NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 only just happened, but AXS TV already has it! Will Kenny Omega still be IWGP Heavyweight Champion after facing The Ace?
This coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 13 will be as AXS TV broadcasts it.
- IWGP United States Championship: Cody VS Juice Robinson; Robinson wins and becomes the new IWGP United States Champion.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship No Disqualification Match: Christ Jericho VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins and becomes the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this year’s spectacular event!
Pro-wrestling may not have been invented by NJPW, but this is where it was perfected. Pro-wrestling has become more than just a sport to Japan, it is an art form! Strong Style: a religion. The Tokyo Dome: a temple. And leading it all as its messiah is The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi! Tanahashi kept this company alive by putting it on his back and carrying it. But it looked as if his glory days were behind him after The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada, got the better of him.
The Ace’s Rebirth began earlier this year, after a brutal beating by Minoru Suzuki over the IWGP Intercontinental Champion, a devastating loss to Zack Sabre Jr. in the New Japan Cup, and yes, another defeat by Okada to break Tanahashi’s title defense record. Tanahashi persevered to win the G1 Climax 28 Finals and earn his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He also avenged losses to Jay White and Okada, and returns to the Tokyo Dome to complete his revival with an eighth title reign. However, another pillar of pro-wrestling would emerge, promising an evolved Strong Style.
The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, Kenny Omega, began his rise with the G1 Climax 26 Finals. Though Omega failed to become the top champion then, he did win the G1 Special in USA to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion. Omega would defeat challengers like Chris Jericho, but he still had his goal of taking the heavyweight title for his own. And it would be at Dominion 2019, in a Best 2 Out of 3 Falls Match, that he finally defeated Okada, “igniting a struggle for the soul of NJPW.” Two philosophies clash with everything on the line! Who will raise the title as the one true face of Strong Style?
IWGP United States Championship: Cody VS Juice Robinson!
The American Nightmare took the title off of the Flamboyant One after mocking his style as a Kairi Sane ripoff. Juice responded by saying he meant no disrespect to anyone, least of all Cody’s father, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Now this match is about settling scores and proving who belongs. Who comes away with this title solidly around their waist?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, but Cody tries to use it on Juice! Juice ducks it and throws hands back. The two brawl but Cody gets a headlock. Juice powers out but Cody slides under. Cody slips out of the back suplex and his knee buckles. But it was a fake out, as he hits the uppercut on Juice. Cody runs, but into a heel kick! Brandi Rhodes immediately distracts Juice, and Cody goes to roll him up. Juice elbows out then hits Cody with a big spinebuster! Juice goes to a corner and climbs, and he leaps on Cody! Cody rolls through but Juice shoves him away. Juice gets Cody on the rebound, Juice Box gutbuster hits! He climbs again but Brandi shields Cody! Juice hops down, Brandi wants to throw hands but it allows Cody to get away.
The referee tells Brandi to leave, so she leaves. Juice goes over to Cody on the apron but Cody hits him with a knee! Cody wants Cross Rhodes but Juice knees out! Juice grabs Cody and wants his finish, but Cody shoves Juice into a post! Juice hits the floor, and Brandi cheers Cody on. Cody drags Juice by that bad arm and clubs away on it. He puts Juice in the ring and grins as he goes after the arm again. Cody wrings Juice’s arm out, then shows off his cardio with some jumping jacks. Brandi gives Cody a kiss, and Cody drags Juice back up. Cody suplexes and holds Juice up, but Juice slips out. Juice shoves Cody but near the referee, and Brandi slithers in. Brandi SPEARS Juice!! And rains down fists from all sides!
The referee sees this and tells her to stop! Brandi begs not to disqualify Cody, and the ref doesn’t. Because he’s ejecting Brandi! Cody tells Brandi it’s fine, but then Juice gets him again! Cody slips out to hit Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives and shocks Cody! Cody keeps it together as he fires himself up. He stomps away on Juice then drags him up again. Cody wants to finish, but Juice fights out to get his double underhook. Juice jumps but Cody denies Pulp Friction again! Cody drags Juice up in the dragon sleeper, but Juice slips through to steal Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO!! Cody lives and Juice can’t believe it. Juice and Cody slowly stand, and Juice takes aim. Cody ducks then springboards, Beautiful Disaster!
Cody grabs Juice, arms caught, and he steals Pulp Friction!! Cover, TWO!? Juice survives and Cody is in disbelief! Cody seethes as he loom over Juice. Fans rally but Cody takes off his weight belt to LASH Juice on the back! Fans boo as Cody throws the belt aside. Cody dares Juice to stand, and Juice slowly stirs. Cody slaps and stomps Juice, but Juice powers up to CHOP! They brawl now, jab for jab, and Juice gets an edge. Juice pumps up the left but gets a SUPERKICK! Juice wobbles and Cody runs, but the Beautiful Disaster gets the left hand! And then another!! Juice says it’s time, and he gets Cody up in the underhook. Pulp Friction!! But Juice doesn’t cover?! He gives Cody another Pulp Friction!! Cover, Juice Robinson wins!!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; NEW IWGP United States Champion
The Juice has done it! He again holds the US title, and keeps the title in NJPW! With All Elite Wrestling taking up more of Cody’s time, will the American Nightmare leave Juice alone? What new heights will Juice take the title to in 2019?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship No Disqualification Match: Christ Jericho VS Tetsuya Naito!
Y2J made a shocking debut when he attacked the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon and brutalized him until his mask was masked with blood. But as always, Naito found a way to be Tranquilo and shrug it off. Jericho oddly respects Naito after their first official match, in which Jericho took this title from Naito. LIJ’s Evil tried to avenge Naito in a match with Jericho, but Jericho made him pay for calling him out. “The greatest, most dominant Intercontinental Champion of all time, worldwide, in any country” told Evil to be grateful for being elevated to a new level. But when Jericho went to brutalize Evil after the match, Naito made the save! Naito now comes for both revenge and the belt, but will he get either now that the rules are out the window?
The introductions are made, Naito has forgone his usual tradition of slowly taking off his entrance gear because Jericho used that against him. Now Jericho takes his time, and Naito attacks him first! Naito knocks Jericho out of the ring and they brawl at ringside! Naito whips Jericho into barriers! And then chokes him with his own scarf! Naito throws Jericho into announce tables, and Red Shoes has no choice but to ring the bell. Naito bounces Jericho off the table and then drags him to the ramp! Fans cheer as Naito prepares and hits a piledriver on the ramp! Jericho clutches his head and neck but Naito shows no mercy as he stomps Jericho out.
Naito drags Jericho back to ringside and puts him in the ring. Naito unties a buckle pad to expose the steel rings. He uses the pad itself to SMACK Jericho around! Red Shoes barely gets clear as Naito throws the pad aside. Naito drags Jericho up for haymakers, and then whips him corner to corner. Jericho reverses band redirects to whip Naito to a safe corner. Naito boots back and huricanranas Jericho down! Naito poses and fans fire up. Jericho drags himself up but Naito kicks him back down. Naito drives elbows into Jericho’s neck, then whips him to the ropes. Jericho holds ropes but Naito clotheslines him out! Naito then builds speed, to fake Jericho out, but then come back, only for Jericho to SMACK him with a kendo stick!
Naito clutches his face and ear while Jericho enters the ring. Jericho rips his own shirt off to then SMACK Naito while he’s down. Fans rally for Naito but Jericho SMACKS him on the back. Jericho hops up top, mocks Naito’s poses, then leaps for a flying SMACK! Jericho hopes commentary likes what they see, before choking Naito with the kendo stick! Naito flails, but Jericho lets him down, so that he can stomp the stick into Naito’s face! Jericho picks the stick up again and toys with Naito. Naito stands to fire forearms! Naito runs but Jericho puts him on the apron. Jericho SMACKS Naito, then triangle jump dropkicks Naito all the way down! He confiscates a camera, like he always does, to get a good look at Naito while he flips him off.
Jericho stomps Naito again, then drags him up for a suplex! Naito springs up while clutching his back, but Jericho brings him around the corner to knee him against the barriers! Jericho brings Naito around to the commentary tables and bounces him off it. Jericho again references his first match with Naito as they stand up on the table. Fans watch as Jericho spikes Naito with a DDT! Jericho shows little remorse but Red Shoes tells him to finally get this back in the ring. Jericho drags Naito up to toss him over the railing. As he makes his way back around, Jericho rings the bell, declaring himself the winner already. Red Shoes assures everyone that’s not true, and this match continues after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Jericho runs Naito over at ringside. Jericho bumps Naito on the apron then puts him in the ring. Jericho climbs up and dares Naito to stand. Naito stands, and gets the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito but Jericho just soaks it all up. Jericho drags Naito up but Naito hits back with haymakers. Naito runs but into a back elbow. Jericho runs, springboard, Lionsault! Cover, TWO! Jericho keeps his cool while fans continue to rally for Naito. Jericho drags Naito up again, and drops him with a big back suplex. Fans boo as Jericho flexes over Naito. Jericho toys with Naito while egging the fans on. Fans fire up for Naito, but Jericho still toys with him. Naito hits back with furious right hands! Naito whips, Jericho reverses, but Naito hits the flying forearms!
Both men are down and fans rally up again. Jericho and Naito slowly stand, and Naito fires off strikes! Naito whips and elbows Jericho down, then adds a basement dropkick. Naito whips again, but Jericho boots him. Jericho keeps kicking as Naito holds on to the other foot. Naito grabs both feet and spits on Jericho! Then he turns Jericho sideways for a draping neckbreaker! Naito drags Jericho up for another neckbreaker, then covers, TWO! Naito keeps his cool to toy with Jericho back. Jericho stands but Naito is on him in a corner with a snapmare. Naito grinds his foot into Jericho’s face and poses. He spits on Jericho more, then drags him up for a whip. Naito boots, sweeps, and swings in for the dropkick, but Jericho catches it!
Jericho wants and gets the Walls of Jericho! Naito endures the iconic stretch as fans are thunderous. Naito works on rolling through and he does! He throws hands and then flips Jericho away! Both men stand, Jericho ducks to enziguri! Naito staggers but catches the Code Breaker. He shoves Jericho back to hit the tornado DDT! Naito drags Jericho up, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Jericho lives but Naito tranquilos. Naito drags Jericho up again, wrenches the arm, but Jericho denies Destino into the Walls! Naito endures again as he crawls for ropes. Fans rally but Jericho drags Naito away! Naito doesn’t give up, and he tries again. Naito gets the kendo stick to SMACK Jericho over and over! Jericho lets Naito go and both men are down again.
Naito uses the stick to help stand up, and now Naito grins. Naito turns to SMACK Jericho more! He drags Jericho up by his hair and whips, to SMACK him like it’s baseball! Then Naito jams the butt of the sword into Jericho. Naito calls his shot like he’s Babe Ruth, and swings for the fences! Strike! CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!? Naito survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho grabs the kendo stick for his own but drops it down? Jericho goes outside and fetches chairs from under the ring! He doesn’t stop at two, but brings in a total of five! No, eight! Jericho has one of the eight chairs and aims for Naito. Naito slowly stands, and Jericho jabs then SMACKS Naito with the chair. Jericho brings Naito around towards the chair pile, and lifts! But Naito counters with a DDT to the chairs!!
Naito hurries to clear out the chairs, then runs for a stolen Code Breaker!! Cover, TWO!? Jericho survives his own move and Naito is stunned. The fans have reached a fever pitch while Naito picks up the kendo stick. Naito uses it to prop himself up to the top. Jericho throws a chair at him! Jericho CHOPS Naito, then drags him out for a suplex. Naito slips out to German Suplex Jericho on a chair! Naito waits for Jericho to stand, and tilt-o-whirls, but Jericho denies Destino again. Jericho shoves Red Shoes, so that he can mule kick low blow Naito! Another Code Breaker! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives the screwiest of cheats, and fans are as loud as they’ve ever been.
Jericho grabs one of the chairs, but thinks better of it. He goes out to grab the title belt! Jericho aims at Naito, daring him to stand. “You wanna be a champ?! C’mon, you stupid son of a b*tch!” Naito flounders to his feet, but sees Jericho coming! Naito flapjacks Jericho to snake eyes him on the exposed buckles! Then, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?! How did Jericho survive that?! Naito and Jericho slowly sit up, and Naito eyes the title. Naito picks it up, and rams it into Jericho’s face! And another DESTINO!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion
The rivalry comes full circle! Naito defeats Jericho in a brutal match, and takes back his loss as well as the title! Jericho takes his frustrations out on a Young Lion while also snapping at fans. Naito celebrates by raking Red Shoes’ eyes! And he even returns to abusing the belt by dragging it on the ground. Is this war between LIJ and Y2J finally over? Or is it just entering a new chapter?
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!
This match is about more than just a title. It is about philosophies in Strong Style. It is about staying at a main event level. And it is about solidifying legacies in both NJPW and all of wrestling. Will there be a changing of the guard or a changing of the title in the Tokyo Dome?
Introductions are made, the title is raised, and we begin! Fans are immediately fired up and dueling as Tanahashi and Omega circle. They approach and tie up, and Omega backs Tanahashi down. Tanahashi separates, and Omega backs off. They circle again, and Tanahashi slaps Omega! Omega shrugs it off as they tie up and go around. Omega pulls Tanahashi’s hair, but honors the ropebreak with a playful slap. Tanahashi responds with a heavy slap! Omega’s mad now and he fires off clubbing forearms! Omega slaps Tanahashi seriously now, then whips. Tanahashi reverses but Omega kicks him away. Omega whips Tanahashi to a corner but runs into an elbow. Tanahashi hops up but Omega catches him on the Electric Chair! Tanahashi slips out to get the abdominal stretch!
Omega hip tosses Tanahashi off, but Tanahashi rolls him up! TWO, and Tanahashi grabs a leg. Tanahashi goes to tie the legs up but Omega resists. Tanahashi stomps Omega’s leg then drops an elbow on it. He puts the leg in a toehold, but Omega pulls at Tanahashi’s hair. Red Shoes reprimands Omega, and Tanahashi wrenches the foot. Omega endures, drags himself towards ropes, but Tanahashi drags him back for another toehold. Tanahashi makes it a butterfly deathlock, but Omega SLAPS Tanahashi. Tanahashi slaps back and it’s a slap fight! Omega drags himself back again, and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go, but he doesn’t let up. He clubs Omega at the ropes, then stomps the target leg.
Tanahashi whips but Omega holds on. Omega fights back with forearms, but so does Tanahashi. Tanahashi gives a European Uppercut, and runs, but into Omega’s kitchen sink knee. Omega runs for a “flashing” elbow drop, then sits Tanahashi up for a stiff kick to the back. Omega kicks away on Tanahashi, then stomps him out. Fans duel as Omega drags Tanahashi up to put him in a corner. Omega grinds his boot into Tanahashi’s chin, but stops at Red Shoes’s count of 4. Omega encourages fans to make noise as he drags Tanahashi out for a running backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool as he toys with Tanahashi more. He drags Tanahashi up and whips him to ropes. Omega forearms Tanahashi on the back on the rebound. Omega ax handles Tanahashi, then whips him again for another forearm to the back.
Fans duel as Omega grimaces over Tanahashi. Omega drags Tanahashi up for another whip, but Tanahashi forearms Omega now! Tanahashi and Omega brawl, and Omega CHOPS Tanahashi. Omega whips and forearms Tanahashi in the back again. Omega toys with Tanahashi before giving him more stiff kicks across the spine. He sits Tanahashi up to slap him around, then brings him up for a big back suplex! Omega grins as Tanahashi rolls out of the ring and slumps to the floor. Omega pursues, and brings Tanahashi up, to back suplex him on the apron! Tanahashi slumps back down, but Omega isn’t done with him. Omega drags Tanahashi up for another CHOP! Omega whips Tanahashi into the barriers, but Tanahashi dropkicks Omega back! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Tanahashi drags himself up, then drags Omega up, but Omega rams him into the apron! Omega drags Tanahashi over and scoop slams him over railing onto the announce desk! Tanahashi is down in the aisle and Omega plays dumb while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Tanahashi stirs from behind the announce desk. Omega springboards off the barriers for an asai moonsault! He hits Tanahashi down, then even helps the commentary member that fell over back to his feet. Omega raises the commentator’s hand mockingly, then returns to ringside. Omega drags out a table from under the ring! He mocks Tanahashi’s comments about Omega not having grace as he drums on the wood. Omega sets the table up and drags Tanahashi back over. Tanahashi clubs Omega back, and eyes the table. Red Shoes tells him not to, but Tanahashi still grabs Omega. Tanahashi goes to throw Omega at the table, but swerves us all as he puts Omega right back in the ring.
Tanahashi enters the ring and Omega’s on him with hands. He gives Omega those haymakers right back, but then Omega CHOPS him again. Omega eggs Tanahashi own, and gives him another CHOP! Tanahashi swings, misses, and gets another CHOP! Omega whips but Tanahashi dodges to come back with flying forearms! Fans continue to duel as Tanahashi and Omega stand up. Tanahashi keeps on Omega with more haymakers. He whips Omega corner to corner, then runs in, and blocks Omega’s boot. Omega boots Tanahashi with the other foot, and runs for another boot, but Tanahashi blocks that into a dragon screw! Tanahashi gets to one corner while Omega crawls to another. Tanahashi runs and dropkicks Omega down! He scoops, slams and somersault sentons onto Omega! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel as Tanahashi runs, but into Omega’s CHOP! Omega runs, Kotaru Krusher bulldog hits! Tanahashi rolls away and out of the ring, but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums start but Tanahashi gets in to dropkick Omega down! Tanahashi runs again, but into Omega’s huricanrana. Tanahashi rolls out again, but Omega keeps an eye on him as he crawls around the corner. The Terminator rises, builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp, but it’s double edged! Omega makes sure his legs can still move, and Red Shoes starts a ring count. The count reaches 10, the halfway point for NJPW. Omega drags Tanahashi back into the ring, not wanting a count-out victory for something this big. Omega climbs a corner and takes aim, for a missile dropkick to Tanahashi’s back!
Fans rally up as Omega drags Tanahashi to his feet. Omega slashes the throat and puts on the full nelson, Snap Dragon Suplex! But Tanahashi’s right up, only to get another Snap Dragon! Omega wants Tanahashi to stand, and he does. Omega gives the wobbly Tanahashi a V-Trigger! Tanahashi falls to his hands and knees while Omega grins. Omega drags Tanahashi up, lifts him in the Electric Chair, but Tanahashi slips around to get a facelock. Omega denies Twist ‘n’ Shout for a fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling Senton hits but Omega staggers on a bad leg. Omega still hops up top, but Tanahashi stops him for a SUPER Dragon Screw! Omega rolls and writhes, Tanahashi might have torn Omega’s tendons!
Fans rally and duel as Tanahashi stands. Tanahashi drags Omega up, Twist ‘n’ Shout neckbreaker hits! Tanahashi keeps on the legs with a Cloverleaf! Omega endures the pain in his legs and back as Tanahashi sits down deep. Fans near a fever pitch as Omega drags himself towards ropes. Tanahashi pulls Omega back, then sits down lower. Omega slips through but Tanahashi drags Omega up! Tanahashi steps over, to steal the Styles Clash!! The Ace borrows the move of the Phenomenal One, Omega’s former Bullet Club leader! Tanahashi puts Omega in a drop zone, climbs up top, and leaps for High Fly Flow!! Onto knees!! Omega saves himself from certain defeat with that one. Fans rally up again as both men are down in opposite corners.
Omega stands up first, takes aim, and runs corner to corner, but the V-Trigger misses Tanahashi! Omega hits nothing but buckle pad, and his knee hurts him all over again. Tanahashi drags Omega up from the apron, but Omega resists. Tanahashi grabs the bad leg, for another Dragon Screw! Omega writhes on the apron as he clutches his knee. Tanahashi joins Omega out there, and then runs to Slingblade Omega on the apron! Omega sputters and coughs but Tanahashi is not through with him. Tanahashi drags Omega over to the table, and puts him on the wood! Tanahashi climbs up top and Red Shoes tries to wave him off, but Tanahashi wants to go extreme! High Fly Flow but Omega moves! Tanahashi crashes through the table alone!!
Tanahashi is down in the wreckage, and Omega grins at the irony. A ring count begins again, and Omega drags himself up onto the apron. But again, Omega refuses to settle for a count-out victory. He drags Tanahashi out of the wreckage and into the ring at 14. Omega drags Tanahashi up on the apron, then through the ropes. He clubs and kicks away on Tanahashi, then climbs up top. Omega jumps for a guillotine double stomp! But Omega’s not done there, as he drags Tanahahsi up for a Dr. Wily Bomb! High stack cover, TWO!! So Omega goes again, another powerbomb! Another high stack, TWO!! Tanahashi shows super human heart but Omega shows inhuman relentlessness as he gut wrenches Tanahashi up for another bomb! Cover, TWO!?
Omega cannot believe Tanahashi survives, and fans are thunderous for this match. Omega chokes Tanahashi out of frustration, but stops at 4. He positions Tanahashi at the ropes, aims and BANG! Omega runs, but into a Slingblade! Both men are down, but Tanahashi has new life! Fans continue to duel and shout as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as both men stand and start brawling. Tanahashi hits, Omega hits back. Omega’s knee bothers him so he can’t get everything behind his strikes, but he doesn’t back down. Omega starts throwing slapping palm trikes and more sharp chops, but somehow Tanahashi stays standing. Tanahashi then hits back with palm strikes of his own and things get fast and furious. Tanahashi gets an edge but Omega knees back. Omega rams his good knee into Tanahashi over and over. Omega throws palm strikes to Tanahashi’s head, then deadlifts him in a waistlock, for a snap German Suplex! But Tanahashi’s right back up! Tanahashi roars but Omega hits low. Omega CHOPS away, then whips. Tanahashi reverses but Omega steals the Slingblade!
Omega hurries to a corner and the top rope, to leap in his own High Fly Flow!! Cover, ONE!? Only one?! Omega and Tanahashi are both furious, but Omega runs to V-Trigger! Tanahashi staggers about then drops to his knees, but so does Omega. They grind forehead to forehead, but Omega shoves Tanahashi to ropes. Tanahashi hits back with palm strikes, but Omega gives a point blank V-Trigger. Omega gives another point blank V-Trigger, and Tanahashi drops to his hands and knees again. Omega sits Tanahashi up for another, but Tanahashi blocks it! Tanahashi dropkicks the bad leg, then runs. Omega reels him in, but Tanahashi fights out, only to get a Reverse-Rana! But Omega can’t cover because of the bad leg. Tanahashi crawls to the ropes but Omega takes aim, BANG! V-TRIGGER!
But Omega isn’t through with Tanahashi, he drags Tanahashi up, only for Tanahashi to palm strike slap him again! Omega still gives another V-Trigger! And then the Electric Chair lift! But Tanahashi steals the Reverse-Rana! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tanahashi and Omega slowly sit up as fans duel. Tanahashi full nelsons Omega for his own Snap Dragon Suplex! Bridge cover, TWO!! Tanahashi roars and heads to the top rope. Omega stands, High Fly crossbody! Tanahashi hurries back up, High Fly Flow!! Cover, TWO!? Omega survives but Tanahashi’s too exhausted to be shocked! Omega crawls away to a corner, but Tanahashi crawls in pursuit. Tanahashi climbs up once more, but Omega stops him with a leaping V-Trigger!
Omega grits his teeth as he forces himself up again. He positions Tanahashi and clubs him on the back. Omega climbs as best he can, sits Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi resists as Omega applies the full nelson. The two stand up top, SUPER DRAGON SUPLEX!! But Omega can’t cover, so he decides to go back to his reliable BANG! Omega runs, to V-Trigger at the ropes! Omega drags Tanahashi up, Electric Chair lift, but Tanahashi reverses into huricanrana! Tanahashi gets up, runs, Slingblade! Tanahashi has Omega in the drop zone again and hurries up top once more. High Fly Flow!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The Ace has his eighth reign!! The Best Bout Machine gave Tanahashi his best, but it wasn’t enough to deny the Once in a Century Talent. Tanahashi manages to stand, and Red Shoes raises his hand in victory. Red Shoes helps put the belt on Tanahashi while the Young Bucks help Omega out of the ring. Tanahashi takes up the mic to address the fans in attendance.
“Thank you all for coming out tonight!” Tanahashi has to admit, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever return to the Tokyo Dome. He thanks his friends, Shibata and Honma, for supporting him and giving him the strength to go on. Tanahashi especially wants to thank everyone else who pushed him to get here today. Tanahashi vows that now that he has the belt back, “things are going to look different around here. Thank you for everything!” But he must apologize, he has no strength left to air guitar. Well, if fans really want it…
Tanahashi pumps himself up, as well as the fans, and “Let’s Rock!” Tanahashi vows to “take care of this belt, always.” Now he’ll take his air guitar and get out of here. Once again, thank you all for the love and energy! “Aishimasu!” The Ace is back on top, will he usher in a new era of excellence?
An incredible two hour selection, and AXS TV is still going to give us more next week! The IWGP United States, Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships, all in a row and all three titles changed hands! This was so great, and it really shakes things up for NJPW, as it should, with the emergence of The Elite’s All Elite Wrestling promotion. Cody is going to be running it, so naturally give the title to Juice to run with it. The story behind Jericho VS Naito makes it very natural for the title to change hands. With this being No Disqualifications, I want to say it’s their blow-off and Naito can move on to new challengers. Omega’s fate is unclear whether he’s NJPW, AEW or WWE, so it just made sense to give Tanahashi, a true staple of NJPW, the belt again.
My Score: 9.6/10