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New Japan Reveal Full Card For Sakura Genesis 2021

Fresh off the heels of the 2021 New Japan Cup, tournament winner Will Ospreay is set to headline the Sakura Genesis card, challenging Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Ospreay repelled the likes of Zack Sabre Jr, SANADA and ultimately, Shingo Takagi, en route to winning his first New Japan Cup.

He did court controversy after the match however, by shockingly turning on girlfriend Bea Priestley in a bid to prove his ruthlessness ahead of the IWGP title match.

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles will also be defended as the Suzuki-Gun tandem of El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemoru look to fend off the challenge of the fresh reformed Roppongi 3K.

One half of the team, Yoh, had been sidelined for the best part of twelve months with a knee injury prior to his return at the New Japan Cup finals.

In his absence, partner SHO has proven himself an adept singles competitor, which adds intrigue to whether the pair can rekindle their partnership and reclaim the belts they never lost.

Elsewhere on the card, collision-bound Jay White and Hiroshi Tanahashi will be on opposite teams as the former continues to pursue The Ace’s NEVER Openweight Championship.

And Ospreay’s United Empire stable is set to gain a new member, who will debut alongside Jeff Cobb and The Great-O-Khan to take on LIJ’s Tetsuya Naito, SANADA and Shingo Takagi.

Full card:

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)(c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO and YOH)

Satoshi Kojima and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Bullet Club (Jay White and Bad Luck Fale)

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito and SANADA) vs United Empire (Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb and X)

Chaos (YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano and Kazuchika Okada) vs Bullet Club (Dick Togo, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori, KENTA and EVIL)

Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI, Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi) vs BULLET CLUB (Jado, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)