As the New Beginning 2021 tour ended in Hiroshima, New Japan Pro Wrestling was already setting up for its Castle Attack Tour. With challenges set and feuds reignited, the new and inaugural Castle Attack shows are underway.
Alongside singles matches, there are title matches across the tour involving some of the biggest names in New Japan.
Here is a look at all of the championship matches that fans can see on this tour!
Toru Yano vs Chase Owens – KOPW 2021 – February 27
The King of Pro Wrestling title is one of New Japan’s most unique championships. With wacky stipulations, there is no better person to hold that title than the unpredictable Toru Yano. Yano went into Wrestle Kingdom 15 and defended his crown to become both the 2020 and provisional 2021 KOPW champion.
Chase Owens believed he was cheated out of the title by Yano at Wrestle Kingdom. He has now challenged for the KOPW title with a Texas Strap Match. After winning the poll, Yano added his own stipulation. To win the match, one man has to remove each turnbuckle. However, the catch is a leather strap will tie together both men.
With both men contributing to the stipulation, neither man is at any advantage. However, Yano has proved that he will do anything to retain his precious trophy. No doubt it will be brutal and chaotic, the perfect combination for this title.
El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori v El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships – February 25
After Hiromu Takahashi injured his pectoral muscle, sidelining him for at least six months, the IWGP Jr tag title match seemed off the cards. However, El Phantasmo should know better than to brag about the match getting cancelled during a Road To show. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru came out during the promo to attack the duo and issue their rematch.
This bout is retribution for the Suzuki Gun duo who lost their titles to Bullet Club during the New Beginning Tour. Apart from that, there is also the added history between Kanemaru and Ishimori, which is always interesting to watch. As always, when it comes to heel v heel matches, there is no saying what might happen. There will be a mixture of high-flying, submission skills, and sneaky style with four very different athletes.
The one difference lies in ELP and his Sudden Death superkick. In their last match, this was the difference maker allowing Bullet Club to pick up the win. Yet, after a lot of experience with the brutal kick, you can bet that Despy and Kanemaru have something up their sleeve to counter it. It might be the key for the Suzuki gun duo to win back the titles they know so well.