Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results, Kenny Omega AEW or WWE Bound?
Friday, January 4, 2019
New Japan Pro Wrestling held their annual Wrestle Kingdom event live at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. This is the company’s biggest event of the year and signifies the start of a new year of strong-style wrestling.
Wrestle Kingdom 13 featured plenty of intriguing matches such as: Will Ospreay vs Kota Ibushi (c) for the NEVER openweight championship, Roppongi 3K vs Los Ingobernables de Jopan vs Suzuki-gun (c) in a three-way tag match for the IWGP Junior tag-team championships, Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs Zach Sabre Jr. for the British Heavyweight championship, The Young Bucks vs Evil and Sanada vs The Guerillas of Destiny (c) in a three-way tag match for the IWGP tag-team championships, Taiji Ishimori vs Kushida (c) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, Juice Robinson vs Cody (c) for the IWGP United-States championship, Naito vs Chris Jericho (c) for the IWGP Intercontinental championship, and in the main-event, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kenny Omega (c) for the IWGP Heavyweight championship.
Since All Elite Wrestling was officially announced this week, it wasn’t a surprise that both Cody and Chris Jericho lost their respective titles to Juice Robinson and Naito however, one of the most surprising results was Jay White getting a clean victory over former IWGP Heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada.
Okada and White had a great back-and-forth match that saw them both reverse each other’s finishing moves, before White hit the Blade Runner for the win. This was a big win for ‘Switchblade’ because it will surely elevate him into the main-event spot in NJPW.
The main-event lived up to its billing and more. Although NJPW has continuously evolved over the years, Hiroshi Tanahashi has been able to remain one of the best in-ring performers and stars for the company. Tanahashi and Omega put on an incredible match that lasted close to 40-minutes, and resulted with ‘The Ace’ picking up the win following a High Fly Flow, to capture the IWGP Heavyweight championship for the eighth time in his legendary career.
Whether it’s a match against Chris Jericho, Cody, Okada, or Tanahashi, Kenny Omega has consistently put on the best match on the card and will surely be a highly sought-after free agent once his contract with NJPW expires.
In my opinion, I felt that NJPW did a great job in establishing their current and up-and-coming stars, who’ll be filling a huge void now that Cody, Hangman Page, The Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, and Kenny Omega will be departing the company.
Is Kenny Omega AEW or WWE Bound?
With Kenny Omega’s friends and fellow members of The Elite: Cody, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks being involved with All Elite Wrestling, it would make sense for ‘The Cleaner’ to join them however according to multiple reports this week, WWE is interesting in adding him to their roster once his NJPW deal is up.
Omega’s stock as a viable superstar has gone up tremendously in the last three years; his classic matchups with Kazuchika Okada proved that he is capable of being a main-eventer and helped lure Chris Jericho to NJPW for a dream match at Wrestle Kingdom 12, which didn’t seem likely to happen at first. His appeal and popularity even led to a Street Fighter V showdown between The Elite and The New Day at E3, which was even promoted on WWE’s website.
WWE also capitalized on Omega’s growing popularity when they included one of his Deep South Wrestling matches to their ‘Hidden Gems’ section of the WWE Network.
Even if Omega is leaning towards joining his friends in AEW, it wouldn’t hurt to take a meeting with WWE to hear them out and get a better idea of what they’d be willing to offer him if he chose to sign there, even if it’s a short-term deal.
I feel Kenny Omega signing with AEW would be the perfect fit for him because it would provide the company with one of the industry’s best in-ring performers and a star that could play a pivotal role in AEW competing with WWE.
Full Wrestle Kingdom 13 Results:
Pre-show: Most Violent Players and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Yuji Nagata, Jeff Cobb and David Finlay, Chaos, Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr) and The Elite (Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi and Marty Scurll) in gauntlet match to determine the #1 contenders to the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi (c) to win NEVER Openweight Championship
Los Ingobernables de Japon defeated Suzuki-gun (c) and Roppongi 3K (w/ Rocky Romero) to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Zack Sabre Jr. (w/ Taka Michinoku) defeated Tomohiro Ishii (c) to win British Heavyweight Championship
Los Ingobernables de Japon defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (c) and The Young Bucks to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship
Juice Robinson defeated Cody (c) (w/ Brandi Rhodes) to win IWGP United States Championship
Taiji Ishimori defeated Kushida (c) to win IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Jay White (with Gedo) defeated Kazuchika Okada
No DQ match: Tetsuya Naito defeated Chris Jericho (c) to win IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kenny Omega (w/ The Young Bucks) (c) to win IWGP Heavyweight Championship
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