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We're only one week away from the announcements for the biggest tournament in wrestling, so we definitely need a thread. The final 3 nights of the tour are at the Nippon Budokan, a venue the company hasn't ran since 2003. Gonna be big!
 

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Let's talk about Juice Robinson being the favourite :yoda



Edit: In all seriousness, Okada is winning the G1. If New Japan get Ibushi unbanned, maybe Ibushi will make the finals against Okada ( :mark) but he ain't winning. Here's to hoping.
 

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I'm very interested to see what direction they go in this year. Last year it was fairly obvious all year Naito was going to win. Now, Naito is on a big match losing streak. Okada just lost the title. Omega is the new champion.

I really don't know where they will go here. I would love to see Ibushi vs. Okada in the Finals. That way you have Omega vs. Ibushi for the Heavyweight Title at Wrestle Kingdom on the line in the fan's grasp against Okada, the most dominant wrestler in NJPW. I'd be on the edge of my seat for that.

Problem is, that means Omega would have to be in the same block as either Okada or Ibushi. I don't see them having Omega and Ibushi's 1st big singles match just be apart of the G1 and I don't see them doing Omega vs. Okada V so soon.
 

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I hope Omega and Okada aren't in the same block. Their matches are amazing but it's time for a break.
 

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Ibushi is winning and facing Kenny at WK.
Feels too soon, I'd want them to have a run in the tag league, continue on through WK and then start the break up in 2019.

I felt like they were building something with Ibushi and the towel at Dominion; I could see him costing Kenny the title at some point when he's being tortured against the likes of Suzuki or ZSJ.


I think it'll be Naito again.
 

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Ibushi winning and facing Omega (or Omega winning and challenging Kota because of the old demons) for the title at WK is the dream scenario and the one that would sell the most tickets imo and make fans around the world the most happy... so it won't happen. :p

Naito's momentum might be at an all time low since he became Ingobernable so idk what to think regarding his booking at all. I don't expect him to win because I imagine he's gonna be stuck with the IC Title again after he gets a rematch with Jericho.

Okada? Ugh, not thank you. Tanahashi? Doesn't seem likely.

Could this be a year where they surprise us and someone a little out of field gets the win, a la Omega a couple years ago? Possibly but I don't know if I see anyone ready for that push. Jay White? Ehhh
 

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It's basically between Okada/Ibushi/Naito almost certainly.

Too soon for Ibushi if Omega is still champion, if he drops the belt before WK maybe. Naito is ice cold after winning and challenging at WK, he is the longshot 3rd option.

Okada is obviously the favorite but I could see a scenario where he somehow loses the title shot between the finals and WK.
 

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I don't really like Okada winning, because there really is no reason to do another match this early, especially with how the last one ended.

My heart wants Ibushi/Omega, but I don't know if they'll actually do it or not.
 

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If you look at the big 4 (and Ibushi assuming he is allowed in) and their chances for the G1, they aren't very good.

Omega is champion. The champion never really wins the G1. So he is out. Naito is cold and his matches have been poor for months so he isn't winning. Okada is the most likely out of the two but shouldn't because he should stay away from the title for a while. Tanahashi, No. Ibushi isn't main eventing WK. So it ain't him.

Personally, I think they should start to push someone else for that main event spot and win the G1. This may not be popular but based on the booking of the past year or so, Jay White is the only candidate for that role. The only other guy that's got the full time deal with New Japan in Goto and I'd rather not go that road again. It saddens me :(
 

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If you look at the big 4 (and Ibushi assuming he is allowed in) and their chances for the G1, they aren't very good.

Omega is champion. The champion never really wins the G1. So he is out. Naito is cold and his matches have been poor for months so he isn't winning. Okada is the most likely out of the two but shouldn't because he should stay away from the title for a while. Tanahashi, No. Ibushi isn't main eventing WK. So it ain't him.

Personally, I think they should start to push someone else for that main event spot and win the G1. This may not be popular but based on the booking of the past year or so, Jay White is the only candidate for that role. The only other guy that's got the full time deal with New Japan in Goto and I'd rather not go that road again. It saddens me :(
 

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That would be great but Ishii isn't main eventing Wrestle Kingdom :lol
No need to bury my never happening dreams :lol

In all honesty, I'm not really sure who they go with here. I'd say Naito perhaps because him and Omega have a 1-1 record and a WK match would be another winner take all senario. Like you said, Okada is too soon, and Tanahashi at this stage would be odd. I also don't really see a situation where two gajins main event WK either.
 

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If you look at the big 4 (and Ibushi assuming he is allowed in) and their chances for the G1, they aren't very good.

Omega is champion. The champion never really wins the G1. So he is out. Naito is cold and his matches have been poor for months so he isn't winning. Okada is the most likely out of the two but shouldn't because he should stay away from the title for a while. Tanahashi, No. Ibushi isn't main eventing WK. So it ain't him.

Personally, I think they should start to push someone else for that main event spot and win the G1. This may not be popular but based on the booking of the past year or so, Jay White is the only candidate for that role. The only other guy that's got the full time deal with New Japan in Goto and I'd rather not go that road again. It saddens me :(
Goto and Omega have great chemistry and could put on a barn burner. But I agree that Goto won't win although I'd mark out like crazy. I want to see Goto get a WK main and HW title reign, even super short, as those are the only things he hasn't done and I don't feel he gets the respect he deserves.

Big no for Jay White, though. Don't think ge is main event material at all. He has never impressed me in a ring any more than Cody but Cody has better character work. I still don't buy Jay White as a supposed tough guy rogue. But he won't win either.

It will probably be Okada or Ibushi. I could see Ibushi winning and word leaking out a few days later that he had signed a contract with NJPW a few weeks or even a few months before the G1 started it was just kept quiet.

Omega-Ibushi *HW title
Okada-White *Fight for Chaos control
Jericho-Naito *IC title
Takahashi-Ishimori *Jr title
Tanahashi, Suzuki, Goto singles maybe against up and comers like Evil, Sanada, Robinson

That could be a big enough card for a WK.
 

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Should be an interesting one. I wonder if they'll put Johny (insert constantly changing last name) in it this year. I can almost see it if the rumors are true.

Once everyone is announced I will try to pick a winner again. I'm almost thinking it will be an Okada vs Naito final just off the top of my head.
 

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No need to bury my never happening dreams :lol

In all honesty, I'm not really sure who they go with here. I'd say Naito perhaps because him and Omega have a 1-1 record and a WK match would be another winner take all senario. Like you said, Okada is too soon, and Tanahashi at this stage would be odd. I also don't really see a situation where two gajins main event WK either.
:lol Yeah, that's the nicest way of putting it. Well Omega does't necessarily have to keep the title until Wrestle Kingdom. I think it's very likely that Naito beats him at KOPW. That's always a possibility which could be a factor in the winner of the G1.

Goto and Omega have great chemistry and could put on a barn burner. But I agree that Goto won't win although I'd mark out like crazy. I want to see Goto get a WK main and HW title reign, even super short, as those are the only things he hasn't done and I don't feel he gets the respect he deserves.

Big no for Jay White, though. Don't think ge is main event material at all. He has never impressed me in a ring any more than Cody but Cody has better character work. I still don't buy Jay White as a supposed tough guy rogue. But he won't win either.

It will probably be Okada or Ibushi. I could see Ibushi winning and word leaking out a few days later that he had signed a contract with NJPW a few weeks or even a few months before the G1 started it was just kept quiet.

Omega-Ibushi *HW title
Okada-White *Fight for Chaos control
Jericho-Naito *IC title
Takahashi-Ishimori *Jr title
Tanahashi, Suzuki, Goto singles maybe against up and comers like Evil, Sanada, Robinson

That could be a big enough card for a WK.
Jay White without the character is actually an excellent wrestler. He just plays to the gimmick in his performance which is great but doesn't make for good matches unfortunately.

If those rumors are true than yes, Ibushi all the way. I would have that WK card if everything was ideal, as well.
 

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My money's on Okada winning the G1. Naito will probably take the title off Kenny just before WK and then finally defeat Okada at the dome. I think Gedo might make an exception to the ace always wins at the dome rule this year if for no other reason than Okada has little to no fresh challengers on the horizon. Not enough time would have passed between his previous reign for him to cycle through all his old opponents again. Naito is due a lengthy reign too.
 

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I kinda hope that Omega doesn't drop the title anytime too soon. Til WK at least would be ideal, if not a tad longer. It would just be odd for him to have that story and THAT kind of emotional match to finally beat Okada and end the longest IWGP reign in history to only get a defense or two in and then drop it. I'm kind of expecting Jay White to get a shot down the line once he drops the US Title and there's a good amount of fresh challengers and matches to warrant him carrying the belt into early 2019.

Doesn't seem likely atm but still holding out some hope they let him defend at ALL IN.
 

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I'm trying to look at this from financial perspective since they are running bigger arena and the way I see it two biggest semi-final matches that they have are Tana/Omega and Okada/Naito since Okada should probably be kept away a bit from Tana and Omega. Sure, you could say that he should be kept away from Naito too, but I feel like they never had strong connection with each other and their feud has been more circumstantial. In kayfabe I don't feel like Naito gives a shit about Okada one way or another, he is just an obstacle for him to pass and it is kinda same for Okada, Naito is just next challenger and beating him doesn't carry same importance as beating Tana or Omega.

Problem with that scenario is that it would result in a weird finals match so I expect fuckery to happen like when Goto advanced to the finals due to Okada/Tana ending in a draw. Alternatively they could maybe do Omega/Ibushi as semi-final instead of Omega/Tana. Either way, on paper, I think that biggest money match that they haven't ran into the ground would be Omega/Naito III.

After Omega won the title I was thinking that they should probably try to get it to the next level. I mean, you get a legendary run and you follow it up with normal run? That sounds like a bad business to be honest, you need to try to promote it even further. It has been 11 years since Nagata reached G1 finals while being the champ and 18 years since Sasaki won it while being the champ. Mutoh while being the champ won it like 20 years ago. So I feel like it might make sense for Omega to get to the finals. Omega defeated Okada and is doing what Okada never managed to do while being the champion. That sounds like something that might sell the tickets.

Lots of people are expecting some switcheroo to happen just like when Tana defeated AJ at KoPW so getting Omega to the finals wouldn't have to create "WK main even is a rematch of G1 finals" scenario. Naito wins G1, drops the briefcase to Okada? Omega/Okada and Naito/Jericho for WK double main event?
 
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