We're about to hit the final days of the G1 Climax tournament, and NJPW has been putting on the best wrestling all year during the last few weeks. From dramatic hoss battles to technical showcases to comedic masterpieces (thanks, Yano), there's been something for everyone during this stretch of the tournament.
Ranking who is the 'best' in the company at present is always going to be a tricky prospect. The top guys in New Japan consistently make cases for why they're the best. Plus, with the sheer number of talented wrestlers they have putting on amazing matches, some people are going to be left out. So unfortunately, talents such as Kushida, Hirooki Goto, and Zack Sabre Jr. had to miss the cut. In addition, this list will have to exclude Jr. Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, as his neck injury could potentially take him out for a year. Were he healthy, you can be sure he would be on this list.
So, just taking in account the work these men have done over the last few months, here's a totally subjective hierarchy of who is the "best" in New Japan at this very moment.
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