Here's a place to check results and comment along with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One - happening Saturday, 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, NJPW World which can be subscribed to worldwide and that will broadcast the show in both English and Japanese. You can access NJW at this link. At current exchange rate, the service is slightly less than $9 per month. For those of you without the ability to subscribe to NJPW World, the show will also be available on FITE TV live as an internet pay-per-view.
That leaves the time difference from Tokyo as the major challenge. With a bell time of 5PM in Japan, the broadcast will start with the pre-show at 2AM Eastern / 11PM Pacific time in the U.S.
It should be worth a sluggish Saturday afternoon, 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.
We have a full breakdown right here, but otherwise 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.
- Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks, & Toa Henare over Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), Yota Tsuji, & Yuya Uemura by pinfall with Toa Bottom from Henare on Tsuji.
- TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) over Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata by pinfall with a Cozy Lariat from Kojima on Nakanishi.
- Post-match, the dads all have a nice sporting round of handshakes.
- Naoki Sano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinjiro Ohtani, & Tatsuhito Takaiwa over Great Sasuke, Jushin Liger, Tatsumi “the Dragon” Fujinami, & Tiger Mask IV by pinfall with Dodon from Taguchi on Liger.
- Post-match, Liger congratulates each of his opponents and teammates in turn.
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, & Shingo Takagi) by submission with the double-arm Ode to Jim Breaks from Sabre on BUSHI.
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA, & Yujiro Takahashi) by pinfall with GTR from Goto on Takahashi.
- FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) over Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) by pinfall with the Acid Drop from Finlay on Tonga to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
- Jon Moxley over Lance Archer (c) by pinfall with a Death Rider off the apron and through a pair of tables to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. (Texas Death Match)
- Post-match, Mox cuts a promo and says he’s gonna make this real simple. He’s a gambler, he came to Tokyo to either leave with nothing or leave with everything, so he and Juice Robinson are settling their score tomorrow night once and for all!
- Hiromu Takahashi over Will Ospreay (c) by pinfall with some kind of modified Emerald Flowsion to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
- Tetsuya Naito over ”Switchblade” Jay White (c) by pinfall with Destino to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
- Kazuchika Okada (c) over Kota Ibushi by pinfall with the Rainmaker to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
- Post-match, Okada is presented the title while Ibushi lays on the mat, head in his hands. Tetsuya Naito arrives, IWGP Intercontinental Championship in hand, to confront Okada ahead of Double Gold Dash tomorrow night.
- He sets the title down in front of Okada and asks if he remembers what he said after their main event two years ago. They’re back in that spot one more time, and he’s going to achieve his goal of being the first man to hold both titles at the same time tomorrow night.
- After Naito leaves, Okada cuts his traditional show-ending promo and says he doesn’t give a crap about Naito making history, he’s the strongest IWGP Heavyweight Champion of all time.
Enjoy the show!