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Stipulation added to Sabre-Yano match at NJPW Power Struggle


A new stipulation has been added to the Zack Sabre Jr./Toru Yano match at King of Pro Wrestling.

Yano and Sabre will battle in a No Corner Pad match. Yano frequently uses the turnbuckles to his advantage during his matches, undoing them to expose the metal within the corners. This will be for the provisional King of Pro Wrestling title, a championship that is decided via stipulation matches.

An angle ran on the Road to Power Struggle event that aired on November 2. Yano, who was on commentary for the IWGP Tag Team title match that took place, entered the ring after Sabre and Taichi successfully defended the titles against YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto. Yano removed all of the turnbuckles and cut a promo saying that Sabre pisses him off because he always puts the turnbuckles back on after he takes them off. He then announced the stipulation for the match.

The show ended with Sabre sending Yano into an exposed turnbuckle, causing Yano to go backstage and complain loudly. 

The provisional KOPW title match will open Power Struggle, which takes place on November 7. Here is the full card:

  • Tetsuya Naito vs. EVIL for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental right to challenge contract
  • KENTA vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP US title right to challenge contract
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Great-O-Khan
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi for the NEVER Openweight title
  • Toru Yano vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for the provisional KOPW title in a no corner pads match