Matches for NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Tour Announced

New Japan has announced the top matches for their upcoming ‘Wrestling Dontaku’ tour which begins on 4/23. This yearly tour usually determines the top bouts for the major Dominion show that will be taking place June 9th and will once again emanate from the historic Osaka Jo Hall.

Arguably the biggest match that will be taking place is the Day 2 main event between two of New Japan’s biggest stars: Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi. These two men have one of the most high profile rivalries in NJPW history and have faced each other on the biggest stages that Japanese wrestling has to offer, a collision between Tanahashi and arguably the man whose career he helped make in Okada could be considered a MOTYC if the stars align.

Here is the full schedule for the tour:

Road to Wrestling Dontaku (April 23)

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & EVIL vs. Minoru Suzuki & Killer Elite Squad
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI

Road to Wrestling Dontaku (April 24)

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Gedo
  • IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match: Jay White (c) vs. David Finlay

Road to Wrestling Dontaku (April 27)

  • Special Tag Team Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA vs. Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Juice Robinson

Wrestling Hinokuni 2018 (April 29)

  • Singles Match: BUSHI vs. El Desperado
  • Singles Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship: SANADA & EVIL (c) vs. Killer Elite Squad
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito

Wrestling Dontaku 2018 Day 1 (May 3)

  • NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. The Young Bucks & Marty Scurll
  • Singles Match: Kota Ibushi vs. Cody
  • Singles Match: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page

Wrestling Dontaku 2018 Day 2 (May 4)

  • Bullet Club vs. Bullet Club 10-Man: Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Cody, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll & The Young Bucks
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. KUSHIDA
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

credit to r/njpw for the lineup