*The master of "Ghetto Strong Styles", former WWE United States champion MVP is looking to have his first taste of Japanese championship gold in the tournament. MVP will face Kazuchika Okada, who is currently wrestling for an extended tour of TNA. With all the additional seasoning Okada is receiving during his training Stateside, he can't be underestimated by anyone, least of all MVP, who has taken the Japanese wrestling world by storm in recent months.
*Hideo Saito returns to New Japan Pro Wrestling after an extended tour of Puerto Rico and wants to return to Japan with the IWGP Inter-Continental Championship around his waist. To do so, he will have to go through Team No Limit's Yujiro Takahashi, seeking to earn his first ever singles championship in New Japan.
*Tetsuya Nait?, the other half of Team No Limit, is likewise on a quest for his first singles championship victory, but to advance, he will have to defeat the wild card of the tournament, Tama Tonga. A newcomer to New Japan, Tonga comes from the toughest pedigree in wrestling, the son of former WWE star Haku. Tonga wants to bring honor and glory to his family while extending the legacy of his father, the former WWF King and Tag Team champion.
*If anyone has the home field advantage in the opening round of the tournament, "The Bayonne Badass" Dan Maff enters the tournament in Rahway representing both the Garden State and his home promotion JAPW. While Maff is known for being one of the baddest men in the Arena whenever he steps into Rahway, his first round opponent carries the same distinction when he competes in Japan. Maff will be facing renowned tough guy and decorated Greco-Roman wrestler, Toru Yano, who fears no man.
The first round of the IWGP Intercontinental Tournament will take place in Rahway, which will also feature the Dream Tag Team bout of "The Strong Style Thugz", Homicide and Low Ki facing the legendary Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Tiger Mask IV at the Rahway Recreation Center on Friday May 13th.
For ticket information on all NJPW East Coast Invasion events, visit www.JAPW.net.
ADDITIONAL MATCHES OFFICIAL FOR EAST COAST INVASION TOUR
Saturday 5/14/11 in New York at Basketball City
*IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki
*Intercontinental championship tournament semi-finals.
Sunday 5/14/11 in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena:
*South Philadelphia Street Fight: Togi Makabe vs. Rhino
*JAPW Light Heavyweight champion Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kenny Omega
*Intercontinental championship tournament final. NJPW's East Coast Invasion is presented in conjunction with JAPW Promotions
NXT Stars Want Shinsuke Nakamura's Vote, Kurt Angle WWE HOF Reaction (Video), ESPN WWE Rankings
WWE Main Event Recap: Match Stopped Due To Injury, Alicia Fox Vs. Dana Brooke
Kevin Owens On Wanting To Face Undertaker, Which NXT Star Belongs In 'Mania Main Event, Goldberg
Roderick Strong On Making It To The WWE, How He Got Started In Pro Wrestling, His Future
Chael Sonnen Talks WWE Hurting For Stars, Wrestlers Needing To Step Up, Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar
Today In History (1/20): Royal Rumble '02, Finlay WWE In-Ring Debut, Batista Is Back, Bobo Brazil
TNA's Rockstar Spud On Nearly Quitting Wrestling, Losing To A One Year Old, Facing Bigger Opponents
Batista Responds To 2014 WWE Run Being "Complete Waste," The Rock - Puppies (Video), WWE Stock Up
New Favorite To Win WWE Royal Rumble Match
Kenny Omega - WWE Royal Rumble Rumor Killer
New WWE Title Belt Designs Coming?
TNA Departure Revealed, Hardys Defending TNA Titles In Another Promotion, Kenny Omega, Jeff Jarrett
Shawn Michaels On If Vince McMahon Has Asked Him To Return To WWE, Who He Would Want To Face
AJ Styles Burglarized At WWE Live Event This Week
Another Former WWE Star Rants On Randy Orton - Fan Incident
Chris Jericho Reveals His Original Opponent For Last Year's WrestleMania, Talks Manipulating Fans