NJPW must be having deja vu on New Japan Road!
Both the NEVER Openweight Six Man and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are on the line, in HUGE REMATCHES! Will the winners win again? Or will things be different the second time around?
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.
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho; Hashi, Goto & Ishii win and retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado; Kanemaru & Desperado win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii VS Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Sho!
Chaos won in the Six Man Tag tournament, and Chaos will win again! But will the Head Hunter be able to hold onto his first title ever with the help of the Fierce Warrior and Stone Pitbull? Or will the Rainmaker, the tentative Mr. KOPW 2020 and Mr. High Voltage change things in an instant?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and deja vu begins! The trios sort out, and Sho insists he start against Ishii. Ishii accepts the challenge, but Sho dropkicks and knees him right away! The bell rings and this is on record!
Sho lariats Ishii down! Sho rains down palm strikes but the ref reprimands the closed fists. The ref has to pull Sho off, but Sho keeps wanting after Ishii. Goto tags in and Yano wants in. Sho tags Yano, fans cheer and Yano circles with Goto. But then Yano goes for the buckle pads! Goto clubs Yano first, so Yano throws forearms! Goto and Yano brawl back and forth and fans rally up. Goto hits Yano again, but Yano goes after the buckle pad! Goto grabs Yano and whips corner to corner but Yano reverses. And Yano goes after the buckle pads! Yano strips the corner, dodges Goto and tosses the buckle pad at him. The ref takes the buckle pad from Goto, Yano kicks low and runs, into Goto’s BOOT! Yano gets up and tags Okada before bailing out.
Fans cheer as Goto and Okada circle now. Hashi wants in so Goto tags him. Hashi and Okada circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada powers Hashi back towards ropes, lets up at the ref’s count, and fakes Hashi with the chop to pat his shoulders. Fans cheer as Hashi swings but Okada ducks and kicks back. Okada headlocks and grinds Hashi down. Hashi endures, fans rally up, and Hashi pries at the hold. Okada powers Hashi back into the headlock and grinds him down more. Hashi throws body shots, powers out and CHOPS Okada on the run! Fans cheer as Hashi runs at Okada in the corner to CHOP again! Hashi whips Okada, CHOPS and mule kicks, then runs to duck, dodge and BLOCKBUSTER!
Fans fire up with Hashi as he stomps Okada to the corner. Hashi suplexes Okada and hangs him out to dry. Goto holds him and Hashi runs but Yano gets a cheap shot in! Okada pushes Goto away but Hashi clubs Yano. Hashi runs, Okada dodges, Sho gets in and drop toeholds Hashi into Okada’s boots! Sho keeps moving, he runs Hashi over with a shoulder then sucker punches Ishii. Ishii hits back, they brawl at the ropes and then out of the ring! The ref tries to get them to stop but they refuse! Ishii whips, Sho reverses and Ishii hits railing! Okada throws Hashi out, Yano gets a shot in and Okada whips Hashi into railing! Okada goes back to the ring and the count begins. Hashi writhes and stirs as the count passes 5 of 20, sits up at 10 of 20, and hurries back. Hashi gets in at 14 of 20, but Okada is on him quickly.
Okada bumps Hashi off buckles, tags Sho in, and Sho stomps and throws forearms. Hashi eggs him on then hits back. Sho rocks Hashi, stomps him, but the ref counts as Sho digs boots in. Sho lets off at 3, glares at Ishii, then drags Hashi up. Yano tags in and stomps Hashi, then brings him around. The ref has to keep Goto and Ishii back, and Yano whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes but Yano brings him around to cover, TWO! Yano stomops while fans cheer. Yano taunts Ishii and the ref has to keep him back again. Ishii goes through to hit Sho, Sho DECKS Ishii back! Sho pushes past the ref to kick Ishii out of the ring. The ref reprimands, Sho goes back to his corner, and Yano whips Hashi at the bare corner, only for Hashi to reverse! Yano runs into the bare buckles!
Fans rally as Hashi crawls, but Yano stomps him and brings him up. Hashi spinning mule kicks Yano down! Hashi crawls again, tag to Goto! Sho gets in but Goto runs him over! Goto hits Okada off the apron, Yano hits Goto then runs, but Goto follows! Goto swings, Yano ducks and rakes eyes! Yano whips, Goto reverses, and Yano gets bare buckles again! Yano staggers into Goto’s SAIDO! Fans fire up with Goto as he runs at Yano for the corner clothesline, to the bulldog! Cover, TWO! Yano survives, Goto drags him up but Yano resists the fireman’s carry. Yano whips Goto, Goto reverses, Yano stops himself before hitting buckles! But Yano turns around into Goto’s kick! Goto goes to run but Yano grabs his hair! Goto hits Yano with forearms, whips but Yano reverses to use hair in the takedown!
Fans rally up as Yano tags in Okada! Okada clubs and forearms Goto to whip him corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps focus as he drags Goto back up. Goto resists the gut wrench, Okada clubs him back and Okada runs. Goto swings, Okada ducks, but Goto blocks the kick, only for Goto to dodge the kick and spin. Okada ducks the discus to get Goto DEEP IN DEBT! Goto kicks free, fireman’s carries, but Okada slips off to uppercut! Okada runs, Goto follows, Okada dodges and runs but again Goto follows. Okada dodges again, Goto keeps moving forward, and comes back to LARIAT Okada down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto tags in Ishii and Ishii stalks up behind Okada to CHOP him and forearm in the corner!
Ishii keeps throwing forearms and chops, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada boots him away. Ishii comes back but Okada boots him down! Sho is on the apron and calls for the tag, but Ishii DECKS him! Ishii waistlocks Okada, Okada elbows but Ishii ducks to rock Okada with a right. Ishii runs but into the flapjack! Both men are down again and fans fire up. Hot tag to Sho! Sho runs corner to corner at Ishii but Ishii boots. Sho still comes back to clothesline! Sho whips, Ishii reverses but Sho stops himself to kick away on Ishii, then SUPERKICK! Ishii stays up so Sho Penalty Kicks him down! Sho stands on Ishii’s head to grind his feet in. Fans rally as Sho slaps and kicks Ishii around.
Ishii gets mad and grabs Sho, but Sho fires off forearms. Ishii eggs him on then hits back. Sho eggs Ishii on and they brawl! The fans love the back and forth! Sho gets the edge and fires elbows from all sides! Sho facelocks but Ishii suplexes! Sho fights that off, and spins Ishii down to a Fujiwara armbar! Ishii rolls through, Sho blocks him to the double wristlock! Ishii scrambles, Sho gator rolls him away, but Ishii suplexes! Sho lands on his feet, waistlocks, but Ishii standing switches. sho gets the arm again and goes for the wristlock! Ishii stays standing, Sho wrenches through and hops on, but Ishii blockas the takedown! Ishii spins Sho but Sho suplexes to a BRAIN BUSTER!
Fans fire up as Sho watches Ishii rise. Sho kicks him again and again, but Ishii stays up. Ishii eggs Sho on, Sho kicks but Ishii CHOPS! Sho goes to a corner, Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS, high and hard! The ref tries to pull Ishii off but Ishii pushes him away. Ishii CHOPS Sho over and over, very close to the throat! Ishii won’t let up, even as Sho flounders around! Ishii whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Ishii comes back to POUNCE Sho across the way! Goto and Hashi hit Okada and Yano! Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Sho to a corner. Ishii runs in, corner clothesline against the bare buckles! Ishii lifts Sho for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans cheer!
Ishii keeps his focus as he runs at Sho, but Yano trips him up! Yano catches Ishii but Ishii gets away, Sho’s forearm hits Yano! Ishii waistlocks Sho, Hashi runs in, but Sho gets away and Hashi DECKS Ishii! Okada BOOTS Hashi, Goto LARIATS Okada! Sho swings on Goto but ends up in a sleeper hold! Goto spins Sho around, he and Ishii work together but Sho escapes! Sho shoves Goto into Ishii, but runs into a fireman’s carry! Hashi SUPERKICKS into Goto’s USHIGOROSHI! Hashi adds METEORA! Ishii runs but Yano trips him! Yano dumps Hashi out then shoudlers into Goto! Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles! Atomic drop for Ishii, Okada whips and dropkicks Ishii down! Fans fire up as Sho rises! Sho drags Ishii into the DEAD LIFT GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Ishii survives but Sho still has the waistlock! German feint to the armbar! Okada keeps Goto out but Hashi gets in to break the hold! Yano throws Hashi out, fans rally up and Sho aims at Ishii. Ishii dodges the Penalty Kick to his arm, but he swings into Sho’s chicken wings. Sho spins him around, crosses the arms, and lifts for the Straitjacket Piledriver! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives but Sho refuses to let that scare him off! Sho just drags Ishii back up, crosses the arms for the package, but Hashi gets in to SUPERKICK Sho down! Hashi elbows Yano down, Okada uppercuts Hashi, but Hashi LARIATS back! Hashi spins Sho around, BACKSTABBER! Feed to Goto’s suplex, and they work together, G Y R!!
Sho is in a daze as fans rally behind Ishii! Ishii watches Sho flounder up, but Sho KNEES first! Sho ducks the lariat to SNAP GERMAN! Sho powers up, runs, but Ishii LARIATS first! Sho gets up!? Sho spears, but into Ishii’s suplex! Sho gets free, and gets the arm! Ishii stays up to avoid the armbar, but Sho wrangles him down for the DISARMER! Ishii scrambles around, turns Sho over, but Sho goes for the triangle hold! Ishii powers up to stomp Sho off! Sho and Ishii throw forearms, Sho ROCKS Ishii! Sho drags Ishii back up, tucks the arms, SHOCK- NO! Ishii powers out, tanks the lariat, HEADBUTT and ENZIGURI! SLIDING D!! Cover, TWO!?! Sho survives and the fans are thunderous!
Ishii drags Sho back up while everyone else brawls outside. Ishii suplexes Sho for the BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Ishii’s team wins!!
Winners: Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)
Chaos brought Chaos to a new level, but in the end, the champions keep their belts! And Ishii offers Sho a handshake in respect. Sho takes it, showing Chaos is still united! How will each of the heavyweights of the faction fair inside the G1?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Tournament Finals: Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado!
The top two teams to come out of the four team round robin must battle again! Will the Timebomb and Black Mask get back at the Heel Master and Namajague while also bringing the titles to LIJ? Or will Kanemaru and Desperado have new tricks up their sleeves?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and one way or another, new champions will be crowned!
The teams sort out, and while Desperado calls out Hiromu, Hiromu has him wait. After the LIJ fist bump, it’s Bushi starting against Kanemaru! The fans rally already as the two stare down and circle. They tie up, Kanemaru kicks low and then boots Hiromu off the apron! Kanemaru clubs Bushi and runs, but Hiromu gets in! They both hurdle Kanemaru, Bushi kicks and Hiromu dropkicks Kanemaru out! Desperado gets in, Bushi kicks him first. LIJ whips Despy, mule kick, dropkick and basement dropkick! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, takes off his shirt and uses it to choke Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands, Bushi turns Kanemaru into a neckbreaker! Cover, but Red Shoes insists on getting the shirt out first.
Bushi tags Hiromu, Hiromu stomps Kanemaru and drags him up to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS Kanemaru more, Kanemaru falls against ropes, and Hiromu whips him to ropes. Kanemaru holds ropes, boots bakc, but Hiromu throws forearms. Hiromu runs but into a dropkick! Desperado goes after Bushi and whips him into railing! Kanemaru brings Hiromu up to throw him out, and POST him! Kanemaru drags Hiromu up, puts him on the apron and runs to BOOT Hiromu down! Hiromu is stuck upside-down and Kanemaru digs his boots in. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes at the same time! Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki-Gun lets up and Hiromu falls to the floor. Desperado hits Hiromu for good measure before the ring count begins.
Hiromu stands at 10 of 20, gets in at 14, but Kanemaru is on him with a whip. Kanemaru grabs Hiromu for a sleeper, Desperado tags in and they mug Hiromu. They both dig their boots into Hiromu at the corner, but stop at Red Shoes’ count of 4. Fans rally, Hiromu hits Desperado back but Desperado elbows him down. Desperado talks trash before he brings Hiromu up. Desperado BITES Hiromu’s forehead! Red Shoes counts, Desperado stops at 4 before putting Hiromu in the corner. Suzuki-Gun mugs Hiromu in that corner but stop at Red Shoes’ count. Desperado CHOPS Hiromu back to the corner, tags Kanemaru in, but Hiromu throws chops! They aren’t enough and Suzuki-Gun mugs him again!
Desperado hits Bushi while Kanemaru scoops Hiromu into the dragon sleeper, British Fold inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru keeps on Hiromu with a camel clutch! Hiromu endures, Desperado keeps Bushi out, but Hiromu powers an arm out! Hiromu uses that one arm to crawl, Bushi and Desperado keep fighting, but Hiromu gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go, stomps Hiromu down and tags Desperado in. Desperado suplexes Hiromu high and hard, then covers, TWO! Fans rally behind Hiromu as Desperado talks more trash. Desperado drags Hiromu up but Hiromu throws forearms. Desperado rakes Hiromu’s eyes! Tag to Kanemaru and he stomps away on Hiromu in the corner.
Kanemaru toys with Hiromu, Hiromu chops back but Kanemaru knees and elbows him down. Kanemaru runs, but Hiromu follows, only for the shotgun dropkick to miss. Kanemaru aims from a corner, runs at Hiromu, but Hiromu blocks the kick and punch, for a modified DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, fans rally up and Hiromu crawls for the LIJ corner. Hot tag to Bushi! Bushi stomps Kanemaru, drags him up and whips but Kanemaru reverses. Bushi huricanranas Kanemaru! Desperado attacks Bushi, and Suzuki-Gun double hip him corner to corner. Bushi boots Desperado, elbows Kanemaru, and double missile dropkicks them both! Bushirooni and the fans fire up! Bushi drags Kanemaru up, counters the clothesline into a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans keep rallying as Bushi kicks Kanemaru around. Bushi drags Kanemaru up, no Fisherman Screw and Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs into a dropkick! Bushi builds speed but Desperado trips him up! Desperado plays innocent as Bushi gets to a corner. Kanemaru runs in and boots Bushi! Kanemaru scoops and goes for another British Fall but Bushi counters to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Kanemaru up to a fireman’s carry. Kanemaru fights out, Bushi elbows him away, but Bushi runs into a dropkick to the legs! Both men are down, Kanemaru crawls and tags Desperado. Desperado stomps Bushi’s legs, drags him up and lifts. Bushi fights out of the shin breaker but Desperado corner clotheslines him.
Desperado runs but Bushi boots back! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Both men are down again, fans rally up and Bushi crawls to tag in Hiromu! Hiromu whips Desperado, forearms and kicks the ropes, then runs from the corner to shotgun dropkick! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes corner to corner again, for a clothesline, roll and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Hiromu drags Desperado back up. Hiromu reels Desperado in, suplexes but Desperado lands on his feet and kicks back. Desperado runs, Hiromu follows but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Desperado SPEARS Hiromu down! Desperado drags Hiromu up, Kanemaru adds the dropkick to the back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Desperado grows frustrated but Kanemaru attacks Bushi. Fans rally up, Desperado drags Hiromu up, and he hooks Hiromu up. Hiromu fights out, Desperado just spins him around, but Hiromu escapes again! Hiromu waistlocks, Desperado breaks free, and Desperado dodges the superkick to spin Hiromu to a backslide. Hiromu slips off, Desperado underhooks but no Pinche! Bushi enziguris Desperado down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi but Hiromu SUPERKICKS Kanemaru! Hiromu dodges Desperado’s punch to waistlock, they both duck and Bushi sunset flips, SUNSET GERMAN! Fans fire up as LIJ drags Desperado back up. Double wheelbarrow but Kanemaru attacks!
Kanemaru runs, into ENZIGURI SUPERKICK! Hiromu shotguns Kanemaru out, Bushi DIVES! Direct hit sends Kanemaru into railing! Hiromu fires up and drags Desperado up. Desperado pokes eyes and reels Hiromu into EL ES CULERO! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Desperado kicks and uppercuts. Desperado runs into Hiromu’s LARIAT! Fans fire up again as Hiromu grits his teeth. Hiromu fires up, drags Desperado up to a fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Desperado survives but LIJ isn’t deterred. They drag Desperado up, suplex to NECKBREAKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Desperado writhes but LIJ double wheelbarrow. L A T!! Cover, Kanemaru drags Red Shoes out!
Kanemaru attacks Bushi then Hiromu, but runs into double hip toss! Kanemaru lands on his feet, pushes Bushi into Hiromu and enziguris Bushi down! Hiromu kicks and runs, into pop up atomic drop! Kanemaru grabs his bottle of whiskey! BOTTLE SMASH!! Kanemaru tells Desperado to get going, and Kanemaru gets Red Shoes up. Desperado drags Hiromu up and Kanemaru keeps Bushi out. Desperado underhooks Hiromu’s arms, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, but Bushi pushes past Kanemaru to break it! That was so close! Kanemaru gives Bushi TOUCH OUT!! The twisting brain buster takes Bushi down!
Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Hiromu up. Kanemaru shouts for Desperado and Desperado fires up, to DECK Hiromu!! Desperado isn’t done, he drags Hiromu back up. PINCHE LOCO AGAIN!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
NJPW has Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions again! Suzuki-Gun revels in the moment, but Kanemaru’s favorite drink might have something to do with it! Desperado gets the mic to speak. “Did you two punks think you could beat us?” “Nobu” was basically beating them both up 2v1. He probably didn’t even need Desperado. Oi, Hiromu. Desperado wants it to be more fun. He wants “motto. Motto! That’s enough of that.” Desperado vows to never say anything fans want to hear. Desperado tells Hiromu and Bushi that they’re done with LIJ, and that LIJ will never get another shot at these belts again. But Kanemaru isn’t done, he throws Bushi out of the ring! And then boots the Young Lions away so he can drag Hiromu back up.
Desperado takes his belt, to CLOBBER Hiromu!! Guess this is how Suzuki-Gun shows gratitude. Suzuki-Gun has the NEVER Openweight Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships! Will they all reign over NJPW with iron fists?
What great tag title matches here. Chaos VS Chaos II was a lot of fun, but I had a feeling Hashi’s half would win. You don’t give the titles to the guy who waited for 12 years and then just take it away in a few months. I hope Hashi and his team carry those belts all the way to WrestleKingdom 15. And all but Sho is in the G1, but I really only see Okada making it all that far. The Junior Heavyweight Tag title match was great, definitely better than from 9/9/20, but I’m actually surprised Suzuki-Gun wins. They used all the tricks to do it, and now Suzuki-Gun has so much gold. Desperado and Kanemaru could face any number of opponents here, which is what they’re implying with that promo. But I feel like LIJ might come back for more on the way to WrestleKingdom, forcing Desperado and Kanemaru to accept a challenge.
My Score: 8.3/10