NJPW returns to Nagoya in a big way!
EVIL vows to send Hiromu Takahashi to Hell, which is the only reason he’s spared him until now! Will NJPW’s TRIPLE CHAMPION still reign after today?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi; Okada wins.
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS El Desperado; Shingo wins and retains the NEVER Openweight Championship.
- IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Double Championship match: EVIL VS Hiromu Takahashi; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi!
The Rainmaker and leader of Chaos has been trying to rise back up, but the Bullet Club’s Tokyo Pimp is standing in his way. Will Okada put Yujiro #DeepInDebt and make him pay?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Okada and Yujiro stare down. The two circle and fans rally up, but Yujiro bails out. Okada keeps his cool and pursues, but Yujiro kicks him first. Yujiro fireman’s carries but Okada pops off to uppercut back! Okada clubs Yujiro at the apron then puts him in the ring. Fans cheer as Okada follows, but then Yujiro bails out the other end. Okada pursues again, sees the sucker punch coming to throw forearms back. Okada whips Yujiro into railing! And then Okada runs in, only to be sent into railing in return! Yujiro drags Okada up, dragon sleeper to reverse DDT! Yujiro leaves Okada behind for the ring count to start. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Okada sits up. Fans rally and Okada stands at 14 and hops into the ring.
Yujiro is on Okada with a rain of right hands but the ref reprimands the closed fists. Yujiro stops to drag Okada back up and snapmare him down for a leg drop, elbow drop and falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps on Okada with a chinlock and grinds him down. Okada endures but Yujiro lets him go to run and basement boot him down! Cover, TWO! Okada gets up but Yujiro stomps him. Yujiro toys with Okada before throwing forearms. Okada throws them back and we have a brawl. They go back and forth, Yujiro ROCKS Okada then puts him on ropes. Yujiro runs in to BOOT Okada down! Yujiro brings Okada up to leg sweep facebuster! Cover, TWO! Yujiro grows annoyed with Okada and eggs him on while stomping him down.
The fans rally up as Yujiro pushes Okada around. Okada gets up and throws forearms back! Yujiro kicks back, whips him to a corner, then runs in but Okada boots back. Okada boots Yujiro again, then runs out to shotgun dropkick Yujiro down! Both men are down but the fans rally up again. Okada stands first, throws more forearms on Yujiro then whips. Yujiro reverses, Okada dodges and elbows Yujiro down! Okada fires up and fans cheer as he whips Yujiro corner to corner. Okada runs in to hit a big back elbow! Then the kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he circles Yujiro. Fans rally up as Okada whips again. Yujiro denies the back drop to kick back, but Okada gets the arm! Okada has him Deep In Debt, but Yujiro BITES his way out! The ref reprimands but Okada kicks Yujiro back.
Yujiro blocks, trips Okada and hits a basement dropkick! Yujiro drags Okada up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps on Okada with a fireman’s carry but Okada blocks. Okada clubs Yujiro so Yujiro rakes Okada’s eyes! Yujiro runs, into Okada’s flapjack! Both men are down but the fans rally back up. Okada sits up first but Yujiro follows. They both stand, Okada blocks Yujiro’s boot to give more forearms. Yujiro gives the forearms back, but Okada powers up. Yujiro hits first, BOOTS again, then runs, into the dropkick! Okada drags Yujiro right up to the gut wrench, TOMBSTONE! The fans cheer as Okada puts on DEEP IN DEBT! Yujiro flails, reaches, but Okada cranks on the hold harder! Yujiro reaches out to get a ropebreak with a foot! Okada lets go but keeps his focus.
Okada brings Yujiro bakc up but here comes Gedo with a wrench! The ref stops Gedo but Yujiro grabs his pimp cane! Okada turns around to take a CANE SHOT to the head! Yujiro drags Okada up, fireman’s carry, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives and Bullet Club can’t believe it! Yujiro goes back to Okada as the fans rally up. Yujiro drags Okada back up but Okada shoves him away. SUPERKICK! Yujiro SUPERKICKS Okada in the back! Okada crawls to get another SUPERKICK! Cover off the hat trick, TWO!! Okada survives again! Gedo is losing his cool but Yujiro drags Okada back up. Okada counters to the gut wrench but Yujiro escapes! Yujiro kicks low, whips, Okada reverses but his dropkick is denied! Yujiro runs as Okada stands, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Yujiro grows frustrated but he drags Okada back up. Yujiro reels Okada in, Canadian Rack but he can’t keep Okada up. He dumps Okada down to stomp him, then tries again. Canadian Rack, Okada arm-drags out, wrenches to DEEP IN DEBT! Yujiro endures and BITES the cobra clutch again! Then fireman’s carry, but Okada slips out again, spin, but Yujiro clotheslines him first! Yujiro fires up, drags Okada into position, but still no Pimp Juice as Okada back drops out! Yujiro flounders to his feet and BOOTS back! Yujiro runs, into the dropkick! Okada DECKS Gedo off the apron! Yujiro is put DEEP IN DEBT! Yujiro endures, fights up, but Okada gut wrenches, JUMPING TOMBSTONE! DEEP IN DEBT!! Yujiro taps, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission
Not even Gedo could save Tokyo Pimp, and the Rainmaker is victorious again! Is Okada finally moving past his past and on to a new future?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS El Desperado!
Don’t be confused by Suzuki-Gun’s lethal luchador holding onto the title belt, he isn’t the champion. Desperado keeps getting the drop on the Last Dragon and taking the belt with him, but will he actually earn it with a win? Or does Mr. NEVER get his belt back by force?
The introductions are made, but Desperado doesn’t want to get close to Shingo. Red Shoes has Shingo stay in his corner and Desperado gets in the ring. Desperado tries to hit Shingo with the belt! Shingo dodges and CLOBBERS Desperado to then take the belt back. Red Shoes has Shingo stand down and give the belt over. Shingo does, then clobbers Desperado again! The bell rings and Shingo suplexes Desperado! Shingo doesn’t let Desperado run away, and puts him in a corner for jabs and CHOPS! Jab, chop, jab, chop and the fans cheer as he CHOPS again! Desperado is stinging but Shingo drags him back up to headbutt him down. Shingo stomps Desperado, whips him to ropes, but Desperado holds ropes to bail out.
Shingo goes after Desperado and bumps him off the apron a few times. Shingo whips Desperado hard into railing! But “Mada, mada, mada,” that’s not enough. Shingo whips Desperado the other way! Fans cheer as Shingo says he’ll go one more time. Shingo drags Desperado up, the fans rally and Shingo wrenches to whip again. Desperado reverses to send Shingo into railing! But Shingo just fires up through the pain. He swings on Desperado but gets thrown into the post! Desperado puts Shingo’s leg on the railing to stomp and stomp! Desperado drags a chair out from under the ring to SMASH the leg! Shingo falls and Red Shoes reprimands but Desperado paces about. Red Shoes checks on Shingo but Desperado taps the belt, claiming it’s already his.
Desperado puts Shingo in the ring and stands on Shingo’s head. Shingo pushes Desperado away and gets up to throw forearms. Desperado eggs him on but Shingo jabs and CHOPS! Desperado kicks the bad leg then hits a shin breaker! Desperado wraps Shingo’s leg around ropes and pulls! Red Shoes counts, Desperado lets go at 3, but then climbs up to stand on the leg. Desperado stops at 3, Red Shoes helps Shingo get free, and Shingo kicks Desperado. Desperado gets the bad leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Shingo writhes but Desperado stays on the leg with a spinning toehold and drop down. Desperado has Shingo in a butterfly deathlock and eggs him on at the same time. Shingo throws hands but Desperado pushes on the legs. Shingo endures, crawls back, even as Desperado adds more pressure. Shingo still gets the ropebreak!
Desperado holds on but lets Shingo go before Red Shoes counts. Desperado stomps but Shingo sits up. Desperado mocks the fans rallying for Shingo as he brings Shingo up. Shingo suplexes Despardo first, but Desperado slips out and kicks the bad leg. Shingo hobbles, Desperado runs but Shingo back elbows, JABS and LARIATS! Fans cheer as Shingo stands back up. Shingo hobbles over while talking trash and fans cheer as he brings Desperado up. Desperado holds ropes to deny the whip, so Shingo gets his leg. Desperado kicks but Shingo just grabs that leg, too! DOUBLE DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO! Shingo keeps his cool and sits Desperado up. Shingo elbows away on Desperado’s shoulder, then runs. Desperado ducks the sliding elbow, catches the kick to kick the bad leg!
Desperado spins to toehold but Shingo boots him away! Shingo gets up, Desperado runs in but is caught! Shingo knees, whips but Desperado reverses to SPINE BUSTER! STRETCH MUFFLER! Shingo flails and gest the ropebreak! Desperado thrashes the leg until Red Shoes counts 3. Shingo clutches his leg in the corner while Desperado slowly stands up. Fans rally as Shingo stands, Desperado runs in and corner clotheslines! Shingo fires up but Desperado CHOPS! Desperado runs, Shingo follows to clothesline at ropes! Gory Especial but Desperado sunset flips, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado gets the arm, it’s Numero Dos! Shingo endures and powers out! Fans rally again, Desperado stands first and brings Shingo up. Desperado underhooks, but Shingo resists the lift.
Shingo powers out, wrenches but Desperado breaks free. Shingo counters the punch to chicken wings, but Desperado resists the lift. Shingo spins Desperado around to DDT! Shingo sits Desperado up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Then the Gory Especial, NOSHIGAMI! But Shingo’s bad leg keeps him from making a cover right away! Desperado crawls to ropes then the apron and out of the ring. Shingo takes a moment to catch his breath before pursuing. Desperado is against the railing, Shingo goes over but Desperado ROCKS him with that right! Desperado has the chair again! Red Shoes steps up but Desperado smacks the chair on the apron. Desperado gives the chair over, to grab the belt and CLOBBER Shingo! Desperado gets away with it and crawls into the ring.
The fans rally as Shingo stirs. The ring count begins, Shingo crawls to the NEVER Openweight belt. Shingo flounders to his feet at 15, staggers around but gets in at 19! Desperado is frustrated seeing Shingo hobble up. Desperado SPEARS! Then underhooks, but Shingo resists again! Desperado spins Shingo for a wristlock torture rack, GUITARRA DE ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! STRETCH MUFFLER! Shingo endures, reaches but Desperado thrashes his leg around! The fans rally as Shingo endures, but Desperado gets the arms! Numero Dos cover, TWO!! Shingo manages to survive with strength again, but Desperado stands first. Desperado slashes the throat, vowing to end this. Desperado underhooks again, but Shingo still resists! Shingo tries to back drop but his bad leg gives out!
Shingo is frustrated with himself and Desperado stands on the bad leg. Desperado taunts Shingo but Shingo throws jabs. Desperado drops knees on the knee! Shingo writhes as he clutches the leg, but Desperado covers, TWO! Desperado kicks at Shingo mockingly now, and even slaps him. Desperado runs but Shingo tanks the shoulder tackle to HEADBUTT! Both men fall! The fans fire up as Shingo sits up. Shingo crawls over to Desperado, drags him up and has the fans rally up for his forearms. Desperado gives them back and we have a brawl! They pick up speed and the fans applaud to match! Desperado gets the edge and eggs Shingo on, LARIAT! Desperado stays up so Shingo gives him elbows from all sides! Shingo gets the edge but Desperado kicks the bad leg.
Desperado runs into the elbow, then the pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but Shingo is too tired to be shocked. Shingo just gets to his feet and has the fans rally behind him again. Shingo fires himself up, brings Desperado back up, wristlock rack but Desperado pops out to EL ES CULERO! TWO, and Shingo swings. Desperado ducks, shoves him at Red Shoes, but Shingo sees the low blow coming! JAB, and LARIAT! Shingo wants Desperado to get back up, Desperado flounders to his feet, and Shingo runs, PUMPING BOMBER! Shingo isn’t done with Desperado yet, he drags Desperado back up, for LAST OF THE DRAGON! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Champion)
Mr. NEVER survives! Now he’ll have his belt back, though he never lost the title. Will the Double Openweight Champion ever be stopped?
IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Double Championship match: EVIL VS Hiromu Takahashi!
The King of Darkness shocked the world by betraying Los Ingobernables de Japon and joining up with the Bullet Club. Evil and Dick Togo sure think it was #TooSweet, but the Ticking Timebomb was furious! Will Hiromu explode with that anger and become a TRIPLE Champion all his own? Or will this still be Darkness World?
The introductions are made, Evil’s two titles are raised, and this golden grudge match begins!
Hiromu shotgun dropkicks Evil with the bell! Then corner clotheslines, whips and clotheslines again! Hiromu rolls Evil and runs but Evil avoids the basement dropkick! Hiromu dodges Evil to kick then runs and shotgun dropkick again! Evil bails out, Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING SHOTGUN! Hiromu tells cameras to clear out so he can come in from the other side. ANOTHER flying shotgun sends Evil crashing into barriers! Dick Togo lurks close and Hiromu tells him to back off. Red Shoes gets Dick to give Hiromu space. Hiromu brings Evil up and around to put in the ring. Hiromu stomps Evil then brings him up for a CHOP! Evil leans on ropes, Hiromu CHOPS again! Hiromu whips but Evil holds ropes. Hiromu CHOPS then whips, to then forearm and throw Evil to the ropes.
Hiromu kicks the ropes to jam Evil, then runs, only for Dick to swipe at him! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil throws Hiromu out. Evil distracts Red Shoes while Dick stomps away on Hiromu! Red Shoes reprimands Dick but then Evil fetches chairs. Evil stomps Hiromu uses one chair as the neck brace, and has the other chair! HOME RUN CHAIR SHOT! Hiromu writhes and Evil gets in the face of commentary. Evil goes back to the ring and leaves Hiromu behind. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Evil bares the red corner’s buckles. The ring count begins, Hiromu sits up at 5 of 20, crawls to railing and stands at 8, gets in the ring at 12. Evil walks over and drags Hiromu up. Evil clubs Hiromu down, drags him back up and clubs him back down again. Hiromu chops but Evil doesn’t flinch.
Hiromu keeps throwing hands as the fans rally, but Evil whips him into the bare buckles! Hiromu falls and writhes and Evil looms over him. Evil drags Hiromu back up and whips him in again! Hiromu bounces off the bare buckles and all Red Shoes can do is reprimand Evil. Evil stands on Hiromu in a cocky cover but Hiromu pushes him away. Evil drags Hiromu back up, chinlocks and jams a knee into Hiromu’s back. Hiromu endures, pries at the hold, but Evil clamps on tighter! Evil digs his knee in again but Hiromu fights up. Hiromu elbows back, gets free, then runs, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can trip Hiromu up! Fans rally for Hiromu but Evil drags him up and turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Evil argues with Red Shoes but the count is the count.
Evil looms over Hiromu again, brings him back up, and suplexes, only for Hiromu to fight it off. Hiromu resists the lift and hooks a leg. The fans rally as Hiromu tries to suplex Evil. Evil pops out, CHOPS Hiromu down, but misses the senton! Fans rally as both men are down and stirring. Hiromu sits up but Evil follows. Hiromu goes to a corner but Evil stalks over. Evil CHOPS Hiromu into the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu reverses, corner clotheslines and rolls to basement dropkick! Evil gets to ropes but Hiromu whips again. Another forearm and Hiromu puts Evil back on ropes. Hiromu kicks the ropes again then runs, ducks Evil’s clothesline to huricanrana! Dick gets on the apron but Hiromu DECKS him!
Hiromu sees Evil on the apron, runs and sunset flips! Evil holds on, Dick runs over but Hiromu kicks Dick! Hiromu POWERBOMBS Evil at Dick! All three men are down and the fans fire up! Hiromu sits up as the ring count starts. Hiromu drags Evil up at 11 of 20, brings him up and puts him in at 15. Hiromu then whips Dick into railing to keep him down! Hiromu returns to the ring, drags Evil up and to a suplex, for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Hiromu grits his teeth. Hiromu drags Evil back up, fireman’s carries, but Evil fights with elbows. Hiromu still lifts, but Evil slips off to throw Hiromu down by his hair! Fans rally for Hiromu as he crawls to a corner. Evil and Hiromu slowly stand, Evil runs but blocks the boot.
Evil spins Hiromu, clotheslines him against the ropes then Woe Stomps Hiromu down! Fans still rally for Hiromu as Evil goes to the apron. Evil tells Nagoya this is what he meant about going to hell! He drags Hiromu up, fireman’s carries, but Hiromu holds ropes for dear life. Hiromu slips off to SUPERKICK! Now Hiromu fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Evil flops down and Dick checks on him while Hiromu rests in the ring. Fans rally up, Hiromu rises and looks down at Evil. Hiromu goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil uses Young Lions as shields! Hiromu hesitates, Evil throws his shields aside and goes after Hiromu up top! Everyone freaks out about the crazy plan Evil has! Hiromu fights Evil back and headbutts him down!
Evil tumbles to the floor, ends up by those Young Lions, and then Hiromu LEAPS onto them all!! The diving senton bowls them all over! Dick coaches Evil up as the fans rally again. Hiromu sits up first but the ring count climbs. Hiromu uses railing to get up at 13, he drags Evil up at 15 and puts him in at 16. Fans cheer as Hiromu brings Evil up to the fireman’s carry. DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Evil survives and Hiromu is frustrated, but the fans rally again. Hiromu staggers over to Evil, drags him up and CHOPS him! Evil falls over but Hiromu sits him up to CHOP again. And again! Hiromu stands Evil up to CHOP, Evil CHOPS back! Hiromu CHOPS again, but Evil uses Red Shoes as a shield!
Evil kicks Hiromu, then uses Red Shoes to prop Hiromu up, but Hiromu hops off to deny Magic Killer! SUPERKICK! Both men stagger to opposite corners, then Hiromu runs and shotgun dropkicks Evil down! Hiromu slowly rises and the fans rally up. Evil drags himself up with the ropes, Hiromu runs in but gets a kick! Snap suplex into buckles! Both men are down again but the fans still rally. Evil rolls away to the opposite corner while Hiromu rises. Dick coaches Evil up and Evil runs corner to corner. BIG corner clothesline! Evil hoists Hiromu up top and climbs up to join him. Evil stands on the very top, brings Hiromu to join him, SUPERPLEX! Hiromu flounders away but Evil crawls to a deep cover, TWO!! Evil grows frustrated with Hiromu as the fans rally again.
Evil sits up and brings Hiromu around. Evil slashes the throat, stands Hiromu, EVERYTHING- NO! Hiromu denies the STO with elbows, then standing switches. Evil elbows Hiromu, Hiromu leap frogs, but Evil catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Hiromu rises! And LARIATS! Evil stays up, Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Evil flounders while Hiromu comes back. Hiromu waistlocks, Evil switches and GERMANS, but Hiromu gets up again! Hiromu is in the corner, runs at Evil, LARIAT but again Evil tanks it! Evil GERMANS Hiromu again and this time Hiromu stays down! Evil stalks Hiromu to ropes, reels him in, ANOTHER GERMAN! Hiromu flops down again but the fans rally up. Evil takes his time walking over and bringing Hiromu up again.
Evil waistlocks, for yet ANOTHER GERMAN! Red Shoes checks on Hiromu and fans still rally, but Evil grins as he stands up. Evil pushes Red Shoes aside to drag Hiromu up. Evil waistlocks again for yet ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Hiromu stays folded up until he topples over, but the fans haven’t given up on him yet. Evil shows no mercy and drags Hiromu back up again. EVERYTHING- Hiromu flops over so Evil can’t finish him off. Fans rally up as Evil pushes Red Shoes aside again. Evil drags Hiromu up once more, EVERYTHING- NO! Hiromu RAMS Evil into the bare buckles! That move comes back to haunt the King of Darkness! Hiromu crawls around, gets to his feet, and catches Evil’s clothesline into D! The special triangle hold is locked in!
Evil endures, powers up and scrapes his foot on Hiromu’s face! Evil grabs Hiromu’s legs but Hiromu sits up to get a cover! TWO, Hiromu wheelbarrows and COMPLETE SHOTS Evil down! Both men are down as the fans fire back up. Hiromu and Evil stir, Hiromu rises first, and Hiromu fires himself up. Hiromu grits his teeth as he hobbles over to Evil. Hiromu drags Evil up, reels him in, and suplexes, only for Evil to pull hair. Hiromu SLAPS Evil, then SLAPS and SLAPS and rocks Evil with those strikes! Hiromu brings Evil up, and SLAPS his clothesline away! And SLAPS him again! Hiromu won’t let up, suplex to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives Hiromu’s sudden creativity and Hiromu can’t believe it!
The fans keep rallying as both men stir. Hiromu drags Evil into a dragon sleeper, lift but Evil slips out and spins. Hiromu denies Everything is Evil, Evil grabs at Red Shoes but Hiromu sees the low blow coming! Hiromu SLAPS Evil, then runs to LARIAT! Evil falls, Hiromu covers, TWO!! Evil still lives and Dick is freaking out! The fans rally up, Hiromu hits Dick off the apron! Hiromu drags Evil back up, fireman’s carries again, corner Death Valley! Hiromu fires up, brings Evil back up, fireman’s carries again. Evil slips off, backs into Red Shoes and baits Hiormu in! Hiromu splashes Red Shoes into the bare buckles! Dick attacks! Dick rains down right hands on Hiromu then stomps him! Evil gets up while fans rally for Hiromu.
Evil drags Hiromu up, slashes the throat, and with Dick’s help, MAGIC KILLER!! But that’s not all, Evil puts Hiromu in a drop zone as Dick climbs up. But Hiromu kicks Evil into ropes and trips Dick up! Dick lands on his namesake and tumbles to the floor. The fans are thunderous as Evil drags Hiromu up. Hiromu shoves Evil away, denies the STO to STEAL the STO!! The fans cheer but both men are down with no ref to count! Hiromu drags himself up, shouts for Red Shoes, then drags Evil back up. Red Shoes returns, Hiromu fireman’s carries Evil again, for a corner Death Valley to BARE BUCKLES! Hiromu and the fans fire up, fireman’s carry and TIME BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Evil survives all of that?!
Hiromu fires up again and the fans are thunderous again. Hiromu dragon sleepers, lifts, TIME BOMB II!!! Cover, but Dick drags out Red Shoes! Dick has his garrote! He chokes Hiromu with it!! Hiromu gets up and fireman’s carries Dick! Dick slips off, swings on Hiromu but Hiromu ducks to SUPERKICK! Hiromu brings Dick up, Evil LOW BLOWS! Dick chokes Hiromu again! Hiromu reaches but fades out and Dick lets him go. Dick gets Red Shoes back in the ring and Evil staggers up. Evil makes his way to Hiromu, drags him up, fireman’s carry for DARKNESS FALLS! But that’s not all, Evil wants to keep his promise! Evil drags Hiromu up, EVERYTHING! IS! EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Champion)
NJPW is still Darkness World! The Triple Champion keeps the top two titles thanks to Dick Togo! And now, Taiji Ishimori appears! The Bone Soldier Reborn wants his own belt, and gives Hiromu BLOODY CROSS! Ishimori is calling Hiromu out as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Ishimori has that very belt and Evil brings Hiromu up, but Naito rushes out!
Naito gets in Evil’s face, wanting his own revenge! The two stare down, neither saying a word. Naito then brings up a mic to say, “You’ve been talking a lot about justice lately.” Justice, and darkness. Is Evil confused? Maybe those two belts are too heavy for Evil. “Rental time is over! It’s time to hand those belts back.” Naito wants his rematch for the Double Championship and fans are ready for it! He gives the mic to Evil to hear his response. Evil tells Naito, “Don’t kid yourself. It’ll be MY revenge!” What does Evil mean by that? Will Los Ingobernables de Japon be avenged in the Summer Struggle? Or will they continue to lose even more valuable things?
Some incredible stuff from Sengoku Lord! Okada VS Yujiro was good but naturally Okada wins. Okada can definitely bide his time facing guys he hasn’t really gotten a lot of time with while the Double Championship story tied up between LIJ and Bullet Club. The NEVER Openweight Championship was really great, and naturally Shingo wins. As I said, Shingo needs to build the reign with defenses to make up for time lost because of COVID. I can’t be sure who takes this title from him or when, but letting Shingo go against a long list of contenders is the best build to it. The Double Championship match was great, though the pacing felt a bit slower than it needed to be. Maybe that’s just how Heel Evil wrestles, all cerebral and calculating.
But it really went to a new level by the end and for just a moment, it felt like Hiromu was going to get it only for Evil and Dick to cheat him. It also makes a lot of sense for Taiji Ishimori to add on and want Hiromu’s one title while Naito is back for his two. Those matches are going to be incredible, too, and perhaps tops things off at the Summer Struggle in Jingu event. The Summer Struggle series is going to pack the next month or so, that is going to be a lot to keep up with.
My Score: 9.2/10