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The Japanese versions of the following wrestlers:

 

Hogan

 

Benoit

 

Sid Viscous

 

HHH

 

HBK

 

Cena

 

Christian

 

Warrior

 

Hogan? Most likely gonna be Choshu.... Always around when you don't need him, failed attempt at his own promotion (but is yet again trying), self promoting and forever returning 'home' to NJPW for that extra buck...

 

Benoit? That would be Yuji Nagata. Best matches more often not, best moveset, balanced in all styles and also has a damn fine Crossface of his own (Nagata Lock Mk II). Also Jun Akiyama of NOAH for much the same reason... plus like Benoit they both had what some might call 'failed' title runs that where killed off by experiments by the bookers...

 

Sid? Yosihiro Takayama... In a tag team where the other guy got the press (like Dan Spivey in the Twin Towers) broke free and just used big brutish strength, limited moveset, size (for Japan) and connections to get to the top without drawing... But he is a bit better then Sid and like the big dope also has had his career wrecked by serious injury....

 

HHH? Two words - Masa Chono. Been at the top for so so long, still getting shots at titles and G-1 tournements when he doesn't need them and rarely pinned but pins others and kills their momentum like Tenzan in his second and third reigns... Sound familar? Also see Keiji Muto for this exact thing. Both can't go as much as they could but have the connections to still rule up top despite not drawing well since the late 90's/early 00's....

 

HBK? For a remarkable comeback it has to be Fujinami... Also up there in skill but without the over bearing politics though....

 

Cena? A few candidates here.... Takeshi Rikio of NOAH is the top one as he has the belt but no real momentum despite pinning Kobashi and Misawa. His performances draw bad reviews and he can't draw as of yet... Also Nakamura would be another candiate as he was pushed too early and too fast and some of the fans have turned on him despite his improvements he is still not the one to carry New Japan yet...

 

Christain? Hiroshi Tanahashi is like Christain always the bridesmaid and never the bride when it comes to anything but tag gold. Over in a huge way but not seen as 'there' yet by management. But fact is he can be a huge star, when they get round to it that is....

 

Warrior? Inoki... Both think they are god, both think they know everything about wrestling and will put down the product even if it is their own company... Plus both their comebacks sucked.

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Hogan? Most likely gonna be Choshu.... Always around when you don't need him, failed attempt at his own promotion (but is yet again trying), self promoting and forever returning 'home' to NJPW for that extra buck...

Obviously you know more about this than me but i always thought the Hogan of Japan was Giant Baba or Inioki?

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In drawing terms? Inoki.... His match with Flair in North Korea in the 1980's got a crowd of 150,000....

 

Beat that WWE lol...

 

As for making wrestling big and mainstream? Yeah Inoki and Baba and to a lesser extent (in numbers not impact) their trainer and Puro's founding father in a sense Rikiodozan....

 

But for what Hogan is now? Choshu fits the bill perfectly.

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