The entrances. I loved how all the fighters were brought out before hand. Fedor's entrance still gets me pumped, I watch it on youtube sometimes before work to get me ready to deal with a day full of bullshit.
The difference between Pride and all the other organizations is that the fighters were larger then life. You wernt watching a fighter you were watching a superstar walk out to the ring. Just watch videos of how Fedor is mobbed when he is in Japan and you can see it and feel it.
Rampage/Wandy fights - Best rivalry still in MMA I think. I dont think Ive ever been pumped up for fights like I was for these 2 and they definitely delivered. If youve never seen them and want a nice recap of the whole deal heres pretty much my favorite hl ever made.
Wandy vs Mark Hunt - Wow. Only word that could describe this fight. Hunt took it on very short notice(I think it was like a week at most) and still showed up and delivered the goods. Some of the shots Wand took in this were just freaking ridiculous, mix in an atomic butt drop and you have probably the most random mix of action and match making youll ever see in the ring.
Ninja Rua vs Mario Sperry - Man Ninja was and is such a beast. It kind of sucks that hes fallen into a kind of MMA obscurity because he always brought it and is a much better fighter then a lot of people give him credit for. This fight is all over the place. If you want to see two guys rush each other and just trade blows like their life depends on it this is the fight to see. I know Im a part of the minority but I always dug Ninja more then Shogun.
Big Nog vs Dan Henderson - Wandy vs Hendo made me notice Hollywood, but this fight sealed him as my favorite fighter. Stepping up on a few weeks notice to take on Big Nog(Fedor was originally scheduled but got injured). Everyone counted him out and said he would be subbed quick(Hendo came into the fight over 30 pounds lighter). What followed was some of the most heart youll ever see come out of a fighter as Hendo stood and traded with Nog actually getting the better of some of the exchanges. He escaped some of the craziest subs Ive ever seen but ended up finally succumbing to Nog and got subbed. Good thing for him this is one of the few fights where the loser out shined the winner.
Kawajiri vs Gomi - This was billed to be the 2 top Lightweights in Japan going against each other. Everyone had known Gomi had talent but he always came up short in the big fights..... before this one. Kawajiri and Gomi decided to stand up and trade in a fight that is a must see for any MMA fan. "The Crusher" had the heart but unfortunately Gomi had the skill outstriking Kawajiri in route to putting him down and locking on the RNC. One of the few fights where youll see the Japanese fans screaming their heads off.
Theirs a ton more fights I could gush about but theirs a few that just happened to pop into my mind thinking about it. I miss pride, It had its downside, shitty match making and shady favoritism for certain fighters. But at the end of the day it always delivered a quality product and its responsible for my love for MMA. I dont post a lot on this forum anymore but this topic needed some addition to it.