Hiromu Takahashi's Return, Young Lion Debuts, More Set For August NJPW Summer Struggle Events

NJPW will begin the final leg of its Summer Struggle tour on Tuesday, August 24 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, running four straight nights at the venue.

The tour will be headlined by Hiromu Takahashi's official in-ring return on Friday, August 27 when he takes on DOUKI. Takahashi hasn't wrestled since February 19 when he suffered a torn bicep. The injury forced him to relinquish the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.

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Hiromu is set to challenge Robbie Eagles for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Grand Slam on September 5.

Eagles will also be in action on August 27 when he takes on Master Wato in a non-title bout.

Plus, Young Lions Ryohei Oiwa and Kosei Fujita will make their debuts during the tour.

From NJPW:

Four nights in Korakuen Hall between August 24 and 27 will see Summer Struggle come to a close, and new Young Lion journeys will see their beginning.

Ryohei Oiwa and Kosei Fujita will compete opposite one another in the opening bouts all four nights, each match with a ten minute time limit.

22 year old Oiwa stands at 180cm and weighs in at 90kg. Starting out on the amateur mats in middle school and continuing through college, Oiwa ranked third in the JOC nationals in 2018 at 86kg. He participated in December 2020 tryouts and entered the Dojo in April.

Fujita also joined the Noge Dojo in April after passing December 2020 tryouts. The 19 year old stands at 178cm and 83kg. Fujita wrestled through high school, winning the JOC Western and Central Japan freestyle tournament at 80 kilos.

Here are the lineups for all four NJPW Summer Struggle events:

NJPW Summer Struggle - August 24

  • Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Robbie Eagles vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan
  • Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Chase Owens & Jado
  • Satoshi Kojima & Master Wato vs. Tomoaki Honma & Tiger Mask
  • Ryohei Oiwa vs. Kosei Fujita

NJPW Summer Struggle - August 25

  • Elimination match: Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomoaki Honma vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan
  • Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Chase Owens & Jado
  • Minoru Suzuki & DOUKI vs. Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo
  • Ryohei Oiwa vs. Kosei Fujita

NJPW Summer Struggle - August 26

  • Kazuchika Okada & Satoshi Kojima vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan
  • El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Minoru Suzuki vs. Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo & Jado
  • Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tiger Mask vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato vs. Tomoaki Honma & Robbie Eagles
  • Ryohei Oiwa vs. Kosei Fujita

NJPW Summer Struggle - August 27

  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. DOUKI
  • Robbie Eagles vs. Master Wato
  • Kazuchika Okada & Togi Makabe vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan
  • Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki

Fightful will have results from all four NJPW events following their conclusion.

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