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NJPW ‘Best of the Super Juniors 26’ Preview (Part 1)

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The 26th edition of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament features its largest field to date and the history these twenty participants bring is both rich and vast. Japan, Australia, Mexico, Canada, United States and the United Kingdom are all represented in this year’s tournament and the participants have both competed and held championships from promotions spanning WWE, CMLL, Dragon Gate, NOAH, Rev Pro, PROGRESS and much more. Five of the twenty in the field are making their first appearance in this legendary tournament, one was in the very first Best of the Super Juniors dating back to 1994 and another is appearing for his eighteenth consecutive year. This is just a taste of what’s to come, more information will be made available once the blocks are announced.

TAKA Michinoku 7th Appearance (20-28)
1994 (2-8)
2011 (4-4)
2012 (4-4)
2013 (4-4)
2014 (4-3)
2017 (2-5)

Tiger Mask IV 18th Appearance (66-55)
2002 (3-3)
2003 (4-2)
2004 (6-1)* Winner
2005 (4-2)* Winner
2006 (4-2)* Final
2007 (4-2)
2008 (5-0)
2009 (3-3)
2010 (0-7)* Injured & Withdrew after first match
2011 (4-4)
2012 (4-4)
2013 (4-4)
2014 (3-4)
2015 (4-3)
2016 (3-4)
2017 (3-4)
2018 (3-4)

Ryusuke Taguchi 16th Appearance (60-49-2)
2003 (0-6)
2004 (1-5-1)
2006 (3-2-1)
2007 (5-1)
2008 (4-1)
2009 (3-3)
2010 (5-2)
2011 (5-3)* Final
2012 (5-3)* Winner
2013 (5-3)
2014 (4-3)
2015 (5-2)
2016 (5-2)* Final
2017 (4-3)
2018 (3-4)

Rocky Romero 9th Appearance (26-29-1)
2004 (3-3-1)
2005 (2-4)* as Black Tiger IV
2006 (2-4)* as Black Tiger IV
2012 (4-4)
2013 (4-4)
2014 (3-4)
2015 (4-3)
2016 (4-3)

Taiji Ishimori 3rd Appearance (10-6)
2010 (5-2)
2018 (5-2)* Final

BUSHI 7th Appearance (21-23)
2012 (3-5)
2013 (3-5)
2014 (4-3)
2016 (4-3)
2017 (4-3)
2018 (3-4)

Titán 2nd Appearance (3-5)
2013 (3-5)

El Desperado 4th Appearance (9-12)
2014 (3-4)
2017 (3-4)
2018 (3-4)

YOH 2nd Appearance (3-11)
2015 (0-7)* Entered as a young lion
2018 (3-4)

Will Ospreay 4th Appearance (15-8)
2016 (4-3)* (Winner)
2017 (5-2)* (Final)
2018 (5-2)

Marty Scurll 3rd Appearance (8-6)
2017 (4-3)
2018 (4-3)

Dragon Lee 3rd Appearance (7-7)
2017 (4-3)
2018 (3-4)

Yoshinobu Kanemaru 3rd Appearance (7-7)
2017 (4-3)
2018 (3-4)

SHO 2nd Appearance (3-4)
2018 (3-4)

Flip Gordon 2nd Appearance (3-4)
2018 (3-4)

Shingo TakagiDebut

Robbie EaglesDebut

Jonathan GreshamDebut

BandidoDebut

El PhantasmoDebut

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