Regardless of the quality of the card, I would be super hyped for King of Pro Wrestling, as I'll actually be there
That being said I think it looks a pretty solid card, without looking like a blow away show on paper. How good the show ends up being, pretty much depends on how the top three matches deliver.
Not surprised Jesse is already shitting on the card , but I'm used to him being hyper-critical when it comes to New Japan. I'm not saying NJPW does nothing wrong and that Gedo is a perfect booker. Shitty treatment of the IWGP Tag titles being the prime example. I'm just not one for nitpicking every booking decision Gedo makes and being a doom and gloom merchant. All in all my enjoyment level of New Japan right now, is probably around the same level as Joe Lanza.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji
- I was already pretty hyped for this main event as they had a great match at the G-1 and I'm sure they'll deliver again.
Tokyo Dome Contract: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
- Whilst it is a bit groan worthy that perennial choke artist Goto gets yet another shot at a significant prize (only to fail again!)- their G-1 Finals match was excellent. Provided that Omega keeps the goofiness toned down, they have the potential to deliver another excellent match.
NEVER Openweight Championship: Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Kyle O'Reilly
- Provided that Shibata actually makes it to the ring, this should be an excellent match. I think O'Reilly has a big chance of coming away the champion here, as I can see them wanting to take the belt off Shibata, to either help him rest up his banged up body or to transition him into the NJPW vs NOAH feud.
Special 8-Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA & Jay Lethal vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI)
- Surprised that we weren't getting the BUSHI vs KUSHIDA rematch on the card, but it probably works out better they save that one for Power Struggle. Anyway this actually has the potential to be a really great match, as LIJ are consistently good in multi-man tags. It will also be interesting to see how Lethal performs on the babyface side against his former associates. Lethal really needs to impress here, as he no longer has the excuse of the heel character and blatant cheating holding him back from showing his full potential.
IWGP Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs. Guerrillas of Diarrhea (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
- How convenient of Mr Gedo to book this match just before intermission, as that means I can get a head start on making a visit to the washroom. Unfortunately I think the worlds most boring tag team will come away with the belts here. Just when we all thought Gedo had seen sense and was jobbing this dumpster fire of a team down the card to Captain New Japan levels of irrelevance, he has to torture the NJPW and starts pushing them again.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) vs. Ricochet & David Finlay
- It's a fresh match up! It's a rare 2vs2 Junior Tag Team match! And on paper it has the potential to be a good match! Three things to get pretty excited about. I doubt that the Bucks drop the belts here, as I just can't see Finlay becoming a NEVER Six Man champ and and IWGP Junior Tag champ in the space of a couple of weeks since his graduation from Young Lion status.
NJPW vs. NOAH Special 8-Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Go Shiozaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Maybach Taniguchi & Masa Kitamiya
- This one depends on how much fire they bring to this match. In all honesty I'll be more interested in this NJPW vs NOAH feud once it moves beyond being the NJPW Dad's vs NOAH.
Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Bobby Fish vs. CHAOS (Toru Yano, Rocky Romero, Beretta & Gedo)
- Not much to say about this one, other than it's obviously just there to be a get some people on the show undercard tag.
CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay) vs. Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi)
- Has the potential to at least be an OK opener, mainly due to the CHAOS team.... Also as mediocre as he is, Yujiro is actually much more tolerable in undercard tag matches than he would be if he was being put into featured singles matches. Plus I'm not ashamed to admit that I will be looking forward to seeing his companions.
Pre-show TV Anime "Tiger Mask W" Special Crossover Match: Tiger Mask W vs. Red Death Mask
- As a big anime fan I'm actually intrigued by this, so I'm going to make sure I get into Sumo Hall early enough to catch this.