It has been a big week of announcements for NJPW.
Fresh off the announcement of a brand new championship, the KOPW 2020, they have today formally announced a new TV show and two new tournaments coming soon.
The first confirmation is their new TV show, NJPW Strong that will debut on Friday August 7th on NJPW World. It is believed that this is the show that was taped around 7 weeks ago in Los Angeles.
The debut episode will feature the whole first round of a new tournament called the New Japan Cup USA.
This is an eight man, single elimination tournament that will grant the winner a future IWGP United States Championship shot. The title is currently held by AEW World Champion Jon Moxley.
The first round matches are as follows:
- KENTA vs. Karl Fredericks
- Jeff Cobb vs. Tanga Loa
- David Finlay vs. Chase Owens
- Tama Tonga vs. Brody King
The tournament is populated entirely by US based workers that cannot currently fly to Japan due to the global pandemic that has caused such issues for the wrestling world and beyond this year.
NJPW’s final announcement today was a tournament to decide new NEVER Openweight 6-man tag team champions. The titles were declared vacant recently after EVIL’s defection from Los Ingobernables De Japon to Bullet Club.
This is also a single elimination tournament that will take place over an incredibly short time period. The tournament will kick off on August 6th and the final will take place on August 9th.
The bracket is set out as follows:
- CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Jado & Gedo)
- Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & DOUKI)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Master Wato vs. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Junior, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
- Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI)
New Japan Pro Wrestling are clearly attempting to make up for lost time following their multi-month shut down. Those with access to NJPW World will have plenty to get their teeth stuck in to in the coming weeks.