Ring of Honor Stars Join NJPW at Tokyo Dome

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  1. Wrestle Kingdom 10 Preview
    WK10 Preview
    Over 40,000 fans are expected to attend the New Japan Pro Wrestling extravaganza, Wrestle Kingdom 10 on January 4th. The show will air live on NJPWWorld.com and the broadcast begins at 3am Eastern. Not only is this the biggest NJPW event on their calendar but it is also a huge source of pride and enthusiasm for Ring of Honor and their stars who will compete at Wrestle Kingdom 10, most of whom will make their Tokyo Dome debuts.

    Here is a preview of the card. For more information on Wrestle Kingdom 10, visit NJPWWorld.com.

    IWGP Heavyweight Championship - Kazuchika Okada (Champion) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

    This will be Tanahashi’s 8th Tokyo Dome main event with seven reigns and more days as IWGP Heavyweight Champion than any other man in history. He is the 2015 G1 Climax Tournament winner and in his NJPW career, Hiroshi Tanahashi has a list of accolades miles long but he will never stop pushing to be the best. The “Ace” of New Japan looks to win again on the biggest stage of them all.

    The 3-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Okada was brought to tears after being unable to beat Tanahashi once again in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 9 last year. This year, “The Rainmaker” comes in as champion but has the mindset of a challenger with something to prove. Can Okada finally defeat Tanahashi in the Tokyo Dome? Their series of matches is tied 3-3 with 1 draw.

    IWGP Intercontinental Championship - Shinsuke Nakamura (Champion) vs AJ Styles

    A first-time singles match between two of the biggest stars in the world, meeting for a championship that AJ has never held but Nakamura has virtually owned. Styles comes off a defeat to Jay Lethal at Final Battle as Lethal retained the ROH World Championship but what kind of condition is Styles in following that brutal encounter?

    “The King of Strong Style” will dazzle the over 40,000 in attendance with what is sure to be a spectacular entrance but once the bell rings, the 5-time Intercontinental Champion will look to crush AJ’s spirit and body with the “Boma Ye”. Ring of Honor fans anxiously await the return of Nakamura in 2016 but can he beat “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles at Wrestle Kingdom 10?

    NEVER Openweight Championship - Tomohiro Ishii (Champion) vs Katsuyori Shibata

    “The Stone Pitbull” vs “The Wrestler” and this match features two of the most hard-hitting athletes in NJPW. Ishii finally defeated Togi Makabe for the NEVER Openweight title in October at “King of Pro Wrestling” while Shibata has yet to hold a singles title in New Japan. The challenger, however, holds a couple of recent victories over the champion in tag team action but what will happen with the title on the line?

    Ring of Honor fans learned this week that Tomohiro Ishii will make his ROH debut during the 14th Anniversary weekend in Las Vegas. Look for more announcements of NJPW stars coming to Las Vegas soon!

    IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship - "Machine Gun” Karl Anderson and “Doc” Gallows (Champion) vs Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma

    “Guns and Gallows” return to Ring of Honor in Asheville and Atlanta and they look to bring their titles with them on January 22nd and 23rd but they will have their hands full with the 2015 World Tag League Champions.

    Makabe and Honma have been friends for years and share a penchant for a throwback style that long-time NJPW fans love. While Makabe is a multi-time champion, Honma has never held a title in New Japan and has been an underdog favorite. Now can they win the titles in this once-in-a-career setting?

    On January 4, 2015, Karl Anderson will make his 8th Tokyo Dome appearance, settling the record for most by an American. He was previously tied with former partner, Giant Bernard. Anderson and Gallows will also look to represent Bullet Club as champions well into the New Year.

    ROH World Championship Jay Lethal (Champion) w/ Truth Martini vs “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin

    This marks the first time that the ROH World Championship will be defended at the Tokyo Dome and both men make their Dome debuts as well. But the challenger Elgin may have the advantage as he is not only a former ROH World Champion but he also just recently completed his second tour of New Japan, teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi in the World Tag League.

    Elgin has connected with the NJPW crowds like no other but Lethal comes in as a dominant champion. His victory over AJ Styles at Final Battle cemented 2015 as a history-making campaign for Lethal with no signs of slowing down. Can Elgin become a two-time ROH World Champion at Tokyo Dome?

    NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship - Toru Yano and the Briscoes vs Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi)

    “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” joins the outlandish attraction, Yano in a six-man battle for newly created tag team titles. Mark and Jay make their Tokyo Dome debuts but are more than familiar with Bullet Club. Their war with Anderson and Gallows at “War of the Worlds” in 2014 is still talked about. Yano, who has the most popular DVD in Japan, has been the victim of many Bullet Club attacks recently and has enlisted #DemBoys to join the fight.

    Tama Tonga is the son of the legendary Haku. Bad Luck Fale is the “Underboss” of Bullet Club and is one of the biggest and baddest ever to compete in New Japan. Takahashi defected from CHAOS to join Bullet Club and has been an integral part of the group’s dominance.

    Who will go down in history as the first NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions?

    IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship - “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega (Champion) vs KUSHIDA

    Last year, at Wrestle Kingdom 9, Kenny Omega defeated Ryusuke Taguchi to become the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and in July, he and KUSHIDA began to trade this prestigious crown back and forth. Omega has used his Bullet Club buddies to his advantage in title matches in the past so can KUSHIDA overcome the odds to regain the title he believes is rightfully his?

    KUSHIDA has proven to be one of the most popular NJPW stars for ROH fans and KUSHIDA returns to Las Vegas in February for the “14th Anniversary” weekend.

    IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship - reDRagon (Champion) vs The Young Bucks vs Roppongi Vice vs “Reborn” Matt Sydal and Ricochet

    The current champs, the two previous championship teams and the current Super Junior Tag Tournament champs in a landscape built for high-octane, fast break offense like no other. Look for Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly to try and slow down the momentum of the Young Bucks while Rocky Romero and Beretta will look to ground Sydal and Ricochet.

    This match features 8 of the finest athletes in the world and you’ll have the opportunity to see them redefine tag team wrestling like from the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 10.

    Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto

    This is the only match without a title at stake at Wrestle Kingdom 10 and features one of the most startling transformations in NJPW history. Frustrated in his career, Naito joined “Los Ingobernables” in the CMLL promotion in Mexico and brought the dark anger back with him. Since then, Naito has alienated everyone and disrespected his home promotion.

    Goto, the former Intercontinental Champion, has a tremendous sense of honor so this appears to be a natural rivalry, even though no titles are at stake.

    The stage is set for one of the biggest events of all time, as New Japan Pro Wrestling presents Wrestle Kingdom 10, live on NJPWWorld.com at 3am Eastern on Monday January 4th.

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