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NJPW announces KOPW first round matches, Korakuen Hall cards

kopw first round matches

NJPW has revealed the first round matches for the 2020 King of Pro Wrestling tournament and the full cards for their next Korakuen Hall shows on August 26 and August 27.

The KOPW tournament will begin on the 26th. There will be four tournament matches with special stipulations to be determined by a fan vote. The winners of those matches will then face off in a four-way on August 29 at Summer Struggle in Jingu. 

The winner of the four-way will be declared the provisional King of Pro Wrestling Champion and will defend the title for the rest of the year. The title holder at the end of the year will be declared the 2020 King of Pro Wrestling. 

A pair of non-tournament matches on the 26th were also announced, as well as the full lineup for the penultimate night of the Summer Struggle tour on August 27. 

Both shows will air live on NJPW World at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time. 

It was also announced that Togi Makabe will be missing time from NJPW as he shoots a movie. No further details on the movie were revealed. 

August 26:   

  • KOPW first round match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • KOPW first round match: Satoshi Kojima vs. El Desperado
  • KOPW first round match: Toru Yano vs. BUSHI
  • KOPW first round match: SHO vs. SANADA
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI
  • Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura & Gabriel Kidd

August 27: 

  • Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi vs. EVIL & Taiji Ishimori
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Master Wato vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & DOUKI
  • Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo & Jado
  • Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yuji Nagata, Tomoaki Honma & Gabriel Kidd
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura