Here's a place to check results and comment along with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s Wrestle Kingdom 15 Night One - happening Monday, January 4, 2021 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 just over $10 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 Monday 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 done their best to put together an exciting card worthy of that status, even in plague world.
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.
- Bad Luck Fale vs. BUSHI vs. Chase Owens vs. DOUKI vs. Gabriel Kidd vs. Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki vs. Rocky Romero vs. SHO vs. Tiger Mask IV vs. Toa Henare vs. Togi Makabe vs. Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano vs. Yuji Nagata vs. YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yota Tsuji vs. Yujiro Takahashi vs. Yuya Uemura (New Japan Rambo)
Toa Henare eliminates both Suzuki and Nagata while they’re brawling on the apron.
Tomohiro Ishii eliminates Henare via a back body drop.
Togi Makabe eliminates both Goto and Tacos by blasting them clean over the ropes and to the floor.
Makabe got eliminated somewhere in there but I missed it because my feed died.
DOUKI is eliminated by disqualification after attacking Romero with a pipe.
BUSHI eliminates Yujiro with a low bridge.
Bad Luck Fale eliminates Tomohiro Ishii with a forearm.
Tomoaki Honma is eliminated off-camera during Kidd’s entrance.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan is eliminated off-camera while we’re focused on Kidd and BUSHI brawling on the floor.
Bad Luck Fale eliminates SHO with a body slam.
Rocky Romero was eliminated off-camera somewhere in there.
Bad Luck Fale eliminates Tiger Dad with a body slam.
Gabriel Kidd and Yota Tsuji are eliminated while Toru Yano makes his entrance.
Yuya Uemura is eliminated in there somewhere.
Bad Luck Fale, BUSHI, Chase Owens, and Toru Yano are your final four who will be competing for the provisional 2021 KOPW Championship tomorrow.
- Hiromu Takahashi over El Phantasmo by pinfall with a short spike Hurricanrana to become #1 contender to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) over Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Zack Sabre, Jr.) (c) by pinfall with Apeshit from Loa on Taichi to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
- Jon Moxley gets a return promo video where he calls himself the boogeyman of New Japan Pro Wrestling and says he’s coming for whoever walks out of the Tokyo Dome with the contract tonight.
- KENTA (c) over Satoshi Kojima by pinfall with Go 2 Sleep to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Right to Challenge Certificate.
- We get a promo video announcing NJPW Strong Spirits, a new video game for “smart devices worldwide”
- Hiroshi Tanahashi over Great-O-Khan by pinfall with High Fly Flow.
- Kazuchika Okada over Will Ospreay by pinfall with the Rainmaker.
- Kota Ibushi over Tetsuya Naito (c) by pinfall with Kamigoye to win the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.
- Post-match, Naito presents Ibushi with the title belts and raises his hand.
- Of course, “Switchblade” Jay White and Gedo come down, “just to say hi” and to tell Ibushi to enjoy his reign while it lasts, because tomorrow he’s taking the titles from him and expose him as the fraud that he is.
- Kota, for his part, says he’ll finish White off tomorrow and thanks everyone for being here in difficult times.
Enjoy the show!