Complete Wrestle Kingdom 9 Lineup Announced


With the World Tag League in the bag, New Japan has revealed the complete Wrestle Kingdom 9 card, and it does not disappoint.

Most of the matches were already known, or at least expected. The IWGP Tag Team champs finally have some opponents. Katsuyori Shibata and Hirooki Goto defeated the champs in the champs in the finals of the WTL and earned themselves a title match on the January 4th Tokyo Dome show.

Another addition to the card is Toru Yano and a mystery partner against two members of Suzukigun. A six-man tag match has been added which includes Tomoaki Honma (thank god he’s got a spot on the show! I was worried for a minute) Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan against Jeff Jarrett, Bad Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi.

And what could be a lot of fun is an all new New Japan Rambo! Or a New Japan Rumble rather. The New Japan Rumble is likely to be a pre-show match. The “war number of people” is undecided at this time. I love Google translate on the New Japan website.

That about does it for the new additions to the card. One thing though, what the heck has happened to Jushin Thunder Liger? I was expecting him to defend the NWA jr. title on the show, possible against Muta. As of now Liger isn’t on the card. Perhaps he’e one of the “war people” in the “Rambo”. Or he could be Yano’s mystery partner. There’s got to be something for the guy!