Two more title bouts set
Two more matches have been added to the card for Wrestle Kingdom 18 on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome as a stacked lineup continues to fill out.
Shingo Takagi will defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Tama Tonga. After Takagi defeated Tama to lift the NEVER Openweight Championship for a third time in Las Vegas at Fighting Spirit Unleashed, Tonga made it clear he wanted a rematch, and stepped up to go face to face wit the Dragon after Shingo retained against Trent Beretta at Lonestar Shootout. The main event at Fighting Spirit Unleashed certainly showed that Tama could bring the ‘BMF’ prestige to NEVER competition, but with only one defence between three prior reigns for the Guerrilla of Destiny, this might become his last chance to seize NEVER gold. Will he make it, or will Shingo rampage into 2024 still the champ?
Zack Sabre Jr. and Hiroshi Tanahashi’s storied rivalry will continue at Wrestle Kingdom, with the NJPW World TV Championship currently scheduled to be on the line. After Tanahashi caught Sabre with an inside cradle to retain the NEVER Openweight 6 Man tag Championships at Power Struggle, the Ace indicated that he wanted ZSJ one on one once more. Sabre has been determined to get to V20 with the TV title before year’s end, and may still be looking to extend that reign before January 4- but assuming he still holds the gold by Tokyo Dome, old foe Tanahashi will be a formidable test.