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Top 15 Asian Indie Wrestlers WWE Should Sign

The ever-growing reach of the internet has made the wrestling world smaller. Fans are more likely to share and read thoughts on the web about the things they enjoy and that has carried over to pro wrestling in a huge way. Independent and foreign promotions have become far more popular in the United States over the past decade due to having more access to new products. WWE will always be the king of the industry and the home base that fans care most about, but the other styles and buzz about the top superstars across the world will pique the interest of fans wanting to learn more.

We are seeing more Asian wrestlers get a chance in today’s WWE, especially with the Japanese wrestling product growing in popularity. Hideo Itami and Shinsuke Nakamura were signed to NXT with huge fanfare due to being two of all the time great Japanese stars. Fans knew all about them before they even debuted in WWE, since it is easy to find their greatest matches and moments with a quick internet search. The partnership between Ring of Honor and various Japanese promotions have also helped things. Many of the current WWE stars were in ROH battling some of the greatest imports from Japan in spectacular matches that made them all more valuable.

The WWE is looking to appeal to Japan with the latest signing of Nakamura and the WWE Network being available in the country now. While the language barrier may make it tough, the talent in Japan is so good that we have faith they will be able to translate their actions through the art of wrestling. Besides, many of the younger Japanese stars know English since it has become a more important subject in schools there over recent years. The concept of NXT is to create attraction shows of the best talent from all over the world working their way up to the main roster and many Japanese performers deserve that opportunity.

15 Taka Michinoku 

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14 Minoru Suzuki 

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13 Naruki Doi 

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12 Nanae Takahashi

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11 Hirooki Goto 

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10 Taiji Ishimori 

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9 Tetsuya Naito 

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8 Manami Toyota 

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7 Masato Yoshino 

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6 Go Shiozaki 

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5 Katsuyori Shibata 

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4 Naomichi Marufuji 

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3 KUSHIDA 

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2 Akira Tozawa 

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1 Kota Ibushi 

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One of the hottest wrestling talents in the world right now, who has the right momentum and timing to join WWE, is Kota Ibushi. Many believe Ibushi is the best high-flier in the business and he can surely provide excitement like no other today. The knock used to be that Ibushi was too one-dimensional but he has become a better all-around performer as seen in his classic match against Shinsuke Nakamura in 2015. Ibushi has left NJPW and the strong belief is he’s hoping to be the next signing for NXT. The upcoming WWE Cruiserweight tournament with talents from all over the world seems like the perfect way for Ibushi to debut and become an instant breakout star.

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