So this is my second trip into NJPW. I watched Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year and now I want to see Okada/Omega 2 damn it!
Jyushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Yugi Nagata and Togi Makabe
-Both Tiger Mask double team Nakanishi early and take him down with some kicks to the chest and a double crossbody for two.
-Kojima takes Tiger Mask W to the chop house in the corner.
-Kojima hits the Koji Cutter and tags in Tenzan but Tiger Mask W catches both of them with Pele kicks.
-Makabe and Nakanishi double clothesline each other multiple times. Nakanishi eventually knocks down Makabe. All hell breaks loose. Makabe ends up taking down Nakanishi and hitting the King Kong Knee Drop for the win.
WINNERS: Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Yugi Nagata and Togi Makabe
Gauntlet Match for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Titles: Bullet Club- Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page, Yujiro Takahashi vs Chaos-Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishi vs Suzuki-gun- Zack Sabre Jr, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Taguchi Japan- Ryusuke Taguchi, Ricochet and Juice Robinson vs Los Ingobernobles de Japon (c)-Sanada, Evil and Bushi
-This kind of feels like the “get everyone on the card” match.
-Bullet Club and Chaos start. Ishii takes out all the members of BC early.
-Bad Luck Fale returns the favor. He takes Ishii and Yano and throws them into the crowd.
-Hashi finally makes the tag to Yano. I remember him from last time. Kind of like the comedy figure of the group. He removes the turnbuckle padding and Yujiro runs into the exposed turnbuckles.
-Everyone ends up in the ring. Ishii clotheslines Fale out. Page and Yujiro take out Hashi and Ishii. Yano causes the ref to lose focus then low blows Page and Yujiro and pins Yujiro to elimiante Bullet Club.
***Bullet Club Eliminated***
-Next out is Suzuki-gun, who go right after Chaos. Yano tries low blowing Taichi and Kanemare but Sabre stops him and pins him immediately, eliminated Chaos.
-Taguchi Japan is out next. They all clothesline Zack Sabre in the corner. Taguchi gives Ricochet and Juice some signals like a catcher in the corner. Juice then cannonballs Sabre.
-Suzuki-gun recovers and returns the favor to Taguchi with a kick to the ass.
-The ref gets distracted and Taichi hits Juice with the bell hammer.
-Juice goes for his finisher, Pulp Friction, but Taichi grabs the ref. Kanemaru tries to spit his liquor in his face but Juice ducks then hits his finisher.
-Juice gets beat up by Suzuki-gun as LIJ make their entrance.
-Juice finally makes the hot tag to Ricochet.
-A five way tower of doom spot and then Ricochet comes in and tries to hit the powerbomb on Sanada landing.
-Taguchi keeps an ankle lock applied by LIJ recovers to clear house and retain the Titles.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Roppongi Vice Beretta and Rocky Romero (c) vs The Young Bucks
-Romero gets superkicked off the apron early. But Beretta takes both Young Bucks to the outside then hits a senton to the outside.
-Just when it looks like Romero is recovered the Bucks take him out and apron bomb him.
-The Bucks work over Beretta for a good while. Beretta eventually tosses both Bucks to the outside but Romero is still down on the outside.
-Beretta hits a DDT as Romero finally gets on the apron. But Matt puts him on his shoulders and takes him up the ramp and powerbombs him there.
-The Bucks hit a swanton off the apron then a 450 splash in the ring but Beretta still kicks out.
-Beretta finally gets some momentum going. He hits a german suplex off the top then a shining wizard for two.
-Rocky Romero finally comes back in and hits Strong Zero. But Nick Jackson breaks up the pin with a Swanton.
-Romero finally tags in and goes to work. He eventually gets caught in a Sharpshooter and then a face buster. But Romero still recovers and gets to the ropes.
-The Bucks continue to go after the back and hit the Meltzer Driver into a Sharpshooter and Romero finally taps.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions: The Young Bucks
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: War Machine (c) vs The Guerillas of Destiny- Tanga Roa and Tama Tonga
-Hanson stacks up both brothers in the corner and lays some hammer fists to them.
-Row and Roa both hit moves and no sell them.
-Hanson clotheslines both men in the corner.
-Roa and Tonga both hit top rope moves on Rowe but he kicks out at two.
-Hanson tosses Tonga into the waiting arms of Rowe and they hit Decapitation but he kicks out.
-Rowe hits a powerbomb then Hanson hits a splash from the top and then dives onto Roa on the outside but Tonga still kicks out.
-Tonga grabs a chair after the ref gets taken out but misses. Rowe grabs it but tosses it away. Roa has one and smacks Rowe with it. They then hit Guerilla Warfare for the win. Bullet Club wins two titles in a row.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP Tag Team Champions: The Guerillas of Destiny
Cody vs Michael Elgin
-Elgin shoulder tackles Cody then taunts him with a cartwheel.
-Cody hits a Vertical Suplex and show boats but Elgin pops right up and hits one of his own.
-Elgin lands a barrage of chops and elbows in the corner. He goes to the top but Cody escapes. Elgin chases and Cody hits an Alabama Slam.
-Cody chops Elgin and Elgin tells him to bring it. Cody then dropkicks the leg of Elgin.
-Cody hits a springboard dropkick and taunts Elgin again. Elgin recovers and takes down Cody.
-Elgin deadlifts Cody into a German Suplex. Cody gets to the ropes after the second. But Elgin hits another then a Falcon Arrow for two.
-Cody ducks a Big Mike Elbow and applies the Trailer Hitch submission but Elgin gets to the ropes.
-Elgin escapes a Cross Rhodes attempt and hits a Lariat Clothesline.
-Elgin goes for a deadlift suplex but Cody escapes and kicks the Achilles of Elgin. He then hits Cross Rhodes for the win.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs Kushida
-Kushida has a Back to the Future like get up going on now. I’m all for that. He also won Best of the Super Juniors.
-The first few minutes are nothing but hard forearm exchanges and hair pulls to sell the hatred.
-Now it is nothing but chest slaps until Kushida charges but Takahashi catches Kushida and hits a release belly-to-belly suplex.
-Takahashi goes for a dive but Kushida ducks. Takahashi tries a sunset flip powerbomb but Kushida escapes and applies a cross armbreaker on the apron.
-Kushida sits Takahashi down on a chair then pulls a Sabu and jumps on a chair over the barricade then dropkicks Takahashi.
-Kushida lands multiple kicks on the arm of Takahashi. Kushida goes for a springboard elbow but Takahashi catches him mid-air and hits a German.
-They go to the top where Kushida applies the arm lock submission. Takahashi tries escaping a couple times but Kushida just reapplies it.
-Kushida hits a Pele Kick but Takahashi comes back with a Lariat clothesline.
-Kushida tries a Sunset Powerbomb of his own but Takahashi escapes. Takahashi then comes back and hits a sunset powerbomb on the floor.
-They go to the top where Kushida gets control and hits his Back to the Future finisher.
-They go back to the chops from the beginning and then some stiff punches. Kushida then applies the Hover Board Lock and wrenches it in and Takahashi taps out.
-After the match Bushi comes out and sprays mist in the face of Kushida.
WINNER and NEW IWJP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Kushida
NEVER Openweight Championship Lumberjack Match: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs Hirooki Goto
-Members of Suzuki-gun and Chaos are the lumberjacks.
-Both men knock their opponents to the outside and get tossed back in early.
-On the apron Suzuki applies an armbar in the ropes. Goto gets taken out by Suzuki-gun but Chaos takes them out.
-Suzuki grabs a part of the barricade and slams it on Goto.
-On the outside Suzuki taunts Jyushin Thunder Liger on commentary to Liger throws a chair at him.
-Goto hits an elbow drop then blocks a kick attempt from Suzuki.
-They exchange stiff forearms again until Goto catches Suzuki with a neckbreaker.
-Ref bump so both factions come in and brawl. Yoshi Hashi ends up hitting a running swanton over the ropes to the outside.
-Goto hits his finisher, the GTR, but Taichi comes out and pulls the ref out.
-Taichi slams Goto over the head with a chair the Suzuki hits the Gotch Piledriver for the win.
WINNER and STILL Never Openweight Champion: Minoru Suzuki
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
-Tanahashi goes after Naito before he can even get in the ring.
-Tanahashi has a partially torn right bicep so Naito goes after it early in the match.
-Naito hits a tornado DDT on the outside and goes right back to working over the bicep in the ring.
-Naito mocks Tanahashi and paint brushes him, which causes Tanahashi to snap and land closed fist punches.
-Tanahashi grabs Naito’s leg going for a corner dropkick and hits a dragon screw leg whip. He then hits one on the ring apron then a high crossbody off the top to the outside.
-Back in the ring Naito goes back to the arm of Tanahashi and dropkicks it.
-Every time Tanahashi tries getting back into the match Naito goes right back to the arm.
-Tanahashi hits a couple of quick suplexes but misses the frog splash off the top.
-Both men slap each other repeatedly for a minute until Tanahashi hits a German suplex.
-Naito hits a tornado DDT then the Destino DDT but Tanahashi kicks out.
-Tanahashi blocks another attempt then hits two slingblades and the High Flying Flow but only gets two.
-Tanahashi applies a Cloverleaf. He pulls Naito back to the middle of the ring twice and finally Naito taps.
WINNER and NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion: Hiroshi Tanahashi
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Kenny Omega
-Some very good mat work in the first few minutes. Both go for their finishers early but fail. Okada goes for a leap frog but sells a somewhat awkward landing on his knee.
-Omega gets ready to go for a dive but Okada slides back in and hits a boot to the face then hits a swanton over the top but sells the left knee again.
-Omega starts going right after the knee of Okada.
-They go to the outside where Omega slams Okada knee first onto a table.
-Okada flapjacks Omega then applies a submission but Omega gets to the ropes.
-On the outside Okada pushes Omega off the first barricade into the other. He then flies over the first barricade and hits a crossbody onto Omega.
-Both men escape tombstones. Okada hits a neckbreaker on Omega but misses an elbow off the top.
-Omega dropkicks the bag of Okada on the outside then hits a top rope moonsault.
-Omega hits a missile dropkick to the back of Okada’s head then a sit out powerbomb for two.
-Okada gets his knees up on Omega’s moonsault attempt.
-Both men fight for position on top for a few minutes. It ends when Okada hits a Death Valley Driver on Omega on the apron.
-Okada dropkicks Omega into the barricade then sets up a table.
-They both tease going into the table. Okada catches Omega with a dropkick a he goes for a springboard.
-Back on the top rope, Omega hits a superplex and pulls out Okada’s good leg so he lands all the pressure on the bad leg.
-Omega hits his knee but can’t hit the One Winged Angel. Okada blocks another one and hits a couple German suplexes then the Rainmaker but only gets two.
-Omega catches Okada mid-air and hits a powerbomb.
-Okada misses another Rainmaker and Omega hits a snap dragon suplex.
-Okada dropkicks Omega off the apron then puts Omega on the table. Okada hits an elbow drop but the table doesn’t break.
-Okada lands multiple dropkicks then two Rainmakers as Omega looks out of it.
-The rest of Bullet Club comes out and Cody wants to throw in the towel but the Young Bucks stop him. This allows Omega to hit the knee trigger and then a reverse-ranna.
-Okada escapes the One Winged Angel but gets a knee to the face. Omega finally hits hit but Okada gets his foot on the rope right before three.
-After another Rainmaker they exchange forearms. Omega hits a Dragon Suplex but then turns into a dropkick.
-Omega hits more knees in the back and goes for the One Winged Angel again but Okada escapes and hits a Tombstone.
-Omega hits three knees to the face. But once again Okada comes back with a dropkick then a tombstone.
-Okada hits one last Rainmaker but can’t get make the pinfall in time. Match ends in a 60 minute draw.
Time Limit Draw
OVERALL: I think I liked Wrestle Kingdom better. But this was still better than anything the WWE has done all year. Okada/Omega and Takahashi/Kushida were fantastic matches as was the IC Title match. Both tag title matches were also good as well. Just a fun show and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday watching great wrestling.
Until Next Time,
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