By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The following matches are advertised for the New Japan Pro Wrestling “The New Beginning in Osaka” event that will be held Sunday morning in Osaka, Japan at Osaka-Jo Hall.
-Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenta for the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.
-Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP U.S. Championship.
-Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryu Lee for the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Championship.
-Sanada vs. Jay White.
-Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi.
-Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, and David Finlay vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi, and Chase Owens.
-Sho and Yoh vs. Yoshinobu Kanemauro and El Desperado for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles.
-Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe (Nakanishi’s final match in the venue).
Powell’s POV: The event will be streamed on the New Japan World streaming service and is available for purchase on the FITE.TV app for $24.99. The start time on FITE is listed as early Sunday morning at 1CT/2ET. This looks like a strong event on paper and I’m especially looking forward to the Moxley vs. Suzuki and Takahashi vs. Lee matches.
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