IWGP Junior Heavyweight, Heavyweight Champions to meet in Ota City Gymnasium
At a press conference in Tokyo today, the main event of NJPW’s 48th Anniversary event in Ota was confirmed.
Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito will meet one on one for the very first time on March 3.
This match has been a long time in coming. When Hiromu Takahashi was still a Young Lion, Naito took the future Time Bomb under his wing and prepared him for his debut. The day before Hiromu headed on excursion, the two made a promise that one day they would meet opposite one another in the ring.
When Takahashi returned from excursion, he spoke at length about leading the IWGP Junior Heavyweight division to the point where he as champion would face the heavyweight champion in a main event on prime time television. Appropriately enough, on February 9, the same day that NJPW’s return to prime time in Japan, on Fridays at 8PM on BS Asahi was announced, Hiromu and Naito both emerged from wars with Ryu Lee and KENTA in a position to make this dream match happen.