New Japan Pro Wrestling is rapidly rising on the world stage, and with gaijin (or foreigner) stars like Finn Balor, AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and more playing important roles in that, we feel that they may need to bring in some new gaijin. Sure, they’ve got plenty at the moment, but an infusion of new talent will definitely help keep the roster and stories fresh, especially as they venture more into the US and other regions. We’ve seen Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio now connected to New Japan as of late, so here are just a few more guys we think would be perfect, especially since they’ve just lost Adam Cole, War Machine and Ricochet over the past 6-8 months.
The Junior Heavyweight division is currently stacked with talent, both Japanese and gaijin, but the Kiwi Buzzsaw is the perfect fit to strengthen their roster. Banks is currently killing it in the UK, where he is reigning as the Progress Wrestling champion, and if he can bring some of that fire to Japan, he would get over big with the crowd. Sure, he isn’t as flashy as Marty Scurll or Will Ospreay, but he hits incredibly hard, and has had some incredible matches with the likes of Jack Gallagher, Ospreay and Matt Riddle over the past year, matches that would fit perfectly in Japan. So seeing him up against Kushide, Takahashi and the rest of the division would be brilliant.
Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb
Speaking of Matt Riddle, he would be a perfect fit for New Japan, whether it be on his own in the heavyweight or U.S title division, or with his ‘Chosen Bros’ partner, Jeff Cobb. Riddle has a unique look, and the legit MMA background that’s made him a star in Progress, PWG, Evolve and everywhere else he’s wrestled. If New Japan are smart, they’ll throw lots of money to try and bring him into the Heavyweight division. His partner isn’t as accomplished around the world as of yet, but he wrestles for Lucha Underground as Matanza Cueto, and has a legit wrestling background. So whether they wrestle as a team to replace War Machine or separately, these two would prove valuable pieces for New Japan.
Recently in an interview with Chris Van Vilet, Morrison talked about his current wrestling workload, and the desire to work in more places, and he name dropped New Japan, suggesting that this may be something he’s working towards in the near future. That’s unlikely to happen in the next few months, but he’s the perfect fit for their Junior Heavyweight division, as he’s different to everyone currently there, but offers many intriguing matchups. As he mentioned in that same interview, there’s also many match-ups waiting for him in WWE, but as of right now it would be best for his career and for New Japan if they brought him in, and it would bring in plenty of new viewers for their big shows.
So what do you guys think? Do New Japan need more gaijin stars to continue their rise in the West? Do they need to just keep doing what they’re doing now? Who would you love to see there in the near future? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below.