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NJPW announces full King Of Pro Wrestling show lineup

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a press conference earlier today to announce its annual King of Pro Wrestling show -- the biggest show that takes place between the G-1 finals in August and the Tokyo Dome show in January.

The show takes place on October 10 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo with a main event of Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji for the IWGP heavyweight title. While the main event was known, the rest of the show was held back due to angles and match results of the three Destruction shows.

It's notable that they are focused on five major matches and instead of a loaded show, the rest of the crew will continue in multiple person matches. That means the IC title, among other things, as well as Hiroshi Tanahashi, are not focused on.

Kenny Omega will defend his briefcase and January 4 title shot against Hirooki Goto, which is an interesting pick. Normally, he'd wrestle somebody who beat him during G-1 as opposed to the person he beat in the finals, but the feeling is the final match was so spectacular that they've put Goto in the spot.

The other three title matches are Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the Never openweight title, Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa for the IWGP tag team titles and The Young Bucks vs. Ricochet & David Finlay for the IWGP jr. tag team titles. Finlay takes the place of Matt Sydal, and has become Ricochet's regular tag team partner.

The rest of the show is multiple person matches, likely to set up angles for the November show in Osaka:

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Kushida & Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
  • Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Go Shiozaki & Maybach Taniguchi & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamura of Pro Wrestling NOAH
  • Bobby Fish & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Toru Yano & Jado & Rocky Romero & Baretta
  • Will Ospreay & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Adam Cole & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi