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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 Predictions

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As the wrestling world turns its eyes towards the Tokyo Dome for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18, fans and pundits alike are buzzing with predictions and expectations.

This event, airing live on NJPW World, promises an exhilarating card filled with high stakes and intense rivalries.

Let’s dive into our predictions for each match, offering insights into what might unfold in this much-anticipated event.

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 Predictions

IWGP Jr. Tag Championship: Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney (c) vs. Catch 22 (TJP & Francesco Akira)

The opening match sets a high bar, featuring the dynamic duo of Connors and Moloney defending their titles against the formidable Catch 22.

Despite Catch 22’s unsuccessful track record against the War Dogs team, the stage seems set for a title change, with TJP’s recent teases adding an intriguing layer to the match.

Prediction: Catch 22

NJPW World TV Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

In a clash of titans, Zack Sabre Jr. defends his title against the new President of NJPW, Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Sabre’s impressive 16-title defence streak faces a serious challenge against Tanahashi, who holds a slight edge in their head-to-head record.

This match could go either way, but Sabre’s momentum might just see him through.

Prediction: Zack Sabre Jr.

Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura

This match features two of NJPW’s rising stars. Tsuji, with his sights set on higher accolades, might see this match as a step-down, while Uemura views it as a crucial opportunity to prove himself.

Both wrestlers have everything to gain, making this an unpredictable and potentially show-stealing bout.

Prediction: Yota Tsuji

Shota Umino & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. House of Torture (EVIL & Ren Narita)

The House of Torture, now bolstered by Ren Narita, faces the formidable team of Umino and Kiyomiya. The personal animosity between Umino and Narita adds a heated dimension to this match.

However, the House of Torture’s notorious tactics might just tip the scales in their favour.

Prediction: EVIL & Ren Narita

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Tama Tonga

Shingo Takagi defends his title against Tama Tonga in a rematch from their previous encounter. While the rivalry isn’t as intense as others, Takagi’s role in elevating the championship’s prestige makes him the likely victor, ensuring the title’s continued relevance.

Prediction: Shingo Takagi

IWGP Tag Team Championship & STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championship: Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) (c) vs. El Phantasmo & Hikuleo (c)

In a high-stakes rematch, Bishamon defends their titles against the challenging team of El Phantasmo and Hikuleo.

Given the history of title changes at Wrestle Kingdom and the close nature of their previous encounter, a change of guard seems likely, potentially revitalising the tag division.

Prediction: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Desperado

A storied rivalry gets another chapter as Hiromu Takahashi defends his title against El Desperado.

While Desperado’s focus hasn’t been solely on the championship, his track record and the narrative momentum might favour him.

However, Takahashi’s dominant reign and potential future matchups could see him retain.

Prediction: Hiromu Takahashi

IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay vs. Jon Moxley vs. David Finlay

In a triple-threat match for the inaugural IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship, Ospreay, Moxley, and Finlay face off in a highly anticipated bout.

Finlay, with his commitment to NJPW and future challenges laid out, seems the likely candidate to emerge victorious, setting the stage for future high-profile matches.

Prediction: David Finlay

Kazuchika Okada vs. Bryan Danielson

In a rematch dubbed ‘The Dream Match, Part II’, Okada and Danielson look to surpass their previous encounter.

With both wrestlers at the top of their game and the unique atmosphere of the Tokyo Dome, this match could be a classic. Okada, fighting on home turf, might just have the edge.

Prediction: Kazuchika Okada

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito

The main event features SANADA defending his title against Tetsuya Naito. This match, steeped in personal and professional history, promises to be a dramatic and high-stakes encounter.

With both wrestlers possessing the skill and charisma to lead NJPW, this could go either way, but Naito’s experience might give him the upper hand.

Prediction: Tetsuya Naito


  • What time does Wrestle Kingdom 18 start? Wrestle Kingdom 18 airs live on NJPW World this Thursday.
  • Who is challenging for the IWGP Jr. Tag Championship? Catch 22 (TJP & Francesco Akira) are challenging Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney.
  • What is the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 18? The main event is the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match between SANADA (c) and Tetsuya Naito.
  • Is there a new championship being introduced at Wrestle Kingdom 18? Yes, the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship will be introduced.
  • Who are the participants in the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship match? Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley, and David Finlay are competing for the title.
  • Will there be any rematches at Wrestle Kingdom 18? Yes, there are several rematches, including Shingo Takagi vs. Tama Tonga and Kazuchika Okada vs. Bryan Danielson.
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