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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 full preview series

Pre-Show Match: New Japan Rumble The New Japan Rumble, more affectionately known as the Rambo, has become a Wrestle Kingdom pre-show tradition as of last year. You’ll see legends, Young Lions, and the leftovers/those who didn’t make the main card. It’s over the top rope elimination rules. Every minute, a new participant will enter. Last year’s Rumble was fun for the surprise names, but it wasn’t much of a match until the last few minutes. Read More →

IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship Match: Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Young Bucks vs. Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta Speaking of traditions, this year we get another IWGP Jr. Tag Title match with a thousand teams. OK, four teams, but still, would it kill them to make a straightforward tag team match for the titles? Oh well. Good thing is all four teams are great and it should be a Dragon Gate-esque spectacle of a match. Just don’t ask me to pick a winner. Read More →

NEVER Trios Championship Match: Mark & Jay Briscoe & Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale Mark, Jay, and Yano. This I must see. New Japan is introducing trios titles at this year’s show, and the winners of this match will be the first ever champs! With the Bullet Club team being New Japan regulars, you’d expect the belts to go to them, but if it turns out this is more than a one-time deal for the Briscoes, they might be taking home some gold on their debut. Read More →

ROH Championship Match: Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin The ROH World Title will be defended in New japan for the first time ever at Wrestle Kingdom. The two Americans might have a tough time winning over the massive Japanese crowd. One thing they have going for them, besides both being very good wrestlers, is that the fans are familiar with Elgin and he’s gained a pretty good following in his short time in New Japan. Read More →

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Kenny Omega vs. Kushida Two men who’ve dominated New Japan’s Junior division in 2015 will face off for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. At one win apiece, this will be the rubber match to decide who which man truly is the Ace of the Junior division. Read More →

IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma The tag titles might not mean what they used to, but the crowd is going to be loud for this one, and that’s about 95% because of Honma. The forever underdog is teaming with his G.B.H. partner Togi Makabe on his quest for that elusive championship. It’s more or less the same story as last year’s title match, except with different challengers. And you know what, if it plays out the same way, I don’t even mind. Read More →

Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito The only match on the show not for a title, the Samurai and the Ingobernable are meeting in a good old fashioned grudge match. Expect a lot of Ingobernable shenanigans from EVIL and new member BUSHI. While not for a title, the winner will likely move on to feud for one of the major titles. Read More →

NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata No backstory. No reason. This match is just happening and it’s probably going to steal the show. It’ll be interesting to see if Shibata will finally get his hands on some singles gold. To say he’s long overdue is an understatement. Either way, this match is going to be something else. I just hope the dome can handle it. Read More →

IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles Yeah, so, this is going to be great. Like, the greatest. A.J Styles is a phenomenal wrestler. I mean, that’s his thing. He’s the Phenomenal One. He has phenomenal matches time after time. Shinsuke Nakamura always brings it on the big stage. His match this time last year with Ibushi was one the greatest. Put these two together, my god, we’re in for a treat.  Read More →

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada It’s the champion, Okada, against the Ace, Tanahashi. So much history, so much emotion, so many stellar matches together. This is the culmination a story that’s being going for years. Okada’s never beaten Tanahashi at the Dome, and he’s on a path to redemption after last year’s loss. This feels like it could be the end of an era. The passing of the torch. But don’t expect Tanahashi to move over without a fight. Read More →