Cody Rhodes teamed with Hangman Page to take on the Golden Lovers this Sunday at NJPW Sakura Genesis, and while the “American Nightmare” did manage to pick up the victory, he’s taking home a pretty nasty gash for his trouble. The injury came about 13 minutes into the match when Cody took a kick from Omega that legitimately caught him just above his left eye.
He’s not the only New Japan star to leave Sakura Genesis battered bruised. As we reportedly earlier today, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay also sustained a pretty serious level of damage in his match with “The Villain” Marty Scurll. So much so that he might have to miss his scheduled WrestleMania week appearances!
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) April 1, 2018
— Michael Killam (@MikeKillam) April 1, 2018
A Look Ahead for NJPW
While we still have a ways to go until New Japan’s two-night Wrestling Dontaku special on May 3-4, we at least have a look at a few of the championship matches that might be taking place.
After defeating “The Villain” Marty Scurll in a violent and brutal affair Sunday, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay looks to finally move past his rival to prove himself against the juniors ace KUSHIDA. The two have had some incredible matches in the past, most notably their match in the finals of the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Minoru Suzuki will put his title on the line against a man who temporarily became synonymous with the belt, Tetsuya Naito. The maniacal Suzuki-Gun mob boss has been pursuing a conflict with Naito for weeks now, all throughout the build to Sakura Genesis in fact, but in traditional “tranquilo” fashion the LIJ leader has completely refused to acknowledge him. It’s also likely that “Switchblade” Jay White will defend the IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship against David Finlay.
As we reported earlier, Hiroshi Tanahashi is now next in line to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, as he looks to stop Kazuchika Okada from surpassing his impressive record for the most successful number of title defenses in a single championship reign. The greatest rivalry of the modern era will get another go-around, but it’s unknown whether that major bout will take place at Wrestling Dontaku, or if it will be saved for the second biggest show of the year, NJPW Dominion this June.