NJPW Kicks Off ‘New Beginning’ Tour This Weekend; 7 Shows Airing Live, Tanahashi’s First Defense, Kushida’s Farewell & More

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling kicks off a two week tour this weekend that will see several shows broadcast live on NJPW World building up to three major New Beginning events in Sapporo on 2/2 and 2/3, and the finale in Osaka on 2/11.

There are two main threads that will run throughout this tour, and the first is an all-out war between Tetsuya Naito’sĀ Los Ingobernables de JaponĀ faction and Minoru Suzuki’s aptly named Suzuki-Gun squad. The two sides will be brawling on all of the shows in one form or another, including a 10-man elimination match, numerous tag team matches, and singles bouts between Sanada/Minoru and Evil/Zack Sabre Jr.

This all culminates in Naito’s first defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Taichi at The New Beginning in Sapporo on 2/3, as well as IWGP Tag Team Championship and Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defenses from the other members of LIJ.

The second major thread is the ongoing rivalry between Kazuchika Okada and Jay White, who is now effectively leading a brand new incarnation of Bullet Club. Okada will team with Hiroshi Tanahashi against Jay White and Bad Luck Fale in the main event of the 2/2 event, also in Sapporo. And to cap off the entire New Beginning tour, Tanahashi’s first defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship will take place, as the Ace takes on the Switchblade.

All seven shows this year will be broadcast live on NJPW World with both traditional Japanese and English commentary from Kevin Kelly. There are more house shows throughout the tour not airing live, some of which may be uploaded to the streaming service at a later date.

Road to The New Beginning
Monday, Jan. 28th
Tokyo, Japan @ Korakuen Hall

  • Ren Narita & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Toa Henare vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori)
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida vs. Jay White & Gedo
  • 10-Man Elimination Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada, Bushi & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado)

Road to The New Beginning
Tuesday, Jan. 29th
Tokyo, Japan @ Korakuen Hall

  • Ren Narita vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Toa Henare vs. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tomoaki Honma, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada, Bushi & Shingo Takagi) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado)
  • Fairwell Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KUSHIDA

Road to The New Beginning
Wednesday, Jan. 30th
Miyagi, Japan @ Sendai Sunplaza Hall

  • Toa Henare & Yota Tsuji vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask
  • Shingo Takagi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Bushi vs. El Desperado
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Tomoaki Honma & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bullet Club (Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens)
  • Tetsuya Naito, Evil & Sanada vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi
  • NEVER 6-Man Title Match: Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi

The New Beginning in Sapporo
Saturday, Feb. 2nd
Hokkaido, Japan @ Sports Center Hokkai Kitayell

  • Ren Narita vs. Yuya Uemura
  • Manabu Nakanishi & Toa Henare vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku
  • Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Tomoaki Honma, Yoshi-Hashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori)
  • Tetsuya Naito, Bushi & Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
  • Sanada vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Evil vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale

The New Beginning in Sapporo
Sunday, Feb. 3rd
Hokkaido, Japan @ Sports Center Hokai Kitayell

  • Toa Henare vs. Yota Tsuji
  • Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Ren Narita & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku
  • Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • IWGP Jr. Tag Title Match: Bushi & Shingo Takagi (c) vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • IWGP Tag Title Match: Sanada & Evil (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • IWGP Title Match: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Taichi

Road to The New Beginning
Saturday, Feb. 9th
Osaka, Japan @ Edion Arena

  • Yota Tsuji & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  • Yoshi-Hashi vs. Ren Narita
  • Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Evil, Sanada & Bushi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
  • Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi & Taka Michinoku
  • Elimination Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Bullet Club (Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori)

The New Beginning in Osaka
Monday, Feb. 11th
Osaka, Japan @ Edion Arena

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku
  • Sanada & Evil vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
  • Tetsuya Naito, Bushi & Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
  • Tomoaki Honma & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  • IWGP Jr. Title Match: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • IWGP Title Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Jay White

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