Kazuchika Okada scheduled for ten-man tags on final NJPW shows

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Kazuchika Okada will participate in a pair of ten-man tag matches in his final matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Before departing the company, Okada will be part of the New Beginning in Sapporo events on February 23 & 24 with his matchups confirmed by the promotion.

On the first night, Okada will team with CHAOS teammates Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & YOH against United Empire’s Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman.

Okada’s final match on February 24 will be another ten-man tag as he teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ishii, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI against Matt Riddle, Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE & Francesco Akira.

Okada is expected to be joining the AEW roster barring any unforeseen circumstances. Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that Okada agreed to a deal several weeks ago, although hasn’t confirmed if a deal has officially been signed.

Below are the lineups for the New Beginning in Sapporo events later this month:

New Beginning in Sapporo – February 23
*IWGP Global Championship: David Finlay © vs. Nic Nemeth
*NJPW World Television Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi © vs. Matt Riddle
*NEVER Openweight Championship: EVIL © vs. Shota Umino
*IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado © vs. SHO
*IWGP Women’s Championship: Mayu Iwatani © vs. Mina Shirakawa
*Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi, Yota Tsuji & BUSHI vs. SANADA, Taichi, Yuya Uemura, DOUKI & Taka Michinoku
*Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & YOH vs. Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman
*Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi & Boltin Oleg vs. Ren Narita, Yujiro & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Yuji Nagata
*Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya vs. Tomoaki Honma & Shoma Kato

New Beginning in Sapporo – February 24
*IWGP World Heavyweight Championship:
Tetsuya Naito © vs. SANADA
*Hair vs. Hair: Yuya Uemura vs. Yota Tsuji
*Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi
*Hiromu Takahashi vs. DOUKI
*BUSHI vs. Taka Michinoku
*David Finlay & Gedo vs. Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi
*Guerrillas of Destiny vs. El Phantasmo & Hikuleo
*Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ishii, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Matt Riddle, Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan, HENARE & Francesco Akira
*Shota Umino, El Desperado, Togi Makabe, YOH & Boltin Oleg vs. EVIL, SHO, Ren Narita, Yujiro & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya vs. Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima

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