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(STINGER: New Japan)
Will Ospreay is the top man in New Japan. He defeated Kota Ibushi at Sunday’s Sakura Genesis show...to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
After his crowning moment, Ospreay issued a challenge to Kazuchika Okada. Okada answered the call to the ring, but before he could answer Ospreay...Okada was interrupted by Shingo Takagi, who also wants a shot at Ospreay.
Ospreay agreed to face Takagi first...then Okada.
Ospreay’s United Empire revealed a new member at Sunday’s show: Aaron Henare - the former Toa Henare. He teamed up with Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb to defeat Tetsuya Naito, SANADA and Takagi. Henare pinned SANADA.
The Junior Tag Titles also changed hands at Sakura Genesis. Roppongi 3K dethroned El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru. YOH debuted a new finisher - the Direct Drive - to pin Kanemaru.
This the fifth Junior Tag Title reign for Roppongi 3K. But YOH - who just got back from an ACL tear - wants more. He’s got his eyes on Despy’s singles junior title.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Satoshi Kojima beat Jay White and Bad Luck Fale. Tanahashi pinned Fale. Then, Tanahashi went after White after the match - locking him in the Texas Cloverleaf until White tapped. Tanahashi then accepted White’s challenge for his NEVER Title.
In the opening match, Zack Sabre Jr. pinned one half of the heavyweight tag champs, Tanga Loa, to win a 6-man tag.
After the match, New Japan Chairman Subabayashi took possession of the Iron Fingers belonging to ZSJ’s tag partner Taichi.
Hiromu Takahashi made an appearance at the top of the show, as he joined the commentary team. Takahashi is still out with a shoulder injury.
More news from Japan...
Stardom held a major show Sunday at Budokan Hall...where Utami Hayashishita fought off Bea Priestly’s challenge for the World of Stardom Title. Afterward, Priestly announced that the match was her last in Stardom..
In the main event, Giulia and Syuri won the Goddesses of Stardom Titles. They dethroned Maika & Himeka.
A new match announced for tonight’s Raw - Xavier Woods vs. AJ Styles.
Also tonight…women’s champ Asuka teams up with her WrestleMania challenger Rhea Ripley...to face the WWE Women’s Tag Champs Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. That is a non-title match.
Plus, WWE Champ Bobby Lashley in a non-title match against his former Hurt Business cohort, Cedric Alexander...and Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin.
WWE officially added a stipulation to the Intercontinental Title match on Night 2 of WrestleMania. It’ll be Big E defending against Apollo Crews in a Nigerian Drum Match - which is essentially “no rules”.
Tonight’s AEW Dark: Elevation is promoting a DOUBLE main event - Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page teaming up for the first time to take on Matt & Mike Sydal...and Dark Order’s Colt Cabana vs. Max Caster from The Acclaimed.
Plus, Matt Hardy vs. Alan “5” Angels.
Also in action tonight, Hangman Page...Lance Archer...and Dr. Britt Baker.
This week will see Impact Wrestling’s move to Thursday nights...and a new match for that show was announced Sunday - XXXL vs. Sami Callihan & “A Partner Of His Choosing”. The suspense surrounding this is whether Trey Miguel will tag with Callihan.
We have a main event for the 500th episode of Ring Of Honor TV. It’ll be Jay Briscoe one-on-one against his brother, Mark Briscoe!
Also announced for that episode - Jonathan Gresham defending his Pure Title against fellow Foundation member Jay Lethal.
Before the 500th episode of ROH TV airs on television...it’ll be shown on Thursday, April 15th...as part of a 3-hour special on ROH’s free streaming channel on the STIRR and PLEX apps.
The new faction led by Brody King that was revealed at ROH’s 19th Anniversary show now has a name - Violence Unlimited.
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