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KOPW 2020 field is set, full card for Summer Struggle in Jingu finalized

Well, that was fast!

Just yesterday I rounded up a bunch of scraps (in a cave! No, wait, that’s not right...) to try and put an idea together of what the Summer Struggle in Jingu card is gonna look like and this morning New Japan Pro Wrestling went ahead and dropped the whole thing right in our laps! So, as always, let’s list ‘em out and break ‘em down, shall we?

Summer Struggle 2020 (Aug. 26, 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific)

  • Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji, & Yuya Uemura
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kota Ibushi, & Master Wato vs. Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
  • El Desperado vs. Satoshi Kojima (KOPW 2020 First Round Match)
  • BUSHI vs. Toru Yano (KOPW 2020 First Round Match)
  • SANADA vs. SHO (KOPW 2020 First Round Match)
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi (KOPW 2020 First Round Match)

Summer Struggle in Jingu (Aug. 29, 4AM Eastern / 1AM Pacific)

  • Master Wato vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? (KOPW 2020 Finals)
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi (c) (NEVER Openweight Championship)
  • Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Zack Sabre, Jr.) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
  • EVIL (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (IWGP Heavyweight Championship / IWGP Intercontinental Championship)

So first off, that KOPW 2020 field!

Given the pieces available and who they have tied up in other title matches in Jingu, I think this is a pretty solid field. Not the most inspiring ever, but we’re in uncharted territory for NJPW, what with the finals being a four-way and all, so all things considered I’m happy with it. Gimme something like Despy, Yano, SANADA, and Okada in the final and I think everybody’ll go home happy.

But of course, you’re wondering about those KOPW stipulations, so here’s what we know—

  • Kojima hasn’t shared his pick for a stipulation just yet, but El Desperado has mooted a finishers-only match, which initially seemed like it would make for a match that could only contain moves either man has used as a finishing hold, but New Japan have clarified would mean the pinfall could only occur as a result of Pinche Loco or the Cozy Lariat.
  • Neither BUSHI nor Yano have spoken out as to their choice of stipulation yet, but NJPW’s website speculates, reasonably enough, that their picks will have much to do with the countout and flash pin victories they have recently traded on each other— lord knows Yano loves tying men to things for the countout!
  • SHO and SANADA likewise have kept mum, but they’re coming into this match with a story of SANADA holding a New Japan Cup rematch over SHO’s head, holding it hostage until he proves he has something new to show him, which has lead to SHO focusing on arm submissions of late and could provide insight into where the Chaos man is headed with his stipulation.
  • Okada and Yujiro are the only two who have officially submitted their stipulations, and boy howdy, these’re some choices, friends. The Rainmaker wants to say the quiet part out loud and face Takahashi in a handicap match where Jado and Gedo will also be part of the match, since they’ll undoubtedly interfere no matter what, and the Tokyo Pimp has selected a lumberjack belt match, where lumberjacks with leather straps will surround the ring to punish either of them should they leave the ring.

Fan voting will begin on these stipulations soon, once all eight men have submitted their stipulations.

Now, onto Summer Struggle in Jingu!

First off, I’ve gotta say, I love the look of this card. Six matches, no filler tags, just in and out and pure New Japan Pro Wrestling excellence!

But on the flip side there’s not really anything much to discuss about the new additions. Master Wato’s still on the build in undercard matches, and everything else we’ve covered. I will take a moment to again express my hype for Shingo vs. Suzuki, because old man violence is great and so is Shingo, and I can’t imagine this being anything other than great.

There you have it, folks

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