[NJPW News] New Japan announced the talent and matches involved in the New Japan Cup 2013 which is set to begin on March.
As you can tell many grudge matches have yet again been set in place for the first rounds of the tournament. CHAOS vs. Suzuki-gun will clash in the main event matches as Shisuke Nakamura will go up against Davey Boy Smith Jr. in the main event, and Kazuchika Okada is set to go up against Lance Archer. Yuji Nagata and Minoru Suzuki have once again been placed against one another in singles competition, as well as Makabe and Yujiro have also been paired against one another. In what I think could be a sleeper hit of the night, Satoshi Kojima will be going up against Tomohiro Ishii in the opening match of the show. Both men can play brutal with the best of them, and I already expect nothing but that in their confrontation.
The winner of the New Japan Cup will earn the next the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match against Hiroshi Tanahashi on April 9 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [1st Round]”, 3/11/2013 [Mon] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii (2) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga (3) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano (4) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(5) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Captain New Japan, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi
(6) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi (7) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki (8) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer (9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [2nd Round]”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Beikomu General Gymnasium
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: (-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: (-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: (-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match:
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013”, 3/19/2013 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shirakawa City Center Gymnasium
(1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu (2) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. KUSHIDA, Alex Shelley, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV (3) Hirooki Goto & BUSHI vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo (4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tama Tonga (5) Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku (6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Karl Anderson vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013”, 3/20/2013 [Wed] 15:00 @ Sendai Industrial Exhibition Hall, Aztec Museum
(1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu (2) Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. KUSHIDA, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi (3) Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Jado (4) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Takaaki Watanabe (5) Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & TAKA Michinoku (6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013”, 3/22/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ Kumagai City Civic Gymnasium
(no matched announced at this time)
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [Finals]”, 3/23/2013 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 Semi-Final Match: (-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 Semi-Final Match:
[NJPW / Naito Update] Daily Sports interviewed Tetsuya Naito, who is still in recovery following a due to rupture to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last October. The initial injury came during the 2012 G1 CLIMAX in August and only got worse as Naito still tried o compete for the following months.
Naito apparently has his eyes set against Okada. As many of you should know, Okada initially debuted against Naito in August of 2007, with Naito himself just debuting a year prior. In the natural pecking order of things, Naito would initially receive the “push”. Naito reminisced of those years of living Okada in the dorms and the two training together for years. Naito seems to point that there is an inevitable career rivalry between the two as they will be the two to lead the next generation. Naito, who is 30, and Okada, who is 25, may just be the future of NJPW in the next 5-10 years.
Naito’s original “dream” was to become the IWGP Heavyweight Champion before he reached 30 years old. Of course that dream was cut short last year and during this forced time away he has gained a new desire to claim the “treasure of New Japan”. Okada of course claimed that dream Naito’s own dream by becoming the IWGP Heavy Champion at just 24 years old.
Naito has currently been out of action for 4 months now and has been spending every day in rehabilitation to return this Summer (June to August). Naito says that the pain is still there, but his desires are too great for him to sit back and just watch things happen.
Naito closed out the interview by asking the fans to come out and watch the upcoming New Japan Cup tournament, which begins on March 11, and see who becomes the current #1 wrestler in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
[NJPW News] New Japan announced the full card for their upcoming Anniversary Show on March 3rd. The main event for the show will showcase the currently leading champions “aces” of their respected division as Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt will face off in a special singles match. Devitt picked up the win over Tanahashi in a tag match earlier this month, on February 3rd, but a week later Tanahashi would reclaim that loss. There was still a lot of shock to see Devitt take out the Heavyweight champion with the Bloody Sunday finisher and New Japan took it upon themselves to make a match of it.
The Semi-Final match will see Lance Archer getting a shot at Shinsuke Nakamura’s IWGP IC belt. Following Nakamura’s singles win over K-DOJO’s Kengo Mashimo on the 2.10 iPPV, Archer came out to the ring to call out Nakamura for a title shot. Archer has definitely proven himself as one of the strongest in NJPW today and he has the size to back it up as well. Nakamura has stated that he wants to face all challengers, let alone challengers from all over the world. This will mark Nakamura’s 6th defense of the belt.
The CHAOS vs. Suzuki-gun (SZKG) war shows no signs of stopping soon and will see an Eight-Man Elimination Tag match held on the show. Kazuchika Okada will lead CHAOS against Minoru Suzuki and his crew. The match will take place like a standard tag match, but when a wrestler is pinned, submitted or thrown over the top rope, they will be eliminated from the match.
The IWGP Junior Tag belts will also be on the line on the show as the “TIME SPLITTERS” will be defending their belts, for their 2nd defense, against the junior legend tag team of Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV.
Below is the full card for the show.
NJPW “Raising an Army Anniversary ~ Strong Style 41st Anniversary~”, 3/3/2013 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu (2) Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi
(3) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [34th Champions] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV ~ 2nd Defense.
(4) Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano, Takaashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
(5) Elimination Tag Match: [CHAOS] Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Gedo & Jado vs. [Suzuki-gun] Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Kengo Mashimo & TAKA Michinoku