New Japan Pro Wrestling has retained one of the biggest stars on their roster. Recently, Hiroshi Tanahashi announced that he has signed a brand new deal with NJPW. Tanahashi Tweeted out (translated), “Contract renewal with New Japan Wrestling. I will do my best next fiscal year too!
— 棚橋弘至 (@tanahashi1_100) December 27, 2018
The seven-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion has been a staple in NJPW for the past several years. In August, he won the G1 Climax 28, earning him the next opportunity at the IWGP Heavyweight Title at Wrestle Kingdom 13. The event will go down on January 4, 2019, from the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. He will main event the massive event opposite current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega. If he emerges victorious, it will be his eighth IWGP Heavyweight Title.
Check out the card for Wrestle Kingdom 13 below:
- IWGP Heavyweight Title Match: (C) Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- IWGP Intercontinental Title Match: (C) Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match: (C) KUSHIDA vs. Taiji Ishimori
- IWGP United States Title Match: (C) Cody vs. Juice Robinson
- IWGP Tag Team Title Match: (C) Guerrillas of Destiny vs. The Young Bucks vs. EVIL and SANADA
- RevPro British Heavyweight Title Match: (C) Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: (C) Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado vs. Roppongi 3K vs. BUSHI and Shingo Takagi
- IWGP NEVER Openweight Title Match: (C) Kota Ibushi vs. Will
- Gauntlet Match to determine #1 Contenders for NEVER Six-Man Titles: Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano, and Togi Makabe vs. David Finley, Jeff Cobb, and Yuji Nagata vs. Best Friends and Hirooki Goto vs. Killer Elite Squad and Minoru Suzuki vs. Marty Scurll, Adam Page, and Yujiro Takahashi