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Three matches confirmed for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15


Three matches have been set for the January 4 and January 5 Wrestle Kingdom 15 cards.

It has been confirmed that Kota Ibushi will face Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight title and the IWGP Intercontinental title on the first night of Wrestle Kingdom. In a press conference last night, Naito challenged Ibushi, saying that even though he had lost the briefcase, he did win the G1 in back-to-back years, and wanted revenge as that was something he had never done. He threatened to boycott both shows if he didn’t get the match.

Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada was also set for January 4. Ospreay challenged Okada at Power Struggle after Okada had defeated the Great O-Khan. Ospreay turned on Okada during the G1 Climax tournament, turning his back on his former CHAOS stablemate and forming his own stable with O-Khan and Bea Priestley The Empire.

Jay White, who won the Wrestle Kingdom 15 contract briefcase from Kota Ibushi at Power Struggle, will face either Tetsuya Naito or Kota Ibushi on January 5. That will depend on who is champion following the January 4 main event.