Road to Power Struggle night 10 full preview

Four Super Junior Tag League matches headline Korakuen card.



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Main event: The Mega Coaches (Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi) (4-1) vs Birds of Prey (Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles) (3-2)

The Mega Coaches tandem of Romero and Taguchi cap off a challenging Korakuen Hall double header with the Birds of Prey. One night after facing Romero’s progenies in Roppongi 3K, they now have to redirect their attention to very different opponents. Where SHO and YOH combine power with classical and technical prowess, Eagles and Ospreay will hit hard and fast, and from the air more often than 3K. 

During Best of the Super Juniors this year, both Taguchi and Romero fell to both Eagles and Ospreay, though that made for four hotly contested matches that had crowds on their feet. It’s likely Korakuen will be loud and strong for this main event, but can Taguchi and Romero do as a team what they were unable to achieve as individuals? The Mega Coaches are coming off their biggest win of the league so far against Roppongi 3K, and will be looking to stay strong going into the final week.

6th Match: Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (2-2) vs Volador Jr. & Titan (3-2) 

SHO and YOH suffered a significant blow Sunday night, dropping two points to mentors Romero and Taguchi. Critically, though, they did so with one match in hand, and hopes of reaching a critical minimum of eight points still alivewith three matches still to wrestle before the final stop on the Road to Power Struggle in Osaka. 

SHO’s victory over Titan during best of the Super Juniors this year will give Roppongi 3K hope for two points, as will Roppongi 3K’s win over Volador and Soberano Jr. last year in the league. If they can keep their momentum going, Roppongi 3K may be hard to stop on the way to a third straight Junior Tag League victory.

5th Match: TJP & Clark Connors (0-5) vs BULLET CLUB (Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo) (4-1)

With just two matches left in their Super Junior Tag League campaigns, every step counts for both of these teams every gain TJP and Connors can make, with or without any hope of reaching the November 3 finals, is a crucial one. Every mis-step that Ishimori and Phantasmo may make is something to be exploited and could end with the spoiler, and upset, of the century. It might be lunacy to bet against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in this bout, but it would only take three seconds to dramatically change the course of the league.   

4th Match: Yuya Uemura & Tiger Mask (0-4)vs Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (3-2)

Much like their LA senpai/kohai counterparts TJP and Clark Connors, Uemura and Tiger Mask have no real hopes of making the Super Junior Tag league finals on November 3, but will be looking to make as much of a mark as possible in the final days of the league, and to do so against two of the top contenders in El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Uemura is a cat person, and is teaming with the biggest in Tiger Mask, but both are decided underdogs here. Can they pull off the nigh impossible?

3rd Match: Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs BULLET CLUB (Jay White, KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo)

Much as with the tour opening double header in Korakuen, the second of the mid- Road to Power Struggle Korakuen two- nighter sees Henare substituted in for Karl Fredericks on the Goto/Ishii/Honma side against BULLET CLUB. Eyes will be on the fresh face on the team; Henare has been frustrated on the regular, particularly by Yujiro, but can he make a huge step forward and bring his quartet to victory?

2nd Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) vs Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI)

Time is running out for Tetsuya Naito to make a definitive statement against Taichi as they head to Osaka on November 3. Has Taichi really broken the will of El Ingobernable? Or is Naito harder to tame than The Holy Emperor thinks?

1st Match: Yota Tsuji vs Karl Fredericks

Singles record: 1-0 Fredericks

After facing Henare the night before, Tsuji has another singles match to kick off this event with Karl Fredericks. After Shota Umino and Ren Narita went on excursion, Tsuji and Yuya Uemura now represent the Japanese Noge Dojo alone, and have to set a strong example. Can Tsuji do so against the Young Lion Cup winner Fredericks?