All Eight Titles Change Hands At NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 13

The highly anticipated NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 event has wrapped up and is officially in the books. It was overall a very momentous and historic night for New Japan.

There were eight championship matches on last night’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 card, and surprisingly all eight titles changed hands inside the Tokyo Dome in front of a record crowd.

The first title change of the night happen in the very first match when Will Ospreay defeated Kota Ibushi to win the NEVER Openweight Championship.

The second title change of the night came when Los Ingobernables de Japon were successful in capturing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships away from the former champs Suzuki-gun.

Next we saw the Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship up for grabs as Tomohiro Ishii attempted to defend his title against Zack Sabre Jr. The British Heavyweight Title is going home, as ZSJ was able to dethone Ishii and continue the new champ theme of the night.

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships were the next belts to change hands at Wrestle Kingdom 13, as Los Ingobernables de Japon represented by the team of EVIL & Sanada were able to walk out of the Three-way Match with the gold.

The IWGP United States Championship once again changed hands in the champs first defense of the title, as Cody Rhodes was unsuccessful in his attempt to retain over Juice Robinson. For the second time in his career Juice Robinson is IWGP US Champ.

The Bullet Club’s “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori was the next challenger to walk away with a victory over the reigning champ, as he defeated Kushida to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

The Co-Main Event’s of this year’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 were all that remained following the only non-title match on the main card between Jay White and Kazuchika Okada.

First of the night’s two Championship Main Events, saw Chris Jericho put the belt on the line against LIJ’s Tetsuya Naito. To keep the streak of new champions alive, Naito was indeed successful as he pins Chris Jericho to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

And finally, the headliner, the Main Event of the evening saw Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat Kenny Omega to becomes the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion and complete the sweep of challengers upsetting champions.

These two put on what might have been one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. The Tokyo Dome was the loudest I have ever heard it throughout the match, and deservedly so.

 
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