New Japan Pro Wrestling appears to be like to kick off 2019 with its greatest pay-per-view of the 12 months Wrestle Kingdom 13 this coming Friday.
Wrestle Kingdom is Japan’s high wrestling occasion and options a few of the highest expertise from throughout the globe together with family names.
This 12 months can be no totally different and the line-up consists of some very acquainted faces for followers of British grappling and American sports activities leisure.
Right here is all you should know forward of the massive NJPW occasion from Mirror Sport’s Tony Quant.
When is NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13?
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 is being broadcast dwell from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, January 4. The present begins at 5pm native time and from 8am within the UK (Thursday morning), with a pre-show at 4pm and 7am respectively.
The place can I watch it?
The pay-per-view occasion is obtainable as a part of New Japan’s month-to-month streaming service which prices 999YEN (£7.10) on https://njpwworld.com/#googtrans(en) . Signing as much as the service may even provide you with full entry to their intensive again catalogue of reveals. It’s also possible to buy the occasion from Fite.television at a value of £33.99.
What’s the principal occasion?
The primary occasion sees IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega put his title on the road towards Hiroshi Tanahashi. He received the chance to problem Omega by successful the G1 Climax match, for the third time in his profession. Will probably be the 10th time Tanahashi headlines the Tokyo Dome however he’s up towards one of many highest in Omega who hopes to retain the belt he labored so arduous to win final 12 months.
What concerning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship?
Former WWE Champion Chris Jericho is defending his IWGP Intercontinental Championship towards his bitter rival Tetsuya Naito. The pair have a heated historical past spanning again to final January, when Jericho attacked Naito on the New Yr’s Sprint present.
Since then they’ve clashed repeatedly with Jericho getting the higher hand, claiming the IC title from Naito on the Dominion present to develop into the primary and solely wrestler to have held each the WWE and IWGP Intercontinental Title. He now says he needs to finish Naito’s profession at Wrestle Kingdom, in a match which is prone to spend extra time exterior the ring than in it.
Will there be a tag crew title match?
Sure, there can be two tag crew championships up for grabs. Each the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Group Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag crew titles can be contested. The distinction between the 2 titles is the load limits, with the weight-limit for the junior model of the belts restricted to 220lb per accomplice.
The Guerrillas of Future will defend their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Group Championship towards Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil and Sanada) and The Younger Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). Evil and Sanada earned their photographs on the titles by successful the 2018 World Tag League for the second time on the bounce and can be joined by the Younger Bucks who may even be trying to declare the Tag Titles.
The opposite tag crew title match sees IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Group Champions Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) challenged by Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) and Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Shingo Takagi) in one other three manner tag match. This guarantees to be a excessive flying affair from the opening bell.
What are the opposite key matches on the cardboard?
Former WWE famous person Cody will put his IWGP US Championship on the road towards former champion Juice Robinson, who has come a great distance since starring in WWE’s NXT as CJ Parker.
Britain’s Zack Sabre Jr will look to beat present RevPro British Heavyweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii, whereas fellow Englishman Will Ospreay makes an attempt to assert the NEVER Openweight Championship from Kota Ibushi in a dream match which has the potential to be the match of the night time.
Kushida hopes to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship when he faces off towards Taiji Ishimori in a match which might additionally steal the present.
1. Yuji Nagata, Jeff Cobb & David Finlay vs. The Elite (Hangman Web page, Yujiro Takahashi & Marty Scurll) vs. Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Beretta & Chuckie T) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Most Violent Gamers (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) to find out the primary contenders for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Group Championship
2. Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Will Ospreay for the NEVER Openweight Championship
3. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi & Shingo Takagi) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Group Championship
4. Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr for the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship
5. Guerillas of Future (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. The Younger Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Sanada & EVIL) for the IWGP Tag Group Championship
6. Cody (c) vs. Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Championship
7. Kushida (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
8. Kazuchika Okada vs.Jay White
9. Chris Jericho (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
10. Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Watch New Japan Professional Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 13 dwell at 8am (pre-show begins at 7am) on Friday, January Four by signing as much as NJPW’s monthly streaming service .
Followers may also buy the occasion on Fite.television for the value of £33.99.