New Japan Pro-Wrestling Announces Full Lineup For Three Destruction Events, First Three King of Pro Wrestling Bouts

In American wrestling, we’re lucky to know the full card for any given big event a few weeks out from the show. New Japan has bucked that trend today by announcing its full slate of events for the month of September and even a bit of what’s happening in October. Featuring epic rematches and title clashes, let’s go into what’s next for the promotion.

First off, on Sunday, September 15, we have Destruction in Beppu. The main event here will be a Royal Quest return bout with the British Heavyweight Championship in the balance. Zack Sabre Jr. hopes to reclaim his gold from new champion Hiroshi Tanahashi.

  • Yota Tsuji vs. Karl Fredericks (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Shota Umino vs. Alex Coughlin (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Yuya Uemura, Ren Narita, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Yuji Nagata vs. Michael Richards, Clark Connors, Toa Henare, and Manabu Nakanishi
  • SHO, YOH, and Jyushin Thunder Liger vs. DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Minoru Suzuki
  • Robbie Eagles, Will Ospreay, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, and Kota Ibushi vs. El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori, Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, and KENTA
  • Rocky Romero, Hirooki Goto, and Kazuchika Okada vs. BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, and SANADA
  • EVIL and Tetsuya Naito vs. Chase Owens and Jay White
  • YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiiro Ishii vs. Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for the British Heavyweight Championship

Secondly, on Monday, September 16, Destruction in Kagoshima will see Kota Ibushi and KENTA clash in the main event. G1 Climax winner Ibushi will be defending his Right to Challenge Contract against KENTA, who beat him in the first round of the tournament.

  • Yuya Uemura vs. Clark Connors (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Ren Narita vs. Micahel Richards (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Yota Tsuji, Shota Umino, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Yuji Nagata vs. Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, Toa Henare, and Manabu Nakanishi
  • SHO, YOH, YOSHI-HASHI, and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, and Tama Tonga
  • Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki, and Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Rocky Romero, Hirooki Goto, and Kazuchika Okada vs. BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, and SANADA
  • EVIL and Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Jay White
  • Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo (c) vs. Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay for the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship
  • Kota Ibushi (c) vs. KENTA for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship Right to Challenge Contract

A week later, Destruction in Kobe features an IWGP Intercontinental Championship bout between Jay White and champion Tetsuya Naito. Both have clashed several times in the past few months, but who will come out on top with the title on the line?

  • Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji, and Yuji Nagata vs. Michael Richards, Alex Coughlin, and Manabu Nakanishi
  • Shota Umino vs. Karl Fredericks (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Ren Narita vs. Clark Connors (12th Young Lion Cup League Match)
  • Toa Henare, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe vs. Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi, and Bad Luck Fale
  • Rocky Romero, Tiger Mask, Jyushin Thunder Liger, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Minoru Suzuki, and Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Robbie Eagles, Will Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, and Kota Ibushi vs. El Phantasmo, Taiji Ihimori, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, and KENTA
  • SHO, YOH, and Kazuchika Okada vs. BUSHI, EVIL, and SANADA
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
  • Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Jay White for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Finally, October 14’s King of Pro Wrestling event has three headline title matches already on the books. The IWGP Heavyweight Championship will be decided when champion Kazuchika Okada defends his belt against SANADA. IWGP United States Champion Jon Moxley will also be in action, defending his title against Juice Robinson after the pair brawled in his NJPW debut. Finally, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship is on the line with Will Ospreay taking on El Phantasmo.

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