Four-way for IWGP Jr. tag titles, Dog Cage Match added to Sapporo shows

Originally published at Four-way for IWGP Jr. tag titles, Dog Cage Match added to Hokkaido show

This weekend’s New Japan Pro Wrestling cards in Sapporo will see a four-way match for the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles.

The company will run back-to-back nights at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center culminating with Sunday’s main event where Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP heavyweight title against Tetsuya Naito.

After challenges were issued, the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles will be defended on Saturday’s show with a shuffling of the card.

Champions Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask were originally scheduled for a tag match against El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori but now, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato and El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru have been added to the match.

NJPW has also revealed the poll results for Sunday’s KOPW 2022 match between Minoru Suzuki and Toru Yano.

The results saw 59.2 percent of the 22,099 votes in favor of Toru Yano’s pick for a Dog Collar Cage match.

The match cannot end in disqualification and only concludes when one man is placed into a dog cage and the door is locked.

Suzuki became the KOPW 2022 holder last month at Wrestle Kingdom winning a four-way match against Yano, CIMA, and Chase Owens at the Tokyo Dome.

Below are the updated lineups for both nights in Sapporo:

Saturday, February 19th – 3 a.m. ET
*IWGP U.S. Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (champion) vs. SANADA
*IWGP Tag Team Championship: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI (champions) vs. EVIL & Yujiro
*IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Championship: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask (champions) vs. Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi
*Kazuchika Okada, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
*Great O-Khan vs. Tomoaki Honma
*Tomohiro Ishii & YOH vs. SHO & Dick Togo
*Minoru Suzuki & Taichi vs. Toru Yano & Ryohei Oiwa
*Togi Makabe & Kosei Fujita vs. DOUKI & Taka Michinoku

Sunday, February 20th – Midnight ET (Sat night, early Sunday)
*IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (champion) vs. Tetsuya Naito
*NEVER Six-Man Tag Championship: EVIL, Yujiro & SHO vs. Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & YOH
*KOPW 2022 Dog Cage Match: Minoru Suzuki (holder) vs. Toru Yano
*Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
*Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Great O-Khan
*Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa vs. Taichi & DOUKI
*Robbie Eagles, Tiger Mask & Kosei Fujita vs. El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & Jado
*El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku vs. Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Satoshi Kojima

Both shows will stream live on New Japan World.