New Japan Pro-Wrestling held a press conference today to announce the match cards for their two-night Castle Attack event taking place later this month at Osaka-Jo Hall.
There will be a nine-show Road To Castle Attack tour kicking off this Sunday, February 14 at Korakuen Hall. Yuto Nakashima, the New Japan Dojo’s newest Young Lion, will be making his in-ring debut working the undercard of this tour.
Night one in Osaka is a bit bizarre for a New Japan show. The recently reignited rivalry between CHAOS and Bullet Club that started at New Year Dash continues with a series of five special singles matches. “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada battles EVIL in the main event, while the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii faces “Switchblade” Jay White. Their last two singles matches were both rated ****1/2 by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Night two is more of a standard New Japan big show with four title matches planned. GoD moves on from the Dangerous Tekkers to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against Goto and YOSHI-HASHI, playing off their singles matches on night one. Plus, Hiroshi Tanahashi defends his NEVER Openweight title against the Great O-Khan and Hiromu Takahashi looks to keep his reign going in a rematch with El Phantasmo.
The tour’s main event will see Kota Ibushi defend ONLY the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito. Ibushi has been talking about unifying the top two belts as they have been defended together for more than a year at this point. That doesn’t sit well with the Los Ingobernables de Japon leader, who has a long, tormented history with the IC title.
Night One – February 27
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. The Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay)
- YOSHI-HASHI vs. Tanga Loa
- Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga
- Toru Yano vs. Chase Owens
- Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jay White
- Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL
Night Two – February 28
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay
- CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Chase Owens & EVIL & Jay White)
- IWGP Tag Team Title Match: Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
- NEVER Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Great O-Khan
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Match: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. El Phantasmo
- IWGP Intercontinental Title Match: Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
NJPW New Japan Cup Results (3/6): Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi, KENTA vs Juice Robinson
NJPW New Japan Cup Results
March 6, 2021
* * *
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Jay White & Taiji Ishimori) def. David Finlay & Toa Henare & Yuya Uemura
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito)
New Japan Cup Match
Minoru Suzuki def. Tomoaki Honma
New Japan Cup Match
KENTA def. Juice Robinson
New Japan Cup Match
Shingo Takagi def. Kazuchika Okada
The left side of the bracket is now through the first round. Second round matches so far include EVIL vs. Jeff Cobb and Great O-Khan vs. Toru Yano on 3/11, and Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi and Minoru Suzuki vs. KENTA on 3/13.
NJPW Announces Major Tokyo Dome & Baseball Stadium Shows For This May
New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced a set of major events set to take place this May, including their first Tokyo Dome show outside of January in 16 years.
NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam will take place across two nights, starting with their May 15 debut at Yokohama Stadium, the 34,000 capacity baseball stadium and home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
This will be the second year in a row the promotion runs a big show at a baseball stadium, following the success of last year’s Summer Struggle in Jingu. With COVID-19 precautions in place they still drew 4,710 fans to see Tetsuya Naito win back the IWGP Double Gold from EVIL.
The second night of NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam will take place at the Tokyo Dome on May 29. This will be their first show at the Dome outside of their annual January 4 show since NJPW Toukon Souzou New Chapter in 2005. That night, Brock Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match.
NJPW Anniversary Event Results: The Final IWGP Double Gold Defense, New Japan Cup Begins!
NJPW Anniversary Event Results
March 4, 2021
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Kota Ibushi will go down in history as the final IWGP Intercontinental and IWGP Heavyweight Champion after defeating El Desperado in the traditional champion vs champion main event of NJPW’s annual anniversary event.
NJPW will be unifying the two top singles titles, which have been defended together for more than a year. Both physical belts will be retired and a brand new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be created and given to Ibushi.
The anniversary event also saw the start of the 2021 New Japan Cup. Jeff Cobb defeated Satoshi Kojima to advance to the second round, while the Great O-Khan took advantage of an exhausted Tetsuya Naito’s arrogance to score a massive upset.
— Gabriel Kidd & Hirooki Goto & Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma def. Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.) in an 8-man tag team match. Goto pinned DOUKI with the GTR.
— Chase & EVIL & Jay White & KENTA & Taiji Ishimori def. David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi in a 10-man tag team match. EVIL pinned Taguchi with the STO.
— Kazuchika Okada & SHO & Tomohiro Ishii def. BUSHI & SANADA & Shingo Takagi in a 6-man tag team match. SHO pinned BUSHI with the Shock Arrow.
— Jeff Cobb def. Satoshi Kojima in 11:50 with Tour of the Islands to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.
— Great O-Khan def. Tetsuya Naito in 20:20 via referee stoppage to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.
— Kota Ibushi (c) def. El Desperado to retain the IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Championships in 20:36 with the Kamigoye.
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