NJPW has released the cards for the two shows that will headline the New Beginning 2017 tour: New Beginning In Sapporo 2/5 Hirai Kawato/KUSHIDA vs El Desperado/Yoshinobu Kanemaru Yuji Nagata/Satoshi Kojima/Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Henare/David Finlay/YOSHITATSU. *Should be interesting to see if they give Finlay somewhat of a breakout here by having him pin one of the legends on the other side Tiger Mask/Jushin Liger/Katsuyori Shibata vs Jado/Gedo/Will Ospreay YOSHI-HASHI vs Takashi Iizuka Dragon Lee/Manabu Nakanishi/Ryusuke Taguchi/Hiroshi Tanahashi/Michael Elgin vs Los Ingobernables de Japon *This match teases three separate title matches from the next major show card and should include a lot of fun build as a result IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Roppongi Vice vs Taichi/TAKA Michinoku NEVER Openweight Title Hirooki Goto vs Juice Robinson *This is Juice's first singles title shot and is a suitable and well-earned reward after playing his part admirably at WK11 IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Toru Yano/Tomohiro Ishii vs G.B.H. vs Killer Elite Squad. IWGP Heavyweight Championship Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki *The legendary MiSu, who holds two AJPW Triple Crown reigns and a reign with NOAH's GHC tile has never held the IWGP strap making this a potentially historic match, and Suzuki-gun as a whole has three chances to claim gold on this night after their big impact return New Beginning In Osaka 2/11 Hirai Kawato/YOSHITATSU vs David Finlay/Henare Satoshi Kojima/Hiroyoshi Tenzan/KUSHIDA vs El Desperado/Yoshinobu/Kanemaru/Takashi Iizuka Tiger Mask/Jushin Liger/Yuji Nagata/Juice Robinson vs Jado/Gedo/YOSHI-HASHI/Hirooki Goto Roppongi Vice/Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki/Taichi/TAKA Michinoku NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title Manabu Nakanishi/Hiroshi Tanahashi/Ryusuke Taguchi vs BUSHI/EVIL/SANADA RevPro British Heavyweight Championship Katsuyori Shibata vs Will Ospreay *Fucking Wow. Especally considering that Ospreay being a fulltime RevPro guy puts him in position to possibly even win this match, which would be his biggest singles win on a NJPW card IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Toru Yano/Tomohiro Ishii vs G.B.H. vs Killer Elite Squad *I have no clue what the thinking is running this same match on both cards, but I'm willing to give Gedo and Jado the benefit of the doubt as far as having a plan for why IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Hiromu Takahashi vs Dragon Lee Any time these two get in the ring with each other one-on-one---> Take my fucking money!(if you've never seen them face off, check out their matches at either last year's Fantastica Mania or at ROH's ASE VIII) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tetsuya Naito vs Michael Elgin Both cards offer a lot on paper, especially the title matches. Most notably though to accompany the Suzuki-gun return is that there is absolutely ZERO Bullet Club presence at either event. It should be very interesting to see where the BC goes after New Beginning. I continue to smell a faction split that includes a faceturn of sorts for The Elite.