Sunday, October 25, 2020

NJPW Vacates NEVER 6-Man Championships, Schedules 8 Team Tournament

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced that, following EVIL’s defection to Bullet Club from Los Ingobernables de Japon, the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship has been vacated. It was previously held by EVIL, BUSHI, and Shingo Takagi. Their reign lasted 206 days with 2 successful defenses.

To determine new champions, NJPW will hold a single-elimination tournament with eight teams during next week’s events as part of the Summer Struggle tour. The tournament is scheduled as follows:

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August 6 (First Round)

  • CHAOS (SHO, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo & Jado)
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & DOUKI)

August 7 (First Round)

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Master Wato vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI)

August 8 (Semifinals), August 9 (Final)

  • Matches To Be Determined

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