Two new players have entered New Japan Pro Wrestling’s heavyweight tag team division and they are nothing less than an elite – pun intended – team. Seven-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team champions The Young Bucks declared their intention to move up to the heavyweight division.
The announcement came during the conclusion of the second night of the Honor Rising event. Matt and Nick Jackson addressed comments by Elite comrade Kenny Omega, who declared that he and Kota Ibushi – also known as the Golden Lovers – were the best tag team in the world after their win against Bullet Club’s Cody and Marty Scurll.
The Young Bucks took the time to announce their move to heavyweight and challenged Omega and Ibushi, potentially setting up a possible dream match.
While folks may see this as the latest crack in what appears to be a fissure between Omega and the Bullet Club, it also potentially sets the future for NJPW’s heavyweight tag team division.
The Young Bucks have been one of – if not the top – teams in NJPW’s Junior Heavyweight division, winning the titles seven times and won the 2013 Super Jr. Tournament. Moving to the heavyweight division makes sense for them because they have pretty much accomplished everything they can at the Jr. heavyweight level in NJPW.
They have also captured a plethora of heavyweight tag team titles from around the world but never the IWGP Heavyweight tag titles.
While they have challenged for the IWGP Heavyweight tag team belts in the past, the brothers have not really had an extended run in NJPW’s Heavyweight tag team division. Their potential matches against the likes of Killer Elite Squad, Los Ingobernables de Japon and other groups would not only produce quality matches but also draw big crowds. No disrespect to the other teams in NJPW, but the Young Bucks are one of the biggest draws in the world, which can be tough for a tag team to accomplish.
Then you have the Golden Lovers, who are also relatively new to NJPW’s heavyweight tag team division since rejoining earlier this year. While Omega and Ibushi captured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight tag team titles earlier in their careers, they have spent the majority of their time as singles competitors since they’ve they moved to heavyweight.
Both tag teams are being poised as the top duos in NJPW, which is only going to be better for business. If the marquee reads “Young Bucks vs. Golden Lovers,” it’s going to draw more people whether the match takes place in Japan or the United States.
Having them move up to heavyweight also allows the Jr. Heavyweight tag team division to have new teams in the division’s title picture.
Honor Rising Night 2 Results
Beer City Bruiser def. Toa Henare
Jay Lethal & Juice Robinson & David Finlay def. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens & Hikuleo
Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI def. Ryusuke Taguchi & Flip Gordon
Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale def. Jushin Liger & Cheeseburger & Delirious to retain the Never Openweight Six-Man tag team titles
Young Bucks & Hangman Page defeated Jay White & Chuckie T & YOSHI-HASHI
Dalton Castle def. Baretta and the Beer City Bruiser to retain the Ring Of Honor World title
Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi defeated Marty Scurll & Cody
Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling
The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.
Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.
“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”
Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”
“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”
Don Callis Returning To NJPW Commentary
Don Callis is commenting on is newly finalized deal with NJPW that will see him return on commentary and the key member of the Impact Wrestling promotion is excited for the opportunity to return to the booth.
“I am going back to New Japan,” Callis said on his “Killin the Town Podcast”. “So, for all the people out there who were claiming I’d been fired and that they didn’t want to use me anymore, that sort of thing. There were some people who said that and had all sorts of reasons for it that they would speculate about. As I said before, I’m busy enough that it’s not that I didn’t notice I wasn’t going back but I hadn’t given it a lot of thought because I’d been so busy.”
Callis announced that he would return on November 17th and 18th for the upcoming shows in Tokyo.
“They reached out to me and we had a discussion, I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school but they were quite intent on getting me back and I love the company and I love the boys in the back and I like the product. So, once we were able to resolve everything to mutual satisfaction I made a deal to go back.”
NJPW Announce New Matches For Wrestle Kingdom 13
New Japan Pro Wrestling is gearing up for Wrestle Kingdom 13, their annual marquee event, and have announced a number of matches to a card that already includes a main event featuring Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs Los Ingoberables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
KUSHIDA (c) vs Taiji Ishimori
“The Rainmaker” Kuzuchika Okada vs “Switchblade” Jay White
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
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