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Top 15 Wrestlers You Didn't Realize Were Still Active Overseas

It is understandable that some fans of professional wrestling living in the United States would only keep track of a couple of organizations. World Wrestling Entertainment produces hours upon hours of new and original television programming each and every week, and that does not even account for shows such as NXT that are available via the WWE Network on a weekly basis. Throw in editions of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ring of Honor, and one could not blame a fan for only paying attention to what he can easily access via cable television and On Demand services that provide wrestling content.

There are, of course, numerous noteworthy pro wrestling companies that are headquartered outside of North America. Diehard WWE fans who are not all that familiar with New Japan Pro Wrestling are getting somewhat of an introduction to that company due to the fact that several performers are going to the WWE. A.J. Styles made his official debut in the WWE at the 2016 Royal Rumble, and he will, sooner than later, be joined by at least three other wrestlers. The WWE has already leaked that Shinsuke Nakamura will become a member of the NXT roster and potentially be wrestling Sami Zayn during WrestleMania weekend.

There are a plethora of recognizable wrestlers who are still active and working for companies overseas. Some are individuals who, for one reason or another, never made it to the top of cards while working in the WWE. They eventually either moved on or were pushed out of that company. Others, however, are true legends of the industry who are still able to go inside of the ring. The WWE has, in the past, welcomed some of those veterans to work the occasional event for the company. One such individual was featured at the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event that was arguably the best WWE show of 2015.

15 15. Alex Shelley 

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14 14. Masato Tanaka 

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13 13. Kaz Hayashi 

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12 12. Tajiri 

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11 11. Yuji Nagata 

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10 10. Trent Barreta 

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9 9. Ultimo Dragon 

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8 8. C.J. Parker 

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7 7. The Great Muta 

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6 6. Jushin Thunder Liger 

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5 5. Vance Archer 

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4 4. Evan Bourne 

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3 3. Harry Smith 

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2 2. Taka Michinoku 

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1 1. Shelton Benjamin 

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Shelton Benjamin is finding work overseas wrestling in New Japan Pro Wrestling. While it is nice that Benjamin has landed gigs with New Japan and other companies such as ROH, wrestling fans have been somewhat robbed by Benjamin not being a member of the WWE during a time when the company is pushing the NXT brand as something special. Just imagine the NXT matches that Benjamin could have had with talents such as Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and others. Benjamin has had great matches outside of the WWE, contests that those who only really follow that company have missed.

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