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KUSHIDA, KENTA return matches announced for NJPW Road


KUSHIDA and KENTA are returning to in-ring action on New Japan Road shows set for next month.

NJPW announced tonight that KUSHIDA’s first match back will be on July 3, when he teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Alex Zayne to take on KENTA in his first match back since January, Taiji Ishimori, and Gedo. On July 4, he will team with Tanahashi to take on KENTA and Taiji Ishimori in a singles match.

KUSHIDA made his return to NJPW on Tuesday morning, when he challenged Taiji Ishimori after he successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Hiromu Takahashi. Ishimori told KUSHIDA he needed to win a few matches before challenging him and left.

KENTA has been out of action since January after suffering injuries in a match against Hiroshi Tanahashi. He has since been announced for next month's G1 Climax 32 tournament.

Alex Coughlin and The DKC of the LA Dojo will also join the tour, teaming with Clark Connors to take on Taichi, El Desperado, and DOUKI on July 4. The trio will then face Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, and Alex Zayne on July 5.