First Main Event Announced For NJPW New Japan Road At Korakuen Hall

First Main Event Announced For NJPW New Japan Road At Korakuen Hall

New Japan Pro Wrestling issued the following press release announcing that IWGP NEVER Openweight champion Shingo Takagi will be defending the gold against the Pitbull Tomohiro Ishii at the February 20th New Japan Road event from legendary Korakuen Hall. Details, including information on tickets, can be found below.

NEW JAPAN ROAD kicks off at Korakuen Hall on February 20 at 6:30PM!

For the main event, Shingo Takagi will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship against Tomohiro Ishii!!

Don’t miss the chance to see the intense battle of the Dragon vs. Pitbull!!

If you haven’t got a ticket yet, there will be event day tickets available at 4:00PM with limited seats remaining.

A signing session has been canceled as a precaution due to the Coronavirus outbreak. See details.


Thursday, February 20 2020

Doors 5:30PM Start 6:30PM


Event day tickets on sale: 4:00PM

Be aware, there will be no intermission on this event.

Be aware that goods removed from their packaging may not be exchanged post purchase unless defective. Please check shirt sizes etc. before purchasing.

Our main event sees the first title defence for 29th NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi. In Sapporo on February 1, Takagi defeated Hirooki Goto to become NEVER Champion after an all out war that had fans on the edge of their seats. Almost immediately, potential challengers seemed to be lining up around the block, from both junior and heavyweight classes. For his part, Shingo instantly agreed to be a fighting champion, and declared he would take on anyone worthy, anytime and at any place.

His first challenge, then, comes less than three weeks after his title victory, and comes against the Stone Pitbull Tomohiro Ishii. Ishii defeated EVIL in Sapporo, and then at Road to New Beginning in Korakuen Hall, after both were part of a successful LIJ 6-Man title defence, Ishii declared himself to be next in line.

The first time these two met in Yokohama on August 8, it was one of the most talked about matches of G1 Climax 29. Naturally fitting in hard hitting style and hard nosed attitude, Takagi and Ishii tore the house down, and seem certain to do the same on February 20. In taking on all comers, Shingo has said he will raise the status of the NEVER Championship such that it becomes the only title that matters; certainly tonight, all eyes will be on the Dragon and the Pitbull.


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