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-PWTorch has confirmed that Kenny Omega had minor knee surgery this past week. The Wrestling Observer originally reported that Omega had arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. Omega had been working through the injury for a long period of time. He is still expected to return to defend the IWGP U.S. Championship against Juice Robinson on Sept. 24 at the “Destruction in Kobe” PPV.
-NJPW has been offering more English language articles on their site recently. Kevin Kelly did an article previewing the landscape of NJPW heading into the “Destruction” PPVs that will air in September. You can read his article HERE.
-Minoru Suzuki also did an interview for the NJPW1972.com in English ahead of his NEVER Openweight Title defense against Michael Elgin. Suzuki didn’t seem to think very highly of Elgin when asked about snot seeing powerhouses like Elgin that often in NJPW. “Not often we’? Or ‘not often you?,” said Suzuki. “Do your goddamn homework. Elgin, to me, he’s a big piece of shit. That’s all he is to me.” You can read the entire interview HERE.
-NJPWWorld.com will air Destruction in Fukushima at 3a.m. EST on Sept. 10. The complete lineup will see the following matches: 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 (Leo Tonga & 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).
-ROH has added some matches to their Sept. 22 “Death Before Dishonor XV” PPV lineup:
Death Before Dishonor XV, Las Vegas, Nev. (Sept. 22): Matches announced for the show so far include ROH World Champion Cody (Rhodes) vs. NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki, ROH World TV Champion & NJPW Jr. Hvt. Champion KUSHIDA vs. Kenny King in a ROH World TV Title match, Jay White vs. Punishment Martinez in a Las Vegas Street Fight, Chuck Taylor vs. Marty Scurll, Silas Young vs. Jay Lethal in a Last Man Standing match, and ROH World Six Man Champions Bullet Club (Adam Page & Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs. The Winner of The Kingdom vs. Bully Ray & The Briscoes. The Young Bucks are also scheduled to defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles on the show.