7 WWE loyalists who would fit perfectly in the NJPW

Chris Jericho IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho, a WWE loyalist, became the IWGP Intercontinental Champion

Chris Jericho had sent shockwaves in the wrestling industry after his announcement that he would challenge Kenny Omega for the IWGP United States Championship. Following that, he not only had a five-star match but also continued his run in New Japan.

Jericho is the last person you could think about changing his allegiance from the WWE. He had been in the company since 1999 and was involved in various Championship pursuits. However, if he had never boarded the ship to New Japan in 2018, he would have never become the first person to hold both the NJPW and the WWE version of the Intercontinental Championship.

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Many had assumed that Chris Jericho was a staunch WWE loyalist but he proved otherwise. When we compile this list, we are neither questioning the entries' loyalty nor the WWE's booking procedure. All we want to convey is that they would fit perfectly inside the world of New Japan.

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#7 Randy Orton

Randy Orton
Randy Orton has a wealthy experience of working in various stables

It is no secret to the WWE Universe that Randy Orton wants to enjoy a less-compelling schedule. The Viper can't take the long road journey in the WWE anymore. However, that is not the case in New Japan and other independent promotions. The shows don't take place in different locations every week. They are taped earlier and occur sporadically.

NJPW would be ideal for Randy Orton over other promotions because of its faction war. Randy Orton has himself led and been a part of various stables in the WWE. He knows the exact psychology playing in the minds of the various faction members. His addition would fit perfectly in any of the factions in NJPW excepting the Bullet Club.

Moreover, his cunning psychology is ideal to play the evil foreign heel. He has gone to extreme levels in the WWE like kissing Stephanie in front of Triple H and taking out John Cena's father in front of him. He might not need to go to that extent in NJPW but still draw a much larger repugnance.

#6 Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler's selling attributes can come extremely handy in NJPW

One thing which NJPW wrestlers do way better than the WWE Superstars is "selling." They make simple moves like dropkicks and clothesline so devastatingly painful. But in the WWE, most of the wrestlers react to it as if nothing ever happened.

However, there is one Superstar who does it better than his counterparts, and his name is Dolph Ziggler. Dolph has been praised repeatedly by the Internet Wrestling Community for the same, and he only gets better with time. However, the WWE uses him as a gatekeeper. He is only called when required to give a "push" and then goes back to obscurity.

If he goes to NJPW, they won't treat him like that. He can be a legitimate threat to Jay White's United States Championship and used in the title scenario. He might even become the first American to win the IWGP United States Championship; who knows?

#5 Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston has been languishing in the mid-card for years

Kofi Kingston is a Superstar who has been languishing in the mid-card since his debut. The fans know that he deserves a spot in the main event and a World Title run. But in the eyes of the authority, he is just a B+ player.

He lacks the build and the looks which the company demands. However, his charisma can be extremely useful in NJPW. He can be used to pull some groundbreaking spots in multi-man matches. Moreover, if booked properly, he can even ascend the rungs of the ladder and challenge the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

Gedo is known for his terrific long-term booking. He wouldn't book Kofi Kingston the way WWE had booked him. If not the Heavyweight Championship, then at least the Intercontinental Championship should be in the cards.

#4 The Usos

The Usos
Superkick party!!!!

The Usos are one of the finest and the most ill-treated tag teams in the WWE. They might have only joined the company in 2009, but haven't changed the gears since. They are one of those teams who doesn't know what the scenario outside WWE is like. They began their careers from FCW after being trained by Rikishi and have been on the main roster since 2010.

They should get some fresh air in the independent circuits, and then only will realize that they are highly underutilized. In the WWE, the tag team division is used to give the audience a laugh. Whenever there had been exceptions to this rule, the Usos stepped up.

In NJPW, they can have dream showdowns with a lot of tag teams. Moreover, a clash with the Young Bucks will count nothing less than a Superkick party!

#3 Big Show

Big Show
There have been many 'Big Man' in NJPW, but none bigger than the World's Largest Athlete

Big Show is one of the most loyal wrestlers in the WWE. He has been with the company since 1999 and only departed once momentarily. From the Undertaker to Carlito, he has feuded with almost everyone you could think about in the WWE.

To think that he would jump the ship to NJPW is something which will not come in everyone's minds. But, Jericho did the same! There have been a lot of 'Big Man' in NJPW like Bad Luck Fale, Giant Bernard, and Big Van Vader among others. However, none of them are as big as the Big Show. The World's Largest Athlete is at the level of Andre the Giant.

Vader became the first gaijin to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. This shows that the belt can be trusted in the hands of the "super heavyweights." Big Show is now a giant with abs. If he comes to NJPW, then he will bring a new ambiance with him that the audience has never seen before.

#2 John Cena

John Cena
Will John Cena ever wrestle for a company other than the WWE

There is no way 'Big Match John' is going to leave WWE. The company means a lot to him as expressed by him numerous times in various interviews. However, this is just what many call 'Fantasy Booking', and the first and the only rule of it is anything and everything can happen here.

There would be no bigger wrestler in the industry that has a bigger star value than John Cena. If NJPW ever signs him, then it is a head-on challenge given to the WWE. Moreover, he brings with him a plethora of dream matches like 'John Cena vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi', 'John Cena vs. Kazuchika Okada', and 'John Cena vs. Kenny Omega.'

He even boasts of having some terrific matches with wrestlers who have performed in the NJPW. He has faced AJ Styles numerous times, and Shinsuke Nakamura once.

The smarks have called him many things in the past. But, he has never been labeled as a bad in-ring performer. As long as he ticks that criteria, he is bound to be successful in NJPW.

#1 Triple H

Triple H
Triple H would fit perfectly as a wrestler and a producer both

If there is any person more loyal than John Cena to the WWE, then that person is Triple H. The person even books NXT and the show has thrived on it. If he ever changes his allegiance to NJPW, he could be used brilliantly both as a booker and a wrestler.

Chris Jericho has shown that the hardcore style of wrestling can be blended into the world of strong style. And, if there is an active wrestler more well-versed in it than Jericho, then it is the 'Cerebral Assassin' Triple H. He is known for the countless 'Hell In A Cell' and 'No Holds Barred' matches he has been part of. NJPW has gone the extreme route only a few times. And, if they want to go again, they should call Triple H.

As far as being a producer is concerned, he is already giving tough competition to Gedo. Paul Levesque along with Ryan Ward won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Best Booker award in 2015. Meanwhile, Gedo won it from 2011 to 2014 alongside Jado, and all by himself in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, he is already considered the frontrunner to win the 2018 award given his WrestleKingdom 12 and Dominion 6.9 booking.

However, much of that is because NJPW doesn't have a tough competition in that category. If Triple H got the opportunity to book Raw and SmackDown, he could have realized his untapped potential. And, if he would go to NJPW, he and Gedo would form the world's best booking pair.


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Edited by Shruti Sadbhav
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