Tons of NJPW News – Nakamura’s final match & title status, big title matches, more

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


A week removed from the Tokyo Dome Show, New Year’s Dash, and reported exit of four top stars, New Japan announced several big items going forward.

– Shinsuke Nakamura’s final match will be Saturday, January 30 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Also, Nakamura will relinquish the IWGP Intercontinental Title. A new champion will be determined on February 14 at the second “New Beginning” show.

The main event of Nakamura’s send-off show on Jan. 30 will feature Nakamura teaming with IWGP World Hvt. champion Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii against Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Shibata in a six-man tag match.

– Okada will make his next IWGP World Hvt. Title defense against Goto in the main event of the “New Beginning” show in Osaka on February 11.

Three other title matches are set, including Shibata vs. Ishii for the NEVER Openweight Title, plus ROH stars in tag title matches.

– The incoming WWE duo of Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows will return to Japan in February. They are scheduled to challenge Honma & Togi Makabe for the IWGP Tag Titles on Feb. 14 at the second “New Beginning” show in a re-match from the Tokyo Dome.

New Beginning: Osaka – Feb. 11

– IWGP World Title match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto

– NEVER Openweight Title match: Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii

– IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Title match: Young Bucks vs. ReDragon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet.

– NEVER Openweight Six-man Tag match: The Briscoes & Toru Yano vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi).

New Beginning: Niigata – Feb. 14

– Vacant IWGP Intercontinental Title match: Kenny Omega to face opponent.

– IWGP Tag Title match: Honma & Togi Makabe vs. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows).

– IWGP Jr. Hvt. Title match: KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI.

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