NJPW Announces New Japan Road Lineup
NJPW held a press conference Monday to announce the lineups for next week's New Japan Road event, a prelude to Sengoku Lord on July 25 in Nagoya.
New Japan Road will be held on Monday, July 20 at Korakuen Hall. Attendance will be limited.
The show will be headlined by a six-man-tag, as new Bullet Club members EVIL and Dick Togo will team with Taiji Ishimori against Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI. EVIL defeated Naito at Dominion to win the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental titles. Hiromu will be EVIL's challenger for both belts at Sengoku Lord on July 25 in Nagoya.
The semi-main event will feature Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Master Wato and Yuji Nagata vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Minoru Suzuki. Sabre and Taichi defeated Tanahashi and Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles at Dominion, while Kanemaru attacked Wato after he defeated DOUKI at the New Japan Cup Final. Suzuki and Nagata will renew their rivalry after a memorable New Japan Cup first round match. Suzuki will return here after missing the Cup final and Dominion for precautionary reasons after he had a fever.
Also on the card, Kazuchika Okada will team with Hirooki Goto against Yujiro Takahashi and Gedo. Yujiro, Gedo and Ishimori's interference helped EVIL defeat Okada to win the New Japan Cup. Okada will look for revenge against Yujiro at Sengoku Lord.
Shingo Takagi and SANADA will team against El Desperado and DOUKI. Desperado will challenge Takagi for the NEVER Openweight title at Sengoku Lord.
Here is the full lineup:
EVIL, Dick Togo & Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Master Wato & Yuji Nagata vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Minoru Suzuki
Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo
Shingo Takagi & SANADA vs. El Desperado & DOUKI
Gabriel Kidd, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs. SHO, YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
New Japan Road will air live on NJPW World at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, July 20.