SFU PPV Championship Contest: NJPW - Wrestle Kingdom 14 NIGHT 1
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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14
LIVE Saturday, Jan. 4
The preshow start time: 11pm Pacific / 1am Central/ 2am Eastern


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IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Kazuchika Okada © vs. Kota Ibushi

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IWGP Jr. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Will Ospreay © vs. Hiromu Takahashi

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IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: Guerrillas of Destiny © vs. FinJuice

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CHAOS vs Bullet Club: Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. KENTA, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens

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LIJ vs Suzuki- Gun: SANADA, EVIL, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & El Desperado

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JYUSHIN THUNDER LIGER RETIREMENT MATCH I: Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Great Sasuke & Tatsumi Fujinami w/ El Samurai vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Naoki Sano, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Shinjiro Otani w/ Kuniaki Kobayashi (Norio Honaga will be special guest referee)

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Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan  vs  Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata

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Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe  vs  Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks, and Toa Henare

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Arisa Hoshiki and Mayu Iwatani  vs  Giulia and Hana Kimura
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Night 1:
Liger Retirement Match #1 - Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask (w/ El Samurai) vs Naoki Sano, Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Ryusuke Taguchi (w/ Kuniaki Kobayashi) - Guest Referee Norio Honaga -

The penultimate match of the legendary career of Jushin Thunder Liger, Liger's greatest allies and rivals gather for what should be a fun and emotional 8-man tag match. Expect a loud crowd enjoying some of the greatest hits to kick off the main show on night 1.

Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) vs Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & El Desperado) -

What should be a fun and fast paced 8-man tag, there are a few things to pay attention to in regards to this match. First of all SANADA & ZSJ will face the next night for the British Heavyweight title, providing a chance for the tension in the rivalry to build even higher. Secondly, rumours are abound that Suzuki is close to done with NJPW and such a seemingly innocuous match could play catalyst for big changes in Suzuki-Gun.

Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, and Yoshi-Hashi) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA, and Yujiro Takahashi) -

Much like the previous match, this match will play a role in building heat for a night 2 title match, where KENTA will defend the NEVER Openweight title against Hirooki Goto. However, other than the chance of a Shibata appearance, this may be a good spot to get food and drinks before the show goes into the next gear.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match - Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) © vs FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) -

GoD have become dominant in the IWGP Heavyweight tag team division in 2019, holding the titles for over 300 days. Their challengers FinJuice won the month long World Tag League tournament to find themselves in a position to challenge for the titles on 1.4. FinJuice give up a lot of the experience edge against the champions but make up for it in heart. However, with Juice Robinson also challenging for the US Heavyweight title on night 2 will his attention be too split to get the job done?

IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Texas Deathmatch - Lance Archer © vs Jon Moxley -

Back in October, Jon Moxley was scheduled to defend his US title against Juice Robinson following Juice scoring a big pinfall in the G1 Climax. However, due to a horrible Typhoon hitting Tokyo the day before the show, Moxley was unable to make it to Tokyo in time and was forced to vacate his title. In his place, Lance Archer, who had impressed in his own G1 Climax campaign, faced Juice Robinson for the now vacated title and went on to win his first singles championship in NJPW. On the final night of World Tag League in December Moxley would attack Archer post match and challenge him to a Texas Deathmatch, that is a match that can only end by a referees 10 count for a KO or via submission, for the US Heavyweight title that he never lost. Will Moxley’s brand of uncensored violence prevail or will the big Texas native be too much for Deathrider?

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match - Will Ospreay © vs Hiromu Takahashi -

Having got injured in July 2018, Hiromu Takahashi has been gone from NJPW for well over a year. In his absence, Will Ospreay has solidified himself as the top dog in the Junior Heavyweight division, beating everyone that stood in his way, from Hiromu’s greatest rival Dragon Lee to being the first man to beat Hiromu’s stablemate Shingo Takagi en route to winning his second Best of the Super Juniors. He then went on to become IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion for the 3rd time and even represented the division in the G1 Climax, going toe-to-toe with Kazuchika Okada and scoring a pinfall on Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Without any obvious challengers left in front of Ospreay, Hiromu would make his long awaited return in November in order to challenge Will Ospreay at the Tokyo Dome. However, the return has not been plain sailing for the enigmatic Hiromu Takahashi, who went 0-3 on NJPW’s final shows of the year. Those results have left Ospreay extremely confident going into Wrestle Kingdom but will his arrogance be own downfall or is Hiromu truly not ready for such a high pressure situation?

IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match - Jay White © vs Tetsuya Naito -

Jay White’s rise in NJPW has been extraordinarily quick, in just his 2 short years back from his trainee excursion, he’s taken control of one of the most notorious factions in wrestling and won 3 of the 4 singles titles heavyweights can compete for in NJPW (US, IWGP Heavy & Intercontinental). Few wrestlers have suffered more from Jay’s rapid rise than his January 4th opponent Tetsuya Naito. Naito walked into this past summer’s G1 Climax both the IWGP Intercontinental champion and the favourite to win the G1s Ironman competition for the 3rd time in his career. However, defeat in his final block match to the Switchblade dashed Naito’s hopes of victory and his hopes of leaving Wrestle Kingdom a double champion, a goal he had been vocal about throughout the G1. Despite being unsuccessful in the final, Jay White would leverage his G1 Climax victory over Naito into an IWGP Intercontinental title match at September’s Destruction tour and having already taken away Naito’s hopes of challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight title on 1.4 took away his Intercontinental title too. A definitive win over Taichi in November, however, has positioned Naito as the challenger for IC title and with his double title goal planting the idea in the mind of both Kota Ibushi and Jay White, he may still leave Wrestle Kingdom holding both of NJPW’s top prizes.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match - Kazuchika Okada © vs Kota Ibushi -

For the longest time, Kota Ibushi has been one of the biggest what ifs in professional wrestling. His natural talent and superstar aura has been obvious to anyone who has laid their eyes on him in the past decade, even Hiroshi Tanahashi has pegged him to be his replacement as the de facto leader of the New Japan Army. But his unwillingness to fully commit to one company has left his focus divided and prevented him from taking that step to the very top of Japanese wrestling. Whether it be him competing in WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic or him shooting fireworks at himself while standing on a car in the middle of London, Ibushi has always had something else going on preventing him from giving 100% to NJPW. However, at the start of 2019, Ibushi announced he had signed a “lifetime” contract with NJPW and would be giving his all to the company until he retired.

This commitment has immediately seen Ibushi ascend to the top of NJPW, winning the IWGP Intercontinental title back in April before winning the ever prestigious G1 Climax competition, sending him on a collision course with IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada. Okada, in many ways, has been the answer to the many what if questions that have surrounded Ibushi’s career. Athletically gifted and endlessly charismatic, the Rainmaker has been THE dominant force in NJPW this decade, breaking records left, right and centre both in and outside the ring.

Ultimately, Okada loves nothing more than having the very best competition as when he does he can prove himself to be even better. As such he has been trying to goad Ibushi into bringing out the more violent side of his fighting style that seeps through in many of his high profile matches. While Okada will no doubt love the challenge presented, will Okada’s desire to bring the best out of one of the most naturally gifted wrestlers to ever grace NJPW be his own downfall?
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11 - Team Liger
10 - Naito
9 - Bullet Club
8 - Moxley
7 - LIJ
6 - GoD
5 - Okada
4 - Team Makabe
3 - Team Nagata
2 - Team Giulia
1 - Hiromu
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11 - Okada
10 - Jay White
09 - Ospreay
08 - Lance Archer
07 - GOD
06 - Bullet Club
05 - LIJ
04 - Team Liger
03 - Team Nagata
02 - Team Makabe
01 - Team Iwatani
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11 - Team Liger
10 - Archer
9 - GOD
8 - Okada
7 - Naito
6 - Hiromu
5 - LIJ
3 - Nagata & Co.
2 - Alex Coughlin/Clark Connors/Karl Fredericks/Toa Henare
1 - Team Iwatami
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This show has not gone as expected.

I’ve been watching live this far and there hasn’t been a single match worth watching. Hopefully it picks up with Hiromu and Ospreay.
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Ok, that watch was DEFINITELY worth watching! Innovative and hard hitting. So many ugly bumps MY neck hurts!
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