Next week is New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom, their biggest event of the year. It seems that WWE is taking note of this as their Hidden Gems being released on WWE Network all seem to have big-time Japanese stars including NJPW’s Kota Ibushi. The following synopses are from WWENetworkNews.com:
Showdown at Shea 08/09/1980 – An International Showdown [Duration: 11:25]
WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki takes on ‘Pretty Boy’ Larry Sharpe from the legendary Showdown at Shea event in the summer of 1980.
AWA 05/14/1988 – Flying High with The King [Duration: 17:22]
Greg Gagne teams with AWA Champion Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler to face two of Japan’s fiercest competitors in Riki Choshu and Mr. Saito.
WCW Power Hour 09/01/1989 – Muta in the Mist
The rivalry between WWE Hall of Famer Sting and Japanese legend the Great Muta reaches a fever pitch in the summer of 1989.
WCW Worldwide 05/18/1996 – The Iceman Cometh [Duration: 07:05]
The WCW Cruiserweight Championship is on the line as Shinjiro Otani defends against the Iceman of WCW, Dean Malenko.
NXT Live Event 10/30/2016 – The Fight for Glory [Duration: 22:16]
Bobby Roode looks to show Los Angeles why he is the glorious one when he takes on Japanese sensation Kota Ibushi in NXT.
NXT Live Event 10/30/2016 – Three’s a Crowd [Duration: 29:09]
The NXT Championship is on the line as Shinsuke Nakamura looks to retain against Samoa Joe and Eric Young in a triple threat contest.
These matches will hit the WWE Network on Thursday, just one day before the action at the Tokyo Dome.
What do you think of these additions?