The wrestling world is abuzz with excitement as NJPW gears up for its Wrestle Kingdom 18 event, and a major announcement has shaken the foundation of the promotion. NJPW is introducing a brand-new championship, the IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship, and the inaugural champion will be decided in a thrilling three-way battle.
The match will feature the explosive talents of Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and David Finlay, all vying for the prestigious honor of becoming the first-ever IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion.
This championship is set to replace the now-defunct IWGP United States/United Kingdom Heavyweight Championship, which was rendered obsolete after an incident involving David Finlay destroying the title belts held by Will Ospreay.
The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 4, at the iconic Tokyo Dome, and wrestling fans worldwide can catch all the action streaming live on NJPW World, starting at 2:30 a.m. Eastern time.
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match: SANADA (champion) vs. Tetsuya Naito
Singles Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Bryan Danielson
Inaugural IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship Match: Will Ospreay vs. Jon Moxley vs. David Finlay
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiromu Takahashi (champion) vs. El Desperado
Double Tag Team Title Match: IWGP Tag Team Champions Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions Hikuleo & El Phantasmo (for both titles)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney (champion) vs. TJP & Francesco Akira
NJPW World Television Championship Match: Zack Sabre Jr. (champion) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Shingo Takagi (champion) vs. Tama Tonga
With such a stacked lineup and the promise of a historic championship bout, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 is shaping up to be an unforgettable night of professional wrestling. Wrestling fans will undoubtedly be glued to their screens come January 4th.