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Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 7 A Block

KENTA and Okada may start pulling away in A Block! Who falls first? The Rainmaker or The NOAH Outsider?

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KENTA and Okada may start pulling away in A Block! Who falls first? The Rainmaker or The NOAH Outsider?

Aside from the big names being stuck in the middle of the pack, we’ve got poor little Zack Sabre at zero points. Can he twist Fale into a pretzel and figure it out?

Then we have Okada facing a banged up Ospreay, while KENTA takes on a rising EVIL.

Do we still have any undefeated participants in A Block after today?

Ratings:

  • Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson vs Jon Moxley & Shota Umino: Shooter wins via Boston Crab @3:55 – ** 1/4
  • Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto & Yuya Uemura: Kanemaru wins via Deep Impact @8:50 – ***
  • Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Jay White vs Jeff Cobb, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @9:50 – ** 1/2
  • Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito vs YOSHI-HASHI, Ren Narita & Tomohiro Ishii: BUSHI wins via MX @7:35 – **
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Bad Luck Fale: Sabre wins via Countout @6:30 – ** 1/4
  • A Block: Lance Archer vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Tanahashi wins via Victory Roll @12:00 – ** 1/2
  • A Block: KENTA vs EVIL: KENTA wins via Go 2 Sleep @15:05 – *** 1/2
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs SANADA: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye @19:15 – *** 3/4
  • A Block: Will Ospreay vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Rainmaker @21:55 – **** 1/2

 

 

Analysis:

Still a lot of heat from their NXT past and Moxley’s debut match in NJPW. Juice and Mox don’t face each other until the end of their block schedule, but if this needed more heat…well this was gasoline. Juice and Mox stay on each other, brawl to the back while the Young Lions fight, but Mox apparently gets the best of the brawl. He returns to the ring to help Shooter, hit their Hart Attack tandem move and Shooter sinks in the Boston Crab.

There’s history between Taichi and Goto centering around the NEVER Openweight Title, Yano and Suzuki have fun history and it looks like Uemura is stepping up to Suzuki. So there’s a lot of fun moments, Uemura has a death wish trying to fight Suzuki, but it’s still fun. A lot of moving pieces in this one that kept it very entertaining.

Honma got put through the paces, Jay White got tossed around a little bit by Jeff Cobb, but the Bullet Club tag partners proved to be more useful than Cobb’s. Chase has picked up a few wins in the tag matches, so he might get some kind of push coming soon.

BUSHI continues to pick up pinfalls in these tag matches, and this sort of builds for Ishii and Naito, but not a ton happens. YOSHI-HASHI is there, Shingo looks like a million bucks and BUSHI wins the match, LOL. This was very paint by numbers.

Sabre jumps all over Fale at the start and tries a plethora of submissions to no avail. A kendo stick shot from Jado pushes the action to the outside. Fale and Bullet Club look to have an advantage, but Sabre dodges some double team tactics, grounds Fale with a Triangle Arm Bar, and then races to the ring to beat the 20 count. Fale couldn’t make it back fast enough, so Sabre gets the first Countout win of this year’s tournament.

Tanahashi is really showing the age and injuries this year, so all of these flukey wins just come off as forced. The match was slow, had moments of being interesting, but Tanahashi not even being 50% of what he used to be makes these hard to watch at times. Archer is getting over well, but Tanahashi winning at this point does hurt the credibility a little. I get the story they’re telling, but unlike last year where Tanahashi could push through injuries, this year, they are much more obvious, and he’s much more hampered.

EVIL took the fight to KENTA and then they went to the outside. Through the back and then into the crowd area next to the ramp. EVIL went for Darkness Falls on a bunch of a chairs, but KENTA stopped him and suplexed him onto said chairs. When it got back in the ring, EVIL tried to weaken the legs and KENTA went after EVIL’s upper body to mitigate the power advantage. Heavily booed, KENTA played up heel nicely (I guess WWE did help for something), and eventually he gets the best of EVIL and lets him take a nap. KENTA moves to 4-0.

We get a solid match between two guys who are right on the precipice of the Main Event scene. Kota outsmarts SANADA early by not going for the stupid dueling Dropkick spot, and from then on it was an interesting struggle. Between fan support and the general “anything you can do, I can do better” pacing, this was entertaining, yet slow and felt too long in some spots. Both looked pretty good, but this could’ve been told faster and SANADA’s perpetual struggles are a little frustrating for anyone who is a fan of his.

Okada and Ospreay were expected to blow the roof off, and well I’d say this was a damn good shot. Ospreay is obviously dinged up, but he fought through the pain and pulled off numerous flipping counters and found a few different ways to hit the Os-Cutter. They both let their personalities fly and this was a lot of fun to watch. Okada always has this older brother aura since he’s the one that brought Ospreay to New Japan and Chaos, so whenever they get together, it’s very much like two siblings trying to outdo the other. Ospreay had a great flurry at the end, flipping through a Rainmaker attempt, to try his Stormbreaker, but Okada flipped through that and hit a short arm lariat. Rolling Rainmaker and a normal Rainmaker later, Okada edges out the little brother. Great match.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Well this night struggled cause the first two Block matches were really weak. The next two amped-up the intensity a little, but fell short of a memorable match. The main event was fantastic, but generally speaking this felt like it was slow, plateau’d for a while and only picked up at the end. Nothing out right awful, but a lot of matches that could’ve been a little better.

Still a solid enough night if you’re following it all, but only the main event is worthy of seeking out individually. It is nice to see that everyone is on the board with some points. So if Okada and KENTA stumble a little, the rest of the block could plausibly catch up.

 

Block A Standings:

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-0 (8 Points)
  • KENTA: 4-0 (8 Points)
  • Lance Archer: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • EVIL: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Kota Ibushi: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-2 (4 Points)
  • SANADA: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Will Ospreay: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Bad Luck Fale: 1-3 (2 Points)
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 1-3 (2 Points)

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (1/20/22)

So much more than a dash!

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

NJPW starts on a new journey!

NJPW starts a month long journey that will culminate in an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match of Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS Ryohei Oiwa; Hiromu wins.
  • Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori & Jado; Makabe & Tiger Mask win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun; Honma, Kojima & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun; Wato, Taguchi & Tenzan wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano VS Suzuki-Gun!

It’s a Great Bash Heels reunion as Everyone’s Kokeshi, Bread Style and The Producer are taking on Taka Michinoku, Taichi and the Meanest Man in the World himself! Yano wants to get the KOPW 2022 trophy, but will he even survive Suzuki at the start of this series?

Yano gets impatient during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, seems he doesn’t hold the same reverence for the theme song as fans do. Suzuki and his team wait for the introductions to finish, and then the attack! Taka is after Kojima, Taichi chokes Honma in a corner, and Suzuki stomps Yano! The bell rings to get this on record, and while Taka throws Kojima out and Suzuki sends Yano out, Taichi keeps on Honma in the corner. Suzuki throws body shots on Yano, then uses his own spray bottle against him! The ref reprimands Taichi and Taichi stops choking Honma to argue with the ref. Honma kicks back but Taichi kicks, and Taichi gets the edge.

Taichi snapmares to KICK Honma in the back. Honma gets up to forearm but Taichi kicks his leg. Forearm, kick, forearm, kick, repeat! Taichi gets the edge again, eggs Honma up, then chokes him! The ref reprimands, Honma breaks free! Taichi tells him to shut it and sobats! Taichi runs, but Honma dodges the boot to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Honma as he runs, but he waits for Taichi to roll out of the way before he drops the KOKESHI! Kokeshi gets the better of Taichi, and then tags in Yano! Yano fires up and he goes to the corner to untie the pad! Taichi tags out to Suzuki and Yano turns around to face a nightmare!

Suzuki kicks, whips, but Yano holds ropes and dodges the boot to SLAP Suzuki! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki boots Yano, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Taichi and Taka go after Honma and Kojima while Suzuki drags Yano out. Suzuki sends Yano into railing, then smacks him off the apron! Taichi and Taka do the same to the others, then Suzuki goes looking under the ring. Suzuki drags Yano up, wraps his arm around railing, and cranks on the arm! Suzuki even claws Yano’s forehead and fish hooks the nose! The ring count starts, Suzuki leaves Yano behind and fans rally up.

The count is 10 of 20 and Taichi taunts Yano while he’s on the floor. Taichi stomps Yano, Yano still gets up at 17 and in at 18. Suzuki powers Yano to a cover, TWO! Fans rally, Suzuki tags Taka. Taka stomps Yano, sits him up and digs his knuckles into the forehead! The ref reprimands and counts, Taka lets off with the other hand! The ref reprimands more, counts again, and Taka lets off to scrape his soles on Yano’s face! Taka puts Yano in the corner, throws an uppercut, then tags Taichi. Taichi chokes Yano! The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops at 4. Taichi drags Yano up to snapmare and CHOKE! The ref notices and reprimands Taichi again!

Taichi lets off, but then he chokes Yano again! The ref reprimands, so Taichi says that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref warns Taichi, he lets off, and fans rally up as Taichi drags Yano up by his hair. Taichi feeds Yano to Suzuki’s boot! Suzuki tags in, he stomps away on Yano, then has the leg! Yano has the ropebreak but Taka stands on Yano’s neck! Taichi gets in to intercept Honma and throw him back out! The ref restores order, fans rally up, but Suzuki drags Yano up. Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips Suzuki, Suzuki narrowly avoids hitting bare buckles! Yano runs in but Suzuki dodges and Yano hits buckles!

Suzuki runs, but Yano gets him for an atomic drop! Yano hurries over, fans rally up, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima hits the Suzuki-Gun corner before he stomps Suzuki to a corner. Kojima fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Suzuki just snarls and turns things around for machine gun forearms! But Kojima turns it back for another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Suzuki into the bare buckles, then hits a forearm smash! Kojima throws Suzuki down, but Suzuki gets right up to kick low! Suzuki brings Kojima out but Kojima fires forearms! But Suzuki knees low! Suzuki wrenches, Kojima kicks, but Suzuki blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!

Kojima fights up, fights free, but Suzuki talks trash. Kojima CHOPS, so Suzuki CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Kojima gets the edge with forearms, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Kojima runs, but Suzuki shoots around to DECK Kojima! Tag to Taka, he DECKS Honma then stomps Kojima. Taka whips Kojima in to the bare buckles! SHINING WIZARD! Taichi adds a corner clothesline, then he runs Kojima to the corner! Snapmare, to a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Yano and Honma break it! Suzuki and Taichi throw them back out, and Taka drags Kojima up. Taka scoops, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!

Kojima throws off the armband and runs, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kojima survives Taka’s Super K, but Taka runs. Taka ducks the lariat, Kojima throws a low kick but Taka hits a CALF KICK! Kojima still hits COZY LARIAT!! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!

Winners: Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Suzuki-Gun’s Blue Playmaker fumbles again! And somehow, Yano has cuffed Suzuki to the ropes! Yano dares Suzuki to do something about it, but obviously he can’t without the key. Taichi gets in with his mic stand so the Great Bash Heels take their leave. Will Suzuki be unable to do anything as Yano goes after the KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Suzuki-Gun!

The Way of the Grandmaster joins forces with his mentors as he takes on Douki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado! Wato is rolling towards the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but will the Rogue Luchador turn the tides?

The teams sort out and Wato steps up to start against Desperado. Fans rally for this IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship teaser, but Desperado trips Wato. Desperado runs, Wato stays low, but Desperado steps on him! Desperado stands Wato up to CHOP, then whips him to ropes. Wato holds ropes, Desperado runs in but is tossed out! Wato runs to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! Fans fire up as Wato puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Desperado sits up, Wato KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Wato tags Taguchi. They drag Desperado up, whips, double drop toeholds and double basement dropkicks! Taguchi covers, TWO!

Fans rally, Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Desperado gets up but Taguchi bops him again and again and again! Taguchi winds up to BOP Desperado into the corner! Tag to Tenzan, he talks trash on Suzuki-Gun while Taguchi digs his boots in. Tenzan tops it off with a stomp, then a headbutt. Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops on Desperado in the corner, and fans rally as Tenzan headbutts Desperado down. Tenzan whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and hits a TENZAN BRAINBSUTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan ROCKS Desperado and kicks him at the ropes.

Tenzan whips, Desperado reverses, and Douki trips Tenzan! Douki drags Tenzan out and rams him into railing while Desperado blasts the corner! Kanemaru goes around the way to go after Taguchi! Desperado goes out to bring Wato up and ROCK him with an elbow! Douki chokes Tenzan with his metal pipe! The ref tries to restore order but Desperado whips Wato into railing! Kanemaru does the same to Taguchi! Douki keeps choking Tenzan, Kanemaru returns to the corner and Desperado tags him in. Douki sends Tenzan in, Kanemaru sits Tenzan up to throw an elbow into his head. Kanemaru then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru stomps Tenzan, drags him up and elbows him on the neck! Tenzan fires up! Kanemaru throws hands, then rakes eyes! Tag to Douki, Douki snapmares Tenzan and runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Douki reels Tenzan into a grounded cobra twist! Tenzan endures, grabs at Douki’s head and powers out. Douki stomps Tenzan, feeds him to Kanemaru’s boot, then tags Kanemaru in. Tenzan kicks Douki but gets mugged! Kanemaru rakes eyes, he and Douki whip Tenzan to the open corner! Douki runs in but Tenzan runs him over! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but into a MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up while everyone is down!

Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi runs at the ropes to give Kanemaru a hip attack! Then he runs to give Douki a hip attack! Then back to Kanemaru, then back to Douki! Taguchi slides to apron GAMANGIRI Kanemaru back in! Fans rally, Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi kips up and fans rally as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru gets a leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Then steps through, but Taguchi KICKS Kanemaru away! Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters the hip attack with an atomic drop!

Kanemaru hits an ENZIGURI, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kanemaru and Taguchi crawl, hot tags to Wato and Desperado! Wato BOOTS, Desperado CHOPS! Wato KICKS, and KICKS, and KCIKS, but Desperado blocks to spin Wato, but Wato fights the back suplex! Wato then runs, but Desperado goes the other way to SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Desperado stomps away on Wato, then drags Wato by a leg. Wato kicks Desperado away with the free leg, then gets up to kick, kick and sobat into a front kick, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Wato grits his teeth and fans rally as he drags Desperado up. Desperado resists the Mouse Trap, spins around and rakes the eyes! But Wato kicks and whips, only for Desperado to reverse and SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado tags Douki in and he hits Wato with a corner clothesline. Douki runs, Wato gets around but Douki fights the waistlock. Douki goes to run but Wato reels him in. Douki breaks free with his leg, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Wato wobbles, Douki reels him in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Wato up and torture racks, for a swing, but Wato slips out!

Douki knees low, runs, but into Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans rally up, Taguchi runs in to knock Desperado and Kanemaru down while Tenzan stomps Douki! Wato whips Douki to the corner, then runs in to back elbow. Tenzan adds a clothesline, Taguchi hits a hip attack! Double whip feed to Wato’s scoop, T T D! Cover, Desperado and Kanemaru break it! Taguchi and Tenzan go after them, throw them out, and Wato fires up! Wato goes to the corner, climbs up top, R P P FLOP! Douki Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Wato gets up but Douki HELL STABS! But Wato fires up!

Douki still dodges the roundhouse, Gory Especials, but Wato sunset flips! TWO!! Wato has Douki caught in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Douki endures, but he taps! Wato and team win!

Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall

The Way of the Grandmaster is victorious, holds on a little longer, but then lets off as Desperado storms back in. Desperado swipes at Wato but Taguchi and Tenzan back him up. Desperado still pie faces Wato, Wato gives it back, and then things turn to hair pulling and mask pulling. The ref tries to keep the peace but it takes Taguchi and Tenzan to break this up. They assure their young ward that waiting for the title match will be worth it. Wato and Desperado are on a collision course, will the Rogue Luchador survive the rising tide?

 

8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!

Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoh are far from through with Evil, Yujiro Takahashi, Dick Togo & Sho! Will Chaos strike back for WrestleKingdom 16? Or will Darkness Fall again?

The House of Torture Low Sweet, but Chaos attacks first! Yoh is after Sho, Hashi has Yujiro, Goto has Dick and Ishii has Evil! Yoh keeps Sho in while Goto, Hashi and Ishii throw the others out, and the bell rings to get this on record. Ishii CHOPS Evil, Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, Yoh stomps away on Sho, and Goto POSTS Dick! Yoh drags Sho up, but Sho bends Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, headlocks, but Yoh powers out, only for Sho to pull hair! Sho headlocks, Yoh throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Yoh keeps things moving to drop toehold and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Yoh tags Hashi.

Hashi and Goto get in, they and Yoh hammer Sho down! Yujiro gets in but he gets hammered, too! Evil thinks about it but he stays away. Dick does, too, but Ishii throws Dick in! All four Chaos members surround Dick, but then Dick plays dead! That doesn’t stop them from dragging Dick up and hammering him! Fans fire up as Chaos controls the ring and Evil is furious. Hashi drags Sho out from the corner, CLUBS him and CHOPS him! Hashi brings Sho around, bumps him off buckles, then digs his boot in. Ishii and Goto add on, the ref reprimands and counts, and they all let off at 4. Hashi drags Sho back up but Sho bends the fingers!

Sho whips Hashi to the House of Torture corner, and tada! Evil removes the blue buckle pad! Hashi hits bare steel, Sho hits Yoh off the apron! Sho also knows Goto and Ishii down, Dick chokes Hashi at the ropes, Evil SMACKS Ishii with the blue buckle pad! The ref is busy with everyone else, Dick digs his boots into Hashi. Sho then digs his boots into Hashi while Evil stands on Ishii. Dick tags in, he drags Hashi up to throw hands. Dick drags Hashi up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to snapmare. Dick runs to drop the fist! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the House protests. Evil tags in, he drags Hashi up to wrench and wrench and wrench.

Evil whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi staggers and falls, Ishii runs in but he’s send into bare buckles! Evil grins, Sho keeps the ref busy with Ishii and Evil claws Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro tags in, he talks some trash but Hashi throws body shots. Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, snapmares him then runs to basement BOOT! Cover, Yoh breaks it! Yujiro hits Yoh back and sends him out. Sho PENALTY KICKS Yoh from the apron! Yujiro drags Hashi up, but Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro knees low, puts Hashi on the ropes, and runs but blocks Hashi’s boot! Yujiro throws Hashi down to run and basement boot!

Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman, but Hashi fights free to suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Yujiro crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto rallies on the House, but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro runs, but gets run over! Goto fires off forearms, whips Yujiro to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Yujiro back up but Yujiro breaks free, only to swing into a suplex! Yujiro fights that off by BITING Goto’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips but Goto reveres and fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off, Goto elbows him but Yujiro throws a forearm. Goto forearms back then whips.

Yujiro holds ropes, dodges Goto, and Evil hooks a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Goto down! Tag to Evil, and he has the ref watch Ishii. Evil and Yujiro double whip, but Goto DECKS Evil! DISCUS for Yujiro! Evil kicks and runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs in to clothesline the King of Darkness! Evil reverses the whip, kicks and runs but gets run over! Ishii snarls, runs in and clotheslines Evil at the ropes! Ishii whips, Evil reverses, and Sho trips Ishii! Evil runs, but Yoh trips him! Yoh and Sho get in, Yoh dropkicks Sho down!

Evil runs, Yoh feeds him to Ishii’s forearm! Yoh dropkicks, Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh PLANCHAS to take Sho out! Fans fire up, Ishii runs, but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Evil waistlocks, Ishii fights the lift, but he runs into Dick’s cheap shot! Evil trips Ishii and gets the legs, SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and Yujiro keeps Hashi out but Ishii endures. Ishii fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Dick tries to make Ishii let go, but Ishii has an iron grip! Dick tags in and stomps away on Ishii! The ref reprimands and counts Evil, Evil lets off at 4. Fans rally for Ishii but Dick keeps stomping. Dick talks trash and kicks Ishii around but fans rally harder.

Dick drags Ishii up, eggs him on, and Ishii reels back, but Dick pokes him in the eye! Dick whips, gets a sleeper, but Ishii powers up. Dick blocks the back suplex with punches, Sho blasts the Chaos corner! The House whips Ishii to a corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho runs in to clothesline, Yujiro runs in to boot! Evil hits a clothesline and FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Fans fire up, but Yujiro distracts the ref and Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Sho has his wrench, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Dick runs at Hashi but Hashi DECKS him! Yujiro kicks Hashi and runs, but into a LARIAT!

Evil returns, kicks Hashi and rakes the eyes! Goto runs in, Evil waistlocks, but Goto ducks for the HIDDEN FLASH SUPERKICK! Fans fire up, Goto and Hashi glare at Dick but he wants them to take it easy. But Yoh is there, too! Yoh EuroUppers, Goto fireman’s carries, Yoh and Hashi DOUBLE SUPERKICK into the USHIGOROSHI! Ishii adds a SLIDING LARIAT! Then Ishii gets Dick up for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

Direct Drive, Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull combine to break the Spoiler! And they add insult to injury by stomping Dick and throwing him out! Is the House of Torture going to be demolished and lose the NEVER Openweight titles? Or can they find a way to survive Chaos?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Rainmaker is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and The Ace is IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But they have Tetsuya Naito and Sanada coming for their gold! Will the dream team and Blue Justice stand tall? Or will Uncontrollable Charisma, Cold Skull and Rampaging Dragon make this golden series tranquilo?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Sanada starts against Tanahashi. Fans rally for this US title preview as the two circle. “LET’S GO, ACE!” “SA-NA-DA!” They tie up, Sanada waistlocks but Tanahashi switches. Sanada wrenches but Tanahashi drops to get a leg pick. Tanahashi floats to a facelock but Sanada wrenches out. Tanahashi arm-drags but Sanada drags Tanahashi back down. Sanada keeps on the arm, Tanahashi fights up, but Sanada wrenches. Tanahashi wrenches back and headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes the headlock, Sanada powers up and pries at the hold, but Tanahashi clamps it on tighter.

Sanada endures the grind and throws body shots. Sanada powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Sanada powers out the back, headlocks Tanahashi in return, and holds on tight as Tanahashi tries to power out. Fans rally up, Tanahashi powers up but Sanada hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Sanada kips free but roles reverse as Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover and Sanada headscissors. Tanahashi kips free, but then roles switch back the other way as Sanada hits a headlock takeover and Tanahashi headscissors. Sanada kips free, roles reverse again, but Sanada holds tight as Tanahashi tries to kip up.

Fans cheer for the technical exchange, but Tanahashi moves around. Tanahashi headstands and pops free to then get a headlock. Sanada headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two clinch. Tanahashi gets the headlock and the takeover, but Sanada headscissors again. Sanada holds tight again, but Tanahashi turns Sanada over and pops out to have the legs in a figure four. Tanahashi then floats to a headlock, but Sanada fights up to his feet. Tanahashi grinds the headlock, but Sanada wrenches out. They fight for control, and fans fire up as the hold starts to tip one way or another! Sanada gets the headlock takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors, and now Tanahashi holds on tight!

Sanada kicks around, but Tanahashi puts on more pressure. Sanada keeps kicking, turns and headstands but Tanahashi works to keep him down. Sanada hops and hops and handsprings free! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two stand off. Tanahashi even air guitars. Tanahashi throws it to Sanada, and fans cheer for Sanada to try. Sanada strums it a couple times, then gives it to Red Shoes. Red Shoes carefully sets it aside, and Okada tags in. Sanada backs off and Naito tags in. Fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” and the two tie up. They go around, Naito puts Okada on ropes, but Okada turns things around.

Naito turns it back around, lets off slowly, and then pats Okada on the shoulder. But then Naito arm-drags Okada, only for Okada to get up before Naito can rush over. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. they tie up, Naito gets a leg, and then turns it into a cradle! ONE, they move around, ONE, and Okada gets a lateral press. Naito keeps his shoulders up, so Okada lets off slowly, and then scrambles for a waistlock. Naito rolls to get a headlock and he grinds Okada down. Okada fights up, powers Naito to ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Okada lets off slowly, and he doesn’t even fake the chop! Fans cheer as Okada takes Naito seriously.

Okada backs away to tag in Nagata, and fans rally for Blue Justice. Naito tags Takagi and now fans cheer as Blue Justice circles with the Rampaging Dragon. They both fire up, tie up, Nagata headlocks but Takagi powers out and the two ram shoulders! Neither falls, Nagata eggs Takagi on and Takagi runs, to RAM Nagata. Nagata stays up, they each egg the other on to run, so Takagi kicks and whips. Nagata reverses, BOOTS, then snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets up and eggs Nagata on! Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Takagi to the corner! Nagata gets Takagi up, whips him corner to corner, but Takagi reverses.

Sanada runs in and back elbows Nagata! He sets Nagata up for Takagi’s corner clothesline! Takagi throws Nagata down, Naito and Sanada double basement dropkick him! Takagi knocks Tanahashi and Okada off the apron and fans rally as LIJ controls the ring! Takagi drags Nagata up, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Takagi drags Nagata up, Nagata blocks the back suplex with elbows, then he fires elbows. Takagi fires back, and it’s a brawl! Fans rally, Takagi throws more forearms but Nagata KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! But he runs into an EXPLODER!

Fans rally while both men are down. Nagata tags in Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off on Takagi, whips, but Takagi reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi decks Naito and Sanada, dodges Takagi and dropkicks a leg out! Then he gives Takagi a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up with the Ace as he runs at Takagi. Takagi ducks the slingblade but Tanahashi denies the suplex. But Takagi ELBOWs, JABS, and YUKON feints to DDT! Hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Tanahashi, arm-drag and back suplex BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder.

Sanada puts Tanahashi in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” “LET’S GO, ACE!” Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free. Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! Sanada fires off forearms, but Tanahashi ducks the rolling elbow to a SLEEPER! Then a DRAGON SLEEPER! But Sanada fights it to a dragon sleeper of his own! Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi holds on to drag Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes and puts Tanahashi on the ropes. Tanahashi kicks away to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hot tag to Okada!

Okada drags Sanada up, fires off forearms, then whips. Sanada reverses, but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Okada glares at Naito but he stays on the outside. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grabs at Sanada but Sanada still tags Naito in! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes, then hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito whips Okada to a corner, ROCKET KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Takagi DECKS Nagata, Naito puts Okada up top. Naito climbs, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Okada flounders. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO SHIKI- MONEY CLIP!

Okada squeezes tight but Naito endures! Naito powers Okada into buckles and is free! Naito runs in, but into the Alabama lift and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, Okada drags Naito up. Okada gut wrenches but Naito blocks! Naito CLUBS Okada, Okada uppercuts! Okada whips, Naito jumps, but into a waistlock! Okada ripcords, Naito dodges, but Okada DROPKICKS! Ripcord, but Naito ducks to ENZIGURI! Okada staggers, Naito whips, but Okada reverses. Naito reverses back and uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata storms up to Naito and KICKS and KICKS and KICKS!

Nagata has Naito in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Naito fights the exploder off, but Nagata ROCKS him with a forearm! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “NA-GA-TA!” “NA-I-TO!” Nagata drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito fights free. Naito wrenches to throw back elbow after back elbow! But Nagata hits a kitchen sink knee! Nagata drags Naito back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Another suplex, dos amigos! Nagata gets Naito up again, THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! But Nagata clamps on the NAGATA LOCK II! Tanahashi DECKS Takagi while Naito endures!

Takagi gets past Tanahashi to CLUB Nagata, but then Okada CLUBS Takagi! But Takagi spins Okada around, suplex SLAM! Tanahashi returns, Takagi dodges the basement dropkick to SLIDING LARIAT! Nagata is up, Takagi hits an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups! Sanada and Takagi whip him to a corner, Sanada uppercuts, Takagi clotheslines and Naito atomic drops! PUMPING BOMBER! Rolling jackknife! TWO!?! Nagata escapes, but Sanada and Takagi keep Okada and Tanahashi down on the outside. Naito wrenches but Nagata fights with back hands. Nagata BOOTS then ENZIGURIS!

Fans fire up as Nagata whips, but Naito hits FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Nagata up, wrenches through, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Blue Justice falls as the ungovernables stand tall! Takagi gets Naito water while Sanada stares down with Tanahashi. Will the Cold Skull have a leg up on The Ace going into their US Heavyweight Championship? Or can Tanahashi turn it around in the rest of this Golden Series? Tanahashi, Okada and Nagata leave, so Naito gets the mic. “Beunas noches, Korakuen Hall! It might be awhile, but please listen to what I have to say. Last February, I was opposed to the unification of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles. I worked to try to stop it. But I lost my challenge to Ibushi and now we have the IWGP World title.”

Naito will be honest, he has no attachment to the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. So why is he challenging for this title? He has three reasons: first, he wants to take on the top guy in NJPW, and that is Okada; second, he wants to beat the top guy in NJPW; third, he wants to be in the Tokyo Dome main event next year, January 4th, 2023. Fans cheer all those reasons. Naito says that, “For nobody’s benefit other than my own, I will go for the win in Sapporo.” Now, today obviously begins a new series, and there will be several warm-ups between Naito and Okada.

“Who will have the title after February 20th? Everyone, speculate, enjoy, and of course, until the title match in Sapporo on February 20… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo!” Now, they’ll see everyone here back tomorrow, but they’ll end the kickoff the only proper way they can. “Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi, y Naito. Nosotros Los! Ingoberrrrrrnables! DE! JA! PON!” The New Years Golden Series has only just begun, but will it end with Naito taking the world title from the Rainmaker?


My Thoughts:

A great event here, even though I did skip the first few matches. The very first two were against Young Lions so of course Khan and Hiromu were winning. But I did skim through, it was pretty neat for Hiromu to wrestle in his old Kamaitachi mask just to make a point about the Young Lion not being ready. I also skipped Togi Makabe & Tiger Mask VS Taiji & Jado cuz Jado is basically one step up from Young Lion and he ended up taking the loss. But there were a lot of great tag matches here to get momentum going from after WrestleKingdom 16. Suzuki-Gun losing both Six Man Tags was surprising, but it gives Yano some momentum going towards a KOPW match with Suzuki, and I liked seeing some edge in Wato as he gets ready to face Desperado.

Chaos VS House of Torture was on par with the usual NJPW 8 Man. Chaos winning is also a good way to give them momentum as we’re going to get WrestleKingdom rematches for the NEVER Openweight singles and Six Man titles. I don’t know if Evil is only going to be Mr. NEVER for only a couple months, but at this point, he might as well keep that going until Jay White returns and we can finally get Bullet Club Civil War take two going. Then the Six Man main event was really good, we got to see everybody face everybody, and LIJ gets momentum for their coming title matches.

Naito has a good promo to frame his role in the IWGP World title story, but he himself said there will be a lot of these Six Man tune-ups. I probably won’t worry about covering these next few dates, they’re going to be VOD only anyway and those always seem to take forever to show up. I’ve already skimmed through the coming Golden Series dates, and it’s rather fitting that February 7th is the next one NJPW is advertising for livestream. That’s the one I’m thinking of waiting for, and then it’s all the February events, even just in part like I did here.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WrestleKingdom 16 Results & Report! (1/8/22)

NJPW VS NOAH!

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WK16 Yokohama

WrestleKingdom Night 3 is in Yokohama!

For an extra special way to close WrestleKingdom 16, NJPW and NOAH go head-to-head in a huge crossover match card!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow – Kosei Fujita VS Yasutaka Yano; Time Limit Draw.
  • Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express; Third Gen wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada; Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii win.
  • SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge; SHO wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA; Yoshioka & Hayata win.
  • El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY; Desperado & Douki win.
  • Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano; Sakuraba, Sugiura & Yano win.
  • EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki; Kitamiya & Shiozaki win.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji; Ogawa & Marufuji win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO; LIJ wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito; Okada & Tanahashi win.
  • Overall winner: NJPW, 6-4-1

PLAY BY PLAY

Preshow – Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS Funky Express!

Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan unite to take on Akitoshi Saito, King Tany & Muhammad Yone in a match-up of long standing veterans! But will Blue Justice & TenCozy score the first point for NJPW? Or will Death Brand, Boogie Wonderland and the Last Wyvern raise the banner for NOAH?

The trios sort out and fans rally up already for these living classics. Nagata steps up and starts against Akitoshi. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock at center! They each pull hair, the ref counts, but Akitoshi breaks free to KICK a leg! Nagata KICKS back and eggs Akitoshi on! Akitoshi KICK, Nagata KICKS, repeat! Fans rally as the two egg each other on and go to forearms! Nagata gets the edge, runs, but Akitoshi runs him over! Akitoshi stomps Nagata but Nagata’s right up to forearm, CLUB and KICK! Snapmare and KICK, but Akitoshi gets up! Nagata fires off more, runs, but Akitoshi body shots. Akitoshi runs, Nagata avoids his boot to BOOT back!

Akitoshi WHEEL KICKS! Nagata gets up, he WHEEL KICKS back! Fans fire up as both men get back up and Kojima tags in. Yone tags in for NOAH, and fans fire up as Bread Style meets Mr. Afro. They tie up, Kojima powers Yone back, but Yone turns it around. Yone steps side to side then backs off to strike a disco pose. Kojima kicks him low! Kojima headlocks, Yone powers out, but Kojima runs him over! Fans fire up for the dancing pecs, and Kojima runs, but Yone runs him over! Yone strikes the pose again, but Kojima gets to the corner. Tenzan tags in, so Tany tags in, too. Fans rally up as the big boys meet now!

Tenzan and Tany tie up, Tenzan pushes Tany away, but they tie up again. Tenzan puts Tany on the ropes, lets off, but Tany avoids the Mongolian Chop! Tany kicks, runs, but Tenzan runs him over! Tenzan hits the Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! Tany falls, Tenzan stomps and he drags Tany up. Kojima gets in to knock Akitoshi and Yone off the apron! TenCozy coordinate on Tany for forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima Mongolian Chops, then Tenzan headbutts! TenCozy keeps on Tany, they double whip him to the corner, Tenzan runs in but Tany runs him over! Kojima kicks Tany and runs, but into a scoop! Tany SLAMS Kojima on Tenzan!

Nagata gets in to attack Tany! But Tany scoops Nagata to SLAM him on Tenzan, too! Tany does a Jump Man pose, then he drags Tenzan over to bump off buckles. Tag to Akitoshi, but Tenzan headbutts and Mongolian Chops! Or rather, Yokohama Hammers? Tenzan still does have to consider that time he lost to Great-O-Khan. But anyway, Tenzan whips Akitoshi to a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Tenzan crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tenzan runs but Akitoshi kicks a leg out! Tenzan hits buckles, Akitoshi runs corner to corner, and he hits a big clothesline!

Akitoshi reels Tenzan in, and he gets Tenzan up for a stalling suplex, and holds until 10, then 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Akitoshi tags in Yone. Tany also gets in as Yone blasts Nagata and Kojima off the apron! Tany and Yone get Tenzan up, they double whip him to ropes, and they double shoulder Tenzan down! Yone and Tany pose together, then Yone gets Tenzan up. Akitoshi jumps back in, Yone and Tany put Tenzan through the ropes, and they dig their boots into Tenzan. The ref has to keep Kojima back, and Funky Express let off. Yone covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Yone drags Tenzan up.

Yone whips Tenzan to a corner, runs in to clothesline, but Tenzan Mongolian Chops! And again, and again, and again! But Yone kicks low, runs to ropes, but Tenzan hits the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up, Tenzan tags in Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Akitoshi and DECKS Tany to then KICK away on Yone! Yone ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and runs in to BOOT! Yone blocks the Exploder, but Nagata ROCKS him to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nagata drags Yone up. Yone blocks the suplex, Nagata throws body shots and forearms! Yone forearms back!

Nagata forearms again, Yone gives it back, and they go faster and faster! Fans rally up, Yone gets the edge and he eggs Nagata on. Nagata fires forearms back, then runs, but Yone SHOTGUN BOOTS! Hot tag to Tany! Tany whips Nagata to the corner, runs in and clotheslines! Tany whips the other way and clotheslines again! Tan then brings Nagata in, but Nagata fights the choke slam! Nagata gets the EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Nagata hurries, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima kicks Tany, fires off forearms, whips him to ropes but Tany reverses. Kojima comes back and DECKS Tany with a forearm! Kojima fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany in the corner!

Yone rushes in but he gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima finishes Yone off to then fire off more MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Tany! Kojima whips Tan corner to corner and runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Tany down, fires up, but Akitoshi gets in! Akitoshi ROCKET LAUNCHES Kojima down! Akitoshi and Tany hit Nagata and Tenzan, and Funky Express go after Kojima together. Forearm, forearm, BOOT, URENAGE! Akitoshi positions Kojima as Tany climbs, for a FLYING SPLASH! Cover, Tenzan and Nagata break it! Akitoshi and Yone throw them out, and fans are fired up with Tany!

Tany drags Kojima up, waistlocks, but Kojima fights free! COZY CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Kojima crawls, Nagata gets in but Tany hits first! Tany whips, Nagata reverses and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Feed to TENCOZY CUTTER! Cover, Yone breaks it in time! Tenzan elbows Yone out,  Nagata keeps Akitoshi at bay! Kojima throws off the armband as fans rally up! Kojima runs, into a POWERSLAM! Tany fires up, choke grips and gets Kojima up, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Tany can’t believe it! He roars and runs, but into a COZY LARIAT! Cover, Third Gen wins!

Winners: Third Gen, by pinfall

Score one for NJPW! Will this be the spark that helps NJPW take the series?

 

10 Man Tag: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi & Goto-Hashi-Ishii VS Kinya Okada, Yoshiki Inamura, Daiki Inaba, Hajime Ohara & Daisuke Harada!

The Way of the Grandmaster, the Funky Weapon, the Fierce Warrior, the Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull take on members of NOAH’s main unit! Will Team Six or Nine and Chaos’ top trio take another win for NJPW? Or will NOAH’s Infinite Beast Warrior, Great Rush, NEVER BACK DOWN, Devil Ray and Young Master do them proud?

Oh no, technical difficulties… You can hear the match but you can’t see it. It sounds like Ishii and… Okay, the video is finally back and it’s Inamura in there with him. Inamura throws a BIG clubbing shot, but Ishii ROCKS him back. Inamura CLUBS, Ishii ROCKS, repeat! Ishii eggs Inamura on and the shots keep coming! Ishii ROCKS Inamura and he falls back! Ishii kicks Inamura, slaps him around, but Inamura gets up. Ishii forearms, Inamura CLUBS him again! Ishii felt that one, and Inamura whips Ishii corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Inamura comes back and RAMS shoulders! Ishii ROCKS Inamura, runs, but Inamura runs him over!

Fans fire up and Inamura snarls. Inamura drags Ishii up, suplexes, but Ishii blocks! Fans rally, the two fight for suplex control, and Ishii suplexes Inamura! Inamura gets right up, he rushes Ishii, Ishii catches him, but Inamura suplexes Ishii! And does a squat before the SLAM! But Ishii gets up! They RAM shoulders, Inamura throws a forearm, but Ishii runs Inamura over! Tag to Hashi, he drags Inamura up to throw forearms and CHOPS in the corner. Hashi whips corner to corner, Inamura reverses and then catches Hashi for a scoop and SLAM! Inmura DECKS Ishii off the apron, tag to Kinya!

Kinya BOOTS Hashi, whips him to a corner, runs corner to corner and back elbows! Kinya keeps running to run Hashi over! The rest of Team NOAH blasts NJPW off the corner, then they all get Hashi. They double whip Hashi to a corner, back elbow, back elbow, back elbow, forearm and clothesline! Kinya gut wrench SUPLEXES, covers, Goto breaks it! Kinya fires off on Goto, runs, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI! But Daiki runs in and runs Goto over! Goto bails out, Daiki PLANCHA! Wato gets in and builds speed but he runs into a mule kick! Hajime whips Wato but he uses that to TORNILLO out onto Daiki!

Taguchi runs in and he clobbers everyone on NOAH! Then TRIANGLE JUMP onto Hajime! SUPER CROSSBODY from Harada! Ishii and Inamura are back in and they RAM shoulders again! Ishii gets around, waistlocks, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Ishii and Hashi double whip Inamura. Inamura DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES first! Inamura and Kinya fire up and Inamura whips Kinya for Kinya to whip Inamura, SPLASH on Hashi! Kinya runs in and BOOTS! Kinya reels Hashi into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Kinya roars! Kinya KICKS away on Hashi, then KICKS him down! Cover, TWO!

Kinya is roaring, he gets Hashi back up, but Hashi blocks the scoop! NOAH fights to keep NJPW out of the ring, and Hashi fires off body shots. Hashi elbows Kinya, then CHOPS! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Kinya survives and fans are thunderous! Hashi gets the leg, HALF CRAB! Kinya endures, NJPW has to keep NOAH Out now! Hashi makes it a FULL BOSTON CRAB! Kinya endures, fights, but Hashi sits deep! Kinya taps, NJPW wins again!

Winners: Wato, Taguchi, Goto, Hashi & Ishii, by pinfall

NJPW is leading 2-0-1 now! But there are still a lot of matches left, will NOAH make their comeback with the very next match?

 

SHO VS Atsushi Kotoge!

The Murder Machine not only wants to show NJPW’s power, but the House of Torture’s power! But will Sho be in for a shock against the Pink Hot Blooded Young Man?

Sho is fired up, but then the bell rings and he bails out before Atsushi rushes him. Sho doesn’t seem to care now, but Atsushi rushes out after him! Atsushi CLUBS Sho down, drags him up and whips him back into the ring. Fans fire up as Atsushi stomps Sho then whips corner to corner. Atsushi runs and BOOTS, then whips, runs and BOOTS Sho again! Atsushi whips again but Sho reverses to rake eyes! Sho runs, but Atsushi BOOTS him down! Sho bails out again but Atsushi builds speed. Sho uses a NOAH Young Lion as a shield! Atsushi has to slam on the brakes, and the ref reprimands, but Sho whips the Young Lion into railing!

Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain, then he slides in as Atsushi slides out after him. Sho continues to laugh, Atsushi goes to check on the Young Lion. Atsushi gets back in as fans rally up, but Sho rushes over. Atsushi shoulders into Sho, but Sho stops him from suplexing Sho out! Sho bends the fingers, CLUBS the arm, sweeps the legs, and runs to basement dropkick Atsushi to the floor. Sho then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! Sho drags Atsushi up, and whips him into railing! Atsushi flops down, the Young Lion is up and wants after Sho! The ref keeps him back but Sho uses this distraction to grab a corner crossbar cover. Sho uses that to smother Atsushi!

The ref sees this and Sho lets go. Fans rally up, Sho drags Atsushi up and into the ring. Sho stomps Atsushi, and then claws his eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho looms over Atsushi as he sits up. Fans rally, Sho CLUBS Atsushi, then kicks him. Atsushi CHOPS back! Sho eggs Atsushi on, Atsushi CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS Sho with a forearm! Atsushi fires off on Sho at the ropes and fans fire up, but Sho rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, then whips. Atsushi reverses to dropkick Sho down! Sho bails out, Atsushi builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit with the tope con hilo!

Sho begs for mercy but Atsushi stomps Sho, then puts him in the ring. Sho crawls, Atsushi stalks him and drags him up. Atsushi wrenches the arm, whips Sho to the corner, and then runs in for a clothesline! Atsushi keeps moving, another clothesline! And another! And another! Then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Atsushi stalks Sho to ropes, and he drags Sho up. Atsushi reels Sho in but Sho blocks the urenage and pulls on the hair! Sho lets go, but Atsushi kicks back. The ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho drags Atsushi back up, wrenches the arm and he kicks, kicks and SUPER- NO! Atsushi blocks that to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP!

Sho rakes eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4, then he whips Atsushi in the corner. Sho runs but into a SHOTGUN BOOT! Atsushi drags Sho back up, reels him in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Atsushi drags Sho to a drop zone, goes up top, but Sho shoves the ref in to trip Atsushi up! The Young Lion gets up on the apron and Sho drags him in! Sho stomps the Young Lion then tells the ref the Young Lion got in on his own. This is all a distraction and Sho goes to get his wrench! Sho aims, WRENCH SHOT to Atsushi!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall

Well, it wasn’t very fair, but NJPW has its third win! Sho mocks the NOAH Young Lion, and he stands on Atsushi, but will he face the consequences of this soon enough?

 

Taiji Ishimori & Gedo VS Seiki Yoshioka & HAYATA!

Fang Revived was supposed to be part of this, but after what he went through against The Ace, he was in no shape to compete! Can the Bone Soldier and “The Blacksmith” win one for Bullet Club and NJPW? Or will Stinger finally get NOAH on the board?

The teams sort out and fans rally up. Bullet Club Lowe Sweets, and Taiji starts against Seiki. They circle and fans rally up more. They tie up, Taiji pushes Seiki to ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Taiji pats Seiki on the shoulders, but then Gedo pulls Seiki’s hair! Taiji kicks Seiki, blasts Hayata off the apron, then comes back to mug Seiki with Gedo. Bullet Club double whip, Seiki gets around to shove Taiji into Gedo! Seiki knees low, things speed up, Taiji swings but Seiki dodges to KNEE Taiji down! Seiki storms up to Taiji in the corner and Taiji wants mercy. He gets a KICK instead! Seiki drags Taiji up to ROCK him, then whips him corner to corner.

Taiji slips through the ropes, slides under Seiki, then slips out to shoulder in. Taiji springboards to SEATED SENTON! Taiji DECKS Hayata, then he goes back to Seiki. Fans rally, Taiji throws Seiki out but then Taiji gets in the ref’s face. Gedo takes off his belt to LASH Seiki! Hayata protests but Gedo LASHES Seiki again! And again! Seiki scrambles around the way, Gedo LASHES Seiki again! Hayata tries to point this all out but Gedo puts Seiki in the ring. Taiji drags Seiki up and he CLAWS Seiki’s back! Taiji drags Seiki up, reels him in, and CLAWS Seiki again. The ref reprimands but Taiji tags Gedo.

Gedo drags Seiki up and Gedo CLAWS Seiki! The ref argues with Gedo but Taiji grabs Seiki from the corner to CLAW him more! Seiki flounders against ropes, Gedo stalks up to a corner, and he CLAWS Seiki in the corner! The ref reprimands, Gedo brings Seiki over to bump Seiki off Taiji’s boot! Tag to Taiji, he drags Seiki up to ROCK him with haymakers! Seiki KICKS back! Taiji eggs Seiki on, then he blocks a kick to DECK Seiki! Gedo likes what he sees, then tags in. Gedo drags Seiki up, snapmares and he eggs Hayata on. Hayata jumps in but the ref keeps him back, and Gedo CHOKES Seiki while the ref argues with Hayata! Then Gedo covers, TWO!

Gedo argues the count, but then he stands on Seiki to spin and scrape Seiki’s face! Gedo runs to fist drop, covers, but the ref says no because of the closed fist! Gedo gest pissed, but he takes it out on Seiki with a chinlock. Seiki endures as Gedo grinds him down, and the ref makes sure the chinlock isn’t a choke. Seiki fights, fans rally, and Seiki throws elbows. Seiki is free, he runs, and whips Gedo to CALF KICK him down! Seiki and Gedo crawl, hot tag to Taiji and he blasts Hayata to deny him the tag! Taiji drags Seiki up, whips him to a corner, he blocks boots to ENZIGURI, then go side to side for the SLIDING GERMAN! Taiji gets in to cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Taiji brings Seiki up to gut wrench but Seiki slips out to waistlock. Seiki ducks Taiji’s elbow and ENZIGURIS Taiji down! Hot tag to Hayata! Hayata whips, atomic drops and then runs to to BOOT Taiji down! Hayata kips up, fans fire up, and Hayata scoops. Taiji slips out to waistlock, Hayata switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hayata reverses and kicks low! Hayata whips, Taiji handsprings, NEURALIZER! Both men are down but fans fire up. Gedo tags in, he hits a JAWBREAKER to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Gedo argues the count again but he aims from a corner. Hayata gets up, Gedo mule kicks a leg out!

Gedo goes to hook the arms but Hayata slips out the back and trips Gedo up! Gedo staggers and checks his nose. Hayata runs in but blocks the boot! Gedo wants mercy but Hayata throws the foot down. Gedo rakes the eyes! Gedo whips, Hayata reverses to PELE! Hayata brings Gedo in, Gedo blocks the suplex, and Taiji BOOTS Hayata down! Seiki gets in, Taiji kicks him first. Taiji whips, Seiki reverses and KICKS Taiji to then RUNNING AX KICK! Gedo gets up, Seiki gives him a CODE BREAKER! Seiki then goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT takes out Taiji at the ramp! Fans fire up as Hayata gets Gedo up, crosses the arms, DDT!

Hayata dares Gedo to get up. Fans rally, Hayata SPIKE-RANAS! Cover off the “Headache,” Stinger wins!

Winners: Seiki Yoshioka & Hayata, by pinfall

NOAH finally scores! The score is now 3-1-1 in NJPW’s favor, can NOAH make a series out of this?

 

El Desperado & DOUKI VS NOSAWA RONGAI & YO-HEY!

The Rogue Luchador & Japones Del Mal are first up for Suzuki-Gun, and taking on Perros Del Mal de Japon’s Japanese Juggalo Sensation and Bamboo Dragonfly! Will NJPW continue their dominance? Or is this the start of the comeback?

Desperado shows off his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and PDMDJ attacks! Rongai stomps Desperado and Yo-Hey is after Douki! The ref reprimands, the bell rings to get this on record, and Rongai throws Desperado’s title out of the ring! Rongai and Yo-Hey whip Desperado and Douki at each other, but Suzuki-Gun dosidos to come back with back elbows! Then Suzuki-Gun whips PDMDJ, they dosido but Suzuki-Gun dodges! Yo-Hey and Rongai hit buckles, then Desperado and Douki go corner to corner to hit back elbows! Suzuki-Gun coordinates, Douki runs and Desperado gives him an alley-oop for the forearm smash!

Fans cheer and Douki scrapes Yo-Hey out of the ring. Rongai wants mercy but Desperado is upset about what happened to the belt. Desperado digs his boots in, the ref counts and Desperado lets off. Desperado drags Rongai up, brings him around but Rongai throws forearms. Desperado hits back so Rongai throws a haymaker. Desperado CHOPS, Rongai throws another haymaker. Desperado forearms, Rongai throat chops! Desperado ELBOWS Rongai down! Fans fire up, Desperado and Yo-Hey talk trash on each other, and Desperado drags Rongai up. The ref is busy with Yo-Hey, and Rongai LOW BLOWS!

Douki protests but Rongai tags Yo-Hey in. Desperado crawls over, tag to Douki, and Douki goes right at Yo-Hey! Douki whips, Yo-Hey reverses and things speed up. Yo-Hey hurdles, Douki leaps over, they keep moving, Yo-Hey RANAS but Douki handsprings through! Douki runs, arm-drags Yo-Hey, then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Douki, and he brings Yo-Hey up to scoop, SLAM and run, but Rongai gets a cheap shot in! Yo-Hey tags Rongai, they double whip Douki to a corner, then they both run, slide and trip Douki to POST him by his pipe! And we’re not talking the metal one he brings to the ring!

Douki flops out of the ring but Rongai drags Douki up and puts him back in. Rongai stands on Douki’s face, the fans rally up and Rongai talks more trash. Rongai stomps Douki, the ref has to keep Desperado back, and Rongai brings Douki over for Yo-Hey to get a cheap shot in. Yo-Hey tags in, he pats Douki on the back, but Douki throws hands. Yo-Hey laughs those off, but then that third one upsets him. Yo-Hey ducks the clothesline to mule kick and CALF KICK! Then Yo-Hey kips up and fires up! Yo-Hey encourages the fans to rally up, and then he brings Douki up to reel him in. Douki denies the Twist of Fate to waistlock, Yo-Hey switches, but Douki elbows free.

Douki runs, but Yo-Hey reels him in. Yo-Hey ducks all the kicks, calls Douki a “BAKAAA~! (Idiot)” and runs, but into Douki’s somersault HEADBUTT! Both men are down, fans fire up, and both men crawl. Hot tag to Desperado! Desperado rallies, knocks Rongai down but Yo-Hey double CHOPS! Yo-Hey whips, Desperado reverses, SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! STRETCH MUFFLER! Yo-Hey scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Desperado lets go to stomp away on Yo-Hey! The ref reprimands, Desperado stops, and he drags Yo-Hey up. Yo-Hey fires a forearm but Desperado hits back!

Yo-Hey fires another forearm, but Desperado hits back. They go back and forth, fans rally up as they pick up speed, and Desperado CHOPS! Desperado suplexes, Yo-Hey slips out but Desperado elbows back. Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Yo-Hey crawls, tag to Rongai! Rongai and Yo-Hey stomp Desperado and stand on him to taunt the NJPW fans. Fans rally up, the ref reprimands and Rongai brings Desperado up. Desperado fights back against them both, but he runs into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO!! Rongai and Yo-Hey double whip, Rongai runs in but misses in the corner!

Desperado dodges Yo-Hey, Yo-Hey elbows but Desperado pulls him back, but runs into a DROPSAULT! Rongai holds Desperado, Yo-Hey builds speed, and he FLIES to take out Desperado! PDMDJ gets Desperado up but Douki is there! He mule kicks and ASAI MOONSAULTS, but only gets Yo-Hey! Rongai realizes what happened, and fans fire up! The ring count starts, Rongai puts Desperado in. Rongai drags Desperado up, and he goes after the m ask! Desperado protests but the ref is busy with the others. Douki gets in to ENZUGIRI Rongai! Douki runs in but is sent sliding out! Desperado rolls Rongai up, TWO!!

Desperado hurries to spin Rongai around, underhooks, but Rongai blocks Pinche! Rongai spins out, cradles, TWO!! Rongai steals LOCO MONO! Desperado is seething, but he swings into Rongai’s leg trip and La- NO, Desperado fights out of Magistrol to spin, backslide, but Rongai flips over. Underhooks, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!

Winners: El Desperado & Douki, by pinfall

FOUR wins for NJPW! What a lead! But with the superstition behind the number four, is NJPW’s luck about to run out?

 

Six Man Tag: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku VS Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & ???

We saw the rest of Suzuki-Gun take a big win for NJPW, but now Suzuki-Gun is in action against NOAH’s Suguira-Gun! These armies are ready for war, but who comes out the big winner for their promotion?

There’s also the case of the mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun. Who joins the Top Ring IQ and the Killing Machine? It’s TORU YANO!? What a shock! Sakuraba takes the credit for this genius call, will he get his drinking buddy a KOPW 2022 opportunity with this match?

The moment Suzuki-Gun is in the ring, Suzuki wants after Yano! Yano bails out and Suzuki pursues, so Takataichi goes after Sugiura and Sakuraba! The bell rings to put this on record, Taichi chokes Sakuraba in a corner while Taka POSTS Sugiura! Suzuki gets Yano down and stomps away on him! The ref reprimands Taichi and counts, Taichi lets off of Sakuraba. Meanwhile, Suzuki and Sugiura meet after all this time, and they start throwing SLAPS! Then forearms! Suzuki body shots then knees low, Taichi is being counted again but he lets off to snapmare Sakuraba. Tatichi KICKS Sakuraba on the back, then waits for him to sit up.

Sakuraba blocks the kick to trip Taichi up! HEEL HOOK! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK with a grapevine! Taichi endures, crawls to ropes, ROPEBREAK! Sakuraba lets go slowly, then he stomps away on Taichi. Sakuraba drags Taichi up, fans rally and he whips, but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Taichi checks his foot after hitting the “Gracie Hunter” pretty hard there. Fans rally, Taichi drags Sakuraba up by his hair, but Sakuraba resists. Sakuraba then gets loose to Mongolian Chop! And Mongolian Chop! Taichi chokes and throws Sakuraba down! Taichi runs, but into a KNEE! But Taka gets in to CLUB Sakuraba!

Taka runs, but into a KNEE from Sakuraba! Fans fire up, Yano tags in! Yano goes to the corner and unties a buckle pad! Yano kicks the pad out, Taichi kicks Yano! But Yano throws Taichi by his hair! Yano drags Taichi up, whips him in, but Taichi stops himself before hitting bare buckles. Yano runs in, he is sent into bare buckles! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while Suzuki and Sugiura continue brawling! Taka POSTS Sakuraba, Taichi drags Yano out, the ref reprimands Suzuki-Gun for all this chaos! Taichi whips Yano into railing while Suzuki and Sugiura continue to throw slaps! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura then ROCKS him again!

Taka stomps Sakuraba, Taichi puts Yano back in, and Taichi drags Yano up. Taichi CHOKES Yano, the ref is too busy with the team leaders brawling, and Taka tags in to choke Yano, too! The ref finally sees what’s going on and reprimands, then counts. Taka lets off at 2, snapmares Yano, then digs his knuckles into Yano’s forehead. The ref reprimands that, Taka stops at 4 to scrape his soles off Yano’s face! Taka ROCKS Yano with an uppercut, then tags in Suzuki. Suzuki stands Yano up, wraps an arm around ropes and PULLS! Yano endures, Suzuki bends fingers, Taichi chokes! Suzuki ROCKS Yano, then KICKS him!

Suzuki hears the fans rallying, he kicks Yano’s leg out. Suzuki drags Yano up, Yano gets up to rake eyes! Yano whips, Suzuki reverses, and Yano hits bare buckles! Suzuki kicks Yano, fires off forearms then SLAPS Yano down! Suzuki runs, into an atomic drop! Yano crawls and tags in Sugiura! Fans fire up and Sugiura BOOTS Suzuki! Sugiura runs corner to corner to BOOT! Sugiura keeps going but Suzuki follows to BOOT back! Suzuki runs, Sugiura follows now, and BOOTS Suzuki down! Sugiura runs to KNEE Suzuki into the bare buckles! But Suzuki just looks incensed! Sugiura rains down forearms on Suzuki, but Suzuki grits his teeth!

The forearms keep flying but Suzuki eggs Sugiura! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura and then rains down forearms in return! Suzuki stands Sugiura and forearms again! The heavy shots keep flying, fans rally up, and Suzuki grins. Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki nods. Fans are liking that Suzuki is getting into this! Suzuki ROCKS Sugiura, snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY KICK! But Sugiura is right back up to throw more forearms! The fans rally as the shots keep going back and forth! Suzuki eggs Sugiura on and Sugiura throws shot after shot! Sugiura ROCKS Suzuki, adds on, then reels him in, but Suzuki slips out!

Suzuki gets the SLEEPER! He doesn’t hold long before spinning Sugiura around, but Sugiura back drops out of the Gotch hold! Suzuki is back up, he SLAPS, Sugiura SLAPS! Sugiura runs but into a dropkick! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as they rally up! Suzuki and Sugiura crawl, hot tag to Taka! Takai DECKS Yano, KICKS Sakuraba, then SHINING WIZARDS Sugiura! Feed to Taichi’s SOBAT, then Taichi sets up Taka’s SUPERKICK! Cover, but Sakuraba breaks it! Taichi throws Sakuraba out, Taka scoops Sugiura but Sugiura slips out to GUILLOTINE! Suzuki gets in and he BOOTS Sugiura. Sugiura still holds on to Taka!

Suzuki throws forearms now and Sugiura lets Taka go. Taka holds Sugiura and Suzuki runs, but Yano trips him and drags him out! Sugiura breaks free, Taka pokes him in the eye! Taka kicks a leg out, La Magistrol, TWO! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Taka runs, but Sugiura ROCKS him! CALF KICK from Taka, LARIAT from Sugiura! Sugiura drags Taka up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, NOAH, and Yano, wins!

Winners: Kazushi Sakuraba, Takashi Sugiura & Toru Yano, by pinfall

Thanks to the Master Producer, NOAH is getting back up! We’re at 4-2-1 in NJPW’s favor, but is the gap going to close more? And has Yano at least gotten that shot at Suzuki’s KOPW 2022 trophy?

 

EVIL & Dick Togo VS Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki!

The House of Torture is back as the King of Darkness and his Spoiler sidekick are in action. But will they cheat NOAH’s main unit just like Sho did? Or will Atsushi be avenged as the scales start to balance out?

The teams sort out, Bullet Club Low Sweets, and then they jump NOAH! Dick throws Masa out, Evil CLUBS away on Go! Dick helps out, Go fights back but Evil CHOPS! Dick rakes eyes, House of Torture double whip but GO DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLES! Fans fire up and Go CHOPS Dick! Then he CHOPS Evil! Fans fire up more as House of Torture bails out. Masa CHOPS Evil, puts him in, and Go stalks Evil to a corner. Go runs in to CHOP! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Go brings Evil around but Evil rakes the eyes! Evil whips Go to a corner, and surprise! Dick removes the buckle pad! The red remix on the Bullet Club special!

Masa runs in but Evil kicks him first. Evil whips Masa, Masa blocks, but Evil gets it again on the second try! Masa hits buckles, Dick goes after him on the outside. Fans rally as Dick POSTS Masa. Evil drags Go up to throw him out, the ref reprimands but Evil RAMS Go into the railing! Down goes the timekeeper area! Abe-san suffers again while Evil stands on Go’s face. Evil drags Go up and into the ring, then he drags Go up to whip back into the bare buckles! Go writhes, Evil tags Dick. Fans rally for Go but Dick drags him up to throw haymakers. Dick headlocks, punches more, then snapmares to drop a fist! Cover, TWO!

The House of Torture argues the count but Dick tags Evil. Evil looms over Go, eggs Masa on, then has the ref watch Masa while he drags Go up. Evil puts Go in the cobra twist, and Dick links up with him for leverage! The ref is too busy with Masa, Evil shoves Go down and covers, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil grows frustrated while fans rally up. Evil kicks Go around, Go gets mad. Evil eggs Go on, then he pokes Go in the eye! Evil runs, but Go CLOBBERS him! Go crawls, but Evil CLUBS him down! Evil reels Go in, but Go suplexes Evil instead! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Masa!

Masa rallies on the House of Torture, he whips Evil into the corner and clotheslines! Then corner to corner to corner clothesline again! Masa reels Evil in for a SAMOAN DROP! Dick kicks Masa, runs, but into a SAMOAN DROP! Masa drops a SENTON on Evil, then a SENTON on Dick! Fans fire up with Masa, tis is why he is Mr. Go For Broke! Masa gest the legs, steps through, but Evil rakes eyes! the ref reprimands, Evil stops but Masa just gets mad! Masa kicks but Evil blocks it and hands it to the ref to mule kick Masa down! Evil tags in Dick while fans rally up. Dick stomps Masa, throws haymakers, but Masa just fires up!

Dick ROCKS Masa but Masa rebounds to LARIAT! Both men are down, but Masa gets to his corner. Tag to Go, and fans fire up as Go runs to CHOP Dick! Dick screams in pain, but Go keeps on him with another round of MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Go CHOPS Dick on his way down! Go drags Dick up, brings him around, but Dick blocks the suplex! Evil distracts the ref by bringing in the belt, and Go is also distracted. Dick LOW BLOWS Go! Dick kicks Masa, whips him, and Masa hits the ref into the bare buckles! Evil rakes Masa’s eyes then throws him out! Dick stands on Go, and then the rest of the House of Torture shows up!

Sho and Yujiro Takahashi join in stomping on Go! If only fans could boo! Sho drags Go up, Yujiro has his pimp cane, CANE SHOT! Dick sits Go up to use the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans rally for NOAH as Go endures, and Masa SPEARS Evil down! Masa gest mugged, Sho and Yujiro double whip, but Masa DOUBLE SPEARS! Now THAT is going for broke! Dick prayers for mercy, then he pokes Masa in the eye! Dick whips Masa to a corner, but Masa comes back to SPEAR Dick down! Masa gets the ref, Dick staggers up into Go’s CHOP! Go fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, Evil gets in to break it! Masa hits the SAITO! And then, the PRISON LOCK!

Evil endures the kneeling Figure Four while Go drags Dick up. Go powers up to LARIAT Dick point blank! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki, by pinfall

The House of Torture just got demolished! And now we’re standing at 4-3-1! Is NOAH about to tie things up? Or can NJPW’s more upstanding wrestlers redeem their record?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji!

The rest of Suzuki-Gun has already competed, and the faction is 1-1 with NOAH. Will the Submission Master & Heel Master make Rat Boy and Dr. Marufuji Jr. #JustTapOut? Or will the alliance of Sugiura-Gun and M’s Alliance tie this series right up?

The teams sort out, fans rally up already, and Ogawa starts against ZSJ. ZSJ and Ogawa circle, tie up, and Ogawa clinches to drag ZSJ down. ZSJ slips out the back and they go again. They tie up, ZSJ gets Ogawa in a straitjacket, but Ogawa spins it right onto ZSJ. ZSJ tries that but Ogawa just puts the straitjacket back on ZSJ. ZSJ rolls back to put Ogawa in the straitjacket, Ogawa tries to wriggle out but ZSJ brings it right back up. Ogawa spins it around onto ZSJ, but ZSJ moves around. ZSJ wriggles free, puts Ogawa in the jacket, but Ogawa turns it right back around! ZSJ slips under and boots Ogawa away, and fans cheer the exchange.

Fans rally up as the two reset. They tie up, ZSJ cravats, Ogawa rolls but ZSJ holds on! ZSJ brings Ogawa up, Ogawa breaks free but ZSJ gets him again. Ogawa kicks and runs, and he counters ZSJ’s hip toss with a hip toss, but ZSJ cravats again! ZSJ avoids the break, but Ogawa arm-drags him away, and fans cheer the standoff! Fans rally, Marufuji tags in, and he wants Kanemaru! Kanemaru tags in, fans are all fired up, and these two circle. They tie up, Marufuji headlocks but Kanemaru powers out. Marufuji boots Kanemaru, but Kanemaru rebounds. Things keep moving, Marufuji hurdles, Kanemaru waistlocks but Marufuji switches.

Kanemaru elbows free, runs, but Marufuji follows. Kanemaru dodges, fakes Marufuji out, and then bails out as Marufuji rushes back over. Fans cheer the savvy, Marufuji and Kanemaru argue as Kanemaru wants to get back in. Fans rally up, Kanemaru dares Marufuji to come out after him, and then Kanemaru slides in as Marufuji slides out. Kanemaru baseball slides Marufuji, ZSJ gets in to run Ogawa off. Kanemaru whips Marufuji into railing! Kanemaru puts the leg around the railing and BOOTS it! Marufuji drops, Kanemaru drags him around and SMASHES the knee into the floor! ZSJ adds on with a toehold!

ZSJ turns Marufuji around to ANKLE LOCK, and then he STOMPS the leg! Kanemaru goes into the ring and Marufuji hobbles up as the ring count starts. Marufuji gets in, Kanemaru drags him up and whips him to ropes. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru stomps away on the leg, drops an elbow on the knee then has a toehold. Marufuji endures, Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee, then tags ZSJ. ZSJ gets the leg and has a toehold of his own. ZSJ uses his own head for leverage as he pushes Marufuji’s legs as far apart as he can! ZSJ then steps through to tie up the legs for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK!

Marufuji endures, Ogawa gets in and he fires off on ZSJ! ZSJ gets Ogawa for a cobra twist! It’s a double submission stack! Kanemaru gets in to stand on Marufuji’s knee, but then he goes back as the ref reprimands. Kanemaru tags in, he and ZSJ stand on Marufuji while ZSJ exits. Kanemaru stomps Marufuji’s leg, Marufuji hobbles up to CHOP! Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Then he YANKS it! Fans rally up, Kanemaru brings Marufuji up and has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Tag to ZSJ, and ZSJ gets the bad leg to stomp away on it! ZSJ YANKS the leg, then he drags Marufuji up to whip. Marufuji whips but ZSJ avoids the dropkick!

ZSJ has the standing toehold, but Marufuji turns over, reels ZSJ in and hits a headlock takeover, but ZSJ headscissors. Marufuji kips free, but ZSJ ducks the back hand to headbutt low! ZSJ EuroUppers, whips, but Marufuji manages to cartwheel and dropkick! Hot tag to Ogawa, and he rallies on Suzuki-Gun! Ogawa whips ZSJ, elbows him down, elbows Kanemaru, hip tosses everybody, and then again! Fans fire up, Ogawa CLUBS ZSJ then whips him at Kanemaru, but ZSJ reverses. Ogawa uses that to elbow Kanemaru, then he comes back to elbow ZSJ. Kanemaru runs in but Ogawa sends him into ZSJ, then throws him out!

Fans fire up as Ogawa whips ZSJ to ropes, but ZSJ spins it around to hook the arms. Ogawa holds off the backslide, ZSJ spins things around, and he wrangles Ogawa down to STOMP the arm, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tag to Kanemaru, Kanemaru whips but Ogawa reverses. Kanemaru dropkicks a leg out! Ogawa fights off the shin breaker but Kanemaru kicks the leg again. Kanemaru runs, Ogawa avoids the basement dropkick and DOUBLE STOMPS Kanemaru down! Ogawa drags Kanemaru up, whips him into buckles but runs into a BOOT! Kanemaru goes up, but leaps into a FALLING ATOMIC DROP! Ogawa uses one of Kanemaru’s tricks against him!

Ogawa waistlocks Kanemaru, but Kanemaru grabs at the ref! The ref gets away but he misses the LOW BLOW! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tag to Marufuji and he drags Kanemaru up. Marufuji puts Kanemaru in a corner, then CHOPS! Marufuji then goes corner to corner to back elbow! Marufuji keeps moving, but runs into a mule kick! Kanemaru runs, Marufuji follows and LARIATS him down! Fans rally, Marufuji gets Kanemaru up to suplex. Kanemaru fights free, ducks the superkick and kicks the leg. Marufuji CHOPS, runs, but into a basement dropkick! Both men down and fans rally up!

Kanemaru and Marufuji crawl, Kanemaru is in the neutral corner to dropkick the leg out again! Kanemaru steps through, FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ DECKS Ogawa! ZSJ keeps Ogawa down on the outside while Marufuji endures! Marufuji crawls over, drags Kanemaru along, but Kanemaru adds more pressure! Marufuji drags himself over, but Kanemaru drags him back! Marufuji keeps his shoulders up, Ogawa gets in to stomp Kanemaru! ZSJ kicks Ogawa back out while Kanemaru lets Marufuji free. Fans rally up even harder, and Kanemaru brings Marufuji around. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Kanemaru goes up for the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous while Kanemaru argues the count. Ogawa hits ZSJ back with body shots, but Kanemaru gets Marufuji up. Kanemaru goes to suplex but Marufuji resists! Kanemaru keeps trying but Marufuji slips free. Marufuji suplexes, throws Kanemaru and SUPERKICKS! Marufuji cravats but Kanemaru shoves him into the ref! The ref goes down, Kanemaru gets up to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Kanemaru crawls to the corner. Kanemaru gets his whiskey! He takes a big swig, and then he drags Marufuji, but Marufuji blocks to HOOK KICK! The whiskey sprays into the air, Marufuji fires off a KNEE, HEEL KICK, HOOK KICK, and ANOTHER KNEE! Cover, ZSJ breaks it!

Ogawa kicks ZSJ out, Marufuji vows to end this! Marufuji turns around but Kanemaru gets a victory roll! TWO, KNEE from Marufuji! Marufuji straitjackets for the TIGER KING ZERO!! Cover off the blindside knee, TWO!?! Kanemaru survives, but Marufuji hooks Kanemaru with a hammerlock, SHIN TORA-OH!! And then SLICED BREAD!! Cover, NOAH wins!

Winners: Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji, by pinfall

ZSJ and Ogawa keep their eyes on each other, but now things are all tied up! 4-4-1, two matches left, is there going to be a sweep to finish this?

 

10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO!

Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito are battling all together, after splitting the difference during WrestleKingdom’s first two nights. But the New Century Champion had to go and rub salt in the wound pointing out that the Rampaging Dragon no longer has the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Will Black Mask, Cold Skull, Ticking Timebomb and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Takagi silence Kenoh, Aleja, Tadasuke, Manabu Soya and Katsuhiko Nakajima?

Fans rally up as the factions stare down. But Nakajima steps up and he takes a seat while he waits. LIJ fist bump, and Naito starts, much to the surprise of the crowd. Fans are thunderous at the bell and Nakajima is smiling. Nakajima and Naito slowly circle, approach, but back away. They circle and approach again, but Naito grins as he backs away again. Naito and Nakajima go again but Naito side steps Nakajima. But Kongo clears the corner to go after LIJ! Naito is shocked and Nakajima throws him out! Nakajima keeps on Naito, Tadasuke is after Hiromu, Kenoh whips Takagi but Takagi reverses and Kenoh crashes into railing! Kenoh comes back to fire forearms!

Nakajima rakes Naito’s eyes and has him against railing, smiling all the time. The ref reprimands, Nakajima lets off, Kenoh POSTS Takagi! Nakajima puts Naito back in, and he whips Naito to ropes. Naito holds ropes, boots Nakajima back and waistlocks. Nakajima switches, full nelsons, but Naito arm-drags free. Things speed up, Naito arm-drags then headlocks for a takeover. Nakajima headscissors but Naito kips free to tranquilo! Nakajima mirrors Naito, but then Kongo stomps away on Naito! LIJ regroups as they get in and back Kongo off. The battle lines are drawn, Naito mocks Kenoh and Kenoh stomps him! The brawling breaks out again!

Takagi rams his shoulders into Soya in the corner while Aleja, Nakajima and Tadasuke throw the rest out. Kenoh scrapes Naito out. Takagi brings Soya out, but fans are fired up as the teams regroup again. Naito takes his time returning and Nakajima waits. Naito tags Hiromu, so Nakajima tags in Aleja. Aleja gets around Hiromu and CHOPS him, Hiromu CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, fans rally up as they go faster! Hiromu CHOPS, talks trash, but Aleja SLAPS Hiromu! Aleja runs, HIromu drops and hurdles but Aleja leaps over. Things keep moving, Aleja dodges Hiromu but Hriomu SUPERKICKS to front kick!

Hiromu fireman’s carries but Aleja slips free as Hiromu heads for the corner. Aleja runs in, Hiromu dodges and runs, but Aleja avoids the basement dropkick! Aleja dropkicks Hiromu’s legs out, but Hiromu ducks the basement dropkick to waistlock. Aleja fights with elbows, dodges the lariat and RANAS Hiromu out! Fans fire up, Aleja runs but fakes Hiromu out, so Hiromu takes it out on Haoh at ringside by whipping him into railing! Soya gets after Hiromu but Hiromu gets in the ring. Aleja gets in, Hiromu kicks and whips but Aleja reverses. Aleja then runs in but Hiromu puts him on the apron. Aleja GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, missile dropkick!

Fans fire up, Aleja drags Hiromu up. Aleja ducks the clothesline, kicks low, runs but into a basement dropkick! Bushi is in to dropkick Aleja’s legs out the Hiromu basement dropkicks Aleja down! Bushi slips away, Hiromu drags Aleja up and brings him to the corner. Takagi tags in, they mug Aleja, and Takagi brings Aleja up to whip and run over with a shoulder! Takagi drags Aleja back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops elbow after elbow! Then a SENTON! Cover, ONE as Tadasuke jumps in to get Takagi’s attention. Takagi drags Aleja up, snapmares him then runs, but hits Kenoh! Kenoh is pissed and he gets in to brawl with Takagi!

Kenoh KICKS and KICKS, but Takagi blocks for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up, Kenoh bails out, and Takagi goes back to Aleja. Takagi bumps Aleja off buckles, Bushi tags in! Bushi stomps then bumps Aleja off buckles, then DOUBLE CHOPS in the corner! Bushi whips corner to corner, runs in but Aleja dodges! Aleja runs in but into a SWING KICK! Bushi goes up, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up as Bushi stomps Aleja, then drags him up. Bushi has the leg, but no fisherman screw as Aleja slips through! Bshi kicks, whips, but Aleja dropkicks the legs out! Aleja ENZIGURIS, and Kongo attacks LIJ again!

Tadasuke gets Bushi up while Nakajima keeps the ref distracted so that even the extra members can get in! Tadasuke drops an elbow, then Aleja drops an elbow, followed by Nioh, Haoh, and then Soya and Kenoh! Kongo all flex with double guns as a team celebration! Then the legal members stomp away on Bushi. The ref finishes with Nakajima to reprimand the members he sees. Tadasuke rips Bushi’s shirt off, throws it to the crowd, and Soya tags in. Soya drags Bushi up, he whips Bushi to ropes, and he wraps on a SLEEPER! Bushi endures the SLEEPER SWING! Soya throws Bushi down, covers, TWO!

Soya drags Bushi up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Kenoh in. Kenoh stands on Bushi’s neck and eggs on LIJ. Kenoh gets in Naito’s face, Tadasuke gets his boot in! Kenoh swipes at Naito but he gets away, Cheshire cat grin on his face. LIJ points out what Tadasuke’s up to but Kongo gets away with. Kenoh KICKS Bushi down, tags Nakajima back in, and Nakajima drags Bushi up. Nakajima snapmares and KICKS Bushi in the back. Nakajima stands for a cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Nakajima drags Bushi but Bushi is dead weight. Aleja tags in but Tadasuke hops in with him, and they drag Bushi up to double whip.

Bushi runs into double kicks, double wrench, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP and basement dropkick! Tadasuke shouts out Jericho with the cocky “C’MON, BABY!” cover. TWO, and Hiromu rushes in! Tadasuke blocks his kick and turns Hiromu around to CLAW his back! Hiromu writhes out of the ring, Aleja stalks Bushi and fans rally up. Bushi fires back on Aleja with forearms but Aleja kicks low. Aleja runs, into a BIG dropkick! Both men are down, hot tag to Soya, and Tadasuke gets in to stop Bushi! Soya knocks Sanada off the apron, he CLUBS Bushi, then he and Tadasuke double whip Bushi to ropes.

Bushi holds those ropes, BOOTS Soya, then shoves Tadasuke into him! Bushi gets them both for a DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up, hot tag to Sanada! It’s been since their days in AJPW but Sanada fires off on Soya! Sanada whips, Soya reverses, Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Kenoh and Nakajima get in and attack Sanada to then double whip him to the corner. Nakajima sends Kenoh in but Sanada dodges to dropkick Nakajima’s leg! Then Sanada dropkicks Kenoh down! PLANCHA for Soya! Fans are fired up for Cold Skull and he encourages them to get louder. They get louder and Sanada brings Soya up to put in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO!

Sanada drags Soya up, fireman’s carries, but Soya fights out to waistlock. Sanada fights that, switches, but Soya elbows free. Soya runs, Sanada hurdles, but then leaps into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Sanada lands on his feet to forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! Sanada whips, Soya LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada fires forearms! Soya CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Soya drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms back again! Soya CHOPS and Sanada is down again! Soya drags Sanada up to CHOP him to a corner. Soya then whips corner to corner, Sanada goes up and out and springboards to missile dropkick in!

Soya is right back up! He scoops Sanada but Sanada slips out, dragon sleeper! Soya fights through and suplexes, but Sanada fights that, only for Soya to block the cradle! Soya deadlifts Sanada back up for a SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down again! They crawl, hot tags to Naito and Kenoh! Naito SHOTGUN BOOTS, but Kenoh is up to BOOT! Naito forearms, Kenoh forearms! They go back and forth, faster and faster, then Kenoh hits a headlock takeover, and just punches away! Hiromu gets in and stomps but Kenoh ignores that to keep punching Naito! Hiromu drags Kenoh away, Kenoh throws him out, and Haoh goes after Hiromu for earlier!

The ref reprimands Kenoh over using closed fists, but he misses Haoh whipping Hiromu into railing! He gets payback! But Takagi kicks at Haoh! Kenoh KICKS Naito down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Kenoh seems to ask if this is really the guy going for the top title in NJPW, but Naito gets up. Kenoh sweeps the legs, DOUBLE STOMPS, then runs to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Kenoh drags Naito up as fans are thunderous! Naito knees free, then dodges a punch to dragon sleeper, BACKBREAKER into PLUMA BLANCA! Hiromu intercepts Aleja with D! Takagi and Bushi BLAST Nakajima and Tadasuke off the apron!

Kenoh kicks around as he endures, LIJ play defense and fans rally up! Kenoh still moves around, reaches out with a foot, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Naito claims he needs help. The ref undoes the hold, fans rally, and Naito drags Kenoh up. Naito throws back elbow after back elbow, then slaps Kenoh around. Then he throws more back elbows! Fans fire up and Naito throws even more elbows! Naito gets Kenoh with a hammerlock and half nelson, but Kenoh fights free to fire off SLAPPING palm strikes! Naito ROCKS Kenoh, whips him, but Kenoh reverses and avoids the flying forearms for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Naito is right up, he elbows again, ducks one kick but not the HEEL KICK! Naito still ENZIGURIS! Kenoh PELES!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Naito crawls, Kenoh tags in Nakajima! Nakajima whips Naito to the open corner, runs in and BOOTS! Nakajima ROUNDHOUSES Naito down! Bushi gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu gets in, ROUNDHOUSE! Naito whips Nakajima but Nakajima kicks a leg out! ENZIGURI! BOOT in the corner! Nakajima sweeps the legs and digs his boots into Naito! Nakajima digs both boots in! The ref counts, Nakajima lets off and brings Naito up.

Naito swings a punch, Nakajima dodges and KICKS back! Naito tries again, Nakajima dodges again for another KICK! Nakajima rakes eyes, the ref reprimands, then Nakajima runs, into a kick! Bushi sunset flips and rewinds for Naito’s basement dropkick! Fans rally up and the two crawl, hot tag to Takagi! Fans fire up as Takagi runs in, blocks Nakajima’s boot and he clotheslines! Suplex high and hard, then the cover, TWO! Takagi says there’s still more, and he gets Nakajima up. Nakajima fights the back suplex but Takagi CLUBS him on the back. Nakajima KICKS back, but Takagi brushes it off. Takagi CHOPS, then eggs Nakajima.

Nakajima KICKS, Takagi CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, but then Nakajima throws even more KICKS! Nakajima whips Takagi to the corner, runs in but misses! Bushi back elbows, Hiromu clotheslines, Sanada back elbows, Takagi clotheslines! Takagi snapmares Nakajima for a TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK from the others! Fans are thunderous as Takagi hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, Kongo breaks it! LIJ drag them all out, fans fire up and Takagi waits on Nakajima to stand. Takagi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Nakajima kicks Pumping Bomber away to SAIDO! Fans rally up again, Nakajima crawls over, hot tag to Tadasuke!

Tadasuke fires himself up, SHINING WIZARD! Kenoh gets in, Soyha fireman’s carries Takagi. Tadasuke goes up top as Soya hits the SAMOAN DROP! Kenoh PENALTY KCIKS and Tadasuke SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, LIJ breaks it! Soya and Kenoh throw Naito and Sanada out, Tadasuke gets rid of Bushi. Tadasuke fires up, runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Tadasuke runs, but into ELBOW, JAB, YUKON feint to the DDT! Fans fire up as Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Tadasuke flounders, Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along!

Takagi drags Tadasuke back up, pump handle and torture rack, but Kenoh gets in! Kenoh BOOTS Takagi, BOOTS Naito, runs, but into a back elbow! Basement dropkick! Nakajima THRUST KICKS Naito down, then Sanada dropkicks Nakajima! Aleja runs into a kick, Sanada and Hiromu double whip, but Aleja springboards to missile dropkicks them both! Aleja then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit onto Hiromu! Bushi knocks Soya down and DIVES! Direct hit sends Soya into railing! Takagi runs at Tadasuke in the corner, clothesline! Takagi copies, “C’MON, BABY!” Tadasuke fires forearms and CHOPS, but Takagi fires off boxing elbows!

Tadasuke roars, but Takagi JABS! Tadasuke STRAIGHT RIGHTS! Both men wobble, Tadasuke fires up and runs, into a clothesline! Takagi runs, Tadasuke dodges to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Takagi roars, Tadasuke fires up, fans are electric! DRAGON SUPLEX and a SLIDING FOREARM from Takagi! He gets Tadasuke back up as LIJ plays defense, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Tadasuke survives! Takagi isn’t done with him, though, as he pump handles and torture racks! LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, LIJ wins!!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

NJPW leads again with 5-4-1! Kenoh still gets in Naito’s face but Naito just raises the fist. Kenoh goes after Naito but he gets mugged by LIJ! Soya goes in to save Kenoh but he gets mugged too! The brawling continues, but Nakajima just taunts Takagi with his GHC Heavyweight Championship. Takagi sarcastically applauds and then tells him to get outta here. Will both these factions be hungry for another of these crossovers? Or will Kongo just have to swallow that bitter pill?

 

Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Keiji Mutoh & Kiyomiya Kaito!

This is it! Either NJPW wins or this ends in a tie! Will the dream team of the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight and NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champions put the final touches on this crossover? Or can the Natural Born Master and the Supernova truly be the hope of NOAH?

The teams sort out, fans cheer as Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and Kaito starts for NOAH. He calls out Okada, so Okada obliges. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” as he and Kaito tie up. Kaito wrenches to a wristlock, Okada wrenches back. Kaito rolls, wrenches and has the wristlock again, but Okada rolls to trip him for a toehold. Kaito endures, uses his legs to pry Okada off, but Okada rolls to a cover. Kaito keeps his shoulders off the mat, Okada goes for legs, but Kaito kicks to keep them away. They get up, feel out the grapple, Kaito shoots in but Okada blocks the leg takedown.

Okada facelocks, Kaito switches to get the facelock, and then he gets around for a waistlock. Okada switches, Kaito switches to hammerlock. Kaito wrangles Okada down, drops knees on the shoulder, then he cranks on the arm. Okada endures, Kaito falls back to tweak it, and then does it again. Kaito rolls to tweak the arm, and he gets the wristlock. Kaito grinds the arm, Okada fights up and arm-drags free, to then SLAM Kaito’s arm. Okada knees low, CLUBS him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then runs. Things speed up, Kaito hurdles to dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up as Okada gets up.

Okada grabs Kaito by the jaw to ROCK him with a forearm! Okada whips, Kaito hurdles to then CLOBBER Okada! Cover, TWO! Kaito drops an elbow but misses! Okada jumps for the SENTON! Fans fire up, Tanahashi tags in, and the NJPW champions double whip Kaito to double elbow him down. Then they both stare down Mutoh. He dares them to do something, but Tanahashi brings Kaito up. Tanahashi wrenches, hammerlocks and grinds with a headlock. Kaito endures, fights up and powers up, but he can’t power out as Tanahashi keeps a tight hold. Kaito pries the headlock open and powers up, but Tanahashi holds him off!

Fans rally as the top wristlock battle continues. Kaito powers Tanahashi down, but Tanahashi fights up to throw forearms! Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Kaito, then he drops an elbow! Fans fire up, Tanahashi air guitars and throws the guitar to Mutoh. Mutoh lets it go by, and Tanahashi turns around into Kaito’s arm-drag! Kaito has the cording hold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi fights up as fans rally. Kaito drags Tanahashi over, tags in Mutoh, and fans are all fired up to see this one! Mutoh and Tanahashi circle, they tie up, and Mutoh waistlocks. Tanahashi pries free to switch but Mutoh drops to roll Tanahashi to a cover! TWO, but Mutoh has the double wristlock.

Tanahashi fights up, Mutoh holds the wrist, but Tanahashi forearms and wrenches back. Mutoh rolls, gets a leg and he trips Tanahashi. Mutoh has the toehold, Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi pushes his way up to a rear mount. Tanahashi gets the arm but Mutoh rolls to ropes, then gets the HEEL HOOK! Tanahashi fights to the ropes, and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Fans rally, Mutoh and Tanahashi let off. Tanahashi tags Okada in, and Okada circles with Mutoh now. Fans rally up even harder, Okada and Mutoh tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada manages to power Mutoh to ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Okada lets off, to fake the chop and throw up the Too Sweet!

Okada then gets Mutoh’s leg, Red Shoes wants the ropebreak, and Okada lets go. Okada then kicks low, CLUBS and throws forearms, then runs, but into a hip toss! Mutoh snapmares Okada, runs and drops an elbow! Mutoh has the leg, turns Okada over, then drops from Crab to STF! Okada endures, moves around, ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Mutoh lets go, and he drags Okada up. Mutoh wrenches, tags in Kaito and Kaito drops ax handles on the arm! Kaito whips and back elbows Okada, then covers, TWO! Kaito keeps moving and drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO, so Kaito drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO!

Kaito keeps his cool while fans rally up. Kaito waits on Okada to stand, and Kaito CHOPS! Kaito then runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Okada drags Kaito up, snapmares him, and runs to basement dropkick! Kaito falls out, Tanahashi gets the leg to stomp it and YANK it! Tanahashi brings Kaito up and Kaito CHOPS, but Tanahashi fires off strikes! Tanahashi puts Kaito in for Okada and fans rally up. Okada tags Tanahashi, he drags Kaito by the leg and stomps away! Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then whips Kaito to ropes. Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out, then he ties up the legs for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!

Kaito endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Fans rally, Kaito reaches out, crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go quickly, but he stomps Kaito’s legs. Tag back to Okada, fans rally up, Okada drags Kaito up to throw him out. Okada follows Kaito, to kick and DDT to the floor! Okada goes back in, Red Shoes checks Kaito, and Okada talks trash on the young gun. A ring count starts, fans rally up, Kaito slowly gets up. Kaito sits up at 10 of 20, slowly stands up and gets in at 16. Okada drags Kaito up but Kaito fires forearms over and over! Kaito EuroUppers, but Okada just gets in Kaito’s face. Okada throws a forearm, but Kaito EuroUppers!

Okada forearms again, Kaito throws another EuroUpper! Fans rally up as Okada throws a forearm and a EuroUpper! Okada bumps Kaito off buckles, tags Tanahashi in, and Tanahashi fires EuroUppers! Tanahashi bumps Kaito off buckles, scoops and SLAMS him, then he goes to the second rope. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stares Mutoh down, then he drags Kaito up. Kaito fires off CHOPS! Tanahashi fires off the fast hands! Tanahashi whips Kaito to ropes, Kaito comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kaito and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Mutoh!

Mutoh dropkicks Tanahashi’s leg, then gives it a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets up, Mutoh KNEES him in the corner, then gives him another DRAGON SCREW! Okada gets in, but Mutoh gives him a DRAGON SCREW! Mutoh ties Tanahashi’s legs up in the FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures as fans rally up. Tanahashi tries to turn it, but Mutoh blocks it. Tanahashi grits his teeth, pries at the hold, but Mutoh powers it on tighter! Tanahashi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Mutoh lets off at 4, fans rally up harder, and Mutoh dropkicks the leg! Tanahashi staggers, Mutoh gets the bad leg for another DRAGON SCREW!

Mutoh kicks, but Tanahashi blocks! DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Okada! Okada brings Mutoh up, scoops and SLAMS, then goes to the corner. MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada threw in some Great Muta eyes for good measure. He ripcords but Mutoh dodges to dropkick the leg out! SHINING WIZARD! Fans are thunderous as both men are down, and Kaito is there! Mutoh crawls, and he tags Kaito in! Kaito fires up, he throws forearms on Okada over and over in the corner! Fans rally up as he keeps going, forearm after forearm! Then EuroUpper!

Kaito forearms, EuroUppers, and DECKS Okada! Kaito drags Okada up, whips him, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into a back elbow! Kaito goes up, FLYING FOREARM! Kaito roars and he aims from a corner. Okada slowly gets up as Kaito climbs, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Kaito ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm, then goes back to Okada. Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “KA-I-TO!” Kaito whips, Okada dodges the boot to gut wrench! Kaito slips out, Okada elbows him, but he runs into a FLYING KNEE! Kaito gets Okada up, chicken wings, but Okada blocks the suplex! Tanahashi runs in to SLINGBLADE Kaito!

Mutoh SHINING WIZARDS Tanahashi! Okada DROPKICKS Mutoh! Kaito dodges to FLYING KNEE Okada again! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Tanahashi rolls out one side, Mutoh out the other. Okada and Kaito stir as fans keep rallying. Kaito snarls, he throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm back, but Kaito hits him again. They stand up, Okada forearms but Kaito EuroUppers. Kaito fires up while Okada drops to a knee. Okada comes back to ROCK Kaito with a forearm! And another! And another! And then a EuroUpper! Kaito drops to his knees and Okada brings him back up. Backslide, but Kaito rolls through, short arm LARIAT from Okada!

Okada drags Kaito back up, but Kaito ducks to chicken wing! But still no Tiger Suplex! Okada gut wrenches for the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Okada reels Kaito in, ripcord, but Kaito dodges to dropkick Okada from behind! Mutoh is in to SHINING WIZARD! Kaito GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Kaito fires up even as Okada survives! Mutoh wants Kaito to show him what he’s got, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Mutoh throws Tanahashi out, goes out after him, and Kaito drags Okada back up. Fans are thunderous again as Kaito stands Okada up and runs, to KNEE him in the back!

Okada stays up, Kaito runs, but into the waistlock! Ripcord, Kaito dodges, but Okada’s dropkick intercepts the knee! But Kaito is right back up!? Into a gut wrench, LANDSLIDE!! Okada ripcords to RAINMAKER!! Cover, NJPW WINS!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (NJPW wins overall)

The Rainmaker closes it out! 6-4-1, NJPW wins! Kaito is emotional over how close he came for NOAH and himself, but he was up against the best NJPW had to offer. Okada tells Kaito not to cry here, this is HIS ring. Mutoh brings the young man out of the ring, encouraging him in his journey. Will the Supernova still shine as the bright future of NOAH?

As for Okada and Tanahashi, they celebrate with photo ops, and then Okada gets the mic. “Evening, everyone. Thank you for supporting WrestleKingdom 16 from January 4th, 5th and 8th. Thank you to all the NJPW fans, and to the wrestlers and fans of Pro-Wrestling NOAH. Pro-wrestling is great, isn’t it?” Okada knows there’s a lot of history between all the teams within the promotions tonight, and across the promotions, so it means a lot that the fans were here for it all. However, this 50th anniversary celebration has still only just begun, there is more to come, for this is the power of pro-wrestling.

There are still a lot of obstacles, but with the power of pro-wrestling, the power shared between the wrestlers and the fans, they can all keep going. Okada promises he and the others will keep fighting, so please support them in return. With gratitude to the fans and the world of pro-wrestling, maybe Okada and Tanahashi can have something special here together. Tanahashi takes the mic and says let’s rock! “I LOVE YOU~!” Okada says pro-wrestling will continue to make it rain! The champions stand on the corners to soak up all the love and energy from the fans, and give some in return. We all know the real winners tonight were us, the fans! Will NJPW, NOAH and all of pro-wrestling continue to make the world a better, more exciting place?


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