JC’s Top Rope Report: Putting Together A WWE vs New Japan Supercard
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So New Japan and Ring of Honor recently had their G1 Supercard at MSG. Of course, they only had two interbrand matches. And ROH kind of sucked the life out of the card if we are being honest. I still maintain New Japan needs to end that relationship as soon as they can. Ring of Honor is nowhere near what they used to be in the eyes of a lot of fans.
Now we all know the two biggest wrestling promotions in the eyes of most fans are the WWE and New Japan (sorry Uncle Dave but AEW isn’t there yet). The odds of those two working together are very slim, probably less than 1% as long as Vince McMahon is around. But every wrestling fan wonders what a potential supercard between these two promotions might look like. And so have I. What would happen if for one night, these two promotions but together a supercard? Well, that is what I am here to figure out.
We have nine total matches, including a battle royal. The winner of each match (except the battle royal), gets added to a 5-on-5 elimination match at the end of the night. It was tough putting together a final card, and deciding who would win each match. But here we go!
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs EVIL and Sanada
You may look at this and consider it not to thrilling of a match. But I would personally love to see Sanada and Rollins mix it up in the ring. Sanada continues to improve. And EVIL and Reigns could have a good big man brawl with each other. Rollins was on my short list of guys to fight Okada, but in the end I put him in this match with Roman and give the WWE guys the win in this one.
Randy Orton vs Minoru Suzuki
I have no idea why but this is a match I’d like to see. Watching Suzuki try to work over Orton and then watching Orton try to respond interests me. People crap on Orton but when he is on his game Orton can have a great match. Orton was another one on my short list to fight Okada but that can wait until the big 5-on-5 match later. Orton reverses the sleeper into a RKO for the win.
Daniel Bryan vs Zack Sabre Jr.
I’ve said numerous times that ZSJ’s style has grown on me over the last year. And he continues to do that. I really liked his match against Tanahashi at the G1 Supercard show at MSG. Bryan can work a safe style with ZSJ and not worry about any further injury, like he would in a potential match against someone like Kota Ibushi. I’ll give the original technician master, Daniel Bryan, the win in this match.
Finn Balor vs Kota Ibushi
When thinking of who should fight Kota Ibushi, my initial thought was: Who should risk their life and have to worry about their neck the most? Then I thought of Ibushi trying to tone down his style for one match and who could have a great match with him. Balor is the first person that came to mind for me. Now I’m sure Ibushi would probably still try to kill himself and Balor would go along for the ride. The WWE is up 3-0 but that changes here. And Ibushi gets the win for me here.
Samoa Joe vs Tomohiro Ishii
Lets just let these two beat the crap out of each other for about 10-15 minutes. Everybody okay with that? I know I am. I wanted to get Ishii a singles match here. It was between him or a Wil Ospreay match and I decided to go with Ishii instead. And that’s just personal preference. Joe can take a loss here and it’ll be fine. Ishii moves on to the final match.
Rey Mysterio vs Tetsuya Naito
I thought about putting Andrade in this spot instead. Two Los Ingobernables members going one-on-one. But instead you can have that factor into the match. Naito of course gets the win over Rey here. I’d have Andrade come out mid-match but not really play any factor into the final outcome. We just need to get the double tranquillo pose at some point.
AJ Styles vs Jay White
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Why the hell are you wasting AJ Styles on a singles match with Jay White? Well, I’ll let you know why. First off, White isn’t as bad as a lot of people think. Second, both men at one point lead the Bullet Club. So I could have put Finn Balor here but I liked the idea of a match with Kota Ibushi better. Plus, it gives the WWE a win and puts Styles in the final match on the card. I think this match would be better than people think.
John Cena vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
This is usually the first match people talk about whenever they bring up a potential promotion vs promotion battle. And it makes sense. Tanahashi is the ACE of New Japan, and Cena was the “Babe Ruth” of WWE for over 10 years. Tanahashi helped the resurgence of New Japan and Cena held the WWE ship steady for awhile. No other match would make sense for these two. I’ll give Tanahashi the win in the match too. He’s more active than Cena will be going forward.
Kazuchika Okada vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Has Nakamura’s stock fallen off a cliff over the last year? Absolutely. But you have to have him in a singles match on this card. There is just too much history with Nakamura in New Japan not too. So I put him against his former CHAOS member in Okada. Both men have been leaders of the group at different times. And you can have Okada go over here and not defeat a big name like Rollins, Styles or Bryan in a singles match.
Lets have a quick 20 man battle royal once the other 9 matches are done to give the crowd a quick break. Ten wrestlers from each side.
From WWE: Kofi Kingston, Braun Strowman, Andrade, Miz, The Usos, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Ricochet
From NJPW: Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb, Guerillas of Destiny, Toru Yano, Juice Robinson, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Togi Makabe
I have it 5-4 New Japan at the moment so someone from the WWE has to win to make it even. Lets give the win to Kofi Kingston. We of course have to get some comedy spots with Yano and the New Day.
The Final 5-on-5 Elimination Match
Team WWE: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Randy Orton
Team New Japan: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii
Who wins, I’ll leave that up to you to decide! Vote in my Twitter Poll!
Until Next Time,
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