[NJPW News] New Japan announced the headlining matches for their next big show “WRESTLING DONTAKU 2015“ which will be on May 3rd in Fukuoka.
The main event for the show will see Shinsuke Nakamura putting the IWGP Intercontinental belt up against Hirooki Goto. Nakamura downplayed Goto as even being a potential contender until this last show on 4/5 where Goto claimed a pin-fall victory over the champion. Goto used force to make Nakamura aware that he was serious about wanting a chance at the belt. Goto previously held the IC belt back in 2012 before falling to Nakamura in the Summer of that year. Will Goto become champion once more or will Nakamura continue to hold the IC belt as if it was his belt alone?
Three special tag matches have been announced for the show as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi will be teaming to take on the next contender for the belt Kazuchika Okada and his partner YOSHI-HASHI. Styles vs. Okada has been set for “DOMINION 7.5” this Summer and this match will be an early prelude before their scheduled bout.
The next will be a 6 man as Togi Makabe teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata to take on Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Kazushi Sakuraba. All 6 men have had a feud against one another in the recent months and this match will be a following Ishii defending the NEVER belt against Makabe at a special event on April 29th.
The last of the tag matches will see something that is almost never seen in a New Japan ring as a mixed tag match will be taking place. Following the show on 4/5 new tag champions were crowned in Kingdom, Bennett and Taven, but not without the help on Maria Kanellis. The former champions Anderson and Gallows look to even the odds as Gallows’ wife Amber Gallows will be returning to Japan once more, but this time to compete in the ring. This will mark the first time since October of 2002 that any female wrestlers, former WWF/E wrestler Chyna, have competed in New Japan.
Then lastly of note, both IWGP Junior class belts will be in defense on the show. First up will see Kenny Omega defending the IWGP Junior singles belt against Alex Shelley. Shelley has yet to hold a singles belt in NJPW but has always been seen as an influential competitor for the junior wrestlers, but Omega with his own talents has an advantage of Bullet Club being at his side for the match.
Then the IWGP Jr. Tag belts will be contended in a 3WAY as the new champions “Roppongi Vice“ Rocky Romero and Barreta take on the former champions “Young Bucks“ Matt & Nick Jackson and another former champion team in “reDRagon“ Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly. This will be a huge chance for the new champions as they have the least amount of experience being together compared to the rest.
[Written by Charles/BushidoRX]
Below is the announced card for the next big show…
NJPW “WRESTLING DONTAKU 2015“, 5/3/2015 [Sun] @ Fukuoka Kokusai Center
(1) Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Mascara Dorada vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA
(2) Tetsuya Naito & Sho Tanaka vs. Kota Ibushi & Yohei Komatsu
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall
(4) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [41st Champions] Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. [Challengers] Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
(5) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [70th Champion] Kenny Omega vs. [Challenger] Alex Shelley
~ 3rd title defense.
(6) Special 6 Person Tag Match: Mike Bennett, Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Amber Gallows
(7) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba
(8) Special Tag Match: AJ Styles & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [10th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 4th title defense.
NJPW Event Cards for March & April 2015