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Old 11-17-2014, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well my top-5 favorites there are:
1. AJ Styles
2. Shinsuke Nakamura
3. Katsuyori Shibata
4. Tomohiro Ishii
5. Hiroshi Tanahashi.
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In terms of the pecking order:

1. Hiroshi Tanahashi: Top Dog
2. Kazuchika Okada: Soon to be top dog.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
4. Katsuyori Shibata
5. AJ Styles
6. Tetsuya Naito
7. Hirooki Goto
8. Togi Makabe
9. Tomohiro Ishii
10. Kota Ibushi.


Other than the top 3, the order is not as prominent. You have guys like Minoru Suzuki, Karl Anderson, Bad Luck Fale, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima etc. who keep moving up and down the card.

The top 3 of Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura is pretty much solid though. Not moving down the list anytime soon.


Go through this link for a better understanding of the roster, the titles and their shows throughout a year.

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/201...pro-wrestling/

It's a little outdated, was made in April, but still helpful regardless.
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01. Shinsuke Nakamura
02. Yano Toru
03. AJ Styles
04. Tetsuya Naito
05. Kazuchika Okada
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In terms of the pecking order:

1. Hiroshi Tanahashi: Top Dog
2. Kazuchika Okada: Soon to be top dog.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
4. Katsuyori Shibata
5. AJ Styles
6. Tetsuya Naito
7. Hirooki Goto
8. Togi Makabe
9. Tomohiro Ishii
10. Kota Ibushi.


Other than the top 3, the order is not as prominent. You have guys like Minoru Suzuki, Karl Anderson, Bad Luck Fale, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima etc. who keep moving up and down the card.

The top 3 of Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura is pretty much solid though. Not moving down the list anytime soon.


Go through this link for a better understanding of the roster, the titles and their shows throughout a year.

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/201...pro-wrestling/

It's a little outdated, was made in April, but still helpful regardless.
this but i hate aj styles, good wrestler but hes a cunt
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In terms of entertainment (for me ofc):
1a. Tanahashi
1b. Okada
3. Ishii
4. Shibata
5. Nakamura
6-10. Naito, Goto, MiSu, AJ, Ibushi.
11. Honma
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Non gaijin talent in terms of wrestling:

1. Naito
2. Tanahashi
3. Ishii
4. Nakamura
5. Shibata
6. Ibushi
7. Goto
8. Okada
9. KUSHIDA
10. Kojima

In terms of kayfabe:

1. Tanahashi
2. Okada
3. Nakamura
4. Ishii
5. Shibata
6. Makabe
7. Ibushi
8. Naito
9. Goto
10. Liger

I assume everyone already knows about Styles so I won't include him. If we do include gaijins I'd give a shout out to Shelton Benjamin. He had a great run during the G1 this year. Hopefully he's back soon because Suzuki-Gun need him pretty badly. Davey Boy Smith Jr. is also top hoss and I wish they'd give him a run as a singles guy. The fact that he has wins over Tanahashi and Shibata this year is too much to think about sometimes.

People will rave about Minoru Suzuki but one must understand that he's 46 years old and hasn't done anything this year but had one really good match against AJ Styles. I wouldn't put him on a top 10 list when it comes to New Japan outside of top matches.

Naito's finally looking like himself again after his knee injury. He's pretty far and away the best in ring worker in the company. Too bad he's devoid of any natural charisma. Still love him tho. A lot.
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Some of my personal faves:

- Nakamura
- Shibata
- Okada
- Ishii
- Fale
- Forever Hooligans
- Makabe
- Ibushi

and of course, my fave non-wrestler Bruce Tharpe (even if he is NWA)
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1. Nakamura
2. Shibata
3. Ishii
4. Styles
5. Tanahashi
6. Goto
7. Young Bucks
8. Okada
9. Shelton
10. Yuji Nagata
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KUSHIDA's having a stellar year, and Ishii has yet to really disappoint. Minoru Suzuki is probably their best wrestler, and has that once a year opportunity to remind everyone why, but he's seemingly never in a position to deliver a great match on every show. Nakamura's fantastic when he isn't not selling a leg injury, and Tanahashi keeps improving himself. Equally, in a position against someone like Tanahashi/Shibata/Ishii, Honma is a fantastic underdog babyface (as we saw in the G1 this year).

Check the first page of the 2014 MotYC thread for any recommended matches.
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