I only see 3 options at the moment:Ckkj14 wrote:Who is winning the NJ Cup then? I'll go for Ishii
The case: Juice has constantly talking about the the New Japan Cup in his backstage comments and Kevin Kelly brings up the Cup during everyone of Juice's matches on the last couple of tours. Juice has already said if gets in the field and wins than he is challenging Jay White for the US title.
The case: Everyone's dark horse favorite to win the Cup because he is everyone's favorite bad ass. Jay White recently picked him to win the Cup in a backstage comment which might be setting up a potential feud. This would also set up a great main event between Suzuki and Ishii for the IC title at one of the three Wrestling Dontaku shows or as a semi main at Genesis.
The case: Tana holds the record for most successful IWGP heavyweight title defenses in a singular reign at 11. Okada as we all know is rapidly approaching defense number 11. Perhaps Tanahashi wins and sets up another match with Okada. Maybe Tanahashi wins and faces Suzuki to settle the score from New Beginning.
4) Wildcard: Naito
The case: Naito is still over and will likely get the chance to win the IWGP title again this year based on the storytelling from WK12. Winning the Cup is a means to get him that shot though it might be to early for this match again. Also a lot depends on the outcome of the Jericho feud that we all imagine is coming to a head at SSE.
I personally think it's Tanahashi's Cup to lose but all four seem like solid options to me.