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Double Tag Title Match Set for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18

December 11, 2023 | Posted by Joseph Lee
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 18 Image Credit: NJPW

New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced a double tag team title match for Wrestle Kingdom 18. Bishamon will put their IWGP tag team titles on the line against STRONG Openweight tag champs Hikuleo & El Phantasmo. Bishamon beat the two in the finals of the World Tag League, but lost to them during the tournament itself. The event happens on January 4 in the Tokyo Dome.

After World Tag League 2023 saw Bishamon achieve an unprecedented threepeat with the tag trophies, and become the first champions to ever win the tournament, Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI had a clear request. After a war of a tournament final in Kumamoto, and with the scores between the teams level at a win apiece, the request was made for a rubber match with a lot of gold on the line.

January 4 will see Guerrillas of Destiny, Hikuleo and El Phantasmo granted one more shot at Bishamon, but have to put their own NJPW STRONG Tag titles on the line in order to do so. It’s winner take all at the Tokyo Dome- historically the IWGP Tag Team Championships have changed hands every year in the Dome since 2013, but by the same measure, the World Tag League winners have been victorious at every Wrestle Kingdom bar one in the last decade. Just who will emerge with all the gold January 4?

Here’s the updated lineup:

* IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: SANADA (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
* IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay vs. Jon Moxley vs. David Finlay
* IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Desperado
* IWGP Jr Tag Championship: Bullet Club War Dogs (c) vs. Catch 2/2
* NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
* NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Tama Tonga
* IWGP Tag & STRONG Openweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon (IWGP Tag) vs. Hikuleo & El Phantasmo (STRONG Openweight Tag)
* Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada