NJPW in the MetLife Dome (/ 4/21)
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) will conclude their special bundle of shows inside the baseball fields as they make their way to the MetLife Dome for Grand Slam wrestling nights one and two. This will be their last massive show before the High point G1, which means this will be the last chance for the squad to gain momentum before the round robin. NJPW made sure to pack the two nights of Grand Slam wrestling with must-see matches and will feature Stardom for the first time on both shows as well. Here is an overview of the Grand Slam wrestling card for the first night.
Wrestle Grand Slam Card – Night One (/ 4/21)
– Special Stardom Match: Momo Watanabe & Saya Kamitani vs. Maika & Lady C
– Tiger Mask and Robbie Eagles vs. BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi
– YOH against SHO
– KOPW 2021: Chase Owens (c) against Toru Yano in a match without DQ I Quit Match
– Kazuchika Okada vs. Jeff Cobb
– IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) against Kota Ibushi
Grand Slam Wrestling Predictions – First Night
YOH vs. SHO – Longtime Partners Head Into An Unpleasant Rivalry
Roppongi 3K is not anymore. It’s a fact after SHO alight YOH, signaling that it’s time for him to introduce himself as a singles star. YOH’s slump since he faced El Desperado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship has been remarkable and that could be what is preventing him from getting the necessary refund on SHO that he is probably hoping for. These two aren’t going to stop fighting like this first game but as blood is boiling for both, this could be the most important in terms of their career direction from here. Expect little technical prowess and more of a war between former partners in one of the most anticipated untitled games NJPW has had all year.
IWGP US Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kota Ibushi – A Match of Respect
Hiroshi Tanahashi will defend his new IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship title against his partner Golden Aces, Kota Ibushi. Ibushi has not struggled since July 2 after falling ill. This forced him to miss the main event of Wrestle Grand Slam, where he would get his rematch for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Tanahashi replaced him that night and now grants Ibushi another chance for gold in what will be the main event of the first night. These two have been great, either against each other or as partners, so this should be another case where they steal the show. Ibushi will have all eyes on him as this is his first comeback, but “The Golden Star” should be able to show that he can live like a god again. Expect something special in this one.
Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi
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