NJPW Announces Lineups For New Beginning In USA Tour

New Beginning In USA Lineups
New Beginning In USA Lineups

New Japan Pro Wrestling has finally announced the lineups for the New Beginning in USA shows. Evidently, what was holding everything up was NJPW stars unable to obtain Visas. This was due to the government shutdown in the United States.

NJPW released the following statement on the matter:

It is with great disappointment that we must announce that due to the ongoing 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, we were unable to obtain visas for our Japanese talent who were looking forward to seeing our US fans at the New Beginning in USA. 

We are excited to still be able to share a great line-up with our US fans, regardless of visa issues. The IWGP US Champion, Juice Robinson, is defending his title against Barretta and The Great O-Kharn, who is flying in from England, will be debuting in New Japan! What’s more, this show will highlight the talent and potential of our Young Lions, who have been working hard in the NJPW LA dojo. We are looking forward to being able to celebrate the abilities of the exciting new generation of young NJPW wrestlers.

As a result, Jushin Liger, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima are not competing on the tour. Goto and Cobb had been building toward a match and were likely to face each other on the tour. Ishii and Nagata had been building to a match which was supposed to take place on the tour as well.

NJPW New Beginning in USA Lineups

New Beginning In USA Night 1
1/30/19
Los Angeles, CA
Globe Theatre

  1. Alex Coughlin vs Clark Connors
  2. Jonathan Gresham vs Tyler Bateman
  3. Colt Cabana vs Shane Taylor
  4. Brody King and Marty Scurll (Villain Enterprises) vs Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer (KES) (Suzuki-Gun)
  5. Jeff Cobb vs Karl Fredericks
  6. David Finlay vs Chuckie T (CHAOS)
  7. Tracy Williams & Juice Robinson (Lifeblood) vs Rocky Romero & Beretta (CHAOS)

New Beginning In USA Night 2
2/1/19
Grady Cole Center
Charlotte, NC

  1. Karl Fredericks vs Clark Connors
  2. John Skyler & Colt Cabana vs Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
  3. Tracer X vs Great-O-Kharn
  4. Jonathan Gresham & Jeff Cobb vs Marty Scurll & Brody King
  5. Alex Coughlin vs Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  6. Tracy Williams & David Finlay vs Rocky Romero & Chuckie T
  7. IWGP United States Championship
    Juice Robinson (c) vs Beretta

New Beginning In USA Night 3
2/2/19
War Memorial Arena
Nashville, TN

  1. Karl Frederick vs Alex Coughlin
  2. Jonathan Gresham & Colt Cabana vs Shane Taylor & Lance Archer (Suzuki-Gun)
  3. Harlem Bravado vs Great-O-Kharn
  4. Clark Connors vs Marty Scurll (Villain Enterprises)
  5. Jeff Cobb vs Brody King (Villain Enterprises)
  6. Elimination Match
    Tracy Williams, David Finlay, & Juice Robinson (Lifeblood) vs Rocky Romero, Chuckie T, & Beretta (CHAOS)

The shows currently aren’t listed on the NJPWWorld schedule. One would have to assume they will be added later but that has not been confirmed.

New Beginning In Sapporo Lineups

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 1
2/2/19
Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Hokkai Kitayell

  1. Ren Narita vs. Yuya Uemura
  2. Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
  3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask  vs. Taka Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. Ryusuke Taguchi, YOSHI-HASHI, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club)
  5. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (LIJ) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)
  6. SANADA (LIJ) vs. Minoru Suzuki.(Suzuki-Gun)
  7. Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun) vs. EVIL (LIJ)
  8. Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club)

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 2
2/3/19
Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Hokkai Kitayell

  1. Toa Henare vs. Yota Tsuji
  2. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask vs. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita vs. Taka Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club)
  5. Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club)
  6. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (c) (LIJ) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-Gun)
  7. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    SANADA & EVIL (c) (LIJ) vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun)
  8. IWGP Intercontinental Championship
    Tetsuya Naito (c) (LIJ) vs. Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)

New Beginning in Osaka Lineup

New Beginning In Osaka
2/11/19
Osaka Prefectural Gym
Osaka, Japan

  1. Jushin Liger, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  2. SANADA & EVIL (LIJ) vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida.
  3. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (LIJ) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. YOSHI-HASHI & Tomoaki Honma vs. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club)
  5. Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (Bullet Club)
  6. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Taiji Ishimori (c) (Bullet Club) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.
  7. Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
  8. IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Jay White