Kenny Omega returns to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) when he appeared via video promo on Sunday’s NJPW X STARDOM Historic X-Over event to challenge Will Ospreay to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4, 2023.
Ospreay accepted the challenge to make the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship official.
Omega cut a promo about how once AEW started, nothing kept him in NJPW, and Ospreay replaced him, but blamed him for drawing smaller crowds and not cheering at events. He said people blame the COVID-19 pandemic for this, but he blames Ospreay. He said that, for the good of professional wrestling, he would face Ospreay at the Tokyo Dome.
Omega last wrestled for NJPW on January 4, 2019 in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 13 where he lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi before moving to AEW.
Here’s the updated map for NJPW’s biggest event of the year:
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IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (Champion) vs. Kazuchika Okada
IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (champion) vs. Kenny Omega
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori (champion) vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado vs. Master Wato
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: FTR (champion) vs. TBA
NJPW World Television Championship Tournament Finals: Zack Saber Jr. vs. Run Narita
IWGP Women’s Championship Match: KAIRI vs. Tam Nakano