The planets have aligned once more for the tenth Wrestle Kingdom event by New Japan Pro Wrestling, which is set to take place on January 4, 2016 and will once again kickstart the new year as one of the biggest wrestling events in the world (that isn’t Wrestlemania). As per tradition, Wrestle Kingdom 10 will be held inside the historic Tokyo Dome. While there is still a good three or so months to go until the PPV extravaganza, the main event has been set in stone already.
The main event of Wrestle Kingdom 10 will feature a rematch that I quite honestly wasn’t expecting to happen so soon: Kazuchika “Rain Maker” Okaka will go one on one against his greatest rival in Hiroshi Tanahashi over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. At Wrestle Kingdom 9, Tanahashi walked in as the defending champion and successfully walked out with the championship in hand after what was one of the best matches of 2014. Tanahashi needed to hit nearly ten of his signature High Fly Flows to make it happen, and challenger Okada pushed the then champion to his limits.
The roles have reversed in Wrestle Kingdom 10 as this time Okada walks in as the reigning, defending IWGP Heavyweight Champion, with Tanahashi stepping in as the hungry challenger. This time The Rain Maker has the champion’s advantage. Will Okada will be able to redeem his loss from Wrestle Kingdom 9? One thing’s for sure, the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 10 will rock the world.
While Wrestle Kingdom 10 will be worth watching for any wrestling fan, it unfortunately won’t benefit from the stellar localisation effort that Global Force Wrestling did for Wrestle Kingdom 9. It’s a shame, but there is a good chance something might be arranged for English speaking fans.