WWE & TNA Forum
Wrestling News
Loading...


Go Back   WrestleZone Forums > Wrestling - Non Spam Sections > General Wrestling Discussion
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Arcade vBookie

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-27-2016, 06:18 PM
Bagpipes's Avatar
Bagpipes Bagpipes is offline
Top Guys Out
Comedy Jobber For Life: AKA Santino
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Sittin' on the dock of the Bay Bay
Age: 29
Posts: 213
Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Hype Thread

As the end of the year nears, another Wrestle Kingdom quickly approaches. New Japan's 11th installment of their biggest event of the year will take place again on Jan. 4th, 2017 in the Tokyo Dome.

After 2016's Wrestle Kingdom 10, which was regarded as one of the best shows in the company's history, and across all major promotions this year, there are very high hopes, despite slightly less perceived star power at 2017's event.

WK10 saw Katsuyori Shibata win his first NEVER Openweight Championship by defeating Tomohiro Ishii; IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles to retain his title; and Kazuchika Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in a 5-star classic main event for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

With only World Tag League shows remaining on the schedule for the remainder of 2016, the WK11 headlining matches are just about set in stone. Here's a quick look at what's been announced already and a little back story on each match.

Main Event: IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega

With the departure of half of their main eventers, many wondered if New Japan would survive the exouds of superstars. Enter Kenny Omega. Omega's monster breakout year will culminate with his first opportunity at the IWGP Championship. Earlier this year, Omega became the first gaijin in history to win the annual G1 Climax tournament and defended the honor to main event Wrestle Kingdom successfully on two separate occasions. The brash leader of the Bullet Club now sets his sights on the biggest prize the company has to offer.

Discounting a short 2 month title reign for Tetsuya Naito in the Spring of 2016, Okada has held the IWGP Heavyweight title for most of the last 2 years. After winning the title back from Naito at Dominion, Okada successfully defended against Pro Wrestling Noah's Naomichi Marufuji at King of Pro Wrestling, thus setting up the first singles match in history between himself and Omega.

Semi-Main Event: IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

This feud has had a nice little build, dating back to Naito's feud with Michael Elgin over the Intercontinental title and the shenanigans of Los Ingobernables de Japon which led to Naito recapturing the title at Destruction in Kobe. Tanahashi won the payoff match in his feud with L.I.J. member SANADA, ultimately challenging Naito to a title match at the Dome.

This match will mark the first time in the past 7 years that Tanahashi has not main evented Wrestle Kingdom, and Naito has never won a singles match in the Tokyo Dome.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
KUSHIDA (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Takahashi (who many fans outside of Japan may recognize more easily as Kamaitachi) returned to New Japan at Power Struggle earlier this month, where he was revealed to be the "time bomb" promoted for the last several months. After a lengthy excursion in the UK and in CMLL in Mexico, Kamaitachi made several appearances in the US for Ring of Honor, often as the unofficial third member of The Addiction.

KUSHIDA has become the face of New Japan's Jr. Heavyweight division, and rightfully so. The former Time Splitter traded the title back and forth with Kenny Omega before his ascension to the Heavyweight division, lost to BUSHI, then regained his title at Power Struggle.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships
The Young Bucks (c) vs. Roppongi Vice

Winners of the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, RPG Vice has had its share of rough times lately, leading most fans to believe they would go their separate ways before the tournament ended, turning on each other and costing them their opportunity at the titles. But, Rocky and Trent persevered and earned a title match.

5 time Jr. Heavyweight tag champs, the Young Bucks won the belts in a 4way match from Sydal and Ricochet back in June and have successfully defended them twice since. Hey, at least this match isn't another multi-team cluster.

Feel free to discuss/comment, I'll work up more previews as the rest of the card is finalized.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-28-2016, 11:46 PM
Tsunaru Tsunaru is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 51
Tsunaru is looking to come up from OCW...
Default

Tickets, flight and hotel booked. Words cannot begin to describe how stoked I am.

I was hoping EVIL would hold on to the NEVER title and that the belt could go back to its originally intended purpose of being for getting younger guys over. Would have been interesting to see him face off with SANADA for it, but alas. At this stage it would probably be too late to set up something significant, so we'll likely see Shibata v EVIL again. It'd have been cool to see Shibata v Sabre Jr for the RPW British Heavyweight title like I figured they were going towards once he won it and initially dropped the NEVER title.

Of course, EVIL and SANADA are currently tied for the lead in the Tag League, so there's always the possibility they end up teaming against GoD for the tag titles instead. Bullet Club v LIJ has been teased for a while now, so that's a good way to get that ball rolling. Not sure where that'd leave the NEVER title match though, outside of the super unlikely Shibata v returning Suzuki. But the Tag League could just as easily be won by Goto/Ishii or Tencozy, or maybe even a team currently trailing in points (Yoshitatsu/Gunn?), which would leave the expected Shibata v EVIL still open.

I figure with how popular Adam Cole is getting that the ROH title will be defended as well, though I dont follow ROH as much as I should, so I couldn't fathom a guess as to who he'd defend against. Lethal? O'Reilly? Elgin?
__________________
"Fave Five"
1) Kenny Omega (NJPW)
2) Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT)
3) AJ Styles (WWE)
4) Kevin Owens (WWE)
5) Asuka (NXT)
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-29-2016, 02:06 PM
Bagpipes's Avatar
Bagpipes Bagpipes is offline
Top Guys Out
Comedy Jobber For Life: AKA Santino
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Sittin' on the dock of the Bay Bay
Age: 29
Posts: 213
Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tsunaru View Post
Tickets, flight and hotel booked. Words cannot begin to describe how stoked I am.

I was hoping EVIL would hold on to the NEVER title and that the belt could go back to its originally intended purpose of being for getting younger guys over. Would have been interesting to see him face off with SANADA for it, but alas. At this stage it would probably be too late to set up something significant, so we'll likely see Shibata v EVIL again. It'd have been cool to see Shibata v Sabre Jr for the RPW British Heavyweight title like I figured they were going towards once he won it and initially dropped the NEVER title.

Of course, EVIL and SANADA are currently tied for the lead in the Tag League, so there's always the possibility they end up teaming against GoD for the tag titles instead. Bullet Club v LIJ has been teased for a while now, so that's a good way to get that ball rolling. Not sure where that'd leave the NEVER title match though, outside of the super unlikely Shibata v returning Suzuki. But the Tag League could just as easily be won by Goto/Ishii or Tencozy, or maybe even a team currently trailing in points (Yoshitatsu/Gunn?), which would leave the expected Shibata v EVIL still open.

I figure with how popular Adam Cole is getting that the ROH title will be defended as well, though I dont follow ROH as much as I should, so I couldn't fathom a guess as to who he'd defend against. Lethal? O'Reilly? Elgin?
That's awesome you're going to WK, should be a great experience.

The NEVER title picture is interesting and unpredictable, which I think is somewhat intended by the Openweight qualification of the belt. I wouldn't mind seeing Shibata defend against one of the NOAH guys, maybe Go Shiozaki, there would be virtually no build to the match but I think they'd put on a decent enough match with each other.

As for Cole, it seems pretty likely to me that he's going to lose the ROH World Title to Kyle O'Reilly at Final Battle this week, so that opens up a little more room for a ROH title match that makes some kind of sense, given O'Reillys longer history in Japan than Cole's. It could be some sort of multi-man match with a few guys from each promotion in it to get more people on the card in a (kinda) big match. Might even get a Cole/O'Reilly rematch which would be awesome.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-29-2016, 03:23 PM
Tsunaru Tsunaru is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 51
Tsunaru is looking to come up from OCW...
Default

Shibata v Shiozaki would be great as well. I think I'd rather Nakajima take the "NOAH guy" slot, but now that he's the GHC Heavyweight Champion, it seems unlikely, so Shiozaki would make a great replacement. It wouldn't even need much build, cause they kind of left the whole thing between them up in the air after the G1.

I'm not as well versed in ROH as I should be, so I dont know too much about the build to Final Battle, but a multiman match for the ROH title could be good, especially since the typical WK multiman match (Not counting the Rumble) is non-existent this year.

Not sure what's going to happen with the Six-Man titles. If Tencozy ends up winning the Tag League, its probably a safe bet that the Six-Man titles will be left off the card, but then that kind of leaves Finlay and Ricochet off the card, so I think its even more of a safe bet that Tencozy ends up losing.

I'm hoping Bullet Club ends up coming away from the show strong. After their weak performance at WK10 (going 1-4) and people figuring they were pretty much done midway through the year, they need to dominate at the big show to reestablish themselves and pick their momentum back up.
__________________
"Fave Five"
1) Kenny Omega (NJPW)
2) Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT)
3) AJ Styles (WWE)
4) Kevin Owens (WWE)
5) Asuka (NXT)
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-29-2016, 06:35 PM
Bagpipes's Avatar
Bagpipes Bagpipes is offline
Top Guys Out
Comedy Jobber For Life: AKA Santino
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Sittin' on the dock of the Bay Bay
Age: 29
Posts: 213
Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tsunaru View Post
I'm hoping Bullet Club ends up coming away from the show strong. After their weak performance at WK10 (going 1-4) and people figuring they were pretty much done midway through the year, they need to dominate at the big show to reestablish themselves and pick their momentum back up.
Do you think Omega has any legitimate chance of beating Okada?

Everytime I tell myself he doesn't, I think about the mega push he's had since Styles and Nak left, and it's been so huge that it's really hard to totally rule him out.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-29-2016, 06:56 PM
Tsunaru Tsunaru is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 51
Tsunaru is looking to come up from OCW...
Default

It may be bias showing, but I do. The argument could be made that he's had not only the best year of his career by far, but also the best year out of any wrestler period this year. He's beaten guys in singles competition that have beaten Okada (Naito and Tanahashi), as well as picked up a pinfall victory over Okada himself in 8-man tag. And Gedo is pretty high on him lately, going so far as to say he's even surpassed Styles in contention for BITW status, so I think it would be crazy for them to squander the opportunity they gave him when they had him win the G1 and not have him win the title in the process.

I honestly didn't have him even on my scope to win the G1. It was pretty foolish in hindsight, but I figured Naito was too hot for even Omega to touch. Now that he's gone this far with it though, I want to see him go all the way.
__________________
"Fave Five"
1) Kenny Omega (NJPW)
2) Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT)
3) AJ Styles (WWE)
4) Kevin Owens (WWE)
5) Asuka (NXT)
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-29-2016, 07:47 PM
Bagpipes's Avatar
Bagpipes Bagpipes is offline
Top Guys Out
Comedy Jobber For Life: AKA Santino
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Sittin' on the dock of the Bay Bay
Age: 29
Posts: 213
Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...Bagpipes scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default

I totally agree, I hope he wins the big gold also. It's been an incredible ride watching Omega go from a DDT part-timer/ Junior tag champ, to the face of the light heavyweight division, to The Cleaner gimmick that he adapted to so well, to the face of the hottest faction in wrestling, to potentially the face of New Japan as a whole in such a short period of time.

Granted, a lot of things went favorably for him as far as the roster and timing on a lot of things, but every time he's been put in a position to shine, he has far exceeded expectations.

If this match at WK is even half as good as his match with Naito in the G1 semifinals was, it'll be great.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-09-2016, 02:57 AM
Tsunaru Tsunaru is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 51
Tsunaru is looking to come up from OCW...
Default

Okay so, predictions for ROH title AND Tag League are gone. Theoretically we could still get O'Reilly vs Cole for ROH, but I did not expect GoD vs GBH as the finals for the Tag League. Figure Honma and Makabe will win that to set up a rematch at WK11 for the belts.

Speaking of the Tag League, Omega picking up another win over Okada. He didnt actually pin Okada this time, but they're really pushing him as the more dominant (if slightly goofy) competitor going into the match.

Tencozy failed to win, so we'll most likely see the NEVER Six-Man titles return to Tokyo Dome. Kojima, Ricochet and Finlay vs Takahashi, Fale and Bone Soldier? Or do you reckon they'd toss Boner in favor of Hangman?
__________________
"Fave Five"
1) Kenny Omega (NJPW)
2) Shinsuke Nakamura (NXT)
3) AJ Styles (WWE)
4) Kevin Owens (WWE)
5) Asuka (NXT)
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-12-2016, 01:56 PM
Papa Pillman's Avatar
Papa Pillman Papa Pillman is offline
I've got more Ho's than Jim Duggan
Million Dollar Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,217
Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default

So here it is...

Wrestle Kingdom 11 Card:

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

NEVER Openweight Championship
Katsuyori Shibata vs Hirooki Goto

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
KUSHIDA vs Hiromu Takahashi

ROH Heavyweight Championship
Kyle O’Reilly vs Adam Cole

IWGP Tag Team Championship
Guerrillas of Destiny vs Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
The Young Bucks vs Roppongi Vice (Trent! and Rocky Romero)

NEVER Six-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match
Satoshi Kojima, Ricochet, and David Finlay vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, and SANADA) vs CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, and Will Ospreay) vs Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, and Hangman Page)

Cody Rhodes vs Juice Robinson

Tiger Mask W(who was portrayed by Kota Ibushi in the dark match a couple PPVs back) vs Tiger Mask Dark

New Japan Rumble
__________________

Last edited by Papa Pillman : 12-12-2016 at 02:20 PM.
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-12-2016, 02:17 PM
Papa Pillman's Avatar
Papa Pillman Papa Pillman is offline
I've got more Ho's than Jim Duggan
Million Dollar Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,217
Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...Papa Pillman scored a win over Santino Marella...
Default

This card looks out-fucking-standing with no less than eight championship matches, all of which should be counted on to deliver.

My hopes are high for the heavyweight tag title match(which is potentially the weakest title match on paper) after reports from the Tag League finals, and the fact that the 6-man tag titles will feature all of the faction warfare that has been teased during the year, but in a way that won't cause a massive clusterfuck with everyone competing at the same time, is great booking. And if that gauntlet gives us an extended matchup between the LIdJ and CHAOS teams(and not much time from the BC representatives), it has a chance to be plain awesome.

All of the singles' title matches, considering the talent, chemistry, and stage, are a great bet to be at the minimum very good, and possibly early MotY contenders. Its also a great change to see the Junior Tag straps defended in a straight up match, not a multi-team mess.



aside: I'm catching up on the rest of the Tag League on New Japan World right now- I'll post in this thread a general review of the tourney and a list of the top matches to catch once I've finished the whole thing, for anyone interested in the best viewing to prepare for 1/4.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:57 AM.

monitoring_string = "afb8e5d7348ab9e99f73cba908f10802"
Contact Us - Clear Cookies - Lost Password - WrestleZone Forums - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Top - AdChoices