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Several Matches Announced For NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15

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Several matches have been announced for both nights of NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15 next month, including three major championship bouts!

Three matches had already been announced for New Japan’s Tokyo Dome extravaganza including Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships as well as Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay, both on January 4th. On the 5th, meanwhile, Jay White will challenge the winner of Naito vs Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships using his G1 Right to Challenge briefcase.

Now, an additional six matches have been added to both nights of Wrestle Kingdom 15: On January 4th, we’ll also see Hiroshi Tanahashi attempt to exact revenge against the Great O-Kharn; Best of the Super Juniors and Super J-Cup winners will collide as Hiromu Takahashi takes on El Phantasmo to face Taiji Ishimori on the 5th; and Suzuki-Gun will defend their IWGP Tag Team Championships against World Tag League winners Gorillas of Destiny.

Alongside Jay White’s double championship challenge on night 2, SANADA will finally get his hands on his traitorous former tag partner EVIL; Taiji Ishimori will defend the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against either Hiromu Takahashi or El Phantasmo; and Jeff Cobb will face his biggest New Japan challenge yet as he challenges Shingo Takagi for the NEVER Openweight Championship.

NJPW also announced last month that legendary comedian, actor, artist and musician Noritake Kinashi will be Wrestle Kingdom 15’s ‘special guest celebrity promoter’, having already produced the event’s theme song. It’s currently unknown what exactly Kinashi will be doing during the event, however.

You can see the card announced so far for both nights of Wrestle Kingdom 15 below:

Night 1 (January 4th)

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Great O-Kharn
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs El Phantasmo – Winner challenges Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
  • Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) (c) vs Gorillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) for the IWGP Tag Team Championships
  • Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships – Winner defends against Jay White

Night 2 (January 5th)

  • SANADA vs EVIL
  • Taiji Ishimori (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi/El Phantasmo for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
  • Shingo Takagi (c) vs Jeff Cobb for the NEVER Openweight Championship
  • Tetsuya Naito/Kota Ibushi (c) vs Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships

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