New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has announced the full card for the January 4, 2023 Wrestle Kingdom 17 event.
Both AEW and WWE will be represented in singles title bouts at the event.
In one of the double main event matches, former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega will challenge for Will Ospreay’s IWGP US Championship.
In the second of the two main events, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White will defend his gold against 2022 G1 Climax tournament winner Kazuchika Okada.
On the undercard, WWE’s Karl Anderson will put his NEVER Openweight Championship on the line against Tama Tonga. Anderson won the gold in June, before returning to WWE in October.
Other notable names set to compete include AEW’s Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, who will be defending their IWGP Tag Team Title, and STARDOM’s KAIRI, who will face Tam Nakano with the IWGP Women’s Championship on the line.
Here’s the announced card for the show:
– Jay White (c) vs Kazuchika Okada: IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
– Will Ospreay (c) vs Kenny Omega: IWGP United States Championship
– Taiji Ishimori (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado vs Master Wato: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
– Keiji Muto, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shota Umino vs Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI: Keiji Muto’s Last NJPW Match
– Karl Anderson vs Tama Tonga: NEVER Openweight Championship
– Ren Narita vs Zack Sabre Jr: NJPW World TV Championship
– FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) (c) vs Bishamon (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI): IWGP Tag Team Championship
– KAIRI (c) vs Tam Nakano: IWGP Women’s Championship
– Catch 2/2 (Francesco Akira & TJP) (c) vs CHAOS (Lio Rush & YOH): IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
– Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Togi Makabe vs Tatsumi Fujinami, Tiger Mask & Minoru Suzuki – Antonio Inoki Memorial Match
– KOPW 2023 Qualifier New Japan Ranbo: Kickoff Match 2
– Ryohei Oiwa vs Boltin Oleg: Kickoff Match 1: Three Minute Exhibition
For the latest on the NJPW status of Mercedes Varnado (Sasha Banks) following reports that she will also be at Wrestle Kingdom 17, click here.
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