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Five matches set for 1/4, World Tag League teams announced, Nagata wins Global League
It’s finally official! G1 Climax 2013 winner Tetsuya Naito challenges IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, in the main event of “WRESTLE KINGDOM 8″ at the Tokyo Dome on January 4th! This was one of five huge matches announced for the show tonight and will be half of a double main event.
The other half will see the two men on whom New Japan was rebuilt and who forged a great rivalry, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura, meet for the first time in nearly 2 1/2 for Shinsuke’s IWGP Intercontinental Title.
Veterans unite as Yuji Nagata (more news on him below) and Kazushi Sakuraba defend the pride of pro wrestling against the famous Gracie fighting family, in this case Daniel and Rolles Gracies.
Bullet Club leader Prince Devitt can neglect his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title no more! The arrival of Kota Ibushi as a New Japan affiliated wrestler has given the Irishman a worthy rival again and he defends the junior belt against Ibushi at the Tokyo Dome. If rumours are true, this could be Devitt’s final match of his 7-year New Japan stay, with WWE thought to be in talks with him.
And the Young Bucks defend their newly won IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title in the most difficult of circumstances – a 4WAY Match, with previous champions TAKA & Taichi, Time Splitters, and Forever Hooligans up against them in what will mark Alex Shelley’s return from injury.
9-10 matches are planned so there is plenty more to come.
NJPW “WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 IN TOKYO DOME”, 1/4/14 (WPW/PPV/iPPV)
1. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title – 4WAY Match: Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson (c) vs. KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
2. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Prince Devitt (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
3. Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel Gracie & Rolles Gracie
4. Double Main Event I – IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
5. Double Main Event II – IWGP Heavyweight Title: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
Teams for the upcoming “WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2013″ have also been announced. There is a heavy gaijin presence in this tournament, with the new face being former WWE and TNA star Doc Gallows, who was part of CM Punk’s group a few years ago. Full cards will be posted at this link soon.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan
- Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
- Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
- Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
- Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (IWGP Tag Team Champions)
- Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man
- Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
- Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra
- Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
- Rob Conway & Jax Dane (NWA World Tag Team Champions)
- Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin
- Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
- Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Nagata saikyo! Yuji Nagata’s latest advance on NOAH has rewarded him with glory as he today won the Global League, their version of the G1 Climax, beating both Naomichi Marufuji and Takeshi Morishima on the same day to lift the trophy. Nagata has now won New Japan’s G1 Climax (2001), All Japan’s Champion Carnival (2011), and NOAH’s Global League (2013), a fantastic achievement. He goes on to challenge KENTA for the GHC Heavyweight Title on 12/7, a show which will also see New Japan duo Liger & Tiger defend the GHC Jr. Tag Team Title.
NOAH, 11/10/13 (G+)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,000 Fans – Super No Vacancy
- Global League – Block B: Yuji Nagata  beat Naomichi Marufuji  (8:34) with a backdrop hold.
- Global League – Final: Yuji Nagata beat Takeshi Morishima (13:09) with the Exploder of Justice.
NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE IN TOKYO VOL. 2 ~ AKIRA TAUE RETIREMENT SHOW”, 12/7/13
Tokyo Ariake Colosseum
- GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (c) vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Zack Sabre Jr.
- GHC Heavyweight Title: KENTA (c) vs. Yuji Nagata
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