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Old 12-26-2018, 11:07 PM
Smapti is offline
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Wrestle Kingdom is next week!

Here's the card;

* IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
* IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
* Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
* IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: KUSHIDA (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori
* IWGP United States Championship: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Juice Robinson
* IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Sanada & EVIL) vs. the Young Bucks
* RPW British Heavyweight Championship: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
* IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
* NEVER Openweight Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Will Ospreay

The pre-show will be featuring a 5-team gauntlet match to determine a #1 contender for the NEVER Openweight Trios Championship, which will be contested the night after Wrestle Kingdom.

If the rumors are true that Cody & company are planning on launching their own promotion this year, then I'd expect him, Omega, and the Bucks to lose their matches. Tanahashi is pretty long in the tooth at this point, but he can still go, and IMO he's capable of pulling off one more run as the ace before passing the torch to someone like Naito. Jericho vs. Naito is a rematch from when Y2J won the title back at Dominion, and it could go either way. Okada vs. Jay White is a potential show-stealer, especially now that White has been named the new leader of Bullet Club after the Elite's departure. ZSJ is likely to win his match, as it'll put Revolution over in a big way and expand NJPW's appeal to the British wrestling fan.

If you have New Japan World, the show starts around 2:30 AM Eastern/11:30 Pacific on the morning of January 4th/evening of January 3rd. I'm not sure what AXS' rebroadcast plans are for this year, but they'll likely be showing it in installments over three or four weeks as well.