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Sakura Genesis is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Originally known as Invasion Attack,  The event has been held since 2013 and 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, New Japan Pro Wrestling World. The event was renamed in 2017.[1] 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?).[2][3]

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 [1]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. January 4, 2017. Archived from the original on January 4, 2017. http://www.webcitation.org/6nGYlTed0. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  2. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. April 1, 2014. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=11283. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. March 16, 2015. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=13564. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  4. "Invasion Attack" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=706. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  5. (in Japanese) Sports Navi. Yahoo!. April 7, 2013. http://live.sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/live/fight/all/2013040701/. 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. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/otherppvs/article_69827.shtml. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  7. "Invasion Attack 2014" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=827. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  8. (in Japanese) Sports Navi. Yahoo!. April 6, 2014. http://live.sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/live/fight/all/2014040601/. 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. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/otherppvs/article_77512.shtml. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  10. "Invasion Attack 2015" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=956. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  11. (in Japanese) Sports Navi. Yahoo!. April 5, 2015. http://live.sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/live/sports/fight_all/3963. 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. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Arena_Reports_10/article_84294.shtml. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  13. "Invasion Attack 2016" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. http://www.njpw.co.jp/match/detail_result.php?e=1110. 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. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-invasion-attack-live-results-kazuchika-okada-vs-tetsuya-naito-iwgp-championship-210736. 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. http://www.pwtorch.com/site/2016/04/10/410-njpw-invasion-attack-2016-ppv-report-okada-vs-naito-ospreays-debut-big-title-matches/. Retrieved April 10, 2016.

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