Tale Of The Feud: Katsuyori Shibata vs The Third Generation

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Fighting for respect. Credit: NJPW

Welcome to Tale of the Feud, a series in which I go back and cover iconic wrestling feuds. Previously, I’ve gone back and looked at the violent rivalry between Bryan Danielson and KENTA before covering the generational battles of Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. Today’s entry, though, is about redemption. It’s the story of Katsuyori Shibata proving himself to the New Japan fans and the legends they revere. Enjoy this dive into Shibata vs The Third Generation.

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Tale Of The Feud: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada

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It took them a while to get to this point. Credit: NJPW

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada. It’s the feud on which modern day New Japan was built. After The Ace dragged them out of the muck, The Rainmaker came along to challenge for his crown. Since then they’ve gone back and forth, battling for top spot as the company grew around them. Thirteen singles matches define their feud with nearly every single one held up as a classic. Sounds like fun, eh?

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Tale Of The Feud: Bryan Danielson vs KENTA

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Chills. Credit: ROH

Welcome to the debut of Tale Of the Feud. I’ve enjoyed my dive back into old five-star matches (and will be continuing to do them), but I often feel like I’m getting a tiny nibble of a bigger tale. The truth is that while you can tell one-off stories in the world of wrestling, it’s even better when you tell extended ones. For each Tale Of The Feud, I will pick a classic rivalry and follow it from start to finish. A process that I’ve decided to start with KENTA vs Bryan Danielson

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