I was talking to someone in a Discord chat about the Hiromu/buried thing and they brought up a good comparison: Kurt Angle. Someone who could go from a goofy idiot to badass depending on the situation, and be believable every time. If that's what they're doing with Hiromu, it's bold but God bless the mad bastards. One thing's for sure; judging by the near-deafening Hiromu chants as he lay wailing on the floor, his booking certainly isn't hurting his popularity. I hate that Ospreay won the title and so soon, but if they have him on lockdown beyond 2018 than it's not as bad.
Anyways, the Jr Tag League is very interesting to me. First thing's first, the rematch between Titan/Dragon Lee and BUSHI/Hiromu is the one I'm looking most forward to. They had a really underrated tag during Fantasticamania this year that went under a lot of people's radars. But mostly, I wonder how far RPG 3k will go. On one hand they just returned so naturally they'd ride their new wave of momentum, but reigning champs don't ever make it far AND they're fighting KUSHIDA/Kawato in Korakuen Hall which could be a dead giveaway. Might be wishful thinking on my part, but YOH and SHO are still young so maybe they play that up to set up the loss in some way. Regardless who wins that match, I don't see BUSHI and Hiromu winning at all seeing as Hiromu is still hovering over Belto-san and he's probably challenging for WK. I might see Taguchi/ACH winning the whole thing, the former deserves a spot on the card. Although Kanemaru's last five years have been him basically getting drunk and falling upwards inexplicably, so a Suzukigun challenge might be possible. Him and Desperado were supposed to challenge earlier in the year but Despy's minor knee injury stopped that so maybe they'll give it another try. They also book Kanemaru pretty high so perhaps.
To me, the final is RPG 3k/LIJ vs. KaneDespy/Taguchi Japan. LIJ has no chance of winning so if they make it to the Finals than that's that. IF RPG 3k win it than I can totally see the Bucks return and make a challenge for WK and that be their swan song for the Junior division before going heavy.
Juice pinning Makabe at KoPW shouldn't be ignored; Makabe rarely goes down. I'd honestly not be surprised if Juice gets booked strong in the WTL. Might be too much too soon, but him challenging for the Tag Titles is something I'd not be against. I think NEVER Trios is more fitting though.
I'm curious how the NEVER Trios titles will be handled going forward. EVIL could challenge Suzuki and I'm almost expecting it since he's riding such a wave of momentum, but he'd have to lose the Trios Title which also frees up SANADA and BUSHI. We could go with Suzuki vs Goto again, and I'd have to slap Gedo across the face for subjecting us to that shit, but Suzuki fighting CHAOS again and opposite Goto in a lot of tags makes me wince at what might come.
Last note: Okada, Omega, Suzuki, Ospreay, SHO & YOH, and KES seem guaranteed to be champions going into WK.
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