The NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 will be NJPW first major and the biggest PPV event of the year 2022. It will be the 31st NJPW event on January 4 at Tokyo Dome and will be the 16th event of the Wrestle Kingdom chronology. It is for the very first time that this PPV will take place over the course of three days on January 4, 5, and 8, 2022. The event is turned into three nights to mark the 50th Anniversary of NJPW.
The first two days of this event will air from the Tokyo Dome whereas the final one will take place at the Yokohama Arena. The main event for January 4 has already been set and will feature Shingo Takachi defending his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada.
The winner of the first night’s headliner bout will defend the championship against Will Ospreay in the main event of night two. The headliner bout for the third and the final of the event, which will be a special NJPW vs NOAH show, is going to be a 10-man tag team match between teams from NJPW and NOAH.
Keep on reading to check the complete details of NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16.
DATE & START TIME
Date: January 4, 2022
Time: 3 AM EST/5 PM JST
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Date: January 5, 2022
Time: 3 AM EST/5 PM JST
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Date: January 8, 2022
Time: 3 AM EST/5 PM JST
Location: Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan
|United States||January 4, 5 & 8||3 AM EST/12 AM PST|
|Canada||January 4, 5 & 8||2 AM EST|
|United Kingdom||January 4, 5 & 8||8 AM BST|
|Europe||January 4, 5 & 8||9 AM CEST|
|India||January 4, 5 & 8||1:30 PM IST|
|Australia||January 4, 5 & 8||4 PM AEST|
|Japan||January 4, 5 & 8||5 PM JST|
|Saudi Arabia||January 4, 5 & 8||11 AM SAST|
The tickets for all three days of the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 that will air from Tokyo Dome and Yokohama Arena can be checked out below.
Check out: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16 Night 1 Results
|1||Toru Yano, Chase Owens,Togi Makabe, Yoshinobu Kanemoru, Kosei Fujita, Yuto Nakashima, Yuji Nagata, Rhoheo Oiwa, Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Aaron Henare Minoru Suzuki, Satoshi Kojima, Taka Michinoku, CIMA, Tamoaki Honma, Douki, Bad Luck Fale, Tatsumi Fujiname||New Japan Ranbo Match (final 4 advances to KOPW 2022)||–||Toru Yano, CIMA, Minoru Suzuki, Chase Owens|
|2||YOH vs SHO||Singles Match||60 Min||SHO|
|3||Rocky Romero, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Bullet Club(El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & Kenta)||Tag Team Match||30 Min||Bullet Club(El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & Kenta)|
|4||Los Ingobernables de Japon(Bushi, Sanada & Tetsuya Naito) vs United Empire(Will Ospreay, Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb)||Tag Team Match||30 Min||United Empire(Will Ospreay, Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb)|
|5||Katsuyori Shibata vs Ren Narita||Singles Match||30 Min||Katsuyori Shibata|
|6||Tomohiro Ishii(c) vs EVIL||Never Openweight Championship Match||60 Min||EVIL|
|7||Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi(c) vs Chaos(YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)||IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match||60 Min||Chaos(YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)|
|8||El Desperado(c) vs Hiromu Takahashi||IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship Match||60 Min||El Desperado|
|9||Shingo Takagi(c) vs Kazuchika Okada||IWGP World Heavyweight Championship||60 Min||Kazuchika Okada|
Check out: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom Night 2 Results
|1||Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Yugi Nagata vs Bullet Club (Gedo, Jado & Bad Luck Fale)||6-Person Tag Team Match||20 Min||Bullet Club (Gedo, Jado & Bad Luck Fale)|
|2||Satoshi Kojima, Master Wato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Suzuki-Gun(Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku)||6-Person Tag Team Match||20 Min||Satoshi Kojima, Master Wato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan|
|3||Los Ingobernables de Japon(Bushi, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi) vs Young Lions(Douki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi)||6-Person Tag Team Match||20 Min||Los Ingobernables de Japon(Bushi, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi)|
|4||Flying Tiger(Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles)(c) vs Mega Coaches(Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi) vs Bullet Club(El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori)||3 Way Tag Team Match for IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Championship||60 Min||Flying Tiger(Tiger Mask & Robbie Eagles)|
|5||Tam Nakano and Saya Kamitani vs Mayu Iwatani and Starlight Kid||Stardom Special Tag Team Match||30 Min||Tam Nakano and Saya Kamitani|
|6||Toru Yano vs Minoru Suzuki vs CIMA vs Chase Owens||4 Way match for KOPW 2022||No Time Limit||Minoru Suzuki|
|7||House of Torture(SHO, Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL)(c) vs Chaos(YOH, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)||NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Match||60 Min||Chaos(YOH, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)|
|8||Sanada vs Great-O-Khan||Singles Match||60 Min||Sanada|
|9||Tetsuya Naito vs Jeff Cobb||Singles Match||60 Min||Tetsuya Naito|
|10||KENTA(c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi||No Disqualification Match for IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match||60 Min||Hiroshi Tanahashi|
|11||Kazuchika Okada(c) vs Will Ospreay||IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match||60 Min||Kazuchika Okada|
|1||Kosei Fujita vs Yatasuka Yano||Single Match||Draw|
|2||Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs Muhammad Yone, King Tany & Akitoshi Saito||6 Man Tag Team Match||Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata|
|3||Yoshiki Inamura, Kinya Okada Daisuke Harada, Hajime Okara & Daiki Inaba vs Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Taguchi & Master Wato||10 Person Tag Team Match||Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato|
|4||Atsushi Kotoge vs SHO||Single Match||SHO|
|5||HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka vs Taiji Ishimori & Gedo||Tag Team Match||HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka|
|6||YO-HEY & NOSAWA Rongai vs El Desperado & DOUKI||Tag Team Match||El Desperado & DOUKI|
|7||Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba & Toro Yano vs Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku||6-Person Tag Team Match||Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano|
|8||Go Shiozaki & Masa Kitamiya vs EVIL & Dick Togo||Tag Team Match||Go Shiozaki & Masa Kitamiya|
|9||Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru||Tag Team Match||Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa|
|10||Manabu Soya, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Tadasuke & ALEJA vs Shingo Takagi, BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & SANADA||10 Person Tag Team Match||Shingo Takagi, BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & SANADA|
|11||Keiji Mutoh & Kaito Kiyomiya vs Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi||Tag Team Match||Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi|
NEWS & UPDATES
January 4, 2021: Kazuchika Okada said in an interview with SI that he is completely focused on winning the IWGP title, “The IWGP title is everything to me.”
January 1, 2021: Katsuyori Shibata said that his catch wrestling match at WK16 Night 1 will be something completely different on the card, “When I wrestle, people will see exactly what I have been waiting so long to express.”
December 27, 2021: Katsuyori Shibata is announced that his match at night 1 is going to be a catch wrestling rules match where only stretches, submissions, and throws are allowed. Striking will be prohibited. The victory can be attained via submission, pinfall or count-out.
December 17, 2021: The card for night 3 – NJPW vs NOAH – is announced.
December 16, 2021: The card for night 1 and night 2 is revealed.
December 10, 2021: A match between STARDOM wrestler is announced for Night 2. More details will be provided later.
November 30, 2021: Japan restricted outsider entry due to rise in Omicron COVID-19 variant. This had put Will Ospreay’s main event match was under danger. However, NJPW clarified that the restriction does not apply to person who already has visas, which is the case with Ospreay and his match at Wrestle Kingdom will go ahead as expected.
November 20, 2021: Night 3 of Wrestle Kingdom 16 is confirmed as NJPW vs NOAH event where wrestlers from Pro-Wrestling NOAH will also be involved.
November 16, 2021: NJPW announced that Will Ospreay will main event night 2 against the winner of Takagi vs Okada World title match from night 1.
November 7, 2021: NJPW confirmed that Shigo Takagi vs Kazuchika Okada as the main event for night 1.
October 21, 2021: Kazuchika Okada won G1 Climax 31 and earner the right to challenge IWGP World Champion at Wrestle Kingdom.
September 4, 2021: NJPW announced three night Wrestle Kingdom 16 event on the occasion of 50th anniversary of NJPW.