NJPW’s Summer Struggle continues!
The summer heats up, as does the feud of Rainmaker and Tokyo Pimp! Will Yujiro Takahashi drag Kazuchika Okada down to his level?
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 & SHO VS Gedo & Yujiro Takahashi; Gedo & Yujiro win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
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Kazuchika Okada & SHO VS Gedo & Yujiro Takahashi!
Don’t adjust your screen, refresh your browser or get your eyes checked! This is a direct rematch from yesterday’s Summer Struggle! Will The Rainmaker just keep putting the Bullet Club #DeepInDebt? Or will Tokyo Pimp finally even the score?
The teams sort out and Yujiro calls Okada out! Fans like the sound of that, and Okada accepts. They start with the bell and stand face to face as fans rally. Yujiro throws a forearm, Okada forearms back, and we have a brawl already! Yujiro rocks Okada then eggs him on, just to hit him again. Yujiro runs, into a boot! Tag to Sho, and Sho DECKS Gedo off the apron! Chaos double whips Yujiro, Yujiro dodges Sho to then spin Okada around for a reverse DDT! Sho comes back to kick and forearm Yujiro. Sho runs, Gedo trips him and drags him out! Gedo RAMS Sho into railing while Yujiro goes after Okada. A lot like yesterday, actually. Yujiro throws forearms on Okada while Gedo rams Sho into more railing. Yujiro eggs Okada on and the two brawl again.
Yujiro rocks Okada, drags him up but Okada hits back. Yujiro mule kicks and whips Okada into railing! Yujiro goes back to the ring while the count begins. Gedo feeds Sho to Yujiro at 3, and Yujiro brings Sho up for a snapmare. Yujiro drops the leg, the elbow and the falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Sho but Yujiro bumps him off buckles. Tag to Gedo, Gedo stomps Sho and rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Gedo stops at 3. Gedo drags Sho up, brings him around and bumps him off the BARE buckle! This trick again! Gedo taunts Okada but Red Shoes keeps Okada out. Gedo chokes Sho! Okada goes back to his corner and Gedo covers Sho, TWO! Gedo argues with Red Shoes but stomps Sho down.
Gedo bumps Sho off the bare buckle again! Tag to Yujiro, Yujiro drags Sho up. Yujiro scoops and hits a backbreaker! Yujiro taunts Sho, fans rally up, and Sho forearms back! Sho throws more forearms, Yujiro mule kicks low. Yujiro snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks Sho down! Cover, TWO! Yujiro grows frustrated but he brings Sho up to bump him off the bare buckle again. Tag to Gedo, he stands on Sho’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands while Gedo taunts Okada. Red Shoes has to keep Okada back again and Gedo chokes Sho more! Gedo kicks Sho around, Sho gets mad and gets up. Gedo pie faces, Sho throws forearms! But Gedo rakes Sho’s eyes again! Red Shoes reprimands but Gedo drops a fist. Cover, but Red Shoes refuses to count given Gedo’s antics.
Gedo wraps Sho up in a chinlock and grinds him down. Sho powers up, fights out, but Gedo pulls hair! Gedo spins Sho around for haymakers and a whip. Sho reverses, Gedo holds ropes to boot back, but runs into Sho’s KNEE! Fans cheer as Sho crawls over, hot tag to Okada! The Rainmaker throws forearms over and over on Gedo! Okada whips, Gedo reverses but Okada elbows Gedo down! Okada decks Yujiro then has Gedo in a corner. Okada whips corner to corner, hits the back elbow, the kick and the DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Gedo back up. Okada scoops but Gedo resists. Yujiro runs in to boot Okada down! Gedo tags Yujiro in, Yujiro dodges Okada ot rake eyes! Yujiro puts Okada on ropes to BOOT him back!
Okada staggers, Yujiro fireman’s carries but Okada blocks! Okada clubs Yujiro then brings him around, DEEP IN DEBT! Yujiro BITES! Okada still doesn’t learn! Yujiro fireman’s carries now, but Okada pops off to European Uppercut! Okada runs, into Yujiro’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro grows annoyed. Yujiro drags Okada up, hooks, but Okada powers out. Okada blocks the superkick to boot back! Alabama lift, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tag to Sho! Sho runs corner to corner to clothesline and whip Yujiro. Yujiro reverses but Sho kicks, kicks and kicks, to SUPERKICK, but Yujiro blocks!
Yujiro trips, Sho evades, and Sho dead lifts Yujiro! Yujiro slips out but Sho spins around, BIG suplex! Fans cheer as Sho stalks behind Yujiro. Sho dead lifts but Gedo attacks! Okada EuroUppers Gedo down! Chaos double whips Yujiro corner to corner, then whips Okada in for the back elbow. Sho adds a clothesline and feeds Yujiro to a boot! SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but Sho gets a double wristlock! Gedo runs in but Red Shoes has to stop him and his brass knuckles! But Red Shoes misses JADO get in and kendo stick SMACK Sho down!! Yujiro basement DDT’s Sho! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo, by pinfall
Tokyo Pimp gets a win thanks to the Master Heater! And he makes sure Okada knows it! Yujiro has his pimp cane and he CLOBBERS Okada with it! Will Yujiro bankrupt the Rainmaker when they finally have their 1v1 rematch?
Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club!
After losing to Evil, Dick Togo and Taiji Ishimori again, LIJ decided to shake things up! The Cold Skull jumps in to confront the man who was once his IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship partner! Will Darkness World face a Skull End before having to defend the double gold?
The trios sort out, and after the LIJ fist bump and Low Sweet, it’s Bone Soldier Reborn and the Ticking Timebomb! Fans cheer as we get an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship preview with Hiromu and Taiji. They circle, feel out the grapple but back away. They circle again, Taiji kicks low and whips, but Hiromu stops himself to whip Taiji. Hiromu forearms, puts Taiji on ropes and kicks the ropes to then run and huricanrana, only for Taiji to block! Taiji swings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out. Taiji dodges, tilt-o-whirls and hits a takedown! Hiromu writhes with pain the bad arm and he gets to the LIJ corner. Naito checks on Hiromu with Red Shoes while Taiji waits.
Sanada tags in for Hiromu but Taiji is right on him! Medics check on Hiromu as Sanada ends up in the Bullet Club corner. Dick Togo tags in and mugs Sanada. Bullet Club double whips Sanada, Sanada goes up and over Dick but Taiji clubs him on the back! Taiji holds Sanada and Dick runs at them, but Sanada back drops Dick! Sanada goes after Taiji but Taiji rakes Sanada’s eyes! Taiji runs, but Sanada dodges and sends the shotgun dropkick into Dick! Sanada throws Taiji out to join him, then PESCADOS them both down! Fans cheer for Sanada and he soaks it up, but then he comes face to face with Evil. Sanada stays away from his old tag partner as he throws Dick in. Sanada springboards, Dick gets under and boots, but Sanada blocks to trip Dick up!
Sanada ties Dick up in Paradise, but Evil attacks! Evil DECKS Naito off the apron as Dick stomps Sanada down! Taiji goes after Hiromu, too! Red Shoes reprimands and tries to restore order, but Dick scrapes Sanada’s face off the ropes! Evil stands on Naito’s head then stomps his legs. Taiji leaves Hiromu alone as Dick snapmares Sanada for the fist drop! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Dick wraps Sanada up. Sanada endures the chinlock but Dick scrapes his sole on Sanada’s face. Dick whips but Sanada sunset flips! Dick stays up to punch Sanada down! Dick drags Sanada up to bump him off bare buckles! Bullet Club loves using that trick. Tag to Evil and he wrenches Sanada to whip into the bare buckles! Sanada flops down and Evil laughs at his former friend.
Evil stomps Sanada, drags him up, whips again into bare buckles! Evil has a cocky cover but Red Shoes refuses to count, as he did with Gedo. Evil stomps Sanada, tags Taiji, and Taiji throws haymakers. Sanada gets up to throw forearms back. Taiji knees low, snapmares and neck CRANKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Sanada but Taiji throws more haymakers. Taiji whips, Sanada reverses, Taiji handsprings into Sanada’s German Suplex! Taiji lands on his feet but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Naito and Evil! The Double Championship rematch preview fires up with forearms! The fans rally, both men grab the other’s hair for an even more furious brawl! Naito gets the edge, Evil wobbles and Naito whips. Evil reverses, Dick gets a cheap shot!
Evil kicks and Bullet Club double whips Naito. Naito dodges Evil to huricanrana Dick! Naito arm-drags Evil, enziguris! Evil wobbles again, Naito pushes him down into a corner for a basement dropkick! Fans cheer as Naito stomps a mudhole into Evil! Red Shoes counts, Naito pushes him away! Naito keeps stomping Evil but Red Shoes pulls at him. Naito shoves Red Shoes again to keep digging his heel in! Naito puts Evil up top, climbs up, but Evil slips out to trip him up! Evil GERMAN SUPLEXES Naito! Tag to Taiji and Bullet Club surrounds Naito. They all kick at him mockingly, then bring him up in the corner. They double whip, Taiji runs in for double knees! Dick hits an elbow, Evil hits a clothesline! Naito staggers, Taiji springboard seated sentons! Cover, TWO!
Naito survives but Taiji keeps on him. Taiji goes to gut wrench but Naito resists. Taiji clubs and knees away then runs, into a drop toehold, and Sanada dropkicks outta nowhere! Sanada gets Dick for the fireman’s carry, into the dragon sleeper! But Evil runs in before Skull End to LARIAT Sanada down! Evil mule kicks and whips Naito, but Naito hits back with the flying forearms! Fans cheer as Evil flops out of the ring. Naito sees Hiromu back on the corner! Hiromu calls for him and Naito crawls over, hot tag to Hiromu! The Ticking Timebomb goes right after Taiji, fireman’s carry but no Death Valley as Taiji slips off! Taiji shoves Hiromu into the bare buckles! Then BOOTS him in harder! Hiromu’s bad arm is still a big target, and Taiji brings Hiromu up.
Hiromu hits back with forearms, but Taiji gets around for a BACKSTABBER! Taiji stands on the bad arm and pulls, then stomps away! Taiji rolls Hiromu to a YES LOCK! Hiromu endures despite his bad arm being trapped! The fans rally, Hiromu TAPS!! Bullet Club wins!!
Winner: Bullet Club, by submission
Taiji won’t let go! He wants to break Hiromu! Naito gets in and stomps Taiji down! Sanada, too! LIJ frees Hiromu but the damage has been done! Taiji laughs at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion’s pain as he gets the mic. “Hiromu, is this decided now?” Taiji VS Hiromu, for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Make it happen already!! But does Hiromu have enough left to even give him that match? As for Evil and Naito, who will win when we revisit Dominion?