NJPW Strong Style Evolved United Kingdom Lineups Revealed!

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Coming off the back of huge announcements for the G1 Special in San Francisco card, NJPW has finally confirmed the match cards for their first-ever events in the UK. The Strong Style Evolved United Kingdom cards will be co-promoted alongside Revolution Pro and will give fans the opportunity to see some of the biggest stars from Japan for the first time.

Night one takes place in Milton Keynes and will be headlined by Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. going up against Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii in a match for the Revolution Pro Wrestling British Tag Titles.

This tag match serves as a precursor to the bigger singles matches that will take place in Manchester on Night Two. Sabre Jr. will be facing off against Okada and Ishii will be facing Suzuki. Both matches have a built-in history with Sabre Jr. and Okada recently main eventing Sakura Genesis and Ishii and Suzuki brawling after their tag match at this weekend’s Dominion event.

One wrestler that will undoubtedly be a highlight of the shows will be the UK’s own, Will Ospreay, who will be competing in matches against Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi on Nights One and Two respectively. With Taiji Ishimori on both cards, it is surprising he won’t be one to compete against Ospreay, considering their recent rivalry in the Best of The Super Juniors tournament.

Here are the full match cards for both events:

Night One (Milton Keynes Ice Arena, June 30)

  • British Tag Team Champions Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. defending against Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii
  • Will Ospreay vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Chris Brookes vs. YOSHI-HASHI
  • WALTER vs. Yuji Nagata
  • Tiger Mask IV vs. David Starr
  • Takashi Iizuka, Taichi & El Desperado vs. Jay White, Toru Yano & Gedo
  • Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher)
  • Shota Umino vs. Opponent TBA

Night Two (Altrincham Arena, July 1)

  • Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii defending against Minoru Suzuki
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Will Ospreay vs. Taichi
  • Jay White vs. Chris Brookes
  • WALTER vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Takashi Iizuka, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado vs. Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. Tiger Mask IV vs. El Phantasmo vs. David Starr
  • Shota Umino vs. Yuji Nagata
  • Dan Duggan vs. Opponent TBA (the same wrestler who will be facing Umino on Night one)

Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & The Young Bucks – now collectively The Golden Elite – are the obvious big names that are omitted from these cards for various reasons. This is a shame for British fans who rarely get to see these amazing athletes compete on their shores. However, the cards have the star power with the likes of Okada, Sabre Jr., Ospreay & Jay White. Surely, that is surely enough to attract a large audience.

 

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