The co-main event of Wrestle Kingdom 15 night 1 saw Kazuchika Okada take on Will Ospreay. The ‘Assassin’ Ospreay turned on Okada last year, leaving the CHAOS stable and forming The Empire with Bea Priestley and The Great-O-Khan.
NJPW1972.com hyped the match with the following: “With the aid of Bea Priestley and Great-O-Khan, Ospreay defeated Okada in Ryogoku Sumo Hall, and set himself apart from CHAOS, forming THE EMPIRE. Having used Okada to elevate his stardom, Ospreay now seeks to defeat the Rainmaker and become the leader of a new generation in NJPW. With Okada’s reputation inside the Tokyo Dome a factor, that is a task easier said than done.”
Result: In what was somewhat of a shock, Kazuchika Okada took the win after hitting a sit-out tombstone piledriver followed by a Rainmaker.
Wrestle Kingdom Night 1
Here’s the full card for Night 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 15 in the Tokyo Dome.
- IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship Match ’“ Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. The Great-O-Khan.
- IWGP US Championship Right To Challenge Contract Match ’“ KENTA (h) vs. Satoshi Kojima
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match ’“ Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi vs. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa (Guerillas of Destiny)
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Phantasmo
- (Pre-Show) The New Japan Rambo
Here’s the International Start Times for Night 1:
- Jan 3 11:00 pm (PST)
- 2:00 am (EST)
- 7:00 am (GMT)
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