So did Satoru Sayama never become the original Tiger Mask?
But TTL only refers to Misawa as being "Tiger Mask", while Eddie Guerrero is called "Tiger Mask II", instead of Black Tiger as he was in OTL.No reason for that to have been changed so far, unless someone wants a crack at it.
OTL Misawa was the 2nd Tiger Mask if that was what you was thinking off.
But you explicitly said that Eddie was the second Tiger Mask.No, Misawa is still Tiger Mask II
Eddie Guerrero would begin his career in CMLL, firstly under the masked gimmick of Mascara Magica where he'd gain a decent following, and then after losing a mask vs hair match, he would turn heel and wrestle under his actual name. It would be here that he would be able to show off his natural charisma and ability. In 1991, he would briefly join the WWF, however would be released in 1992 after not doing all that much. He would then join New Japan as the 2nd Tiger Mask, where who he'd wrestle for till 1995
Despite spending four years as an obnoxious egomaniac of a heel (and two before that as a bland babyface from 1996-1997), there had always been a portion of the crowd that had cheered Jericho, either because they found him incredibly charismatic and entertaining or because he always delivered in matches. At Starrcade the night before, Jericho had defeated Rey Misterio, Jr. in a show-stealing match that received a standing ovation from the crowd. After promising for weeks that he would unmask Misterio after defeating him, Jericho surprised the crowd by not doing so, instead giving him a fist-bump as a sign of respect. This Nitro cemented Chris Jericho as a babyface as he was propelled to the main event."Look, DDP's a nice guy. A good wrestler. I have nothing against DDP. But I didn't do anything wrong! I won fair and square! I was the better man! [Crowd boos] Hey! Hey! You do not boo me! I'm an Olympic Gold Medalist! How dare you?!" [Crowd boos louder] "I'm your World Champion! I'm the biggest star in this company! You don't-"
["Defy You" by The Offspring hits, bringing out Chris Jericho to a huge pop]
"My name's not-"
"Would you please (crowd chants along) SHUT! THE HELL! UP!"
Jericho and Angle would have three matches at Souled Out, Superbrawl, and Uncensored, each one receiving fan and critical acclaim and doing extremely good business. After winning the third match, Angle refused to release the Fujiwara armbar until he had to be physically pried away by officials, putting Jericho kayfabe on the shelf for several months, for the shoot reason that Jericho needed a few months off to film a part in the Superman relaunch movie ("Superman: Limitless" released in 2003) as the villainous Kryptonian Jax-Ur. Kurt would continue to hold onto the belt through the spring, defeating Booker T at Spring Stampede in April and recent ECW steal Rob Van Dam in May. There were plans to have Angle wrestle Goldberg at the Great American Bash, but Goldberg would break his leg in a motorcycle accident and be out for a year. Scrambling to come up with a match, the NWA was forced to hotshot a match with Sting, having just under a month to build what should have been a dream match between the face-painted Icon and the Wrestling Machine. While the match was still great and drew a good buyrate, it wouldn't be until 2004 that the two could properly feud. At the July Pay-per-view, Bash at the Beach, Kurt Angle would defend his title against the man who had defeated Scott Steiner at Great American Bash to become no.1 contender: Steven Regal. Regal had gotten tremendously over in the first six months of 2002 as an affable, slightly-goofy, well-meaning babyface who could nonetheless be vicious inside the ring when he was pushed. True to his new character, Angle was enraged that the crowd was cheering for an Englishman against him, so close to America's birthday."Look, Chris. Christopher. I don't know who the hell you are. I'm sure you've done some things in your career, but I was too busy winning the Olympics For America. I was too busy carrying the UFC on my back. I was too busy becoming the biggest star in combat sports! I'm an American Hero! I'm the biggest star this company's ever had, and I did it on my own! In my first match, I won the NWA world title. You've been here for four years, Chris. Have you ever won this belt?"
[Crowd boos as Jericho looks down, seemingly dejected]
"You're right. I haven't."
[Jericho gives Angle a low blow as the crowd goes wild] "But I'm gonna, jackass!"
Angle showed up for the first Nitro of 2005 in no condition to work, staggering, slurring, with a beard he hadn't shaved in days and red, bloodshot eyes. Angle was told not to wrestle and was, in fact, held in his locker room until a cab could be called to send him home. After that, Angle spent the next nine months in company-sponsored rehab, during a time that Angle would consider "The darkest period of my life." On top of Kurt's struggles with his own personal demons, there was also the terrorist bombing of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC that August by Anti-Tibetan Chinese extremists who believed America sided with Tibet in its bid for independence. Kurt was able to persevere, though, and came out of rehab clean, returning to the NWA in September. Angle came out on Nitro to a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes, clearly overcome with emotion and needing quite some time to get through his promo. Angle thanked the fans for their support and thanked the NWA for giving him the help he needed to get his life back on track. Angle's heartfelt speech was interrupted by NWA United States Champion Austin Aries (referred to cynically by smarks as "the NWA's CM Punk"), who used his straight-edge, clean-cut lifestyle to run down Kurt Angle."We all knew that Angle had his problems with substance abuse. Painkillers, steroids, uppers, downers. We justified it by saying it was the only way that a guy who worked himself to such an insane degree could function. He was sort of like those stories you'd hear about Shawn Michaels, where once he heard his match was coming up, it was like he was stone-cold sober. But that first Nitro after Starrcade, Kurt was supposed to start a program with Shelton Benjamin, take him under his wing. It was going to help Benjamin get over huge and keep Kurt important without putting him in the world title scene again. But he was... man, I don't know how the hell he even drove to the building. That was when we started to know something was wrong."
-Chris Jericho, 2007
At first, it seemed like Angle agreed with Aries and started to leave the ring, before running behind him and dropping Aries with an Angle Slam. Kurt would go on to face Aries for the United States Championship at Fall Brawl in a losing effort, then losing again at Halloween Havoc. Angle challenged Aries one more time, willing to put his wrestling career on the line, at the 2005 edition of World War 3. Kurt Angle would defeat Aries to win his first and only United States Championship, then go on to win the World War 3 match in the main event, the show closing with confetti raining down on an emotional, openly weeping Angle kneeling in the middle of the ring. At Starrcade 2005, Kurt would wrestle the man who had been NWA Champion since March, "The Black Diamond" Shelton Benjamin. In a truly breathtaking match, Kurt Angle won his fourth and final NWA World Heavyweight Championship, shaking hands with Benjamin and hugging him after the match. Kurt Angle's final run with the NWA Championship would last until April of 2006. After vacating the United States title in February (which was won in a battle royal by young Jay Lethal, making him the youngest-ever NWA United States Champion), Kurt would have a rematch with Benjamin, as well as with his old rival Chris Jericho in February and March. When Angle lost the NWA title to AJ Styles at the 2006 edition of Spring Stampede (thanks to interference by Colonel Robert Parker, revealing AJ to be the much-hyped "Crown Jewel" of the new Stud Stable), Angle asked what the plans for his future were, now that his original contract from 2001 was nearly up. Whatever he was told, we will never know, only that Angle was not happy with what he heard. Rather than negotiate, Angle chose to sit out the remainder of his contract. This was the tipping point for Karen Angle, describing Kurt's actions as neglectful and selfish, more focused on what the world thought of his "stupid fake wrestling matches" than providing for his family or even being around for them. Karen filed for divorce and the legal battle would take up much of the rest of 2006."Get out of my ring, old man! Nobody came here to see you cry. They came to see the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived, and a REAL American hero. Not some dried-out drughead piece of crap!"
Kurt Angle's heel run in ECW throughout 2007 is considered not only the best in his career, but maybe the best in the history of modern wrestling. It seemed as though a riot were about to break out every time Angle came out to cut a promo, to say nothing of his matches. Angle defeated Tommy Dreamer in his ECW debut at Hardcore Havoc in May, securing more wins on TV before defeating another ECW veteran in Jerry Lynn at Hostile City Showdown 2007 in June. "Guido" James Maritato made a surprising return in July and seemed to be on the cusp of defeating Angle at Heatwave before Angle ripped the hope from the ECW faithful yet again with the dreaded Fujiwara Armbar. After that, Angle began specifically calling out reigning ECW World Heavyweight Champion Bryan Danielson to face him, though Bryan was still embroiled in his own feud with The Triple Threat's Roderick Strong. After defeating Yoshihiro Tajiri at WrestlePalooza in August, Angle finally locked horns with one of the New Breed in multiple-time ECW Television Champion Homicide at WrestlePalooza, coming out victorious. Angle would then face and defeat Samoa Joe at the 2007 edition of Ultraclash, billed as "The Superfight to End All Superfights" in the main event, though he only managed to just pin Joe by turning the Muscle Buster into a crucifix pin. Still, Angle now had his sights firmly set on Bryan Danielson and the ECW World Heavyweight title. After teaming up with long-time heel Steve Corino to defeat their mutual rivals in CM Punk and Bryan Danielson at Anarchy Rulz, Angle cut multiple scathing promos against Danielson, his championship, and ECW, at one point promising to "Take that piece of sh*t belt back to Atlanta and put it on Ric Flair's desk and sign my new contract on it, before the two of us piss on it!" Obviously, Angle had no intentions at the time of returning to the NWA, but there was no reason to tell the fans that. It all led to one of the most hotly-anticipated bouts in ECW history when Angle and Bryan faced off, the match given serious big-fight feel and sports-like presentation. For nearly an hour, Danielson and Angle left everything they had in the ring, giving the wrestling world a once-in-a-lifetime performance of a match. Kurt once again left everything he had in the ring, even doing his signature moonsault from a balcony of all places. In the end, Danielson defeated Angle with the Cattle Mutilation, drawing the third submission loss of Kurt's entire wrestling career. The crowd gave Angle the standing ovation that he seemed to have been chasing his whole career, even receiving chants of "Thank You Kurt" and "Please Come Back" from a crowd that had despised him right up until the match had ended. ECW Heads Gabe Sapolsky and Paul Heyman begged Angle to stay and extend his contract, but Angle refused, though he promised them he would return for another run someday."So, this is the Land of Extreme?" [Crowd Cheers, even though the 'E' now stood for "Evolved"."] "I'm sure you all know the story. I was sitting up in that crow's nest with Joey Styles almost eleven years ago, and I watched Taz vs. Little Guido. And I'll admit, I was impressed! They were good! I mean, I could have torn Taz's fat little head off and shoved it up his ass- [Crowd boos]- but they were good! But then, you all know what happened. I saw Raven crucify Sandman on barbed wire... and I got squeamish and said 'Oh, no thank you!'" [Crowd boos] "No, you know what? You're right. That one's on me. But let me just say, Raven crucifying Sandman? Was the best thing that ever happened to professional wrestling!" [What can only be described as a confused pop] "If I hadn't seen that... I might have never gone into the UFC. I might have never gone to the NWA! I might have never become one of the biggest stars in the history of this business. Instead, I would have been some burned-out loser like Owen Hart [Crowd begins booing again], or that fat, crying never-was like Tommy Dreamer, or a strung-out piece of sh*t like Raven or Sabu, if I'd wasted my life in this f*cking dump!" [Angle is struggling to be heard over the crowd, who is chanting at Angle to "Shut the Fuck Up" while hurling trash into the ring.]
The match at WrestleKingdom was Sakuraba's first involvement with New Japan in fifteen years, and his first time wrestling with the company as a freelancer. It was a pure, sports-based, face-versus-face matchup. The thousands in attendance loved the match, with fans watching all over the world and being treated to an excellent technical match. While Angle might not have been able to go full-steam anymore with moonsaults and superplexes, it was clear that his grappling ability had not waned in the slightest. To the surprise of many, Sakuraba would win the bout by submission and go on to feud with Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Angle shook Sakuraba's hand after the match and bowed to the fans, soaking in the appreciation."Sakuraba was a competitor I always had tremendous respect and admiration for. His fight with Royce Gracie was maybe one of the best I'd ever seen and his love of pro wrestling was clear in everything he did. I had always wanted to have a fight with him but the timing had never been right before. But when New Japan offered me any match I wanted, I knew I had to take it."
Several of them have been mentioned in some capacity in a few of the posts already. Wouldn't mind having a go at few of the female wrestlers out there.This is very nice, Are you going to do for CM Punk, the Hardy Boys, Triple H, The Rock, Edge and Christian, Chyna, Kenny Omega, Brock Lesnar, any of the divas like Trish Stratus, Lita, Asuka, Lynch, Keibler, Torrie and Lisa Marie Varon; Scott Steiner, Riho and the Undertaker soon?