Sakura Genesis Set For 4/1, Four Title Matches Scheduled
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest April event, Sakura Genesis, is set to air on 4/1. The event will see four title matches, and the return of IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion EVIL. EVIL has been out since January, recovering from injury. The show will be headlined by Kazuchika Okada putting his IWGP Heavyweight Title on the line against the 2018 New Japan Cup Winner, Zack Sabre Jr.
The event will be broadcast LIVE on NJPWWorld.com. English Commentary will be available.
Sakura Genesis 4/1, 3am EST:
- Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
- CHAOS (Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka & Taichi)
- NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship Match: Champions Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale) vs. Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Michael Elgin)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. CHAOS (Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & SANADA) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Champions Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. Roppongi 3k (Sho & Yoh) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi)
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Champion Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll
- The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Team Cody (Cody & Hangman Page)
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) March 28, 2018
Before Sakura Genesis, New Japan will air Road To Sakura Genesis on 3/30. WrestleZone will not be providing live coverage for the Road To Sakura Genesis event, but here is the full card. The show is set to air at 5:30am EST on 3/30.
Road To Sakura Genesis 3/30, 5:30am EST
- Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Ren Narita
- Yuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino
- Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Michael Elgin) vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoyuki Oka
- David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Toa Henare vs. CHAOS (Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Tiger Mask vs. CHAOS (Sho, Yoh & Toru Yano)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Davey Boy Smith Jr., & Lance Archer)
- CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.)
NJPW Bringing Strong Style: Evolved To United Kingdom
The Daily Mirror in the UK is reporting that New Japan Pro Wrestling will be coming to the country on June 30th & July 1st for Strong Style: Evolved. The two shows will be in Milton Keynes on June 30th & Manchester on July 1st. The event will be in partnership with RevolutionPro Wrestling.
This announcement comes off the heels of New Japan announcing a July 7th show at The Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.
Still people signing up to the mailing list… we can only guarantee you will be included in the pre-sale e-mail if you are signed up by midday today. #StrongStyleEvolvedUK https://t.co/LhHedYxXS8 l https://t.co/dGF2XPNkbR pic.twitter.com/HjMu0jg10k
— Revolution Pro (@RevProUK) March 28, 2018
Bread Club leader and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Satoshi Kojima returned to the New Japan Dojo and apparently received a colorful welcome back.
Via Twitter’s Default Translator: “When I came to practice at the dojo, I received a cranes!! Thank you for your kind. This is really good!!!! I will work hard!!!!!”
— 小島 聡【SATOSHI KOJIMA】 (@cozy_lariat) March 28, 2018
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