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Strong Style Evolved Card Change & Zack Sabre Jr. Press Conference

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New Japan held a live press conference tonight where they announced a major change to Sunday’s Strong Style Evolved card. Also, Zack Sabre Jr. was interviewed about his win of the New Japan Cup and questioned about his plans moving forward.

Strong Style Evolved Full Card
– Golden Lovers vs Young Bucks
IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Match
– Jay White (c) vs Hangman Page
– Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger vs Will Ospreay*
* Rey Mysterio Jr. was originally scheduled to face Liger but due to a bicep injury, Mysterio has been replaced by IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay
– Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
– Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Taguchi & Dragon Lee vs Naito, SANADA, Hiromu & BUSHI
– Cody & Marty Scurll vs Guerrillas of Destiny
– Killer Elite Squad vs Toru Yano & Chuckie T.
– Hirooki Goto & Gedo vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay
– Rocky Romero & Roppongi 3K vs Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky

Sabre started off the press conference by telling the press that when he was 14 knew he’d wrestle for NJPW. One year into NJPW career has already won the New Japan Cup. Says he will be the first ever British IWGP Heavyweight Champion and tells them foreign fans were not surprised over his win. Even polar bears and Santa Clause were not surprised. He doesn’t care to be the best technical wrestler, he wants to be the best wrestler because he is best technical wrestler. He was asked if he thinks he can submit Okada and he jokingly says no but of course he thinks he can beat Okada. Says he wants to make him submit and has no interest in pinning him. Says New Japan used to be based on submissions but it’s up to a British wrestler had to bring back the Japanese tradition. Compares himself to Brian Eno, making old things new again. TAKA is his fortune teller, says TAKA understands him more than anyone else in Japan, comparing the two of them to Bonnie & Clyde. Says he was called a dark horse for the Cup but the Cup was made for him and he’ll win it every year out of principle. Again complains about the warm beer, says the trope about Americans liking warm beer is not true. He demands cold beer for when he beats Okada, says he’s a simple man and that’s his only request. He explained he lived and trained in Japan for four years before coming to New Japan and he pledges to change New Japan. Sabre said a dashing young British man will end Okada’ reign. He lists the wrestlers he tapped out on the way to winning the Cup, saying this is nothing new for him, he does more in two weeks than anyone else in the world. Says most people cannot do their laundry properly in two weeks yet he managed to defeat four top level wrestlers in that time. He claimed that he is strong style. He wasn’t trained in New Japan but was trained in Japan, he knows the traditional Japanese styles and formed his own around them. He plans to take the title to England and make the first ever defense over there, saying he believes the company should expand in his image.

Sakura Genesis Announced Matches
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match
– Kazcuhika Okada (c) vs Zack Sabre Jr.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
– Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs Roppongi 3K

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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