Wrestle Kingdom 14 saw the Kingdom expand to two nights for the first time ever
January 4 had been a tradition since 1992, and Wrestle Kingdom since 2007. With more eyes on NJWP at the Tokyo Dome year by year, it was by now very clear what the flasghip event on the professional wrestling calendar was. When Wrestle Kingdom 14 and the year 2020 came around, change was afoot. The Kingdom was set to expand, as for the first time ever, the Tokyo Dome saw two consecutive nights of action.
What attractions would bring fans to the Dome for both January 4 and Janauary 5? Jyushin Thunder Liger calling time on a legendary career was certainly a big one, as was a string of hotly contested championship battles, with Will Ospreay and Hiromu Takahashi in a junior heavyweight classic, all the way to a classic grappling bout between Zack Sabre Junior and SANADA. At the top of the billing though was the Double Gold Dash to crown the first ever IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Double Champion.
IWGP Heavyweight Champ Kazuchika Okada, Intercontinental Champion Jay White and G1 Climax winner and right to challenge briefcase holder Kota Ibushi all had much on the line they were gambling with at the Dome. Then there was Tetsuya Naito, entering with nothing and willing to sacrifice everything he did have in body and soul to finally live a dream of standing tall after the Tokyo Dome main event. After Ibushi and Okada wrestled a classic on January 4, it was the Rainmaker advancing, to take on Tetsuya Naito, with his heart on his sleeve, emblazoned with the mantra ‘todo o nada’
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