New Japan officially announced that Shinsuke Nakamura will be leaving the promotion as of January 31st and with this news he has also given up the IWGP Intercontinental belt.
Nakamura is still scheduled to compete on the upcoming “NJPW/CMLL FANTASTICA MANIA 2016” shows and then the two January shows for the “Road to THE NEW BEGINING” on January 29th and 30th. The show on the 30th featuring a special send-off match for Nakamura. A special press conference from Nakamura himself is scheduled for January 25th.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to THE NEW BEGINNING”, 1/30/2016 [Sat] @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) David Finlay Jr. vs. Hirai Kawato
(2) Jay White vs. Teruaki Kanemitsu
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Juhsin Thunder Liger vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
(4) Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga
(5) KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI
(6) Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson vs. Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Cody Hall
(7) Nakamura’s Send-Off Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii
New Japan has also the headlining title matches for their upcoming double “THE NEW BEGINNING” shows on February 11th and 14th. The full event cards will be announced soon.
The main event for the 11th show was announced to be Okada defending the IWGP Heabyweight belt against Hirooki Goto. Goto took charge to become the next challenger after a win against Naito at the Tokyo Dome and then a win over Okada’s team on the “NEW YEAR DASH!!” show. Goto has taken offence to Okada more so than ever recently, as he believes that Okada isn’t fitting of being a leading champion without showing respect. Though Goto has much to prove himself as he has been close to winning the belt on multiple occasions, but has fallen short each time, even to Okada.
A rematch has been set from “WRESTLE KINGDOM” as Shibata will be defending the NEVER Openweight belt against the former champion Ishii. Ishii is taking his rematch clause against Shibata as the two could potentially end up in an even more physical encounter than before with Ishii trying to reclaim his belt.
The IWGP Junior Tag belts will be in defense in a 3WAY as the new champions “Young Bucks” will be taking on “reDRagon” and the high-flyers Ricochet & Sydal.
Then the NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag belts will be in defense as the champions Yano and Jay & Mark Briscoe once more take on Bad Luck Fale’s team, though this time with Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “THE NEW BEGINNING in OSAKA”, 2/11/2016 [Thu] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka
() NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [1st Champions] Toru Yano, Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. [Challengers] Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga
~ 2nd title defense.
() NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [10th Champion] Katsuyori Shibata vs. [Challenger] Tomohiro Ishii
~ 1st title defense.
() IWGP Junior Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [44th Champions] Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. [Challengers] Ricochet & Matt Sydal
~ 1st title defense.
() IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [63rd Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
~ 3rd title defense.
It was then announced that the next IWGP Intercontinental Champion will be decided on February 14th as Kenny Omega, the next contender by right after beating Nakamura on 1/5, will be taking on an opponent who will be determined in the near future.
Also announced for the show is Makabe & Honma defending the IWGP Tag belts against the former champions Anderson & Gallows in a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom.
Then KUSHIDA will be taking on BUSHI in defense of the IWGP Junior belt following the “NEW YEAR DASH!!” show in which BUSHI positioned himself as the next rightful contender.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “THE NEW BEGINNING in NIIGATA”, 2/14/2016 [Sun] 16:00 @ Aore Nagaoka in Niigata
() IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [73rd Champion] KUSHIDA vs. [Challenger] BUSHI
~ 1st title degense.
() IWGP Tag Championship Match: [69th Champions] Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. [Challengers] Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
~ 1st title defense.
() IWGP Intercontinental Championship Decision Match: Kenny Omega vs. X (to be announced)
~ Winner becomes the 13th generation champion.