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Finals set for TV title tournament at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17

Two semifinal matches took place Saturday at Battle Autumn in Osaka.
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The finals are set for NJPW's World Television Championship tournament. 

It will be Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ren Narita in the tournament finals at Wrestle Kingdom 17, as both won their semifinal bouts at Saturday's Battle Autumn in Osaka event. 

Narita scored an upset pinfall victory over SANADA in the first semifinal match, ducking a lariat and connecting with a Narita Special for the win. 

In the second semifinal bout, Sabre defeated EVIL after avoiding Everything is EVIL and stealing a flash pin. 

Three bouts are now official for Wrestle Kingdom on January 4, 2023. The IWGP Women's Championship will also be defended on the show, but the first title holder and challenger have yet to be decided. KAIRI will face Mayu Iwatani on November 20 to crown the first IWGP Women's Champion. 

The Wrestle Kingdom lineup so far: 

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17,  Wednesday, January 4 --

  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado vs. Master Wato
  • NJPW World Television Championship tournament finals: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ren Narita
  • IWGP Women's Championship match