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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!

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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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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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