Goto defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the finals of the New Japan Cup. With this win, Goto has earned an IWGP Heavy title match against Kazuchika Okada on May 3rd. (more info on that below)
NJPW 40th anniversary Tour NEW JAPAN BRAVE 2012 will be the next tour running from April 21st to May 1st. Then following Wrestling Dontaku on May 3rd, NJPW will run a small tour called NEW JAPAN LIVE 2012 from May 4th to May 6th.
Outsider Talent Scheduled for Tours
(competing for the whole tour_
Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION]
Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] 4/21, 5/3 to 5/6
Yoshihiro Takayama [Takayama Hall] 5/3
TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] 4/21 to 5/5
Prince Devitt 4/21 to 5/3
Low Ki 4/21 to 5/3
Davey Richards 5/3 to 5/6
The event will be the build of course for the IWGP Heavyweight match set for May 3rd (Wrestling Dontaku), but also for a few other matches heading out of the Cup.
One of the biggest shocking moments has to be from Nakamura as he beat Shinsuke Nakamura to move on the the semi-finals of the tournament. Nakamura has been one to sit back and let a victory stay over him like this and he aims to get the victory back at Wrestling Dontaku.
The mysterious video that NJPW was touting a week back turned out to be the returning and former IWGP Jr. Champion Low Ki. Low Ki has gone to bigger things since working in NJPW years ago, but now he is looking to come back and make a statement against Prince Devitt, who is called one of the best today. It seems Low Ki doesn’t take lightly to what Devitt is called and aims to see first hand if everything said is true. This will definitely be a huge match for Devitt and should be on everyone’s early watch list.
Both of the tag team belts will be on the line at the event as the IWGP Heavy Tag belts will be on the line as TenKoji defends against the CHAOS team of Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka. Yano has been a thorn in the side of both tag champs and has been parading around with the belts, much as he did before his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi last last year.
The IWGP Jr. Tag belts will be up for defense as well, as NRC will be defending against two of the top veterans in NJPW Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV. This is sort of an unexpected match, but one that I personally can say is a nice addition to the event.
The main event of the big show will be for the IWGP Heavyweight belt as Okada defends against Goto. Goto will be already coming in as the reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion as well as carrying the momentum of the Cup. This could be the biggest match in the determining factor of Okada’s reign.
NJPW “40th Anniversary Wrestling Dontaku”, 5/3/2012 [Thu] 15:00 @ Fukuoka Kokusai Center
(1) Strongman [CMLL], Wataru Inoue, Captain New Japan & Tama Tonga vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo, Jado & Tomohiro Ishii
(2) Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. TAKA Michinoku [K-DOJO] & Taichi
(3) IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Davey Richards & Rocky Romero vs. [Challengers] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV
~ 1st Defense.
(4) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Low Ki
~ 5th Defense.
(5) IWGP Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
~ 3rd Defense.
(6) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION] & Yoshihiro Takayama [Takayama Hall]
(7) Special Single Match: “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
(8) Special Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1] & Yujiro Takahashi
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 2nd Defense
Yujiro Takahashi will be going on an expedition to CMLL, following the Dontaku event, on May 9th with a currently undetermined return date.