE converted FCW into NXT in 2012.
Although he has fallen just short of winning the NXT Championship, Tyler Breeze currently owns one of the best gimmicks in the business, and he is highly talented in the ring. A run as NXT Champion and a successful WWE main roster debut seem to be in his future.
Tyler Breeze's entrance set the tone for the match up. Wearing a gold, ancient Egypt version of his usual outfit and flanked by female models dressed in a "New York, New York" theme, Breeze strutted to the ring. Of course, he took several selfies.
Prince Pretty held his own against the legendary Liger in a display of one-upmanship. There were numerous holds and counter holds as well as several aerial attacks.
Tyler Breeze kept pace with Liger and hit him with everything he had, only for Liger to resiliently escape each of Breeze's attempts to end the match. Ultimately, Breeze lost his composure.
Breeze's mistake lead to his downfall in a great match. Liger picked up the win with a Liger Bomb.
Even in a losing effort, Tyler Breeze's stock is rising. He has proven that he can hang with the very best.
WWE fans undoubtedly will also want to see more of Liger, whether it is on NXT, RAW, or SmackDown. Unfortunately, that might not happen, at least not any time soon.
According to a WrestlingInc.com article by Marc Middleton, "Thunder" Liger is still signed with New Japan. He only signed a one-time deal with WWE, not a long-term contract.