New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced the full match card for their Summer Struggle tour event on Wednesday, August 26 at Korakuen Hall.
The show will feature the first round of a tournament to crown the first ever KOPW 2020 Champion, the brand new, incredibly bizarre concept created and presented by “The Rainmaker”, Kazuchika Okada.
Essentially, a series of four singles matches will take place with each wrestler bringing their own stipulation to the table. The fans will then vote on which stipulation actually goes into effect.
The four winners will face off in a Fatal 4-Way match at a later date, with the winner becoming the first provisional KOPW 2020 Champion. It will not be an actual physical title, and whoever holds it at the end of the year becomes the actual champion for the year, with the process starting all over again in 2021.
Right now, we only know that Okada wants to face Yujiro Takahashi in a 3-on-1 handicap match also involving Gedo and Jado, while Yujiro wants their bout to be a lumberjack belt match, where presumably CHAOS and Bullet Club will be ringside and can use straps to beat them.
More stipulations will be announced in the coming days, and fan voting will be made available once all the potential stipulations are known.
— 6-Man Tag Team Match: NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji
— 8-Man Tag Team Match: Master Wato, Hiryoshi Tenzan, Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi)
— KOPW 2020 First Round Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. El Desperado
— KOPW 2020 First Round Match: Toru Yano vs. BUSHI
— KOPW 2020 First Round Match: SHO vs. SANADA
— KOPW 2020 First Round Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi