Here are the results from the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 16 on January 4, 2022.
In the main event of the show, Kazuchika Okada pinned Shingo Takagi to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. He is set to defend his gold against Will Ospreay during the Night Two (January 5) show.
The NEVER Openweight Title also changed hands during the event, with EVIL defeating Tomohiro Ishii. Hirooki Goto and YOSHI HASHI also won the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.
Here are the results from the event:
- Toru Yano, Minoru Suzuki, Chase Owens and CIMA – Final four of New Japan Rumble, set for KOPW Trophy four-way match on Night Two.
- YOH def. SHO
- KENTA, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori def. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero via DQ
- Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb and The Great O-Khan def. Tetsuya Naito, Sanada and Bushi
- Katsuyori Shibata def. Ren Narita
- EVIL def. Tomohiro Ishii (c) – NEVER Openweight Championship
- Hirooki Goto &YOSHI-HASHI def. Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr (c) – IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
- El Desperado (c) def. Hiromu Takahashi – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
- Kazuchika Okada def. Shingo Takagi (c) – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship