New Japan announces plan to return to action

Jun 9, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

NJPW held a press conference to announce plans on when and how they plan to return to action. NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced that NJPW will be returning on June 15. There will be shows held on June 15-17, June 22-24 and July 1-3 with no fans in attendance and streamed on NJPW World. June 15 will be a Together Special Project with matches to be announced at the beginning of the show.

The previously cancelled New Japan Cup will now be taking place from June 16 to July 3. Traditionally a tournament for heavyweights, junior heavyweights will be allowed to participate. Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kota Ibushi and Sho vs. Shingo Takagi are some highlight match-ups.

The New Japan Cup finals will be on July 11 at Osaka-Jo Hall and the winner will challenge Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. The Osaka-Jo Hall shows will replace Dominion and will run at one-third capacity.

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