The card is set for December 18 in Korakuen! The last stop on the road to Wrestle Kingdom!



The card is set for December 18 in Korakuen! The last stop on the road to Wrestle Kingdom!

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With Wrestle Kingdom 12 fast approaching, the cards for NJPW’s last Korakuen shows of the year have been announced. New Japan rings in the holidays in style every year and 2017 is no different. The last main roster show of 2017 will see the top stars of New Japan jockey for position and momentum as they make their last statements on the road to Wrestle Kingdom 12. 


In our main event, Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada will share a ring for the last time before their Tokyo Dome main event clash. Naito will team with BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi, a team that still has beef with Okada’s partners SHO and YOH after their loss in the autumn’s Super Junior Tag tournament. This is set to be an explosive six man encounter as January 4 approaches.

In the semi main event of the evening, Hirooki Goto teams with YOSHI-HASHI opposite Takashi Iizuka and Minoru Suzuki. On December 11 in Fukuoka, Goto declared he was willing to put his hair on the line for a shot at Suzuki’s NEVER Championship. Suzuki is still resolute in not granting Goto’s request. It’s Goto’s last chance to change the champion’s mind on December 18. 

Kota Ibushi will look to send a message to Cody ahead of his ROH World Championship challenge on January 4. He teams with Tencozy against a trio of brothers in Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Leo Tanga. Will blood run thicker than water, or will Ibushi spark a violent night in Korakuen?


World Tag League champions EVIL and SANADA are on a path of destruction to Wrestle Kingdom 12, where they face Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP Tag Team Championships. To warm up for KES, they take on the biggest opposition they can find in Bad Luck Fale along with his devious partner Yujiro Takahashi. 


The mysterious Masked Horse will make his debut on December 17, and will be back the next night. This time, he’ll be galloping up to Jushin Thunder Liger, KUSHIDA and Tiger Mask and trying to leap the formidable fence that is the Suzuki Gun team of El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku, Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru.


Finally, the Young Lion Cup approaches its conclusion. Hirai Kawato faces Katsuya Kitamura, Tomoyuki Oka will take on Tatsuhito Yagi and Ren Narita will battle Shota Umino. The Cup will conclude December 21 at Lion’s Gate, and these six young contenders will be looking to set themselves up in the best position possible heading into the final night in Shinjuku FACE.


Catch all the action from the legendary Korakuen Hall LIVE on December 18 at 6:30 PM JST!