ROH stars returning to New Japan during G1 Climax; Briscoes’s first IWGP Tag Title defense; NJPW stars eying Lethal’s ROH World Title

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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New Japan announced Monday that ROH stars are returning to New Japan at the end of the G1 Climax tournament.

Specifically, ROH World champion Jay Lethal is returning for the final set of shows in Tokyo on August 12-14.

Lethal is scheduled to team with L.I.J. against the Bullet Club on Aug. 12 and Team New Japan on Aug. 13. Included in Team New Japan are Tanahashi, Kojima, and IWGP Jr. Hvt. champion KUSHIDA. NJPW noted that both Tanahashi and KUSHIDA are looking for ROH Title shots.

Also returning to Japan are the new IWGP World tag champions The Briscoes. They will be making their first Tag Title defense against Bullet Club’s “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi on the final day of the tournament on Aug. 14.

The following are the current line-ups for the final three shows in Tokyo. (Full Line-ups for entire tournament via PuroresuSpirit.net)

Friday, August 12

  • The Briscoes vs. Yoshitatsu & Captain New Japan
  • Yuji Nagata & Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi & Juice Robinson & David Finlay
  • Shibata & Michael Elgin & Satoshi Kojima & KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Atsushi Kotoge (NOAH)
  • Jay Lethal & Naito & EVIL & BUSHI vs. Kenny Omega & Tanga Loa & Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
  • G1 – A BLOCK : Bad Luck Fale vs. Tama Tonga
  • G1 – A BLOCK : Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Sanada
  • G1 – A BLOCK : Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • G1 – A BLOCK : Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
  • G1 – A BLOCK : Hirooki Goto vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Saturday, August 13

  • Tenzan & Nakanishi & Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Yoshitatsu & Captain New Japan & Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay
  • Togi Makabe & Juice Robinson vs. Tomoaki Honma & Naomichi Marufuji
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Satoshi Kojima & KUSHIDA vs. Jay Lethal & Sanada & BUSHI
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto & Gedo & Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
  • G1 – B BLOCK : Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI
  • G1 – B BLOCK : Michael Elgin vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • G1 – B BLOCK : Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma
  • G1 – B BLOCK : Naito vs. Kenny Omega
  • G1 – B BLOCK : Shibata vs. EVIL

Sunday, August 14

  • Main Event: A Block Winner vs. B Block Winner in G1 Climax Finals
  • IWGP World Tag Title match: The Briscoes vs. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi

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