In just a few short hours New Japan Pro Wrestling will put on what will possibly be the best Pro Wrestling show of the year…Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome!
The promotions biggest show of the year is expected to draw the largest crowd for a Pro Wrestling event in Japan in over a decade. Buzz for the show is at high levels worldwide, and we here at Wrestle Royalty could not be more excited.
The best way for you to watch the show Live and in full is signing up for the companies streaming service is NJPWWorld.com. The site does have an icon which changes the language to English, and most of the shows now come with English commentary provided by Kevin Kelly and Don Callis. The price for the service varies due to the exchange rate constantly changing, but it’s always around 9USD a month.
AXS TV will air a shortened version of the show on Friday, January 6th at 7 pm EST and will air the entire event in four parts in the upcoming weeks.
We will be holding a Dignified Discussion of the event starting half an hour before showtime. We hope you will be willing to stay up late and join us because we are sure it will be well worth it!
For those of you who have trouble working out time zones (like me) here are the times that the show will air in each major timezone:
Pacific Time US: January 3rd at 11 pm
Eastern Time US: January 4th at 2 am
Greenwich Mean Time: January 4th at 7 am
Australian Eastern Standard Time: January 4th at 6 pm
Here is the full match card:
New Japan Rumble
IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Roppongi 3K (c) vs. The Young Bucks
NEVER OPENWEIGHT 6-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (GAUNTLET MATCH)
Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and Bad Luck Fale (c) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, and Togi Makabe vs. Beretta, Toru Yano, and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hanson Raymond Rowe, and Michael Elgin vs. Taichi, Takashi Iizuka, and Zack Sabre Jr.
Cody vs. Kota Ibushi
IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) vs. EVIL and SANADA
NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (HAIR VS. HAIR/NOBODY AT RINGSIDE DEATHMATCH)
Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (4-WAY)
Marty Scurll (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay
IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. “Switchblade” Jay White
IWGP UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (NO DQ)
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Chris Jericho
IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
Authors Take: New Japan has been trying to attract the adult male demographic that WWE puts second behind kids & families with their international expansion. And given the buzz the promotion has had over the last 12 months…I’d say it’s working!