NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 24: Day 1

 

 

 

 

May 17th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Welcome to the first day of 2017’s Best of the Super Juniors. Today’s show is all-tournament, with both A and B blocks competing in their first round of matches. We’ll see Marty Scurll’s New Japan debut vs. Will Ospreay, while in the main event Dragon Lee and Hiromu Takahashi face off once again.

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NJPW Wrestling Toyo No Kuni

 

 

 

 

 

 

This being Japan’s “Golden Week”, NJPW is running three significant shows, concluding with Wrestling Dontaku on Wednesday. For that reason, I’ve decided to make this a two-in-one review, covering the main matches that took place on Thursday’s Road to Wrestling Dontaku and today’s Wrestling Toyo No Kuni. Between the two we have the Junior tag titles defended, Goto vs. Suzuki for the NEVER title, Hiromu vs. Ricochet for the Junior title, Tanahashi and EVIL in a special singles match, and Naito vs. Juice Robinson for the Intercontinental title. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW Sakura Genesis

April 9th, 16:00 from the Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

The newly-christened Sakura Genesis is headlined by Okada vs. Shibata for the IWGP title, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA face-off once more for the Junior belt, and Zack Sabre Jr. attempts to get his hands on some New Japan gold, challenging Hirooki Goto for the NEVER title. Let’s get to it.

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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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