9. Ryusuke Taguchi
It seems impossible to have a Best of the Super Jr. tournament without the Funky Weapon.
Now in his 18th tournament, many always tend to underestimate Ryusuke Taguchi in these matches. Yet, fans have learnt never to doubt him.
When he is put in big matches, he can deliver and sometimes cause huge upsets. He has the most experience out of any of the wrestlers and he will no doubt use it to his advantage.
Whether he is having fun with some hip attacks or getting serious with his “Oh my and Garankle” submission, the other participants need to be wary of his skills and mind games.
Taguchi will be out to have some fun and cause some trouble in this year’s Best of the Super Jr.
8. Taiji Ishimori
Normally, Taiji Ishimori would be a firm favourite going into the tournament. With years of experience and a wrestling style that can be rivalled by few, he should be one of the front runners.
Yet, since going to America to showcase his skills, a lot has happened in Japan. He might no longer be one of the main guys.
The tournament will be his chance to remind fans why he is such a tough opponent. It is also his chance to work his way back into the title picture.
With matches against old enemies like Kanemaru and his own partner El Phantasmo, will fans see the pure wrestler in Ishimori or the true Bullet Club member?
After making a dramatic return at Power Struggle, YOH seems to have made it clear that he has a new mentality ahead of the tournament.
In the past, many have looked overlooked YOH in favour of his former tag partner SHO.
Yet, with the end of that chapter, YOH is out to cement himself as a strong singles wrestler.
In particular, he will want retribution against SHO in their meeting after he not only betrayed him but cheated during their last meeting.
As expected, YOH will continue to showcase his heart and determination.
After so much betrayal, he might finally have that rough edge he’s always needed to go to the next level.