New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Michael Elgin will not be competing at Wrestle Kingdom 13, due to injury. Elgin was originally set to team with David Finlay & Jeff Cobb, as part of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship Number One Contender Gauntlet. Elgin will be replaced by former-IWGP Heavyweight Champion Yuji Nagata.
Author Chris Charlton took to Twitter to highlight the importance of Nagata’s substitution. Nagata has been a staple of NJPW Tokyo Dome cards.
Nagata substituting in for Elgin at #njwk13 means he maintains a 25 year January 4 appearance streak, and will appear on his 31st consecutive New Japan Tokyo Dome card, more than anyone in history.
— chris charlton (@reasonjp) December 21, 2018
Wrestle Kingdom 13, 1/4, 2am EST
-NEVER OPENWEIGHT 6-MAN TAG CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER ONE CONTENDER MATCH: Yuji Nagata, Jeff Cobb & David Finlay vs. Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe & Toru Yano) & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. CHAOS (Chuckie T, Beretta & Hirooki Goto) vs. The Elite (Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi & Marty Scurll) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer)
-NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Will Ospreay
-IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
-BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
-IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
-IWGP UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Cody (c) vs. Juice Robinson
-IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: KUSHIDA (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori
-Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
-IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Chris Jericho (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
-IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi