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WWE and AEW Stars Confirmed Wrestle Kingdom

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WWE Superstar Karl Anderson is set to defend the NEVER Openweight title against Hikuleo this week. The match will take place on Wednesday at the World Tag League & Super Junior Tag League Finals.

PWInsider reports that this will not be Anderson’s final appearance for the company. WWE and NJPW have reportedly made a deal that will see Anderson appear at Wrestle Kingdom on January 4, their biggest event of the year.

Anderson will be the first WWE Superstar under contract to work at the annual Tokyo Dome event.

This was all worked out when The Good Brothers were brought back to WWE.

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Kenny Omega Also Heading To Wrestle Kingdom

AEW star Kenny Omega has challenged a top NJPW star to a match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17.

During the post-Full Gear media scrum, AEW President Tony Khan said he would not send any top stars to the Wrestle Kingdom event, noting that Wrestle Kingdom 17 clashes with the first AEW Dynamite of 2023, which will be a loaded show.

However, that soon changed, as, during the NJPW X STARDOM Historic X-Over show, Will Ospreay defeated Shota Umino to retain his IWGP US Championship.

After the match, the lights went out, before former IWGP Heavyweight and AEW World titleholder Kenny Omega appeared virtually. Omega called Ospreay an Omega knock-off since his NJPW departure in 2019.

Omega issued a challenge to Ospreay for the main event of the year which was accepted!

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