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NJPW World -- The Very Best Matches

Welcome new subscribers to New Japan World who signed up to watch Wrestle Kingdom 13! You're in for a treat.

I have compiled a list of what I consider to be the very best matches available on New Japan World, which you can find below, sorted by year. My list is a work in progress, but there is an almost staggering volume of top-rate matches available.

If you see any glaring omissions, please let me know on Twitter: @LouPickney. Keep in mind that many pre-2015 New Japan Pro-Wrestling matches have not yet been added to World.

For more great matches available on New Japan World, I strongly suggest you check out Mr. Lariato's Recommended Viewing List.

IMPORTANT: A subscription to New Japan World is required to watch these matches. This helpful tutorial video has details on how to subscribe. The price is 999 per month, which is about $9 American per month depending on the exchange rate. -Lou Pickney


2019

January 4, 2019
Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- NEVER Openweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2019
Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2019
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 21, 2019
Caristico vs. Volador Jr.
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall)
Alternate commentary: English


February 11, 2019
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


2018

January 4, 2018
Hiromu Takahashi vs. KUSHIDA vs. Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2018
Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2018
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 27, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Sapporo, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


February 10, 2018
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Will Ospreay
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


February 10, 2018
Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


March 21, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Nagaoka, Japan -- New Japan Cup tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


March 25, 2018
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Long Beach, California, United States
Alternate commentary: English
Lou's note: You can see me in the front row at this show, the tall white guy with a shaved head and goatee wearing a maroon YTR Bach t-shirt.


April 1, 2018
Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


April 1, 2018
Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


May 4, 2018
KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


May 4, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


June 4, 2018
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


June 9, 2018
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Will Ospreay
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


June 9, 2018
Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


June 9, 2018
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match (2/3 falls with no time limit)
Alternate commentary: English
The all-time highest-rated match in the history of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at ******* (7 stars)


July 7, 2018
Jay White vs. Juice Robinson
Daly City, California, United States -- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English
Lou's note: This is the match at San Francisco's world-famous Cow Palace where a livid Josh Barnett chased after Jay White in a legit unplanned moment after Jim Ross was injured while doing play-by-play at ringside.


July 15, 2018
Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Tokyo (Ota City General Gymnasium) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 15, 2018
Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Ota City General Gymnasium) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 19, 2018
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 19, 2018
Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 21, 2018
Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 26, 2018
SANADA vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Nagaoka, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 26, 2018
Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA
Nagaoka, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 28, 2018
Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Nagoya, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 28, 2018
Kenny Omega vs. SANADA
Nagoya, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 4, 2018
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 4, 2018
Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 10, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Nippon Budokan) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 11, 2018
SANADA vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Nippon Budokan) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 11, 2018
Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi
Tokyo (Nippon Budokan) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 12, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Tokyo (Nippon Budokan) -- 2018 G1 Climax tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


September 7, 2018
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall)
Alternate commentary: English


September 15, 2018
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hiroshima, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


September 23, 2018
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Kobe, Japan -- Stipulation: If Okada wins, he gains possession of Tanahashi's G1 briefcase
Alternate commentary: English


September 30, 2018
Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay
Long Beach, California, United States -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship tournament semifinal match
Alternate commentary: English


September 30, 2018
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii
Long Beach, California, United States
Alternate commentary: English


December 15, 2018
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall)
Alternate commentary: English


2017

January 4, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2017 Match of the Year


February 5, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
Sapporo, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


February 11, 2017
Dragon Lee vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


February 11, 2017
Michael Elgin vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


March 12, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Amagasaki, Japan -- 2017 New Japan Cup opening-round match

March 19, 2017
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hamamatsu, Japan -- 2017 New Japan Cup semifinal match
Note: This match is only available in nat-sound form (no commentary in any language)


April 9, 2017
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


May 3, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Fukuoka, Japan
Alternate commentary: English


May 18, 2017
Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament match

June 3, 2017
KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Yoyogi National Gymnasium) -- Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


June 11, 2017
Hiromu Takahashi vs. KUSHIDA
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


June 11, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


June 11, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English
Highest-rated match (at the time) in the history of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at ******1/4 (6.25 stars)


July 1, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin
Long Beach, California, United States -- IWGP United States Championship tournament quarterfinal match
Alternate commentary: English


July 2, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Long Beach, California, United States -- IWGP United States Championship tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


July 17, 2017
Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Sapporo, Japan -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English (great solo call by Kevin Kelly after Don Callis legit lost his voice mid-match)


July 22, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


July 27, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin
Nagaoka, Japan -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match

August 1, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Kagoshima, Japan -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match

August 6, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hamamatsu, Japan -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match

August 8, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
Yokohama, Japan -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match

August 11, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 12, 2017
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 13, 2017
Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2017 G1 Climax tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


October 9, 2017
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Sumo Hall)
Alternate commentary: English


November 5, 2017
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


2016

January 4, 2016
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- NEVER Openweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2016
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


January 4, 2016
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2016 Match of the Year


January 24, 2016
Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi (Hiromu Takahashi)
Osaka, Japan -- CMLL World Lightweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: Spanish


February 11, 2016
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

February 14, 2016
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega
Nagaoka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

March 4, 2016
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2016 New Japan Cup quarterfinal match
Note: This match is only available in nat-sound form (no commentary in any language)


April 10, 2016
KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


April 10, 2016
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


May 3, 2016
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

May 21, 2016
KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- Best of the Super Juniors 23 tournament match

May 27, 2016
Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- Best of the Super Juniors 23 tournament match

June 7, 2016
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Will Ospreay
Sendai, Japan -- Best of the Super Juniors 23 tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


June 19, 2016
Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin
Osaka, Japan -- Ladder match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship

June 19, 2016
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

July 18, 2016
Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Sapporo, Japan -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match

July 24, 2016
Michael Elgin vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match

August 3, 2016
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Sapporo, Japan -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match

August 6, 2016
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match

August 6, 2016
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Osaka, Japan -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match

August 12, 2016
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 13, 2016
Katsuhiro Nakajima vs. Michael Elgin
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) 2016 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 13, 2016
Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) 2016 G1 Climax tournament match
Alternate commentary: English


August 14, 2016
Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2016 G1 Climax tournament final match
Alternate commentary: English


September 25, 2016
Michael Elgin vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kobe, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

October 10, 2016
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- NEVER Openweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


October 10, 2016
Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- Stipulation: If Goto wins, he gains possession of Omega's G1 briefcase
Alternate commentary: English


October 10, 2016
Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Alternate commentary: English


2015

January 4, 2015
Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2015 Match of the Year


January 4, 2015
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

February 14, 2015
Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Sendai, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

March 15, 2015
Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hiroshima, Japan -- 2015 New Japan Cup semifinal match

April 5, 2015
AJ Styles vs. Kota Ibushi
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

June 7, 2015
KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Tokyo (Ota City General Gymnasium) -- Best of the Super Juniors 22 tournament final match

July 5, 2015
Kenny Omega vs. KUSHIDA
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match

July 5, 2015
Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

July 5, 2015
AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

July 20, 2015
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Sapporo, Japan -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

July 26, 2015
AJ Styles vs. Kota Ibushi
Hiroshima, Japan -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

July 29, 2015
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kota Ibushi
Fukuoka, Japan -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 1, 2015
Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada
Osaka, Japan -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 9, 2015
Kazuchika Okada vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 12, 2015
Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 14, 2015
AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 15, 2015
Michael Elgin vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 15, 2015
Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament match

August 16, 2015
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2015 G1 Climax tournament final match

September 27, 2015
Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kobe, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

October 12, 2015
AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

November 7, 2015
Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match


2014

February 9, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Hiroshima, Japan -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

February 11, 2014
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

February 11, 2014
Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

March 6, 2014
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi
Tokyo (Ota City General Gymnasium)

April 6, 2014
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

April 6, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

May 25, 2014
Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Yokohama, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

May 25, 2014
AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada
Yokohama, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

June 8, 2014
KUSHIDA vs. Ricochet
Tokyo (Yoyogi National Gymnasium) -- Best of the Super Juniors 21 tournament final match

June 21, 2014
Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) vs. Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match

June 21, 2014
Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match

July 21, 2014
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Sapporo, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

July 21, 2014
AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada
Sapporo, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

July 26, 2014
Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Akita, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

July 26, 2014
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yuji Nagata
Akita, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

July 26, 2014
AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito
Akita, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

July 26, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Akita, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 1, 2014
Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 1, 2014
AJ Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2014 Match of the Year


August 1, 2014
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 1, 2014
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 3, 2014
Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
Osaka, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 3, 2014
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma
Osaka, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 3, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Osaka, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 8, 2014
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata
Yokohama, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 8, 2014
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
Yokohama, Japan -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament match

August 10, 2014
Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokorozawa, Japan (Seibu Dome) -- 2014 G1 Climax tournament final match

September 21, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Kobe, Japan

October 13, 2014
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- NEVER Openweight Championship match

October 13, 2014
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- Stipulation: If Naito wins, he gains possession of Okada's G1 briefcase

October 13, 2014
AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

November 8, 2014
Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- NEVER Openweight Championship match


2013

Lou's note: In my opinion, Wrestle Kingdom 7 on January 4, 2013 marked the beginning of the current golden age in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

January 4, 2013
Kota Ibushi vs. Low Ki vs. Prince Devitt
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match

January 4, 2013
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

January 4, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

February 10, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson
Hiroshima, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

April 7, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2013 Match of the Year


June 22, 2013
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto
Osaka, Japan

June 22, 2013
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

July 20, 2013
Kazuchika Okada vs. Prince Devitt
Akita, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 2, 2013
Minoru Suzuki vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

August 2, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

August 4, 2013
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Osaka, Japan -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

August 4, 2013
Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Osaka, Japan -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

August 10, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

August 11, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2013 G1 Climax tournament match

September 29, 2013
Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima
Kobe, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

October 14, 2013
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Intercontinental Championship match

October 14, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

December 23, 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall)


2012

February 12, 2012
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

March 4, 2012
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

April 8, 2012
Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- New Japan Cup tournament final match

June 16, 2012
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 12, 2012
Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2012 G1 Climax tournament final match

October 8, 2012
Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- Stipulation: If Anderson wins, he gains possession of Okada's G1 briefcase

October 8, 2012
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2012 Match of the Year


2011

January 4, 2011
Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match

January 4, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

February 20, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
Sendai, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

April 3, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

May 3, 2011
Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) vs. No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards & Rocky Romero)
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match

May 3, 2011
Masato Tanaka vs. Yugi Nagata
Fukuoka, Japan

May 3, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

June 18, 2011
Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

July 18, 2011
Giant Bernard vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Sapporo, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 14, 2011
Minoru Suzuki vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2011 G1 Climax tournament match

August 14, 2011
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2011 G1 Climax tournament final match

September 19, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Kobe, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

October 10, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

December 4, 2011
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata
Nagoya, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match


2010

January 4, 2010
Go Shiozaki vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

January 4, 2010
Hirooki Goto vs. Takashi Sugiura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- GHC Heavyweight Championship match

April 4, 2010
Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Korakuen Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

June 19, 2010
Prince Devitt vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Osaka, Japan -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match

August 15, 2010
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2010 G1 Climax tournament final match

October 11, 2010
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi)
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match


2009

January 4, 2009
Masato Tanaka vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship match

January 4, 2009
Hirooki Goto & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takashi Sugiura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

January 4, 2009
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Keiji Muto
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

May 3, 2009
Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Fukuoka, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 16, 2009
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2009 G1 Climax tournament semifinal match
FYI: This is the full show; the match intro begins at the 47:00 mark


2008

January 4, 2008
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 17, 2008
Hirooki Goto vs. Togi Makabe
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2008 G1 Climax tournament match
FYI: This is the full show; the match intro begins at the 1:35:32 mark


2007

January 4, 2007
Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- Triple Crown Championship match

October 8, 2007
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

November 11, 2007
Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match


2006

January 4, 2006
Kazunari Murakami vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

January 4, 2006
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

August 13, 2006
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2006 G1 Climax tournament final match


2005

January 4, 2005
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- U-30 Openweight Championship match

February 20, 2005
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship vs. Triple Crown Championship match

April 24, 2005
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Osaka, Japan -- New Japan Cup tournament semifinal match


2004

January 4, 2004
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

January 4, 2004
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship/NWF Heavyweight Championship unification match

March 12, 2004
American Dragon (Bryan Danielson) & Curry Man (Christopher Daniels) vs. Gedo & Jado
Tokyo (Yoyogi National Gymnasium) -- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match

August 8, 2004
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Osaka, Japan -- 2004 G1 Climax tournament match

August 15, 2004
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2004 G1 Climax tournament final match

November 13, 2004
Kazuyuki Fujita & Kendo Kashin vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Shinsuke Nakamura
Osaka, Japan
Lou's note: This is worth watching at least briefly to see the rarity of a New Japan ring with an orange mat.


2003

March 9, 2003
Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yuji Nagata
Nagoya, Japan -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

May 2, 2003
Masahiro Chono vs. Kenta Kobashi
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- GHC Heavyweight Championship match

August 17, 2003
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jun Akiyama
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2003 G1 Climax tournament final match


2002

May 2, 2002
Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 11, 2002
Masahiro Chono vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2002 G1 Climax tournament final match


2001

January 4, 2001
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toshiaki Kawada
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament semifinal match

January 4, 2001
Kensuke Sasaki vs. Toshiaki Kawada
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament final match

June 6, 2001
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Nippon Budokan) -- IWGP Heavyweight Championship match

August 12, 2001
Keiji Muto vs. Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Sumo Hall) -- 2001 G1 Climax tournament final match

October 8, 2001
Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Muto vs. Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata
Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)


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