Full card released for NJPW Wrestling Dontaku on 5/1 in Fukuoka

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New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced the full lineup for its Dontaku event at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome next month headlined by an IWGP heavyweight title match.

On Saturday’s Hyper Battle card, it was established that Kazuchika Okada will defend the IWGP world heavyweight championship against Tetsuya Naito in their third singles match this year. Okada successfully defended his title against Naito this past February while Naito scored a win over the champion in the New Japan Cup.

At Hyper Battle, SANADA relinquished the IWGP United States championship due to his broken orbital bone. The vacant title will be decided at Dontaku in a match between former champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and Will Ospreay.

The event marks the return of Dontaku to the Fukuoka Dome for the first time since 2001.

Below is the full card, which airs on Sunday, May 1st on New Japan World:
*IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (champion) vs. Tetsuya Naito
*IWGP U.S. Championship (Vacant): Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay
*IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado (champion) vs. Taiji Ishimori
*NEVER Openweight Championship: EVIL (champion) vs. Tama Tonga
*IWGP Tag Team Championship: Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan (champions) vs. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
*IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Championships: Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato (champions) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI
*Tanga Loa vs. Yujiro
*Tatsumi Fujinami, Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Taka Michinoku

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