WWE vs. NJPW: Booking the Match Card for Fantasy Megashow
When it comes to pro wrestling, WWE is considered the king of the mountain, but many fans would argue New Japan Pro Wrestling consistently produces better matches.
Comparing these two companies isn't exactly fair, because they are trying to do two different things. WWE wants to be family-friendly and more of a variety show, while NJPW appeals more to adults who just like watching wrestling.
NJPW has seen many former WWE Superstars find success in Japan, and almost as many former NJPW stars are doing well in WWE today.
These are arguably the two top promotions in the world. If they were to combine their efforts to produce a megashow unlike anything we have ever seen, it would be a worldwide success.
While this might seem out of the realm of possibility, something like this has actually happened before. WCW and NJPW held three supershows in the early '90s. The first of these events featured a classic between WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair and Tatsumi Fujinami for the NWA World Championship.
Before we get into fantasy booking the card, let's go into logistics of how all this would work and how it would benefit both companies.
How It Would Work
The only way to do this right would be to have the event take place over two nights in two different locations. The first night could take place in Japan's Tokyo Dome on Saturday, and the second would be in either one of the larger stadiums in the U.S. or Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Since WWE and NJPW Superstars would each only be working one of the two nights, travel wouldn't be an issue. WWE could send only those competing on the first night to Japan, and NJPW would do the same for the guys working night two in America.
To make this feel like a massive showcase, both companies could do something similar to the Axxess events WWE does during WrestleMania week. This way, fans from both countries would have the chance to interact with talents from WWE and NJPW they might not normally get to meet.
Since each organization has their own streaming service, it would make the most sense to simulcast both nights on their apps to keep things fair.
It would take months to plan and execute something like this, but it would be worth it. WWE would be able to offer fans several matches they have never seen before, and NJPW would get even more exposure outside of Asia.
With ticket and merchandise sales, both promotions would see a healthy profit, especially if this is promoted as a once-in-a-lifetime show on the same level as WrestleMania.
The Club vs. Bullet Club
The Bullet Club is one of the most successful stables since the nWo, and a few of its former members formed an offshoot in WWE known as The Club.
This match has an easy story. The original Bullet Club could view AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as defectors who deserve to be punished.
It wouldn't matter which members of The Bullet Club are chosen to compete as long as it's three guys who can put on a good show with the likes of Styles, Anderson and Gallows.
Pete Dunne vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Zack Sabre Jr. is one of the most popular British wrestlers in the world, and his time in New Japan has only served to increase his fanbase.
Pete Dunne might not have the same level of name recognition, but he is no less talented in the ring. Putting NJPW's biggest British star against WWE's United Kingdom champion is a natural fit.
Sabre's submission prowess and Dunne's brutality would make for an interesting combination. WWE could even make this a UK title match just to make things more exciting.
Los Ingobernables de Japon vs. Sanity
If you want to put two vicious stables in the ring together to fight it out for supremacy, Los Ingobernables de Japon and Sanity are the best choices.
Bushi, Evil and Sanada, who also happen to be New Japan's NEVER openweight six-man tag champs, would put up a good fight against NXT tag team champions Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young.
This would be a violent encounter fans in either country would love. Having two sets of champions fight for pride is a great story in itself. And with the unpredictable Nikki Cross at ringside, anything could happen.
Kenny Omega vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens vs. Kenny Omega might seem like an odd combination with all the other options available, but it makes more sense than you might think.
Owens bills himself as The New Face of America, and Omega is the American face of the New Japan promotion. Having two Canadians fight for the right to represent the U.S. would be something we have never seen before.
Both men are Ring of Honor alums and among the best wrestlers in the world. There is little doubt this would steal the show at any pay-per-view.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito
An event like this would have to feature Shinsuke Nakamura, and his opponent needs to be someone he has a history with.
WWE's resident rock star defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax tournament, so the story could be as simple as Naito still wanting revenge after all these years.
They are both charismatic and gifted performers. Putting them in the same ring is bound to yield great results.
The Briscoes vs. The Usos
Some of the best tag teams in the history of the business have been made up of real-life brothers. When it comes to today's generation, The Briscoes and The Usos are among the best.
Forget titles. Forget personal pride. This would be about family honor and proving which team has the better DNA.
Mark and Jay would have the power advantage, but Jimmy and Jey have the speed advantage, so this would be an even matchup of skill and experience.
Kushida vs. Neville
Pitting champion against champion between the two promotions is something we would have to see a few times during an event like this.
Kushida is the current IWGP Jr. heavyweight champion, which is basically the equivalent to WWE's Cruiserweight Championship.
Just thinking about the match Kushida and Neville would have would make any fan want to tune into this event.
Finn Balor vs. Kota Ibushi
Kota Ibushi made a big impact during WWE's Cruiserweight Classic tournament last year, but he chose to return to Japan instead of staying in America.
Ibushi and Finn Balor are identical in a lot of ways. They are close in size, use a similar style in the ring and have large followings in both Japan and the U.S.
This would be a technical showcase for the ages, with enough high-flying moves to satisfy anyone who likes to see wrestlers take the occasional risk.
Roman Reigns vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Roman Reigns is a beast. There's no question about it. If you want to put him in the ring with someone who could take him to the limit physically, it's Tomohiro Ishii.
The Big Dog is better than most of his critics are willing to give him credit for, and Ishii has two decades of experience to draw from.
Some fans like to see high-flyers take to the skies, but if you like a good old-fashioned brawl, this would be the match for you.
Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust
Cody Rhodes has done an incredible job making himself into a valuable commodity since leaving WWE, but his brother, Goldust, is still there fighting the good fight.
We never got the quality feud between the Rhodes brothers we were hoping for in WWE. An event like this would be the perfect opportunity to have them settle their differences.
With Brandi at Cody's side, it would be great to see Goldust bring someone to act as a substitute for Marlena if Terri Runnels isn't interested in participating.
Archer, Smith Jr. and Baretta vs. Cole, O'Reilly and Fish
Vance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Trent Baretta were all released by WWE, and each one of them has managed to find new life in NJPW.
Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish left NJPW for the bright lights of WWE, so having these two trios do battle would make perfect sense.
Not only would the story write itself, but the match would be awesome thanks to the skill all six men possess. Anyone who hasn't followed Baretta's career since WWE should look him up on YouTube. He is much better than you remember.
The Miz vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
WWE and New Japan each have their own version of the Intercontinental Championship, and it just so happens that the two men holding them would make a perfect pairing.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and The Miz are two of the most charismatic Superstars you will ever see, and having them fight to see who is the better IC champion would be amazing.
The similarities between them are obvious, but it's their differences that would make for a fun wrestling match.
War Machine vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
As stated earlier, champion vs. champion matches always creates an extra level of excitement. When you have two teams like The Bar and War Machine, it's even better.
Raymond Rowe and Hanson are as brutal and powerful as any tag team you could think of, but Cesaro and Sheamus have them beat when it comes to technical ability.
This match would have great international appeal because War Machine are Americans representing a Japanese promotion and The Bar are Europeans representing an American promotion. There's something for everyone.
Marty Scurll vs. Bray Wyatt
Trying to think of an opponent for Bray Wyatt was easy. When you take character into consideration, Marty Scurll was the only logical choice.
Both of these men like to use scare tactics and poetic imagery to intimidate their opponents, so it would be fun to see who would gain the upper hand in the psychological war.
Add in the fact that Scurll and Wyatt are great wrestlers and you have a recipe for a match that would have fans glued to their screens.
Minoru Suzuki vs. Hideo Itami
Having two Japanese Superstars from each promotion do battle would have to happen more than once at a WWE/NJPW megashow.
Minoru Suzuki and Hideo Itami have crossed paths before in Pro Wrestling NOAH, and they matched each other strike for strike.
This would be more of a traditional Japanese wrestling match than most of the proposed bouts on this card, and something like that would be a necessary addition to the show.
The Young Bucks vs. The Revival
The Young Bucks and The Revival have been going back and forth on Twitter for months, and it has been nothing short of hilarious.
When Nick Jackson's backpack was stolen back in June, Dash Wilder took the opportunity to continue their feud by posting a tweet saying he had a used passport and backpack for sale.
Anyone who has been following their rivalry would revel in the chance to see them face off in a ring. We already know The Revival can adjust their style to a high-flying team, so they would work together well.
If an event like this were to happen, this might be the most anticipated match just because of the many exchanges they have had on social media.
John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada
Trying to find a place for everyone on the card was difficult because a show like this would need a healthy mix of midcard and top talents.
Having one Fatal 4-Way match with two of the best from WWE and two of the best from New Japan is an easy way to include more Superstars who will put butts in seats.
With Okada being the face of NJPW and Cena being the face of WWE, it would be necessary to put them together. Adding Lesnar and Elgin would just be icing on the cake.
Triple H vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
If you are going to have two of the most successful promotions in the world go to war with a two-night event, putting two of their most decorated veterans together for a match is a must.
Jushin Thunder Liger and Triple H have well over 50 years of experience between them. Both of them worked for WCW at the same time, but they never crossed paths.
Triple H brought Liger in for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, so the two have at least a passing familiarity with each other.
This might be considered a dream match to some because they are two wrestlers who still perform at a high level after so many years in the business.
WWE vs. NJPW Battle Royal
With so many amazing talents between WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling, it would be impossible to give everyone their own match without making this into a five-night event.
An easy solution to this problem would be to have an epic Battle Royal. There are even enough Superstars for there to be one for each night.
There would have to be some sort of prize to make it worthwhile, so the winner could be guaranteed a shot at his company's top title at the next PPV.
When it comes to an NJPW/WWE megashow, everyone is going to have their own dream match scenarios. Some people might want to see Omega vs. Seth Rollins or Okada vs. Randy Orton.
What kind of bouts would you like to see at a theoretical event like this?