The headlining matches for New Japan’s yearly big show has been announced.
Following the POWER STRUGGLE event on November 11, all 4 of these matches have been setup.
Hiroshi Tanahashi was successful in his 5th defense against Yujiro Takahashi, and will now be moving on to WK7 where he will meet, the winner of the G1 CLIMAX 22, Kazuchika Okada. Okada has defending his right to cha
llenge Tanahashi since August, and as proven himself to be ready for the opportunity to reclaim the belt. Tanahashi's title of ace of New Japan may also be on the line as well, as he is 36 years old and going up against the future of NJPW in the 25 year old Okada.
Nakamura was successful in retaining his IWGP IC belt against KArl Anderson on November 11 and now has what is possible one of the toughest challenges before as he is set to face the "IQ Wrestler" Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba of course is one of the biggest names in Japanese MMA and could be a big defense for Nakamura, if not a strong test for his skills in the ring.
Togi Makabe and Katsutori Shibata have a lot heat between themselves heading into the WK7 match. This will be a pure grudge match with Makabe finally looking to end this latest run of the former New Japan Young Lion, while there is a lot of speculation that Shibata is aiming to go against Hiroshi Tanahashi and the IWGP Heavy belt.
The IWGP Jr. Heavy belt will be defended in a triple threat match between three present and former champions. All three of these men have tried to lay claim to the best junior wrestler in Japan today, if not the world, and come January 4 we may know who is really the best.
NJPW Presents WRESTLE KINGDOM 7 ～EVOLUTION～ in Tokyo Dome, 1/4/2013 [Fri] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
(-) IWGP Jr. Heavy Championship Triple Threat Match: [67th Champion] Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi
~ 1st Defense.
(-) Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(-) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
~ 4th Defense.
(-) Main Event ~ IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [58th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
~ 6th Defense.