New Japan Wrestling is looking for a new Jr. heavyweight champion. The winner is set to have a fantastic career since previous winners have gone on the WWE; this includes the likes of Finn Balor and Ricochet. So, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Jr. tournament.
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When news broke that the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion suffered a broken neck and could be out for at least a year, fans were wondering what would happen to the prestigious Jr. heavyweight title. The answer came a little later, where Hiromu Takahashi relinquished his title. So, New Japan is organizing a four-man tournament to find a new champion.
There are some interesting people in the four-man tournament. Still, if you are not yet familiar with New Japan, let us provide you with some vital information about each of the competitors.
Yujiro Kushida is a Japanese professional wrestler with a strong background in mixed martial arts. Billed from Tokyo, Japan, Kushida is a serious contender for the tournament.
Kushida is not just any contender though, because he has won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship five times and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship two times. In addition to that, he won various tournaments in the past; this includes the Best of the Super Juniors tournaments in 2015 and 2017 and the 2016 Super J-Cup tournament.
Tetsuya Bushi is another contender for the title. With several titles under his name, including the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, and many others, he could be the one to come out victorious.
Bushi has been wrestling since 2007 and trained at the AJPW Dojo. He debuted with the name T28, but would later change his name several times.
One thing that may stand out for you is the fact that Bushi has a Lucha style; this certainly has something to do with his learning experience in Mexico, which went from 2008 to 2010.
Not only Japan is represented in the tournament because Will Ospreay also has a chance of grabbing the prestigious New Japan title.
Will Ospreay is an English professional wrestler, who also has numerous titles under his name. He conquered the ROH World Television Championship, Progress Championship, WCPW Tag Team Championship, and a bunch of others. As his inspirations, Will Ospreay names A.J. Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Samoa Joe.
England is represented well in the tournament, since Marty Scurll is the final competitor. Scurll is currently signed to Ring of Honor, which makes it unlikely for him to take the title. Still, he is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion. So, I would not write him off just yet.
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