[NJPW News] New Japan held a signing ceremony for the two upcoming headlining title matches as well as for Nagata and Sakuraba.
First up Yuji Nagata and Kazushi Sakuraba continued to show off their comradery as they have now debuted a matching attire for their upcoming rematch against the Gracie brothers. Following the outcome of the match at this years Tokyo Dome show, Nagata and Sakuraba have pushed to make choke and sleepers valid with the use of the Gi’s. Nagata stated there will be a lot of differences from wearing the gi’s to not and that there are also more advantages as seen from the Tokyo Dome show.
New Japan then held a signing ceremony for the upcoming IWGP IC match with the champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and the challenger Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura stated that he is thankful to receive a rematch so soon after suffering defeat, and that he is completely focused on recapturing the belt. He stated that he was clearly not ready to face Nakamura as they had not faced one another for a year or more previously, and the Tokyo Dome match had more or less opened his eyes. He aims to be at more than 100% before the upcoming match. Tanahashi stated that there is a lot of pressure to make his first defense, but that comes with being a champion. The white belt is still young in its lineage, but the history of the belt is made with ever match and he stated that his match(es) with Nakamura should be a defining match.
Then lastly was the title signing between the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and the challenger Hirooki Goto. Goto stated that he is aiming for a complete revival of himself. This last injury that put him out of action for 5 months, was indeed a setback, but his condition since returning is perfect, as seen with his match against Katsuyori Shibata at the Tokyo Dome. Goto stated that he still has a lot to prove, but he aims to take the belt from Okada to start. The challenger appears to be completely confident heading into the upcoming match.
Okada then got his chance to speak and said that he hopes Goto is at his best, as the IWGP belt is the utmost highest belt in the industry. It is something that is actually not in Goto’s reach. He futher added that he will destroy Goto and aims for that chin that Goto claimed is 100%. Okada said that he will be sure an have an ambulance ready in advance.
Goto further stated that will be harder to do than Okada thinks as he is completely healed, and that if Okada wants to throw the destroy word around he better be ready for that himself.
Okada stated that Goto has had 6 chances to be crowned IWGP Heavy champion and has failed every time. That Okada himself has already been crowned champion twice already. Okada stated that the outcome will be the same as last time. Rainmaker will be standing over Goto with the belt in hand.
Below are the announced cards for the upcoming double header shows…
NJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING in HIROSHIMA”, 2/9/2014 [Sun] 15:00 @ Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall
(1) Kota Ibushi & BUSHI vs. El Desperado & Jushin Thunder Liger
(2) Minoru Suzuki vs. Tama Tonga
(3) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
(4) Special Single Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Michael Tarver
(5) NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: [125th Champion] Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challenger] “BIG DADDY YUM-YUM” Byron Wilcott
~ 1st Defense.
(6) Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi
(7) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson
(8) Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
(9) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. [Challengers] “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
~ 1st Defense.
(10) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [7th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Shinsuke Nakamura
~ 1st Defense.
NJPW “THE NEW BEGINNING in Osaka”, 2/11/2014 [Tue] 17:00 @ Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM
(1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [37th Champions] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
~ 2nd defense.
(2) Katsuyori Shibata vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(3) Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
(4) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
(5) NWA World Tag Contendership Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Michael Tarver & “BIG DADDY YUM-YUM” Byron Wilcott
(6) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Rolles Gracie
(7) Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi
(8) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [67th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] El Desperado
~ 1st defense.
(9) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Tomohiro Ishii
~ 3rd Defense.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 8th defense.
NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2014