New Japan Pro Wrestling is considered the best when it comes to overall in-ring action. This has always been the case during the promotion’s annual Wrestle Kingdom events, which have always managed to become the talk of the town in professional wrestling. NJPW will be presenting Wrestle Kingdom 17 very soon and fans are very excited for it.

Wrestle Kingdom 17 will be a historic event for a multitude of reasons, especially due to the fact that the event will feature stars from NJPW, WWE, AEW and more. The show will be taking place on January 4 at the Tokyo Dome.

The event is set to being at 3 a.m. ET/12 am PT. Preliminary matches will begin at 2:00 a.m. ET. The event will be headlined by Jay White defending his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada in the main event.

Other matches include Will Ospreay defending his IWGP United States Title against Kenny Omega. Sasha Banks is also very likely to appear at the event in some capacity. You may check out the full card below:


IWGP World Heavyweight Title Match
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (c)

IWGP Women’s Title Match
Tam Nakano vs. Kairi (c)

IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Match
Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay (c)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Fatal 4 Way
El Desperado vs. Master Wato vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori (c)

Tournament Finals for the Inaugural NJPW World Television Title

Ren Narita vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

NEVER Openweight Title Match

Tama Tonga vs. Karl Anderson (c)

IWGP Tag Team Titles Match

Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI vs. FTR (c)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles Match

Lio Rush and YOH vs. TJP and Francesco Akira (c)

Minoru Suzuki, Tiger Mask, and Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, and Satoshi Kojima – Antonio Inoki Memorial Six-Man Tag Team Match

Keiji Mutoh, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Shota Umino vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, and BUSHI – Six-Man Tag Team Match

Ryohei Oiwa vs. Boltin Oleg Opening Match: NJPW Young Lions Exhibition

Opening Match: New Japan Ranbo 

Final four will challenge for the Provisional KOPW 2023 Trophy at New Year Dash on January 5. Participants TBA

Needless to say, fans are extremely excited about the event. Keep checking back at Ringside News as we will provide play-by-play coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 17. Stay tuned with Ringside News for all your essential wrestling news.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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