Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2 Predictions
Alright so this is it, night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 14, first time ever, it is a two night event and night one has five huge matches, but night 2 could arguably steal the whole weekend, as well as disappoint some people if it goes the way people expect so let's run down all the night 2 matches.
NEVER Open Weight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
(C) The Most Violent Player (Togi Makabe, Toru Yano) & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, & Robbie Eagles) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil, Shingo Takagi, & Bushi) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, El Desperado, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, & Chase Owens)
This is going to be an interesting match, because honestly anyone could win here. All these teams have great talent on their team, the thing is it's so hard to call. For me, I'd like to say LIJ is gonna win but I could absolutely see the Suzuki-gun team winning. Guys like Ishii, Takagi, even Evil, should be above these belts. These belts aren't really treated very special it always ends up being the title they give to people with no real directions. Ishii should absolutely be in a singles title picture, same goes for Takagi, and Evil. So I'm picking Suzuki-gun just cause I don't see anyone on that team really doing anything special in the coming months, that includes Taichi who is unbearable.
Tag Team Match
Jyushin Thunder Liger Retirement Match
Jyushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee
Okay so, I have multiple problems with this match. This is a retirement match, it should absolutely not be a tag team match. Liger has had a story career over 30+ years him going out in a tag match doesn't seem right, I'm absolutely fine him going out against a young talent and either Takahashi or Lee are great opponents but a tag match doesn't work for me. Added wrinkle that i hate, Lee is the one that injured Takahashi they absolutely should not be teaming, Takahashi should want to hurt Lee for this reason alone (even if it was an accident, make it into a story). Either way Liger is going out, which means he has to lose, and even if Takahashi wins the title in night one which he should, Lee should get the pin here and challenge him immediately.
Tag Team Match
IWG Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
(C) Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh)
It feels like to me they've been holding off on Roppongi 3K back in the title picture for this moment and the best way to get them here was for them to win Super Junior Tag Tournament. For that reason alone I see them walking out as the winners. As I said before it seemed like there was a reason for them not being champs in a while and they were getting them ready to be the big dogs of this division. Ishimori and Phantasmo are great but I prefer them both as singles competitors. So this will be a good match I'm sure and Roppongi 3K will win.
British Heavyweight Championship
(C) Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Sanada
This is Sanada's time to break out, he is the future of this company and it needs to be known here. We've seen plenty of New Japan guys win this title, and Sabre inevitably winning it back. Is that likely to happen again, probably, but Sanada needs to start racking up big singles wins to him eventually getting to an Intercontinental or Unite States championship opportunity. He has the potential to be a future heavyweight champion in New Japan, and he needs to win here. It's gonna be a hell of a match, these two have worked before and it's always good.
IWGP United States Championship
(C) TBD (Moxley or Lance Archer) vs. Juice Robinson
For me, Moxley will be winning the belt back on night one, and keeping it in night two. Robinson got his win back at the G1 which earned him this shot originally when Moxley couldn't travel to Japan to defend it and Archer one it. If they wanted Robinson to win the title back and have this match with Moxley anyway, he should have just one the belt when Moxley was stripped. I don't think Robinson needs this belt anymore, he's already won it more then anyone. Him and David Finlay should stick to being a tag team and if they don't win on night one (like I predicted they won't) they will build to that. Let Moxley keep the title (if I'm right about him beating Archer) and pass that belt on to someone that needs it in the future like Sanada, Ishii, or Takagi. So for Moxley wins.
IWGP NEVER Openweight Championship
(C) KENTA vs. Hirooki Goto
This is another match that has been building for a while. Ever since KENTA joined New Japan, and then Bullet Club. He attacked Katsuyori Shibata, who was forced to retire due to brain injuries, which is very unfortunate because they kind of teased us that maybe were building to KENTA facing Shibata. Enter Hirooki Goto, who for a while was on the back burner in New Japan. He went to the LA Dojo, and got in amazing shape, training with Shibata. So in a way Goto is not only working here to get back into the lime light he's also sticking up for his friend and trainer. For that reason Goto needs to win. It will be a hell of a match.
TBD (Kazuchika Okada or Kota Ibushi) vs. TBD (Jay White or Tetsuya Naito)
This match will be the losers of the to big championship matches on night one and for me Okada cannot win on night one, because if he does it isn't building to the future like they should be Okada has been around for a while, we know how good he is and doesn't need to be in the title match at all. As for who he would face here, I could see it being either of the other two, but for me I think Jay White could win, even though I'm picking Naito to face Ibushi in the title versus title match. So I'm still gonna say it will be Okada versus Jay White in this match and if that's the case Okada will win. It's very possible it can be Okada versus Naito and if that's the case Naito needs to beat Okada. So just to reiterate Okada cannot be in the title match for me, I'm picking Jay White for him to face here, and if that's the case Okada will win, but if he faces Naito, Naito will win.
If Tanahashi wins, he will receive an AEW Championship match
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho
Now I don't know if this match itself will spark a partnership between New Japan and AEW and if it does I'd love it because New Japan has actually lost some steam because of it's continued relationship with ROH. ROH is hurting in turn that's hurting New Japan's US appeal, even though they announced a US brand, it be good for both New Japan and AEW to work together. So if that is actually going to happen here, Tanahashi would have to win. It's gonna be a good match and Jericho usually does the job in New Japan unless it's a longer feud but, again if the AEW and New Japan partnership is happening then Tanahashi will win. It should be a good match, Tanahashi has kind of lost a step but he can still go for sure.
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship & IWGP Intercontinental Championship
(C) TBD (Okada or Kota Ibushi vs. (C) TBD (Jay White or Tetsuya Naito)
Alright so, here we are the match for all the marbles. Both the IWGP World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships are on the line. I said it when talking about night one, Ibushi needs to win. I will not be happy if Okada is in this match, because it is way too predictable if he is. Ibushi needs this more anyone, he is a mega star in the making and winning this whole thing proves that more than anything he can do in the future. He needs it. No matter who wins the other match it will be a great match, a great story, as I said earlier I picked Naito, but I can definitely see Jay White win. If it is Naito, that's a bit concerning because of the physicality of the matches between Naito and Ibushi, if it's White it might be more technical and still very entertaining. Either way I'm pulling for Ibushi no matter what, and if it's Okada I will call this show a failure, simple as that.
So that's gonna do it for me, these two nights are gonna be a whole lot of wrestling, a whole lot of good wrestling. I hope it ends how I predicted. It's gonna be a hell of show as a whole and I'm very excited to watch. So enjoy both shows, and look out for more from me on here, as well as with The Daily Chinlock over at thedailychinlock.home.blog.