NJPW Wrestle Kingdom will return on January 4th, 2024 from the Tokyo Dome, and the full line-up for the event has now been revealed.
Wrestle Kingdom is the biggest event in the NJPW calendar, with many referring to it as the Japanese promotion’s version of WrestleMania. The Wrestle Kingdom name itself only came into being in 2007 but the tradition of the January 4th show in the Tokyo Dome stretches all the way back to 1992.
Wrestle Kingdom 17 in 2023 saw Kazuchika Okada win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship from Jay White in the main event. That marked the eighth time Okada had headlined the show. Also on that show, Kenny Omega defeated Will Ospreay in a classic to win the IWGP United States Championship.
The show will also be the first since Hiroshi Tanahashi was named NJPW’s new President and Representative Director.
NJPW Announce Full Wrestle Kingdom 18 Card
Now NJPW has officially announced the full Wrestle Kingdom card and there will again be AEW representation on the show both with Jon Moxley and Bryan Danielson set for a huge night ahead of them.
The full card for the event is as follows:
- SANADA (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Bryan Danielson
- Will Ospreay vs. David Finlay vs. Jon Moxley – IWGP Global Championship
- Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Desperado – IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
- Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi (c) vs. Hikuleo & El Phantasmo (c) – IWGP & STRONG Openweight Tag Team Titles
- Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Tama Tonga – NEVER Openweight Championship
- Shota Umino & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. EVIL & Ren Narita
- Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
- Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW World Television Championship
- Bullet Club War Dogs (c) vs. Catch 2/2 – IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
- New Japan Ranbo for the right to challenge for the KOPW 2024 Championship