Tons of NJPW News – Nakamura’s final match & title status, big title matches, more

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A week removed from the Tokyo Dome Show, New Year’s Dash, and reported exit of four top stars, New Japan announced several big items going forward.

– Shinsuke Nakamura’s final match will be Saturday, January 30 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Also, Nakamura will relinquish the IWGP Intercontinental Title. A new champion will be determined on February 14 at the second “New Beginning” show.

The main event of Nakamura’s send-off show on Jan. 30 will feature Nakamura teaming with IWGP World Hvt. champion Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii against Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Shibata in a six-man tag match.

– Okada will make his next IWGP World Hvt. Title defense against Goto in the main event of the “New Beginning” show in Osaka on February 11.

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Three other title matches are set, including Shibata vs. Ishii for the NEVER Openweight Title, plus ROH stars in tag title matches.

– The incoming WWE duo of Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows will return to Japan in February. They are scheduled to challenge Honma & Togi Makabe for the IWGP Tag Titles on Feb. 14 at the second “New Beginning” show in a re-match from the Tokyo Dome.

New Beginning: Osaka – Feb. 11

– IWGP World Title match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto

– NEVER Openweight Title match: Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii

– IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Title match: Young Bucks vs. ReDragon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet.

– NEVER Openweight Six-man Tag match: The Briscoes & Toru Yano vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi).

New Beginning: Niigata – Feb. 14

– Vacant IWGP Intercontinental Title match: Kenny Omega to face opponent.

– IWGP Tag Title match: Honma & Togi Makabe vs. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows).

– IWGP Jr. Hvt. Title match: KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI.

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