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Two Stipulations Added To NJPW The New Beginning In Nagoya, Updated Card



New Japan Pro-Wrestling returns with their first major event since Wrestle Kingdom 15 this Saturday with The New Beginning in Nagoya. With the competitors gaining and trading ground over the past few weeks on the Road To, we can now confirm that two interesting stipulations have been added to the card.

Third generation legends Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan, collectively known as the heavily decorated tag team Tencozy, don’t get a lot of opportunity to shine as solo acts at this point in their careers. However, the six-time IWGP Tag Team Champions will take center stage in Nagoya with a pair of singles matches against The Empire.

Earlier this month, The Empire beat down Tenzan so badly that he had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher. To add insult to injury, the barbaric Great O-Khan has started using his signature Mongolian chops as an offensive maneuver during his matches. The fierce bull of New Japan will look to extract a bit of revenge against Great O-Khan this Saturday, and now the loser of the match will be forced to retire the Mongolian chop permanently.

Satoshi Kojima is one of the fiercest competitors to ever step foot in a New Japan ring, as a former G1 Climax winner and a two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. At 50-years-old we have seen that the beloved “Bread Club” leader can still put on an incredibly show, but the odds will be stacked decidedly against him when he goes one-on-one with Will Ospreay in a No Disqualification match.

NJPW The New Beginning in Nagoya takes place this Saturday live on NJPW World from the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium. Bell time is 3:30 AM ET.

Updated match card:

NJPW The New Beginning in Nagoya
January 30, 2021

Tag Team Match
Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano vs. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi

8-Man Tag Team Match
Kota Ibushi & Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma vs. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito

Loser Must Stop Using the Mongolian Chop
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Great O-Khan

No Disqualification Match
Satoshi Kojima vs. Will Ospreay

NEVER Openweight Championship Match
Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi


NJPW New Japan Cup Results (3/6): Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi, KENTA vs Juice Robinson



NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

NJPW New Japan Cup Results
March 6, 2021

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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.

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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.

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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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