Maria Kannelis Hopes To See Matt Taven & Mike Bennett At NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16

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Right now in Ring of Honor, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett are closing in on claiming the ROH World Tag Team Championships. If they are able to beat Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams in a few weeks, they will become two time champions, having previously reigned in 2015. However, Maria Kannelis hopes to see them at one of the biggest stages of wrestling by 2022. She’s hoping to see The OGK in the mix at Wrestle Kingdom 16.

Maria Kannelis Wants To See The OGK At Wrestle Kingdom 16

While Taven is mostly known for his oddly controversial reign as ROH World Champion, and Bennett for his time in WWE as Mike Kannelis, they were once a major tag team in New Japan Pro Wrestling. They reigned as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions for 91 days back in 2015, winning the belts from Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows at Invasion Attack 2015, before losing them back to the same team at Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall.

They never made it to Wrestle Kingdom during this run, but maybe now they can make it there. While speaking with WrestleInc, Maria Kannelis hopes The Kingdom gets to the show she can view as named after them. “It’s both ridiculous and amazing. I’m hoping that next year, and I’m putting this into the universe, that we go over Wrestle Kingdom, because that event is named after us. I know it’s been around for a while, but they knew that there would be a Kingdom that would make the Wrestle Kingdom. So, I’m hoping to be there in January.”

Later in the same interview, she was asked if fans can expect the relationship between ROH and NJPW to continue, to which Kanellis replied, “I feel like we saw a little bit of that at the 500th episode of ROH. And I’m hoping we see more of that in the future. However, it’s tough right now because of COVID-19 restrictions and not being able to go over there. I’m hoping that all that starts coming back as the world opens up.”

NJPW Needs All The Tag Teams They Can Get

While this isn’t exactly the most exciting prospect to fans, most fans of NJPW would simply be happy to see another tag team in the mix. Right now, the tag team scene in NJPW is horribly bleak. Guerrillas of Destiny and Dangerous Tekkers are the only steady tag teams, with the options of aged teams like Great Heel Bash (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) and TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) the only other viable options.

FinJuice are working in Impact Wrestling, and could drag Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson back to NJPW with them. Even then, that only gives NJPW six steady tag teams. There are always thrown together faction teams in the mix, but having another steady and experienced team like Bennett & Taven in the mix can only help the division.

Would you want to see the OGK in action at Wrestle Kingdom 16? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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