There is no arguing as to which company is the biggest pro wrestling promotion in the world right now. There may be more wrestling going on than ever before but WWE is still head and shoulders above everybody else. There is one company, in particular, doing pretty well for themselves, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and they made a huge leap forward last week when it comes to their reach and global fan base. It's highly likely that more fans outside of Japan watched the NJPW product last week during Wrestle Kingdom 12 than ever before. That was mainly down to Chris Jericho bringing eyes to the promotion via his match with Kenny Omega. Y2J may now have his sights set on Tetsuya Naito but sooner or later he'll come back to WWE, and here are five of the promotion's acts we'd like him to bring along.
5. Tetsuya Naito
Since Tetsuya Naito is the man Chris Jericho currently has an issue with, we may as well start with him. Naito has bags and bags of charisma and was the challenger in the one match that warranted a higher place on the card at Wrestle Kingdom 12 than Alpha versus Omega. Naito may have been unsuccessful in his attempts to become IWGP Heavyweight Champion, but take nothing away from him, he is still an incredible wrestler. He can also generate enormous amounts of heat at the drop of a hat, as demonstrated via his interaction with Y2J. The spitting, the pose he's striking in the photo above, Naito has a similar aura to Kevin Owens where fans can't help but love him despite his arrogance.
4. The Young Bucks
The Young Bucks are not to everyone's tastes, something they have proved more so than ever over the past two weeks as they continue to split fans on social media, but whatever your tastes are, it's hard to argue that they aren't one of the best tag teams in the world right now. There are also very few who wouldn't want to see them have a run in WWE. The trouble is they don't seem to want to work under Vince McMahon and in all fairness that might be quite a smart way of thinking. Who knows what the WWE chairman might do with them. If one man can convince them that WWE is the place to be though, it's Chris Jericho.
This time last year it wasn't exactly clear as to whether a wrestler could make a decent living without the backing of WWE. Well, that query has been well and truly cleared up now. Cody (don't call him Rhodes) left the so-called promised land has since set the wrestling world alight. A Ring Of Honor Champion, Bullet Club member, and recently he put on an incredible match with Kota Ibushi at the Tokyo Dome. Cody has more than achieved what he set out to do in such a short time, so what's next? A return to WWE at this point would be monumental, and just imagine him feuding with Chris Jericho right off the bat.
2. Kazuchika Okada
There is undoubtedly a tremendous amount of talent in New Japan right now. Anyone who stands out from all of that talent must be pretty special. Kazuchika Okada is that man. In fact, cover your ears AJ Styles fans, but this man may be the greatest pro wrestler on the planet right now. A four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and he recently became the man to have held the belt for the most cumulative time across all of his reigns, over 1300 days and counting. Many big names have tried to put an end to Okada's current reign, including Kenny Omega in their incredible six-star match in 2017, but so far no one has succeeded. The only downside to Okada coming to WWE would be him having to bring the curtain down on his incredible reign.
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1. Kenny Omega
Let's not beat around the bush any longer. There is one man that most fans would choose above all else when it comes to WWE poaching someone from New Japan's roster, and that man is Kenny Omega. Remember the noise from the crowd when AJ Styles made a surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble? Well just imagine the reaction if Kenny Omega walked through that curtain. Of all the entries on this list, The Cleaner is probably the most likely to one day appear in a WWE ring. It feels like an inevitability really, a matter of when rather than if. We all want to see a rematch between Omega and Jericho, let's have it happen under the watchful gaze of Vince McMahon this time.