July 12, 2020 | News | No Comments
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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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.