Following the match between Kojima and Makabe, Kojima walked away as the winner setting up another match between himself and Tanahashi. This will be the third encounter between these two here in less than a year, but the question is? Will Satoshi Kojima win back the belt or will Hiroshi Tanahashi remain at his place on top of NJPW? We will find out come Feb. 20th.
Also in regards to breaking news, as I reported yeasterday on the facebook page and twitter, NJPW has made it official that MVP is going to NJPW. He will be teaming with NOSAWA Rongai to take on Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe on 2/20.
There is also talk of a new faction possibly coming to NJPW as well, possibly all outsider related with Kojima and NOSAWA already forming it.
This has been a goal of MVP’s for a long time to go to Japan, just to let a lot of you know. He will have a lot to take on right from the beginning, but I assume he would not want it any other way.
NJPW is teasing the debut of a new masked wrestler known as “Killer Rabbit” (キラーラビット). The picture below is the from the online community known as http://pigg.ameba.jp/. There is not much known from this new masked wrestler other than he aims to bring a new style that forms around Lucha Libre and that of the Japanese style.
He will also be coming in as a heel under CHAOS on 2/20 as he teams with Jado & Gedo to take on Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi and KUSHIDA [SMASH].
This is a match that is coming off what happened at the 1/30 show. Naito pulled off a shocker win when he pinned Goto following the Stardust Press. As with what happened between Naito and Tanahashi last year it seems we will be getting the same with him vs. Goto. Goto is coming off of being married just a few weeks back and has vowed to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title this year. Though if he evens wishes to become champion he has a hurdle a head of him as that has now been put on hault. Will Goto manage to get the win and go back to his title hunt or will Naito prove to be the crushing factor in Goto’s dream?
Full Card for the Feb. 20th show!
(1) Tama Tonga vs. Taichi
(2) Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA [SMASH] vs. Jado, Gedo & Killer Rabbit
(3) Mascara contra Mascara (Mask vs. Mask): Tiger Mask IV vs. Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS Tiger)
(4) Elimination Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue & King Fale vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tohru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi
(5) IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions: Bad Intentions] Giant Bernard & “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. [Muscle Orchestra] Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman
(6) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Prince Devitt [c] vs. TAKA Michinoku
(7) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. MVP & NOSAWA Rongai
(8) Special Singles Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
The announced card for NEVER.5 at the Shin-Kiba 1st RING!
(1) Hiromu Takahashi vs. Yoshikazu Harata [DDT]
(2) Tomoaki Honma vs. Shigehiro Irie [TEAM DERA]
(3) Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Daisuke Sasaki [FREE]
(4) Yujiro Takahasi vs. Shinobu 
(5) Taichi vs. Madoka [FREE]
(6) Tetsuya Naito vs. KUSHIDA [SMASH]
Takashi Sugiura vs. Giant Bernard for the GHC Heavyweight Title has been made official today. Sugiura made a special appearance at the NJPW show on 1/30 and made the call out to Bernard. It has been set in stone today and both men will face off on March 5th at the Ariake Colosseum for Sugiura’s 9th title defense.
We will get a preview of what we may see from the two on 2/16 as Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson face of against Takashi Sugiura & Akitoshi Saito at the Korakuen Hall.
Also it has been announced that Kotaro Suzuki will be defending his GHC Junior belt against Genba Hirayanagi on 2/16 as well. Genba made the statement, by rushing and laying out Suzuki following Suzuki vs. Eddie Edwards match. This will definitely be one of Genba’s biggest matches to date, but Suzuki has been on a role as of late is going to make Genba regret every action.