Kazuchika Okada scheduled for ten-man tags on final NJPW shows

Originally published at Kazuchika Okada scheduled for ten-man tags on final NJPW shows

Kazuchika Okada will participate in a pair of ten-man tag matches in his final matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Before departing the company, Okada will be part of the New Beginning in Sapporo events on February 23 & 24 with his matchups confirmed by the promotion.

On the first night, Okada will team with CHAOS teammates Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & YOH against United Empire’s Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman.

Okada’s final match on February 24 will be another ten-man tag as he teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ishii, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI against Matt Riddle, Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE & Francesco Akira.

Okada is expected to be joining the AEW roster barring any unforeseen circumstances. Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that Okada agreed to a deal several weeks ago, although hasn’t confirmed if a deal has officially been signed.

Below are the lineups for the New Beginning in Sapporo events later this month:

New Beginning in Sapporo – February 23
*IWGP Global Championship: David Finlay © vs. Nic Nemeth
*NJPW World Television Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi © vs. Matt Riddle
*NEVER Openweight Championship: EVIL © vs. Shota Umino
*IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado © vs. SHO
*IWGP Women’s Championship: Mayu Iwatani © vs. Mina Shirakawa
*Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi, Yota Tsuji & BUSHI vs. SANADA, Taichi, Yuya Uemura, DOUKI & Taka Michinoku
*Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & YOH vs. Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman
*Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi & Boltin Oleg vs. Ren Narita, Yujiro & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Yuji Nagata
*Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya vs. Tomoaki Honma & Shoma Kato

New Beginning in Sapporo – February 24
*IWGP World Heavyweight Championship:
Tetsuya Naito © vs. SANADA
*Hair vs. Hair: Yuya Uemura vs. Yota Tsuji
*Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi
*Hiromu Takahashi vs. DOUKI
*BUSHI vs. Taka Michinoku
*David Finlay & Gedo vs. Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi
*Guerrillas of Destiny vs. El Phantasmo & Hikuleo
*Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ishii, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Matt Riddle, Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE & Francesco Akira
*Shota Umino, El Desperado, Togi Makabe, YOH & Boltin Oleg vs. EVIL, SHO, Ren Narita, Yujiro & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya vs. Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima

This is unsurprising for Okada’s final NJPW matches (as of right now), but completely disappointing. He didn’t need to have G1 Finals match on the way out, but being hidden in a 10-man tag takes away from the pinfall and rub a younger talent could get by pinning Okada.

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Gotta keep him fresh so he can wrestle Kommander on Rampage in a few weeks.

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I prefer that match up over a feud with Miz any day of the week

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The lowest bar possible