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8 Essential Tajiri Matches

The Japanese Buzzsaw had his fair share of WWE thrillers...

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Wrestling fans, you heard the good news? Off the back of an impressive performance in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, WWE have apparently offered Tajiri a contract to stay on with the company. Whether that's as a trainer or an active in-ring performer remains to be seen, but it does mean more Tajiri and that's no bad thing.

I really, really like Tajiri and would go as far as to say he's one of my favourite wrestlers. Ever. I loved his martial arts kicks, his baggy dragon-emblazoned pants, his comical facial expressions and his high-pitched shrieking noises. I loved him wether he was tearing it up with his fellow cruiserweights on Smackdown or teaming up with William Regal on Raw.

The Japanese Buzzsaw hasn't been seen in a WWE ring in over a decade. After leaving in December 2005, he made a one-off appearance at the second ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view in June 2006 but, since then, nothing. He's been keeping himself busy, mind, wrestling all over the world and even forming his own promotion Smash in Japan (which ran from Feb 2010 - March 2012).

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To celebrate his comeback, I've identified what I consider to be eight brilliant matches for your viewing pleasure. From his early days in Japan, to his table-breaking days in ECW and, finally, his time in WWE, these eight bouts should give you an idea of the calibre of performer that Tajiri is and why you should be excited for his imminent return to screens.

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