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Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi IWGP Titles Match Result – Wrestle Kingdom 15

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Night 1 of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 was headlined by the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship match. Tetsuya Naito would defend against Kota Ibushi, with the winner going on to face Jay White on Night 2.

Ibushi had previously earned the right to this match by winning the 2020 G1 Climax; however he subsequently lost to Jay White at Power Struggle 2020, meaning that officially he had lost the right to challenge for the belts at Wrestle Kingdom.

Kota Ibushi

Ibushi said before Wrestle Kingdom how important it was for him to defeat both Naito and White. “To hold both of those titles, and beat Tetsuya Naito to do it? That makes me hotter than ever. Beating Jay White on top of that? That wipes out that 2020 record, wipes out those three losses [to Jay White]. I think I really could become God at that point.’

Result – Kota Ibushi becomes the double Champion! Finally! After one final Komagoye, The Golden Star achieves his greatest accomplishment

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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