After almost three years away, New Japan Pro Wrestling have announced their return to the UK with the sequel to their last British-based event, Royal Quest. Doubling up on their 2019 venture, the Japanese promotion are staging Royal Quest II over two nights.
Announced through New Japan’s social channels, where fans can find ticket information, Royal Quest II will be held inside the Crystal Palace Indoor Arena in South London. The event will span across October 1-2, providing the British fans with a full weekend of action, as if to make up for their absence in the UK since 2019.
Seeing as the previous Royal Quest hosted numerous title matches, headlined by “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Minoru Suzuki, it stands to reason that NJPW will be bringing the big guns once again to fill the two cards for the Saturday and Sunday shows.
Coming to the UK in just under two months, Royal Quest II comes during an interesting time in the NJPW timeline. With the finals of the G1 Climax coming on August 18, the road to Wrestle Kingdom will be under way, with the tournament winner securing a place in the main event of the Tokyo Dome on January 4. The past few years have seen the G1 Climax winners defending their prize in the months leading up to Wrestle Kingdom, meaning Royal Quest could host such a match.
Royal Quest also comes just over a week before NJPW’s puts on Declaration of Power inside the Ryōgoku Sumo Hall on October 10. The placement of two major events so close together is an odd choice for NJPW, and it will be interesting to see how they spread marquee matches across them.