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    Sakura Genesis 2017 - Okada vs Shibata!

    It's happening! April 9th, Okada vs. Shibata.


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    I don't think Shibata wins but I hope does

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    I am amazed they have never gone 1 on 1 before, outside a nine minute match in 2013. This should be very good, and particularly fresh. No chance that Shibata wins, but still.

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    Why is there no chance he wins? I get that Omega is winning the belt sooner or later but there's nothing that says he has to beat Okada for it. You could just as easily give the belt to Shibata, have him run with it for a couple of months like Naito did last year, and then either drop it to Omega or Okada at Dominion. Either scenario would still end with Omega-Okada as the end game come Wrestle Kingdom (if Omega's champ Okada can win the G1 and vice versa), while also getting the belt on a fresh guy. Combine that with how New Japan likes to take the belt off Okada for a few months each year and I not only think there's a chance, I think it's likely Shibata walks out as champion.


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    I would be completely shocked. The booking of the top belt has been extremely exclusive for the past 5-6 years, and while I love Shibata, it's not like he's the hottest guy in wrestling like Naito was last year when he won the belt. New Japan has presented Shibata pretty consistently as a midcard guy, able to hang with the top guys in G1 but I haven't seen them do anything to indicate they see him as a guy who can hold the top title, especially when they are going in hard on Okada as their new franchise player. The only guy I could see beating Okada in the near future is Omega, which I do agree is pretty likely.

    I'd be happy to be wrong, mind you. I just don't see anything to suggest they see Shibata on that level, even if you don't believe the stuff about him being a little bit in the doghouse I feel like they see him the way they see Ishii, a great hand to have big matches or hold up the top of the midcard but not a potential face of the company type guy.

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    I havent caught up yet. BUT NJPW just spoiled me. The company promoted an ad on my twitter which showed the result literally 2 hours before i planned to watch it.

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    That's why you need to stay of the net until you watch these days, sadly. I had the same thing happen to me on my Facebook for the semis.

    Super into Okada vs Shibata. NJPW has clearly settled on Shibata having a wee little push to the main event scene as a water tester, in my opinion. I would be surprised if he won the belt, but can see them holding off and him earning a couple of opportunities at it first. Shibata having been the third musketeer in the 00s and then buggering off, before coming back and earning his way up the totem pole paying off his debt to NJPW is quite a nice little story, in a way. Makes some sense that they would just tease that he might not (yet) be on that level.

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    I was actually hoping he'd challenge Naito instead, simply because I would like his eventual IWGP Heavyweight Title victory to be a big moment in his first shot at it. I disagree with Mizzie that they don't see him as a possible face of the company, but I really don't think they'd put the strap on him yet. I'd love to be wrong, though. Should be an awesome match!

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