Will Ospreay defends the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Shingo Takagi in tonight’s main event. And just because we needed a reminder that the world still sucks, El Desperado vs. Yoh is off the card tonight due to COVID protocols.
May 3rd, 17:00 from Fukuoka Convention Centre, Fukuoka
The final New Japan show of Golden Week sees Kazuchika Okada defend his IWGP title against Bad Luck Fale, Kenny Omega taking on Tomohiro Ishii, and the NEVER 6-Man and IWGP tag team titles on the line. Let’s get to it.
May 3rd, 17:00 from the Fukuoka Kokusai Centre, Fukuoka
New Japan follows up last month’s excellent Invasion Attack with Wrestling Dontaku. Due to the recent earthquakes in Kyushu, Dontaku’s sister show – Wrestling Hinokuni – was cancelled and its matches rescheduled. The Junior Tag and NEVER title matches were added to today’s show, which means that all but one of the company’s titles are being defended. The show is headlined by Naito vs. Ishii for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestling Hinokuno was due to take place on April 29th in Kumamoto. As I’m sure you’ve heard, there were earthquakes in the region a few weeks ago and as a result the show was cancelled. The matches set for that card were rescheduled, so the Junior Tag and NEVER title matches have been added to Wrestling Dontaku on May 3rd, while the CHAOS vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón eight-man tag, Tanahashi vs. Fale, and Omega vs. Elgin for the Intercontinental title were added to today’s show.