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New Japan News: Lots Of Upcoming Matches

04/05/2011

New Japan today annouced a number of matches for upcoming events, including more for the US tour and details on the plans for determining the first IWGP Intercontinental Champion. All the details:
First up are matches announced for 4/19: Satoshi Kojima vs. Makabe, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Masato Tanaka and Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Wataru Inoue vs. Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro Takahashi with the winners getting the next shot at IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard.
Next we have roughly half the card for the major 5/3 event at Fukuoka International Center: First is the planned Yuji Nagata vs. Masato Tanaka big singles match then we move on to 4 title matches:
CMLL World Middleweight Champion Jushin Liger vs. Mascara Dorada for the title
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions 4/17 K-DOJO winners vs. Davey Richards & Rocky Romero for the titles
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard vs. 4/19 winners for the titles
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the title
Finally, it’s on to the US tour in May. With regards to the IWGP Intercontinental Title, there will be an 8-man single elimination tournament to determine the first champion. The quarterfinals will be on 5/13, semifinals on 5/14, finals on 5/15. Here are the quarterfinal matches:
MVP vs. Kazuchika Okada
Toru Yano vs. ? (A name I don’t recognize)
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tama Tonga
Yujiro Takahashi vs. Hideo Saito (?)
Also set for 5/13 is Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask 4 vs. Low-Ki & Homicide

Announced for 5/14:
Tournament semifinals
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt vs. Low-Ki for the title

Announced for 5/15:
Tournament finals
Makabe vs. Rhino in a Hardcore Match, no time limit
JAPW Light Heavyweight Champion Jushin Liger vs. Kenny Omega for the title

More on the US tour as it becomes available.