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NJPW Super Juniors Day 2 Preview: Will Ospreay vs Bushi, 3 Big Debuts & More

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling returns to Sendai Sunplaza Hall tonight (early Tuesday morning in the U.S.) for night two of the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. The show will be broadcast live on NJPW World with English commentary, starting at 5:30am ET.

UNDERCARD MATCHES


Today’s undercard features primers for the A Block, with a tag team match between Dragon Lee and Juice Robinson vs. Shota Umino & SHO looking like a potential early show-stealer. Tetsuya Naito will be in action teaming with his LIJ brother Shingo Takagi, who will be getting an up-close look at CMLL star Titan ahead of their tournament match on day three.

We’ll also so Villain Enterprises in action before Marty Scurll takes on Taiji Ishimori in what should be an awesome, hard-hitting match. Finally, the show will kick off with a six-man tag team match that will act as a preview for two big tournament matches — Tiger Mask vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Jonathan Gresham vs. Taka Michinoku.

— Tiger Mask, Jonathan Gresham & Yota Tsuji vs. Taichi, Taka Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

— Dragon Lee & Juice Robinson vs. Shota Umino & SHO

— Marty Scurll & Brody King vs. Taiji Ishimori & Gedo

— Titan & Henare vs. Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito

B BLOCK TOURNAMENT MATCHES

It’s the first night of B Block action, and we’re kicking things off with a match between the two last-minute replacements. One, Ren Narita, is getting a massive opportunity as one of the only Young Lions to ever compete in the Super Juniors, and the other, DOUKI, is a total unknown for most fans.

Bandido faces El Phantasmo in what should be a tremendous high-flying and wild match between two first-timers who will be looking to prove themselves and pick up an early two points. There’s also Will Ospreay and Bushi who have had great matches in the past and could easily steal the show, and YOH will look to live up to the main event expectations just 24 hours after his tag team partner, SHO, put on an instant classic against Shingo Takagi.

— Ren Narita vs. DOUKI

— Rocky Romero vs. Robbie Eagles

— Bandido vs. El Phantasmo

— Will Ospreay vs. Bushi

— Ryusuke Taguchi vs. YOH

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/23): New Champions Crowned, Tenzan Returns

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling continued the build to The New Beginning in Nagoya on Saturday with one of the more eventful Road To shows in recent memory.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan returned to action for the first time since New Year Dash, where a post-match attack from The Empire saw him leave the arena on a stretcher. Tenzan reunited with longtime partner Satoshi Kojima but was unable to score a tag team win over his attacks. He faces Great O-Khan on January 30 in Nagoya.


2020 Super J-Cup winner El Phantasmo and his Bullet Club partner Taiji Ishimori recaptured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the main event.

El Desperado and Kanemaru won the titles last September at the end of a tournament. Prior to that, the belts were left vacant when YOH of Roppongi 3K, one half of the champions at the time, suffered a torn ACL.

NJPW Road to the New Beginning Results
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ota City Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

— DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki def. Gedo & Jado

6-Man Tag Team Match: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match: Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito)

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. El Desperado (c) & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) | NEW CHAMPIONS! 

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/18): Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato vs BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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The Road to The New Beginning tour continued on Monday with the second of eight shows heading into Nagoya on January 30. This was largely the same card as Sunday in the same building, with a few minor tweaks.

Kojima teamed with a different Young Lion but was still unsuccessful against The Empire. The second match featured the same stars with the outcome reversed, and the third match was exactly the same.


Tanahashi & SHO swapped places, as did Shingo & Hiromu in the final two matches to continue their respective programs. Master Wato is 2-0 in main events on this tour so far.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 18, 2021
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yuya Uemura

— Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori)

— CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) def. Kota Ibushi & SHO & Tomoaki Honma

— Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato def. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/17): BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs Master Wato & SHO

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling kicked off their annual New Beginning tour on Sunday in Korakuen Hall. It was a quick and easy five-match Road To card featuring tag team bouts previewing some of the advertised main events for the big shows on 1/30 in Nagoya, and 2/10-11 in Hiroshima.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 17, 2021
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan


— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yota Tsuji

— Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori) def. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

— CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma

— Master Wato & SHO def. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

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