If Wrestle Kingdom is New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s version of WrestleMania, then New Year Dash!! is their Raw After WrestleMania.
And since NJPW put on New Year Dash!! 2024 today (Jan. 5) in Tokyo’s Sumida City Gymnasium, we now have a better idea of what the promotion’s next few months. Months that include next Saturday’s show in Northern California — Battle in the Valley.
Will Ospreay’s challenge to Kazuhika Okada for San Jose was made before their respective matches in the Tokyo Dome on Thursday, and the events of Wrestle Kingdom 18 didn’t change those plans. New Japan confirmed their match at about the same time Okada was teaming with Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson & Tomohiro Ishii against TMDK in the main event of New Year Dash!!
JUST ANNOUNCED!— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 5, 2024
Just made official at New Year Dash, the Battle in the Valley main event January 13-
WILL OSPREAY vs KAZUCHIKA OKADAhttps://t.co/pvPDzWC0I4
LIVE ON @fitetv!#njbitv #njpw pic.twitter.com/bHV1NF3b5A
He wasn’t involved in that main event match, but afterwards Shingo Takagi had a proposition for Mox. This Dragon wants another shot at Moxley after he lost their 2019 G1 Climax bout, and Mox is down. But the AEW star wants to do things his way, proposing this Blackpool Combat Club/Los Ingobernables de Japón clash be contested under a No Disqualifications stip!
After Shingo Takagi went looking for a San Jose opponent for Battle in the valley January 13, has he found one in Jon Moxley? And in a NO DQ MATCH?!#njdash report:https://t.co/Js0D78zK3R#njbitv tickets:https://t.co/pvPDzWC0I4#njpw pic.twitter.com/2zkHIdFQAf— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 5, 2024
That one has not been made official yet, but given the way New Japan is promoting the challenge it seems all but certain it will be. Other post-main event challenges were made after Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, but will probably be farther down the road.
Zack Sabre, Jr. wants to get his win back from Danielson after their WrestleDream clash, and the American Dragon welcomed a chance to make ZSJ tap out this time instead of pinning him again. Sabre thinks he’ll be the one to win by submission in this dream rematch, and wants to do it in from of Japanese fans. So this one probably won’t be on the Battle in the Valley card, but it’s still one to look forward to.
'Bryan- get your arse back to Japan'— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 5, 2024
Zack Sabre Jr. has declared he wants to settle issues with @bryandanielson- and to tap him out on ZSJ's adopted home turf!#njdash report:https://t.co/oAC3d7ajcS
Watch the replay!https://t.co/YCGgv6fZQl#njpw pic.twitter.com/ut6SG2eITh
Kosei Fujita also wants to team with his TMDK stablemates Shane “SLAPJACK” Haste & Mikey Nichols to challenge Okada, Ishii & Hiroshi Tanahashi for New Japan’s Trios championship, but that won’t be in Cali either as The Rainmaker is already booked for the main event. Should also be good when it happens, though.
Battle in the Valley will start at 10pm ET on Sat., Jan. 13. You can stream it on Triller TV for $19.99 here.