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Cream Of The Crop: Top 25 Wrestlers in the Asian Pacific (First Quarter 2019)

Shawn takes a closer look at the top talents in the Asian Pacific and ranks the Cream Of The Crop–oh yeah!



Achilles Ben Asian Pacific Wrestling

Shawn takes a closer look at the top talents in the Asian Pacific and ranks the Cream Of The Crop–oh yeah!

Male Wrestling in the Asian Pacific is dramatically different than what is seen in women’s scene.  There are freelance wrestlers among the men, however these wrestlers are usually developing talent which stick to a single promotion.  Promotions throughout the Asian Pacific participate in each others events which provide variety in talent.  Very few Japanese wrestlers outside of Dragon Gate participate in the Asian scene.

While women enjoy the benefit of veterans touring throughout Asia on a regular basis, men do not.  Some promotions began self teaching based on old WWE VHS tapes.  As a result, grades are lower on average for the men.  Readers may believe that I have some kind of man crush on Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE).  However, OWE recruited 98% of their talent from Shaolin Kung Fu schools while other promotions are self taught or have limited exposure to outside talent for training.

I will separate Dragon Gate from the rest of Asia.  With the experience and talent exposure these wrestlers have, it would be unfair to judge them on the same scale.  This includes the Stronghearts, most of whom are experienced Japanese wrestlers.

The following are the most likely wrestlers American fans will see within the next three to five years.

  1. Andrew ‘The Statement’ Tang: (GMPW) (56/100) One of the most influential wrestlers in Asia.  He started a Korean promotion and now is a co-owner of Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling with Ema Sakura. He continues to actively wrestle and frequently tours Asia and Japan.  Good technical and in ring performances and his students are quickly rising up the ranks.  He may wrestle for American promotions, but like Ho Ho Lun will probably never sign contracts with those promotions due to his role in Asia.
  2. Achilles Ben: (OWE) (53/100): WOW.. Just WOW, how else can you describe a person that just shows up to your gym and has IT oozing all over?  He has a great body physique that teenage girls will drool over.  He has the charisma to convince a sloth to move at normal speed. Did I mention he is trained in Shaolin and mixes wrestling moves too?
  3. Ho Ho Lun; (HKWF) (52/100): Another very influential person in Asia.  His vision of professional wrestling started a majority of the dream. He has helped multiple promotions get started as well as train and actively wrestles.  Very technical in ring and as a booker, he gets top notch shows regardless of venue.
  4. T-Cool Tang Huaqi: (OWE) (52/100): If OWE ever fails, they could always make a boy band.  Another good looking kid that teen girls will place posters of on their walls.  T-Cool actually does some cool Kung Fu in a fashion that looks like high speed on video.  Witnesses have assured me, these moves are normal speed and they can put The Flash to shame. He also mixes wrestling moves well.  If you have a daughter, stock up on paper towels to wipe off the drool.
  5. Baliyan Akki (MKW) (52/100): Many fans of wrestling in Asia may be shocked, but this Indian born bad boy is technically sound in ring.  He mixes high flying with a sound ground game.  He isn’t a boy band member, but he’ll attract the girls too.  I haven’t seen any promos done with him, but his in ring is worthy of praise.
  6. Gao Jingjia: (OWE) (51/100): Did I mention OWE’s potential to start a boy band? Here is yet another one.  This one was quickly gaining the attention of top level wrestlers in NJPW with his ability to mix top level acrobatics, Kung Fu, and wrestling.  He was performing moves that have never been seen in professional wrestling. He was injured in 2018 which slowed him down, but the fact CIMA took so much time working with him during rehab is a testament of what the future brings.
  7. ‘Wild Wolf’ Fan Hewei (OWE) (51/100): Amazing acrobatics and aerial moves. Fan Hewei has also gained a broader use of the ground game.  When it comes to ‘selling bumps’ and ring psychology (rare now days), he is the man.
  8. Zombie Dragon (MKW) (51/100): ZD is an African American wrestler from Georgia, however he has embraced Asia.  He is the best character in Asia, probably in the world today.  He is the 2018 Independent wrestling’s top character winner.  Imagine the darkness of Kevin Sullivan, mixed with the foreign mist of Kendo Nagasaki, and touched up with a modern day high flyer.  He is exciting and intimidating at the same time.  He has built a reputation throughout Asia.  I would absolutely love the day he returns to the United States.
  9. Caveman Ugg (PWA Champ) (50/100): This bone carrying heavyweight is one of the adorable menaces in Asia.  He has a violence to him similar to that found in the U.S. and yet he mixes it well with a comedian level of naivety.  He is fun like George the Animal Steele, carrying a giant bone and tasting the turnbuckles.  Every comment begins and ends with UGH and nothing in between.  Extremely fun to watch and has a great power game.
  10. Little Monk’ Zhao Yilong (OWE) (48): This is another WOW character.  He is VERY SMALL for a wrestler, but has a great Buddhist monk character.  He also has a powerful neck to perform flips without his hands. Zhao also has a head arsenal with battering ram power that will entertain fans for a long time.  This isn’t all he has though, he also has high flying, acrobatic, and Kung Fu moves that keep fans attention.  His lovable character will by the idol of kids globally.
  11. Matty Wahlberg (PWA Aus) (47/100)
  12. Robbie Eagles (PWA Aus)(47/100)
  13. Jackson Noisy (HKWF) (47/100)
  14. ‘Dashing Swordsman’ Duan Yingnan (OWE) (47/100)
  15. Shaukat (MyPW/AWGC Lt Champ) (46/100)
  16. ‘Master Class’ Michael Su (MKW) (46)
  17. Aiden Rex (SPW) (46/100)
  18. The Commando (OWE) (46/100)
  19. General Guan Zhao (OWE) (46/100)
  20. Michael Morleone (NHPW Champ) (46/100)
  21. Mick Moretti (PWA Tag Team) (46/100)
  22. VooDoo (HKWF) (45/100)
  23. Big Sam (MKW/ Champ) (45/100)
  24. Dr. Gore (PWRC) (44/100)
  25. Joker (NTW) (42/100)
  26. Bad King Kazuya (NTW) (41/100)
  27. A-Yong-Go (NTW) (41/100)

Top Americans wrestling in China

These are in no grading order. Each has a role to play in their promotion’s development as pro wrestlers and teaching the American style of wrestling.  They all have outstanding character concepts, but their primary purpose is training and exposing Chinese talent to American style wrestling.

  1. Jack Manley (Whirlwind Gentlemen)  (OWE)
  2. Remy Marcel  (Whirlwind Gentlemen) (OWE)
  3. Clutch Kucera (Bonus Boys/Real Money Brothers) (OWE)
  4. Sugar Brown (Bonus Boys/Real Money Brothers) (OWE)
  5. Jakob Austin Young (JAY Cafe) (OWE)
  6. Hyperstreak (MKW)
  7. Uncle Money (MKW)

Categories graded; Using the STEPF EN MIC scale.

Storytelling (1-12), Toughness (1-12), Experience (1-12), Promo (1-12), Fan Involvement (1-12),  Endurance (1-12), Mentorship (0-4), In Ring (1-12), and Character Creative (1-12)

The Rating scale;

  • Score of 90  +/- 5 pts: World Legends in the sport
  • Score of 80  +/- 5 pts: Always Main Event/World Renown
  • Score of 70  +/- 5 pts: Upper Midcard/Main Event
  • Score of 60 +/-  5 pts: Midcard to Upper Midcard; Some flaws
  • Score of 50 +/-  5 pts: Early to Mid card now; Developing
    Score of 40 +/- 5pts: Fast Rising stars/older veterans begin decline.
  • Score of 30 +/-  5 pts: Average Development/Veterans getting old.
  • Score of 20 +/- 5 pts: Needs major development/past time to retire.

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King: Top 5 Championship Matches in WWE Royal Rumble History

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!



2020 WWE Royal Rumble

Chris King looks at the best championship matches that have taken place at a WWE Royal Rumble event!

I have gone back in time to reflect over Royal Rumble’s over the last decade. From 2012 to 2022 the WWE Universe bared witness to some amazing matches including AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, The Rock defeating CM Punk and ending his historic championship reign, and even the ‘Beast Incarnate’ Brock Lesnar successfully defending his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena & Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins in a classic triple-threat match.

Here are the top five championship matches at the Royal Rumble over the last decade.

Honorable mentions:

  • Brock Lesnar VS. Finn Balor (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2019
  • Brock Lesnar VS. Kane VS. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017
  • Randy Orton VS. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Royal Rumble 2014)
  • Daniel Bryan VS. AJ Styles (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2019

Top 5 Royal Rumble Championship Matches 

5. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

In August of 2016, the WWE Universe was shocked when Triple H turned on his former protege Seth Rollins and essentially handed the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens in a crazy fatal-four-way match. Over the next few months, Owens and Chris Jericho would become best friends and true enemies of Rollins and former Shield-mate Roman Reigns. After Reigns was screwed out of the title at Roadblock they would deliver a Shield bomb through the announce table to Owens.

Reigns and Owens would battle again at the Royal Rumble this time, Jericho would be locked inside of a shark cage to prevent interference. Both superstars delivered an impressive performance and threw out everything to defeat one another. Reigns was minutes away from winning the Universal Championship until Braun Strowman obliterated him, which allowed Owens the conniving champion to keep his title.

4. CM Punk vs. The Rock (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2013

The self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ CM Punk was on a complete tear going through the roster successfully holding the title for a historic 434 days. At Raw 1000, The Rock came back and challenged whoever was the champion at the time to a WWE Championship match at Royal Rumble. Later in the night, Punk would turn heel attacking ‘The People’s Champion’ and aligning himself with Paul Heyman shortly afterwards.

The Shield would work as mercenaries for Punk to retain his title since the 2012 Survivor Series where they debuted. Vince McMahon informed Punk that if The Shield got involved in the championship match he would be stripped of the title. After twenty minutes of back and forth action between champion and challenger, the lights went out and The Shield interfered yet again. McMahon came out to strip Punk of his championship but, The Rock had other plans and the match was restarted. The People’s Champion would deliver the People’s Elbow to end the historic reign of Punk.

3.  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship): Royal Rumble 2022

‘The Head of the Table’ Roman Reigns had conquered all of his challengers on Friday Night SmackDown, so a handpicked wild card was chosen from Monday Night Raw to challenge for the Universal Championship. Enter Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins. The two former Shield-mates had faced each other in the past but, this time felt different. Reigns was the arrogant and cocky heel while Rollins portrayed more of a tweener character. Rollins mocked the champion’s historic title reign and infuriated Reigns the go-home episode of SmackDown.

The Universal Championship match was the first match to open the show to a white-hot crowd. Reigns made his long grand entrance waiting for his challenger until a familiar theme erupted throughout the WWE Universe. Rollins not only mocked The Shield’s old entrance through the crowd but, was also decked in full Shield attire which pissed off the champion.

I feel like it’s impossible for these two superstars to have a bad match. They have incredible chemistry whether as partners or rivals. Reigns locked in his challenger with the Guillotine Choke but Rollins made it to the ropes. The Tribal Chief was relentless and would not break the hold so Rollins won by disqualification.

2. AJ Styles vs. John Cena (WWE Championship): Royal Rumble 2017

Let me start of by saying this was a very difficult choice to make because I went back and forth on making this number one. ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles shocked the world in 2016 not only for turning heel on John Cena but, beating him at Money in the Bank via shenanigans and SummerSlam completely clean in the middle of the ring. Styles went on to have an incredible run as WWE Champion over on SmackDown Live.

Cena went off and did his own thing after a devastating loss to his rival but, came back returned in time to challenge for the title to not only become a sixteen-time champion but to tie the illustrious record held by Ric Flair. Both superstars used every maneuver in their arsenal to win the match, but it came down to the final sequence to understand where Cena’s passion lies. Mr. Never Give Up hit the Attitude Adjustment and deadlifted Styles to deliver another thunderous AA to become the sixteen-time WWE Champion. What a freaking match!

1. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship): Royal Rumble 2015

Even though the match before was tieing the legendary Ric Flair’s championship record, I still can say with full confidence that this triple threat match is one of the best matches in Royal Rumble history. Brock Lesnar had an impressive 2014 starting off with ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then obliterating John Cena at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

At Night of Champions Cena was minutes away from winning the title and defeating ‘The Beast Incarnate’ until the arrogant Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins caused a disqualification. Leading up to the Royal Rumble, Cena and Rollins would face off in a tables match at the TLC pay-per-view, while Lesnar vanished. A huge triple threat match was set for the 2015 Royal Rumble pitting all three superstars against each other. Rollins who was still holding the briefcase bragged about if he didn’t win the title with Plan A, he would just cash-in and become the champion with Plan B.

From the moment the bell rang, the action began between Cena and Lesnar. Rollins played the manipulative cocky heel picking his moments to strike. Rollins and Cena took out The Beast on the outside to make it one-on-one. Lesnar was stretchered out of the match but miraculously came back and displayed his freakish strength taking anyone who moved to Suplex City. Rollins hit the champion twice with his briefcase and set up for the Curb Stomp. Lesnar bounced up and delivered a thunderous F5 to retain in a fantastic match.

I love this match so much because it was the first time that I believed Lesnar can deliver a great match and good story when he wants to. We’ve experienced this in his matches against AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and even Finn Balor. The Beast is a very smart performer and knows how to sell for his opponents to make them look like a megastar.

There you have it, those are my top five championship matches at Royal Rumble. Let me know what you think!

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Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…



Roman Reigns Seth Rollins WWE WrestleMania 39

The Road to The Royal Rumble is here, which means we will soon have an opponent for The Tribal Chief! Greg DeMarco explores potential candidates…

Daddy’s back with something for you that is meant to be fun–and a distraction from the news surrounding Vince McMahon’s (likely terrible) return to WWE. Being a fan is meant to be fun, and one of the most fun things we get to do is look ahead to WrestleMania.

The main question, for this article at least, is who will be Roman Reigns’ opponent at The Granddaddy Of ‘Em All? Now everyone wants it to be The Rock, so we will explore the alternatives to that match.

In order to do that, I am making the following assumptions, even if some might not be true in the end:

  • Roman Reigns only wrestles one match, the final match on Night 2.
  • Roman Reigns is defending both the WWE and the Universal Championships in that match.
  • Roman Reigns–and this is just purely me–is not losing.

Honorable Mentions

I did have a few ideas who simply didn’t make the list. Check ’em out:

  • Drew McIntyre – Simply put: Why? Why would we put Drew McIntyre against Roman Reigns in a football stadium when we just saw him against Reigns in a football futbol stadium last fall?
  • Kevin Owens – Similarly, why would we do this right after we do it at the Royal Rumble?
  • Karrion Kross – Ok, now I’m just trolling you. He ain’t the guy, brother–not with this gimmick.
  • Ricochet – Personally, as an underdog babyface against Roman Reigns, I love Ricochet winning the Royal Rumble and challenging The Tribal Chief. But we have a better underdog on the list already.

With that all out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. I give you…

My Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 39 Opponents For Roman Reigns Not Named The Rock

5. Sami Zayn

The bloom is off the rose for Sami Zayn, at least in the eyes of The Tribal Chief. The eventual turn is one of the most telegraphed things in recent memory, and in this instance that is perfectly fine. Sami Zayn is insanely over, and him fighting the uphill battle with The Bloodline would get him Daniel-Bryan-Danielson-at-WrestleMania-30 levels of heat along the way.

People love Sami Zayn. His awkward charm and seemingly unlimited charisma won over the audience so well that his storyline with The Bloodline had to get extended multiple times over. However, it’s obviously coming to an end.

The obvious match is Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn against The Usos, but you could also slot Kevin against Solo Sikoa if Sami were to indeed get the nod.

4. Bron Breakker

You probably think I’m crazy, and I totally get it. Bron Breakker comes from NXT and goes right to the WrestleMania main event?

If you want to create a new star in Bron Breakker, this is how you do it. (At least, it’s one way you can do it.) Look at Roman Reigns himself–part of the story of his WrestleMania 31 challenge of Brock Lesnar was that he was growing into the role. JBL told the story on commentary, and the match was all about Roman ascending to the level of Brock.

Of course it was all the perfect set-up for Seth Rollins to give us the greatest Money In The Bank cash-in in WWE history, but in the process Roman proved that he belongs.

So make this year’s Royal Rumble the ultimate opportunity–the most shocking winner since Rey Mysterio, the NXT Champion Bron Breakker.

3. Seth (Freakin’) Rollins

Seth Rollins seems to be in a never ending program with Austin Theory, and it’s time to move on. Seth is an automatic main eventer in WWE at this point. He’s a made man, probably the next biggest star (on the men’s side) in WWE after Roman Reigns.

And he also has a very specific distinction that no one else has: a singles victory over Roman Reigns since he made his huge return in 2020. Yes, it was by disqualification, but he has proven his abilities to get inside the head of the Tribal Chief.

And Seth Rollins is going to have a match at WrestleMania, and 50,000+ in Sofi Stadium are going to be singing his song. Might as well be in the match that closes WrestleMania Night 2.

2. Sheamus

This is purely a match on my playlist–but this is MY list. And to me, Sheamus makes perfect sense.

In fact, I thought the feud between The Bloodline and The Brawling Brutes would lead to Sheamus challenging Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. And had Sami Zayn’s involvement in The Bloodline not taken off the way it did, we still may have.

Sheamus is more popular now than ever, and at 44 years of age he is doing some of his best work. Sheamus winning his second Royal Rumble and challenging Roman Reigns would be the Lifetime Achievement Award he deserves.

But it’s more than that! The match? It would deliver in a big way. History? There’s plenty between Sheamus and Roman, going back to when Sheamus cashed in Money In The Bank on Reigns, and when Reigns eventually beat The Celtic Warrior to win one of his world championships. The fans? They would be solidly behind Sheamus, and would go nuts for every near fall. Don’t sleep on Sheamus as your WrestleMania 39 main event opponent for Roman Reigns.

1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Full credit for this idea belongs to PC Tunney and Dave Ungar, as shared in the Chairshot Radio Twitter DM thread. And it’s steal-worthy indeed.

Three major legendary names are rumored for WrestleMania 39: The Rock, John Cena, and Steve Austin. All three make sense for a multitude of reasons. But The Rock will be launching a football league (which might be a reason to do this–the publicity), and is still in insane demand in Hollywood. Cena seems to be free at the present time, and we’ve seen the videos of Austin working out.

Remember, I am assuming Roman Reigns is going to win. If that’s the case, then this WrestleMania is but another moment in Reigns’ legacy. Why not add Steve Austin to his list of victories?

It would sell. ✅
The fans would buy it. ✅
Austin proved he can go. ✅

This type of match is what WrestleMania is all about. If it’s not The Rock, it should be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

And there you have it, my list of–

Wait a minute Greg, what about Cody Rhodes?!?!

Man, I thought I could slip this one past the goalie!

Cody Rhodes is a great question. But you have to look at my assumptions above. I am assuming Roman only wrestles one match, defends both championships, and–most importantly–doesn’t lose. Given those assumptions, you want Cody Rhodes as far away from this match as possible.

If we do split the titles, then Cody needs to be the guy to walk away with the WWE Championship. He does that either over Seth Rollins, or in a triple threat on Night 1 against Reigns and Rollins–but Rollins still eats the fall.

But under my conditions, losing at WrestleMania doesn’t do anything for Cody.

What do you think? Let me know on social media!

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Until next time, remember: enjoying wrestling is a choice…make the right choice!

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