Well folks, I have now been a die-hard New Japan fan for a full year. It was just before WK9 that I subscribed to the NJPWWorld.com network, and I've had not one regret since. This company is light years ahead of anything else on the wrestling market these days (NXT is the only one that comes close), and January 4th is the date of their biggest PPV of the year, in Japan's most prestigious venue. The last three WrestleKingdom shows have been absolutely tremendous, particularly last year's WK9 which I consider one of the two or three best PPVs I've ever seen. Astonishingly, on paper this year's show looks even better than that one. WrestleKingdom 10 will boast a streamlined nine-match card (plus a pre-show Rumble), and not one looks like a throwaway. The main event is a rematch of last year's epic WK showdown, and the semi-main is a dream bout New Japan fans have been looking forward to for nearly two years. Also the Ring of Honor World Title will be up for grabs on this show, New Japan will crown inaugural Six-Man Tag Champs, and every match but one is for a Championship. This is as stacked a show as I can imagine this company putting together, and I'm breathless with anticipation. We're going to see something really special next Monday.
But who's gonna win? Well let's break down the card. **Currently I'm 28/35 for New Japan predictions.**
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 4-Way Match: reDRagon vs. The Young Bucks vs. Roppongi Vice vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet
As with the last two WK shows, this year's extravaganza will open with a 4-way tag match. While I would've liked to see just reDRagon vs. Sydal & Ricochet, I'm certainly not complaining about this. These wild aerial-fests are always a fun way to kick off the show and I expect some great fireworks between these four teams. O'Reilly and Fish have held the Jr. Tag belts for several months so I could easily see them dropping to one of the challengers.
Justin's pick: I think Sydal & Ricochet take it down. This exciting new team has a very bright future in NJPW and I'd love to see them dominate the Jr. division for a while before graduating to the Heavyweights.