New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the full match card for this weekend’s big Sakura Genesis event at Ryogoku Sumo Hall.
As expected, Kazuchika Okada will put his record-breaking IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign on the line against the winner of the 2018 New Japan Cup, Zack Sabre Jr. This will be the British technical wizard’s first ever attempt at the title, but should Okada retain he will tie Hiroshi Tanahashi’s impressive 11-win record for most successful title defenses in a single run.
Will Ospreay will also defend the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against his arch rival and the man who has had his number for years – “The Villain” Marty Scurll. The old saying goes, “There are three things for certain in this world: death, taxes, and Scurll beats Ospreay.” Will the tradition continue, or can young William overcome his greatest foe to cement himself as one of the all-time great junior heavyweights in New Japan?
Sakura Genesis will also see more infighting between members of Bullet Club. Just one week ahead of ROH Supercard of Honor, Kenny Omega will team with Kota Ibushi to take on Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page. Plus the Young Bucks will take on fellow faction members and “honorary Tongans” Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens.
Here’s the final match card…
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi vs. Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
Will Ospreay (c) vs. Marty Scurll
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Desperado & Kanemaru (c) vs. Hiromu & Bushi vs. Roppongi 3K
Tetuya Naito, Evil & Sanada vs. Minoru Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto, Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi
Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens vs. The Young Bucks