NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 will take place at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
In terms of the biggest and best professional wrestling events in the world, New Japan Pro Wrestling has it down. And on Jan. 4 from the Tokyo Dome, they’ll get set for their biggest annual show, the equivalent of their Super Bowl. That’s right wrestling fans, it’s time for the much anticipated and sure-to-be great NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11.
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 promises to be another fantastic installment in the series of New Japan’s Jan. 4 Tokyo Dome shows. Annually, this event sets the tone for wrestling in the promotion and, frankly, around the world. The 2017 edition should be no exception when you consider the match card that’s in store for everyone.
After all, even in WWE you aren’t going to find a main event the caliber of the one at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11. Kenny Omega challenges Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in what should be one of the best matches of 2017. These are two of the best in the world, but they’re just one part of the card.
Let’s take a look at the match card for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11:
New Japan Rumble
Tiger Mask W vs. Tiger the Dark
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Roppongi Vice
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Match: David Finlay, Ricochet, Satoshi Kojima (c) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Chaos (Jado, Will Ospreay, Yoshi-Hashi) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil, Sanada)
Cody vs. Juice Robinson
ROH World Championship Match: Kyle O’Reilly (c) vs. Adam Cole
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Three-Way Match: Guerillas of Destiny (c) (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano) vs. G.B.H. (Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Kushida (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega
As stated, it’s hard to touch a match card of this caliber. With every major title being defended, competitors such as Cody (Rhodes) making his debut, and then some of the greatest wrestlers in the world going to do battle, it’s going to be hard to top one of the year’s first shows.
Of course, fans stateside may be curious how they can watch NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11. To do that, you’ll need NJPW World, the promotion’s streaming service. Though it costs 999 Yen per month, that’s a cheap price to pay to be able to watch the Jan. 4 show.
Details for Wednesday’s show are below:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 4
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Arena: Tokyo Dome
Live Stream: NJPW World
Just last year, we saw a number of stars from the Tokyo Dome show leave the promotion immediately after and head for WWE. Could we see that again after Wrestle Kingdom 11? Who knows. But that still doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching one of the biggest and best shows of 2017.