New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) is holding a massive press conference on Dec. 11, in anticipation of their biggest event of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 12. The press conference will be for fans and will air on AXS TV at 1 a.m. EST. On hand will be several wrestlers taking part in the event as well as executives of the company.
Wrestle Kingdom is the NJPW version of the WWE annual event WrestleMania, a show where the year's ongoing storylines often wrap up and many dream matches take place. This year is no different, with two major dream matches for wrestling fans - one geared towards American fans of the prominent Japanese professional wrestling promotion.
Current wrestling free agent and future WWE Hall of Fame superstar Chris Jericho will return to New Japan for the first time in over two decades when he takes on the face of America in NJPW, Kenny Omega. The match is for Omega's IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship. Even fans unfamiliar with NJPW should know about this match.
Omega also wrestles in the United States in Ring of Honor Wrestling as part of the Bullet Club. The feud with Jericho started on Twitter when the two began to go back-and-forth, and Jericho kept taking shots at Omega wrestling for an indie company like NJPW, even though that promotion is second in size to only the WWE in the world. It was all part of a storyline to lead to this match and fans bought into the arguments quickly.
Other matches on the big show include IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. G1 CLIMAX 27 Tournament Champion Tetsuya Naito and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White. Wrestle Kingdom 12 takes place on Jan. 4, 2018 and will stream on NJPW World. For more details on AXS TV’s broadcast schedule, click here.