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Watch matches from NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 on AXS TV

Cody Rhodes in control against Kota Ibushi during New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome. Matches from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 will be seen over the next five weeks on AXS TV.
Cody Rhodes in control against Kota Ibushi during New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 at the Tokyo Dome. Matches from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 will be seen over the next five weeks on AXS TV. Photo Courtesy TV Asahi/NJPW

AXS TV—the exclusive U.S. television home for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)—continues its coverage of the NJPW’s biggest annual event, Wrestle Kingdom 12, over the next five weeks starting Friday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Then, for the first time in series history, AXS TV will premiere select matches from NJPW’s New Year’s Dash on Friday, Feb. 16.

Two high-flying junior heavyweight championship matches kick off the five-week Wrestle Kingdom block on Jan. 12.

First, Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) defend their IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson); then Marty Scurll puts his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship on the line in a four-way match against Will Ospreay, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA.

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Then, AXS TV will showcase highlights and the entire final battle from the Wrestle Kingdom Gauntlet Match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title on Friday, Jan. 19.

Tag-team champions The Bullet Club battles Chaos, Michael Elgin with War Machine, Suzuki-gun, and Taguchi Japan. Also featured, Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) defend their IWGP Tag Team Championship against Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and Sanada); and Hirooki Goto faces NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki in a title match where the loser has to shave their head.

The next three weeks feature encore presentations of the thrilling matches from AXS TV’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 special, starting with Cody vs. Kota Ibushi and Jay White vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi on Jan. 26.

Then, legendary wrestler Chris Jericho challenges IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega on Feb. 2, and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada faces G1 Climax 27 tournament winner Tetsuya Naito on Feb. 9.

AXS TV NJPW Schedule: (subject to change):

Jan. 12

  • IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title– The Young Bucks vs. Roppongi 3K (c)
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship – Marty Scurll (c) vs. Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Kushida

Jan. 19

  • Gauntlet Match for NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship – Bullet Club (c) vs. Chaos plus highlights featuring Michale Elgin and War Machine, Suzuki-gun and Taguchi Japan
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship – Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and Sanada).
  • NEVER Openweight Championship – Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Hirooki Goto

Jan. 26

  • Singles Match – Cody vs. Kota Ibushi
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship – Jay White vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c)

Feb. 2

  • IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship – Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega (c)

Feb. 9

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada (c)

Feb. 16

  • New Year’s Dash – Matches to be announced

ABOUT AXS TV

Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV delivers the ultimate in music entertainment programming with an eclectic lineup that includes classic concerts from music's most iconic bands, as well as exclusive music festival coverage, original hit series, docs that rock, insightful specials, and knock-out live mixed martial arts action.

AXS TV is a partnership between Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe.

For more information, see www.axs.tv andwww.axs.tv/press. Follow AXS TV on Facebook; Twitter @axstv; Instagram; and YouTube.

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