As the end of the year nears, another Wrestle Kingdom quickly approaches. New Japan's 11th installment of their biggest event of the year will take place again on Jan. 4th, 2017 in the Tokyo Dome. After 2016's Wrestle Kingdom 10, which was regarded as one of the best shows in the company's history, and across all major promotions this year, there are very high hopes, despite slightly less perceived star power at 2017's event. WK10 saw Katsuyori Shibata win his first NEVER Openweight Championship by defeating Tomohiro Ishii; IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defeated AJ Styles to retain his title; and Kazuchika Okada defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in a 5-star classic main event for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. With only World Tag League shows remaining on the schedule for the remainder of 2016, the WK11 headlining matches are just about set in stone. Here's a quick look at what's been announced already and a little back story on each match. Main Event: IWGP Heavyweight Championship Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega With the departure of half of their main eventers, many wondered if New Japan would survive the exouds of superstars. Enter Kenny Omega. Omega's monster breakout year will culminate with his first opportunity at the IWGP Championship. Earlier this year, Omega became the first gaijin in history to win the annual G1 Climax tournament and defended the honor to main event Wrestle Kingdom successfully on two separate occasions. The brash leader of the Bullet Club now sets his sights on the biggest prize the company has to offer. Discounting a short 2 month title reign for Tetsuya Naito in the Spring of 2016, Okada has held the IWGP Heavyweight title for most of the last 2 years. After winning the title back from Naito at Dominion, Okada successfully defended against Pro Wrestling Noah's Naomichi Marufuji at King of Pro Wrestling, thus setting up the first singles match in history between himself and Omega. Semi-Main Event: IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi This feud has had a nice little build, dating back to Naito's feud with Michael Elgin over the Intercontinental title and the shenanigans of Los Ingobernables de Japon which led to Naito recapturing the title at Destruction in Kobe. Tanahashi won the payoff match in his feud with L.I.J. member SANADA, ultimately challenging Naito to a title match at the Dome. This match will mark the first time in the past 7 years that Tanahashi has not main evented Wrestle Kingdom, and Naito has never won a singles match in the Tokyo Dome. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship KUSHIDA (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi Takahashi (who many fans outside of Japan may recognize more easily as Kamaitachi) returned to New Japan at Power Struggle earlier this month, where he was revealed to be the "time bomb" promoted for the last several months. After a lengthy excursion in the UK and in CMLL in Mexico, Kamaitachi made several appearances in the US for Ring of Honor, often as the unofficial third member of The Addiction. KUSHIDA has become the face of New Japan's Jr. Heavyweight division, and rightfully so. The former Time Splitter traded the title back and forth with Kenny Omega before his ascension to the Heavyweight division, lost to BUSHI, then regained his title at Power Struggle. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships The Young Bucks (c) vs. Roppongi Vice Winners of the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, RPG Vice has had its share of rough times lately, leading most fans to believe they would go their separate ways before the tournament ended, turning on each other and costing them their opportunity at the titles. But, Rocky and Trent persevered and earned a title match. 5 time Jr. Heavyweight tag champs, the Young Bucks won the belts in a 4way match from Sydal and Ricochet back in June and have successfully defended them twice since. Hey, at least this match isn't another multi-team cluster. Feel free to discuss/comment, I'll work up more previews as the rest of the card is finalized.