New Champions Crowned At Wrestle Kingdom, Night 2 Card Set
New Champions Crowned, & A Record Broken In Tokyo Dome
New Japan Pro Wrestling ended the first night of the 15th Wrestle Kingdom with new champions, and a broken record. The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, defeated Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the seventh time, breaking Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan’s previous record for the most IWGP Tag Team Title reigns for a single team.
The IWGP Tag Titles weren’t the only title change in the Tokyo Dome. G1 Climax 30 winner Kota Ibushi defeated IWGP Double Champion Tetsuya Naito in a thrilling thirty-minute contest. The win marks Ibushi’s first reign with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and his second with the IWGP Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship.
Ibushi will head to the second night of Wrestle Kingdom, where he’ll defend his newly won gold against Jay White. White defeated Ibushi back at Power Struggle in November, and in doing so won Kota Ibushi’s G1 Climax Challenge Certificate. Should Kota Ibushi lose to Jay White, it would be the shortest reign in the history of both titles.
White showed up after a touching display of sportsmanship from Naito, to remind Ibushi that he still has to deal with the Switchblade.
— Switchblade (@JayWhiteNZ) January 4, 2021
Here is the full card for night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 15.
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15
3am EST on NJPWWorld.com & FITE TV
- STARDOM Dark Match [Non-televised]: Utami Hayashita, Saya Kamitani & AZM vs. Maika, Himeka & Natsupoi
- STARDOM Dark Match [Non-televised]: Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs. Giulia & Syrui
- KOPW 2021 Four Way Match: BUSHI vs. Bad Luck Fale vs. Toru Yano vs. Chase Owens
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs. Rysuke Taguchi & Master Wato
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Jeff Cobb
- SANADA vs. EVIL
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
- IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Heavyweight Double Championships Match: Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Jay White