For this column I'll only be predicting the really important matches, which ends up being four from each show. So let's get to it...
|Destruction in Okayama - 9.23.15|
NWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Steve Anthony vs. Tiger Mask
This is a tough one for me to call as I haven't been keeping up on NWA current events, but being a title match I figured I'd include it and more or less flip a coin. Steve Anthony beat the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger for the Title back in April, so I could easily see Liger's fellow countryman Tiger Mask avenging the loss and capturing said belt. And I like Tiger Mask a lot, so I'll be rooting for him anyway.
Justin's pick: Tiger Mask
IWGP Tag Team Championship: Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. Tencozy
Justin's pick: Anderson & Gallows
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Kushida vs. Kenny Omega
Justin's pick: Kushida
NEVER Openweight Championship: Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi
Justin's pick: Kota Ibushi
|Destruction in Kobe - 9.27.15|
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito
I love this matchup. Naito's been turning in the best character work of his career as the douchebag heel who stopped caring what anyone thinks. He had a pretty impressive showing at G1 and I could see him becoming a top contender for either of the two big Championships in 2016. Shibata has become one of my favorite guys to watch. Just an unbelievably tough son of a bitch with a massive chip on his shoulder. Look for Naito's antics to repeatedly piss off Shibata, allowing Naito to get a surprise win once inside his opponent's head.
Justin's pick: Tetsuya Naito
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: reDRagon vs. Time Splitters
Justin's pick: reDRagon
WrestleKingdom #1 Contender's Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Justin's pick: Hiroshi Tanahashi
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Goto has defeated Nakamura twice on PPV in I-C Title matches, but Nakamura won their G1 tournament match together, thus earning one more opportunity at the belt he's made so valuable. These two always have good to excellent matches together, and I see this one stealing the show. Since Nakamura, heavily favored to win G1, came up short I can't see him dropping a third consecutive Title match to Goto. I think Nak wins back the belt and goes on to defend against AJ Styles at WK10. Then next year he can make another run at the big belt.
Justin's pick: Shinsuke Nakamura
Those are the picks. I did quite well predicting Dominion, going 8/9, so hopefully I'm not far off the mark here. Regardless I feel like it's been ages since G1 ended, so I'm itching to see more New Japan action! Enjoy the shows!