Let's talk your favorite in the pro-wrestler in the world right now! (and Why it should be Cody)

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Seriously though, if we get our own forum, why not diversify the topics! This seems like as good a silly but worthwhile ranting topic as any. So, who's your favorite wrestler going right now? In terms of promo skill, in terms of match quality, in terms of just who you want to pay money to see preform?

The last bit of the title is a bit of a goof in that I'm not expecting everyone to agree with me. But It's certainly my answer. Bryan comes in at a close second in that I've enjoyed most of everything he has done in WWE, and he seems to have the right amount of creative control of his content to not all be white-washed. But for my money (and legit given I have yet to not pay full price to watch these AEW PPVs by myself) Cody's matches and segments have been what's sold me on AEW's PPVs so far. His match with his Brother did it, his Match with Jericho did it, the beating I wanna see him give MJF is gonna be doing it this Saturday.

So what says you Giant Bomb Wrestling nerds? Who is your favorite wrestler going right now?

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#2  Edited By csl316

I'm not a huge fan of Cody, but I respect the hell out of him for not holding back anything for the sake of AEW. He's done some great stuff recently so the guy's been winning me over.

Favorite wrestler? Still Asuka. Since her NXT debut she's felt like such a larger than life, dangerous threat. And her pairing now with Kairi Sane has her more unhinged and chaotic than ever. She's put on so many amazing matches, with some of her Charlotte fights in the past year being some of the best for both of them. Her Youtube stuff is wonderful, too, but in a completely different manner (i.e. that Kirby surgery episode).

I know people complain anytime Asuka isn't fighting for a top championship, but she seems to be having a great time now so that's been fun to see.

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#3  Edited By BladedEdge

@csl316: Having fun, when it comes to WWE seems to be the best you can hope for. Just look at Nakamura, no one I recall is happy with his performance or thinks he is nearly as good in WWE as he was in New Japan? But all reports I've heard are that he himself is quite happy surfing and living a semi-retired easier life while getting paid. I'd bet Asuka is nearly the same.

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This is hard. Bryan Danielson is my all-time favourite wrestler. I love the dude, he was a pivotal part of my reconnecting with wrestling in the mid-00s after several years only really following it through reading webforums. But I can't say his my favourite right now because he's stuck in a company I don't watch.

I dunno, I think we're talking about a wrestler who I will go out of my way to watch every single match of there's several names worth mentioning. Masaaki Mochizuki is an old dude who has been around since Wrestle & Romance in the mid-90s, and he's been around the Toryumon/Dragon Gate system since the beginning in 1999. He's probably the best wrestler in the world over 50 now, he's just a grumpy old kick man and I do love grumpy old guys who just kick the ever-loving-shit out of young punks. Had so many amazing matches over the years, and still having them today (see his Open The Dream Gate title challenge last October against Ben-K). He's also been working a bit more outside of DG the past year with them being a little less isolationist. In 2018 he was in the All Japan Jr Tag tournament with rising young star Shun Skywalker & in 2019 he was in the N1, Pro Wrestling NOAH's big G1 style tournament. He's currently one half of NOAH's Tag Team Champions along with Naomichi Marufuji & that's been great, really recommend the title match where they won the belt from AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima).

Sticking Dragon Gate guys, Susumu Yokosuka is a Toryumon original as part of M2K (Mochizuki, Mochizuki & Kanda because Susumu was originally Susumu Mochizuki. He later lost the rights to the last name in a match with Masaaki Mochizuki. Wrestling is good because it is silly), who were a heel stable who would intentionally get double count-outs to deprive the fans of clean finishes. I know it sounds odd but it worked. He's been a consistent workhorse through the years of Toryumon & Dragon Gate & had a low-key amazing 2019 where he won their secondary singles belt the Open The Brave Gate title & every match he had elevated his opponent (especially the matches with U-T & Jason Lee) before finally dropping the belt to Kaito Ishida in another great match. This year he turned up in All Japan in their Jr Heavyweight Title tournament & he won that against Hikaru Sato & then a defence against the very young but promising Akira Francesco. For the first time in years the AJPW Jr division actually feels like it matters & is exciting & a lot of that is down to Susumu being such a great hand at helping build up the people he wrestles.

Kento Miyahara is the ace of All Japan and he is head & shoulders above everyone else on their roster. He's arrogant as hell but he backs it up. The major knock is that AJPW aren't really overflowing with contenders & in his current run he's beaten every Heavyweight they have. He's currently one win away from beating Toshiaki Kawada's record run as Triple Crown champ. But all that aside, Kento is amazing. Without him I really don't know if All Japan would even exist any more, he's such a huge draw for them.

But I guess my favourite guy, the guy I look forward to the most is Tomohiro Ishii. He's short & beefy & he's never going to hold a top title belt but every time he goes out & runs into his opponent & just has a war & it rules. He's consistently been one of the best wrestlers in the world since his break through in New Japan in 2013. (It kills me that he had been wrestling since 1996 & yet did almost nothing of note until his NEVER Openweight title match against Masato Tanaka in February 2013 & then suddenly he's having multiple MOTY calibre matches a year). There's not much fancy about the Stone Pitbull. He just fights.

Honourable mentions go to Hiromu Takahashi, I would write about him being the best but y'know, this is already too long & self indulgent. Also Shingo Takagi & Zack Sabre Jr are big personal favourites in New Japan.

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He is gods perfect wrestler, he wrestles exactly like you think he does from this picture.

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If we are talking favourite active wrestler right now mine would have to be AJ Styles though Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega quickly becoming competition for that spot.

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My all time favorite has been Chris Hero for some time now. He had some amazingly underrated matches with Danielson, several great runs with Claudio in Kings of Wrestling and even lead a for it's time entertaining heel stable. I know he is mostly a trainer for WWE now, so much like another great William Regal will likely be one of the more underrated ring workers. Hero could take though man, and play face/heel all sorts of shit.

As for my favorite wrestler right now, I'd say Hangman Page. He's the act I'm the hottest for at the moment. He can work so many different match styles, he cuts a good short babyface promo something that seems a lost art these days. He also just has the energy of a star in general. I think being able to see how fast he's grown and evolved on the fly as he's gotten less green too shows you what your in store for long term.

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Mine is Jericho.

The strange part is he was never one my favorites when he was in his prime. I liked him, but he wasn't at the top of my list.

His in ring performance isn't what it was 20 years ago, or even 2 years ago, but I am just amazed by how he continues to re-invent himself and contribute in other ways. With his work over the past several years, I think he has solidified himself somewhere in the Top 5 of all time greatest wrestlers.

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#9  Edited By Shindig

Right now, I'm not sure. I've been out of pro wrestling for so long now.

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I mean it's Naito right?

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@forkboy: What a great writeup. Mochi really needs more respect, dude is still wrestling at a pace and with skill most wrestlers in their prime are unable to keep up with.

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I don't think I'd call myself a wrestling fan, but I do know Rock will always be my fav. Speaking about current wrestlers it's probably Kenny. His match with Kota vs the Young Bucks is my favorite match of all time. I watched BTE every week and seeing that story unfold made me genuinely emotional. I also just love his personality outside the ropes. He is just a nice nerdy dude and I love it. Same with Xavier Woods, Aj and Samoa Joe. Wish all of them could collab more with Giant Bomb.

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It's been a while I've watched wrestling but it was Roman Reigns then

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Cody is a funny way to spell Shingo.