A change has been made to the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 card!
Just like Ring Of Honor and the WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling is also in the middle of a nice break to close out 2018 as their next event comes on January 4th at the Tokyo Dome with Wrestle Kingdom 13.
The lineup for this year’s massive show was announced recently (see that here), however a change has been made after one competitor suffered an injury. As was revealed last night by NJPW, Michael Elgin will no longer be able to compete at Wrestle Kingdom, as he is set for knee surgery. Of course, Elgin was scheduled to team with Jeff Cobb and David Finlay in a NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title Number One Contender’s Gauntlet Match.
Despite this, that doesn’t mean that Cobb and Finlay are out as it was added by NJPW that they will get a new partner in the form of Yuji Nagata. As for what this means for Nagata’s scheduled match on January 3rd at Fan Festa 2019 (he’s set to team with Manabu Nakanishi to face Toa Henare and Tomoaki Honma), it doesn’t appear as if the change will have any affect on that.
Here’s a look at the updated lineup for Wrestle Kingdom 13:
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
(C) Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
(C) Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kazuchika Okada vs. ‘Switchblade’ Jay White
IWGP United States Championship
(C) Cody vs. Juice Robinson
NEVER Openweight Championship
(C) Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
(C) KUSHIDA vs. Taiji Ishimori
Triple Threat for the IWGP Tag Team Championship
(C) The Guerrillas Of Destiny vs EVIL & SANADA vs. The Young Bucks
RevPro British Heavyweight Title
(C) Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Triple Threat for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship
(C) El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Roppongi 3K vs. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi
Pre-Show: NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title #1 Contender Gauntlet
Best Friends & Hirooki Goto vs. Killer Elite Squad & Minoru Suzuki vs.
Toru Yano, Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. David Finley, Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata vs.
Marty Scurll, Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page