New Japan Pro Wrestling's signature event is returning to its previous format.
NJPW has announced that, for the first time in four years, Wrestle Kingdom will be a one-night event in 2023. Wrestle Kingdom 17 is taking place at the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
January 4 is the date that NJPW's Tokyo Dome show has traditionally been held on.
The day after Wrestle Kingdom 17, NJPW New Year Dash will make its return. New Year Dash is being held at Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
The last one-night Wrestle Kingdom prior to this was Wrestle Kingdom 13 in 2019. Wrestle Kingdom 14 and 15 were both two-night shows, while Wrestle Kingdom 16 was held over three nights. The final night of Wrestle Kingdom 16 had an NJPW vs. Pro Wrestling NOAH theme.
On Wrestling Observer Radio earlier this week, Dave Meltzer noted that some AEW wrestlers are expected to take part in Wrestle Kingdom 17.
"I don't know how many but I have, in fact, been told of certain plans for AEW wrestlers on Wrestle Kingdom," Meltzer said.