Last night (or morning depending on what time zone you are in), New Japan hosted Night 1 of their highly anticipated Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view. Now we go into Night 2, where the main event will crown the first-ever double champion in the companies history. Another notable match is that the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger will have his final match of his […]
Last night (or morning depending on what time zone you are in), New Japan hosted Night 1 of their highly anticipated Wrestle Kingdom pay-per-view. Now we go into Night 2, where the main event will crown the first-ever double champion in the companies history. Another notable match is that the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger will have his final match of his career.
Night 1 was fantastic and stay tuned for my full review on the card but for now, we need to make predictions for Night 2 first. Nine matches will take place with one on the pre-show. Seven titles will be on the line, including the winner take all match like mentioned earlier. Let’s get started.
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet match (pre-show)
- The Most Violet Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) and Ryusuke Taguchi (c)
- Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, and Robbie Eagles)
- Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi)
- Suzuki-gun (Taichi, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
Prediction: Bullet Clubs wins the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
A tradition here in Wrestle Kingdom as the night will begin with a gauntlet match for the lowest-card title in New Japan, the NEVER 6-man tag titles. Also in tradition, you see a lot of factions thrown together in their never-ending faction war.
It really is a toss-up here but a multi-man tag team gauntlet is always fun to watch. I’m picking my favorite stable to win here in Bullet Club.
Jushin Thunder Liger and Naoki Sano vs. Ryu Lee and Hiromu Takahashi
Prediction: Ryu Lee and Hiromu Takahashi win
This is Jushin Liger’s final match as stated earlier. He and Sano are legends in the company and Lee and Takahashi look to be future stars in the company.
Expect Liger to take the pin here as it is a tradition for the veteran to put over the younger talent as they are stepping away from the ring. Also expect a huge standing ovation for Liger.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship – Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh)
Prediction: Bullet Club retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Bullet Club is still one of the biggest heel factions in New Japan and is still popular despite losing some members in the past few years. The junior heavyweight division will be fast-paced and a lot of fun to watch. Sho and Yoh should get a title run in the future but keep the titles on Bullet Club for now and if my pre-show prediction is true, we can see the stable having majority of the tag titles.
British Heavyweight Championship – Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. SANADA
Prediction: Zach Sabre Jr. retains the British Heavyweight Championship
Sabre Jr. is one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the world and SANADA is a good technical wrestler in his own right. This could be one of the more underrated matches on the card. New Japan is keen on keeping its global expansion, so it’s unlikely that Sabre is going to lose the companies’ only foreign title.
IWGP United States Championship – Jon Moxley (c) vs. Juice Robinson
Prediction: Jon Moxley retains the IWGP United States Championship
Moxley won back is United States title the night prior to Lance Archer. Robinson issued a challenge against the winner from night one so that is the reason that Moxley will defend his title right away.
Robinson is great in Japan but he just won the IWGP Tag Team Championship on Night 1 and I doubt that they’ll book him a double champion, especially since the main event will have that historic moment.
NEVER Openweight Championship – KENTA (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
Prediction: KENTA retains the NEVER Openweight Championship
Man, KENTA has been used so much better here than during his time in WWE (as Hideo Itami). He has been on a tear since coming back and joining the Bullet Club so there is no need for him to drop the title right now. It’ll still be a great match.
Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White
Prediction: Kota Ibushi wins
Both White and Ibushi lost on Night 1 in their match for the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight titles respectively. This will be a rematch, as they both faced each other back in August during the G1 Climax final.
Expect a fantastic match between the two especially with Ibushi, who will always put on a show despite where he is placed on the card. I predict Ibushi wins here and places him back as the number one contender for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho
Prediction: Chris Jericho wins
This match has a chance to steal the show as Jericho has put on classic matches in Japan in recent years. There is a lot of drama here as Jericho promised that he’ll make this Tanahashi’s “last match ever”. Another stipulation that is interesting is that if Tanahashi wins, then he’ll earn a future title shot for Jericho’s AEW World Championship.
It is a good stipulation but Jericho is AEW’s top guy and there is no way he loses so early in his run as champion and how the company is still only been around for a year.
IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship – Kazuchika Okada (Heavyweight Champion) vs. Tetsuya Naito (Intercontinental Champion) in a Winner Take All match
Prediction: Tetsuya Naito retains the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and wins the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Here we go. The biggest match in probably the companies history as it is the first time they’ll have a winner take all match. This has a chance to be an early Match of the Year candidate.
We know what Okada can do and has been the ace of New Japan for years. There is an argument that he may not need the title for a little bit. Naito more than deserves to have a legit run with the Heavyweight title as he has shown that he can be more than capable to be the leader of a division (see any of his IC title runs).
Expect a lengthy match but non-stop action. This will be good.
Night 1 for Wrestle Kingdom 14 was amazing with a lot of great matches. I expect the same thing for Night 2. Of course, the main event double title match will the main match to look forward to as well as the Liger match but Tanahashi/Jericho will also be a good one.