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By Oliver Taylor on 2021-02-22 09:05:00

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced today that Hiromu Takahashi will miss the next six months due to a left pectoral injury.

Takahashi currently holds the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and losing him is a major blow for New Japan.

However, it is not all bad news as Tetsuya Naito will return at New Japan’s final Road to Castle Attack tour show on February 25.

Naito has missed the last four tour shows due to a right knee injury. He is scheduled to challenge Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at Castle Attack on February 28.

New Japan held its seventh Road to Castle Attack tour show today in Korakuen Hall.

The full results were:

• Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb and Will Ospreay def. Gabriel Kidd, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
• Hirooki Goto, SHO, Toru Yano and YOSHI-HASHI def. Chase Owens, Jado, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa
• El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori def. BUSHI and Shingo Takagi
• SANADA def. Tomoaki Honma
• EVIL and Jay White def. Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii

El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru attacked El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori after the third match and established themselves as the next challengers for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.

All Japan Pro Wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling will hold its final Excite Series tour show in Korakuen Hall tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Baliyan Akki, Osamu Nishimura and Yoshitatsu vs. Black Menso~re, Ryuji Hijikata and Takao Omori
• Alejandro and Francesco Akira vs. Izanagi and Zeus
• Jun Kasai and Tomoya Hirata vs. Ryuki Honda and Shuji Ishikawa
• Jake Lee, Koji Iwamoto and TAJIRI vs. Koji Doi, Kuma Arashi and Shotaro Ashino
• Atsuki Aoyagi and Rising HAYATO vs. Dan Tamura and Hikaru Sato vs. Hokuto Omori and Yusuke Kodama
• World Tag Team Championships: Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi (c) vs. Abdullah Kobayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto
• Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: SUWAMA (c) vs. Kohei Sato

The full field for this year’s Champion Carnival tournament will be announced during tomorrow’s show. Kenta Kobashi will also be a guest at the show.

The winner of Atsuki Aoyagi and Rising HAYATO versus Dan Tamura and Hikaru Sato versus Hokuto Omori and Yusuke Kodama will be the next challengers for the All Asia Tag Team Championships, currently held by Izanagi and Zeus. The title match will take place on March 8.

Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi will attempt their first defense of the World Tag Team Championships against Abdullah Kobayashi and Daisuke Sekimoto. The match is a rematch from the first night of last year’s Real World Tag League when Kobayashi pinned Miyahara.

SUWAMA will attempt his sixth defense of the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Kohei Sato in the main event.

DDT Pro-Wrestling

DDT Pro-Wrestling will hold a show in Nagoya tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Hiroshi Yamato and Nobuhiro Shimatani vs. Keigo Nakamura and Toi Kojima
• Mad Paulie and Soma Takao vs. Toru Owashi and Yukio Naya
• Antonio Honda and Saki Akai vs. Chris Brookes and Maki Itoh
• Daisuke Sasaki and Tetsuya Endo vs. Shunma Katsumata and Yuki Ueno
• Hideki Okatani, Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi and Yusuke Okada vs. CIMA, El Lindaman, Shigehiro Irie and T-Hawk
• KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championships: Akito, Kazuki Hirata and Shota (c) vs. Danshoku Dieno, HARASHIMA and Sanshiro Takagi
• KO-D Tag Team Championships: Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi (c) vs. Konosuke Takeshita and MAO

Akito, Kazuki Hirata and Shota will attempt their second defense of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championships against Danshoku Dieno, HARASHIMA and Sanshiro Takagi.

Kazusada Higuchi and Yukio Sakaguchi will attempt their second defense of the KO-D Tag Team Championships against Konosuke Takeshita and MAO.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling

Big Japan Pro Wrestling will hold a show in Shin-Kiba 1st Ring tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Takuho Kato
• Kota Sekifuda vs. Yuichi Taniguchi
• Daichi Hashimoto and Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yuji Okabayashi and Yuya Aoki
• Deathmatch: Akira Hyodo, Hideyoshi Kamitani and Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa, Minoru Fujita and Yuki Ishikawa
• Deathmatch: Drew Parker, Masaya Takahashi and Yuko Miyamoto vs. Ryuji Ito, Takumi Tsukamoto and Violento Jack
• BJW Tag Team Championships: Kazumi Kikuta and Ryuichi Kawakami (c) vs. Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura

Violento Jack will make his Big Japan debut in the second six-man tag team deathmatch.

Kazumi Kikuta and Ryuichi Kawakami will attempt their first defense of the BJW Tag Team Championships against Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura in the main event.

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate will hold its ninth Truth Gate 2021 tour show tomorrow in KBS Hall.

The full card is:

• Dragon Kid and YAMATO vs. Genki Horiguchi and Kzy
• Ben-K and Ultimo Dragon vs. Gamma and Susumu Yokosuka
• Kagetora vs. Shuji Kondo
• Eita, Kaito Ishida, KAZMA SAKAMOTO and SB KENTo vs. Jason Lee, Kota Minoura, La Estrella and Shun Skywalker
• BxB Hulk, H.Y.O and KAI vs. Keisuke Okuda, Masaaki Mochizuki and Takashi Yoshida
• Open The Triangle Gate Championships contenders tournament final: Bokutimo Dragon, Punch Tominaga and Ryo Saito vs. Dia Inferno, Diamante and HipHop Kikuta

Pro Wrestling NOAH

Pro Wrestling NOAH will hold its second Step Forward 2021 tour show in Yamada tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Yasutaka Yano vs. YO-HEY
• Kinya Okada vs. Takashi Sugiura
• Haoh, Nioh and Tadasuke vs. HAYATA, Susumu and Yoshinari Ogawa
• Kaito Kiyomiya, Mohammed Yone, Shuhei Taniguchi and Yoshiki Inamura vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya and Masa Kitamiya
• Atsushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada and Go Shiozaki vs. Hajime Ohara, Naomichi Marufuji and Seiki Yoshioka

Pro Wrestling ZERO1

Kotaro Suzuki is shown on the poster for Pro Wrestling ZERO1’s show on March 20 in Kumamoto Mori Toshin Plaza Hall.

Suzuki wrestled on ZERO1’s show in the same venue on March 16, 2019. Next month’s show will be his first appearance in ZERO1 since then.

The poster can be seen on ZERO1’s website here.

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