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Here is the top 15

1) Tetsuya Naito (New Japan) 15351
2) Hiroshi Tanahashi (New Japan) 14292
3) Kazuchika Okada (New Japan) 9335
4) Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE) 8939
5) Kenny Omega (New Japan) 6145
6) Jiro "Ikemen" Kuroshio (Wrestle-1) 5065
7) Katsuyori Shibata (New Japan) 4372
8) Kota Ibushi (Ibushi Pro Wrestling Research Institute) 4276
9) Harashima (DDT) 3715
10) Jun Kasai (Freedoms) 3541
11) Naomichi Marafuji (Noah) 3409
12) Syuri (Freelancer) 3334
13) Shuji Ishikawa (Freelancer) 3107
14) Hiromu Takahashi (New Japan) 3077
15) Hana Kimura (Pro Wrestling Ace) 2849

For the rest of the list: https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/7gmszh/sports_graphic_number_japaneses_magazine_votes/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/njpw/comments/7g4pok/the_top_100_wrestlers_of_2017_by_sports_magazine/

Apologies if this has already been on here. Not surprising seeing Tetsuya Naito is number one, he is the most popular wrestler in New Japan today.

This is a very interesting article which can give us some level of opinion level in Japan. Nice to see AJ Styles getting some love from the Japaneses fans being voted number 41.
 

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3) Kazuchika Okada (New Japan) 9335
fake news and/or rigged

Okada Kazuchika is the favourite son

they did nail where most of the WWE wrestlers belong, tho. Don't know if Evil is better than AJ Styles, but when I think about it I mean Evil has had a pretty good 2017 so I think it's a fair result and I think the native fans are right on the money
 

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Looking further at this list, the fact that the Japanese fans see AJ as #41 shows what they truly think of him and is another piece evidence showing why he was never accepted as a big time draw over there. Unfortunately it's just another example of how he was largley a flop relative to his Roman Reigns push out of the gate. He still put on very good matches all the time, but the fans just never saw him like that.
 

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The joshi part of it
12) Syuri (Freelancer) 3334
15) Hana Kimura (Pro Wrestling Ace) 2849
20) Maya Yukihi (Ice Ribbon) 2046
23) Risa Sera (Ice Ribbon) 1834
25) Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls) 1609
29) Reika Saiki (Walk) 1218
35) Io Shirai (Stardom) 920
38) Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon) 883
55) Hikaru Shida (Makai) 623
56) Kairi Hojo (WWE-Stardom) 617
64) Yoko Bito (Stardom) 499
68) Chigusa Nagoya (Marvelous)
80) Saori Anou (Actwres girl'Z) 307
82) Misaki Ohata (Wave) 300
91) Hiromi Mimura (Stardom) 279
99) Meiko Satomura (Sendai Girls) 210
Also Okada isn't very beloved on the Japanese fan sites from what I've heard.

I absolutely cannot wait for another taste of that site's year-end awards like last year
 

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The joshi part of it


Also Okada isn't very beloved on the Japanese fan sites from what I've heard.

I absolutely cannot wait for another taste of that site's year-end awards like last year
How do Shibata and Ibushi compare to Okada?

I'm assuming Tanahashi is more popular than Okada.

Also, care to provide me a link of that said site?
 

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The joshi part of it


Also Okada isn't very beloved on the Japanese fan sites from what I've heard.

I absolutely cannot wait for another taste of that site's year-end awards like last year
I can't believe Hana Kimura is so high up.
 

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Looking further at this list, the fact that the Japanese fans see AJ as #41 shows what they truly think of him and is another piece evidence showing why he was never accepted as a big time draw over there. Unfortunately it's just another example of how he was largley a flop relative to his Roman Reigns push out of the gate. He still put on very good matches all the time, but the fans just never saw him like that.
Or you can look at it as the fact that he's the only Gaijin on the list (Omega doesn't count considering that he's lived in Japan for nearly a decade, and has been fully immersed in the Japanese wrestling scene, as well as the culture) shows how respected he is.
 

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As long as Naito is in the rightful number one spot, the rest of the list doesn't matter. Can't wait for January 4th when he finally dethrones Okada and takes his rightful place as Champion.
 

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How do Shibata and Ibushi compare to Okada?

I'm assuming Tanahashi is more popular than Okada.

Also, care to provide me a link of that said site?
I have no idea, I don't look through those. I've only heard

hmm. are Ice Ribbon and Sendai Girls good?
Ice Ribbon? Eh
Sendai Girls? Absolutely no

I can't believe Hana Kimura is so high up.
Exposure/legitimacy and looks play a huge part in that and others , which is why Syuri is so up there when all she did was tag team with Shida

Or you can look at it as the fact that he's the only Gaijin on the list (Omega doesn't count considering that he's lived in Japan for nearly a decade, and has been fully immersed in the Japanese wrestling scene, as well as the culture) shows how respected he is.
Can't scratch the gaijin tag out without that citizenship(even though that still won't help cuz you're still not "actually" Japanese)
 

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Is Naomichi Marufuji that good in 2017? I remember about ten years ago a lot of internet fans were considering him one of the best junior heavyweights in the world but I haven't heard that kind of praise in awhile and Marufuji is kind of hitting the age where guys slow down.

Is he 11th because of his reputation or is the dude genuinely killing it at age 38?
 

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Is Naomichi Marufuji that good in 2017? I remember about ten years ago a lot of internet fans were considering him one of the best junior heavyweights in the world but I haven't heard that kind of praise in awhile and Marufuji is kind of hitting the age where guys slow down.

Is he 11th because of his reputation or is the dude genuinely killing it at age 38?
He has had some good matches in DDT this year. And his match with Eddie Edwards was very googd.
 
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