[NJPW News] New Japan announced both the competitor as well as the matches for the upcoming NEVER shows that will see the crowning of the first ever NEVER Champion. [Pictured: BUSHI, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Hiromu Takahashi]
The talent are as follows (in order from right to left on the brackets): ~ Karl Anderson ~ Yujiro Takahashi ~ Hiromu Takahashi ~ Shiori Asahi ~ Ryusuke Taguchi ~ Hiro Tonai ~ BUSHI ~ Kengo Mashimo ~ KUSHIDA ~ Masato Tanaka ~ Captain New Japan ~ Taishi Takizawa ~ Tomohiro Ishii ~ Daisuke Sasaki ~ YOSHI-HASHI ~ Ryuichi Sekine
The inclusion of Masato Tanaka into the tournament came after Tetsuya Naito will not be able to compete due to a knee injury, but will definitely bring the veteran edge to the NEVER shows. NEVER is primarily about the young and upcoming talent, though Tanaka’s inclusion could give an early edge to someone like KUSHIDA if he were to win, KUSHIDA faces Tanaka in the 1st Round. The rest of the tournament will be filled up with many wrestlers from KAIENTAI DOJO, who are all students of TAKA Michinoku. Kengo Mashimo has been one of TAKA’s leading standouts for the last few years, and has really made his name known in the Indy community. Then Taishi Takizawa recently returned to Japan a while back after competing in WWE’s Developmental Territory in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Taishi has debuted a new demeanor and adapted his style with his return to Japan and could be someone to watch out for in the tournament.
Also among the ongoing tournament is the announcement that NJPW will debut not one but two new Young Lions on the upcoming NEVER shows. Sho Tanaka will debut on November 15 against Takaaki Watanabe, and Shohei Komatsu will make his debut on November 19. Sho Tanaka (173cm, 93kg. Born 8/27/89  Greco-Roman wresler in High School and University) Shohei Komatsu (171.5cm, 85kg. Born 6/25/88  Amateur Wrestler High/Univ.)
NEVER, 11/15/2012 “First NEVER Openweight Championship Decision Tournament ~ 1st Round” @ SHIBUYA-AX in Tokyo (1) Sho Tanaka Debut Match: Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka (2) 1st Round Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Shiori Asahi [K-DOJO] (3) 1st Round Match: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Ryuichi Sekine [K-DOJO] (4) 1st Round Match: Captain New Japan vs. Taishi Takizawa [K-DOJO] (5) 1st Round Match: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiro Tonai [K-DOJO] (6) 1st Round Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Daisuke Sasaki [DDT] (7) 1st Round Match: BUSHI vs. Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO] (8) 1st Round Match: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Karl Anderson (9) 1st Round Match: KUSHIDA vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] NEVER, 11/19/2012 “First NEVER Openweight Championship Decision Tournament ~ FINAL” @ SHIBUYA-AX in Tokyo (-) Shohei Komatsu’s Debut Match: