Clockwise from top left: Kazuchika Okada, Hiro…

Clockwise from top left: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kenny Omega, Tetuya Naito. 

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New Japan Confirms Schedule For First New Beginning USA Tour In 2020

NJPW of America is kicking off 2020 with a bang by traveling to five U.S. cities in nine days. New Japan released details on their upcoming “New Beginning USA” tour via Twitter Monday night. The cities/dates are as follows: January 24 in Tampa, FL January 26 in Nashville, TN January 27 in Raleigh, NC January… Read More New Japan Confirms Schedule For First New Beginning USA Tour In 2020

NJPW Announces Largest U.S. Tour Yet Including 5 Shows & 3 New Cities

With New Japan Pro-Wrestling looking to expand their international reach even further in 2020, the promotion has now announced their largest U.S. tour to date.

The 2019 New Beginning in USA tour is scheduled to run five shows between January 24th and February 1st, including debuts in three major cities – Miami, Tampa and Raleigh – as well as returns to Atlanta and Nashville.

While there are no matches or names set for the tour at this time (expect announcements after Wrestle Kingdom 14) New Japan has confirmed that all of their talents have international visas and are prepared to travel, clearing up any possible fears as the current political climate has made it much more difficult for wrestlers to work in the U.S.

Here is the official tour info via NJPW1972.com:

THE NEW BEGINNING USA in Tampa

Friday, January 24 2020
St. Petersburg Coliseum
535 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

THE NEW BEGINNING USA in Nashville

Sunday, January 26 2020
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243

THE NEW BEGINNING USA in Raleigh

Monday, January 27 2020
Durham Armory
212 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

THE NEW BEGINNING USA in Miami

Thursday, January 30 2020
Charles F. Dodge City Center
601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

THE NEW BEGINNING USA in Atlanta

Saturday, February 1 2020
Coca-Cola Roxy
800 Battery Ave SE #500, Atlanta, GA 30339

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NJPW Announces Road to Tokyo Dome Match Cards: Hiromu’s Return, Liger’s Farewell, Wrestle Kingdom Previews

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced the complete match cards for their last three shows of 2019, a preview of the upcoming two-day Wrestle Kingdom 14 at the Tokyo Dome.

Road to Tokyo Dome will see three nights of back-to-back action featuring English commentary, streaming live on NJPW World. The tour will see the last matches that the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger will ever have at Korakuen Hall, the in-ring return of Hiromu Takahashi, as well as plenty of tag team previews for Wrestle Kingdom.

Here’s the complete match cards:

December 19, 2019

  • Rocky Romero, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  • David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale & The Guerrillas of Destiny
  • EVIL & SANADA vs. Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hiooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Roppongi 3K vs. KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi, El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
  • Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito
  • Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs. Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay

December 20, 2019

  • Henare vs. Yota Tsuji
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Yuya Uemura vs. El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & Bad Luck Fale
  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Ropoongi 3K vs. Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Rocky Romero
  • SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi & The Guerrillas of Destiny
  • Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chase Owens & Jay White
  • Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI

December 21, 2019

  • Yuya Uemura, Tiger Mask & Togi Makabe vs. Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yota Tsuji
  • Robbie Eagles & Roppongi 3K vs. Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo & Yujiro Takahashi
  • BUSHI & SANADA vs. Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Henare, David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Hirooki Goto vs. Bad Luck Fale, KENTA & The Guerrillas of Destiny
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay vs. EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs. Jay White & Chase Owens
  • Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger

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NJPW Announces Full Match Cards for Both Nights of Wrestle Kingdom 14

For the first time ever, New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s annual marquee event will span two nights back-to-back at the Tokyo Dome, and with the 2019 World Tag League now in the rearview mirror, complete match cards for Wrestle Kingdom 14 have been released.

This year’s series of shows will be built around something called the Double Gold Dash. On the first night at the Dome, the “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada will defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the 2019 G1 Climax tournament winner Kota Ibushi, while “Switchblade” Jay White defends the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito.

All four stars have expressed interesting in being the first man to hold both the company’s top titles simultaneously. In order to resolve this, night two of Wrestle Kingdom 14 will see the two champions who emerge victorious the previous night face off in a winner-take-all main event.

There are ten title matches announced across both days, as well as the highly anticipated first-time collision between Chris Jericho and Hiroshi Tanahashi, an old fashioned Texas Death Match, and of course the final two matches that Jushin Thunder Liger will ever wrestle in his legendary career.

Check out the complete match cards below.


NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14
January 4, 2020
Tokyo, Japan

IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi

IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jay White (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito

IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi

TEXAS DEATH MATCH
IWGP U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Lance Archer (c) vs. Jon Moxley

IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson

8-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi)

8-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.)

JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER RETIREMENT MATCH #1
Great Sasuke, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tatsumi Fujinami & Tiger Mask vs. Naoki Sano, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa


NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14
January 5, 2020
Tokyo, Japan

DOUBLE GOLD DASH – WINNER TAKE ALL
IWGP Heavyweight Champion vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion

THE ACE vs. THE PAINMAKER
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho

DOUBLE GOLD DASH – NON-CHAMPIONS FACE OFF
TBD vs. TBD

NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
KENTA (c) vs. Hirooki Goto

IWGP U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TBD (c) vs. Juice Robinson

REVPRO BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. SANADA

IWGP JR. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Roppongi 3K

JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER RETIREMENT MATCH #2
Hiromu Takahashi & Ryu Lee vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano

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NJPW Lion’s Break Project 2 Results: L.A. Dojo Talents Shine, Bullet Club in Action

The following report contains results from New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s second Lion’s Break Project, which took place this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The shows featured developmental talents from the L.A. Dojo, as well as a small handful of New Japan stars.

December 7, 2019

  • Alex Coughlin def. Barrett Brown
  • Aaron Solow & Misterioso def. Logan & Sterling Riegel
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Clark Connors
  • El Desperado def. Ren Narita
  • El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi

December 8, 2019

  • Aaron Solow def. Alex Coughlin
  • Logan & Sterling Riegel def. Barrett Brown & Misterioso
  • El Phantasmo def. Clark Connors
  • Taiji Ishimori def. Ren Narita
  • El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi

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