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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 Card: Every match taking place

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As the calendar turns to January, the wrestling world sets its sights on the Tokyo Dome for the annual spectacle that is NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18.

This year’s event promises to be a thrilling showcase, featuring a blend of NJPW’s finest and notable stars from North America.

Scheduled for January 4th, the event is not just a wrestling show but a celebration of the sport, with a card that’s as diverse as it is exciting.

Wrestle Kingdom 18 Main Event: IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match

At the heart of WK18 is the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match between Sanada and Tetsuya Naito.

This bout is not just about the title; it’s a story of former allies turned rivals. Sanada, having left Los Ingobernables de Japon, seeks to establish his legacy, while Naito eyes what could be his final opportunity to shine in Wrestle Kingdom’s main event.

This match is more than a contest for the championship; it’s a battle for the soul of NJPW as it moves into 2024.

Wrestle Kingdom 18 AEW Match: High-Stakes International Showdown

Another highlight is the three-way IWGP United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship match. Champion Will Ospreay defends against AEW star Jon Moxley and Bullet Club leader David Finlay.

With Ospreay’s impending move to AEW in 2024, the outcome of this match could significantly impact the future landscape of NJPW and its international relations.

A One-Night Extravaganza

In a departure from recent years, Wrestle Kingdom 18 is a one-night affair, packed with action and drama. Here’s a rundown of the confirmed matches:

  • New Japan Ranbo for a shot at the Provisional KOPW 2024 Championship (pre-show match)
  • Bullet Club War Dogs (Clark Connors and Drilla Moloney) (c) vs. Catch 2/2 (TJP and Francesco Akira) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
  • Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the NJPW World Television Championship
  • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Shota Umino and Kaito Kiyomiya vs. House of Torture (Evil and Ren Narita)
  • Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Tama Tonga for the NEVER Openweight Championship
  • Bishamon (Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi) (c) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Hikuleo and El Phantasmo) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship and Strong Openweight Tag Team Championship
  • Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Desperado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada
  • Sanada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

The Significance of Wrestle Kingdom 18

Wrestle Kingdom is more than just NJPW’s biggest event; it’s a testament to the global appeal of professional wrestling. It’s a stage where stories culminate, legends are made, and the future of NJPW is often foreshadowed.

This year’s card, with its mix of high-profile championship bouts and personal grudges, is set to add another memorable chapter to the rich history of the Tokyo Dome.

FAQ

  • When is NJPW WK18?
    • January 4th.
  • What is the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 18?
    • The IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match between Sanada and Tetsuya Naito.
  • Will there be international stars at Wrestle Kingdom 18?
    • Yes, including AEW star Jon Moxley.
  • Is Wrestle Kingdom 18 a one-night event?
    • Yes, this year it is a one-night event.
  • Where is Wrestle Kingdom 18 taking place?
    • At the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
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