New Japan Pro Wrestling has now made a teased match between two major stars official for Wrestle Kingdom 17.
After Kenny Omega issued a challenge to current IWGP United States Champion Will Ospreay, now the match has seen a major development.
According to a press release from NJPW:
“After the events of Historic X-Over in Ariake Arena on November 20, two championship matches have been made official for the Wrestle Kingdom 17 card on January 4 2023.
“Will Ospreay will defend the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega. With his eye catching style in the ring, controversial character outside of it, and ruthless killer instinct, Ospreay was always bound to meet comparisons to Kenny Omega ever since ‘The Cleaner’ departed NJPW to help found All Elite Wrestling.
“Some biting comments in the media only added fuel to those fires, and direct physicality would follow when the United Empire faced the Elite in AEW’s tournament to crown their first trios champions.
“In Ariake, a video message from Omega and a fast confirmation from Ospreay quickly laid the framework for what will doubtless be the most anticipated match on the Tokyo Dome card for many, and may be the most anticipated matchup on any card for 2023.
“Just who deserves the label of ‘Best Bout Machine’, and as the IWGP US title only continues to raise in status, who leaves with the belt?”
Also announced by NJPW, another major championship match as brand new and first ever IWGP Women’s Champion Kairi will face her first challenger at Wrestle Kingdom 17.
She will defend her championship against Cosmic Angels’ Tam Nakano.
JANUARY 4 2023 Tokyo Dome
WRESTLE KINGDOM 17
IWGP United States Championship@willospreay
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) November 21, 2022
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