Cewsh: So, that KUSHIDA is pretty nifty, huh? New Japan’s most prized Jr. Heavyweight star is one of the fastest rising stars in all of Japan, and is pretty much single handedly holding down the hallowed ground of Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger and countless others, not to mention tearing it up in Ring of Honor in front of a whole new audience. By the time he’s done, he’ll have an easy Hall of Fame resume, but while most people will remember his time with New Japan, few will remember that his rise to fame truly began in a little promotion called SMASH. And while it was little, and it didn’t last long, it came at a time when Japanese wrestling was at it’s weakest in decades and was a light in the darkness that brought energy back to a dormant Japanese wrestling landscape.
So today, let’s go back to our review of the very first show of this odd, odd promotion. To the dawn of KUSHIDA, the building of KANA’s greatest adversary, and the weirdness that was the Cult of Tajiri.