New Japan Announces Wrestling Dontaku Card

New Japan Announces Wrestling Dontaku Card

By Jamal Niaz

Fresh off the success of Sunday’s Sakura Genesis event, New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the lineup for their next two events scheduled to take place on May 3 and 4 at the Fukuoka Convention Center in Fukuoka, Japan.

The Wrestling Dontaku card looks set to be Bullet Club heavy yet again – Hangman Page faces Kenny Omega for the first time in NJPW and Cody Rhodes battles Omega’s “Golden Lover” partner Kota Ibushi on Day One. With Rhodes and Page picking up the win over The Golden Lovers at Sakura Genesis, these matches give Omega and Ibushi the opportunity to get revenge in singles competition. Likewise, the self-professed “Leader of Bullet Club” has the chance to erase any memories of his loss to Ibushi at this year’s Wrestle Kingdom when they meet on May 3.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay will also face Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kushida on the first night before they defend their titles against their respective opponents in singles competition on Night Two.

Ospreay is riding the momentum from his hard-fought win over longtime rival Marty Scurll, while Okada equaled Tanahashi’s title defense record with his recent win over Zack Sabre Jr. This tag team match will serve as a great precursor to Okada vs. Tanahashi and Ospreay vs. Kushida on May 4, so expect to see these four men tear the house down across the weekend.

Also scheduled on the card:

The Young Bucks will team with Marty Scurll to face Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa for the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Tam Championships on Day One.

In a match which is being described as “Bullet Club Civil War,” The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page and Cody Rhodes will face the team of Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa.

With the tension between the both factions of Bullet Club at an all-time high, the Fukuoka Convention Center is liable to explode!

Given that there are so many awesome matches happening over the weekend, it’s tough to pick one out to label as the most anticipated of the card. One thing is for certain, however, the Wrestling Dontaku shows are must-watch programming.

Which matches are you most looking forward to on the Wrestling Dontaku card? As always, let us know in the comments section below or on our official Twitter page.

5 years ago by Wrestle Talk


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