IWGP Intercontinental, NEVER Openweight Championships at stake in Osaka; Taichi to face Tetsuya Naito
After the events of King of Pro Wrestling, three big singles matches, and one major tag have been added to the lineup November 3 at Power Struggle.
Hirooki Goto will challenge Jay White for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at the Osaka event. Goto defeated White during the G1 Climax, and kept his momentum going at Destruction in Kobe September 22 by defeating Shingo Takagi. After White captured the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in the main event that night, Goto crashed White’s party. Ever since White has refused to accept Goto’s championship challenge, but after Goto pinned Gedo with an emphatic GTR in Ryogoku, the Switchblade can deny Goto no longer.
Tomohiro Ishii will challenge KENTA on November 3. This is a rematch from August 31 at Royal Quest, but with roles reversed. Back then, Ishii was champion facing KENTA, who won his first NJPW championship thanks in no small part to the assistance of the Guerrillas of Destiny. With YOSHI-HASHI added to the mix, Ishii sought revenge on GoD during the Destruction tour, and came within a hair of the IWGP Tag Team Championships, but KENTA intervened, further infuriating the Stone Pitbull. Can Ishii get his vengeance? Or will KENTA break the difficult second defence streak of the NEVER Openweight Championship?
Taichi will take on Tetsuya Naito in Osaka.If Naito had retained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in Kobe against jay White last month, Taichi, who defeated Naito during the G1, would have been in line for a shot. That didn’t happen however, and the Holy Emperor was furious. After he and DOUKI got disqualified against Naito and Shingo Takagi at King of Pro Wrestling, Taichi attacked Naito and laid him out with the Last Ride, before declaring he would do what Naito couldn’t. Now they’ll go to war in Osaka at Power Struggle.
Also in the mix in Osaka will be a stacked tag team match. Fans will get a preview of the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 14 night one on January 4 as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and number one contender Kota Ibushi team with YOSHI-HASHI and Hiroshi Tanahashi respectively. Okada and Ibushi will doubtless be looking to make a mark before the Tokyo Dome in this one, but watch out for YOSHI-HASHI and Tanahashi as both men look to get their own Road to Wrestle Kingdom properly started.
These matches join the finals of the Super Junior tag League. The two top points scorers in the league will face off in the final match, with the winners potentially stamping their ticket to a IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match at the Tokyo Dome!