New Japan Pro Wrestling is one of the hottest promotions in professional wrestling today. WWE has brought in AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows and of course Shinsuke Nakamura from the promotion and all have seen some level of success since joining WWE.
The unique style that Japan offers is what today's WWE fans want to see in the ring. So let’s look at five superstars WWE should consider bringing over from the promotion.
The current IWGP Intercontinental Champion and one-third of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships with the Young Bucks has had a stellar 2016 so far.
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When he attacked AJ Styles and took over the leadership in the Bullet Club, everyone knew that Omega would have his work cut out in the keeping the group alive. What he has shown in forming Team Elite, is that the Bullet Club has a pulse and will survive with his unique leadership.
After losing in the Tokyo Dome, Omega has made the jump from the junior heavyweight division to the big leagues and has been enthralled with a captivating feud with NJPW great Hiroshi Tanahashi. The two are set to have a match of the year candidate at Dominion 6.19 in the Osaka-jo Hall, in NJPW first ever ladder match.
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WWE should look signing The Cleaner as he is one of the very best wrestlers in the world; but also he has become one of the most charismatic superstars with a unique character.
Relations between the two aren’t on good terms, though, with reports surfacing that Omega has turned down a WWE return on four separate occasions. WWE should really consider finding a way to get things on better terms and getting one of the most talented wrestlers in the world into the organisation.
The Young Bucks: Matt and Nick Jackson
Arguably the best tag team in the world, the Young Bucks are a must future signing for the WWE. After a tryout in 2011 didn’t go to plan, the brothers found themselves in NJPW where they dominated the tag team scene becoming a four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
When AJ Styles made the move to the WWE, the Young Bucks have stood up with Kenny Omega as the elite of the Bullet Club. The Young Bucks regularly appear at American independent shows as well, and not only have great matches but continue to spread the name of the infamous Bullet Club faction.
The invention of their ‘superkick parties’ (where they basically just superkick everybody in sight) has made them fan favourites even though they’re bonafide heels.
It’s debatable whether WWE’s current tag team status is a good or a worrying point for the company. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong by adding another top two guys to the cattle. There’s no doubt WWE fans would love to see at one point see them feud with Uso’s, in what is truly a dream match.
Unlike the other people on this list, Cody Hall shouldn’t necessarily be signed because he is amazing in the ring, rather because who his father is.
Currently, WWE is on good terms with Hall of Famer Scott Hall, so bringing in his son just makes sense. There is some great scope for some on-screen interactions between the two, with even the possibility of the Kliq Kid dishonouring his father, to become his own man.
It just makes sense for Cody to not want to be anything like his father who has openly struggled with drugs and alcohol. Basically, WWE could utilise Cody as Scott’s talented son, but not copy of him.
At the tender age of 24 there’s still plenty of time for Cody to develop his craft further and with NXT booming, he could be the perfect platform for him to shine on.
Arguably one of the best wrestler in the world today, Kushida is on track to be one of New Japans best junior heavyweights. Currently in his third reign as champ, Kushida has had excellent matches against the likes of Kenny Omega, Will Ospreay and Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger.
He is also making a name over from himself in the States, appearing at the joint pay=per view events between NJPW and ROH.
WWE need to maximise on the rise of Kushida and bring him into WWE’s mid card division. We could even see a place for him in NXT, where the likes of Austin Aires and Hideo Itami are lurking around to have match of year candidates.
Kushida is also an accomplished tag team wrestler, winning two IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships as one-half of the Time Splitters. So maybe there’s an opportunity to bring him in and put him with a guy like Apollo Crews who is struggling at the moment and form one of most exciting tag teams on the planet.
Who else could the WWE look to sign from New Japan Pro Wrestling? Let us know in the comments sections who would be an excellent signing for the main roster or even NXT.