Much speculation continues to float around this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class. With Sting, The Godfather, and The Fabulous Freebirds have already confirmed it bids the point that the company are willing to recognise superstars who didn’t necessarily make a major impact with championships in the company.
With plenty rumours emerging that even D-Generation X will make their way into this year’s class; one superstar who may not get the same recognition, should also join them…and that is Yoshihiro Tajiri.
The Japanese Buzzsaw worked in the WWE mainly in its Cruiserweight division from 2001-2005, where he captured three Cruiserweight Championships, two Tag team championships and even a WCW United States Champions and WWF Light Heavyweight title reign during the invasion storyline.
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Before joining the WWE, Tajiri worked for three years in ECW, where he had a legendary rivalry with Super Crazy and Rhyno over the Television Championship. The Japanese Deathmatch between himself and Super Crazy is still regarded one of the best matches to have been held in an ECW ring.
These statistics let alone deserve him a place in the Hall of Fame over a superstar like The Godfather; but also, it’s what he did for Japanese wrestlers now in the western market.
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Tajiri will be forever famous for his comedic antics, hard kicks and off course his green, red or even black mist! The mist is something that he adopted of course from the Great Muta (arguably the greatest ever Japanese wrestler) and was able to showcase it to a global audience.
His matches with Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio were also some of the highlights of the Smackdown Cruiserweight division and easily could have been much more memorable if they were given more storyline and time… like the Japanese Deathmatch was given in ECW.
There’s no doubt that Tajiri should take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame and there’s no better timing than the present.
With the WWE Network recently expanding into Japan and the signing of Shinsuke Nakamura, it makes a lot of sense to drive further excitement into the Japanese market by inducting a local hero like Tajiri.
Also, with Tajiri still actively wrestling with Muta’s Wrestle-1 promotion, there’s no reason why WWE couldn’t acquire his services for a one-off appearance. Maybe at the Royal Rumble or potentially if WWE does go forward with an NXT event in Tokyo, Tajiri is the right guy to be able to get a good pop, still perform and be presented as a WWE Hall of Famer.
Do you think Tajiri should be inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame? Let us know in the comments sections.