[NJPW News] New Japan announced the full card for their upcoming Anniversary Show on March 3rd.
The main event for the show will showcase the currently leading champions “aces” of their respected division as Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt will face off in a special singles match.
Devitt picked up the win over Tanahashi in a tag match earlier this month, on February 3rd, but a week later Tanahashi would reclaim that loss. There was still a lot of shock to see Devitt take out the Heavyweight champion with the Bloody Sunday finisher and New Japan took it upon themselves to make a match of it.
The Semi-Final match will see Lance Archer getting a shot at Shinsuke Nakamura’s IWGP IC belt. Following Nakamura’s singles win over K-DOJO’s Kengo Mashimo on the 2.10 iPPV, Archer came out to the ring to call out Nakamura for a title shot. Archer has definitely proven himself as one of the strongest in NJPW today and he has the size to back it up as well. Nakamura has stated that he wants to face all challengers, let alone challengers from all over the world. This will mark Nakamura’s 6th defense of the belt.
The CHAOS vs. Suzuki-gun (SZKG) war shows no signs of stopping soon and will see an Eight-Man Elimination Tag match held on the show. Kazuchika Okada will lead CHAOS against Minoru Suzuki and his crew. The match will take place like a standard tag match, but when a wrestler is pinned, submitted or thrown over the top rope, they will be eliminated from the match.
The IWGP Junior Tag belts will also be on the line on the show as the “TIME SPLITTERS” will be defending their belts, for their 2nd defense, against the junior legend tag team of Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV.
Below is the full card for the show.
NJPW “Raising an Army Anniversary ~ Strong Style 41st Anniversary~”, 3/3/2013 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
(2) Yuji Nagata, Wataru Inoue, Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi
(3) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [34th Champions] “TIME SPLITTERS” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV
~ 2nd Defense.
(4) Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano, Takaashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI
(5) Elimination Tag Match: [CHAOS] Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Gedo & Jado vs. [Suzuki-gun] Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Kengo Mashimo & TAKA Michinoku
(6) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [4th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Lance Archer
~ 6th Defense.
(7) Special Single Match: [58th IWGP Heavy Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [66th IWGP Jr. Champion] Prince Devitt
Later in March, New Japan will kick off the NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 which will be held for during a 6 day tour from March 11th to March 23rd.
~ No competitors have been announced at this time.
– [1st Round] 3/11/2013 [Mon] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
– [2nd Round] 3/17/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Beikomu General Gymnasium
– 3/19/2013 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shirakawa City Center Gymnasium
– 3/20/2013 [Wed] 15:00 @ Sendai Industrial Exhibition Hall, Aztec Museum
– 3/22/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ Kumagai City Civic Gymnasium
– [Finals] 3/23/2013 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo