For fun, and to spark debate, I’m going to be watching all the matches on the Best of Japan 2002 - Complete Edition tape set, that you can find at Highspots. It’s a 13-tape set of 86 of the best matches in Japan in 2002. I’ve watched the set once, so I’ve already rated the matches, but for this venture I will be giving a new rating, and I shall also list some of the key moments and spots in each match. The recaps won’t be too in-depth; there are 86 matches to go through, and if I went into too much detail I’d never get finished in a timely manner. However, I will give enough notes so that, hopefully, a lively and intelligent debate will be sparked.
For a couple of the matches, such as Osamu Nishimura vs. Manabu Nakanishi from the G1, the tape set has the clipped version, but if I have the complete version of the match in question, then that is the version I shall be recapping and rating.
This is how Volume One looks:
Yuji Nagata vs. GHC Heavyweight Champion Jun Akiyama (1/4/02)
Darkness Dragon/Genki Horiguchi/Susumu Mochizuki vs. Kennichiro Arai/Super Shisa/Ryo Saito (1/20/02)
Mitsuharu Misawa/Yoshinari Ogawa/Takuma Sano/Naomichi Marafuji vs. Jun Akiyama/Akitoshi Saito/Yoshinobu Kanemaru/Makoto Hashi in an elimination match (1/20/02)
Ryo Saito/Takayuki Yagi/Anthony W. Mori vs. Milano Collection AT/Stevie Tsujimoto/Masato Yoshino in a best 2 out of 3 falls match (1/23/02)
Koji Kanemoto/Gedo/Jado vs. Jushin Liger/Minoru Tanaka/Masahito Kakihara (1/25/02)
Wataru Inoue & Jushin Liger vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2/17/02)
I’ll review the matches in Volume One, list the matches in Volume Two, review those matches, and then do the same thing for each of the subsequent volumes.