Stipulations announced for first round KOPW matches

New Japan Pro Wrestling has revealed the results of their online poll for the KOPW match stipulations for Wednesday’s show at Korakuen Hall.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has revealed the results of their online poll for the KOPW match stipulations for Wednesday’s show at Korakuen Hall.

They announced that there were 174,090 votes cast across the three matches (the match between SANADA and SHO was agreed by both to be a Submission Match).

Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro will be a 3-on-1 handicap match with Yujiro teaming with Gedo and Jado. Okada’s stipulation received 31,961 votes while Yujiro’s pick for a Lumberjack Strap Match received 25,113 votes.

Toru Yano vs. BUSHI will be a Two Count Pinfall Rules match where the winner only needs to get a two-count on their opponent. Yano’s stipulation won with 31,499 votes and BUSHI’s pick where there would only be a five-count on the floor had 23,531 votes.

Finally, Satoshi Kojima vs. El Desperado will have a match where Kojima’s Lariat and Desperado’s Pinche Loco are banned. This was Desperado’s pick and won with a landslide of 42,500 votes while Kojima’s pick to only win using their finisher mustered 19,586 votes.

The four winners on Wednesday’s card at Korakuen Hall will advance to Saturday’s Summer Struggle at Jingu Stadium for a four-way match to determine who holds the KOPW crown.

Here is the full line-up for Wednesday’s card at Korakuen Hall that streams on New Japan World at 4:30 am Eastern:
*Three-on-one Handicap Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro, Gedo & Jado
*Submission Match: SHO vs. SANADA
*Two-Count Pinfall Match: Toru Yano vs. BUSHI
*No Finishers Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. El Desperado
*Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato
*Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yuji Nagata, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura

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