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[1998-04-30-NJPW-TV] Music Video: Norio Honaga


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Honaga never became the guy even with some great company but I have enjoyed most if the work of his I have seen. Reason for the retirement?

 

NJPW was trying to not-so-subtly push out some of its higher-paid veterans in a cost-cutting move. Honaga, Masa Saito, and a few other guys got severance packages to retire (I think Inoki and Choshu were wholly separate situations).

 

Amusing video, as Honaga goes from a wide-eyed clean-cut young boy to an opportunistic scuzzball before our eyes. I bet he'd end up being Matt D's favorite NJPW junior worker.

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