Four matches now official for Wrestle Kingdom 17.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling is beginning to roll out matches for Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4th. Coming out of the Declaration of Power show, it was set that Kazuchika Okada will be challenging Jay White at the Tokyo Dome for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title. That match was formally announced by NJPW via a press conference.
At that same presser, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title bout for Wrestle Kingdom was made official. Taiji Ishimori is going to be defending the title in a four way involving Hiromu Takahashi, El Desperado and Master Wato.
— 新日本プロレスリング株式会社 (@njpw1972) October 11, 2022
The 2023 Wrestle Kingdom event is going to be one night only opposed to the two-night format that was in place for the past several years.
As of this writing, here’s the updated lineup for Wrestle Kingdom 17:
- IWGP Women’s Championship: TBA/TBD
- NJPW World Television Championship Tournament Final: TBA/TBD
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship — Four Way: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Master Wato vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado