New Japan's April & May cards, Hiroshi Tanahashi injured

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Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/08/new-japans-april-may-cards-hiroshi-tanahashi-injured/

New Japan Pro Wrestling has released their lineups for their major shows in April and May.

The promotion announced that Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hiroyoshi Tenzan will not be part of the tours due to injury. They announced that Tanahashi suffered an elbow injury and Tenzan is dealing with a knee injury. It is unknown what the timeline is for either to return.

The Road to Wrestling Dontaku tour begins on Saturday, April 13th.

The key dates in April include Sengoku Lord on Saturday, April 20th from Nagoya featuring Kota Ibushi defending the Intercontinental title against Zack Sabre Jr. and Juice Robinson defending the United States title against Bad Luck Fale.

On Friday, April 26th, there is a card in Hiroshima headlined by Roppongi 3K defending the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles against Shingo Takagi and Bushi in the main event.

Wrestling Hi no Kuni is on Monday, April 29th from Kumamoto with the top matches including Jay White vs. Hirooki Goto, Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Toru Yano and Togi Makabe for the IWGP tag titles, Juice Robinson vs. Chase Owens, and Bad Luck Fale vs. Mikey Nicholls.

The tour culminates with two Wrestling Dontaku events from Fukuoka on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th with the following lineups:

Friday, May 3rd:
*Dragon Lee vs. Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP junior heavyweight title
*Jeff Cobb vs. Taichi for the NEVER Openweight title
*Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Sanada and EVIL
*Jay White, Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs. Hirooki Goto, Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls
*Tetsuya Naito, Bushi & Shingo Takagi vs. Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero
*Guerrillas of Destiny and Hikuleo vs. Will Ospreay, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
*Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Yoshi-Hashi & Tiger Mask
*Tomoaki Honma, Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Toa Henare, Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji

Saturday, May 4th:

*Kazuchika Okada vs. Sanada for the IWGP heavyweight title
*Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL
*Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & Bushi vs. Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero
*Dragon Lee and Will Ospreay vs. Taiji Ishimori and “X”
*Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Hikuleo vs. Hirooki Goto, Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls & Tomoaki Honma
*Guerrillas of Destiny and Jado vs. Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Jushin Thunder Liger
*Jeff Cobb, Toa Henare, Yoshi-Hashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask vs. Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku
*Shota Umino and Ren Narita vs. Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura

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Dragon Lee and Will Ospreay vs. Taiji Ishimori and “X” on May 4 is interesting. I was thinking on the weekend that the reason why Ospreay lost the Never title was so he wasn’t holding it through the BOSJ. Now he’s in a tag match with the junior heavyweights has to mean he’ll be in the tournament. And “X” has to be El Phantasmo’s debut, right?

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Man. These just don’t seem that interesting do the lol.

We just saw Okada vs Sanada.

No singles matches with either Naito or Ibushi?

I hate all the multi tag matches they do

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#4

April 20th Ibushi defends the IC title against Sabre Jr.

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#5

Yeah but not on the main cards

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#6

Does anyone why Okadas first defends against Sanada? He just beat him makes no sense. Bc Tana is injured?

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