New Japan Pro Wrestling Announces Matches For Destruction Tour, Kings of Pro Wrestling

New Japan released its full set of matches for their September Destruction Tour today. Here is the full list of matches for their big shows on the tour. The schedule and full match listings for all shows can be found on NJPW’s Website.

Destruction in Beppu (September 15) 

RevPro British Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defending against Zack Sabre Jr.
Guerrillas of Destiny vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii
Tetsuya Naito & EVIL vs. Jay White & Chase Owens
Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. KENTA, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo
Jushin Thunder Liger, YOH & SHO vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI
Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Toa Henare, Clark Connors & Michael Richards
Young Lion Cup: Shota Umino vs. Alex Coughlin
Young Lion Cup: Yota Tsuji vs. Karl Fredericks

Destruction in Kagoshima (September 16)

Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA (Ibushi’s right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 is on the line)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori defending against Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles
Tetsuya Naito & EVIL vs. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi
Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI
Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, YOH & SHO vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Yota Tsuji vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Toa Henare, Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin
Young Lion Cup: Ren Narita vs. Michael Richards
Young Lion Cup: Yuya Uemura vs. Clark Connors

Destruction in Kobe (September 22)

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito defending against Jay White
Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
Kazuchika Okada, SHO & YOH vs. SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI
Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Rocky Romero vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI
Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Young Lion Cup: Ren Narita vs. Clark Connors
Young Lion Cup: Shota Umino vs.Karl Fredericks
Yuji Nagata, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Alex Coughlin & Michael Richards

In addition to those matches, New Japan also announced their top matches for Kings of Pro Wrestling, which is taking place in October.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Okada (c) vs Sanada

U.S Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Juice Robinson

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs El Phantasmo

JC’s Thoughts: My guess is that ZSJ wins the British Heavyweight Title back from Tanahashi. I don’t like exchanging the Title like that so quickly but Tanahashi doesn’t really need it.

I can’t wait for Kota Ibushi vs KENTA. I like KENTA as a full fledged heel now and I think they will have a banger of a match. I don’t expect KENTA to win, so I’ll be interested to see if he gets protected at all.

Naito vs Jay White is interesting to me. Normally, you could see Naito getting his win back here from the G1. But I could honestly see White winning again. If Naito isn’t going for both Titles, there is really no need for him to hold the IC Title and I think Jay White is the perfect wrestler to hold that Title for an extended period of time.

As far as the Kings of Pro Wrestling Card, Okada vs Sanada was the logical choice. Sanada pinned Okada in the G1 and that normally means you fight the Champion at KOPW. Sanada won’t win, so it might take a bit of drama out of the match. But I expect it to still be good.

Moxley vs Juice is interesting. They are 1-1 against each other. I guess this all depends on how long Moxley is staying in New Japan. If Moxley can’t fight in the US, then I would take the Title off him and put it on Juice again.

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