I thought this was a cool little bit of news. Jushin Lyger made a couple of appearances here on American soil for Ring of Honor in tag and single matches facing American Dragon. According to the accounts, Lyger was over like Ric Flair in the Carolinas. Massive crowd reaction, well as massive as an under 1k crowd can get, and he responded with great performances and some serious love for the fans. Might not mean a lot to some of you, but I'm just ecstatic that Lyger came over and didn't get royally fucked over by bookers that don't appreciate his talent. Here's an account of his performance:
"Liger/Joe vs Ki/AmDrag: Ive been to a few house shows for WWF in the past with big names appearing but..nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the pop that Liger got when he came out. I don't think one person in the building was sitting when his entrance music came on. We loved Liger, and he loved us for loving him. He kept provoking louder and louder cheers, we kept giving them to him. I could only imagine the smile under his mask, seeing how popular he was at this show. The match itself was quite possibly the greatest tag team match I've ever seen. LowKi was super over as a heel, American Dragon worked quite nicely too. AmDrag did an Indian Deathlock and before dropping down he did some hip gyrations which got laughter and groans. His facial expressions are incredible.Joe was his usual badass self...During one part Liger just murders Dragon and Ki with shoteis and the crowd lost control. The finish came with LowKi on the outside, Liger sets AmDrag up in the corner and hits the running liger bomb for a 3 count. Post-match shenanigans, Rottweilers turned against Dragon, after Liger and Joe walked away. Hes getting beat down, Liger and Joe come out to his rescue. They shake hands, and the crowd is cheering like crazy, they all look at a corner in the ring and step up, and on Liger's lead do his superhero pose and a loud "R-O-H" chant went on as they left the ring."
I think you'll get one or two more chances. This taping was "Double Tables," aka "the r.s.p-w convention." I wore yellow and a Kings cap over my mullet so 42 year old me could find 23 year old me forever: