[NJPW News] New Japan announced matches for the next big iPPV on June 22nd and Shinsuke Nakamura heads to CMLL.
First up, Nakamura will be heading to compete in CMLL while the BOSJ XX is taking prominence during this next tour. He will be heading to Mexico next week on May 11th and will remain there for the next month until June 12th.
Then New Japan officially announced 4 matches for the upcoming DOMINION iPPV on June 22nd.
Okada pulled out his first successful defense against Minoru Suzuki this past weekend and already has his next challenger to be against Togi Makabe. Okada previously faced Makabe in last years G1 Climax, which saw Okada victorious, and this match is poised to be a revenge match for Makabe.
Following the 4WAY IWGP Tag Championship match on 5.3, TenKoji have once again emerged as the champions. This definitely was not the way that the former champions in “K.E.S.” (Archer & Smith) wanted to have it settled as they were not even involved in the finish in anyway. You have to know that K.E.S. will be looking to reclaim their lost belts, but with yet another multi-team match that leaves a whole other dynamic to the match.
Due to the double knochout finish from the 5.3 show, New Japan has once again placed Goto and Shibata in a single confrontation at DOMINION 6.22. Nothing was settled between the two in the last match and could this next showdown be yet a replay of this last bout, or will someone finally be standing in the end?
Lastly, Tetsuya Naito announced his return to the ring on 5.3 to be on June 22nd. Naito has spent the last 7-8 months sidelined due to a knee injury and will be going against his former tag team partner and current rival in Yujiro Takahashi. Their last meeting saw Yujiro blatantly attack Naito’s knee and that lead to Naito being forced out to undergo surgery on his knee. Will Naito be able to exact some much needed revenge or will his time away from the ring prove to be too much against “Mr. R Rated”?
~ Be sure to check out the link below for the information regarding the BOSJ XX which begins later this month. http://wp.me/p1NzQs-3NM
Below is the announced card at this time for the DOMINION 6.22 show.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “DOMINION 6.22”, 6/22/2013 [Sat] 17:00 Osaka BODY MAKER COLOSSEUM (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) (-) Tetsuya Naito’s Return Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi (-) Special Single Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(-) IWGP Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [62nd Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. ~ 1st title defense.
(-) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Togi Makabe ~ 2nd title defense.
[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 News] New Japan announced the full card for their upcoming iPPV which will be held on February 10th.
Among the newly announced matches are 4 matches that have been set in place following the show on February 3rd. Kazuchika Okada will be taking on Minoru Suzuki in the semi-final match of the show, with Okada looking to prove himself against the leader of Suzuki-gun. It has been a war between the two leading heel units in New Japan today with CHAOS vs. Suzuki-gun as of late, and on the 2/3 show Okada challenged Suzuki to a singles match for the 2/10 show. It didn’t take long for NJPW to announce the match on the upcoming iPPV and it will surely be one to cause a rift between the two heel factions.
Shinsuke Nakamura will also be defending CHAOS as he takes on another member of Suzuki-gun in K-DOJO’s Kengo Mashimo. Mashimo is known as of the more skilled wrestlers in the Indy scene in Japan and on the 2/3 show him and Nakamura showed their hatred against one another. It seemed a match would be coming soon following, and it was announced to happen on 2/10. This will be a big opportunity for Mashimo to show his skill against the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion in a non-title match. Who knows, if he can pull out the upset win he would surely be in line for a rematch with the belt on the line.
Hirooki Goto made a shocking announcement on the 2/3 show at calling out, his friend since High School, Katsuyori Shibata. It may have seemed like Laughter7 was done in NJPW after them both losing at the big WRESTLE KINGDOM show, but after the announcement of their inclusion on the upcoming show they might have more still left to do. Goto might not have gotten the single match he wanted, but he will be teaming with Wataru Inoue (who is far from a stranger of the two) as they take on the Laughter7 duo.
The last of the special matches announced with see Makabe going one on one against Yujiro Takahashi. Yujiro has taken it upon himself to attack Makabe physically and verbally after their matches scheduled tag matches this month. Makabe will be surely looking for revenge, and Yujiro will have to contend with the very angry Unchained Gorilla face to face. Will Yujiro prove himself as the better man that he thinks he is, or will Makabe shut up the Playboy?
(2) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [34th Champions] “TIME SLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] “FOREVER HOOLIGANS” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov ~ 1st Defense.
(3) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [66th Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Ryusuke Taguchi ~ 2nd Defense.
(3) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [61st Champions] “KILLER ELITE SQUAD” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. [Challengers] “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima ~ 2nd Defense.
(4) Special Single Match: Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi (5) Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata [Laughter7] (6) Special Single Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO] (7) Special Single Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
(8) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [58th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson ~ 7th Defense.
[NJPW News] All the IWGP titles will be on the line in the month of July, as well as the NWA Historic Middleweight belt which is held by Prince Devitt. Of course these cards are early releases, so expect more more matches to be announced soon to fill out the events.
The KIZUNA ROAD tour will run from July 7th to the 22nd, with the NWA belt will be on the line early in the tour. Among the announcements with the July tour is the inclusion of a few outside talents. Of course Minoru Suzuki will be involved, Masato Tanaka from ZERO1, TAKA Michinoku from K-DOJO, Kota Ibushi from DDT, Daisuke Sasaki from DDT, and Akebono will finally make his appearance in NJPW following the announcement earlier in the year that he was coming to New Japan.
NJPW “40th anniversary Tour KIZUNA ROAD”, 7/8/2012 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (-) CMLL Certified NWA Historic Middleweight Championship Match: [Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Taichi ~ first defense.
The NJPW will close out the KIZUNA ROAD tour with a big show in Yamagata with 4 title matches headlining the show.
NJPW “40th anniversary Tour KIZUNA ROAD”, 7/22/2012 [Sun] 16:00 @ Yamagata City Sports Center
(-) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. [Challengers] Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov ~ first defense. (-) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura ~ 3rd Defense.
(-) IWGP Tag Championship Decision Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka ~ Following the no contest on 6/16, the reigning champions (Yano/Iizuka) were forced to vacate the belts. This will be a rematch. ~ Winner becomes the 60th Champions.
(-) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Winner of 7/1 Defense vs. [Challenger] Masato Tanaka ~ Tanahashi vs. Makabe on 7/1.
Then the final show of July will be held on the 29th which will see the IWGP Jr. belt on the line.
NJPW “40th anniversary Last Rebellion”, 7/29/2012 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) IWGP Jr. Heavy Championship Match: [Champion] Low Ki vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi [DDT] ~ 2nd Defense.
[New Japan/All Japan 7.1 Joint Show News] All 10 matches for the upcoming show at the Ryogoku Kokugikan has been announced. There is 3 title matches scheduled on the show as Tanahashi defends his newly won IWGP Heavy belt against Togi Makabe, among the two previously announced Triple Crown and All Asia Tag matches.
Card Fight!! Vanguard PRESENTS New Japan Pro Wrestling & All Japan Pro Wrestling ~ 40th Anniversary Year ~ Summer Night Fever in Ryogoku “We are Pro-Wrestling Love!” 7/1/2012 [Sun] @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(1) KENSO, Masanobu Fuchi & Captain New Japan vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo & Jado (2) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Shiryu (Kaz Hayashi), BUSHI & SUSHI vs. Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, KAI, Hiroshi Yamato & Hiromu Takahashi (3) Takao Omori, Manabu Soya, Hirooki Goto & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi (4) Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue & KUSHIDA vs. Masakatsu Funaki, Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka
(5) All Asia Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “Strong BJ” Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi [BJW] vs. [Challengers] “SMOP” Akebono & Ryota Hama ~ 7th Defense.
(6) Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga vs. Seiya Sanada & Joe Doering (7) Suwama & Shuji Kondo vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushika Okada (8) All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling 40th Anniversary 6 Man Tag Match: Keiji Mutoh, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
(9) Triple Crown Championship Match: [Champion] Jun Akiyama vs. [Challenger] Taiyo Kea ~ 4th Defense.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Togi Makabe ~ first defense.