Sakura Genesis is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) since 2013.

Invasion Attack/Sakura Genesis
The NJPW Invasion Attack logo
The NJPW Invasion Attack logo
Promotion(s)New Japan Pro Wrestling
First eventInvasion Attack (2013)

Held annually at Tokyo's Ryōgoku Kokugikan, the event has been nicknamed "Spring Showdown at Ryōgoku" (春の両国決戦, Haru no Ryōgoku Kessen).[1][2] Originally known as Invasion Attack, the event was renamed in 2017 after the sakura, in English "cherry blossom", which blooms in early April.[3] The event was not held in 2019, the NJPW-Ring of Honor co-produced G1 Supercard event was held instead.

The event has aired domestically as a pay-per-view (PPV). From 2013 to 2014, the event aired internationally as an internet pay-per-view (iPPV) and since 2015, it has aired worldwide on NJPW's internet streaming site, NJPW World.

EventsEdit

# Event Date City Venue Attendance Main event Ref(s)
1 Invasion Attack (2013) April 7, 2013 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 8,200 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) versus Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [4][5][6]
2 Invasion Attack 2014 April 6, 2014 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 8,500 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) versus Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship [7][8][9]
3 Invasion Attack 2015 April 5, 2015 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,500 A.J. Styles (c) versus Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [10][11][12]
4 Invasion Attack 2016 April 10, 2016 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,078 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [13][14][15]
5 Sakura Genesis 2017 April 9, 2017 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 10,231 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Katsuyori Shibata for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [16][17]
6 Sakura Genesis 2018 April 1, 2018 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan 9,882 Kazuchika Okada (c) versus Zack Sabre Jr. for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [18]
7 G1 Supercard April 6, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden 16,534 Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship [19]
8 Sakura Genesis 2020 March 31, 2020 Tokyo Ryōgoku Kokugikan TBA TBA [20]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 【4.6両国全カード!!】棚橋vs中邑! 後藤&柴田がタッグ挑戦! 石井vs内藤! デヴィvs田口! グレイシーvsクレイジー! 桜庭vs鈴木が初遭遇!. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). April 1, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ 4月5日(日)両国でAJvs飯伏が決定! オカダvsファレ! 棚橋&柴田vs矢野&桜庭! ケニーvsドラダなど4大IWGP選手権が実現!!. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. ^ 【年間スケジュール発表!】6月11日大阪城ホール!『G1』両国3連戦! 現地時間・7月1日、2日にロサンゼルスで初のビッグマッチ!『G1 Special in USA』決定!!. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). January 4, 2017. Archived from the original on January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Invasion Attack". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  5. ^ 新日本プロレス「Invasion Attack」. Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. April 7, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Caldwell, James (April 7, 2013). "Caldwell's New Japan "Invasion Attack" iPPV report 4/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of new IWGP World champion, U.S. stars in title matches, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  8. ^ 新日本プロレス「Invasion Attack 2014」. Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Caldwell, James (April 6, 2014). "Caldwell's NJPW PPV results 4/6: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of "Invasion Attack 2014" - Nakamura regains IC Title, A.J. Styles big angle, new NWA tag champions, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Invasion Attack 2015". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  11. ^ 新日本プロレス「Invasion Attack 2015」. Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Show results - 4/5 NJPW "Invasion Attack" in Tokyo, Japan: A.J. Styles defends IWGP World Title in main event, ROH tag teams win both Tag Titles, Bullet Club in action, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Invasion Attack 2016". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Meltzer, Dave (April 9, 2016). "NJPW Invasion Attack live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Championship". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  15. ^ Caldwell, James (April 10, 2016). "4/10 NJPW "Invasion Attack 2016" PPV Report – Okada vs. Naito, Ospreay's debut, more big title matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  16. ^ 戦国炎舞-Kizna- Presents Sakura Genesis 2017. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  17. ^ Rose, Bryan (April 8, 2017). "NJPW Sakura Genesis live results: Okada vs. Shibata". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  18. ^ 【電撃決定!!】なんと15年ぶり!今年の『G1』優勝決定戦の舞台は、8月10日(金)11日(土)12日(日)日本武道館“3連戦”!!【WK12】. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "G1 SUPERCARD". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "2020.03.31 SAKURA GENESIS 2020". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved December 28, 2019.

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