New Japan confirms double championship match for Jan. 5

Following a fan vote, New Japan Pro Wrestling has confirmed that a dual champion will be crowned at the Tokyo Dome in January.

Following a fan vote, New Japan Pro Wrestling has confirmed that a dual champion will be crowned at the Tokyo Dome in January.

The promotion has released the results that will feature two championship matches at Wrestle Kingdom 14 on January 4th, 2020, with the two winners facing off the following night at the Tokyo Dome.

On January 4th, Kazuchika Okada will defend the IWGP heavyweight championship against G1 Climax winner Kota Ibushi while Intercontinental champion Jay White defends the championship against Tetsuya Naito. The two winners will face off the next night and leave as the dual champion.

NJPW has also confirmed Will Ospreay will defend the IWGP junior heavyweight title against the returning Hiromu Takahashi on January 4th.

The company will run a third consecutive show on January 6th with the annual New Year’s Dash event at Ota Ward Gymnasium. The event will be highlighted by Jushin Thunder Liger’s retirement ceremony along with a mystery card, which is a tradition for the show.

Here are the updated cards for the two Tokyo Dome events next year:

Wrestle Kingdom 14 on January 4th:
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP heavyweight championship
*Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito for the Intercontinental title
*Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP junior heavyweight title
*Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami, Great Sasuke, Tiger Mask vs. Naoki Sano, Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Ryusuke Taguchi

January 5th at the Tokyo Dome
*Okada/Ibushi winner vs. White/Naito winner
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho
*El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori vs. Roppongi 3K for the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles

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