Wrestle Kingdom 14 may have been a phenomenal two-day event for wrestling fans, yet the event was tinged with a sense of sadness for so many of those same fans. After a career spanning 36 years, the utterly iconic Jushin 'Thunder' Liger wrestled his final two matches at WK14, with the revolutionary grappler then having a retirement ceremony send-off at New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual New Year's Dash show on January 6th.
Terms such as icon, legend, revolutionary, and gamechanger are bandied about far too often in the landscape of the wrestling business and pop culture, period, yet Liger is worthy of those labels and so much more.
These days, the junior heavyweight style is commonplace across the industry, with performers who would once be labelled as too small now allowed to showcase their talents on the biggest stages in the business. And for that, a large thanks has to be given to Jushin Liger.
With time having now been called on a career that simply cannot be matched, here are ten things you didn't know about one of the true all-time greats of the professional wrestling world.