Eastern Lariat Special: From Tetsuya Naito to CM Punk – Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Japan & US Candidates (with OTVG’s Case Lowe)
A special episode of the Eastern Lariat sees Dylan tackel a never before done subject on the show: The Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. To do so he’s joined by special guest Case Lowe from the Open the Voice Gate show, as well as a tried and true Hall of Fame voter for the first time! Case & Dylan discuss the candidates for the Japan region, which features 14 candidates we run through their candidacy in terms of drawing power, in-ring ability & influence including:
Riki Choshu & Animal Hamaguchi
TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima)
Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi
1987 Gold Combo (Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada)
Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue)
There’s some differences in their ideas for who they think are strong candidates and not and they go through them all!
As a bonus we go over the US Region that Case will also be voting in which includes 17 candidates that we go through in rapid fire fashion:
Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson
Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee
The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy)
The Outsiders (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall)
The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn & Road Dogg)
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner & Scott Steiner)
Kevin, Kerry & David Von Erich
Look forward to a new episode featuring STRIGGA’s return in a few days, but hopefully enjoy this special episode and give your feedback to @Viva_Zero & @EasternLariat on Twitter, and if you would like to hear further coverage of the Hall of Fame check out patreon.com/easternlariat – Now with rollover pricing, sign up at any time period and you won’t have to worry about being double charged for content on the HOF, A 7 match series with Dylan & STRIGGA covering Antonio Inoki’s career and biggest matches, the 90s project which just wrapped up 1997 with the year end awards show, and reviews of many major Japanese wrestling shows and occasionally wrestling outside of Japan.
Also follow Case @_InYourCase & his show @openvoicegate which he hosts alongside Mike Spears if you’re interested on extensive coverage on Dragon Gate and all the cool stuff going on there.