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Overall thoughts, adding some thoughts after New Year Dash:
*Wonder what the future holds for Li-YOH as a team. I heard rumors that Dragon Gate has made offers to SHO and YOH separately. I was sure that YOH was getting the titles here, but with this loss, what does that mean for his future? Will they really have him take the strap off of Hiromu? Is that why they gave it to Hiromu? To be a transitional champ? And what about SHO, for that matter? I was hoping SHO would win KOPW. They are so inherently tied to each other that losing one will surely affect the trajectory of the other, even if they are currently not teaming or feuding.
*The understanding I have is that Mercedes Mone is more of an attraction wrestler and not someone that is going to be competing in STARDOM regularly. Not sure if she's going to beat KAIRI at Battle in the Valley, and if she does, not sure who they will have beat her to regularly defend the title in Japan. I guess there are lots of other belts in STARDOM, but would be a shame for this belt, which was just created, to rarely be defended.
*Top Guys, out? Some rumors are saying that FTR dropped all their belts in preparation for going back to WWE, which, if true, is huge. They surely raised their stock outside of the WWE, but I would be devastated that the neverending list of dream tag matches for them to be part of would be shortened. Both of them are in their prime.
*Interested in Narita being saved by Suzuki and Despy at New Year Dash. With the dissolution of Suzuki-Gun, I wondered who would end up where, and seeing that Suzuki and Despy are allying with one of the most promising younger talents is really exciting. Baby Shibata could benefit a lot from Suzuki's experience and Desperado's versatility.
*Really hoping that Tama gets a long run with that NEVER belt. It's my favorite in NJPW, and I really think that Tama is proving that people should have believed in him all along. I've always been a big huge G.O.D. mark, so I am absolutely hyped that my guys are getting more recognition.
*Look, I love Hiromu, but what more is there for him to do in the Jr. division? He's a safe choice for champ, but really think that it's Desperado's time.
*What does Omega's title win mean here? I really hope it doesn't go back to how things were when Mox held the title and didn't get to defend it on NJPW. Also, what's next for Ospreay? He's already reached the top before. He's held pretty much every major belt that currently exists in the company (except the brand new TV title). And let me just say that I was devastated that Omega did the Kamigoye and Kota Ibushi is absolutely nowhere to be found.
*Between Jay's loss at the dome and his "Loser Leaves Japan" declaration match against Hikuleo, he's gotta be on his way out, right? Another rumor is he shows up at Royal Rumble, which would be worth me going to San Antonio for the second time in a month just to see that pop. Jay's another one where he's done pretty much everything there is to do. Wonder who will take over Bullet Club and "kick" him out? It won't be KENTA, but I want it to be KENTA.
― Ucey in the Sky With Diamonds (hourspass), Friday, 6 January 2023 00:10 (four months ago) link
I really agree with Hiromu. He's the absolute best though, I wish he would be pushed into the heavyweights.
For some reason I never really considered Jay White in WWE. I think under HHH he could be killer.
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