NJPW The New Beginning in Niigata

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February 14th, 16:00 from the Aore Nagaoka, Nagaoka

The second of The New Beginning shows is headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega for the vacant Intercontinental title. The Junior and Tag belts are also on the line in a promising card. Thursday’s show in Osaka was highlighted by an excellent bout for the NEVER title – can anything today match it?

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NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka

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February 11th, 16:00 from the Edion Arena, Osaka

2016 has been a tumultuous year for New Japan Pro Wrestling thus far. The dust hadn’t settled on Wrestle Kingdom 10 before news of several major departures broke. First AJ Styles, then Shinsuke Nakamura, with Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows expected to follow in the near future. The name of this pair of shows (the second of which takes place on Sunday) has never been so apt.

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NJPW World Tag League 2015: Finals

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December 9th from Sendai Sun Plaza Hall, Sendai

This year’s tournament saw Honma & Makabe and Evil & Naito win their respective blocks and today’s Finals sees those teams compete to determine the winner of the 2015 World Tag League. Elsewhere, by the time the show is over we’ll have a much clearer picture of the Wrestle Kingdom card.

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NJPW World Tag League 2015: Days 1 to 4

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The World Tag League, as it has been known since 2012, is a round-robin tournament split into two blocks of seven teams. The winners of these blocks will face each other in the finals to determine the number one contenders for a title shot at Wrestle Kingdom on January 4th (assuming current holders Anderson & Gallows don’t win). Thirty-minute time limit, two points for a victory, one point for a draw. Here are the blocks:

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NJPW Power Struggle

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November 7th, 17:00 from Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka

Power Struggle 2015 sees Shinsuke Nakamura defend his Intercontinental title against Karl Anderson and Tomoaki Honma try to defeat his long-time rival Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER Openweight belt. Elsewhere, the Super Jr. Tag Tournament winners will be crowned and the card of Wrestle Kingdom 10 should become clearer.

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NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling

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October 12th, 16:00 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

Strong card today. No less than four championship matches, the biggest of which is the Heavyweight title rematch between Kazuchika Okada and A.J. Styles. It’s worth noting that this is the first event on New Japan World to feature English commentary, provided by Matt Striker and Kevin Kelly, so if the language barrier has been getting in the way this would a good show to jump on with.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 18

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 18

August 15th, 18:30 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

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One day late, but worth the wait. B Block’s penultimate show on Wednesday was really something special and it looks like they’ll finish strongly too, with a brain-freezing number of possible outcomes. Also on the card, a promising-looking Elgin vs. Ishii bout and maybe Honma will finally win a match in the G1 Climax continue his winning streak!

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 17

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 17

August 14th, 18:30 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

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A Block’s day of reckoning has arrived! Only A.J. Styles or Hiroshi Tanahashi can win the block and, would you believe it, they’re facing each other today! Fale and Naito will be looking to rebound from their losses on  Day 15 as either one of them could get into the third place match on Sunday if the main event goes their way. 

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 16

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 16

August 12th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

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The penultimate B Block show – the last of three in a row at Korakuen – is headlined by Honma vs. Ishii. Honma can’t win the tournament, Ishii won’t win the tournament, and yet – because of the overness of both men – they headline this crucial card. Every other one of the matches has a potential block-winner in it and, especially after yesterday’s results, we know that upsets are possible (if not likely).

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