12 Biggest Stories From New Japan's Power Struggle And What They Mean Going Forward

A new champion crowned, Jericho clashes with Naito again, Okada pursues Jay White, and more.


On Saturday, 3 November, New Japan Pro Wrestling held their eighth annual Power Struggle event in Osaka. The show is the last major stop on the road to January's Wrestle Kingdom 13 - the promotion's biggest annual show, held every 4 January. Saturday's event featured three championship matches and the exciting conclusion of the month-long Super Junior Tag League tournament.

Power Struggle also saw heated rivals battle in wild brawls around the arena in preparation for future meetings at the Tokyo Dome in January. Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi came face-to-face as they prepare to main event the Wrestle Kingdom show. Meanwhile, Kazuchika Okada was out for revenge on Jay White and the Bullet Club. In the night's final bout, Chris Jericho defended his Intercontinental title against EVIL but found himself focused on a past rival by the night's end.

Following Saturday's event, NJPW officials formally announced many of the marquee matches for Wrestle Kingdom during a press conference on Monday. Join us as we look at what exactly happened at Power Struggle and how it sets the stage for January's Wrestle Kingdom.


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