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King of Pro-Wrestling (2013)
King of Pro-Wrestling (2013)
Promotional poster for the event, featuring Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura and Prince Devitt
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date October 14, 2013[1]
Attendance 9,000[1]
Venue Ryōgoku Kokugikan[1]
City Tokyo, Japan[1]
Pay-per-view chronology

Destruction (2013) King of Pro-Wrestling (2013) Power Struggle (2013)
King of Pro-Wrestling chronology

King of Pro-Wrestling (2012) King of Pro-Wrestling (2013) King of Pro-Wrestling (2014)

King of Pro-Wrestling (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on October 14, 2013, in Tokyo at Ryōgoku Kokugikan and featured ten matches (including one dark match), four of which were contested for championships.[1][2][3] It was the second event under the King of Pro-Wrestling name.

ProductionEdit

StorylinesEdit

King of Pro-Wrestling featured ten professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4]

EventEdit

Alex Shelley was scheduled to wrestle at the event, teaming with Kushida to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, however, he was forced to pull out after suffering a back injury. Shelley and Kushida were replaced in the title match by Taichi and Taka Michinoku,[5] who would ultimately go on to defeat the Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) and become the new champions.[1] The third match on the pay-per-view, saw Hiroyoshi Tenzan wrestle his return match from a rib injury and rookie Takaaki Watanabe his final match before leaving for a learning excursion to the United States.[1] The event featured Kota Ibushi's first match under a NJPW contract, Tetsuya Naito successfully defending the NEVER Openweight Championship and his status as the number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against former partner Yujiro Takahashi as well as outside participation from Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji, who unsuccessfully challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[1] The event also featured an appearance by Daniel Gracie and Rolles Gracie, who announced that they were going to be taking part in Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome in January 2014.[1] In the main event Kazuchika Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi,[1] who vowed to pull himself out of the Heavyweight title picture as a result.[6]

ReceptionEdit

For the second year in a row, the main event of King of Pro-Wrestling received a five-star rating from sports journalist Dave Meltzer.[7]

ResultsEdit

# Results[1][2][3] Stipulations Times
1D Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Super Strong Machine and Tiger Mask defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado, Takashi Iizuka and Yoshi-Hashi) Eight-man tag team match 08:28
2 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 07:27
3 Minoru Suzuki defeated Toru Yano Singles match 07:09
4 K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Takaaki Watanabe Tag team match 11:48
5 Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Karl Anderson and Prince Devitt) defeated G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) and Kota Ibushi Six-man tag team match 10:37
6 Katsuyori Shibata defeated Tomohiro Ishii Singles match 15:47
7 Yuji Nagata defeated Kazushi Sakuraba Singles match 10:25
8 Tetsuya Naito (c) defeated Yujiro Takahashi (with Lisa and Mao) Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship and Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge right certificate 16:35
9 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Naomichi Marufuji Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 16:18
10 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 35:17
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "King of Pro-Wrestling" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=762. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "新日本プロレス「King of Pro-Wrestling」" (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo!. October 14, 2013. http://live.sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/live/fight/all/2013101401/. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Namako, Jason (October 14, 2012). "10/14 NJPW iPPV Results: Tokyo, Japan (Tanahashi/Okada)". Wrestleview. http://www.wrestleview.com/misc-news/44319-10-14-njpw-ippv-results-tokyo-japan-tanahashi-okada. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  4. Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc.. Discovery Communications. http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/pro-wrestling.htm. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. "アレックス・シェリーが負傷欠場、10月14日両国大会のIWGPジュニアタッグはTaka&タイチが挑戦へ!!" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. October 7, 2013. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=10392. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  6. "棚橋がゲームざんまいの自堕落生活" (in Japanese). Tokyo Sports. October 27, 2013. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/197970/. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  7. Meltzer, Dave (October 21, 2013). "Oct 21 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Vince has it out with producers, changes Hell in a Cell, El Brazo dies, Tanahashi vs. Okada coverage, Frank Shamrock documentary insight, tons more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 15. ISSN 1083-9593. 

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