[NJPW News] New Japan has announced the full “KIZUNA ROAD” tour for the month of July.
Two bigger shows will be held through the tour with the July 5th show at Korakuen Hall and then the July 20th show at the Akita City Gymnasium.
Among the announcements is that it has been made official that Prince Devitt will be getting an IWGP Heavy title shot against the reigning champion Kazuchika Okada on 7.20. This did not come without a hook though as Devitt will have to defend his Jr. belt against Gedo on July 5th, and if Gedo wins, Devitt loses his IWGP Heavy title opportunity against him.
Kazushi Sakuraba announced that he would be returning after spending a few months on the sideline following a dislocated elbow. Sakuraba took no time in declaring an open challenge to Yuji Nagata, the one who “injured” him, and it has been set for 7.20.
Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata will once again face in singles action as they both seem poised to break one other in the ring before it is all said and done. Shibata ended up finally claiming the win first in their singles series, and this leaves Goto having all or nothing in the rubber match.
Shinsuke Nakamura will be getting a special single match against La Sombra on July 20th. Of course Shinsuke Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental belt to La Sombra in June while competing in CMLL and this has led to Nakamura to be on quite a losing streak with a loss to Rush soon following and even a loss in tag team action at DOMINION. La Sombra has been a part of a few tours and matches with NJPW in the past and this could is definitely going to be his biggest match to date in Japan as you have to know Nakamura is looking to finally shake away his recent loses and get another opportunity to reclaim the belt he aimed to give a purpose.
Tetsuya Naito returned on June 22nd and was successful in doing so against Yujiro Takahashi. Following that win, Naito challenged Masato Tanaka and the NEVER Openweight Championship, in which he seemed poised to win before his injury last year. Naito seems to still have speed and agility on his side, but one can never overlook the veteran skills that Tanaka possesses.
TAKA Michinoku and Taichi will be getting an IWGP Junior Tag title shot against the “Forever Hooligans” Romero and Koslov on July 20th, after the Suzuki-gun duo picked up a decisive win other Liger and Tiger on DOMINION pre-show match.
Then lastly, Tomohiro Ishii and Minoru Suzuki will face each other in singles action in what is sure to be hard hitting and physical encounter, if their tag match in DOMINION had anything to show with what could happen that is to say.
New Japan also announced the July 5th show will be on Ustream iPPV and it will go on sale on June 26th following the conclusion of the VOD of DOMINION.
The 7.5 show will also see the announcement of the competitors in this years G1 CLIMAX tournament, which is NJPW’s biggest tournament of the year.
NJPW “Yoshinoya Presents KIZUNA ROAD 2013”, 7/5/2013 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Super Strong Machine vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Jado
(2) Togi Makabe, Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA vs. Yuji Nagata, Hirooki Goto, Captain New Japan & Takaaki Watanabe
(3) Tomohiro Ishii, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
(4) Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & La Sombra vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
~ G1 CLIMAX 23 Participants Announcement
(5) Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & “UnderBoss” Bad Luck Fale
(6) CMLL World Tag Championship Match: [Champions] Tama Tonga & Terrible vs. [Challengers] Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger
(7) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: [66th Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Gedo
~ 4th title defense.
NJPW “Yoshinoya Presents KIZUNA ROAD 2013”, 7/20/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Akita City Gymnasium
(0) Manabu Nakanishi, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA vs. Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [35th Champions] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
~ 2nd title defense.
(2) Special Single Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Minoru Suzuki
(3) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [62nd Champions] “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano
~ 2nd title defense.
(4) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Tetsuya Naito
~ 4th title defense.
(5) Special Single Match: La Sombra vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
(6) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahshi, Togi Makabe, Jushin Thunder Liger & Captain New Japan vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Terrible, Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
(7) Special Single Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
(8) Kazushi Sakuraba’s Return Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Prince Devitt
~ 3rd title defense.