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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Results & Report! (8/9/20)

One way or another, Chaos reigns!

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NJPW Summer Struggle

The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships already belong to Chaos!

On one side, the Rainmaker leads Toru Yano and Sho in conquering another division. On the other, YOSHI-HASHI vows he, Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii will be champions! Chaos will reign, but through whose power?

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shingo Takagi & SANADA VS Minoru Suzuki & DOUKI; Shingo & Sanada win.
  • Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI VS EVIL & Taiji Ishimori; EVIL & Ishimori win, by disqualification.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Chaos’ Kazuchika Okada, Sho & Toru Yano VS Chaos’ YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto; Hashi, Ishii & Goto win and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Shingo Takagi & SANADA VS Minoru Suzuki & DOUKI!

The Dragon is still the NEVER Openweight (singles) Championship, and the Man with the Worst Personality wants to crush the Dragon’s bones and take his gold! Will the Cold Skull by Shingo’s side and Japones de Mal by Suzuki’s, which side gets the edge towards the coming title match?

As introductions are made, Shingo taunts Suzuki with the NEVER Openweight Championship, and Suzuki kicks him! Douki goes right after Sanada and the bell rings to at least get this on the record! Suzuki dumps Shingo out and Douki has Sanada in a corner. Douki grinds his boot in as Suzuki whips Shingo into railing! Douki whips corner to corner, Sanada reverses but Douki boots back. Sanada catches it, trips Douki up but Douki kicks out of Paradise. Douki knees low, runs but Sanada dumps him out! Sanada aims and PLANCHAS! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them. Suzuki and Shingo talk trash from across the way as Sanada drags Douki back up. Sanada puts Douki in the ring, drags him up to a facelock, and tags in Shingo.

LIJ mug Douki in the corner and Shingo scoop slams Douki down. Shingo drags Douki back up, cravats, snapmares and runs, to hit Suzuki! Fans cheer as Shingo runs and back sentons on Douki! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Shingo has Douki’s leg. Shingo drags Douki over, tags Sanada, and LIJ splits the wishbone! Douki is stinging from that one but Suzuki is sneering as he returns to his corner. Sanada clubs Douki then whips but Douki reverses and Suzuki kicks Sanada! Douki knocks Shingo down as Suzuki catches Sanada into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki BOOTS Shingo while Douki dumps Sanada out. Suzuki whips Shingo into railing, then into more railing! Douki whips Sanada into railing on the other side!

Suzuki brings Shingo to the timekeeper’s table and bounces him off it! Suzuki grinds Shingo’s face into the table before leaving him behind. Suzuki starts searching under the ring, and finds a chair! Douki and Sanada brawl while Suzuki JAMS and SMACKS Shingo with the chair! Shingo writhes while Suzuki grins and the ring count begins. Suzuki kicks Shingo as we reach 10 of 20, and then digs his foot in. The ref has the count end since Douki and Sanada are legal. Douki chokes Sanada but the ref reprimands. Douki stops at the count of 3, then tags in Suzuki. Suzuki drags Sanada up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Sanada CHOPS back, but Suzuki CHOPS. We have a CHOP fight, until Suzuki slaps Sanada, and knees Sanada low!

Suzuki drags Sanada down into a partial camel clutch but Sanada endures. Fans rally up, Shingo gets in and Shingo attacks Suzuki! Suzuki forearms back, sending Shingo out of the ring! Douki chokes Sanada behind the ref’s back but Suzuki brings Sanada up. Tag to Douki, they mug Sanada, then Douki goes to suplex. Sanada blocks, fans rally up, and Sanada suplexes Douki. Douki flails out and rakes the eyes! Douki runs into boots at the corner, Sanada hops up and leaps over to huricanrana Douki down! Fans cheer as Sanada crawls. Suzuki tags in first and stomps Sanada down. Suzuki whips Sanada away but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Hot tag to Shingo! The Dragon roars as he rallies on Suzuki with big shoulders! The fans fire up with Shingo as he blocks Suzuki’s boot to clothesline! Shingo whips corner to corner to clothesline and suplex! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again as Shingo scrapes his foot on Suzuki’s face. Suzuki just laughs as he forearms and knees back. Suzuki runs corner to corner to boot Shingo! Suzuki snapmares and runs to Penalty Kick! Cocky cover, TWO! Suzuki is still focused as he kicks Shingo around. Shingo gets mad and CHOPS Suzuki. Suzuki shrugs it off to CHOP back. Shingo CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, repeat! The chop fight turns into a forearm brawl! Shingo eggs Suzuki on and Suzuki hits back. Shingo forearms again, Suzuki returns it, and the two are fast and furious! The fans fire up with every shot, but Shingo gets the edge. Suzuki comes back to ROCK Shingo! But Shingo rises! Shingo swings, Suzuki ducks it to get a sleeper hold, but Shingo fireman’s carries out of it! Suzuki slips down, knees away, then gets the sleeper again!

Shingo flails, Suzuki spins him to the Gotch, but Shingo back drops out! Shingo runs, Suzuki ducks the lariat, boots and runs, into an uppercut! Shingo suplexes, Suzuki fights out to guillotine facelock! Douki tags in and clubs Shingo down! Douki drags Shingo up but Shingo is like dead weight. Douki keeps trying, calls for his shot, but his clothesline doesn’t knock Shingo over! Douki tries again, but Shingo JABS and LARIATS! The fans fire up as Shingo tags Sanada! LIJ double whip Douki while SUzuki talks smack to commentary. Sanada back elbows, Shingo corner clotheslines and clubs Douki into Sanada’s kick. Double kick back drop combo! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Sanada brings Douki up but Suzuki distracts the ref.

Douki slips out of the fireman’s carry, shoves Sanada but Suzuki shoves the ref at Sanada! Douki enziguris Sanada and Suzuki hits Shingo! Suzuki and Douki double whip Sanada, Douki back elbows and Suzuki boots! Suzuki snapmares for Douki’s basement dropkick! Then the Penalty Kick! Springboard double stomps! Cover, Shingo breaks it! Suzuki and Shingo brawl with forearms again and the fans fire up! Shingo eggs Suzuki on, Suzuk hits harder, but Shingo fires off from all sides! Suzuki ROCKS Shingo and runs but Shingo clotheslines him at the rope! Shingo runs but Suzuki follows. Shingo swings on him but Suzuki slips around to get the sleeper! But it won’t matter with Shingo not legal!

Suzuki makes Shingo fade out as Douki gives Sanada a SLINGSHOT DDT! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and the fans fire up! Shingo is all but out as Douki wheelbarrow lifts. Sanada arm-drags out of the suplex, Shingo gets a second wind! Sanada scoops Douki into the dragon sleeper, but Douki cradles out of Skull End! Cover, TWO!! Sanada narrowly escapes, O’Conner roll to the bridge! LIJ wins!!

Winner: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Suzuki still chokes Shingo out! He sacrifices a tag match to damage the Dragon! Suzuki grabs a mic to tell Shingo that Suzuki wants the NEVER Openweight Champion in Jingu! “And when your real weakness is revealed, hand that title over, without any complaints.” Suzuki laughs and leaves the ring, but Shingo takes the mic to shout at Suzuki. He thinks Shingo will just hand the belt over? Just like, “Here ya go!” No.

Suzuki called this title “a treasure,” and that’s exactly how Shingo feels about it! So if Suzuki wants the treasure, he’ll have to knock Shingo out to get it! “There’s nobody worth fighting more than Minoru Suzuki!” Shingo shouts for the NJPW management to make this match! Shingo figures one of them might get knocked out, or even sent to the hospital! Suzuki and Shingo are going to collide in three weeks! Will either of them survive it?

 

Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI VS EVIL & Taiji Ishimori w/ Dick Togo!

Speaking of coming title matches, Los Ingobernables de Japon has two others on the horizon! There are still concerns over Hiromu Takahashi, but the Bone Soldier Reborn still wants to keep his teeth sharp. And of course, there is THE rematch of the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Double Championship match from Dominion! Will Bushi be able to help his charismatic leader finally get the edge on the Bullet Club?

There’s no time for teams to sort out as Bullet Club jumps Naito and Bushi! Taiji throws Bushi out and Evil throws Naito, and the bell rings to get this on record! Naito kicks back but Evil catches it to elbow the leg! Evil stomps Naito against the railing while Taiji keeps Bushi down on the other side. Evil drags Naito up to whip, but Naito reverses and sends Evil HARD into railing! Naito glares at Dick but he sees Evil’s sneak attack coming! Naito kicks and whips Evil back into railing! Naito again glares at Dick but Dick backs off. Taiji keeps Bushi down but Naito brings Evil up. Naito whips Evil into railing a third time! Fans cheer as Naito puts Evil in the ring and stomps him down. Naito stomps Evil at the ropes, the ref reprimands, but Taiji comes in.

Naito glares at Taiji and whips Evil. Naito elbows Evil down and runs but Dick trips him up! Evil keeps Bushi out and stomps Naito now. Evil puts Naito’s leg on the ropes to wrench it! The ref reprimands and counts but also has to worry about Taiji. Evil gets to wrench the leg longer that way, but lets go as the ref finally counts. Evil stomps Naito, tags Taiji, and Dick gets a cheap shot in. Taiji stomps Naito now, then drags him by his leg for a snap toehold! Taiji cranks the leg, Naito fights back but Taiji adds the other leg for a deathlock! Naito endures, Taiji lets go of the leglock to cover, TWO! Tag to Evil, and Evil stomps away on Naito’s leg! Evil drops an elbow on the knee then cranks back! Naito fights back again but Evil cranks harder.

Naito gets a ropebreak, Taiji kicks at the hand but Evil lets go of the leg. The fans rally up as Evil toys with Naito. Evil eggs Naito on and Naito stands up to throw forearms. Naito chops and chops and CHOPS, but Evil kicks the bad leg! Evil fisherman suplexes but Naito fights it off! Naito spins but into Evil’s forearm. Evil runs but into the dropkick! Both men are down, the fans rally up, hot tags to Taiji and Bushi! Bushi dodges and huricanranas Taiji to a corner, but Taiji dodges as Bushi runs in. Bushi slips out to swing kick Taiji away. Bushi climbs up to missile dropkick Taiji down! Bushirooni! Bushi stomps Taiji, drags him up and fisherman, but Taiji escapes the swinging neckbreaker to throw forearms! Bushi gives them back and we have a forearm brawl!

Bushi hits, Taiji hits, and they go faster and faster. Bushi gets an edge but he runs into a boot! Taiji whips, Bushi reverses, but Taiji handsprings to the NEURALIZER! Both men are down but fans rally up. Taiji crawls to tag Evil back in. Evil runs corner to corner at Bushi to clothesline! Evil fireman’s carries but Bushi slips out to spin Evil to a DDT! Both men are down again as the fans rally. Bushi crawls and tags in Naito! Naito throws forearms, kicks and more on Evil. Naito whips, boots, sweeps, COMBINACIAN CABRON! Naito stomps a mudhole into Evil, the ref reprimands but Naito pushes him away! Naito stomps more, the ref comes back and pulls Naito away. Naito pushes the ref away again to basement dropkick Evil!

Fans cheer as Naito brings Evil up for the neckbreaker only for Evil to spin through and suplex. Naito slips out, backbreaker! KOJI KLUTCH! Bushi keeps Taiji out as Evil is caught! Evil kicks and flails, starts to fade, but Dick distracts! Naito lets Evil go to swing on Dick! Naito drags Evil up, hammerlocks but Evil pulls hair! Naito kicks, Evil blocks and hands it to the ref, and then kicks Naito low. Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Naito lives and the fans rally up. Evil keeps his cool as he drags Naito. Evil slashes the throat, drags Naito up to spin him around, but no STO as Bushi enziguris! Bushi catches Taiji to a BACKSTABBER! Bushi grabs Evil but Evil rakes his eyes! Evil runs, into Naito’s atomic drop! Enziguri and code breaker, jackknife cover, TWO!!

Bushi goes out and whips Taiji, but Taiji whips Bushi into railing! Naito calls for the end, wrenches Evil but Evil shoves Naito into the ref! The ref is down but Naito sees Dick and his choke rope coming! But he doesn’t see Evil LOW BLOW! And then Dick still chokes Naito! Naito fades out fast as Bullet Club regroups. Evil and Taiji stomps Naito down, Dick helping out. But here comes HIROMU!! The Ticking Timebomb BOOTS Dick, SUPERKICKS Evil, but Taiji kicks him! Taiji whips but Hiromu shotgun dropkicks in return! Hiromu rains down furious fists on Taiji! The ref returns, sees Hiromu beating Taiji up, and throws the match out!

Winners: Bullet Club, by disqualification

Hiromu gets his revenge at the expense of the match! But Hiromu grabs a mic to say, “OI OI OI OI!” What the heck? A DQ? Bullet Club cheats all the time and never get disqualified! But the ref’s gotta come down hard on Hiromu? “Should I apologize for coming out here? Then, sorry.” He also apologizes for making Taiji wait. And he heard everything Taiji was saying. But Taiji, you don’t need to worry, Hiromu is perfectly fine! “Come hit me as much as you want!” Will Hiromu make Summer Struggle in Jingu even more fun than before?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Chaos VS Chaos!

The faction has these titles no matter who wins, so consider this the most intense friendly competition ever! Will The Rainmaker and The Producer help Sho become a two belt Junior Heavyweight? Or will the Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Stone Pitbull show that even the great Kazuchika Okada doesn’t win everything?

The introductions are made and the titles are raised. Chaos sorts out, and we begin with the Hashi, who wants to face Okada! Fans cheer for it, too, and Okada accepts the challenge! The fans rally with the bell as Head Hunter and Rainmaker circle. They test the grapple but back away. Then they tie up with collar and elbow in a deadlock! Okada digs in his heels but Hashi manages to push him back. Okada pushes Hashi back, puts Hashi on the ropes, and gives the fake chop, only for Hashi to throw an actual forearm! Hashi knows Okada’s tricks and he throws elbows! Hashi CHOPS Okada, then CHOPS again! Okada staggers around but Hashi is on him with a third CHOP! Hashi runs, Okada boots and snapmares! Okada runs to basement dropkick Hashi down!

Hashi checks his face while Sho tags in. Yano also comes in, and this part of Chaos clubs away on Hashi, just like Hashi’s team would do! Sho brings Hashi up to ROCK with a forearm, then whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, boots Sho back then bumps Sho off the corner. Tag to Goto but Sho gets away. Goto and Sho circle as fans rally up. Sho and Goto tie up, Sho headlocks, but Goto pries at the hold. Sho cranks harder, Goto powers out to get his own headlock and grinds Sho in return. Sho powers out of the hold but Goto rams him with a shoulder. Sho rebounds, shoulders back, but Goto rebounds. Goto counters Sho’s hip toss with a hip toss but Sho blocks it! Sho knees low, runs and runs Goto over! Sho waistlocks and dead lifts Goto, but Goto elbows the suplex down.

Things speed up, Sho ducks then dropkicks, but Goto stays up. Goto chases Sho down and runs him over! Hashi and Ishii hit Okada and Yano, then they go after Sho. Sho fights them all but that’s 3v1. And then they give Sho the triple clubbing! Goto whips Sho to a corner, hits a clothesline, then feeds Sho to the double shoulders! Penalty Kick sandwich and a SUPERKICK! Fans cheer while Goto stomps Sho. Goto brings Sho up to elbow him back down then stomp him again. Goto bumps Sho off buckles and tags Ishii in. Sho fires forearms on Ishii first but Goto clubs Sho down. Ishii CHOPS away on Sho over and over! Sho starts to sit down but then he powers up, only for Ishii to CHOP more. Sho hits back and Ishii eggs him on. Sho throws more forearms but Ishii just CHOPS and forearms back!

Ishii fires off CHOPS and forearms over and over, drags Sho back up to keep it going! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii but Ishii is just a machine! Ishii finally stops and eggs Sho on. Sho flounders as Ishii looms over him. The fans rally up and Okada shouts to Sho, and Sho fights back. Ishii doesn’t flinch from the chop, but Sho throws forearms again. Ishii still isn’t bothered, and he tags in Hashi. Ishii toys with Sho but Red Shoes reprimands him. Okada gets in but Red Shoes keeps him back. Sho pushes Hashi and forearms Ishii, but Ishii DECKS Sho for it! Hashi drags Sho up, suplexes him onto the ropes, and Ishii holds Sho for Hashi’s running dropkick! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer Sho’s toughness as Hashi tags Goto.

Goto and Hashi drag Sho up, double whip and double shoulder Sho down. Goto covers, TWO! Sho clutches his shoulder but Goto is on him with a chinlock. The fans rally as Sho endures, fights up, and fights out. Goto knees Sho in return, then KICKS him right down! Goto stomps Sho, puts him in a corner and stomps him more. Goto throws in elbows and more stomps, then digs his boot in. Red Shoes counts, Goto stops to whip Sho corner to corner. Sho dodges, waistlocks, but Goto elbows the German Suplex away. Sho ducks, tries a standard suplex, but Goto resists. The fans rally as both men fight for suplex control. Goto lifts, Sho flails, and then Sho powers through to suplex Goto! Both men are down but Hashi and Ishii blast Okada and Yano again. They double whip Sho but Sho DOUBLE SPEARS!

Hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up, and goes to his favorite corner! Yano unties the buckle pad, dodges Goto and then tosses him the pad! Red Shoes reprimands Goto, so Goto hands the pad over, and Yano rolls Goto up! TWO!! Yano has the pad back and swears he’ll use it! Goto doesn’t care, so Yano swings, Goto dodges and kicks Yano back. Goto whips Yano but Yano stops himself before hitting bare buckles. Goto kicks and whips Yano to ropes but Yano holds ropes. Yano taunts Goto, Hashi spooks Yano, and Goto attacks! Goto whips again, Yano hits the safe corner but gets the windmill kick! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto grows frustrated but the fans rally up. Goto has Yano in the fireman’s carry but Yano fights free. Yano kicks, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT!

Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Hot tag to Hashi! Yano gets to the bare corner, Hashi hits a back elbow! Hashi keeps moving, Yano gets around to waistlock but Hashi elbows free. Hashi goes to run but Yano pulls his hair! Hashi breaks free, throws forearms and whips. Yano reverse sto then hit a hair pulling neckbreaker! Tag to Okada! Okada brings Hashi up but Hashi forearms. Okada forearms back and we have a brawl! The fans rally up as they hit faster and faster! Hashi fires off body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Okada ducks and elbows back! Okada fires up as he clobbers Ishii off the corner! Okada whips Hashi to a corner, hits a back elbow, then kicks to DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally again as Okada brings Hashi up to the gut wrench. Hashi fights out of the piledriver to waistlock. Okada elbows out, uppercuts and whips, but Hashi hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Goto and Ishii blast Sho and Yano! Hashi’s team double whips Okada to a corner. Goto whips Hashi in for the elbow and Ishii in for the clothesline! Goto clotheslines, feeds Okada to the mule kick! Blindside lariat, code breaker and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Hashi climbs up top! Okada stands, FLYING HEAD HUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi keeps his focus, drags Okada back up, and full nelsons to pump handle. Sho dropkicks Hashi down first! Ishii runs Sho over! Yano sends Ishii into bare buckles! Goto LARIATS Yano! Okada FLAPJACKS Goto! Hashi SUPERKICKS Okada!!

All six Chaos are down but the fans are thunderous! Hashi and Okada sit up first, and Hashi powers up his arm. Hashi runs into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Hashi up fast, gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! DEEP IN DEBT!! Okada has Hashi in his new cobra clutch, Hashi kicks and flails but his team is being kept out! Red Shoes checks but Hashi is still moving! Hashi inches his way over with his feet, but Okada drags him away! Okada sinks it in deeper!! Yano keeps Goto down, Sho has Ishii, Hashi is turning purple! Hashi tries, but Ishii gets loose and hits Okada! Sho hits Ishii but Hashi is saved! The fans rally up again as Okada drags Hashi up. Okada reels Hashi in to LARIAT! Okada drags Hashi back up, for HASHI to LARIAT!! Hashi has his second wind as the fans keep rallying!

Hashi fires up, runs but into a boot! Okada runs, Hashi dodges, Hashi LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Hashi won’t slow down, he puts on the Butterfly Lock! Okada endures now as Ishii and Goto keep Sho and Yano down! Okada moves around, Hashi cranks harder, but Okada still endures. Okada starts to fade but he fights towards ropes! Sho and Yano keep trying to get in but Okada grabs at Red Shoes. Sho RAMS Ishii into railing, Okada gets to the ropebreak! Hashi lets go but brings Okada back up. Hashi full nelsons, pump handles, but Okada fights Karma. Okada spins, but Hashi CHOPS! Hashi runs, into the dropkick! Both men are down and the fans are loving this! Hot tags to Sho and Ishii! Sho and Ishii collide, and again! Ishii stays up as Sho clotheslines, but now they brawl with forearms.

Sho fires off many but Ishii ROCKS him with one! Sho fires off even more, then dodges the lariat, but his Spear is tanked! To the BRAIN BUSTER! But Sho rises to Spear!! Sho fires up with the fans as he drags Ishii up again. Sho wrenches, kicks away from all sides and then SUPERKICKS! Ishii is down but Sho waistlocks and dead lifts! Goto runs in so Sho fires off forearms with him first! Yano returns to grab Goto’s hair, but Goto fires off on him! Goto whips but Yano reverses, Goto gets the bare buckles! Yano atomic drops Ishii, and catapults Ishii into the bare buckles! Sho waistlocks and GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives but Sho is just fired up more!

Sho drags Ishii up, reels him in, and tries to lift. Ishii resists, slips out but Sho hits an armbar takedown! Ishii clasps hands, but Sho breaks the grip! Sho cranks back on the armbreaker but Ishii rolls over. Ishii stomps Sho’s face and is free, to KICK Sho in the back! Sho KICKS back! And again! Ishii eggs him on so Sho KICKS. Ishii CHOPS Sho, Okada BOOTS Ishii, Hashi elbows Okada and Sho runs at Hashi. Hashi gets around to BACKSTABBER! Ishii lifts and POWERBOMBS Sho! Matchbook cover, TWO!?! Sho survives and the fans are fired up all over again! Ishii focuses as he aims from a corner. Sho slowly rises, Ishii runs the ropes, but Sho swats the lariat away to super forearm! Ishii headbutts, Sho KNEES! Sho runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, Yano breaks it!

Goto kicks Yano back out and tells Ishii to finish this! Ishii fires up and drags Sho into the suplex, but Sho breaks free! Ishii swats Sho’s punch and HEADBUTTS! Sho is in a daze as Ishii suplexes again. Sho slips out and pops Ishii up for the ARMBAR!! Hashi and Okada fight on one side while Goto and Yano are on the other! Sho has the armbreaker in deep but Ishii kicks around. Goto gets back in to stomp Sho but Yano throws Goto out. Sho grits his teeth as he drags Ishii up with a wristlock. Sho wrenches to a shoulder breaker! And another! And another! Sho ripcords Ishii, ducks Ishii’s clothesline, and hits a STRAITJACKET GERMAN!! Briding cover, TWO!?! Ishii escapes but Sho just powers up more! Sho runs, LARIAT!!

Fans are thunderous again while Okada keeps Hashi down. Sho aims his bow and drags Ishii up. Sho underhooks for the double pump handle, but Ishii resists and back drops free. Sho is up, runs at Ishii to clothesline him at the ropes. Sho keeps going, but Goto returns! SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI!! METEORA! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, but Okada breaks it in time!! Goto and Hashi kick Okada and Yano back out and Ishii takes aim again. Ishii runs, to LARIAT Sho down! Cover, TWO?!? Sho survives but Ishii just suplexes, for the BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Hashi anchors Okada, Hashi’s team wins!!

Winners: Chaos’ Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

An incredible battle within the faction! And in the end, Hashi keeps his word! He, Goto and Ishii were able to #GetBackUp and get those titles! And because it’s all Chaos, Okada and Yano applaud their friends. Hashi checks on Sho, and High Voltage is alright. Chaos stands victorious together! Okada wants a hand in handing the belts over to the winners, namely to Hashi. Okada even helps Hashi put the belt on! A great sign of respect between the faction members. It brings a tear to Milano’s eye. Chaos poses together for pictures, the champions up front. And after Sho, Yano and Okada give them the ring, Hashi takes the mic.

“Finally! Finally… Finally, I’ve won a belt!” Many guys have some idea of what they’ll say after a win, all their thoughts collected beforehand. But for Hashi, he had NO PLAN! But as he said, things can change in an instant. Things haven’t really worked out for him, but it also wouldn’t be any fun if it was easy. “Life is full of ups and downs. That’s what makes it so damn interesting.” He feels relieved that he was able to come through on his promise. He finally made a dream come true. It’s overwhelming, really.

This is for anyone going through a hard time. He hopes things change in an instant for them, too! Even if you fall, you just gotta #GetBackUp! Hashi hopes tomorrow brings great things for everyone. No matter what gets you down, it can all change in an instant! Mic drop! Where will Hashi, Ishii and Goto take these NEVER Openweight Six Man titles next?


My Thoughts:

An incredible event! I feel a bit bad for the 8 Man Tag I skipped, but given the previous match up of Golden Aces & Wato VS Suzuki-Gun, it made sense they’d raise it to 4v4 again. I believe Golden Aces, Wato and Tenzan won, which also makes sense to finally stick it to the Dangerous Tekkers. That IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match is coming, probably at Jingu, and I feel like it’d make a lot of sense for Golden Aces to win them back. I did want to cover the LIJ related matches given the story beats for Jingu. It was good math for Shingo and Suzuki to stay out of the decision, as it gives Sanada the finish and keeps Shingo and Suzuki even in the math. That NEVER Openweight Championship match is going to be incredible and could go either way.

The newest LIJ VS Bullet Club tag match was pretty good, but the best part is of course Hiromu’s return! He gets even with Taiji ahead of their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match and it is going to be a lot of fun when they have it out at Jingu. The disqualification finish also keeps things even between Naito and Evil so we can’t be sure who has the edge going into the Double Championship rematch. If you add Shingo VS Suzuki into the calculations, I feel like LIJ has to lose one of the three so they’re not too powerful. I feel like Naito loses his, and Evil holds onto the Double Championships and interim Bullet Club leadership role until Jay White can come back and we get a new Bullet Club Civil War.

The Chaos VS Chaos Six Man was great stuff. All of them knew the others’ moves so well that it totally worked for the numerous counters and blocks as well as false finishes. And while Hashi’s trio seemed like the underdogs, it makes a lot of sense for them to win the belts. Okada has Yujiro and the KOPW 2020 to worry about, while Sho still has his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. It’s just a matter of Yoh returning to Roppongi 3K can ride again. And as Hashi said himself, this was a long time coming after pretty much his entire 12 year career. There are also plenty of fresh match-ups for Hashi, Ishii and Goto to give us once more NJPW stars can return as things get better for Japan in regards to COVID.

My Score: 8.9/10


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