NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Lineup & Preview

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 begins a new era in the annual Tokyo Dome show. A 2nd night has been added to Wrestle Kingdom this year and a 4-person “Double Dash” tournament of sorts will take place featuring Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi, Tetsuya Naito, and Jay White.

  1. Lineup for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1
  2. Lineup for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2
  3. Match Previews

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1
January 4th, 2020
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki vs. Giuliaand Hana Kimura (Dark Match)
  2. Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe), Yuya Uemura, and Yota Tsuji vs. Toa Henare, Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, and Karl Fredericks (Dark Match)
  3. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) vs. Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi (Dark Match)
  4. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask (w/El Samurai) vs. Naoki Sano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (w/Kuniaki Kobayashi)
  5. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.)
  6. BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI)
  7. IWGP Tag Team Title Match
    Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
  8. IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Texas Death Match
    Lance Archer (c) vs. Jon Moxley
  9. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match
    Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
  10. IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
    Jay White (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
  11. IWGP Heavyweight Title Match
    Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi

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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2
January 5th, 2020
Tokyo Dome
Tokyo, Japan

  1. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
    Gauntlet Match
    The Most Violent Players (Togi Makabe and Toru Yano) and Ryusuke Taguchi(c) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, and Robbie Eagles) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon(Evil, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi) vs. Suzuki-gun(Taichi, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  2. Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee
  3. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
    BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
  4. RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title Match
    Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. SANADA
  5. IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Texas Death Match
    Moxley/Archer Winner (c) vs. Juice Robinson
  6. NEVER Openweight Title Match
    KENTA (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
  7. Chris Jericho vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  8. IWGP Heavyweight Title / IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
    IWGP Heavyweight Champion (c) vs IWGP Intercontinental Champion (c)

Championship Double Dash

In a sense, Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi, Jay White, and Tetsuya Naito are in a 4-person playoff. Each wrestler is vying to do something never done before. Okada and Ibushi will clash for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event of night 1. Jay White and Tetsuya Naito will also clash over the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on night 1. The winners of each match will face each other with both belts on the line in the main event on night 2.

For Okada, there are precious few accomplishments he has yet to achieve but the Wrestle Kingdom Double Dash is something nobody ever has. For Ibushi, defeated Okada in the Tokyo Dome and winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship would be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. He would then have to defend the title the following night.

As for Jay White and Tetsuya Naito, each has climbed the mountaintop in NJPW before. Any champion in this era lives in Okada’s shadow, however, similar to how Okada lived in Tanahashi’s for many years before finally defeating him in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 10. This year’s event offers an opportunity for both to achieve history while knocking Okada off the mountain in the process.

Hiromu Takahashi Returns

In 2018, Hiromu Takahashi won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. He followed that up by defeating Will Ospreay for the Junior Heavyweight Championship at Dominion that June. He defended the title one time against El Desperado before taking on his longtime rival Dragon Lee at the G1 Special in San Fransico the following month. Takahashi won the match but sustained a serious neck injury that kept him out of wrestling for 17 months.

In Takahashi’s absence, Will Ospreay won the Best of the Super Juniors and then defeated Dragon Lee for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship last June in Osaka. Ospreay has defended the title against Robbie Eagles, El Phantasmo, and BUSHI but his greatest test lay with the returning former champion as these two will clash to determine the top wrestler the junior heavyweight division has seen in recent years.

Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – AEW Title Stipulations Involved

On the 2nd night of Wrestle Kingdom 14, Chris Jericho returns to the promotion and will face Hiroshi Tanahashi. An interesting stipulation was added to this match in the weeks leading up to Wrestle Kingdom as well. In an interview with Tokyo Sports, Tanahashi noted that Jericho was a champion in another promotion (AEW) and that should he defeat him at Wrestle Kingdom, it would only make sense for him to receive a shot at Jericho’s title.

Jericho then answered back with a video he posted to Instagram. In the video, Jericho stated he has talked to Tony Khan and that if Tanahashi wins at Wrestle Kingdom, Tanahashi will receive a shot at the AEW World’s Championship at some point. NJPW then officially confirmed the stipulation and announced this on their social media.

IWGP United States Championship Bouts

Lance Archer, Jon Moxley, and Juice Robinson will each get a chance to walk away from the Tokyo Dome with the IWGP United States Championship this weekend. On Night 1, champion Lance Archer will face Jon Moxley with the title on the line in a Texas Death Match which can only be stopped by a 10-count or submission. Also on night 1, former US Champion Juice Robinson will team up with David Finlay to take on the Guerillas of Destiny for the tag titles. Finlay and Juice earned this right by winning the World Tag League late last year.

Juice Robinson has an opportunity then to walk away from Wrestle Kingdom with both the IWGP Heavyweight tag titles with Finlay and as the US champion. Juice will take on the winner of Archer vs Moxley on the 2nd night of Wrestle Kingdom this year.

Jushin Liger Retires

Finally, Wrestle Kingdom 14 will feature the final two matches in the career of the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger, who wrestled on the first-ever Tokyo Dome show on January 4th, 1992. That show was titled the Super Warriors of the Tokyo Dome show and featured a main event of Riki Choshu taking on Tatsumi Fujinami. Several WCW matches were also on the show.

Night 1 will see Liger in the ring with many of his former rivals through the years:

  • Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami, The Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask (w/El Samurai) vs. Naoki Sano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa (w/Kuniaki Kobayashi)

On night 2, Liger will take on the top stars of today in tag-team competition with Naoki Sano as his partner:

  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee

Wrestle Kingdom 14 represents the last time fans can watch Jushin Liger in a professional wrestling ring.

You can enjoy both nights of Wrestle Kingdom on FITE TV January 4th & 5th, 2020 from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Japan!