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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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Preview

Happy New Year one and all! As most of us emerge blearily from several weeks of excess, New Japan Pro Wrestling prepares for its annual January 4th spectacular from the Tokyo Dome. I’ll be reviewing the show on Wednesday, but for those of you interested in watching but unsure as to what to expect, here’s a primer…

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NJPW World Tag League Final 2016

December 10th, 17:00 from Sekisui Heim Super Arena, Miyagi

This year’s tournament saw the Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) and Great Bash Heel (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe) win their respective blocks, and today’s final sees them compete to determine the winner of the 2016 World Tag League. Elsewhere, much of the Wrestle Kingdom card is set, but there are still some major players without a match and we should get a clearer picture of their role by the end of the show.

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NJPW Power Struggle 2016


November 5th, 17:00 from Edion Arena, Osaka

Today’s sold out show sees all four members of Los Ingobernables de Japón compete in singles matches at the top of the card with the Intercontinental title defence headlining this event for the third year running. Elsewhere, the Super Jr. Tag Tournament final features NOAH representatives ACH and Taiji Ishimori against the quarrelling Roppongi Vice, and a top-line Bullet Club team of Omega, Cole and the Bucks faces off with Okada’s CHAOS team.

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NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling 2016


October 10th, 16:00 from Ryōgoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

Today’s show – one of New Japan’s biggest of the year – is headlined by Okada vs. Marufuji for the IWGP title, Kenny Omega vs. Goto for the Tokyo Dome title shot and Shibata vs. Kyle O’Reilly for the NEVER belt. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW Destruction in Tokyo


September 17th, 18:00 from Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo

This is the first of three Destruction shows over the next week and is headlined by KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI for the IWGP Junior Championship and Shibata vs. Bobby Fish for the NEVER Openweight title. The latter looked like it might be cancelled due to Shibata’s neck issues, but “The Wrestler” had other ideas.

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NJPW Super J-Cup 2016

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August 21st, 18:30 from Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo

The Super J-Cup 2016 arrives as something of an afterthought following the excellent G1 Climax, which ended a week ago today. The first round took place at Korakuen Hall last month and was a decent show in its own right, but we move to a bigger venue for the Super J-Cup proper and the tournament matches are bolstered by IWGP and GHC junior tag title matches. Let’s get to it.

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