Here I will try and delve in as to why SHO should be in contention for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. I won’t say I’m not biased, I remember his New Lion days and was incredibly happy to see him come back from an excursion and form R3K with YOH and Rocky Romero, but there is something all together likeable about SHO. He has a natural ability and charisma that is needed to push the Junior Heavyweight division into a new era and the right direction.
Who is SHO?
SHO was born 27th August 1989 and is a member of the CHAOS faction and is a part of the tag team Roppongi 3K with YOH and Rocky Romero. While at high school SHO would become involved in Greco-Roman wrestling and would go on to be the vice-captain of his wrestling team at university, competing in the 7th All-Japan University Championship for Greco-Roman wrestling, where he came in third overall. As well as working for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, SHO has competed in Ring of Honor (ROH) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). While in CMLL he would go by the name Raijin, Japanese God of thunder, and teamed up with Okumura, Kamaitachi, and Fujin as part of the La Ola Amarilla faction. SHO has been a four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with YOH and the team has also won the Super Jr. Tag Tournament for three consecutive years in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
How his Best of the Super Juniors is going?
As of time of writing, SHO is currently on ten points, along with ACE of the division Hiromu Takahashi, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori, and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion El Desperado. SHO is in contention to win the Best of the Super Juniors 27, but with one more match on the card it is all to play for, with him facing Yuya Uemura on 5th December, providing there isn’t an upset victory for the Young Lion, SHO could well be in the finals.
Why he should be in the mix?
With his natural ability and charisma, SHO should be near the top of the card and has proven time and time again that he is not just a tag team wrestler. His match with Shingo Takagi for the NEVER Openweight Championship was an instant classic and also shows that he can go at it with Heavyweights not just his contemporaries in the junior division. With his tag team partner, YOH out injured and Rocky Romero stuck in the United States due to the COVID Pandemic now would be a perfect time to push this young star to the moon and show everyone that there is a new guy in town ready to lead the division to new heights.