‘Switchblade’ has emerged as one of New Japan’s breakout stars, and it appears 2019 is the year for the New Zealander to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Championships were up for grabs, bragging rights at stake and careers altered forever Friday as New Japan Pro-Wrestling presented its biggest show of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 13
Hiroshi Tanahashi’s G1 Climax victory ironically came when the man he replaced in NJPW 12 years ago – Brock Lesnar – is ready to bail on yet ANOTHER company
Long known as the “Ace” of the company, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kota Ibushi at Tokyo’s historic Nippon Budokan to win the grueling G1 Climax
Wherein an old warrior is given a hero’s sendoff and old rivals meet to determine the winner of Block A.
Wherein a legend finally gets on the board, hopes are spoiled and two clear leaders emerge.
Wherein Nagata and Ibushi show respect, while Naito and Tanahashi don’t.
Wherein YOSHI-HASHI spoils a spoiler, Sabre learns from prior matches and Ibushi fights to survive.
Wherein Ibushi makes an insane dive, Ishii earns his nickname and a legend struggles against potential elimination.
Wherein speed is overcome by power, Zack Sabre wrestles a mountain, and clear leaders are established.
Wherein an Ace meets a legend, styles clash and streaks are broken.
Wherein Korakuen Hall pays tribute to Nagata, bulls collide, and a highly anticipated match finally happens.
Wherein the tournament begins with rams colliding, new blood entering the fray, and an upset or two.