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Didn't see one, and a lot of talking was a brewing in the WWE thread, so I figured I'd start one! Anything New Japan related goes here please. I miss Kota :'(
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Okada will reveal who he wants to join CHAOS tomorrow at the first day of the New Japan Cup. He's explicitly said it's not Goto.

Which makes me laugh, the ever continuing put down of Goto by CHAOS members is fantastic.
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Any predictions on who it'll be? My mind rolls to Kojima for some odd reason.
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Any predictions on who it'll be? My mind rolls to Kojima for some odd reason.
Kojima is far too old and irrelevant in NJPW for it to be him. I'm not willing to predict myself because I don't have any solid guesses. I'm not too big of an NJPW watched nowadays so I'm not entirely invested in the whole product. Just stuff like Goto being dumped on by CHAOS which makes me laugh.
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I could see it being Kamaitachi, being a full return to Japan. Him and Dragon Lee have another title match in CMLL this friday (will be aired live on youtube) where I assume he will lose the title back and then come home from excursion.

But other than that, New Japan cup starts with these matches

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Tana, Elgin, Makabe, Goto, Kojima, Yano, Ishii, Naito
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Okada will reveal who he wants to join CHAOS tomorrow at the first day of the New Japan Cup. He's explicitly said it's not Goto.

Which makes me laugh, the ever continuing put down of Goto by CHAOS members is fantastic.
Which also makes it perfect to reveal Goto...right? Probably not.

It'll most likely be an outsider. Maybe someone from NOAH? I'm not familiar enough with their roster though.

I'm just waiting for the new Bullet Club member.

Also locking in my New Japan Cup winner as Tama Tonga.
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I could see it being Kamaitachi, being a full return to Japan.
Yeah, that makes sense. They've always needed a junior for the singles ranks.
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I would love to see a dark horse win the New Japan Cup. Maybe someone like Elgin or Ishii. Naito is my favorite character in all of wrestling currently, but I'd like to see them hold off on doing Naito vs. Okada until Naito might actually have a chance at winning.
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Okada doesn't have many opponents left before the inevitable Naito match but I'd assume Naito would get some PPV wins and then win the title at Dominion in July, because he's by far the most over wrestler in Osaka (in a heel way)

Rolling with Nagata for the cup though.
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Don't sleep on Fale. He's been pushed heavily in the last two NJC's, a semi-finalist and finalist respectively. They know that Okada can work a good match with Fale and with them having just renewed his and Tonga's contract, one has to assume they'll invest in him.
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Don't sleep on Fale. He's been pushed heavily in the last two NJC's, a semi-finalist and finalist respectively. They know that Okada can work a good match with Fale and with them having just renewed his and Tonga's contract, one has to assume they'll invest in him.
This.

Plus it's maybe time for NJPW to start phasing out Tanahashi. They've ran through him & Okada's story for now, another Tanahashi/Okada bout so soon after Wrestle Kingdom doesn't have the same feel to it. Fale would be a good breather opponent for Okada.

Curiously, on the Okada note, Will Ospreay retweeted Enuhito's tweet concerning a new member of CHAOS. Ospreay's faced off against Okada before and is heading to New Japan soon. I'm all in favour of him bucking the NJPW gaijin worker trend of working in the Bullet Club for him to be a part of CHAOS.
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Don't sleep on Fale. He's been pushed heavily in the last two NJC's, a semi-finalist and finalist respectively. They know that Okada can work a good match with Fale and with them having just renewed his and Tonga's contract, one has to assume they'll invest in him.
Yeah, agreed. Fale is my number two to win it.

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Curiously, on the Okada note, Will Ospreay retweeted Enuhito's tweet concerning a new member of CHAOS. Ospreay's faced off against Okada before and is heading to New Japan soon. I'm all in favour of him bucking the NJPW gaijin worker trend of working in the Bullet Club for him to be a part of CHAOS.
This would be really, really hype. He's going to be a fantastic addition to New Japan and would be awesome in CHAOS over Bullet Club for sure.
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This.

Plus it's maybe time for NJPW to start phasing out Tanahashi. They've ran through him & Okada's story for now, another Tanahashi/Okada bout so soon after Wrestle Kingdom doesn't have the same feel to it. Fale would be a good breather opponent for Okada.
I think the best use of Tanahashi right now would be to have him team with Elgin on a regular basis, maybe make a run at the tag titles. There's nothing fresh left for him to do as a singles wrestler, but a tag run would be a breath of fresh air for both his career and the tag team division. Plus it would be easier on his body, at least in theory.
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I think the best use of Tanahashi right now would be to have him team with Elgin on a regular basis, maybe make a run at the tag titles. There's nothing fresh left for him to do as a singles wrestler, but a tag run would be a breath of fresh air for both his career and the tag team division. Plus it would be easier on his body, at least in theory.
That's the route I'd go down with him. Freshens up the tag scene slightly, although that's not hard given that one half of their tag division left with Guns & Gallows. NJPW have gotten really sloppy with building divisions. The juniors is currently in the rebuilding phase after having Omega beat literally everyone and then be like "lol, heavyweight time". The tag division needs more teams than GBH and the occasional Meiyu Tag team up.
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