New Japan Pro Wrestling will return to the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo on March 6th to celebrate their anniversary, 46 years to the day from the promotion’s first ever show in the very same building. The event will be streamed live on New Japan World, and for the first time the annual anniversary show will feature English commentary for a pretty noteworthy match card.
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada looks to start a new tradition of the heavyweight world’s champion facing off against the respective world’s champion of the junior heavyweight division. Adding even more intrigue to the bout, he will take on the high-flying “Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay, marking an extremely rare occurrence that two members of the same NJPW faction face off against one another.
We’ll also see two championship matches as Minoru Suzuki defends the IWGP Intercontinental title and Roppongi 3K puts the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships up for grabs in a triple threat match. Former Young Lion Kasuya Kitamura will compete his seven match Proving Ground series, in what will potentially be his final match with New Japan before embarking on his international excursion.
NJPW Anniverary Event
March 6, 2018
Ota Ward Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
IWGP Champion vs. Champion Match
Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Togi Makabe
Tetsuya Naito vs. Taichi
Yoshi-Hashi vs. Sanada
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship 3-Way Match
Roppongi 3K (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi vs. Desperado & Kanemaru
Henare, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
Kitamura’s Proving Ground Series: Match 7
Manabu Nakanishi vs. Katsuya Kitamura
Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yuji Nagata, Tomoyuki Oka, Shota Umino, Tetsuhiro Yagi & Ren Narita