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King of Pro-Wrestling

The official King of Pro-Wrestling logo

King of Pro-Wrestling is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event has been held every October since 2012 and aired domestically as a pay-per-view (PPV). The event also aired internationally as an internet pay-per-view (iPPV) until 2015, when it was moved to NJPW's worldwide internet streaming site, New Japan Pro Wrestling World. King of Pro-Wrestling was created by Bushiroad, a card game company, which had bought NJPW in January 2012.[1] The event became NJPW's main show of October, a spot previously held by Destruction, which was instead moved back to September. The event takes place annually on the second Monday of October, the day of the Japanese public holiday known as the Health and Sports Day (体育の日, Taiiku no hi). Held annually at Tokyo's Ryōgoku Kokugikan, the event has been nicknamed "Autumn Showdown at Ryōgoku" (秋の両国決戦, Aki no Ryōgoku Kessen).[2][3] King of Pro-Wrestling is also the name of a collectible card game, created by Bushiroad.[4]

EventsEdit

# Event Date City Venue Attendance Main event
1 King of Pro-Wrestling (2012) October 8, 2012 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,000 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) versus Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
2 King of Pro-Wrestling (2013) October 14, 2013 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,000 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
4 King of Pro-Wrestling (2014) October 13, 2014 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,100 A.J. Styles (c) versus Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
5 King of Pro-Wrestling (2015) October 12, 2015 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 8,302 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus A.J. Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
6 King of Pro-Wrestling (2016) October 10, 2016 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,671 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Naomichi Marufuji for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
7 King of Pro-Wrestling (2017) October 9, 2017 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,234 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus EVIL for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
8 King of Pro-Wrestling (2018) October 8, 2018 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,152 Kenny Omega (c) versus Kota Ibushi versus Cody for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. Caldwell, James (January 31, 2012). "NJPW News: New Japan sold to new owners, change-over taking effect February 1". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_57601.shtml. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. September 24, 2014. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=12413. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. September 29, 2015. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=14917. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  4. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. February 29, 2012. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=7133. Retrieved October 23, 2013.