SFU PPV Championship Contest: NJPW - Wrestle Kingdom 14 NIGHT 2
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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14
LIVE Sunday, Jan. 5
The preshow start time: 11pm Pacific / 1am Central/ 2am Eastern

NIGHT 2

The two main matches will be determined by the winners and losers from night 1. My suggestion is putting in your placeholder bets THEN updating them before the start of night 2.

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IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT AND IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL DOUBLE CHAMPIONSHIP: TBD © vs. TBD ©


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SPECIAL SINGLE MATCH: TBD vs. TBD - The two non champions after January 4th's Intercontinental and Heavyweight championship matches will meet.
[Loser of the January 4th IC Title Match vs. Loser of January 4th World Title Match]


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Legend vs Legend: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho


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NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: KENTA © vs. Hirooki Goto


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IWGP US HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: [Winner of Moxley/Archer] © vs. Juice Robinson


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BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Zack Sabre Jr. © vs. SANADA


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IWGP Jr. HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. Roppongi 3K


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JYUSHIN THUNDER LIGER RETIREMENT MATCH Ⅱ: Jyushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano w/ Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee


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IWGP 6-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP GAUNTLET MATCH:
Taguchi/Yano/Makabe © vs Eagles/Ishii/Hashi vs EVIL/BUSHI/Takagi vs  Taichi/Desperado/Kanemaru
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REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR PICKS AFTER NIGHT 1!

Watch Live: https://njpwworld.com/ ($8/mo, do not sign up until January 1st as they charge the first-last of the month)
Watch Free/Live: http://taima.tv/
Watch on Demand: http://watchwrestling.in/

Taken from Reddit:

Night 2:
Liger Retirement Match #2 - Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano (w/ Yoshiaki Fujiwara) vs Ryū Lee & Hiromu Takahashi -

This will be the final match in the historic 35 year career of Jushin Thunder Liger and it will no doubt be a highly emotional way to kick off night 2. Unsurprisingly, Liger has seen many challenges thrown his way for his final bout, most notably from Ryū Lee at the final night of World Tag League. Liger however, implied he also has had his sights set on the returning Hiromu Takahashi and decided he wanted to face both.

Lee and Hiromu have been great rivals since Hiromu’s spell in Mexican promotion CMLL, having an endless amount of great matches in promotions all over the world. Their most recent match in July 2018 being the match that saw Hiromu break his neck and put him on the shelf for well over a year. On the other side, Naoki Sano was the first great rival of the Jushin Thunder Liger persona all the way back in 1989/90 making this match a battle between great Junior Heavyweight rivals from two different generations.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match - Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) © vs Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) -

Since returning to NJPW in late 2017 Roppongi 3K have been at the heart of NJPW’s Junior tag team division. Despite their 3 title reigns however, they have only managed 1 successful title defense, most recently losing the titles to current champions ELP & Ishimori in June 2019. Roppongi 3K won their 3rd straight Super Junior tag league and hope to start a 4th and hopefully longer lasting reign at the Tokyo Dome.

British Heavyweight Championship Match - Zack Sabre Jr. © vs SANADA -

Throughout various tournaments in the past 2 years, ZSJ and SANADA have developed some form of rivalry over their use of catch-as-catch-can style wrestling. The pair have traded wins backwards and forwards but SANADA has been getting the upper hand as of late first beating him in the G1 Climax and scoring a fall on him when their teams met during World Tag League. Expect lots of quick counters and exchanges when the two men meet.

IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match - Winner of Archer/Moxley © vs Juice Robinson -

While you may be asking why the man who lost the match for the vacated US title in October now only has to win 1 match to leave Wrestle Kingdom as Champion, Juice scored victories over both Moxley and Archer in his previous meetings with each of them, beating Moxley in the G1 Climax and scoring a fall over Lance Archer in World Tag League. Along with already having obligations for night 1 as the winner of World Tag League, Juice has earned his shot at walking out of Wrestle Kingdom a double champion.

NEVER Openweight Championship Match - KENTA © vs Hirooki Goto -

The most personal match on the card, this revolves not only around the NEVER title but around these two men’s relationship to Katsuyori Shibata. Shibata is Goto’s best friend from high school while KENTA teamed with Shibata back in NOAH. Shibata introduced KENTA to NJPW back in June following his departure from WWE. Having received fan backlash throughout the G1 Climax, KENTA decided to stop trying to win them over and joined the Bullet Club, laying a vicious beat down on the retired Shibata in the process.

After joining Bullet Club, KENTA has seen great success, winning the NEVER Openweight Title almost immediately. During a match between Goto and Jay White, KENTA would once again beat up Shibata, who was on commentary for the match. Later a furious Goto would challenge KENTA on behalf of his retired best friend.

Special Singles Match - Loser of Okada/Ibushi vs Loser of White/Naito -

While an effective 3rd place match may seem somewhat uninteresting on the surface, who wants to see the losers fight over nothing after all, this match will have big implications heading into the rest of 2020. First of all, this can be looked at as a #1 contenders match for the february New Beginning shows where the winner of this match will likely be the new double champions first title defence.

More importantly, the psychological effect losing on both nights will have on the loser of this match will be a big story in 2020. Will Jay be humbled? Will Naito or Ibushi fall incredibly far short of their goals? Will Okada fall from grace?

Special Singles Match - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Chris Jericho -

Following being rolled up in his IWGP Heavyweight title match back in June, Chris Jericho began attacking his opponent that night Kazuchika Okada. Tanahashi, who was on commentary, would make the save and send Jericho fleeing up the ramp. In November, a mysterious video package would begin airing after Tanahashi’s match that night, it was Chris Jericho issuing a challenge to Tanahashi because of feeling slighted 5 months prior. A month later, a second video package aired, where Jericho would promise to not only beat Tanahashi but send him into retirement.

Tanahashi would accept the challenge but go on to say that, should he win, he may just challenge Jericho for his AEW world championship. The first mention of AEW in NJPW since The Elite left New Japan after last year’s Tokyo Dome show. Will the Painmaker retire the Ace? Or will Hiroshi Tanahashi start building a bridge across the Pacific ocean?

Double Gold Dash - IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match - Winner of Okada/Ibushi vs Winner of White/Naito -

When Tetsuya Naito first mentioned his desire to be a double champion early this year, I don’t think many people would have expected us to have ended up with the Double Gold Dash. But despite Naito being unsuccessful in winning the G1 as Intercontinental champion his goal struck a chord with the power hungry Jay White and a Kota Ibushi desperate to prove himself. As such 3 of NJPW’s new big 4 all wanted to walk out of Wrestle Kingdom double champion. For the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, however, the idea of being a double champion has been uninteresting for him, seeing the IWGP IC title as a silver medal. Despite this, Okada is always up for a new way to prove himself and is more than ok to defend his IWGP heavyweight title on both nights.

So who walks out double champion at the Tokyo Dome? Will Okada solidify himself as NJPW’s top dog? Will Ibushi fulfill his potential? Will White welcome us all to his new era and make us breathe with the Switchblade? Or will Tetsuya Naito finally get his crowning moment at Wrestle Kingdom?
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Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee
Jericho
Okada
Kenta
Ibushi
Juice
ZSJ
RP3K
EVIL/BUSHI/Takagi
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9-moxley
8-kenta
7-not team liger
6-sabre jr.
5-tanahashi
4-jay white
3-bullet club (6-man)
2-r3k
1-naito
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9 - Naito
8 - Ibushi
7 - Ace
6 - Moxley
5 - LIJ
4 - Kenta
3 - Roppongi 3K
2 - Sanada
1 - Team Liger
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