New Japan Pro Wrestling News and Card Announcements Thread

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  1. Papa Pillman

    Papa Pillman I've got more Ho's than Jim Duggan

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    New Japan has released the full Strong Style Evolved card for this Sunday night airing live on AXS from Long Beach California...

    Rey was pulled from his match with Liger, which is a huge blow to how big this card looks on paper; and the card isn't the huge show that many had hoped for(and with rumors that NJPW has a hold on the Cow Palace in July, that may be where we get a huge NJPW card in America in 2018), but it still looks on par with a semi-tour ender from a secondary tour, like we get on a New Beginning or Destruction tour, for example.

    Here is the card with some of my quick thoughts on each match:

    Roppongi 3k and Rocky Romero vs. SoCal Uncensored
    This could be awesome, and an interesting note is that Scorpio Sky will be helping Shibata run the new NJPW dojo in Cali

    David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI
    Could be another fun one, and continues build toward Juice facing Goto for the NEVER belt, possibly at Sakura Genesis

    Toru Yano and Chuckie T vs. Killer Elite Squad
    Two comedy guys versus a big guy power tag team, KES will win, but the match has trainwreck potential

    Guerrillas Of Destiny vs. Marty Scurll and Cody
    More Bullet Club fallout storytelling, and the story should be far better and more relevant than the wrestling will be

    Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Dragon Lee and KUSHIDA vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, SANADA and Hiromu Takahashi)
    Weird switchup in the current stable feuds, but that may be due to a small number of Suzuki-Gun participants making the trip, but the match should be good and every time Hiromu and Dragon Lee share the ring it is must watch

    Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Will Ospreay
    The best Cruiser in the world is a suitable replacement for Rey, but this match doesn't hold nearly the intrigue for a variety of reasons

    Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.
    Coming out of Sabre's win in the cup, and heading into the main at Saura Genesis, this match could be the second best of the night

    IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Match: (C) Jay White vs. Hangman Page
    Page has looked great lately and this is the biggest spot of his career, there's a lot of pressure on these two guys to deliver

    The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) vs. The Young Bucks

    The definition of a must-see main event match, its basically impossible for this match to be anything other than the best tag team match that will happen in 2018
     
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  2. ABMorales787

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    NJPW announced its line-up for their upcoming 'Destruction' tour. The series of events that usually follow the G-1 Climax and concludes with 3 major cards in Hiroshima, Beppu & Kobe, Japan. The cards were announced via press conference this morning along with three matches for NJPW's upcoming 'Fighting Spirit Unleashed' event in Long Beach.

    Along with the match announcements, it was also announced that Hiromu Takahashi was stripped of the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship following his broken neck from his title defense against Dragon Lee at their previous US event 'G-1 Special'. The Championship will be determined with a 4 person tournament over the course of the 'Destruction' tour & 'Fighting Spirit Unleashed' before presumably concluding at their 'King Of Pro Wrestling' event.

    The cards announced are as following:

    Road to Destruction (9/7, Korakuen Hall)

    • Golden Lovers vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Will Ospreay
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma vs. Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano and YOSHI-HASHI
    • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado
    • Hirooki Goto and Gedo vs. Taichi and Taka Michinoku
    • Beretta vs. Toa Henare
    • Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin, David Finlay and Ayato Yoshida vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori
    • Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi vs. Ren Narita and Shota Umino
    Road to Destruction (9/8, Korakuen Hall)

    • Hiroshi Tanahashi and Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada and Beretta
    • Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Yujiro Takahashi
    • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, BUSHI and SANADA vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado and TAKA Michinoku
    • Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
    • Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin, David Finlay and Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori
    • Ayato Yoshida vs. Chase Owens
    • Shota Umino and Yuya Uemura vs. Ren Narita and Yota Tsuji
    Road to Destruction (9/9, Chiba)

    • Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata and Satoshi Kojima v. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson and David Finlay
    • Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Beretta and Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare vs. Kazuchika Okada and YOSHI-HASHI
    • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taka Michinoku
    • Hirooki Goto and Gedo vs. Taichi and El Desperado
    • Michael Elgin, Ayato Yoshida, Shota Umino and Ren Narita vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori
    • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura

    Destruction in Hiroshima (9/15)

    • Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the IWGP title
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma vs. Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI and Jay White
    • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., TAKA Michinoku and El Desperado
    • Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano and Gedo vs. Taichi, Takashi Iizuka and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
    • Gorillas of Destiny and Taiji Ishimori vs. Juice Robinson, David Finlay and Ryusuke Taguchi for the NEVER six man tag team titles
    • Will Ospreay, Chuckie T and Beretta vs. Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens
    • Michael Elgin and Ayato Yoshida vs. Killer Elite Squad
    • Bad Luck Fale vs. Toa Henare
    • Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and KUSHIDA vs. Rocky Romero, SHO and YOH
    Destruction in Beppu (9/17)

    • Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki
    • Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi for the NEVER Openweight title
    • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI and Jay White
    • EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado
    • Beretta and Chuckie T vs. Killer Elite Squad
    • Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero, SHO and YOH
    • Ayato Yoshida vs. Takashi Iizuka
    • David Finlay and Ren Narita vs. Toa Henare and Shota Umino
    • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Yota Tsuji vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi and Yuya Uemura
    Destruction in Kobe (9/23)

    • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP title shot at the Tokyo Dome
    • KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI in a IWGP Jr. title tournament semi-final match
    • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and SANADA vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku
    • Juice Robinson, David Finlay and Toa Henare vs. Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI and Will Ospreay
    • Chuckie T and Beretta vs. Killer Elite Squad
    • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi and Ayato Yoshida vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi
    • Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask vs. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
    • Roppongi 3K vs. Shota Umino and Ren Narita
    • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
    Fighting Spirit Unleashed (9/30, Long Beach)

    • Juice Robinson vs. Cody for the IWGP United States title
    • The Young Bucks vs. Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP tag team titles
    • Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll in a IWGP Jr. title tournament semi-final match
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    It is rather interesting that NJPW is going with two major matches for their tour in the form of Tomohiro Ishii vs Kenny Omega for the World title and more astoundingly Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada for the Tokyo Dome main event slot. This tour is normally known for being headlined by mid-card level matches such as Michael Elgin vs Minoru Suzuki or the likes of Zack Sabre Jr & Juice Robinson challenging for mid-card titles held by Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kenny Omega. This seems like a very big leap for the tour.


    Source: F4W Online
     
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  3. Tsunaru

    Tsunaru Occasional Pre-Show

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    The Destruction shows frequently feature a match between the G1 winner and someone challenging for the WK title shot (last year being the only recent exception as Omega defended against YOSHI in 2016, Tanahashi defended against Fale in 2015, Okada defended against Anderson in 2014, and Naito defended against Tanaka in 2013 meaning this'll be the fifth time in the seven years since the whole "G1 winner gets the title shot at WK" thing started in 2012 that the title shot has been defended at Destruction), but this is the first time since 2013 that the IWGP Heavyweight Title has been defended at Destruction.

    Omega vs Ishii should be the shoe-in for best match of the three cards, but Okada vs Tanahashi has potential to beat it if they give it the 60-min time limit instead of the 30-min.
     
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