NJPW reveals finalized card for Wrestle Kingdom 12By Joseph Currier | @josephcurrier | Dec 19, 2017 8:23 am
With New Japan Pro Wrestling having no more shows between now and the Tokyo Dome, the full card for Wrestle Kingdom 12 has been revealed.
There will be 10 matches on the show. Most of those had already been announced going into NJPW's Road to Tokyo Dome events, but two more title matches and the pre-show Rumble have now been confirmed.
NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki will officially defend his title against Hirooki Goto in a hair vs. hair match, with another stipulation being that no other wrestlers will be at ringside for it. The NEVER Six-Man Tag Team titles will also be on the line in a gauntlet match at the Dome. It will be champions Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Beretta vs. Togi Makabe, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Michael Elgin & War Machine vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Takashi Iizuka & Taichi.
This will be the fourth year in a row that the New Japan Rumble has taken place on the pre-show. No wrestlers are announced for it in advance, and it features regulars from the current roster and some familiar faces from the past.
The Tokyo Dome will host Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4th. It will air live on NJPW World with English commentary available, then a three-hour special with the top matches will be shown on AXS TV on January 6th. Here's the full lineup for the show:
- IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defending against Tetsuya Naito
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defending against Chris Jericho in a no DQ match
- IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defending against Jay White
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll defending against Will Ospreay, KUSHIDA, and Hiromu Takahashi in a four-way match
- NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki defending against Hirooki Goto in a hair vs. hair match
- IWGP Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad defending against SANADA & EVIL
- Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes)
- NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny defending against Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Beretta, Togi Makabe, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi, Michael Elgin & War Machine, and Zack Sabre Jr., Takashi Iizuka & Taichi in a gauntlet match
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Sho & Yoh defending against The Young Bucks
- The New Japan Rumble (pre-show)