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    Hideki Suzuki

    I like Hideki a lot, but he's a weird candidate because of his relatively low volume. Per Cagematch, he has less than 500 matches in a 13 year career. Not to say volume is the end-all be-all as Tamura and Han get a lot of love despite having short careers. But with Suzuki you're only gonna get a couple singles matches per year. But when he's on, by God he's on. His charisma and presence is just so magnetic. When he was in BJW he personified the "final boss" archetype better than anyone. You have this guy who looks like he could be a business man or lawyer, but you know he's just a flip of the switch away from turning into an absolute killer who's not above telling the crowd to go fuck themselves. Right now I lean no, but 5 years is a long time and his best stuff is fantastic.
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    Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen

    Also, I've always found the matches between these two underrated. I know they have a notorious stinker, but the '90, '92, and '93 TC matches and the '92 and '93 CC matches are very good.
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    Ricky Steamboat vs Ric Flair

    This goes back to my thought in the Steamboat career that despite having very high peaks, I don't think there's as much meat as other top contenders.
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    Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen

    Both are in my top 5 and liable to still be there by 2026. I have Misawa ahead because on his absolute best day, he was quite possibly the best wrestler in the world. But Hansen has a bit more variety of opponents in great matches, so this could eventually change.
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    Bret Hart vs Rey Mysterio

    Pretty much agree with El Dragon. Rey was more consistent, is a better babyface, and wins almost any volume argument.
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    Chris Hero

    As much as I enjoyed the Sabre series, it was the Mercury Rising match I think where Sabre got blasted by several boots but didn't fall off the apron. That was a "huh?" moment for me.
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    Ultimo Dragon vs Randy Orton

    The Foley Backlash match is still his best.
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    Jun Akiyama vs. Jushin Liger

    Two wrestlers who found where the fountain of youth is. Jun is still wrestling, Liger just retired. Jun is still very good, Liger was still very good. Masters of adaptability who could wear different hats yet never strayed from their lanes. Fight!
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    Brock Lesnar

    Damn, that's pretty hard to argue against.
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    Akira Hokuto vs. Eddie Guerrero

    I like Eddie a lot. Terrific as a fired-up face and an absolute bastard of a heel. Got great stuff out of JBL. His NJPW run is a bit too go-go-go at times but full of fun matches. But there are definitely parts of his career (particularly early 2000's WWE) that I'm not crazy about. Hokuto was consistently great (even if she usually had better opponents to work with) and had higher peaks. The Dangerous Queen takes this.
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    Current New Japan

    Finlay-White is one of the U.S. show matches for the NEVER title. I always knew Finlay was good but he's really impressed the last few months.
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    Ultimo Dragon vs Randy Orton

    Definitely Ultimo. He's definitely not as a good as juniors/cruisers like Rey, Liger, or Otani, but he still has several matches that I enjoy. He's not a lock, but he still has a shot at making my ballot. Orton on the other hand is one of my least favorite wrestlers. Terrific mechanics but just so rarely can make anything he does interesting. Not sure if it's a lack of work ethic, blandness, or both, but he just doesn't do much for me.
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    AEW Dynamite - June 30, 2021

    Yeah I can't imagine the folks watching are doing it because of J.R. Even when he was first brought on, it was probably an attempt boost credibility but I doubt anyone seriously started watching just because of him.
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    AEW Dynamite - June 30, 2021

    J.R. just really needs to be kept for those sit-down interviews and do other backstage work.
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    Daniel Bryan vs Kenta Kobashi

    I went with Kobashi but this could change over time. Bryan has proven to be more versatile and has more instances of elevating lesser talent/broomsticks. But Kobashi has the highest peaks of any wrestler in singles and tag matches and that's going to be super hard for anyone to overcome. He's the best offensive wrestler ever and he might be the greatest seller as well. And while Kobashi's opponents were better than Bryan's best opponents, he has several classics with folks who aren't the pillars. That being said, Bryan is an incredible offensive wrestler as well and is a terrific seller in his own right. He was BITW-level for almost all of the 2000's and for a good chunk of the 2010's when he was active (WWE booking didn't always do him a ton of favors). Perhaps when 2026 rolls around I won't have AS MUCH of an emphasis on peaks, but right now Kobashi's peaks plus having 10+ years as BITW have him at number 1.
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    Brock Lesnar

    Just watch him get lamped and panic against Cain and Carwin, yep haha.
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    Seth Rollins vs Chris Adams

    Amen. I really enjoyed his run in the Shield and think he's been a genuinely good tag worker at times. There was even a time in 2018 where I started to come around on him. But at the end of the day he's just a super mediocre singles wrestler.
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    Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Hokuto

    The two greatest wrestlers of 1993. Arguably two of the greatest peak and offensive wrestlers ever. Both will probably be a few folks' number 1 pick. Choose your fighter.
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    Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Hokuto

    I think Kobashi balanced the line of melodrama better than anyone.
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    Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Hokuto

    Agreed.
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    Mayu Iwatani vs Sasha Banks

    I've seen more Sasha than Mayu matches and I MIGHT have Sasha's best match above Mayu's, but I think Mayu is better on almost every other night. Especially in terms of offense it's a no contest.
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    Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Hokuto

    Kobashi was also very good by at least 1991 if not 1990.
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    Genichiro Tenryu vs Jerry Lawler

    I have Tenryu comfortably ahead, but there are quite a few similarities between the two. Neither were good athletes yet neither out-kicked their coverage. Both have great matches against a litany of opponents regardless of skill level. Both guys' offense were good for how they wrestled and both were great sellers. I personally just think Tenryu could wear more hats, had higher peaks, and had more volume.
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    Barry Windham vs Chris Jericho

    I still go Barry, but I think Jericho's NJPW run was largely good and proof he could adapt with age. I thought his matches with Cody, Mox, and OC (the first one anyway) were good but he's obviously way over the hill now.
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    Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Hokuto

    I had no idea, but that makes sense as they both got their start at around the same time.
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