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TWM: Wrestler of the Week | Week 1 | 1st – 8th January 2021

During the first week of the year, we witnessed the first and second Friday Night Smackdown and first Monday Night RAW of the year also AEW: Dynamite had the first part of their New Years Smash event. New Japan Pro-Wrestling had their two-day Wrestle Kingdom event and their New Year Dash event to start the new storylines of the year.  

With this week being the biggest start of the year in wrestling we compiled a list of the thirty best wrestlers of the week, based on:

Here we take a deep dive into the top ten of the week.

Bad Luck Fale – 1 Point
Chase Owens – 2 Points
BUSHI – 3 Points
Toru Yano – 4 Points
Matt Sydal – 5 Points
Cody – 6 Points
Roman Reigns – 7 Points
Jey Uso – 8 Points
Kevin Owens – 9 Points
Wardlow – 10 Points
Ryusuke Taguchi – 11 Points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 12 Points
El Desperado – 13 Points
Taichi – 14 Points
Zack Sabre Jr – 15 Points
Tanga Loa – 16 Points
Tama Tonga – 17 Points
EVIL – 18 Points
SANADA – 19 Points
Will Ospreay – 20 Points

Kazuchika Okada – 21 Points

Kazuchika Okada wasn’t in title contention this year but that didn’t mean he hasn’t got his eye on the prize and a score to settle.  Okada faced the leader of The Empire and his former friend Will Ospreay in a grudge match that lasted over twenty-five minutes and resulted in Okada coming out on top. Another absolute classic and Match of the Year contender from two of the best on the New Japan Pro-Wrestling roaster.

Taiji Ishimori – 22 Points

Taiji Ishimori defended his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on night two of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in the Tokyo Dome against Best of the Super Juniors winner Hiromu Takahashi.  The match was the first time the title had been defended in the semi-main event and the two of them brought it, with Hiromu Takahashi winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Hiromu Takahashi – 23 Points

Hiromu Takahashi ended the year beating El Desperado in the finals of the Best of the Super Juniors and calling out the winner of the Super J-Cup, El Phantasmo, who he faced and beat on night one of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in the Tokyo Dome to go on to face the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Taiji Ishimori on night two.

Fénix  – 24 Points

Fénix competed in a title match against AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a 5-star classic, being defeated and unable to capture the gold on this occasion.

Kenny Omega – 25 Points

Kenny Omega defended his AEW World Championship against Fénix in a 5-star classic, this along with the work he has been doing with Don Callis and IMPACT Wrestling has brought back the Omega of old and his “cleaner” persona.

Jeff Cobb – 26 Points

Even though Jeff Cobb lost his match for the NEVER Openweight Title it didn’t stop him from earning 26 points and putting on one of the most physically demanding matches of his career against Shingo Takagi at Wrestle Kingdome 15.

Shingo Takagi – 27 Points

Shingo Takagi retained his NEVER Openweight Championship against Jeff Cobb in a huge title match that almost stole the two-day Wrestle Kingdom 15 event.  Takagi is one of the best in the world and this proved it to everyone, even those who maybe have never seen him in action before.

Jay White – 28 Points

Jay White ended the year defeating Kota Ibushi for the briefcase for the right to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom. They went on to face each other on Night Two in a beautiful match that culminated two years worth of storylines and resulting in Kota Ibushi finally defeating Jay White after a year of loses to retain his IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.

Tetsuya Naito – 29 Points

Tetsuya Naito walked into 2021 as the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion and walked out of the Tokyo Dome on day one of Wrestle Kingdom 15 without his beloved double championships.  Kota Ibushi finally defeated Naito in a barn burner of a match that was even better than their previous encounter allowing Ibushi to finally make it to the top of the mountain.

Kota Ibushi – 30 Points

Kota Ibushi ended 2020 defeated by Jay White but still heading into the Tokyo Dome ready to face the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, as he wanted to face Ibushi on night one, risking his titles for the opportunity to face his lifelong foe and wrestling equal.  Kota Ibushi had two 5 star match’s over the course of 2 days inside the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 15 and walked out of day one holding both championships ready to face Jay White who he would eventually defeat after a year of loses to reach the top of the New Japan mountain.

The Top 10

1Kota Ibushi30
2Tetsuya Naito29
3Jay White28
4Shingo Takagi27
5Jeff Cobb26
6Kenny Omega25
8Hiromu Takahashi23
9Taiji Ishimori22
10Kazuchika Okada21

Amber McCrudden
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