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Wrestle Kingdom Rewind: The Newest, The Strongest 【WK16】

After six years Shinsuke Nakamura took on Yoshihiro Takayama for the second time in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 4.

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Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Tokyo Dome Live and in English on January 4 & 5 2022

Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama: NJPW vs NOAH Live and in English on ABEMA Pay Per View January 8 2022

While Shinsuke Nakamura would truly begin the King of Strong Style era in the 2010s, he ended the decade prior having already won his third and final IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In the coming years, it would be the Intercontitnental title that would define Nakamura, but before the white and gold, there was only one prize to gun for, and Nakamura had it. 

 

His opponent in the main event of January 4 2010 was the giant Yoshihiro Takayama. Six years prior, the two had met in a double championship bout over the NWF and IWGP Heavyweight Championships, a match that Nakamura just barely came out on top of. Now Takayama was eager to see how much Nakamura ‘evolved’ in the intervening years.

Meanwhile NJPW’s connection to NOAH was evolving into an all out war at Wrestle Kingdom. The young faces of both companies, Go Shoiozaki and Hiroshi Tanahashi would meet on the card that also saw Takashi Sugiura and Hirooki Goto do battle once again. The pride of NOAH on the night though would be Naomichi Marufuji. The 2009 Super J-Cup winner would defeat Tiger Mask on the night, taking home the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and creating a line of contenders from NJPW intent on wresting the title back. 

Watch Wrestle Kingdom IV here!

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