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New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 12 results, full match coverage tonight (January 4, 2018) from the Tokyo Dome

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Here's a place to check results and comment along with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s Wrestle Kingdom 12 - happening Thursday, January 4, 2018 from the Tokyo Dome. The show will air live during the early morning hours for United States audiences, with a replay available an hour after the main show wraps.

NJPW has their own, WWE Network like streaming service, New Japan World which can be subscribed to worldwide and that will broadcast the show. You can access NJW at this link. At current exchange rate, the service is slightly less than $9 per month.

Though there won't be a U.S. pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast, NJPW has Kevin Kelly and Don Callis to provide English commentary on the World service.

That leaves the time difference from Tokyo as the major challenge. With a bell time of 5PM in Japan, the broadcast will start at 3AM Eastern / 12AM Pacific time in the U.S. (the New Japan Rumble and pre-show start an hour earlier).

It should be worth a sluggish day at the office, however. Wrestle Kingdom is the biggest event on New Japan's calendar - whatever the January show from the Tokyo Dome is called, it's NJPW's version of WrestleMania - and they've put together an exciting card worthy of that status.

From the Ace of the company, Kazuchika Okada, defending his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against two-time G1 Climax winnner Tetsuya Naito, in the main event, to a dream match that was unimaginable only six months ago in the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship bout with Kenny Omega battling the self-proclaimed Alpha Chris Jericho, to Cody Rhodes and his non-title showdown against Kota Ibushi and beyond... this one’s got it all!

Use this space to discuss the show before, during (whenever you watch) and after with the best pro wrestling community on the internet, and we'll update the results as we have them.


  • Masahito Kakihara wins the New Japan Rumble, last eliminating Cheeseburger by pinfall with an STO. (The complete field this year was BUSHI, Chase Owens, Cheeseburger, David Finlay, Delirious, El Desperado, Gino Gambino, Henare, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Liger, Katsuya Kitamura, Leo Tonga, Manabu Nakanishi, Masahito Kakihara, Satoshi Kojima, TAKA Michinoku, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Yuji Nagata, and Yujiro Takahashi)
  • In victory, Kakihara cuts a promo about how he beat cancer and asking people to send their support to Yoshihiro Takayama. (Hat tip to Chris Charlton on Twitter for the translation.)
  • Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) over Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (c) by submission with a Sharpshooter from Nick on YOH, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
  • Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Chaos (Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano) vs. Michael Elgin & War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) vs. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Togi Makabe) (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match)

Suzuki-gun eliminate Michael Elgin & War Machine by submission with a triangle choke from Sabre on Rowe.

Chaos eliminate Suzuki-gun by pinfall with a schoolboy pin and a low blow from Yano on Taichi.

Chaos eliminate Taguchi Japan by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Yano, countering a charge from Taguchi.

Chaos win, last eliminating Bullet Club by pinfall with a Dudebuster from Beretta on Tama Tonga to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship.

  • Commentary promises some news on Strong Style Evolved in March tomorrow.
  • Kota Ibushi over Cody Rhodes by pinfall with the Phoenix Splash.
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) over Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) (c) by pinfall with a moonsault from SANADA on Smith to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
  • Hirooki Goto over Minoru Suzuki (c) by pinfall with GTR, to win the NEVER Openweight Championship (Hair vs. Hair Match)
  • Post-match, Suzuki at first seems like he’s going to leave without doing the deed but he comes back to the ring, sets up a chair, and uses the clippers himself to shave his head as per the stipulation.
  • We then get a video package setting up New Japan’s major dates for 2018 through the G1 Climax.
  • Will Ospreay over Hiromu Takahashi, KUSHIDA, and Marty Scurll (c) by pinfall with the OsCutter on Scurll to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) over “Switchblade” Jay White by pinfall with the High Fly Flow to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
  • Kenny Omega (c) over Chris Jericho by pinfall with One-Winged Angel on a chair, retaining the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. (No Disqualification Match)
  • Kazuchika Okada (c) over Tetsuya Naito by pinfall with the Rainmaker, retaining the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Post-match, Gedo puts Naito over as superhuman but says nobody can stop Okada. The champion follows it up, saying he’d like to wrestle Tetsuya in the Tokyo Dome again and thanks the crowd, promising to fill it up next time. He goes on, saying his fans are happy and Naito’s fans are sad, but he wants to make all wrestling fans happy, to rain not just cash, but also happiness. (Again, hat tip to Chris Charlton on Twitter for the translation.)

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