Perhaps in one of the most shocking nights of the year for New Japan, the Power Struggle 2017 event which is the last stop before WrestleKingdom, may be the start of an even bigger push for the company in 2018.
With a main event featuring the amazing encounter between IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, the U.S. Title defense of Kenny Omega vs. Trent Barreta, Minoru Suzuki and Toru Yano in a bullrope “death match” for the NEVER Open Championship, and the continuation of the saga between Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship, this event had some truly outstanding matches.
Looming over all of this though were the debut and challenges of two wrestlers returning to NJPW. Both Chris Jericho and Jay White made their returns to the company and challenged the secondary champions for title matches at WrestleKingdom 12, lighting the pro wrestling and sports entertainment worlds on fire.
This is our review of a groundbreaking night as we look at NJPW Power Struggle 2017.