We are just a few short weeks away from one of the most highly anticipated events of the entire year, as the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling invade the world famous Tokyo Dome on Jan. 4th for Wrestle Kingdom 13.
The match card is really coming together, with eight bouts officially confirmed so far. As previously reported, Kota Ibushi will defend the NEVER Openweight Championship in a potential dream match, and following the conclusion of the 2018 World Tag League, we now have a look at the IWGP Tag Team Championship picture.
It is expected that Cody Rhodes will defend the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship at the Tokyo Dome as well, with some kind of giant six-man tag team gauntlet match for the NEVER 6-Man titles likely to get the rest of New Japan’s relevant roster on the main card. The New Japan Rumble is also likely to return as a free pre-show event on NJPW World.
Here’s a look at the updated match card:
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13
January 4, 2019
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
— Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
— Chris Jericho (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
— KUSHIDA (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori
Special Singles Match
— Kazuchika Okada vs. “Switchblade” Jay White
NEVER Openweight Championship
— Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Will Ospreay
RPW British Heavyweight Championship
— Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
IWGP Tag Team Championship
— Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. SANADA & EVIL vs. The Young Bucks
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship
— Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (c) vs. Roppongi 3K vs. Bushi & Shingo Takagi