Preview: NJPW – King of Pro Wrestling (10/14/19)

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After a bit of a break with the US and Destruction tours, NJPW is back with one of the biggest shows of their year.  King Of Pro Wrestling sees Kazuchika Okada defend the title against SANADAWill Ospreay defends the junior title against his rival El Phanatasmo and much more.

Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado, DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

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El Desperado makes his return to NJPW in this junior heavyweight clash.  R3K has had many battles with Desperado and Kanemaru over the junior tag team titles and this will serve as a warm-up for the upcoming Junior heavyweight tag league.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma vs Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano)

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Not much to this one.  Hiroshi Tanahashi needs a way to get on the card but outside of that this match is pointless.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) vs Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Junior & Lance Archer)

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LIJ vs Suzuki Gun is a feud as old as time and they rekindle their feud here.  ZSJ and Naito are currently involved in the race for the much talked about championship tournament at Tokyo Dome.  This could serve as the build to an eventual singles match between the two.

CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Shingo Takagi & Tomohiro Ishii) vs Bullet Club (Jay White, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi)

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Hirooki Goto upset Jay White in the G1 Climax defeating the eventual block winner early in the tournament.  Now that White is Intercontinental champion and has his sights set on being a double champion Goto has pledged to stop him.  In addition to that, we have KENTA re-upping animosity with Ishii, the man he beat for the NEVER championship and YOSHI-HASHI who he defended the title against while in America.

Jyushin Thunder Liger vs Minoru Suzuki

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The animosity between these two men has been building for months.  Suzuki has been a thorn in the side of Liger for far too long drawing out a side to Liger that we never see.  Even going as far as to summon the demon Kishin Liger after disrespecting Liger one too many times.  Suzuki is one of the baddest men on the planet but even he knows he may have bitten off more than he can shew by provoking one of the most legendary junior heavyweights of all time.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Will Ospreay (C) vs El Phantasmo

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El Phantasmo has been on a hot streak since debuting for NJPW earlier this year finishing with 12 points in the Best Of The Super Juniors and then winning the Super J Cup and the Junior Heavyweight tag team titles.  Ospreay is currently 0-2 in singles matches against ELP in NJPW and recently came up on the losing end of a tag team title challenge alongside Robbie Eagles.  Ospreay has had a gruelling year in 2019 competing in the G1, BOSJ, Super J Cup, New Japan Cup and competing against heavyweights on multiple occasions which could sneak up on him here.  With Hiromu Takahashi in the shadows awaiting his comeback, it will be interesting to see what direction NJPW goes with their Junior title.

IWGP Unites States Championship: Jon Moxley (C) vs Juice Robinson

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Jon Moxley’s first match after leaving the WWE was a violent brawl with Juice Robinson which saw him win the US title.  On the last day of G1 block action, Robinson got his payback when he defeated Moxley and knocked him out of the tournament.  Now tied at one win each they collide once again at King Of Pro Wrestling in a No disqualification match that once again promises to be a display of violence

Kota Ibushi vs EVIL

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Ibushi defends his WrestleKingdom title match against EVIL who beat him in the G1.  In the lead up to this match, EVIL has come out on top in most of the tag team matches featuring the two and comes into this one looking like a legitimate threat to Ibushi.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (C) vs SANADA

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SANADA’s third time challenging Okada for the title and their third singles match of the year.  Okada won the first match to win the New Japan Cup which he would use to win the heavyweight title.  They then met in the G1 and SANADA got the win, noticing a trend?  This match should be a placeholder defense for Okada as he once again beats SANADA who continues to be entrenched in the upper midcard

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