NJPW Announces Details For Kizuna Road Tour; Two Big Title Matches, Super Strong Machine Retirement, More

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced details for their upcoming Kizuna Road tour, kicking off next Friday and extending through the end of the month. For the viewers at home, they’ve got three minor shows at Korakuen Hall from June 17-19th that will all air live on New Japan World, each with a 5:30 a.m. EDT start time.

The first show on 6/17 will be headlined by a NEVER Openweight Championship bout as Michael Elgin defends his new title against the former champion, Hirooki Goto. The 6/18 show will see Hiromu Takahashi’s first defense of the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship taking on Suzuki-Gun’s El Desperado. And of course, the 6/19 show will see the retirement ceremony of the legendary Super Strong Machine, headlined by a massive 10-man tag team invitational that will see five mystery stars don the Super Strong mask.

Jeff Cobb will be returning to NJPW for the tour, after making his debut in the 2017 World Tag League teaming with Michael Elgin. Juice Robinson and IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Jay White will be on opposite sides of three big multi-man tag team matches to build up their bout at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

Here’s the full match listening:

Sunday, June 17th

  • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Ryusuke Taguchi, Kushida, Toa Henare, Jeff Cobb & Togi Makabe vs. Roppongi 3K, Rocky Romero, Yoshi-Hashi & Toru Yano
  • Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada, Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi & Takashi Iizuka
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Kazuchika Okada, Jay White & Tomohiro Ishii
  • NEVER Openweight Title: Michael Elgin (c) vs. Hirooki Goto

Monday, June 18th

  • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Ren Narita & Shota Umino vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Yuji Nagata & Nakanishi
  • Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare, David Finlay & Togi Makabe vs. Roppongi 3K, Yoshi-Hashi & Toru Yano
  • Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada & Bushi vs. Takashi Iizuka, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson, Jeff Cobb & Kushida vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii, Gedo
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Desperado

Tuesday, June 19th

  • Kushida & Ren Narita vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger & Togi Makabe vs. Shota Umino, Tomoyuki Oka & Henare
  • Roppongi 3K & Rocky Romero vs. Taka Michinoku, Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
  • Michael Elgin, Jeff Cobb, Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi
  • Super Strong Machine Commemorative Invitational Match

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