While Shingo Takagi will face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight title on January 4, Will Ospreay wants the winner on January 5.
After Okada defeated Buddy Matthews on tonight’s NJPW Battle in the Valley event in San Jose, California, Ospreay came out and congratulated Okada on winning this year’s G1 tournament. He said that as the winner, Okada could challenge the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, referring to himself. Okada said that he wouldn’t challenge Ospreay, but Ospreay could challenge him. Ospreay then declared he wanted the winner of Shingo Takagi vs. Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 16 on January 4 to face him on the Wrestle Kingdom show on January 5. Okada said that he would make it rain.
Ospreay had originally vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight title back in May after suffering a neck injury. He returned in August, appearing at NJPW’s Resurgence event in Los Angeles, saying that he was still champion as he never lost the title. He said he would remain in America and has since appeared on several NJPW USA events including tonight’s show, where he defeated Ren Narita.