[NJPW News] New Japan held the official signing ceremony for their upcoming iPPV that is scheduled for tomorrow, May 3rd.
The event will be offered on USTREAM for $25. That should be 4am eastern and 3am central time respectively for those of you in the USA. Also keep in mind that the event will be available for replay for a few days following the initial live stream of the show.
The event has 9 matches scheduled, with 1 dark show pre-match also scheduled. Four out of the nine matches will also be with the IWGP titles on the line.
The show will be showcased by a double main event that will pit CHAOS vs. Suzuki-gun (Suzuki Army).
“Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada will be looking to kick off his second IWGP Heavyweight reign by claiming his first successful defense against “The Ultimate Invader” Minoru Suzuki. Suzuki has had issues against Okada for the last several months, specifically, and he aims to continue showing he has the edge over the younger Okada.
Shinsuke Nakamura will be defending the IWGP IC belt, in the semi-final match of the night, against Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin appeared last month as the new mystery member of Suzuki-gun.
Benjamin is a former multi-time IC champion in the WWE and could be Nakamura’s toughest challenge yet for the belt. Nakamura’s main goal has been to make the IC meaningful and a potentially successful defense against a world class wrestler could indeed boost his reign.
Masato Tanaka will be defending the NEVER Openweight Championship against the returning Tomoaki Honma, in what is posed to be a rematch from the December 23, 2011 for the IWGP IC belt. Honma has came back to NJPW with a new sense of purpose and looks to reclaim his past lose.
KES will be defending the IWGP Tag belts in a 4 way match against several top teams. KES recently added the NWA World Tag belts to around their waist at the April 20th NWA show in Houston and are looking to continue their winning streak.
Prince Devitt recently debuted his new demeanor at last months iPPV show and formed the beginnings of his new team with Bad Luck Fale, formerly King Fale. With the formation of this new group came the dissolution of Apollo55. There has been plenty emphasized of a new “unit/group” and it seems there could potentially be more people to join and make it a real group.
The opening bout will see the IWGP Jr. Tag belts on the line as KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley will once again be putting the belts on the line against Rocky Romero and Alex Shelley. These two teams have faced off numerous times in the past and this should definitely be an exciting match to kick off what is sure to be a solid event.
Below is the scheduled matches for the iPPV.
NJPW “WRESTLING DONTAKU 2013”, 5/3/2013 [Fri] 17:00 @ Fukuoka Kokusai Center
(0) Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Maximo [CMLL] vs. Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [34th Champions] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
(2) Fale’s Return Match: Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
(3) IWGP Tag Championship 4WAY Match: [Champions] “KES” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. [Challengers] “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. “Muscle Orchestra” Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman vs. “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
(4) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Tomoaki Honma
~ 3rd defense
(5) Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(6) Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(7) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(8) Double Main Event I ~ IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [4th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Shelton Benjamin
~ 8th defense.
(9) Double Main Event II ~ IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki
~ 1st title defense.