Quick Hits: NJPW Kings of Pro Wrestling 10.9.17
Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi vs Bad Luck Fale, Leo Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi
-The ring announcer is staying outside the ring so he doesn’t get killed by Fale, smart move.
-Takahashi goes right after Fale, trying to get justice back for Daryl.
-It is a brief beatdown, however, as Fale almost takes Hiromu’s head off with a clothesline.
-Sanada gets the hot tag and sends everyone to the outside and hits a running dive over the top onto Tonga and Yujiro.
-Bushi tries to take Tonga off his feet but instead eats a big boot.
-Fale comes in and goes for the Bad Luck Fall. But Hiromu brings in DARYL to distract Fale. Fale charges and Hiromu grabs the ref, allowing Bushi to spray Fale with the mist and roll him up for the win.
WINNERS: Sanada, Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi- Average opener. Leo Tonga has potential but he still moves around a little awkwardly in the ring. JUSTICE FOR DARYL!
Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. vs Hirooki Goto and Toru Yano
-Suzuki and ZSJ jump Goto and Yano before the bell.
-ZSJ and Suzuki take turns applying various submission moves on Yano until he finally tags in Goto.
-Goto goes for an elbow off the top but ZSJ moves and goes into an armbreaker.
-Yano and Suzuki tag back in. Suzuki lands some stiff shots on Yano and he tries to run but is stopped.
-They go to the outside and Suzuki pulls a rope out and ties it around Yano. The ref starts to count but Yano lows blows Suzuki at 18 and gets back in before the 20 count. Yano and Goto win, and Yano steals the NEVER Openweight Title. Suzuki beats down one of the Young Lions with a chair after.
WINNERS: Hirooki Goto and Toru Yano- Yano continues to get the upperhand on Suzuki. I hope it doesn’t lead to a NEVER Title shot for Yano. It’d be a waste.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Roppongi Vice 3.0 (Sho and Yo) w/Rocky Romero vs Funky Future (Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi)
-Sho and Yo were former Young Lions who went on excursion to America and worked in Mexico and Ring of Honor.
-Sho and Yo dropkick the Champs off the apron then hit dueling swantons.
-Taguchi gets worked over by Yo and Sho as they isolate him from Ricochet.
-Yo and Sho hit atomic drops on Taguchi. He eventually side steps a double clothesline and tags in Ricochet.
-Ricochet throws Yo and Sho into DDT position and drops then down with a dropkick.
-All four men end up in the ring. Ricochet takes out Yo with a dropkick but Sho catches him with a lariat.
-Ricochet takes out Sho with an inverted moosault to the outside.
-Sho breaks up a pinfall after a Ricochet shooting star. He hits three german suplexes on Ricochet then three on Taguchi.
-Sho and Yo clear the ring. They hit their finisher and pick up the win.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: Roppongi 3k- Fun match. Great athleticism on display as you would expect with this division.
Triple Threat for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) vs War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) vs Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) (c)
-Tonga and Roa get behind Archer and Smith during their entrance and both teams jump them.
-After taking out the Champs on the outside, G.O.D. and War Machine battle on the inside.
-The K.E.S. recover and take out members of both teams on the outside.
-Rowe takes out the K.E.S. on the outside but Hanson eats a steel chair when trying the same on G.O.D.
-Smith applies a Sharpshooter and Archer chokes him with a kendo stick. Toa comes in and breaks it up with a garbage can lid.
-Rowe kicks out of the Killer Bomb while Archer kicks out of Guerilla Warfare. To top it off War Machine hits Fallout but Toa kicks out.
-Toa eats a steel chair from Smith. He recovers and charges at Smith but Smith moves and Toa goes right into a chair in the corner. K.E.S. hits the Killer Bomb and gets the pin.
***Guerillas of Destiny Eliminated***
-On the way out, Tama Tonga demolishes Rowe with a chair. K.E.S hits a Killer Bomb but Hanson breaks it up.
-Hanson sets up a table. Smith comes in and hits Hanson with the garbage can lid then hit the Killer Bomb through the table to pick up the win.
WINNERS and STILL IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: Killer Elite Squad- Match was a brawl. I’m not big on War Machine but they were fine in it.
Bullet Club (Marty Scrull, Cody and Kenny Omega) vs Jado, Beretta and Yoshi-Hashi
-Everyone goes to the outside, allowing Beretta to hit a swanton off the top onto everyone.
-Bullet Club regains control in the ring and isolate Beretta in their corner.
-Kevin Kelly openly talks about Cody challenging Daniel Bryan for the ROH Title.
-Beretta kicks Cody low, but Omega and Scrull knock Beretta’s partners off the apron.
-Omega calls for four boots in the corner, but Beretta reverses it and tosses Omega into the boots. Beretta tags in Yoshi-Hashi.
-Hashi catches Scrull with a reverse thrust kick and tags in Jado.
-Jado applies the Crossface, but Scrull rolls through and applies the Crossface Chicken Wing and Jado taps.
WINNERS: Bullet Club- Basic match for all men involved. Almost like a fun house show match.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe vs Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson
-Ibushi gets the better of an exchange with Tanahashi and hits a nice dropkick.
-Makabe and Juice go to the outside where Makabe tosses Juice a few times into the barricade.
-Tanahashi and Makabe work over the back of Juice for a bit.
-Juice tags in Ibushi. Ibushi blocks a slingblade and hits a German suplex but Tanahashi comes back with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip.
-Tanahashi stops Juice’s Pulp Fricition attempt. Everyone gets a move in and they all end up down.
-Makabe powerbombs Juice but Juice moves out of the way of the King Kong Leg Drop. Juice hits Pulp Friction for the win.
WINNERS: Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi- They are setting up Juice for a big run at some point in 2018 with this win and his showing in the G1 Climax.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title: Kushida (c) vs Will Ospreay
-They exchange blows to start the match. Ospreay head scissors Kushida to the outside. Kushida side steps him and Ospreay goes into the rails. Kushida goes for a Sabu springboard off the chair but Ospreay jumps off the rails and hits a crossbody mid-air.
-Ospreay catches Kushida with a handstand kick and follows it up with a running dropkick in the corner.
-Ospreay blocks a Hover Board Lock then ends up hitting a running Spanish Fly.
-After a handfull of kicks to the head Ospreay goes to the top but Kushida moves and applies the Hover Board Lick but Ospreay gets to the ropes.
-Kushida kicks the arm of Ospreay. Ospreay pulls through and hits a double knee gut buster and then a reverse DDT but only gets two.
-Kushida goes to the top and looks for Back to the Future but Ospreay counters and then hits a reverse 450 splash but only gets two.
-Kushida goes for the Hover Board Lock. There’s just counter after counter and it ends with Ospreay hitting the Os-Cutter for the win.
WINNER and NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Will Ospreay- Best match of the night so far. Great counters throughout the match that hooked the crowd in the final five minutes or so.
-Hiromu Takahashi comes out after the match. Marty Scrull comes out and snaps the fingers of Hiromu then challenges Ospreay.
Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii- Naito’s Wrestle Kingdom Title shot on the Line
-Naito goes for his trademark lay down and slide pose but as he does Ishii runs back in and stomps him.
-Naito starts going after the right knee of Ishii.
-Ishii sneaks in a dropkick to the left knee of Naito during Naito’s work on Ishii’s right knee.
-Ishii lands a barrage of chops in the corner to throat of Naito.
-Naito dropkicks Ishii off the top by going after his right knee.
-Naito hits the slingshot dropkick but then pisses Ishii off by headbutting him.
-Ishii hits a superplex off the top for two. Naito comes back with a Satellite DDT.
-After an exchange of forearms Naito hits a hurricarrana off the top for two.
-Ishii shrugs off a Dragon Suplex and comes back with a sliding lariat for two.
-Ishii counters Destino into a Brainbuster Suplex for two.
-Naito counters another suplex attempt into what looks like it was suppose to be Destino but was more of a head scissors. Ishii kicks out then Naito hits Destino for the win.
WINNER: Tetsuya Naito- Very good match. There was no doubt Naito was winning here. He’s the man in NJPW in 2018 and I fully believe he will end Okada’s reign.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs EVIL
-Some slow methodical action in the ring to start. They go to the outside where Okada throws EVIL into the barricade, but EVIL drop toe holds Okada into the rail.
-EVIL then puts a chair around the neck of Okada and drops him on the railing then hits Okada with another chair.
-Back in the ring EVIL starts to focus his offense on Okada’s neck.
-Okada ducks an EVIL clothesline and hits an elbow.
-They go to the outside again. Okada puts EVIL in the crowd. Okada charges and ducks a chair thrown at him by EVIL to still hit a crossbody over the railing.
-Okada breaks up the count and pays for it, as EVIL tosses him into the chairs and then clotheslines him back over the railing.
-EVIL hits a German suplex back in the ring and Okada comes close to landing fully on his neck.
-EVIL applies a long twisted chin lock but Okada eventually gets to the ropes.
-Red Shoes gets taken out so EVIL brings in some chairs and stacks them in the ring.
-Okada counters Darkness Falls and head scissoors EVIL onto the chairs.
-Okada clears out the chairs but walks right into Darkness Falls but there is still no ref.
-They reset and exchange forearms which Okada gets the upper hand with. Okada lays the boots to EVIL as Red Shoes checks on him.
-EVIL recovers and hits a LARIATTOOO and then hits a Fisherman’s Superplex off the top.
-Okada hits the Rainmaker but doesn’t go for the cover. It almost backfires on him but Okada recovers and hits a Rainmaker followed up by a Tombstone for the win.
WINNER and STILL IWGP Heavyweight Champion: Kazuchika Okada- Another predictable outcome but just as the previous match, it was still very good.
Overall, this show ranks below Wrestle Kingdom, Dominion and the G1, but still better than anything the WWE has put out recently.
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