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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 2022: 1/4, 1/5 and 1/8


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Ok, since it looks like I'm only person still fully watching NJPW in the current year then I'll try to explain what, in my opinion, is going on and whats the plan for ending this "season". Obviously this will contain spoilers.

Since we started getting double domes NJPW started booking "gimmick matches". First time we had double dash tournament. Last year we had "Jay cheated" storyline. With Ospreay being back and declaring that he is real champ who never lost its fairly obvious that the plan here is to do "fake vs real" champ. 1/4 is likely to be champ vs G1 winner because thats the tradition. Ospreay wanted to beat Okada in the dome before shows got cancelled so thats likely going to be his match. Maybe it is semi-main on 1/4, maybe it is main on 1/5 and we get "fake vs real" on 1/8. Either way I feel like we are 100% getting Ospreay vs someone in main WK main event.

This means that Okada is likely not winning G1. He rolled up Cobb at the Dome, then got beaten by him at Grand Slam. Now they are in same G1 block. I think that Cobb is going to beat Okada again and maybe screw him out of the finals. They have one final singles match at Power Struggle where Okada finally convincingly beats him. This would be traditional NJPW booking with challenger beating #2 guy and going to face the faction leader.

Shingo is walking into G1 as the champ, but my suspicion is that he is not walking into WK as one. I think he is dropping it at Power Struggle to Ibushi because to me it looks like the overall plan is for Ibushi to beat Ospreay in main WK main event. If I'm not mistaken Power Struggle never had heavyweight title change so it has to happen at some point and now is as good opportunity to do it as ever.

Who wins G1? I think it doesn't really matter in this situation since I have Ibushi being the champ and beating G1 winner. So can't Ibushi just win G1 then? I think its unlikely that he'd win 3 in a row. My wild guess would be that its either Naito or Sanada.

So thats what my view is on main WK matches. Maybe later I'll try to write up what I think is going on with other titles.

 

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17 hours ago, Raziel said:

Do we need a show thread 4 months out?

Maybe, maybe not. I guess mods could merge it to general discussions thread if they feel like it.

Anyway, some more of my thoughts and where I think things are going.

With addition of Bey in USA and Sho in Japan, Bullet Club now has 16 members. It was too big last year and this year it got even bigger. But I think that things might finally be changing with the addition of House of Torture. Asides of guys involved it does sound like The Elite/Firing Squad situation. White does not have an obvious opponent for WK and he is one of the main guys. Evil does not have obvious match either and he is not really pushed down the card since he just got a title match and looking at G1 blocks it is plausible that he makes the finals.

There were lots of talking last year how Evil does not really fit Bullet Club and should have created his own faction. Well maybe House of Torture was that, but due to Covid and them being short on guys (even more than now, I know, hard to believe) they possibly delayed formation of this new faction. So you know, White/Evil for NEVER title and Bullet Club leadership at WK. White wins and Evil leaves with few guys to form a new faction that does lots of bullshit in their matches.

On another side we have GoD and Good Brothers doing obvious work on Twitter and Resurgence show. In a way this does feel like a continuation of half-finished Bullet Club/The Elite feud since GB are associated with Kenny and Bucks now (or at least where when I last saw them). Big question here is can they get GB to Japan, if they can then I think that GoD/GB is happening at WK. Since GB are Impact tag team champions and we have multiple days to fill I think its likely that we'll also get some mini tournament for tag team titles that ends with GoD being double tag team champs just like they did after MSG, hopefully no Enzo/Cass this time. But as I said, if they can't get Good Brothers into Japan then none of it happens.

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I could see Night 1 with Ibushi defeating G1 winner Sanada and Ospreay defending the real world title vs Okada. Night 2, Ibushi vs Ospreay. Night 3, Ibushi vs whomever challenges after 1/5, Tanahashi?

I wonder what titles end up defended. Maybe they could work out Moxley for a stretch, vs Tanahashi for the IWGP US title? I imagine the tag belts are candidates to be defended at least twice. 

Hiromu-Ishimori was second from the top, could Hiromu-Desperado headline a show? That and Ibushi-Okada are the only simmering feuds they have.

Getting Lawlor over to defend the Strong Openweight title one of the nights would be awesome. 

A lot depends on restrictions on travel in the months leading up to this. 

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Per Dave, Omega does want to wrestle Ospreay somewhere, at some point, and they appear to be working something on twitter. Maybe one of these shows would be the place. 

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