NJPW Wrestle Kingdom Night 1: Live Coverage

Follow this page for live coverage of night of of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 with Naito vs. Kota Ibushi in the main event.

Wrestle Kingdom 15 - Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi

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We will be publishing the results and short recaps for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom Night 1 here as the matches happen.


New Japan Rambo – (Royal Rumble style match) final four competitors will compete for the KOPW Trophy on Day Two.

The final four to compete for the KOPW title tomorrow will be Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, BUSHI and Toru Yano. The match ended before Yano even made it to the ring, meaning he qualified for tomorrow’s match without stepping through the ropes.

Complete list of competitors (In entry order): Chase Owens, Tomohiro Ishii, Minoru Suzuki, Yugi Nagata, Toa Henare, Hiroo Goto, Yujiro Takahashi, Yoshi-Hashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Rocky Romero, Douki, SHO, BUSHI, Tiger Mask, Bad Luck Fale, Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji, Toru Yano

Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Phantasmo – Winner Challenges For The IWGP Junior Heavyweight title On Day Two.

Takahashi defeats ELP with a rollup counter to the CR2 and will now face Taiji Ishimori on night two. This match was notable for El Phantasmo’s reliance on a number of iconic NJPW signature moves such as the One Winged Angel and the Styles Clash in an attempt to put Takahashi down.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) © vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)

This match saw Tonga and Loa get the win to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. The finish saw Loa pin Taichi after interference in the match by Jado.

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IWGP United States Championship Right to Challenge Contract: KENTA © vs. Satoshi Kojima

KENTA retains the briefcase and will use it to challenge champion Jon Moxley at a later date. The match finish came when he hit the legend, Kojima with the GTS for the pinfall victory to lead us into the intermission.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Great O-Khan

As expected ‘The Ace’ took the pinfall victory in this match. The win was sealed with two High Fly Flows.

Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay

This phenomenal 35-minute match saw Okada take the hard fought victory against ‘The Commonwealth King’. In the final minutes of the match, Okada kicked out of a Tombstone Piledriver and Rainmaker from Ospreay before hitting a final Rainmaker of his own to win.

IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Double Championship: Tetsuya Naito © vs. Kota Ibushi

Finally, Kota Ibushi has done it! Following a brutal match that saw both men exchange multiple finishers, Ibushi pinned Naito with a Kamigoye to win the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. He will defend both against Jay White tomorrow.

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