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Four title matches set for New Japan Road shows

Korakuen Hall will host four title matches as part of this month's New Japan Road events.

NJPW's New Japan Road show at Korakuen Hall on Thursday, February 20 will be headlined by NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi defending his title against Tomohiro Ishii. This will be Takagi's first title defense since winning the championship from Hirooki Goto at the New Beginning in Sapporo night one.

SHO & YOH will also defend their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles against Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi on February 20.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi are challenging Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa for the IWGP Tag Team titles at New Japan Road on Friday, February 21. Tonga & Loa won the titles from Juice Robinson & David Finlay at NJPW's New Beginning USA show in Atlanta earlier this month.

Ibushi is returning to the ring at NJPW's Tiger Hattori retirement event at Korakuen Hall on February 19 after missing the New Beginning USA tour due to illness.

The NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team titles will also be on the line on the February 21 New Japan Road show. Takagi, EVIL & BUSHI are defending their titles against Toru Yano, Colt Cabana & Taguchi.

Takagi, EVIL & BUSHI became the Six-Man Tag Team Champions at Wrestle Kingdom 14 night two in January.

Both New Japan Road shows will air live on New Japan World, along with Hattori's retirement event on February 19 and Manabu Nakanishi's retirement event on February 22. Here are the full New Japan Road cards:

New Japan Road (Thursday, February 20) --

  • NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi defending against Tomohiro Ishii
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions SHO & YOH defending against Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Jay White & Bad Luck Fale
  • Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
  • Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Colt Cabana vs. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare
  • Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Yuya Uemura vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd

New Japan Road (Friday, February 21) --

  • IWGP Tag Team Champions Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa defending against Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi
  • NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Shingo Takagi, EVIL & BUSHI defending against Toru Yano, Colt Cabana & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay & Rocky Romero vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & Hiromu Takahashi
  • Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Gedo & Jado
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
  • Juice Robinson, David Finlay, SHO & YOH vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Tiger Mask & Gabriel Kidd vs. Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura