JKJ & Thirteen|10 are back with your New Japan royal Quest preview! What will happen when Strong Style returns to the UK?
Three years ago I was introduced to NJPW and a huge thanks must go out to Kenny Omega & Kazuchika Okada.
The Epic clashes between Okada & Omega most notably at Wrestle Kingdom 11 & Dominion that same year were then headed up by Omega winning the gold at Dominion 2018! What a roller-coaster ride of a feud that proved to be.
My subscription to NJPWorld began in October 2017 when Chris Jericho debuted during World Tag League and brutally assaulted Kenny Omega, therefore announcing “Alpha Club” which led to a Match of the year candidate at WrestleKingdom 12, this was a feud that led to thousands of more people attending the Tokyo dome and subscribing to this awesome content.
Fast forward 2 years and here I am, Royal Quest ticket in hand, London weekend all planned and with only the headache of not knowing what merchandise to wear or even buy on the day, oh life’s problems!
I cannot wait to be amongst the thousand of NJPW fans at the Copper Box arena screaming “Kaze Ni Nare” during Minoru Suzuki’s entrance before he challenges “Rainmaker” for the IWGP Heavyweight championship or even shouting “Destinooooo” just like Kevin Kelly so often delivers with utter perfection.
This brings me to this blog, or for this instance, fantasy writing. The Card is stacked. Four title matches is going to whet the appetite for us UK fans who have never experienced NJPW and I can assure you that we are going to want so much more every year. Will NJPW make Royal Quest an annual show? if we fill the copper box and make enough noise then surely we cannot be ignored in the future!
How very exciting…….
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Match 1: Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Rasuke Taguchi vs Roppongi 3K
What interests me here is the Shota Umino story, will he show any slight heel persona to his partners for this match? Will the Jon Moxley attitude slowly rub off? I sure do hope so. I want to see Shota completely layout Ren Narita after defeat in this opening match, I fully expect Shota to leave Ren laying motionless and as Taguchi steps in he attacks their mentor. Shota & Ren are fantastic Young Lions and a mini-story feud throughout the pending Destruction tour will be welcome viewing for us all.
Match 2: Kota Ibushi & Juice Robinson vs Bullet Club (Hikuleo & Yujiro Takahashi)
Kota Ibushi is on the road to WrestleKingdom and at some point will be required to defend his Briefcase/contract, Juice, on the other hand, is waiting for the now-injured IWGP US Champion Jon Moxley to return for the no DQ title match. I see this as a showcase for Ibushi & Juice to get a fairly straight forward win here. Keep an eye on Hikuleo who has been performing in the UK for around 4-5 weeks and would have grown a fan base here. Nothing more and nothing less than exposure for a few fan favorites here!
Match 3: Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori)
This could be a potential show-stealer, there are so many great stories that could come from this and we could easily see these exact 4 showcase their abilities again at WrestleKingdom in January. Will is destined to now (Spoiler Alert) face Super J Cup winner ELP after his tournament win. Robbie Eagles is slowly making a name for himself since breaking away from BC and Taiji Ishimori will always be in the frame for a future Jr Heavyweight title match. I can see Bullet Club picking up the win with ELP pinning Ospreay again, yes again, thus setting up a title match on the destruction tour. Eagles will impressive so keep an eye on the sniper of the skies!
Match 4: LIJ (Tetsuya Naito & SANADA) vs Bullet Club (Jay White & Chase Owens)
Oh man, I love Chase Owens, all-round great guy, and fantastic worker but he really is here to take the pin isn’t he?! Naito & White have an IC title match scheduled for Destruction and they will brawl and beat the living hell out of each other. I can see SANADA (who will be extremely popular) making Chase Tap out with Skull end.
Time to pick up a new Chairshot shirt!
All this action so far and we are now about to hit the title matches! What a memorable night this is going to be!
Match 5: IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles: GOD (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs ????
So, The challengers will be determined at RevPro Summer Sizzler on Friday night as Josh Bodom & Sha Samuels (#EAST) take on Aussie Open, Kyle Fletcher & Dunkzilla Mark Davis. I have to go with Aussie Open becoming the challengers, is this a way for them to get one hell of a crowd pop by winning the Tag Titles in a country that they have made their own?!
Aussie Open WILL win the IWGP tag titles to make this a memorable night, they can also defend and perform in Revpro and will, in my opinion, enter NJPW World Tag League in October. This will be a fun back and forth match but will be the first huge pop of the night!
Match 6: Never Openweight Championship: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs Kenta
Kenta is Bullet Club, Kenta, despite a few defeats in the G1, looks great and has fitted perfectly into his heel Bullet Club role. But…..”The Wrestler” Katsuyori Shibata will be in town and I fully expect Shibata to get revenge for his recent beatdown, thus costing Kenta the title. This is going to be a hard-hitting affair and as a huge Ishii fan since his G1 match and win over Kenny Omega in 2018 I cannot wait to be sat on the edge of my seat listening for the chops and kicks in this one. Ishii retains!
Match 7: Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship: Zask Sabre Jr (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Well, well, well, what do we here?! One of the finest British wrestlers that we have ever seen is facing one of NJPWs greatest EVER! Could Zack really lose on home soil? Will Tana travel back and forth to the UK to make defenses? Perhaps Not so I am booking ZSJ to roll up the challenger and continue his personal dominance of the gold strap. Nothing that we haven’t seen before here other than a potential MOTY “wrestling” match. I cannot wait!
Match 8 (Main Event): IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Minoru Suzuki
We have had time limit draws in the rain with these 2 before so lucky the roof will be intact at the Copperbox arena on Saturday but expect the roof to blow off not once, but twice. The “KAZA NI NARE” entrance from the King is going to be goosebump worthy for me and everyone else in attendance but this will only be the first. Suzuki will kick out of Rainmaker, he will go on to reverse the Rainmaker attempt and the hit that gotch style piledriver to win yes WIN the IWGP Heavyweight title in a country that he is adored! This moment is what will separate this show from any other in the UK this year!
All I can say is let’s make some serious noise, share our appreciation and welcome them back next year for another Royal Quest.
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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.
While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.
Randy Orton’s Return to WWE
On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.
‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.
The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.
The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!
This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt
So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.
Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.
As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.
Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.
Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.
Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends
We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.
Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.
After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.
Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)
In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.
Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)
Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)
Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.
Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.
The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…
Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble
I absolutely hate it.
This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…
Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.
I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.
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