British Wrestling

NJPW – Royal Quest – Full Preview, Lineup & Details

On August 31st, 2019 New Japan Pro Wrestling head to England to host Royal Quest. This show will be live on Fite TV and on-demand via njpwworld in September.

 

Time & Date:

  • August 31st, 2019 – 5:30pm (BST)
  • September 1st, 2019 – 1:30am (JST)
  • August 31st, 2019 – 12:30pm (EDT)
  • August 31st, 2019 – 9:30am (PDT)

Lineup:

Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs SHO, YOH & Rocky Romero

  • The opening match of the first ever New Japan Pro Wrestling show in London, Royal Quest, will see Ryusuke Taguchi team with two Young Lions in Shota Umino and Ren Narita to face Roppongi 3K. Taguchi, SHO, YOH and Rocky Romero all had good showing earlier on this year in the Jr Heavyweight singles tournament, Best of the Super Jrs. Shota and Narita will have something to prove here and on the upcoming Young Lions Cup on the Road to Destruction tour.

Juice Robinson & Kota Ibushi vs Hikuleo & Yujiro Takahashi

  • Kota is coming off the biggest win of his career in the G1 Climax tournament and is teaming with former IWGP US champion, Juice Robinson. Juice will be facing Jon Moxley at some point for the US championship but Moxley was booked for the AEW show in Chicago on the same night as Royal Quest before Moxley announced he has MRSA in his elbow. Yujiro Takahashi joins his Bullet Club teammate Hikuleo who has been training in England recently with Revolution Pro.

Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori

  • Match three on the Royal Quest show is a tag match between Will Ospreay and new CHAOS member Robbie Eagles facing the Bullet Clubs ELP and Taiji Ishimori. Will Ospreay was friends with EL Phantasmo before he joined NJPW, but then ELP turned on Ospreay and joined the Bullet Club. Eagles, who joined the Bullet Club when he was brought into the company, turned on Jay White and the Bullet Club in Australia and joined CHAOS. El Phantasmo recently won the Super J Cup in America and called out the IWGP Jr Heavyweight champion Will Ospreay after.

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito vs Chase Owens & “Switchblade” Jay White

  • Los Ingobernables De Japon will face off in tag action against the Switchblade and Chase Owens in what will likely tease an Intercontinental championship match between IC champ Naito and Jay White. In the last encounter between Jay White and Naito, the Switchblade pinned the IC champ to move into the final of the G1 Climax.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championship Match – Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa(c) vs ??? & ???

  • In the sixth match on the Royal Quest show, Tama Tonga and his brother Tanga Loa will defend their IWGP Heavyweight tag titles against the winners of a tag tournament held in Revolution Pro Wrestling. The final will be held on the RPW Summer Sizzler show on August 30th in London.

Never Openweight Championship Match – Tomohiro Ishii(c) vs KENTA

  • On August 12, KENTA teamed with YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiro Ishii to face Bullet Club in the Budokan when he turned his back on his team and joined the Bullet Club. Bullet Club and their new member, KENTA proceeded to beat down Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI after the match. When the Young Lions from the LA Dojo, which KENTA trained with, came down they were also beaten up. With Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, and Young Lions all laid out, Katsuyori Shibata runs to the ring and attacks KENTA. Shibata trained KENTA and brought him into New Japan Pro Wrestling only for KENTA to turn his back on Shibata and New Japan. Shibata got some good offence on KENTA before being cut off by Jado and his kendo stick. After the show it was announced that Ishii would defend his Never Openweight title against the turncoat, KENTA, in London.

British Heavyweight Championship Match – Zack Sabre Jr(c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • The feud between Zack Sabre Jr and Hiroshi Tanahashi started when they faced off at the G1 Supercard show in Madison Square Garden in New York. In that match, Zack Sabre Jr injured the arm of The Ace, leaving Tanahashi out of action until June 5th. The British Heavyweight champion faced Hiroshi Tanahashi in the 29th G1 Climax, in which Tanahashi beat ZSJ with a roll up out of an armbar. Zack Sabre Jr then teamed with an angry Minoru Suzuki as they defeated Okada and Tanahashi  on the final night of the G1.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – Kazuchika Okada(c) vs Minoru Suzuki

  • Early in 2019 on the Kizuna Road tour the field for the G1 Climax 29 was announced. During the announcement in Korakuen Hall, Suzuki-gun was in the ring and Minoru Suzuki reacted with anger and fury as the viewing audience realised that Suzuki was not in the tournament. As the tournament went on, Suzuki-gun took no prisoners as they ran through their opponents, Minoru Suzuki being mostly silently angry and only speaking out when he said “When everybody goes on their summer vacation, my summer will just be getting started.” Throughout the tournament Kazuchika Okada gained 14 points, only losing twice, once to SANADA and once to block winner Kota Ibushi. On the final day of G1 action Kazuchika Okada was in a tag match with Hiroshi Tanahashi as they faced off against Suzuki-gun leader Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr in the semi main event. The finish of that match saw Zack Sabre Jr tie Tanahashi up in the ropes while Minoru Suzuki hits a Gotch Style Piledriver to pin the IWGP Heavyweight champion. Minoru Suzuki cut a promo after the match saying “Isn’t it embarrassing for the IWGP Heavyweight champion to be pinned by a guy who wasn’t even allowed in the G1?” Suzuki then demand a title shot against the Rainmaker.


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