NJPW announces lineups for Destruction PPVs, Okada’s next title defense announced, Naito’s first G1 Climax 27 briefcase defense

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist


NJPW has announced the lineups for their three “Destruction” PPVs in September. The shows will take place on Sept. 10, Sept. 16, and Sept. 24. The Sept. 16 and Sept. 24 events will feature English commentary on NJPWWorld.com.

The lineups for each show are as follows:

Destruction in Fukushima, Sept. 16: NEVER Openweight Title Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Michael Elgin, NEVER Openweight Six-Man Champions L.I.J. (EVIL & SANADA & BUSHI vs. CHAOS (IWGP Hvt. Champion Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano & Rocky Romero), CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay) vs. L.I.J (Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi), Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Bullet Club (IWGP U.S. Hvt. Champion Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale), IWGP Hvt.Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer), IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & IWGP Jr. Hvt. Champion KUSHIDA & IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Champions Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Suzuki Gun (Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku & El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi), CHAOS (Baretta & Jado vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens), Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI), and Yuji Nagata &  Hirai Kawato vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Shota Umino,

Destruction in Hiroshima, Sept. 24: IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr., IWGP Jr. Hvt. Champion KUSHIDA vs. El Desperado, CHAOS (IWGP Hvt. Champion Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Will Ospreay & Gedo vs. L.I.J. (Tetsuya Naito & EVIL & SANADA & BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi), Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Bullet Club (IWGP U.S. Hvt. Champion Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale), IWGP Hvt.Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer), IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Champions (Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Suzuki Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi), Kota Ibushi & Michael Elgin & Togi Makabe vs. Suzuki Gun (NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku), RPG Vice (Baretta & Rocky Romero vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens), and Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI & Jado).

Destruction in Kobe, Sept. 24: IWGP U.S. Hvt. Champion Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson, CHAOS (IWGP Hvt. Champion (Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi), CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Rocky Romero vs. L.I.J. (Tetsuya Naito & SANADA & BUSHI), IWGP Hvt.Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer), IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi & IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Champions Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Suzuki Gun (Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru &Taichi), CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Baretta & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens), Togi Makabe & David Finlay vs. Michael Elgin & Katsuya Kitamura, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Suzuki Gun (Taka Michinoku & El Desperado), and Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hirai Kawato vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino.

– Two huge matcheas have been announced for NJPW’s King of Pro Wrestling PPV set to air on NJPWWorld.com on Oct. 9. IWGP Hvt. Champion Kazuchika Okada will defend his title against EVIL, who pinnned him in block action during the G1 Climax 27 tournament. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii has also been announced with Naito defending his G1 Climax 27 briefcase against Ishii. Ishii beat Naito in block action during G1 Climax 27.

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