Cruel Summer #12: Masahiro Chono vs. Yoshihiro Takayama (2002) w/ Dylan Fox

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WH Park welcomes back the Eastern Lariat’s Dylan Fox to discuss the finals of NJPW’s 12th G1 Climax tournament: Masahiro Chono vs. Yoshihiro Takayama from August 11, 2002.

Dylan and WH also talk about undeserving IWGP Heavyweight and Triple Crown Champions, the history of Makai Club, the influx of “sports entertainment” into New Japan, how other wrestling promotions benefited from the decline in New Japan business and quality.

Click here to watch this match on New Japan World (account required).

WH Park and a special guest look back at the finals of every NJPW G1 Climax tournament in Cruel Summer, a limited-edition podcast from POST Wrestling. New episodes every Saturday and Sunday morning.

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