New Japan re-arranges next two big shows following earthquake, stacks “Wrestling Dontaku” card

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Naito (art credit Matt Charlton & Sam Gardiner)


New Japan has re-arranged their next two big cards after canceling the show scheduled for Friday, April 29 due to last week’s devastating earthquake.

The next big show will now be April 27 in Hakata with the following re-arranged line-up. NJPW has also shifted matches to their next PPV-level event, “Wrestling Dontaku,” on May 3.

One title match remains on April 27 and the May 3 PPV event is now stacked with a huge line-up…

Wednesday April 27
Card Details via

  • (7) Main Event: IWGP IC Title match: Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin (only title match staying here)
  • (6) Grudge match: Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • (5) Mega-eight-man tag match: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay) vs. Los Ingobernables (IWGP World Hvt. champion Naito & EVIL & BUSHI & Sanada)
  • (4) Shibata & KUSHIDA vs. Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger
  • (3) Togi Makabe & Honma & Yoshitatsu vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
  • (2) Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Rocky Romero & Baretta
  • (1) Captain New Japan & David Finlay vs. Juice Robinson & Jay White

Wrestling Dontaku 2016
Tuesday, May 3
Card Details via

  • (10) IWGP World Hvt. Title match: Naito vs. ROH TV champion Tomohiro Ishii
  • (9) Grudge match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Sanada
  • (8) Grudge match: Hirooko Goto vs. EVIL
  • (7) IWGP Jr. Hvt. Title match: KUSHIDA vs. Jushin Liger
  • (6) NEVER Title match: Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata (moved from April)
  • (5) IWGP Tag Title match: Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa vs. Honma & Togi Makabe – Invasion Attack re-match
  • (4) NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Title match: Michael Elgin & Tanahashi & Yoshitatsu vs. Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks)
  • (3) IWGP Jr. Tag Title match: RPG Vice (Rocky Romero & Baretta) vs. Ricochet & Matt Sydal – Invasion Attack re-match
  • (2) Tiger Mask IV & Ryusuke Taguchi & Jay White & David Finlay vs. Sakuraba & YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay & Gedo
  • (1) Captain New Japan & Juice Robinson vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi)

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[ Naito art credit Matt Charlton & Sam Gardiner ]

1 Comment on New Japan re-arranges next two big shows following earthquake, stacks “Wrestling Dontaku” card

  1. i had lost interest in njpw but now sanada is in it my interest renewed he will get better in njpw and he very good allready, recommend x-travaganza 2014 and one night only global impact japan where he has excellent matches with austin aries.

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