NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 Night 1 & Night 2 Card, Date, Time

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 event is NJPW’s biggest event of 2023. It will be the 17th event in the Wrestle Kingdom series and will feature action over two nights. The show will be dedicated to NJPW Founder Antonio Inoki who passed away in October 2022.

Night 1 will be the 32nd January 4 event from NJPW at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. Night 2 will be a fallout show from Night 1, taking place on January 21, 2023, at Yokohama Arena in Yokohoma, Japan. Night 2 event will be presented as NJPW vs NOAH card and will feature inter-promotional matches.

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship bout between Jay White and Kazuchika Okada will headline the event on night 1. IWGP Women’s Championship match will see KAIRI defending against Tam Nakano on night 1. Matches for night 2 are not revealed yet.

Check below for complete event details for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 with match card, preview, date, start time, location and more information from both night 1 and night 2 event.


Night 1(Wrestle Kingdom in Tokyo Dome)

  • Date: January 4, 2023
  • Pre-Show Start Time: 2:00 AM EST
  • Main Show Start Time: 3:00 AM EST
  • Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

Night 2(Wrestle Kingdom in Yokohoma Arena)

  • Date: January 21, 2023
  • Start Time: TBA
  • Location: Yokohoma Arena, Yokohoma, Japan


5 matches are announced until now which are all title matches including 1 tournament final. The matches are as below:

Jay White(c) vs Kazuchika Okada – IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

Jay White(c) vs Kazuchika Okada Wrestle Kingdom 17
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Jay White, the Bullet Club leader, is at the top of NJPW now with the help of his large faction. He captured IWGP World Heavyweight Championship at NJPW Dominion 6.12 by beating Kazuchika Okada for it. Kazuchika Okada has to win G1 Climax to secure a title rematch and the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 17. This will be 11th time that Okada will headline a night of Wrestle Kingdom. Will he be successuful in dethroning Jay White?

Zack Sabre Jr. vs Ren Narita – Tournament Final for NJPW World Television Championship

Zack Sabre Jr. vs Ren Narita Wrestle Kingdom 17
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NJPW is introducing a new title in NJPW World Television Championship and the first winner will be crowned at Wrestle Kingdom. Zack Sabre Jr. secured his place in the final by beating Alex Zayne, David Finlay and Evil in previous rounds. Ren Narita defeated Great-O-Khan, Toru Yano and Sanada in previous rounds. Who will emerge as the first NJPW TV Champion?

Will Ospreay(c) vs Kenny Omega – IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship

Will Ospreay vs Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom 17
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Will Ospreay might have thought that there are no challengers left for him after he defeated Shota Umino at NJPW Historic X-Over. However, Kenny Omega appeared on the big screen to announce his return at Wrestle Kingdom 17 and challenge Ospreay. Omega enticed Ospreay into accepting the challenge by calling Ospreay his cheap knockoff. However, the animosity between them exist for far longer. Omega was the first US Heavyweight Champion before he left and helped in founding AEW. Will he return to the promotion with this title? Or will Will Ospreay prove that he far more than an Omega Knockoff?

Taiji Ishimori(c) vs Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado vs Master Wato – Four-way match for IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Taiji Ishimori(c) vs Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado vs Master Wato Wrestle Kingdom 17
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Taiji Ishimori has a monumental task in front of him as he defends Junior Heavyweight title against two other former champions and a Junior Tag champion. 4 times Best of Super Junior Winner and 4 times IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi is first of the challengers. 2 times Junior Heavyweight Champion El Desperado is the second challenger. While Master Wato, former Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion is the fourth competitor in the match. Who will prove to be the most opportunistic man in the match?

KAIRI(c) vs Tam Nakano – IWGP Women’s Championship

KAIRI(c) vs Tam Nakano NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17
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KAIRI(Sane) created history when she became the first-ever IWGP Women’s Champion at Historic X-Over event. Just as she was done celebrating her win, Tam Nakano appeared and challenged him for Wrestle Kingdom to set the first women’s title match at the event. Will KAIRI be able to hold onto the title?


No matches are announced for Night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 17.

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