Wrestling Dontaku cards released feat. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/04/02/wrestling-dontaku-cards-released-feat-kazuchika-okada-vs-hiroshi-tanahashi/

New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the cards for their shows coming up throughout the rest of April and into May with the two Wrestling Dontaku events.

The following title matches are scheduled throughout the month as well:

*Jay White vs. David Finlay for the United States title on Tuesday, April 24th at Korakuen Hall
*Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson for the NEVER Openweight title on Friday, April 27th in Hiroshima
*Sanada and EVIL vs Killer Elite Squad for the IWGP tag titles at Wrestling Hi No Kuni on Sunday, April 29th in Kumamoto
*Minoru Suzuki vs. Tetsuya Naito for the Intercontinental title at Wrestling Hi No Kuni in the main event

Below are the cards for the two Wrestling Dontaku events during the first week of May with both nights in Fukuoka. The second night is headlined by Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP title with Okada going for the record-breaking 12th defense of the title and beating Tanahashi’s record. It is their first singles match since the 2016 G-1 Climax.

Wrestling Dontaku Night 1 on Thursday, May 3rd at the Fukuoka Convention Center at 4 am Eastern:
*Yujiro and Chase Owens vs. Shota Umino and Ren Narita
*Yuji Nagata, Tomoyuki Oka & Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask
*Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero vs. Killer Elite Squad and Takashi Iizuka
*Hirooki Goto, Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Juice Robinson, Togi Makabe, David Finlay, Michael Elgin & Toa Henare
*Bad Luck Fale and Guerrillas of Destiny vs. The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll for the NEVER six-man tag titles
*Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
*Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and KUSHIDA
*Kota Ibushi vs. Cody
*Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page

Wrestling Dontaku Night 2 on Friday, May 4th at 4 am Eastern from Fukuoka:
*Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask vs. Shota Umino, Tomoyuki Oka & Ren Narita
*Yuji Nagata and Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Chase Owens and Yujiro
*Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero vs. Taichi, Taka Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka
*Togi Makabe and Toa Henare vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano
*Hirooki Goto, Jay White & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Michael Elgin
*Minoru Suzuki, Killer Elite Squad, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
*Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Guerrillas of Destiny & Bad Luck Fale vs. Cody, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll & Hangman Page
*Will Ospreay vs. KUSHIDA for the IWGP junior heavyweight title
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP heavyweight title


The last 3 matches on both those Dontaku shows, look fantastic.

My thinking is they want to do the Tanahashi match so he breaks the record so that they could start teasing him losing the title, get this record broken and then I think it’ll be more believable that he could lose it at any time.