NJPW holds two iconic tournaments at the same time!
One way or another, 2020 will be a historic year, because for the first time ever, NJPW is holding both World Tag League AND Best of the Super Juniors SIMULTANEOUSLY! How much more incredible will both traditions become with them layered on top of each other?
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Yano & Ishii win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS
Yoshinobu KanemaruYuya Uemaru; Wato wins.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Great-O-Khan & ???; Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI; Eagles wins.
- World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Dangerous Tekkers; The Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS BUSHI; SHO wins.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; EVIL & Yujiro win.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado; Taguchi wins.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; FinJuice wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 27: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Hiromu wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
Chaos VS Bullet Club starts off the opening round, and the provisional Mr. KOPW joins forces with the Stone Pitbull against the Crown Jewel and Rogue General! Will there be someone more aiming for that trophy come WrestleKingdom?
The teams sort out and after the ref checks Yano for his tricks and a Bullet Club Low Sweet, Ishii and Owens start. Owens pie faces Ishii to egg him on but Ishii swings on him! Owens ducks, clubs away on Ishii but Ishii ROCKS him with a right! Ishii whips, Owens reverses but Ishii comes back from the corner to run Owens over! Ishii runs at Fale but Fale hits him first! Fale holds Ishii, Owens runs but Yano cheap shots! Yano rakes Owens’ eyes, Fale rushes in but Yano gets away. Ishii throws forearms Fale but Fale whips Ishii away. Ishii holds ropes and Yano gets in to slap Fale on the back of the head! Fale glares at Yano but Yano apologizes and runs away! Fans cheer as Ishii throws forearms on Fale again.
Fale throws forearms back and rocks Ishii! Yano returns but Fale sees him coming! Yano turns around and Owens is there! Yano apologizes again but still gets mugged! Owens and Fale stomp Yano, then bring him up. Ishii gets Yano out of the way and Owens forearms Fale! Yano and Ishii run Owens over then go after Fale with a double whip. Fale runs Yano and Ishii over! Fale finally gets out and Owens stomps Ishii. Owens bumps Ishii off buckles but Ishii just roars. Owens throws forearms and elbows, Ishii roars more, but Owens knocks him down! Tag to Fale and they stand on Ishii together at the ropes! The ref counts, Owens and Fale let up at 4 but get some last shots in. Fale brings Ishii up to CLUB him down! And again!
Ishii grits his teeth while Fale says, “I’m back motha f***a!” Ishii throws body shots back but Fale CLUBS him down again! Tag to Owens and Bullet Club mugs Ishii! The ref is too busy with Yano and Ishii suffers more mugging than normal. Fans rally up as Owens toys with Ishii, but Ishii blocks the kick! Owens fires off a strike fest but Ishii ROCKS him! Ishii runs but Owens BOOTS! Owens runs but Ishii spins him around and suplexes. Owens fights out, knees back, but Ishii headbutts! Owens LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Owens runs but Ishii dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up more as both men are down again! Hot tags to Fale and Yano!
Yano dodges Fale and rakes his eyes! Then he goes for the buckle pad! The pad is loose but Fale clubs Yano back. Fale whips Yano, Yano stops himself and dodges! Fale hits buckles, Yano goes to scoop but Fale is a big man! Fans rally for Yano as he keeps trying but Fale clubs Yano down! Fale whips Yano to ropes, Yano holds the ropes then dodges, but he still can’t scoop! Fale clubs and scoops Yano for a slam! Ishii returns and fires off on Fale! Fale whips Ishii into the exposed buckles! And then Fale whips Yano into Ishii! Fale whips Owens in to sandwich Chaos against the buckles! Fale runs in, but Yano and Ishii get away, only Owens gets sandwiched!
Fale choke grips both Ishii and Yano, but they break free to ram Fale into Owens! Another buckle sandwich! Fale swings on Yano but Ishii hits him first! Yano tries to scoop but Fale scoops him instead! Ishii shoves them over! Yano covers, Owens runs in but Yano moves, the splash lands on Fale! Yano covers them both, Yano and Ishii win!
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; now 1-0, Fale & Owens are now 0-1
Bullet Club isn’t just upset, they’re pissed! They go after Yano and Ishii after the bell! Fale scoop slams Yano then chokes him! And shoves Young Lions that try to stop him! Then another scoop slam, to another choke! Owens keeps Ishii down in a corner then kicks him out of the ring. Fale scoop slams Yano for a third time! Bullet Club’s Rogue General and Crown Jewel may have lost the opening round, but have they made sure Yano and Ishii won’t win the next round?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Master Wato VS
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Yuya Uemaru!
What was meant to be a rematch from Jingu! is canceled because the Heel Master suffered a knee injury! Will the Way of the Grandmaster be ready for the Young Lion take is taking Kanemaru’s place?
The bell rings and Uemaru rushes Wato! Uemaru fires off forearms and whips Wato corner to corner, to then hit a big corner to corner dropkick! Uemaru doesn’t stop, he puts on a BOSTON CRAB! Wato reaches for ropes but Uemaru drags him away! Wato tries again but again Uemaru drags him away! Uemaru sits deep on the hold but Wato powers up! Wato crawls his way to ropes, Uemaru sits as deep as he can but Wato still gets the ropebreak! Uemaru lets off fast to stomp away on Wato! Fans are fired up with Uemaru as he drags Wato up. Wato kicks back and kicks Uemaro down! Wato brings Uemaru up, scoops and slams him, then brings him up to KICK him down! And then kick him in the back! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up and Wato drags Uemaro back up. Wato throws elbows, Uemaru gets to ropes but Wato keeps firing off! Wato brings Uemaru up, CHOPS him and whips him, but Uemaru DECKS Wato with a forearm! Uemaru fires up, brings Wato up and throws more forearms! And even European Uppercuts! Uemaru stomps a mudhole into Wato but lets off as the ref counts. Uemaru brings Wato up, whips him corner to corner and runs in but Wato dodges! Wato runs but into Uemaru’s dropkick! Uemaru fires up, brings Wato up and trasp the arms! Wato resists the suplex but Uemaru throws forearms! Uemaru waistlocks to GERMAN!
Uemaru keeps going and stands Wato back up. Uemaru traps the arms this time, roars at him, and lifts him. Wato body scissors to block, then pops out to the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! But he can’t hold the cover! Wato drags Uemaru back up, brings him in and scoops to the DRIVER! Cover, Wato wins!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall; now 1-0, Yuya Uemaru is now 0-1
The TDD has been passed on and Wato has a big win in his first BOSJ! Will this lead Wato to the Junior Heavyweight Championship? Or is it still a long way for the Way of the Grandmaster?
World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Great-O-Khan & ???
Toa Henare reunites with Hiroshi Tanahashi but they’re up against The Empire! But who is it that Will Ospreay recruited to fight alongside The Dominator?
The Empire makes their entrance first, and we learn that the mysterious “X” is JEFF COBB! The Hawaiian Hulk has joined Will Ospreay’s forces!! Will this unbelievable wild card make the Empire the real ace of this tournament?
Tanahashi and Henare get in and O-Khan and Cobb attack! Khan stomps Tanahashi while Cobb has Henare in the corner for CHOPS! The ref has the bell ring to get this on record as Khan bumps Tanahashi off buckles. The Empire whip HenarAce at each other, but Tanahashi dropkicks Cobb’s leg out and Henare runs Khan over! Tanahashi gives Cobb a DRAGON SCREW, Henare Samoan Drops Khan! HenarAce double whip Cobb, elbow him down, then combine elbow drop and tamahawk drop! HenarAce flexes on Cobb before getting a DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Cobb endures, Khan gets in and claws HenarAce! Khan knocks HenarAce’s heads together, then the Mongolian Chop knocks Henare down!
Khan focuses on Tanahashi, and gives him a Mongolian Chop! And another! Tanahashi blocks the third but Khan dodges the Shotei to IRON CLAW SLAM! Cobb and Khan go after Henare but Henare forearms and CHOPS back and forth! Henare rocks Cobb, blocks Khan’s kick to elbow the knee then elbow Khan down! Henare escapes Cobb’s lift to rock him with a strike fest! Henare runs into a BOOT from Khan! Khan drags Henare up, feeds him to the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winners: The Empire, by pinfall; now 1-0, HenarAce is now 0-1
That wasn’t just fast, that was DOMINANT! And they’re not done! Cobb throws Henare out hard, and then Khan fetches Tanahashi into the ring! Khan takes this one as he puts Tanahashi’s leg in a KNEEBAR! Young Lions get in but Cobb DECKS them! Khan lets go of Tanahashi’s leg and grins as he goes outside to get a chair! Khan puts the chair in, brings it over to Tanahashi, and SMACKS the leg!! Tanahashi writhes and clutches the knee! Khan tells everyone that this is the power of himself and Jeff Cobb, THE EMPIRE! Will this first win together be just the beginning?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Robbie Eagles VS DOUKI!
The Eagle returns to Japan! But will the Sky Sniper soar high above to start the Junior Heavyweight round robin?
Eagles gets in the ring and Douki is right after him! Douki throws clubbing forearms, Eagle hits back but Douki rocks and CHOPS Eagles down! Douki whips, Eagles reverses to go around and arm-drag Douki away! Eagles dodges Douki to huricanrana! Fans cheer as Eagles eggs Douki on! Douki gets up, Eagles windmill kicks him out! Eagles kips up and builds speed to DIVE, Somersault Tope! Fans fire up for Eagles as he lands on his feet! Eagles and the fans rally up, and Eagles puts Douki in the ring. Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps on Douki with a step over and trap of the arm to then drop a knee. Eagles has the other arm, then the legs. Fans rally up and Eagles STOMPS the deathlock!
Eagles KICKS Douki over and over but Douki blocks one to rake the eyes! Douki whips Eagles but Eagles reverses and runs in, but is put on the apron. Eagles counter punches Douki, springboards, but Douki uses the ref to trip Eagles up! Eagles falls to the floor, Douki goes out to fetch him, and wrenches to whip him into railing! Eagles goes down in a heap but Douki brings out a chair! Douki puts the chair down, drags Eagles over, but the ref takes the chair away. Douki shoves the ref and grabs his steel pipe! Douki uses the pie to choke Eagles in the facelock! And turn Eagles for a neckbreaker! Eagles writhes and Douki goes back into the ring. Fans rally up as Eagles stirs. The ref goes back to the ring, starts a count, and it climbs to 10 of 20 before Eagles stands.
Eagles hobbles to the ring and in at 15, but Douki is on Eagles with elbows! Douki wraps on a chinlock and bends Eagles against his knee. Eagles endures, fights his way around and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Douki lets go and slaps Eagles around. Douki stands Eagles up and slaps him, then whips him corner to corner. Douki runs in but Eagles elbows him away. Eagles drops down to sunset flip, TWO! Douki knees low, reels Eagles in and suplexes, but Eagle slips out to rolling kick the leg out! Eagles runs to blindside elbow Douki down! Fans cheer as both men are down, and rally up as Eagles goes to a corner. Eagles aims from the apron, and springboard dropkicks a leg out! Douki sits up into more KICKS, then Eagles runs to leg lariat! Cover, TWO!
Eagles grows frustrated but Douki flounders to a corner. Eagles runs corner to corner to double knee! Then he rolls back, only for Douki to boot him! Eagles corner tiger feint kicks a leg out, then DOUBLE KNEES Douki into the corner! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Eagles heads up top! Eagles aims, 450 SPLASH, but into Douki’s ITALIAN STRETCH! Eagles endures this modified triangle, fans rally up as he works to stay on his feet, and Eagles manages to get a ropebreak with a foot. Douki lets go at 3 and Eagles finally flops over. Douki slashes the throat and heads to the apron. Eagles rises, Douki slingshots but Eagles catches him! Eagles spins around, Douki blocks the cravat to uppercut!
Douki runs, Eagles ducks and mule kicks, to cravat for Sliced Bread, but Douki slips out! Douki elbows Eagles back, but walks into double knees! ROUNDHOUSE! HEEL KICK! ENZIGURI! Douki wobbles and Eagles fires up with the fans! Eagles runs but into a LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Douki crawls to a corner, fires himself up, and wants Eagles to stand. Eagles rises, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK DDT! Cover, TWO!?! Eagles survives but Douki won’t stop here! Douki calls for the suplex, and he reels Eagles in, but Eagles victory rolls! Douki kicks him away but Eagles comes back to jackknife, TWO!
Eagles swings, Douki spins and reels him in and around to arm-drag! Then Douki drags Eagles into a Dragon’s Lair! TWO!! Douki is SHOCKED! Douki kicks, Eagle blocks and spins Douki around, cravat, TURBO BACKPACK! But Eagles isn’t done there, SUPERKICK! Eagles goes up top, for WARP 4.5 to the LEGS! Then the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Douki endures the modified figure four, and taps! Eagles wins!!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission; now 1-0, Douki is now 0-1
What a way to return! Will Eagles fly high and become the Best of the Super Juniors?
World Tag League 2020: YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto VS Dangerous Tekkers!
On the Road to Power Struggle, the Head Hunter and Fierce Warrior could not dethrone the IWGP Heavyweight Champions. But Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi will have to be careful not to take any team easy, or else they’ll end up owing title matches. Will the Submission Master and Sliest Wrestler in the World start off on the right foot in the tournament?
The teams sort out and Goto starts against Taichi. Taichi puts his fanny pack away and the bell rings. Fans cheer as Goto and Taichi slowly circle. They tie up, Goto puts Taichi on the ropes but lets off clean. Taichi circles with Goto, they tie up again, and again Goto puts Taichi on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Goto pushes Taichi as he lets off this time. Goto wants Taichi to take him seriously, and the two tie up again. Goto again puts Taichi on ropes, then pulls Taichi’s hair! The ref gets in the middle but ZSJ knocks Goto down! ZSJ also DECKS Hashi, and then the Tekkers double whip Goto corner to corner. Goto dodges Taichi and clobbers ZSJ! Goto ROCKS Taichi, Hashi comes on and they double whip Taichi to run him over! Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Goto covers, TWO!
Goto stays on Taichi with a chinlock and digs his knee into Taichi’s back. ZSJ gets in and KICKS Goto, then runs away. Goto glares at ZSJ but Taichi kicks him. Taichi runs but Goto runs him over! Cover, TWO! Goto sees ZSJ sneaking around and dares him to do something. Taichi chokes Goto in the corner! ZSJ runs and BOOTS Hashi down! The ref tells Taichi to stop choking but he misses ZSJ throwing EuroUppers on Hashi! Hashi CHOPS back but ZSJ pulls Hashi’s ears! ZSJ gets Hashi down to CRANK his neck! Taichi throws Goto out and chokes him with camera cable! The ref counts, Taichi lets go but not for long! The ref counts again, frees Goto, but the Tekkers regroup and put Goto in.
Taichi brings Goto up, and chokes him again! ZSJ adds his boot into this but the ref counts on them both! The Tekkers put their hands up at 3 but ZSJ’s boot is still choking Goto! The ref counts again, again ZSJ and Taichi put their hands up, but the boot hasn’t moved! The ref gets them to finally stop and Goto falls over. Taichi smirks and tags ZSJ in, and they stomp Goto down. ZSJ brings Goto up to spin into a cravat and crank on the neck. ZSJ snapmares but still has the cravat to grinds Goto down! Goto scrambles and gets a ropebreak! ZSJ tries to hold on with a headscissor but the ref counts. ZSJ lets off but Taichi stands on Goto’s leg. Taichi tags in and mocks fans as they clap and rally for Goto. Taichi “covers” but he’s just choking Goto again!
The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops but chokes again! Taichi keeps using the same tricks but the ref counts again. Taichi stops, to sucker punch Hashi! Fans rally up for Goto but Taichi is on him first. Goto choke grips Taichi! Goto gives Taichi the choking back but ZSJ sleeper holds Goto! ZSJ drags Goto down but lets go at the count. The Tekkers double whip but Goto DOUBLE LARIATS them down! The fans cheer as all three are down and Hashi returns! Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi fires up and runs at Taichi in the corner to CHOP him! Hashi whips Taichi corner to corner, reels him in and CHOPS again! Hashi runs but into a boot! He just fires up, dodges and BLOCKBUSTERS! Hashi DECKS ZSJ as revenge for earlier!
Taichi staggers up, Hashi runs in and CHOPS him against ropes! Hashi hangs Taichi out to dry then runs to dropkick him down! Hashi keeps going, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives but Hashi drags him up. Fans rally, Hashi suplexes but Taichi blocks. Taichi spins out but Hashi denies the saido! Hashi runs at Taichi in a corner but misses! Hashi dodges the gamangiri but not the boot, but he fires up again! Hashi runs, into Taichi’s AX BOMBER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to ZSJ! ZSJ runs in and uppercuts Hashi in the corner! Hashi shoves back and eggs ZSJ on! ZSJ fires off more EuroUppers then a boot! Hashi CHOPS ZSJ off his feet!
Hashi drags ZSJ up and suplexes, then neckbreaker position, but ZSJ wrenches out of the Head Buster and hops on for a guillotine! But Hashi powers out to hit a BRAIN BUSTER! Goto DECKS Taichi and brings ZSJ up. Goto whips ZSJ corner to corner, runs in and MURAMASA! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi feeds ZSJ to Goto’s kick! They hook ZSJ up, HEAD HUNTER LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Taichi breaks it! Goto goes after Taichi but Taichi chokes him! Taichi choke grips Hashi, too, but they both choke Taichi! The ref reprimands all the choking and everyone lets go. Goto and Hashi get Taichi up but Taichi fights out! Taichi pops Hashi up, he and ZSJ coordinate but Goto shoves ZSJ down!
Hashi has Taichi now, turns him, and with Goto, GOTO BUSTER! ZSJ uppercuts in but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto has ZSJ, SUPERKICK to dragon sleeper, but Taichi saves ZSJ while choking Goto! ZSJ sunset flips Hashi, the Tekkers win!!
Winners: The Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall; now 1-0, Goto & Hashi are now 0-1
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions win by the seat of their pants! And they scramble away to laugh at Goto and Hashi from a safe distance! Will the champions stay this clean through the whole tournament?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: SHO VS BUSHI!
High Voltage has pulled off some shockers, but will he lightning strike twice for him in the Junior Heavyweight round robin? Or will Death Mask Bushi start on a path towards the Bone Soldier?
The bell rings and Bushi circles with Sho. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Bushi gets Sho on ropes. Sho turns it around, Bushi turns it around but Sho turns it back around. The ref calls for the break and Sho lets off. Bushi kicks low and headlocks! Sho powers out, things speed up and Sho goes sideways to run Bushi over! Fans cheer and Bushi bails out, but Sho gets on the apron. Bushi avoids the kick to trip Sho up! Bushi stomps Sho, the ref wants this to get back in the ring, but Bushi whips Sho into railing! Bushi drags Sho up and looks to put him in the ring, then whips him into more railing! The ref starts a count, it climbs to 5 as Bushi brings Sho up again. Bushi whips Sho into even MORE railing at 10!
Bushi gets in at 12 of 20 and leaves Sho on the outside. Sho gets moving at 17, and in at 19! Fans cheer but Bushi is annoyed. Bushi stomps Sho, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Bushi stomps and CHOPS Sho, then CHOPS Sho again! Bushi CHOPS a third time and Sho sits down, and Bushi digs his boots in! The ref counts, Bushi lets off but that’s the same trick we saw ZSJ do! Bushi actually lets off and fans rally up. Bushi brings Sho up, scoops and slams him, then covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Bushi stays on Sho with an STF! Sho fights his way towards ropes, dragging Bushi with him as he goes! Bushi claws Sho’s eyes but Sho still gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Bushi stops and fans cheer.
Bushi gives toying kicks to Sho, then drags him up. Sho throws forearms but Bushi eggs him on. Bushi knees low, clubs Sho down, then brings Sho up. Sho spins out of the fisherman but BUshi kicks low. Bushi runs but into a SPEAR! Fans fire up with Sho, Sho throws big forearms and backs Bushi to a corner. Sho whips corner to corner and runs in to clothesline! Sho spins Bushi around, kicks and kicks and KICKS! Fans rally up as Sho watches Bushi stand, and Sho KICKS Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Sho watches Bushi stir, brings him back up and goes after the arm. Sho wrenches and twists the arm to an elbow breaker! And another! And another! Bushi clutches the arm and Sho KICKS at it! Bushi blocks and elbows the leg then kicks out the other. Bushi runs to basement dropkick Sho out of the ring!
Bushi runs and DIVES, direct hit sends Sho into railing! Both men are down and the ring count returns. Bushi is up at 9 of 20, he puts Sho in at 12. Fans cheer as Bushi brings Sho up and around to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho in frustration then stands on Sho’s head. Fans rally up as Sho gets up and throws forearms in return! Bushi forearms, Sho forearms, repeat! Sho fires up and forearms but Bushi gives them back! Fans rally as they go faster and faster! Bushi gets the edge but Sho gives forearms from all sides! Sho runs and LARIATS Bushi down! Sho fires up and reels Bushi in, but Bushi fights the bomb off! Bushi spins Sho around, backslide but Sho slips out. Bushi dodges to enziguri!
Sho staggers into a corner then back out, and Bushi runs, but his monkey flip is blocked! Sho gets a takedown to the ARMBAR! Bushi endures, moves around to get a cover, TWO!! Sho dead lift GERMANS! Sho fires up again and he drags Bushi up. Sho reels Bushi back in, lift, POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives the powerbomb backbreaker but Sho keeps turning up the voltage! Sho tucks Bushi in and lifts, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!
Winner: SHO, by pinfall; now 1-0, Bushi is now 0-1
Sho scores big to open the BOSJ! Will he keep up the voltage and make it to the top?
World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
Who would have thought it’d come to this? The Cold Skull and King of Darkness have won the WTL trophy together in back to back years, but are now on completely opposite sides. Who takes what is already a very important win in this year’s tournament?
After a Low Sweet, Bullet Club jumps LIJ! The bell rings as Evil stomps Takagi and Yujiro throws Sanada out. Takagi fights back with forearms and chops but Evil clubs Takagi back. Bullet Club whip Takagi but he holds ropes and comes back to run over Yujiro! Evil dodges but Takagi elbows him and spins him to a suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Fans fire up and Takagi tags in Sanada. LIJ whip Evil, Takagi knees low and snapmares Evil for Sanada’s basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sanada elbows Evil and follows him to a corner. Sanada whips corner to corner and runs in, but he blocks the boot! Sanada trips Evil but Evil denies Paradise! Sanada knees Evil low, clubs him then whips him, but Evil reverses. Sanada hold ropes and dumps Evil out!
Fans fire up and Sanada builds speed, to tumble out. Evil knows that trick and brings Sanada down to RAM him into the timekeeper’s area! Evil did this to Naito at Power Struggle, now he’s doing it to Evil! Yujiro goes after Takagi in the distraction, and Evil chokes Sanada with camera cable! Dick doesn’t see the problem and keeps the ref away. Evil lets off on Sanada and Yujiro comes over. They put Sanada in and Evil follows. Evil has a cocky cover, the ref counts, TWO! Fans rally but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro stomps Sanada, brings him up, snapmares him back down and drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro sits Sanada up to rain down big right hands! Tag to Evil and Evil hears fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” with clapping.
Evil throws Sanada out and distracts the ref so that Dick can hit Sanada! Dick puts Sanada back on the apron, Evil runs in and BLASTS Sanada off, and Sanada again topples the timekeeper’s area over! Yujiro throws Takagi into railing on the other side and the ref check son Sanada. Yujiro mocks Sanada with butt pats. Yujiro puts Sanada in and Evil covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Another try, TWO! Evil grows frustrated and argues the count. Tag to Yujiro and Yujiro brings Sanada up. Sanada throws forearms but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro has Sanada on the ropes and BOOTS him! Yujiro brings Sanada around, fisherman but no buster as Sanada fights out! Fans rally and Sanada goes to suplex Yujiro, but Yujiro BITES Sanada’s hand!
The ref counts, Yujiro stops, then fireman’s carries. Sanada BITES Yujiro’s hand! The ref counts, Sanada stops and Yujiro whips him, but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally up as Sanada crawls, hot tag to Takagi! Takagi runs at Yujiro, blocks the boot and stomps away! Evil gets in to kick Takagi and whip him away but Takagi reverses! Takagi corner clotheslines Evil, then clotheslines Yujiro, then sends Evil into Yujiro to double clothesline them! And he DECKS Dick, too! Fans fire up as Takagi suplexes Yujiro high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi drives elbow after elbow into Yujiro, then runs but Yujiroi avoids the clothesline. Yujiro kicks and forearms but Takagi forearms back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro runs but Takagi clotheslines him at the ropes!
Takagi runs but Yujiro BOOTS him! Yujiro brings Takagi in for the reverse DDT! Tag to Evil and Evil stalks Takagi. Evil gives toying kicks to Takagi’s head but the fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi kicks but Evil blocks it to hand it off to the ref! Takagi catches the mule kick because he knows this trick! Takagi shoves the ref aside to DRAGON SCREW Evil down! Fans cheer and Takagi tags in Sanada! Sanada brings Evil up, knees him low and whips him corner to corner. Evil reverses but Sanada elbows back. QUEBRADA but Evil gets under! Sanada runs but Yujiro trips him up! Evil DECKS Takagi then brings Sanada up. Bullet Club whips Sanada corner to corner, Yjiro BOOTS and Evil corner clotheslines!
Takagi gets in, Yujiro kicks him! DOUBLE FISHERMAN BUSTERS take LIJ down! Evil drags Sanada back up but fans rally for “L I J!” with their claps. But Evil hits DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and Evil is furious! Fans rally up more but Evil slashes the throat. Evil drags Sanada up, spins him around, but no STO! Sanada waistlocks, Takagi runs but Evil boots him away! Evil standing switches, Takagi still runs in and Sanada moves, PUMPING BOMBER on Evil! Yujiro returns but Takagi clobbers him! Fans fire up with LIJ and they double whip Evil corner to corner. Sanada hits a back elbow, Takagi hits a clothesline, then Takagi feeds Evil to Sanada’s boot! Takagi adds a blindside lariat, Sanada hits T K O! Cover, but Yujiro breaks it!
Takagi throws Yujiro out and lets Sanada take care of this! Sanada brings Evil up in the dragon sleeper! Evil fights but Sanada hits a SKULL SWING! Yujiro has the pimp cane! The ref stops him, but Evil powers Sanada to ropes. Dick gets Sanada with the SPOILER CHOKER! The ref is busy with Yujiro, but Sanada is fighting out of the choker! Fans rally and Sanada frees himself! And sends Evil into Dick! Takagi drags Yujiro out while Sanada rolls Evil up! TWO! Sanada fireman’s carries Evil and throws him into the dragon sleeper! Fans fire up but Sanada sees Yujiro coming! Sanada pushes Evil away, fireman’s carries Yujiro, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Evil LOW BLOWS Sanada!! Evil reels Sanada in, spins him around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Sanada & Takagi are now 0-1
All the dirty tricks in the book were used and Bullet Club takes the win! Is the King of Darkness truly the better half of the duo that was? Or is he the worst?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado!
Though the Heel Master is injured, “Despy” holds onto both IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Will he represent both and disarm the Funky Weapon in the opening round?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Taguchi does some last warm-ups. Desperado just shrugs that off as he circles with Taguchi. Taguchi does some jumping and spinning and Desperado keeps his distance. Fans rally up as Taguchi moves around a lot. Taguchi and Desperado circle but Taguchi needs a breather from his warming up. Taguchi comes back, Desperado kicks him low and talks trash. Desperado thrwos forearms, elbows then runs, but Taguchi drops down to speed things up. And again, and again! Desperado basement dropkicks but Taguchi dodges! Taguchi outsmarted Desperado there, and then he throws poke after poke! Taguchi powers up to pat Desperado at super speed! Desperado stops that and rakes Taguchi’s eyes!
Desperado whips Taguchi but Taguchi reverses, but he runs in to be put on the apron. Taguchi counter punches then climbs up, jumps in but into a basement dropkick to the leg! Desperado drags Taguchi to the corner and pulls him into the post! And then SLAMS a leg into it! Taguchi clutches his leg but Desperado talks more smack. Fans rally up, Desperado has the leg again and SLAMS it back into the post! Desperado gets in the ring while Taguchi tumbles to the floor. Taguchi gets his leg moving as Red Shoes starts the ring count. Fans rally up and Taguchi gets up at 10, then walks off the bad leg. Taguchi hears the count pass 15, he gets in at 19! And then goes back to the apron!
Desperado chases after and they go around the way. Taguchi wants Desperado to take it easy but Desperado throws a forearm then POSTS Taguchi! Desperado puts Taguchi in, fans cheer as Taguch slowly rolls all the way to ropes. Desperado stops Taguchi from getting out so Taguchi rolls the other way. Desperado brings Taguchi up, has the bad leg, but Taguchi fights off the shin breaker! Taguchi tries to run away but Desperado reels him in for the SHIN BREAKER! And then steps through to drop a leg on the leg! Desperado ties the legs up for a butterfly stretch! Taguchi endures, grabs at Desperado, but Desperado pushes on the butterfly harder. Fans rally for Taguchi as he endures and crawls, and gets the ropebreak!
Desperado says he’s stuck so Red Shoes helps undo the hold. Taguchi clutches the leg again, Desperado drags him up and suplexes. Taguchi slips out but the bad leg buckles! Taguchi ends up in a corner, Desperado runs in, but Taguchi boots back! Taguchi runs but into an atomic drop! Desperado runs in but into boots! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, he fakes Desperado out, and fans cheer as he jumps again, but into another atomic drop! Desperado uppercuts then runs, but into a SOMERSAULT FUNKY WEAPON! Fans fire up with Taguchi as he runs and goes up the corner, triangle crossbody! Direct hit and fans fire up as Taguchi rises! Taguchi drags Desperado up and into the ring.
Taguchi climbs up but reconsiders. Taguchi brings Desperado up and snap suplexes! Uno amigo! Snap suplex, dos amigos! Taguchi wants tres but Desperado fights it off! Taguchi fights off Desperado’s suplex to hit THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi has the ankle lock! Desperado scrambles around as Taguchi holds tight, and Desperado still gets the ropebreak! Taguchi goes after Desperado’s leg to give back to spinning toehold! Taguchi drags Desperado up, suplexes and GOURD BUSTERS! Taguchi rolls back to a corner and powers up! “ORYA~!” But Desperado does the splits to duck Bum-a-ye! Fans fire up and Desperado runs in. Desperado blocks the boot and dropkicks the bad leg! Then he gives it a DRAGON SCREW!
Taguchi writhes, Desperado gets the leg for the Stretch Muffler! Desperado cranks on the leg, grabs for an arm as Taguchi flails, NUMERO DOS! Taguchi still gets the ropebreak with the other arm and Desperado lets go. Desperado grows frustrated but the fans cheer Taguchi on. Red Shoes checks on Taguchi but Desperado drags him up first. Desperado underhooks but no guitar as Taguchi slips out and spins Desperado around! Taguchi double chicken wings but the leg gives out on the lift! Desperado kicks then runs but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Taguchi rises! Taguchi fires up and runs in, SLIDING HIP! Cover, TWO! Desperado also has the rope for good measure and fans rally up.
Taguchi gets up, drags Desperado around to the chicken wings, but Desperado shoves him at Red Shoes! Taguchi blocks the low blow and spins Desperado around, but Desperado pops out to underhook! Taguchi fights off the lift and enziguris back! Taguchi fires up and the fans join in as he brings Desperaod up. DONDON- VICTORY ROLL! TWO, Taguchi has Desperado down, Taguchi wins!!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Desperado is 0-1
Taguchi got the better of Desperado there! Will the Funky Weapon hit its mark as the BOSJ continues?
World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Guerrillas of Destiny w/ Jado!
The 2019 WTL winners are back again! But they’re up against familiar foes in Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. Will David Finlay and Juice Robinson be able to survive the Bullet Club’s Firing Squad? Or will they be reminded why ain’t nobody realer than Guerrilla?
After a Low Sweet for GOD, the teams sort out and The Flamboyant One starts against the Good Bad Guy. Fans rally already as Juice and Tama circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Juice uses his height to get leverage. Juice pushes Tama to ropes but Tama turns it around. Tama lets off to show the good part, but then swings on Juice to show the bad part! Juice gets away and pretends to be a matador. Fans cheer as Juice tells Tama to kiss this. Tama and Juice tie up again, Tama waistlocks but Juice pries out and wrenches to a wristlock. Tama kicks low, wrenches back and then shifts to a hammerlock. Tama then headlocks to a takeover but Juice headscissors back!
Tama pops out, gets another takeover but again Juice headscissors! Tama pops out again, to get another headlock takeover! Juice wants a third headscissor but Tama fights that off to grind on then headlock. Juice powers up and throws body shots. Juice powers out and tags to Finlay. Things speed up and Finlay elbows Tama down! Cover, ONE but Finlay gets Tama in a headlock. Tama fights up, Finlay shifts to wrench to a wristlock, then he drags Tama down to the mat. Finlay grinds the arm, Tama fights back up and knees low. Tama CLUBS Finlay, tags Loa but Final dodges him to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Juice, Juice drops ax handles on the arm! Juice wrenches, Finlay tags back in and drops more ax handles!
Finlay wrenches Loa again, tags back to Juice and Juice hollers as he drops more ax handles! FinJuice double whip and double hip toss Loa down, then Finlay hits a sliding uppercut, and Juice drops a senton! Fans cheer as Juice drags Loa to a cover, ONE! Juice argues the count but he drags Loa up. Loa throws body shots and powers Juice to a corner. Tag to Tama and the GOD mug Juice! Tama digs his boot into Juice’s chest, then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Tama grabs Juice’s hair to keep him in place for elbows. Tag to Loa, GOD double whip, throw hands and a leaping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps on Juice with a chinlock but fans rally. Loa makes it part straitjacket but Juice fights up. Juice throws body shots but Loa throws elbows. Juice clinches to jawbreaker free!
Juice DECKS Tama, too, but Loa catches Juice to throw him away. Juice ducks the clothesline, hot tag to Finlay! Finlay rallies on Loa, whips but Loa reverses, only for Finlay to hit a flying elbow! Tama runs in but Finlay dropkicks him down! Finlay aims and PLANCHAS to take Loa down! Fans fire up with Finlay as he stares Jado down. Finlay drags Loa up and into the ring then goes to a corner. Fans rally, but Tama goes after Finlay first. Finlay decks Tama but Loa goes up and clubs away on Finlay! Loa underhooks, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Finlay ends up in the opposite corner, but Loa brings him up to throw him out! Loa goes after Juice and Tama whips Finlay into railing!
Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done, and Loa RAMS Juice into the apron! Loa BOOTS Juice down and then regroups with Tama to CLOBBER Finlay. Loa drags Finlay up and puts him in to cover, TWO! Finlay is still in this and fans cheer but Loa tags Tama. GOD double whip and double back drop Finlay high and hard! Fans rally for Finlay but Tama DECKS Juice! Tama goes back to Finlay, throws crossface forearms over and over and then CLUBS Finlay down! Tama looms over Finlay, Tama drags back up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Finlay reaches for his corner, but Tama brings him away to snapmare. Tag to Loa for the senton atomico! Tama adds his own then Loa covers, TWO!
Loa keeps Finlay down by pulling his hair. Finlay pushes Loa and fans fire up! Loa and Finlay are forehead to forehead and Finlay fires off forearms and uppercuts! Finlay hits Tama then elbows Loa! Loa is fired up but Finlay FLYING UPPERCUTS him down! Loa grabs at Finlay’s legs, Finlay kicks him away, hot tag to Juice! Juice rallies on GOD over and over, SPINE BUSTER for Loa! Tama ducks the leg lariat but not the SPINE BUSTER! Juice is fired up and he runs in at Loa for the CANNONBALL! Juice gets fans to stomp-stomp-clap, and he goes after Loa with JABS! We Will, We Will JAB You! Juice fakes Loa out with the Left Hand to dropkick him down! Juice then whips Loa, Loa reverses and Jado swipes at Juice! Juice dodges Loa to WRECK Jado with a dropkick!
Juice then shoulders into Loa, goes up top and leaps up and over him! Loa comes back to kick low, knee and enziguri! Juice wobbles, Loa is pissed and so he scoop POWERSLAMS him! Both men are down but Loa gets to his corner, tag to Tama! Tama rains down rights on Juice, Red Shoes reprimands but Tama just SLAPS Juice instead. GOD coordinate, drag Juice up, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, but Finlay breaks it! Fans cheer as Finlay fires off on Loa and then Tama! And then back and forth, but he gets caught into a TONGAN TWIST! FinJuice is down but fans are fired up all the same! GOD coordinates and brings Finlay back up. Loa RAMS Juice into a corner and Tama adds a splash! Loa runs at Juice but is put on the apron! Juice dodges Tama, FinJuice DOUBLE FLAPJACK him down!
FinJuice coordinate now, Juice brings Tatma up and Finlay runs in, shotgun Russian leg sweep! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives and Juice grows frustrated. Juice drags Tama back up and Finlay builds speed, but Loa gets in to LARIAT Finlay! GOD hit MAGIC KILLER on Juice!! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives and GOD is shocked! Jado calls for Super Bomb and GOD brings Juice up. Loa RAMS Juice into a corner, Tama hits his corner splash! Loa climbs, but Juice suplexes Tama instead! Finlay hits Loa, climbs up and clubs away. Finlay brings Loa up for a SUPERPLEX! Juice FROG SPLASHES in! FinJuice fires up but Jado gets on the apron! Juice DECKS Jado with the Left Hand o’ God!
Tama runs in but Finlay turns his Gun Stun into a BACKBREAKER! Juice hoists Tama up in an Electric Chair and Finlay is up top, DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, FinJuice wins!!
Winners: FinJiuce, by pinfall; now 1-0, Guerrillas of Destiny are 0-1
The 2019 World Tag League winners are still winners! Having defeated one of Bullet Club’s best duos, is it all but a shoe-in that FinJuice will go back to back?
Best of the Super Juniors 27: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
There is a lot of history between the Ticking Time Bomb and the Bone Soldier Reborn, but most recently was their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Jingu! This opening round main event could very well determine everything in the Junior Heavyweight Division! Will Hiromu avenge the Summer Struggle?
The bell rings and the two rush each other! Hiromu dodges the kick to fireman’s carry but Ishimori slips out! Ishimori half hatches but Hiromu resists the lift. Ishimori dodges the clothesline to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu holds that off. Ishimori and Hiromu block each other’s strikes but Hiromu’s kick low hits. Hiromu whips but Ishimori reverses. Ishimori runs in, blocks Hiromu’s boots and turns him into the ropes. Ishimori enziguris and runs side to side, but Hiromu comes back to dropkick the legs out! Hiromu runs and dropkicks Ishimori out! Fans fire up as Hiromu aims from the apron, and he flying dropkicks Ishimori into railing! Hiromu walks around the way to build up speed as he makes a full lap, and then he stops to stomp Ishimori!
Hiromu brings Ishimori up to CHOP him, then CHOP him again! Hiromu puts Ishimori in the ring, digs his knee into Ishimori’s neck then stomps him more. Hiromu drags Ishimori up and CHOPS him again! Ishimori goes to a corner, Hiromu CHOPS him again, and fans rally as Hiromu whips corner to corner. Ishimori slips out to the apron, slides under and slips to the other side to shoulder back in. Ishimori slingshots but Hiromu DECKS him! Ishimori tumbles down but Hiromu waits for him to get on the apron. Hiromu runs and LEAPS to sunset flip! Ishimori holds off the bomb, back flips through, but Hiromu huricanranas, only for Ishimori to block! Ishimori swings and lifts Hiromu up to APRON BOMB him! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down.
Ishimori gets back in the ring while Red Shoes checks on Hiromu. Hiromu is okay so a ring count begins. Hiromu sits up at 6, slowly stands up at 12, then walks around the way to get in at 16. Ishimori is after Hiromu with clubbing forearms, then he drags Hiromu up for a cravat. Ishimori rams his shoulder in, snapmares and CRANKS Hiromu’s neck! Hiromu writhes but fans rally up again. Ishimori stomps Hiromu, kicks at him, then eggs him on. Hiromu CHOPS but Ishimori just flexes. Hiromu CHOPS, so Ishimori CHOPS! Hiromu CHOPS, Ishimori CHOPS, and now we go to forearms back and forth! Ishimori gets the edge then runs, but into a wheelbarrow to COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!”
Hiromu gets to one corner while Ishimori gets to the other. They run at each other again, double clotheslines collide! And again! Hiromu runs in to clothesline, then goes corner to corner. Ishimori follows to clothesline back! Ishimori runs, Hiromu follows, and then blows past Ishimori to whip him into the corner! Hiromu hits a shotgun dropkick, then keeps going, only for Ishimori to return the dropkick! Ishimori runs but Hiromu pops him up, only for Ishimori to huricanrana! Ishimori runs in, Hiromu throws him up to the top rope, then fireman’s carries! Ishimori pops up again but Hiromu sets him down. Things speed up, Hiromu reverses the whip and catches the handspring into a GERMAN! But Ishimori is right up to POISON-RANA!
Hiromu stands but flounders, Ishimori runs in but Hiromu OVERHEAD suplexes Ishimori into buckles! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Hiromu stirs and slowly sits up but Ishimori gets under the bottom rope. Hiromu smiles as he heads over and joins Ishimori on the apron. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, suplexes him but Ishimori slips out! Ishimori enziguris back! Ishimori reels Hiromu in but Hiromu holds ropes! Hiromu lifts Ishimori but Ishimori fights out. Ishimori knees Hiromu then brings him up, APRON PILE DRIVER!! Hiromu falls to the floor and fans are stunned! Red Shoes checks on Hiromu, and Hiromu is somehow okay! Fans rally up now as Hiromu stirs. Ishimori goes back into the ring to let the count take care of this.
The count reaches 10 but Hiromu stands so Ishimori goes to the corner, TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! But Hiromu catches Ishimori for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Both men are down on the outside and fans fire up! Ishimori and Hiromu stir, the ring count reaches 10 of 20, but Hiromu is up first at 15. Hiromu hobbles and gets into the ring at 17! Ishimori is up at 18 but in at 19.5! Fans cheer as this match continues in the ring! Hiromu fires himself up and runs, but Ishimori clotheslines him at ropes! Ishimori runs but Hiromu dropkicks him at ropes! Hiromu runs and dropkicks Ishimori into the ropes! Ishimori ends up stuck in the ropes then slumps to the apron! Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carry and DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!
Ishimori survives and Hiromu grows frustrated. Hiromu gets up as fans rally. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carries again but Ishimori blocks! Hiromu still gets Ishimori up but Ishimori throws elbows! Ishimori slips off, deflects the superkick and BOOTS, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS back! Hiromu runs into a LEAPING KNEE! Ishimori runs into a LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Hiromu crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Hiromu is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, fireman’s carries again but Ishimori slips right off! Hiromu fights off Bloody Cross and double clotheslines collide again! Ishimori runs and LARIATS Hiromu down! Both men are down and fans fire up again!
Ishimori rises, fires himself up and brings Hiromu up. Ishimori gut wrenches, SHOULDER BREAKER then CYPHER UTAGI! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Ishimori is too tired to be frustrated now! Fans rally as Ishimori gets to a corner and watches Hiromu flounder. Hiromu gets up, Ishimori tilt-o-whirls to the takedown! YES LOCK! Hiromu endures, fans fire up, Hiromu grabs at Red Shoes but refuses to give in! Ishimori cranks harder but Hiromu crawls over. Hiromu reaches with a foot, but Ishimori rolls Hiromu away! Ishimori keeps the Yes Lock on but Hiromu refuses to give in! Hiromu moves around, finds ropes again, but Ishimori shifts the arm for the chicken wing. This gives Hiromu an opening, he gets the ROPEBREAK!
Ishimori lets go in frustration but perhaps also exhaustion! Ishimori gets up and says BANG, then drags Hiromu up. Hiromu resists the suplex, ducks one clothesline then a back hand but not the next clothesline! Ishimori fires up but Hiromu is dead weight. Ishimori stands on Hiromu but Hiromu keeps a shoulder up. Ishimori has an arm, he drags Hiromu up and half hatch, but Hiromu arm-drags free! POP-UP BOMB! And then suplex to facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up again as both men rise. Hiromu is up first and fires himself up as he goes back to Ishimori. Hiromu drags Ishimori up, dragon sleeper and inverted suplex, but Ishimori fights out!
Ishimori inverted suplexes but Hiromu fights, so Ishimori hits a backbreaker! Ishimori lifts again but Hiromu arm-drags, holds on to roll and fireman’s carry! Ishimori flails but Hiromu CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Hiromu holds on, brings Ishimori back up, RUNNING DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans fire up and Hiromu does, too! Hiromu fireman’s carries once more, spins and TIME BOMB!! Cover, Hiromu wins!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; now 1-0, Ishimori is now 0-1
The Time Bomb gets an explosive victory! He pins the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but with WrestleKingdom 15 fast approaching, will Hiromu still have to win BOSJ to have his shot at the title? Will Ishimori have to be much more careful to make sure his dance card doesn’t fill up before the end of the year?
After catching his breath, Hiromu gets the mic to speak. “I beat Taiji Ishimori!!” Is Ishimori listening? He might as well hand the belt over to Hiromu now. Pff, nah, Hiromu knows that’s not how this works. After all, this is Best of the Super Juniors. Hiromu sits back while fans cheer. Hiromu continues to say that the point is that he won the first main event of BOSJ 27. “That’s what Hiromu Takahashi does! I’m of to a good start! How about it, Aichi?” Oh? Oh oh? Ho ho ho, well well well. This is the first time in ages for fans to watch ten matches in a row. They must be tired! Fans cheer because they still have energy. Hiromu is very tired, he should sit back down.
“But it’s all good, right? This moment, this time, this kind of exhaustion, this is amazing! To wrestle and watch wrestling until you’re completely exhausted, that’s the most fun you can have, right?!” Fans cheer in agreement. Even though we’re all going through these tough times, Hiromu hopes to wear us out even more! “All the pro-wrestling fans, you better be ready!” Because this month is going to be so much fun, you WILL be exhausted! Fans cheer, loving that idea! “World Tag League and Best of the Super Juniors 27 is underway! Let’s have more, more, more, more more more more fun together!!” Will Hiromu have the most fun ever as 2020 nears the end?
Here are the current standings!
World Tag League
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 1-0
The Empire: 1-0
The Dangerous Tekkers: 1-0
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 1-0
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-1
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 0-1
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 0-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 0-1
Best of the Super Juniors 27
Master Wato: 1-0
Robbie Eagles: 1-0
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-0
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-0
Yuya Uemaru: 0-1
El Desperado: 0-1
Taiji Ishimori: 0-1
A real great start to these two tournaments in one night, but I do feel bad Kanemaru injured his knee before he could be in this. His match with Wato was surely going to be really good, but I’m also sure Wato would’ve won that to avenge his Jingu loss. Uemaru taking Kanemaru’s place, obviously Wato was going to win, and there could be a lot of changes to how the round robin was going to go. I bet Uemaru does get one win at the right time to really mess up someone’s record, like on Desperado or Eagles. For just BOSJ, they were all great matches, but it was really only Taguchi VS Desperado and Hiromu VS Ishimori that felt they could go either way. Hiromu VS Ishimori was title match worthy, but I can’t be sure the Junior Heavyweight title mirrors the Heavyweight title with the double duty for WrestleKingdom 15. If Hiromu doesn’t win the whole thing, he might not get his shot at the title until after WK15.
In World Tag League, there was also a lot of great stuff, but it felt like Cobb being “X” aka the new Empire member, was the biggest surprise of the night, as well as he and Khan just destroying HenarAce, in more ways than one. They went after Tanahashi’s leg and that can end up being Tanahashi’s entire story from here on, putting it on Henare to do the heavy lifting, in parallel to how the Golden Aces story was feeling. Dangerous Tekkers get a quick win, which speaks to Hashi and Goto being strong, but also to start strong as the tag champions being in the tournament. I feel like Tekkers will go on a run similar to Tetsuya Naito in the G1 Climax, in that they’ll be undefeated until almost the very end.
FinJuice beating GoD really is big as FinJuice are the previous WTL winners, and GOD are a high level tag team that could also be contenders. FinJuice and Tekkers will make for a big match that I hope is somehow saved until the end of the rounds to be a very pivotal moment. It could also be a parallel to Naito and Evil or Evil and Sanada, where it all determines the final tally and who wins.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.28.2021
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
With the anniversary show a few days away, the Junior Heavyweight will be even more sought after due to the nature of the Heavyweight versus Junior champ main event. Aside from the title matches we get another CHAOS versus Bullet Club match and what could be the culmination of this United Empire going after TenCozy storyline.
Now let’s see exactly how much better today’s show if from yesterday!
- TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay): Kojima wins via Cozy Lariat @6:56 – *** ¼
- Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada): Okada wins via Money Clip @8:35 – ** ½
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto): G.o.D. retains via Gun Stun @15:46 – ** ¾
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan: Tanahashi retains via Crucifix Cradle @18:44 – *** ¼
- -VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI: Despy wins via Pinche Loco @23:12 – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito: Ibushi retains via Kamigoye @27:50 – *** ¾
TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
Jeff & Will started right before the bell, but their inexperience as a team started to bleed through early. Cobb held the veterans on the outside for a Plancha from Ospreay, but TenCozy moved mid-flight and Ospreay crashed into Cobb. The during the Machine Gun chops in the corner, Jeff turned it around on Kojima while Will was pinned in the corner, but Kojima ducked and Cobb struck Will.
After that, the United Empire started putting it all together, but they made one fatal mistake. Cobb and Ospreay kept mocking Tenzan’s inability to use the Mongolian Chops by going back and forth using Mongolian Chops on him. A man can only take so many insults, so Tenzan fires and rips off some…Osaka Windmill Chops; then we see the TenCozy Cutter, but the United Empire makes the save.
Tenzan takes Ospreay out of the ring after an Anaconda Buster, Kojima winds up for the Cozy Lariat, Cobb hits a Superkick to stop him, goes for Tour of the Islands…but Kojima slips out! COZY LARIAT! And…wait the veterans won?! Interesting.
Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada)
This match played off yesterday’s show, and thankfully the only one that drove this match was the only match to matter. Ishii’s ribs are still messed up, so Bullet Club took turns isolating the Stone Pitbull and working him over. Stiff strikes, standing on his ribs in the corner, just a giant target on Ishii’s body.
When Ishii finally tagged out, we got a small taste of Yano’s…unique stylings, and then Okada looked to finish things. Everyone came in, did the signature spam with Ishii getting a little payback on White, but generally White looked great in this match. Okada ends up with Chase as the legal competitors, counters the Jewel Heist, locks in the terrible Money Clip and Chase taps.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)
So the first few minutes of this match really hurt the overall impression. YOSHI-HASHI got Powerbombed and decided to take a nap. It was one of the most awkward situations with the ref checking on HASHI over and over again with no real indication that it was a sell or a momentary knock out.
HASHI was moving at the speed of smell, which made his first tag take forever and look a little dumb with Loa trying to sell but everyone including Stevie Wonder could see it just took too long. Maybe he got some smelling salts after the tag out since he finally showed some first when he came back in, but once again, YOSHI-HASHI is the problem with the match.
It started to pick up, the match got hectic in a fun way with tandem moves from everyone and if the first few minutes didn’t happen, this would’ve been quite solid. The misdirection/counter wrestling between Tama and Goto was great, the fact that it ended with a small heel tactic and not being overdone was nice. Plus with the Magic Killer not ending the match for the Guerrillas, and Tama winning with the Gun Stun; this could be a little obvious foreshadowing for the Good Brothers.
NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
A lot of the story going into this was Yota Tsuji’s allegiances and if he’d turn on his main senpai Hiroshi Tanahashi. It’s a good thing there were those psychological wrinkles, since the chemistry between these two, still leaves something to be desired.
Early transitions were a bit clunky, but O-Khan’s strategy was sound enough to attack the legs and reference back to moves we’ve seen Tanahashi lose to. O-Khan had most of the momentum before Tanahashi catches him, goes for Slingblade, but O-Khan gets the referee in the way. So now we see the decision moment for Tsuji, does he give a chair to O-Khan, or help his senpai?
Tsuji decides to slide in the chair to Tanahashi and O-Khan is livid. O-Khan still has a few chances to win, including a nice Claw Hold Back Breaker, which he spins out into a Claw Hold Side Effect. But as he goes for The Eliminator, Tanahashi hits the flying Crucifix and rolls him into the pinfall, retaining the NEVER championship!
-VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI
Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!
ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.
This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.
BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 28, 2021
El Desperado finally wins the Junior Title, and after such a great 2020 and start to 2021, it’s well deserved.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.
We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.
Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!
Overall Score: 6.25/10
Well now the show was better than yesterday (low bar) but still nothing exciting. New Japan still hasn’t quite figured it out. I was a little hopeful after Wrestle Kingdom when there were a bunch of good matches, even if they were spread over two days with a lot of filler in between. But New Beginning really only had one stand out match, and we’re in the same boat since today is going to be heavily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
Possible takeaways could really only be, Kojima proving he deserves one more dance in the G1 and Desperado finally gets into the top position of the Junior division. It also can’t be ignored how heavily English commentary and Ibushi himself were implying outside threats. When they said things like “any place, any time, anyone”, so this is laying some foreshadowing, but nothing overtly interesting to glean.
Aside from that…yeah, go cut the grass, shovel snow, build some Legos, do other things aside from watching Castle Attack.
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
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