NJPW Super J-Cup 2016: Round One

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July 20th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

This show represents the qualifiers for the Super J-Cup proper, the sixth edition of which takes place at the Ariake Coloseum in Tokyo on August 21st. There a couple of matches here that many would’ve expected to take place in later rounds, KUSHIDA vs. Taiji Ishimori and BUSHI vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru in particular, but there are also examples of independent wrestlers receiving wider exposure for the first time.

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NJPW Dominion 2016

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June 19th, 16:00 from Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka

Today’s show is a stacked card, with all but one of NJPW’s titles being defended. Naito vs. Okada for the IWGP title headlines, while Ospreay will once again try and claim KUSHIDA’s Junior title, Nagata and Shibata face-off for the NEVER belt, and Elgin and Omega fight for the Intercontinental title in New Japan’s first-ever ladder match. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII: Final

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June 7th, 18:30 from Sendai Sun Plaza, Miyagi

On this, the fourteenth day of the tournament, we arrive at the final. Ryusuke Taguchi will face Will Ospreay, and the winner will claim the title of Best of the Super Juniors and earn themselves a shot at KUSHIDA’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Elsewhere, a card of mostly tag matches should give us a clearer picture of the upcoming Dominion PPV.

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