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Re: Who is the face of NJPW
but yes, Tana was the ACE of the company. Which is why some call him the John Cena of NJPW. He was the guy who carried the company out of its poor state after Inoki almost killed it by trying to turn it into a shoot wrestling company. Tana's Ace run started in about 2007, and was also when NJPW went back to just doing good old fashioned Pro-Wrestling.
Nakamura had a short run at the top before Tanahashi, but Tana ended up getting the spot since at the time he was more charismatic. Nakamura's swag gimmick didn't start until 2011, and he eventually became the most popular guy in NJPW because of it. Just like Naito's gimmick change has made him the most popular. But in Wrestling being the most popular doesn't necessarily make you the best guy to be the ace.
Last edited by The Nuke; 07-28-2017 at 09:00 PM.