The card for NJPW vs. NOAH at night three of Wrestle Kingdom 16 has been set.
NJPW and NOAH held a press conference today and announced eleven matches for the card. All of the matches will have NJPW vs. NOAH talent. The match order has yet to be announced, but two matches were designated pre-show bouts.
Most notably, NJPW's Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada will face Keiji Muto and Kaito Kiyomiya. Muto is no stranger to NJPW, having held the company's IWGP Heavyweight Championship four times. Kiyomiya is a former GHC Heavyweight Champion and a two-time GHC Tag Team Champion.
In an all-star 10-man tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon takes on Kongo (Diamonds), as Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI of NJPW face NOAH's Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Tadasuke and Aleja.
Just two singles bouts have been announced, as NJPW's SHO faces NOAH's Atsushi Kotoge, and NOAH's Yasutaka Yano takes on NJPW Young Lion Kosei Fujita.
In an interesting twist, NJPW's KENTA will team with NOAH talent on the show, as Taichi, Minoru Suzuki and TAKA Michinoku face Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba and KENTA.
NJPW's IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi and NOAH's GHC Heavyweight Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima were on hand for today's presser, which can be seen below.
All told, nine tag bouts and the two singles contests were announced for the event.
Here is the full lineup:
Wrestle Kingdom 16 night three, NJPW vs. NOAH, Saturday, January 8, 3 a.m. Eastern time on Abema pay-per-view --
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Keiji Muto & Kaito Kiyomiya
- Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Tadasuke and Aleja
- SHO vs. Atsushi Kotoge
- EVIL & Dick Togo vs. Go Shiozaki & Masa Kitamiya
- Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku vs. Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba & KENTA
- Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Ogawa Yoshinari
- Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs. Daisuke Harada, Hajime Ohara, Daiki Inabe, Yoshiki Inamura & Kinya Okada
- El Desperado & DOUKI vs. YO-HEY & NOSAWA RONGAI
- Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs. HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka
- Pre-show match: Kosei Fujita vs. Yasutaka Yano
- Pre-show match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Muhammad Yone, King Tany & Saito Akitoshi