New Japan Pro Wrestling is one of the hottest promotions in the world today. It’s home to some of the best performers on the planet, who regularly put on scale-breaking matches of amazing quality. The best place to watch all of this incredible pro wrestling? NJPW World, the company’s dedicated streaming service.
In April 2018, vignettes began to air on New Japan programming proclaiming that the infamous Bone Soldier would be returning to the promotion. For those that don’t know, Bone Soldier, portrayed by the man formerly known as Captain New Japan, was a pointless addition to the incredibly popular Bullet Club faction, who lasted all of five months in the stable, being voted as the Worst Gimmick of 2016 by WON, and described as an “intergalactic disaster” by BC’s own Kenny Omega.
Since 1987, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship has been held by some of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. A variety of incredible contenders from around the globe have competed for this prestigous belt….however….at times, some highly unlikely contenders have somehow managed to earn themselves a match for New Japan’s biggest prize, so let’s take a look at the most unexpected challengers of them all – here are the Top 10 Most Surprising Challengers for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.