New Japan is currently participating in one of their themed tours, and while these shows aren’t as big as the company’s signature events like Domination, it does not mean that nothing is happening to them. This is especially true for the current New Japan Road shows, as NJPW gears up for this weekend. Forbidden Door PPV with AEW in Chicago and the start of their legendary G1 Climax tournament next month.
We are about to find out who will join PAC, Miro and the winner of dynamite‘s Penta Oscura/Malakai Black match in the 4way that will crown the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion. As expected, during the June 20 show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Tomohiro Ishii and Clark Connors participated in the NJPW mini-tournament held to determine their participant in the Forbidden Doortitle fight.
Ishii defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru to advance, while Connors defeated Tomoaki Honma. Ishii vs. Connors will take place on tomorrow’s show at the same location. The June 21 card will be headlined by Best of Super Juniors winner Hiromu Takahashi challenging IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori for the belt.
The other Junior Heavyweight belts changed hands on Monday, as United Empire claimed more gold when TJP and Francesco Akira defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles.
— AKIRA (フランシスコ・アキラ) (@francescoakira) June 20, 2022
Will Ospreay’s stable is heading towards Forbidden Door with three New Japan Championships (his IWGP US belt and the Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan’s Heavyweight Tag Titles).
And although we still don’t have a match schedule for the G1, we now know what the clashes will be. NJPW has announced the block assignments for the round-robin battle for a Wrestle Kingdom title shot, so everyone in each of these groups will face off once during the grueling tournament, which runs from July 16 to July 16. august. 18.
A block: Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Tom Lawlor, Jeff Cobb, JONAH, Bad Luck Fale, Lance Archer
Block B: Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii, SANADA, Tama Tonga, Great O-Khan, Chase Owens, Taichi
Block C: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito, Zack Saber Jr., Aaron Henare, KENTA, EVIL
Block D: Will Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, Shingo Takagi, David Finlay, Juice Robinson, El Phantasmo, Yujiro Takahashi
Which games are you most looking forward to? Who do you want to see compete for AEW’s new belt on Sunday in Chicago?