A few weeks back on NJPW Strong, we saw a huge debut in Chris Dickinson. ‘Dirty Daddy’ joined forces with Team Filthy, joining JR Kratos and Danny Limelight for a match where they beat Brody King, Logan and Sterling Riegal. Dickinson instantly fits in with NJPW, having been one of the top names on the US Indies for years now, and having an MMA background to pull from.
He’s trained by men like Josh Barnett, Harley Race & Naomichi Marufuji, and fits Team Filthy perfectly. Dickinson will be a strong name in New Japan Pro Wrestling Of America, but when he hits Japan, what could his ceiling be?
Chris Dickinson Will Be A Perfect NEVER Openweight Champion
Being one of the hardest hitters that can come from the United States will make Dickinson an instant star once he can make his way back to Japan. Fans got a taste of what he can do in February of 2020, when Game Changer Wrestling did some shows in Tokyo. The most notable match saw Dickinson clash with Daisuke Sekimoto of Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, which was a hard hitting match to say the least.
Those shows gave Japanese fans a taste of what to expect from Dickinson, but once NJPW gets him on a full tour, or even in a tournament like the New Japan Cup? He’s going to be a star. We can easily see him fit into the NEVER Openweight Championship hunt with men like Shingo Takagai, Jeff Cobb, Tomohiro Ishii and Minoru Suzuki.
Potential IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion?
Dickinson could also be a likely IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, having taken current champion Jon Moxley to his limits in a Bloodsport match back in November 2020. His time in the indies has made him a recognizable and respected name across the country, making him an excellent champion once they’re able to take NJPW Strong on the road.
It might be some time before we truly get to see how well Dickinson will fit in NJPW, and until then his matches on NJPW Strong should hold us over.
Could you see him winning gold in Japan? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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