New Japan Pro-Wrestling returns to the historic Ryogoku Sumo Hall on Wednesday, June 5th for the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors Finals. The show will be broadcast on NJPW World starting at 5:30 AM ET with English commentary from Kevin Kelly, among others. Below is the final match card released by NJPW earlier this evening, as well as a full preview for the event.
DRAGON LEE, TITAN & SHOTA UMINO vs. BANDIDO, JONATHAN GRESHAM & REN NARITA
The junior heavyweight division has essentially been split into two blocks for the last three weeks, which means that this will be the first time since the start of the tournament that stars from the A Block will get the chance to mix it up with stars from the B Block. In this case IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee (A Block, 14 points) and Titan (A, 6) will team up with Young Lion Shota Umino to take on Bandido (B, 10), Jonathan Gresham (A, 8), and Young Lion Ren Narita (B, 0) for a fast-paced six-man tag team match to kick off the show.
RYUSUKE TAGUCHI, SHO & YOH vs. TAIJI ISHIMORI, EL PHANTASMO & ROBBIE EAGLES
Teammates reunite! IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions SHO (A, 10) and YOH (B, 12) are back together with a little help from the Coach, Ryusuke Taguchi (B, 12) who just narrowly missed making the tournament finals. They’ll team up against a brand new collective of young Bullet Club names, as “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori (A, 14) teams up with El Phantasmo (B, 12) and Robbie Eagles (B, 10) for the first time as a trio. It’s Roppongi 3K vs. Bullet Club!
TOMOHIRO ISHII, TORU YANO, YOSHI-HASHI, JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & TIGER MASK vs. TAICHI, MINORU SUZUKI, ZACK SABRE JR., YOSHINOBU KANEMARU & DOUKI
Four days before Taichi defends the NEVER Openweight Championship against the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii, we’ll get a preview of the action as they participate in a huge 10-man tag team match. This will also be the first time that Suzuki-Gun’s brand new junior heavyweight, DOUKI, will get a chance to be a part a real part of the faction for the first time in a New Japan ring.
KOTA IBUSHI, TOGI MAKABE, TOMOAKI HONMA & TOA HENARE vs. TETSUYA NAITO, EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito will preview their upcoming title match at Dominion with an 8-man tag team match. Bushi (B, 12) also returns to Los Ingobernables de Japon after a high-scoring run in the Super Juniors, while EVIL and SANADA get the chance to send a message to the New Japan heavyweight tag team division.
KAZUCHIKA OKADA & ROCKY ROMERO vs. MARTY SCRULL & BRODY KING
Okada will defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho in a first-time match at Dominion, but since Jericho isn’t scheduled to be in Japan until this weekend (or so we’ve been lead to believe) he’ll have a warm-up against Villain Enterprises.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI vs. JAY WHITE
The “Ace” of New Japan has not been seen since the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden, where he was unsuccessful in facing Zack Sabre Jr. for the RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship. Tanahashi will be returning to the ring after taking time off to heal up from nagging injuries, and it’s fitting that his first match back should be against the man who beat him to become IWGP Heavyweight Championship – we’re talking about the “Switchblade” himself, Bullet Club leader Jay White.
IWGP U.S. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
JUICE ROBINSON (c) vs. JON MOXLEY
Is this real? Is this actually happening? Former WWE world champion and All Elite Wrestling’s newest acquisition, Jon Moxley, finally arrives in a New Japan ring for the first time ever, and he’s coming directly for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson. The two go all the way back to their time in FCW and NXT, when they were known as Dean Ambrose and CJ Parker. But the newly unchained Moxley will not be facing the same developmental rookie he may remember, as Juice prepares for the biggest fight of his life to defend his title.
BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FINALS
SHINGO TAKAGI vs. WILL OSPRAY
Will Ospreay (B, 14) has scraped and clawed his way back to another Best of the Super Juniors finale, for the third time in just four years. He has outlasted and defeated several of the biggest junior heavyweight names in the business on his way back to the mountaintop, including Bandido, Bushi, Rocky Romero and Ryusuke Taguchi, putting on in-ring clinics on a near-daily basis. But will it matter? As good as Ospreay is, he will come face-to-face with a man who has gone undefeated in his first 9 months with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He will face a man who not only set a new all-time Super Juniors record going 9-0 for an unprecedented 18 points. The question is – is Will Ospreay ready for Shingo Takagi?