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New Japan’s next event will have a MYSTERY PARTNER

Sure, the headliner for April 4’s Sakura Genesis event is New Japan Cup winner Will Ospreay (who NJPW decided to heat up by rehashing a 2005 Randy Orton/Stacy Keibler angle and having him hit girlfriend Bea Priestley with his Oscutter finisher to prove the title means more than anything to him) vs. IWGP World Heavyweight champion Kota Ibushi.

But here at Cageside Seats dot com, we love us a good mystery. Mystery partner, mystery opponent, mystery stipulation... we pop for all of them. We’re like the Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy & Scooby of pro wrestling.

So it’s the “TBA” who’ll join Ospreay’s United Empire teammates against Los Ingobernables de Japon that piqued our interest on this card. It’s too early to be Andrade*; we’ll have to wait 90 days before we start fantasy booking his first post-WWE appearance. But feel free to let you imagination’s run wild anyway...

Sakura Genesis - Sun., April 4 at 4 a.m. ET, from Ryogoku, streaming on NJPW World

- Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Will Ospreay for the IWGP World Heavyweight championship

- El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. SHO & YOH for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team titles

- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Satoshi Kojima vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale

- Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs. The Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb & a MYSTERY PARTNER

- Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. EVIL, KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & Dick Togo

- Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Jado

... we definitely will.

* UPDATE: It probably still won’t be Andrade, but not because of a non-compete. More here.

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