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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White set for NJPW BOSJ finals

Hiroshi Tanahashi has an opponent for his return match.

NJPW has announced that Tanahashi will face Jay White at the Best of the Super Juniors finals at Sumo Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday, June 5. Aside from the winner of the A Block taking on the winner of the B Block to determine who wins the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, this is the first match confirmed for the event.

An angle at Wrestling Dontaku night two this past weekend set up Tanahashi vs. White for the Best of the Super Juniors finals. Tanahashi made a surprise appearance, announcing that he'll be returning to the ring on June 5. Tanahashi said his goal after returning is to become IWGP Heavyweight Champion again, which led to him being interrupted by White and Gedo.

White said he should be next in line for a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight title and Tanahashi should beĀ all the way in the back of the line. White attacked Tanahashi, then tried to target his elbow. White was stopped by young lions who were at ringside.

Tanahashi has been out of action with an elbow injury since facing Zack Sabre Jr. at G1 Supercard on April 6. Tanahashi underwent surgery for the injury last month.