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5 stars who performed at Wrestle Kingdom and WrestleMania

Ivan Derrick
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:48 IST

Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kenny Omega in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kenny Omega in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 12

On the 4th of January 2019, Wrestle Kingdom 13, New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest show of the year took place at the Tokyo Dome.

The show featured all of the promotions top superstars including Tetsuya Naito, Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega. While these performers are some of the best in all of wrestling, they may not be as well known to the more casual fan who is only familiar with the WWE product.

Although the Wrestle Kingdom stars mentioned above have not plied their trade at the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania, there are a select group of wrestlers who have indeed competed at both WWE's and NJPW's biggest shows. Completing this career double is no small feat as it is only achieved by superstars who have managed to rise through the ranks in both America and Japan and this is reflected in the names who have achieved the feat, which includes Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle in addition to these names.

#5 Finn Balor/ Prince Devitt

Balor is yet to win at WrestleMania
Balor is yet to win at WrestleMania

Wrestle Kingdom appearances: 7

Wrestle Kingdom wins: 5

WrestleMania appearances: 1

WrestleMania wins: 0

Prince Devitt really put himself on the map in New Japan Pro Wrestling where his consistently strong showings and leadership of the Bullet Club saw him sky-rocket in popularity during his time with the promotion.


Now known, of course, as Finn Balor in WWE, the wrestler is yet to truly leave his mark on a WrestleMania yet although his first WrestleMania match, a triple threat for the Intercontinental Championship against both Seth Rollins and The Miz was a strong showing and might be indicative of future matches he will have to offer.

Balor is an immensely talented performer and while his popularity in WWE may not yet be as great as it was in New Japan, it would not be at all surprising if he went on to have a stellar career in WWE and star in many a WrestleMania.

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Published 06 Jan 2019, 13:22 IST
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