Wrestle Kingdom 16: Night Two Predictions

Wrestle Kingdom 16: Night Two is going to have to hit the floor running if it wants to come even close to the awesome wrestling feast that we gorged upon at Wrestle Kingdom 16: Night One. The first of three shows was absolutely insane and packed to the rafters with five-star match after five-star match. This puts Wrestle Kingdom 16: Night Two at an automatic disadvantage. After all, how do you build upon perfection? To be honest, I don’t know and I’m not even sure that you can, but if anyone can pull it off them it’s NJPW. So before what could very well be the greatest show of the year, we here at Sports Obsessive have gotten together to bring you our Wrestle kingdom 16: Night Two Predictions.

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships: Flying Tiger (Robbie Eagles and Tiger Mask) vs Mega Coaches (Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero) vs Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team (El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)

Steve Swift: 

This is going to be an entertainment special. The Cutest Tag Team is going to make merry, Rocky is going to be cheesed off, the action should be frenetic and may be surprising. Expect Flying Tiger to win, both members are being pushed by NJPW at the moment.
Winners: Flying Tiger

Katrina Blake: I wouldn’t mind seeing Rocky Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi as the new Jr Heavyweight champs, so I’m going with them as my pick.
Winners: Mega Coaches

Jon Shartzer: My preference here would be for Flying Tiger to retain the titles. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to drop them, but perhaps against my better judgment, I’m going to pull the trigger on Eagles and Tiger Mask to escape with the gold still around their waists.
Winners: Flying Tiger

Neil Gray: I have no idea. Great start, huh? The fact remains that there are multiple reasons to pick any of these three teams as champions, but just to be different, I’m going to go with the bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team.
Winners: Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team

STARDOM Special: Mayu Iwatani and Starlight Kid vs Tam Nakano and Saya Kamitani

SS: Special this. The first time STARDOM is on a Wrestle Kingdom card when it isn’t a dark match. Do they have a lot to prove? Nah, they have a lot to enjoy. This may be a contender for the match of the night. Iwatani and the Kid may take it, but it’s the action that’s really just going to be cool either way.
Winners: Mayu Iwatani and Starlight Kid

KB: I’ve been really appreciating Stardom over the last 2 years. Going with my girl Tam Nakano.
Winners: Tam Nakano and Saya Kamitani

JS: Unfortunately,  I don’t watch STARDOM and have no pick for this matchup.
Winner: No Pick

NG: Anyone who knows wrestling knows just how hot the Starlight Kid is currently and even though she’s only 20 years old, I can’t imagine that STARDOM would put someone of her quality and potential into this match if she wasn’t going over.
Winners: Mayu Iwatani and Starlight Kid

KOPW 2022 Four Way: Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano vs. Chase Owens vs. CIMI

SS: Yano v Suzuki v Chase Owens v CIMA? CIMA? Oh, I wish it were, but with Yano messing with Suzuki and taking him out of a pinning possibility, this is Chase Owens all the way. He’s in The CLUB, he works well and he’s a name for the future.
Winner: Chase Owens

KB: Yano is my guy, so I’m going with him.
Winner: Toru Yano

JS: Minoru Suzuki. That’s all I have to say. The man is too hot right now to walk out of here with a loss.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki

NG: The way this was set up after the fact was that it was going to be everyone vs. Toru Yano. It seems as if Owens, Suzuki, and CIMI will look to take him out of the game before fighting among themselves, which leads me to believe that Yano will somehow overcome the odds and remain KOPW champion. For now, at least.
Winner: Toru Yano

NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships: HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, and SHO) vs CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, and YOH)

SS: Goto and YOSHI-HASHI got the win last night, surprisingly, against Dangerous Tekkers, but EVIL won too. I think G and Y-H may pull off a sweep.
Winners: CHAOS

KB: I don’t see a reason yet for the belts to be dropped, so I think SHO, Yujiro Takahashi, and EVIL keeping their belts.
Winners: House Of Torture

JS: Goto and Yoshi-Hoshi just won the IWGP Tag Team Championships on Night One of Wrestle Kingdom. I doubt they double up on Night Two. That should mean that House of Torture retains the six-man titles.
Winners: House Of Torture

NG: I can’t imagine the current tag-team champions also holding the six-man belts, that just doesn’t make any sense to me, so I fully expect House of torture to retain. Meaning that they won’t as I’m really, really bad at this.
Winners: House Of Torture

SANADA vs Great-O-Khan

SS: Tough to call. The gilt is off the gingerbread with Sanada a little, whilst O-Khan is on the way up. I reckon Sanada picks this one, just. A knock-down, drag-out affair.
Winner: SANADA

KB: Though I could be wrong, for some reason I do feel SANADA is taking this match.
Winner: SANADA

JS: With the exception of the Jeff Cobb match, Wrestle Kingdom should be generous to the United Empire this year. Great-O-Khan gets the win over SANADA here.
Winner: Great-O-Khan

NG: NJPW and I are both high on the Great-O-Khan at the moment, and for good reason. He’s big, nasty, and hits like a runaway train, so I fully expect them to use WK16 as a launch point to send him into the top end of the card.
Winner: Great-O-Khan

Tetsuya Naito vs. Jeff Cobb

SS: This too is a pick ’em. Naito is loved. Cobb is respected. Cobb can dish it out. Naito can take it. Go with the heart; Naito.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito

KB: I’m a fan of both men. Though I feel Jeff Cobb might take this one.
Winner: Jeff Cobb

JS: This match is going to be brutal and I absolutely can’t wait. Jeff Cobb can throw anybody and Tetsuya Naito doesn’t care about his own body. That will make for some fun action. I’ve got Naito taking the victory in this one.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito

NG: This is a hard one to call. On one hand, Naito is a legend within NJPW and is over like rover, and on the other hand, Jeff Cobb is a f*cking beast in the mold of the foreign heel that the company loves so much. For that alone – and because I feel 2022 will be a huge year for him – I’m picking Jeff Cobb here.
Winner: Jeff Cobb

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship No DQ: KENTA vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

SS: Oh God, don’t ask me to do this! It’s going to be hard as nails. It’s going to be mighty fine. It’s going to be the Ace Hiroshi. Only just.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi

KB: As much as I want to go for Tanahashi on this one, KENTA is known for using DQ to his advantage. So I’m going with KENTA on this one.
Winner: KENTA

JS: I’ve been waiting for KENTA to have his true re-coming out party since he returned to Japan. His whole run has felt a bit lackluster to me. I think that chances tonight with a big win over The Ace of NJPW in a match that certainly favors the clever IWGP United States champion.
Winner: KENTA

NG: This is going to be f*cking brutal. Logic would dictate that when you get to the show of the magnitude of Wrestle Kingdom 16 that you go with the person who has been wronged to gain their vengeance, but I just feel that this blood feud is going beyond Wrestle Kingdom 16: Night Two.
Winner: KENTA

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Will Ospreay

SS: So, It’s Okada’s Night One. And anyone who thinks that he misses out on Night Two must be deaf to the adulation. Ospreay is my man, but he works so much better as a disgruntled heel. He needs something to grouch about, so expect this to be an Okada win, but perhaps not clean.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada

KB: It is my hope that Okada wins Night One to take on Will. As I previously stated I need Will to get beat up all up and down the ring, so I’m going with The RainMaker.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada

JS: This wasn’t the matchup that I predicted but if I’m being honest with myself, it’s what I expected NJPW to do. We’ve seen this match several times before but it never disappoints. It feels fairly obvious though that Will Ospreay is going to come out victorious as the one true IWGP heavyweight champion.
Winner: Will Ospreay

NG: I said yesterday that whoever won Night One would set up how Wrestle Kingdom: Night Two was going to go down. If Shingo retained then Will Ospreay would become the new IWGP Champion, but if Okada was victorious there was no way, no way he was going to be a one-night transitional champion. And though it breaks my heart – as I’m a Will Ospreay guy – I’ve gotta stand by my convictions, though this is one time I’d love to be proven wrong.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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