I used to have an entire blog, built for a class, that was just top five lists. The class, for anyone interested, was based on the Nick Hornby book High Fidelity and the idea of meme-as-action.
Tonight I’m a little groggy from staying up until 8 AM to watch Wrestle Kingdom, so I’m going to go easy on myself. I’m going to pick my top five favorite performers in New Japan Pro Wrestling with a short blurb about why.
A bit of a darkhorse pick, but I’ve always been a big fan of lucha style and of masked guys. His name means “Samuri.” He has the look, he has the in-ring skills, and he’s just a fun competitor to watch.
4. Minoro Suzuki
It might be played out to pick a classic star, but Suzuki is just… he’s everything a heel wrestler should be. He has an honor code, but he also has a stable of lackeys. He’s just flat out mean. His match yesterday was insanity, even though he lost. He’s a good time, for sure.
3. Will Osprey
The next two people on this list are technically performers in other countries, too, but they’ve both held titles and worked major programs (against each other) in the last year. Will Osprey is an enigma. On the one hand, his ring-gear is over-worked and he does that weird “cupping” thing on his back. On the other hand, he’s just bonkers talented and will do just about any spot. At least twice last night I was sure he’d destroyed himself.
2. Marty Scurll
Marty isn’t the best technical wrestler in NJPW, but he’s arguably the best showman in all of wrestling. I’m so taken by “the Villain” (as is Julie), that I decided to freehand draw some of the elements of his attire from last night so I can update my created version of him in WWE 2K18.
1. Kenny Omega
Kenny Omega speaks for himself, if you know anything about wrestling. So I’ll let him handle this: