As away to use an old series like Match of the Week and spice things up a bit I have chosen to look at some of the top challengers for, and possible men to end the record breaking run of the current World Champion. Currently in New Japan they have Kazuchika Okada on top of the mountain and it has been that way for amazingly the last 680 days an counting. Though at this point Okada may have his critics there is no doubting his ability in the ring and his current standing as "Ace" of New Japan.
One person who may argue Okada's standing is former "Ace" of New Japan and former IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. Before the ascension of Okada the New Japan world was ran by the "King of the High Fly Flow" and one of the few bright spots of NJPW's dark ages. Now for those who don't know Tanahashi laid down the challenge for Okada a few weeks ago for his IWGP title and the match is set for Dontaku in a few days. It was for that reason that I thought Tanahashi was the best place to start for this series and I don't think I have to tell you why this man is a top contender so I will him talk in the ring. Below is his match from G1 Climax a few years ago against AJ Styles: