King of Pro-Wrestling (2012)
Promotion(s) NJPW
Date Oct 8, 2012
Venue Ryougoku Sumo Hall
City Sumida, Tokyo
Attendance 9,000
Television SKY PerfecTV! (PPV)
Japan iPPV NicoNico
Internat'l iPPV Ustream
Official Results
Results 40th anniversary KING OF PRO-WRESTLING
iPPV Chronology
Next Event Power Struggle (2012)
Prior Event (First)
King of Pro-Wrestling (2012) was a was a pro-wrestling event held by New Japan Pro-Wrestling on October 8, 2012 at Ryogoku Sumo Hall.  It was available as a pay-per-view in Japan on SKY PerfecTV! and NicoNico, and worldwide on UStream.


On September 28, 2012 New Japan announced that King of Pro-Wrestling would be available for live worldwide viewing on Ustream.[1]  It was the first New Japan event to be broadcast live on Ustream.

Strongman & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Takashi Iizuka & Toru YanoEdit

The first match of the night featured the return to the ring of veteran wrestler Manabu Nakanishi, who was returning after being sidelined for over a year due to a neck injury.  Nakanishi nearly won the match with a german suplex, but with the referee distracted, 

Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro TakahashiEdit

Coming into King of Pro-Wrestling, Tetsuya Naito had sustained a serious knee injury in his G1 Climax match against Rush in July.  Despite the injury, Naito continued to wrestle through the pain for several months.

Before their match officially began, Takahashi began attacking Naito's injured knee, and continued to focus on Naito's knee throughout the match.  The referee stopped the bout at 5:41 fearing for Naito's well-being when Naito refused to submit while in a reverse figure-four leglock.

After the match, Takahashi attacked the referee and further injured Naito's knee with a steel chair.  Naito was stretchered out of the arena to be examined by doctors.  He ultimately underwent reconstructive knee surgery and was sidelined by this injury until June 2013.


No. Result Stipulation Time
1 Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano beat Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Strongman via pinfall Six-man tag team match (30 mins, 1 fall) 11:29
2 Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero (C) beat Alex Shelley & Kushida via pinfall IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship match (60 mins, 1 fall) 14:55
3 Low Ki beat Kota Ibushi (C) via pinfall IWGP Jr. Championship match (60 mins, 1 fall) 17:05
4 Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima (C) via pinfall IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match (60 mins, 1 fall) 12:47
5 Yujiro Takahashi beat Tetsuya Naito via referee stoppage Singles match (30 mins, 1 fall) 5:41
6 Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata beat Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue via pinfall Tag team match (30 mins, 1 fall) 7:10
7 Kazuchika Okada (C) beat Karl Anderson via pinfall Contract for IWGP Heavyewight Championship match at Tokyo Dome match (60 mins, 1 fall) 16:26
8 Shinsuke Nakamura (C) beat Hirooki Goto via pinfall IWGP Intercontinental match (60 mins, 1 fall) 15:12
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (C) beat Minoru Suzuki via pinfall IWGP Heavyweight Championship match (60 mins, 1 fall) 29:22


King of Pro-Wrestling was voted Best Major Show and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki was voted Match of the Year in the 2012 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.[2]

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter described the event as "one of the best major events in recent history".[3]

Stuart of Strong Style Spirit called it "an absolutely incredible show that I highly recommend everyone see" and went on to say "this was the best top to bottom New Japan show of the year and there have been some strong shows so that is heavy praise. If you’ve fallen out of love with or just gotten bored of pro wrestling I would say give this show a try as it may remind you of how great it can be."[4]

After attending live, Enuhito reported on his blog that the event was "wonderful" and a "better show than (the) G1 final this year."[5]


  2. Meltzer, Dave (January 23, 2013). "The 2012 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Annual Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California). ISSN 10839593
  3. Meltzer, Dave (October 15, 2012). "Fallout of crazy week, backstage turmoil at Raw, Punk vs. fan, New Japan iPPV historically great, Hogan sex tape". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California). ISSN 10839593