[NJPW News] New Japan held a press conference for the main event title matches for tomorrow’s return to the Yokohama Arena.
First up is the signing ceremony for the IWGP Intercontinental Champion as Shinsuke Nakamura is set to defend against Daniel Gracie. This match has a lot at stake for Nakamura in particular as he has is looking for a much needed revenge over Daniel in a MMA rules match roughly 11 and a half years ago. Daniel appears confident heading into this title match against Nakamura and aims to further demonstrate the power of “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu”. He noted the previous singles match, in which he defeated Nakamura, and said that this time he will be walking out as the new champion. Nakamura noted that Daniel Gracie is a formidable opponent and that it is an honor for him to get a chance at another singles contest. He said that he is excited for the match, but again he is ready to start his new reign off right win a much needed win for himself. Nakamura was then asked about the match being MMA rules in which he stated that he aims to fight as a “professional wrestler”.
Up next was the singing ceremony for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as AJ Styles will be defending against the former champion Kazuchika Okada, in what will be a rematch from early this month on May 3rd. Okada stated that his current goal is to destroy BULLET CLUB and regain the belt. He noted the loss in the 3WAY during the ROH/NJPW joint show in the USA last weekend, and that loss did not matter as he was not pinned. Styles then stated back that Okada has a lot of excuses to why he is losing. That he couldn’t beat AJ Styles in Fukuoka and he couldn’t beat him in New York. Styles further added that Okada’s problem is that he is too young for the business and to be in the ring with AJ Styles. AJ said that he has taken advatange of all the oppurtunities in front of him and that is why he has seen repeated success as a champion and why he is now an IWGP champion. He then said that the only thing “raining” is himself.
Styles was then asked, assuming that he wins again, who he wants to face the next challenger? AJ confidently replied that “there is no assuming, that he will defend the belt.” Styles said that is not up to him to decide who he gets to wrestle, but it doesn’t matter whether it be Nakamura… Tanahashi, he will beat whoever is put in front of him, just like Okada.
Then I will let this video speak for itself as the closing moments of the press conference.
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Below is the full announced card for the iPPV.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling “BACK TO THE YOKOHAMA ARENA”, 5/25/2014 [Sun] 15:00 @ Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa
(1) Road to BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XXI: Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, El Desperado & Mascara Dorada vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, BUSHI, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
(2) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. “BULLET CLUB” Yujiro Takahashi, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
(3) NWA World Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Rob Conway & Jax Dane vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
(4) Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin
(5) Special Single Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale
(6) Pro-Wrestling vs. Jiu Jitsu Mixed Match: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rolles Gracie
(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [3rd Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi
~ 4th title defense.
(8) IWGP Tag Contendership Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship ~ Pro-Wrestling vs. Jiu Jitsu Mixed Match: [8th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Daniel Gracie
~ Standard wrestling rules, but punches are legal with the use of open-finger gloves. Gi use is legal as well as use of the Gi for holds.
~ 1st title defense.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [60th Champion] AJ Styles vs. [Challenger] Kazuchika Okada
~ 2nd title defense.
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