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More New Japan News: J SPORTS CROWN Tournament Announced, Nakamura To Mexico


More New Japan news on a busy day: They also have announced this year’s J SPORTS CROWN Tournament. Once again it will be a trios/6-man tournament, taking place June 21-23 at Differ Ariake. The 12 trios that will form this year’s field are as follows:
Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Mascara Dorada
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Wataru Inoue, King Fale
Yuji Nagata, Super Strong Machine, Tiger Mask 4
Manabu Nakanishi, Koji Kanemoto, Hiromu Takahashi
Hirooki Goto, Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi
Giant Bernard, Karl Anderson, Jushin Liger
Satoshi Kojima, Makabe, Tomoaki Honma
Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii
Masato Tanaka, Yujiro Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito
Jado, Gedo, Killer Rabbit
Lance Archer, TAKA Michinoku, Taichi
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Madoka, Shinobu

Now you’re probably looking at that list and thinking, like I initially was, “No Shinsuke Nakamura?” In related news I found out why he’s absent-he’s leaving New Japan for a short time. As part of NJPW’s partnership/working agreement/etc. with Mexico’s CMLL promotion, Nakamura is now heading to CMLL and will compete in Mexico until the end of June. This means Nakamura will miss J SPORTS CROWN, BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIOR (all shows) and DOMINION 6.18. Translation of New Japan’s announcement:

As a new Japanese professional wrestling and a part of the cooperation of CMLL, 1 people of the top player of new Japanese professional wrestling, in 邑 the Mexican campaign which crosses 1 months of true 輔 player decided.

Period to leave Japan on May 27th, 1 months to 6 ends of the month. As for the medium 邑 player in the big match which CMLL sponsors large number it is the schedule which participates.

Receiving this campaign,

May 26th (the wood) from it commences ‘BEST OF THE SUPER Jr.XVIII’ all the 10 games

June 18th (Saturday) ‘DOMINION 6.18’ the Osaka conference

June 21st (fire) – 23 days (wood) ‘J SPORTS CROWN’ [deihua] daybreak 3 successive battles.

In 邑 the true 輔 player defaults the above-mentioned 14 conferences.

We apologize to everyone of the fan which has been enjoyed the tournament of the medium 邑 player deeply.

New Japanese professional wrestling corporation

According to the BOSJ cards, all of which have now been announced, Masato Tanaka appears to have been added as a replacement for Nakamura in non-tournament matches.