New Japan Pro Wrestling in London
In January, New Japan announced they would be holding a show, in London, on August 31st, 2019.
On March 12th, 2019, the pre-sale tickets became available to those who signed up for the email notification. After the first day of ticket sales, which was only to those who signed up, New Japan Pro Wrestling had sold just under 4,000 tickets according to the Wrestling Observer.
4,000 tickets is an impressive number considered they don’t even have a show on television in the UK. The Copper Box holds about 7,500 and this show will most likely sell out pretty soon and that is done through njpwworld subscribers, social media and word of mouth, which is crazy.
I imagine if NJPW got a TV deal in the UK, they would start touring more and would probably do really well based on these numbers.
Announced names for Royal Quest
The three initial names announced for the show was Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito. After the tickets went on general sale(March 14th, 2019) NJPW announced more names. The names announced along with the general sale tickets were; Zack Sabre Jr, Will Ospreay and referee Red Shoes Uno. Also, rumoured to be announced soon is Kota Ibushi.
NJPW have confirmed to me that there will be Meet and Greets in London but will not be announcing anything until after the G1 Supercard show at Madison Square Garden.
ROH & NJPW in MSG
The biggest show in Ring of Honor history, and NJPW history in the U.S. is nearly upon us and with top matches from both promotions, title matches and inter-promotional matches, confirmed matches for this show on April 6th are;
- IWGP Jr Here Championship Match – Triple Threat – Taiji Ishimori(C) vs Dragon Lee vs Bandido
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championships vs ROH Tag Championships – Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga vs Winners of Villain Enterprises vs The Briscoes at ROH 17 Anniversary
- ROH World Championship Match – Marty Scurll vs ROH World Champion
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – Jay White(C) vs New Japan Cup winner
New Japan Cup Results
The New Japan Cup 2019 has been raging on and were are into the second round of this 32-man tournament. The results of the tournament so far are as follows:
- YOSHI-HASHI defended Manabu Nakanishi
- Taichi defeated Honma
- Chase Owens defeated Juice Robinson
- Tomohiro Ishii defended Yuji Nagata
- Lance Archer defeated Toa Henare
- “Mad” Mikey Nichols defeated Hikuleo
- Will Ospreay defeated Bad Luck Fale
- Kazuchika Okada defeated Michael Elgin
- Taguchi defeated Tenzan
- Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Shota Umino
- Zack Sabre Jr defeated EVIL
- Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito
- Toru Yano defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr
- Colt Cabana defeated Togi Makabe
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Satoshi Kojima
- Sanada defeated Hirooki Goto
- YOSHI-HASHI defeated Chase Owens
- Tomohiro Ishii defeated Taichi
- Will Ospreay defeated Lance Archer
- Kazuchika Okada defeated “Mad” Mikey Nichols
The New Japan Cup will continue on Saturday March 16, 2019 from Korakuen Hall and will be live on njpwworld.
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