NEWS ITEMS: New “10 Pounds of Gold” video recap, Tribute to the Troops line-up, New Japan Wrestle Kingdom press conference announced

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

-New Japan is holding a Wrestle Kingdom 12 press conference live from Tokyo on Dec. 11 at 1 a.m. ET available on New Japan’s streaming service, Speakers will include wrestlers and executives, yet to be announced. Wrestle Kingdom takes place Jan. 4 and premieres on AXS TV in the U.S. on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The press release states: Wrestle Kingdom 12 will feature six championship matches on the main card including IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. G1 CLIMAX 27 Tournament Champion Tetsuya Naito, and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White. For more details on the lineup, click here. Wrestle Kingdom 12 streams live internationally on NJPW World Thursday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. in Tokyo/3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT. AXS TV, the exclusive U.S. TV home for NJPW, will air a three-hour special from Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 8pE/5pP featuring the three IWGP championship matches from the event. For more details on AXS TV’s broadcast schedule, click here.

-SPOILER-FREE “TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS” LINE-UP: The Shield vs. The Bar & Samoa Joe, Absolution vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks & Mickie James, Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable & Rusev & Aiden English vs. New Day & The Usos, Charlotte vs. Ruby Riott, and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & A.J. Styles & Randy Orton.

-The latest episode of the NWA Ten Pounds of Gold series has been posted today with a look at Tim Storm at home with his family. His daughter talks about growing up with a father who wrestled professionally. She said maybe four years ago when he became a grandfather, she was excited that he’d be a grandfather still wrestling. She said her two year old daughter loves it. She said she wants him to stop when he’s still as talented as he is. “I’ll know when it’s time, I think,” he said. “I hope nobody has to tell me that.” It then turns to his next opponent, Jocephus, talking about challenging Storm in Los Angeles for the championship, following him through an airport and visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including creating a bit of a scene around the Vince McMahon “star.” Then came a narrated recap of the Storm vs. Jocephus match which included a post-match attack with a ladder. Then clips of Storm in agony afterward getting his ribs iced and his daughter reacting to it. “Is the responsibility of carrying the Ten Pounds of Gold becoming too much for Tim,” the narrator asked.  His daughter suggested it’s time to create an end date for this now that he’s 53. Then came a total change in tone as they showed clips from CZW, Storm’s next stop.

Watch the full video HERE.

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