New Japan announces card for Wrestle Kingdom 8
Dec 9, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
New Japan officially announced the full card for the upcoming WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 on January 4, 2014!
Amon the newest additions is of course the IWGP Tag belts being defended on the show as Killer Elite Squad put the belts up against the winners of the World Tag League 2013, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows.
The NWA World Heavyweight belt has been officially announced to be defended on the show as Rob Conway and Satoshi Kojima will face off once more, but this time on NJPW’s biggest stage of the year.
Toru Yano and Minoru Suzuki will be continuing their ongoing feud into WRESTLE KINGDOM as Yano will be bringing his own “X” to take on Suzuki’s “X” in Shelton Benjamin.
Makabe will be getting Bad Luck Fale one on one at WRESTLE KINGDOM as he finally looks to take down the monster rookie for all the damage he has left in recent months. Fale has been taking out guys ever since the formation of Bullet Club, and in this last tour has found himself a new maneuver in the Bad Luck Fall (Powerbomb) that has been leaving his opponents unable to continue in their matches. Makabe aims to settle who actually is the destroyer/beast of NJPW.
Hirooki Goto will also be making his long awaited return to the ring as he once again faces his rival/friend in Katsuyori Shibata. Goto and Shibata have had multiple singles bouts this year with them ending in double KO’s, and it appears that this match is being touted as the one to end this feud now… at least for the present time. Also something to note with the placement of this match, in this event, we could potentially see the winner become the next contender for the IWGP Heavy belt.
Then lastly, the main event for the show has been determined as Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi have earned the top billing through fan voting.
The voting saw the IWGP IC match earn a total of 20,422 votes and the IWGP Heavy saw 11,886.
Below is the announced card in full.
NJPW “WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 in Tokyo Dome”, 1/4/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship 4WAY Match: [37th Champions] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Taichi & TAKA Michinoku vs. [Challengers] “Time Splitters” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov.
~ 1st title defense.
(2) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [63rd Champions] “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. [Challengers] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
~ first title defense.
(3) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Rob Conway vs. [Challenger] Satoshi Kojima
(4) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Horace Gracie
(5) Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & X vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin
(6) King of Destroyer Match: Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
(7) Special Single Match ~Hirooki Goto’s Return~: Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(8) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [66th Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi (DDT)
~ 5th title defense.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger / 2013 G1 CLIMAX Winner] Tetsuya Naito
~ 7th title defense.
(10) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [6th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ 4th title defense.
credit: Puroresu Spirit