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Kazuchika Okada Donates 5 Million Yen To COVID-19 Relief

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Kazuchika Okada recently made a donation of 5 million Yen (~$47,000) to the Nippon Foundation’s relief fund in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Rainmaker” has been out of action since February, as has the entire New Japan roster. The promotion has cancelled several major tours at great expense, including the annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament and their planned return to Madison Square Garden in New York.


Okada gave the following statement to njpw1972.com: 

“I’m always grateful for NJPW fans’ support, and it’s my hope that I can get back to hearing the cheers of sold out crowds as soon as possible. It’s usually me receiving the support and power of the people, but now I feel it’s my turn to lend support to medical staff fighting this disease. I hope fans continue to stay home and stay healthy, so that we can return to the ring as soon as possible.”

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. Results (11/29): Hiromu Takahashi vs Robbie Eagles, Updated Standings

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NJPW Best of the Super Jr. Results
November 29, 2020
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

— Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma def. Gabriel Kidd & Yuji Nagata in a non-tournament match.


— Ryusuke Taguchi def. Yuya Uemura

— El Desperado def. DOUKI

— SHO def. Master Wato

— Taiji Ishimori def. BUSHI

— Hiromu Takahashi def. Robbie Eagles

Current Standings: 

  • Hiromu Takahashi: 10
  • Taiji Ishimori: 10
  • Master Wato: 8
  • El Desperado: 8
  • SHO: 8
  • Bushi: 6
  • Ryusuke Taguchi: 6
  • Robbie Eagles: 4
  • DOUKI: 0
  • Yuya Uemura: 0

Next BOSJ Lineup (Dec. 2) 

  • Yuya Uemura vs. DOUKI
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Robbie Eagles
  • Master Wato vs. BUSHI
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. El Desperado
  • SHO vs. Hiromu Takahashi

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NJPW World Tag League Results (11/19): LIJ vs Dangerous Tekkers, Bullet Club vs Bullet Club

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NJPW World Tag League Results
November 19, 2020
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

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Non-Tournament Match
Tomoaki Honma & Satoshi Kojima def. Yota Tsuji & Yuji Nagata in 10:16

Tournament Matches: 

Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan def. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens

David Finlay & Juice Robinson def. Toa Henare & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Guerrillas of Destiny def. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi

Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI

SANADA & Shingo Takagi def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi

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Updated Standings: 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi – 4 pts
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi – 4 pts
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii – 4 pts
Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan – 4 pts
David Finlay & Juice Robinson – 4 pts
SANADA & Shingo Takagi – 4 pts
Guerrillas of Destiny – 4 pts
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto – 2 pts
Toa Henare & Hiroshi Tanahashi – 0 pts
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens – 0 pts

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Kanemaru Pulled From NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. Due To Injury, Replacement Announced

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling has just announced that Suzuki-Gun star Yoshinobu Kanemaru has been pulled from the upcoming Best of the Super Jr. tournament due to a knee injury.

With the annual tournament just days away from opening night, NJPW will look to stand-out Young Lion Yuya Uemura to fill the void. With the bracket shortened to just ten competitors this year, Uemura has a major opportunity to wrestle top names in the junior heavyweight division every single night of the month-long round robin.


Uemura gave the following statement translated by NJPW’s English website:

‘I know that my entry is as a result of Kanemaru’s injury, so I can’t say I’m delighted, but when I heard the news, I did get fired up.

Last year I was able to enter the Super Jr. Tag League, and unfortunately I ended on zero points. That was a real let down, and I know it was a disappointment for my partner Tiger Mask. I won’t ever live that down. In a league like this, everybody is trying to win. That’s what I learned last year in the tag league; I have to be aiming for the top the whole time.

I’ve been saying for months now that I want to make it into BoSJ, get results, and then maybe be able to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Well, I just about achieved the first goal. Now just to get results!

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