Wrestle Kingdom is regarded as one of the biggest nights on the professional wrestling calendar. Traditionally, the event is held on January 4th inside the iconic Tokyo Dome, however in 2020, for the first time in Wrestle Kingdom history the show will be taking place over two nights, the 4th and 5th. The two night extravaganza is not the only historic first that will be occurring over the weekend, as New Japan’s first ever ‘double’ Champion will be crowned. NJPW are billing the mini 3 bout ‘tournament’ as the ‘Double Gold Dash,’ that will see Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi, Jay White and Tetsuya Naito attempt to become the first ever IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion concurrently. You can check out the Takeaways and Results for January 4th here, which includes the results of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Title bouts.
Painmaker vs Ace
AEW Champion Chris Jericho will also be facing NJPW Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi with some with big implications on tonight’s card. This match reaches far beyond the realms of New Japan, with Tanahashi stating that he wanted a bout for the AEW Championship if he were to defeat the ‘Painmaker’ at Wrestle Kingdom.
You can order NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Nights 1, 2 and New Year Dash right now over at FITE.TV.
- Jyushin Thunder Liger Retirement Match II – Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee b. Jyushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match – Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) b. Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo) (NEW CHAMPIONS)
- Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship Match – Zack Sabre Jr (c) b. SANADA
- IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match – Jon Moxley (c) b. Juice Robinson
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match – Hirooki Goto b. KENTA (NEW CHAMPION)
- Jay White b. Kota Ibushi
- Chris Jericho b. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship & IWGP Intercontinental Double Championship Match – Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Here are our 5 Takeaways from NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2:
1Jyushin Thunder Liger Battles For The Last Time
Legendary Japanese performer Jyushin ‘Thunder’ Liger officially retired during Wrestle Kingdom Night 2. Liger took the pinfall loss to Hiromu Takahashi in his final ever bout. It was a fitting sendoff for the masked performer, having the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion send him into retirement. As previously mentioned Liger was the first man to ever defend the Juniors title at a Tokyo Dome show. The emotion in the building was palpable, with Takahashi looking emotional during Liger’s entrance as he looked up the ramp.