Potential NJPW/WWE Partnership?
With the recent news of a potential partnership between New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and WWE, fans are dreaming up some matches we thought we would never be able to see. If this deal goes through, no matter your stance on it, it can produce some of the best wrestling matches the world has ever seen. The possibilities are endless, so let’s take a look at 5 dream matches we hopefully would get to see in the future.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Roman Reigns
*Disclaimer, I am writing this under the impression everyone is 100% healthy and not dealing with injuries*
This one is a no-brainer. Arguably the two biggest stars on planet earth right now in Kazuchika Okada and Roman Reigns might not have similar styles in the ring, but both have the ability to tell such a story that styles would not matter. The top stars in their respective promotions, it makes sense to have them battle it out to prove superiority. Roman Reigns has proved himself over the past year since returning at Summerslam that he undoubtedly has reached his potential that we all knew he could years ago in The Shield. Two beefy boys doing beefy things for 30 minutes, sign me up. It would mean more coming in an NJPW ring, I think.
Will Osprey vs. Seth Rollins
Will Osprey and Seth Rollins are technical wizards inside the ring with a little backstory to boot. In the summer of 2019, they had a brief Twitter exchange debating who the best wrestler on the planet was. Osprey and Rollins aren’t the biggest wrestlers on their respective rosters, but they are workhorses who will put on a famous Dave Meltzer six-star match given the time to work. The nod probably goes to Osprey, who, as of writing this, was the IWPG Heavyweight Champion before sustaining a neck injury and being forced to forfeit the belt. Another 30-minute classic.
Zach Sabre Jr. vs. Pete Dunne
If you want to talk best wrestlers on the planet, look no further than arguably the most technical wrestler on planet earth in Zach Sabre Jr. The Briton has made a career out of being able to outmaneuver his opponents and bending them in ways they couldn’t imagine. He would have a willing dance partner in Pete Dunne. The Bruiserweight’s fighting style is that of joint manipulation and strong style. Dunne has been a part of some of the greatest NXT matches in history, and at only 27, he will only get better. I wanted to pick Daniel Bryan to go up against Sabre Jr., but with his WWE contract status up in the air, Dunne was the guy to pick here.
Jay White vs. Drew McIntyre
I mean, come on, the story writes itself. Drew McIntyre was supposed to be the chosen one, handpicked by Vince McMahon himself to be the future face of the WWE. Jay White has also been dubbed the future face of New Japan Pro Wrestling since he left Ring of Honor back in 2017. You also have the natural heel in White going up against one of the biggest babyfaces on earth right now in McIntyre. Plus, both wrestlers possess such physical wrestling styles, so you would be guaranteed to have a bonafide slobber knocker on your hands (shoutout to Jim Ross). I hope that when the clock strikes midnight on White’s deal with NJPW, WWE backs the Brink’s truck up to his house.
Flip Gordon vs. Ricochet
The last entry on this list for our NJPW/WWE crossover is more of a fun pick than one that will deliver big star ratings. Who doesn’t want to see Flip Gordon and Ricochet fly around the ring for 20 minutes and dazzle us with all of their high-flying moves? Ricochet has never really been given a chance in WWE to unleash his full style of aerial offense, and now he would have that chance. Maybe even make this a ladder match or some sort of stipulation to add even more drama and excitement to what would be a great match.
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