NJPW’s last Summer Struggle show will take place this weekend. Here’s how to watch.
The biggest party of the summer will no longer take place in Orlando, Florida if NJPW has their way. As their two month Summer Struggle tour comes to a close their penultimate event is looming on the horizon.
New Japan will return to the Meji Jingu Stadium, the home of six-time league champions Tokyo Yakult Swallows, for the first time in 21 years. It is also their first outdoor show since 1999.
You can watch the penultimate Summer Struggle show live at NJPW World with either English or Japanese commentary for only 999 yen a month (about $8.90) at 4/3 AM CT on Saturday, August 29th, and a full breakdown of the show can be found here following the conclusion of the main event.
Keep reading below for a full breakdown of the card.
The event should prove to be high flying and hard-hitting with five championship matches on the card. Kicking off with the Main Roster rookie Master Wato facing off against the legendary Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Followed quickly by the finals of the King Of Pro Wrestling tournament with a Fatal four-way match the entrants of which are being determined during the last 5-day sprint to the event of Kouraken Hall shows.
This year the King Of Pro Wrestling tournament is being handled a bit differently as the company took to twitter to see what stipulations should be placed on the Semifinals matches. The semi-finals are set as follows.
- Satoshi Kojima vs. El Desperado – No Finishers
- Toro Yano vs. BUSHI – 2 Count Pin Falls
- SHO vs. Sanada – Submissions Only
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi – 3 vs. 1 match
Note: Yujiro’s partners in the handicap match have not yet been revealed.
You can see all of the semi-finals matches streaming live on NJPW World at 5:30/4:30c on Wednesday, August 26th.
The first title match of the evening comes when Shingo Takagi defends his Never Openweight Championship against Minoru Suzuki. Minoru has not challenged for the Openweight title since losing it in 2018.
Also in competition will be Bone Soldier Taiji Ishimori challenging Hiromu Takahashi for his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. This match was teased at Dominion earlier this summer when Bone Soldier assisted his new stablemate EVIL in defeating the leader of LIJ to take the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight titles.
The fourth match of the night will see the IWGP Tag Team Champions GoldenACE, Kota Ibushi, and Hiroshi Tanahashi, take on the current champions Zach Sabre Jr. and Taichi. This is a rematch of Dominion where GoldenACE dropped their titles to the SuzukiGun members.
The main event is a rematch deserving of the open-air stadium as the egos involved could not hope to be contained inside the Tokyodome. The current IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion EVIL face his former mentor for both of his titles. Just a few months removed from his betrayal at Dominion to take the titles for himself and move to the head of the Bullet Club stable in the process.
This match should be an incredibly hard-hitting display of the signature NJPW Strong Style. There will be no pulled punches or gimmicked holds. These two men will beat the hell out of one another.