One of the biggest tournaments in New Japan Pro Wrestling is the annual Best of Super Junior tournament and it is once again being held alongside World Tag League.
Like last year, the tournament consists of one block of wrestlers going against each other to win points.
With 12 very unique and diverse wrestlers in the mix for a potential shot at the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship, which is held by El Desperado, the stakes are as high as ever.
This is every participant in the 2021 Best of the Super Jr. tournament’s chance of winning ranked from worst to best.
12. Master Wato
As the youngest wrestler in the Best of the Super Jr., Master Wato has shown that he is capable of putting on good matches.
Yet, his lack of experience can often be seen in mistakes done in the ring and his inability to connect to audiences.
He will no doubt know that he is not going in as the firm favourite but will be out to prove everyone wrong.
With friends in Taguchi and enemies like Kanemaru in the tournament, this is the perfect chance to gain some experience and maybe cause some upsets for his senpais.
As one of the Jr veterans in New Japan, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s BUSHI has definitely had a rollercoaster career.
From title reigns, injuries and many losses, he hasn’t had the most consistent luck in winning matches over the past few years.
In particular, BUSHI has been accused of being lazy and almost indifferent in matches.
His carefree attitude has sometimes lost him points but has also caught opponents off guard.
With a long-time rivalry with fellow masked wrestler El Desperado and a chance to battle with LIJ member Hiromu, the tournament could either be BUSHI’s redemption or downfall.
Since coming to New Japan, DOUKI has been seen as a scapegoat. He picks up losses in almost all of his matches.
Now in his third consecutive Best of the Super Jr. tournament, many expect that it could be the same.
However, over the last year, DOUKI has shown considerable improvement going against some of the toughest opponents in the company, including heavyweights like Tomohiro Ishii.
With his fighting spirit and determination, fans have fallen in love with DOUKI and showcase this by supporting him in matches.
With a chance to battle fellow Suzuki Gun member and IWGP Jr. Champion El Desperado, he will no doubt be more motivated than ever.