Probably will be Tanahashi, as I don't think they have confidence in the drawing power in Gotoh.
Actually there is a lot of people backing Gotoh than you think. He gets a lot of fan fair and from what I can tell he has more followers than Makabe has had.
What I can see as a possibility at this time is a Triple Threat match, to be honest. President Sugibayashi is fully behind Gotoh and has faith in him for the good of the company, but he says that everyone that is over. Though there has not been a Triple Threat at the Dome in years it could very well be a possibility. So maybe we could see Gotoh vs. Tanahashi vs. The IWGP Champ?
New Japan has released all the teams for their upcoming tag tournament the G1 Tag League 2010!
■A ブロック Block
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma 【G・B・H】
Hirooki Gotoh & Tama Tonga 【Ara-Tonga】
Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man 【Nippon-Mexico Muscle Orchestra】
Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue 【Blue Justice】
Super Strong Machine & King Fale 【Seigi-gun One-For-All】
Masato Tanaka & Tomohiro Ishii 【Bullet Offenders】
■B ブロック Block
Hiroshi Tanahshi & TAJIRI 【HighFlying-Buzzsaw】
Giant Bernard & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson 【Bad Intentions】
Shinsuke Nakamura & Daniel Puder 【STRONG STYLE EXCHANGE】
Takashi Iizuka & Tohru Yano 【BLOODY CHAOS】
Testuya Naito & Yujiro Takahashi 【NO LIMIT】
El Terrible & El Texano Jr. 【Los Hijos del Averno】
This year we are seeing some interesting choices as for teams with the strangest coming in form of Nakamura and Puder.
Something else that I just noticed is that there is no NOAH involvement in the Tag League? Whatever the case this tournament should be aiming to build up a team to possibly face the current IWGP Tag Champs Bad Intentions. That is if they do not end up winning the tournament.
The best that can come from this is in fact building up some new teams in Japan, since they do not have any teams left that Bad Intentions has not beaten in the past.
Circuit 2010 NEW JAPAN TRUTH ~ G1 TAG LEAGUE ~
■ 10/22 (Fri) 18:30 Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (SamuraiTV)
■ 10/24 (Sun) 16:00 Niigata Gymnasium
■ 10/25 (Mon) 19:00 Nyusanpia Takasaki Gunma
■ 10/26 (Tue) 19:00 Tetsu Mei Nagano Matsumoto Show Hall
■ 10/30 (Sat) 18:00 Yokkaichi, Mie Stadium
■ 10/31 (Sun) 17:00 Fukui Obama Civic Gymnasium
■ 11/01 (Mon) 19:00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Stadium II (SamuraiTV)
■ 11/02 (Tue) 19:00 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Stadium II (SamuraiTV)
■ 11/03 (Wed) 16:00 Kyouto KBS Hall
■ 11/06 (Sat) 18:00 Kuki Saitama City Gymnasium
■ 11/07 (Sun) 12:00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall (TV)