Three Big Stories Coming Out Of NJPW Power Struggle

The following post contains SPOILERS for the events that took place tonight at NJPW Power Struggle. You are being warned going forward. So if you want to watch the show and not be spoiled, DO NOT Keep reading. With that being said, some big developments for Wrestle Kingdom took place tonight.

1. Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi is Official

We all kind of expected this to happen. Tanahashi was without a match heading into Wrestle Kingdom and they set this match up with the post match angle from Dominion. Jericho said it will be Tanahashi’s last match of his career. I’ll be interested to see how this match goes. Jericho needs bells and whistles to have a truly great match. And I don’t know if he will mesh well with Tanahashi in the ring.

2. Hiromu Takahashi Returns, Challenges Will Ospreay at Wrestle Kingdom

We had been waiting and waiting and waiting for this to happen, and it finally did. After Ospreay defeated Bushi to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title, he demanded a new challenger. The lights went out, and Hiromu Takahashi hit the ring. He acted like his normal crazy self running into the barricade, taking bumps inside the ring. Hiromu said he is not changing his style one bit, and challenged Ospreay to a match at Wrestle Kingdom. It is the biggest Juniors match that they could make and it could easily main event a night at Wrestle Kingdom if they really wanted. But it appears NJPW has other plans for that.

3. Jay White Wants To Be Double Champion Too

After retaining the IC Title agains Hirooki Goto Jay White said he wanted to be the first Double Champion in New Japan. Tetsuya Naito came out and said he talked about wanting to be Double Champ before anyone else. Kota Ibushi came out and said he also wanted to be Double Champ, and said there was someone else that wanted to be Double Champ too. Out came Okada. Okada said they should put it up to a vote for the fans if this happens. I don’t know if he was serious or ripping on Naito when they put their first Wrestle Kingdom match up for a vote as to whether it should main event. Okada and Ibushi left as White said that he was not defending the IC Title against Naito at Wrestle Kingdom. So it is possible we are getting Naito vs White, but the fans will vote as to whether it actually happens.

We were waiting for Wrestle Kingdom to take shape, and it looks like it finally did tonight.

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