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Kenny Omega was Originally planned for Wrestle Kingdom 14


Dave Meltzer gave some details on the recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio about NJPW’s original plans for Wrestle Kingdom 14.

The mini-tournament featured Jay White, Tetsuya Naito, Kazuchika Okada and Kota Ibushi, with the eventual winner Naito getting both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles. 

On night one, Okada defeated Ibushi to retain the Heavyweight title. Naito beat White to win the Intercontinental Title. Naito then beat Okada on night two.

The original plan called for the final four was Ibushi, Okada, Naito and Kenny Omega. 

It turns out that Omega was planned to beat Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 13 last year if he didn’t leave for AEW. He would then face and defeat Okada at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden. Okada would then win the Intercontinental title to elevate that belt. 

Wrestle Kingdom would have featured Ibushi vs. Omega for the Heavyweight title and Naito vs. Okada for the Intercontinental. The eventual plan, however, was for Naito to win both belts.

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