NJPW New Japan Cup 2017: Final

March 20th, 15:00 from Ao-re Nagaoka, Niigata

Yesterday’s show saw Bad Luck Fale and Katsuyori Shibata get past EVIL and Tomohiro Ishii respectively to reach today’s final. Up for grabs, as well as the prestige of winning the Cup itself, is a title shot of the winner’s choice. The rest of the card features multi-man tags that will likely set up matches for April’s Sakura Genesis. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW 45th Anniversary

March 6th, 19:00 from Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo

In this venue exactly 45 years ago, NJPW ran its debut show headlined by Antonio Inoki vs. Karl Gotch. Today’s anniversary memorial show is topped by Kazuchika Okada vs. the mysterious Tiger Mask W, and elsewhere features Hiromu Takahashi defending his Junior title against Taguchi, both tag titles on the line, and the debut of Zack Sabre Jr. in a Rev Pro title match against Shibata.

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NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo

February 5th, 15:00 from Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Centre

This is the first of two New Beginning shows and the focus here is on the return of the Suzuki-gun stable, with leader Minoru Suzuki challenging for Kazuchika Okada’s IWGP title, and teams going after both the Junior and Heavyweight tag titles. Elsewhere, Juice Robinson gets his first singles title shot against Hirooki Goto. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW/CMLL Fantastica Mania 2017: January 20th & 21st

Every January since 2011, NJPW and CMLL have co-promoted a series of shows in Japan. These are set apart from ongoing New Japan storylines for the most part, although there are typically several matches for CMLL titles. The last three shows of this year’s tour are being broadcast on NJPW World, two of which I’m covering here, with the final show happening tomorrow.

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NJPW New Year Dash

January 5th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

The post-Wrestle Kingdom special, in which there’ll typically be a bunch of title matches set-up for future shows and some big angle developments (last year saw Kenny Omega seize control of the Bullet Club, for instance). This is just gonna be a quick recap of the show – still recovering from the beast that was WK11.

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