Suzuki-Gun and Chaos go big in the main event!
Before going for gold this Sunday, Suzuki-Gun looks to tear into Chaos one member at a time! Who survives this Summer Struggle Elimination match?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- 10 Man Elimination Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
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8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club!
This isn’t a repeat of yesterday, but Bushi, Sanada, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito are hoping to repeat the result! But this time, El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori are swapped out for Dick Togo & Gedo! Will having the Spoiler and the Complete Fighter change things for Evil and Yujiro Takahashi? Or will Korakuen again be tranquilo?
The introductions are given but Bullet Club attacks! Evil stomps Takagi out, Dick throws Bushi, Gedo goes after Naito and Yujiro clubs Sanada down. The bell rings to get this on record but the brawling spills out of the ring! Evil CHOPS Takagi against railing, Dick joins him to mug Takagi, and Evil CHOPS Takagi again. The ref reprimands, Evil puts Takagi in, and Dick stomps Takagi down. Dick elbows Takagi around, Evil gets the IWGP World Heavyweight belt! The King of Darkness doesn’t care about wining, he just wants to hurt Takagi! But Naito gets in to kick Evil down! Naito DECKS Dick, Gedo gets in to go after Naito and Bullet Club turns the tide again.
Gedo whips Naito to a corner then runs in, but Naito dodges him to RANA Dick! Evil kicks Naito, holds his arms back and Gedo runs back in, but Naito kicks Gedo away! Naito elbows free, spins Evil and kicks Gedo to hit the TORNADO DDT on Evil! Gedo staggers up into a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Naito strikes his pose, and Naito sees Yujiro coming. Naito kicks and whips Yujiro to a corner but Yujiro comes back to LARIAT Naito! Tokyo Pimp stalks Naito to the ropes while Bullet Club goes after the others on the outside. Yujiro kicks Naito out as Evil RAMS Takagi into railing! And Abe-san! Not again!
Yujiro and Evil untie the blue corner buckle, the Bullet Club classic at this point. Dick puts Naito in for Evil as fans rally up. Evil gets Naito up to whip into the bare buckles! Naito writhes as he falls over and the ref reprimands Bullet Club. Dick tags in, he CLUBS Naito down, then brings him up into a headlock to PUNCH him down! The ref reprimands but Dick wraps Naito in a chinlock. Fans rally, Naito fights but Dick lets off to FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Dick tags Gedo in and Gedo gets Naito up to throw him out of the ring. LIJ protests but Evil attacks Naito with chairs! And RAMS him into railing! Evil drags Naito back up to put in the ring. Gedo covers, TWO!
Gedo complains but the ref says that was a fair count. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” “LIJ!” but Gedo dares Naito to go to his corner. Naito crawls but Gedo sits him up. Gedo taunts LIJ while he rakes Naito’s eyes! The ref is too busy keeping Sanada back and Gedo gets away with it all. Tag to Yujiro, he throws haymakers on Naito then rains down forearms. Yujiro stomps Naito around, fans rally up, and Naito throws body shots! Yujiro knees low then CHOPS Naito to ropes. Yujiro puts Naito on the ropes and runs in to BOOT him! Naito wobbles, Yujiro runs, but Naito gets around to shove Yujiro, kick low, and Bushi comes in to sunset flip rewind into Naito’s basement dropkick!
Fans fire up but Bullet Club protests now. Yujiro and Naito crawl, hot tag to Sanada! Cold Skull rallies on Bullet Club, whips Yujiro but Yujiro reverses. Sanada comes back to dropkick a leg out! But Gedo and Dick get in to attack Sanada! They double whip, Sanada ducks their double clothesline and shoves Dick into Gedo! Sanada then reels Dick in for an atomic drop, that sends Dick flying into Gedo with a shoulder tackle! Sanada then trips Dick up and ties him up in Paradise! Gedo runs in but Sanada drop toeholds him into Dick! Dick is smacked out of Paradise and fans fire up! Sanada sees Yujiro outside and PLANCHAS to take him out!
Fans fire up more and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans do get louder, Sanada takes off his shirt and shows off his dancing pecs. Sanada puts Yujiro in, fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” “LIJ!” as he fireman’s carries. But Yujiro BITES Sanada’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to FISHERMAN- NO! Sanada BITES back! The ref counts, Yujiro BITES Sanada! It’s a bite fight?! They both let go as the ref counts, but Sanada kicks, headlocks and punches! Sanada whips Yujiro to ropes, Yujiro holds the ropes to then flapjack hotshot Sanada down! Yujiro tags Evil in and he sucker punches Takagi! Evil drags Sanada up and whips him into the bare buckles!
Fans still rally but Evil shakes his head. Evil gets Sanada up, whips him in again but Sanada stops himself. Evil runs in, Sanada dodges and Evil hits buckles! Then Sanada dropkicks Evil down! Fans fire up as Sanada crawls to hot tag Takagi! The Dragon fires up, fires off forearms and CHOPS on Evil, then whips him to ropes to KNEE him! Takagi runs to run Evil over! Takagi gets Evil up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Takagi argues the count but fans fire up as he gets Evil back up. Takagi drives elbows into Evil’s shoulder, then runs, but Evil rolls away to the apron. Takagi is annoyed but he kicks and stomps Evil at the ropes! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off and fans rally up.
Takagi stomps Evil more, gets him up, but Evil rakes Takagi’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops at 4, and Takagi kicks. Evil blocks the kick, throws it to the ref, and then mule kicks Takagi down! Fans rally up as Takagi and Evil slowly get back up. Takagi goes to a corner, Evil runs in and clotheslines! Then FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Evil is annoyed with the count but the fans still rally for “TA-KA-GI!” “LIJ!” Evil kicks Takagi, stands on his head, and then drags Takagi back up. Takagi blocks the fireman’s carry! Takagi throws elbows, Evil staggers away and Takagi whips. Evil reverses and Dick gets a cheap shot in!
Dick stands Takagi up, Evil runs in but Takagi boots him away. Takagi elbows Dick, Evil runs in but Takagi sends him into Dick! Dick flies off the apron and hits railing! Evil dodges Takagi but comes back into the ELBOW, JAB, YUKON FEINT for a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Evil and Takagi crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gedo and Bushi! Bushi dodges Gedo, RANAS him right down, and then gets him up. Gedo swings but into a spin and DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool as he drags Gedo up to throw forearms. Bushi runs but Gedo atomic drops! But Bushi dropkicks Gedo’s leg! Gedo goes to a corner, Bushi runs in but Gedo dodges!
Gedo runs back in but Bushi slips out to swing kick him away! Bushi then climbs up top, leaps and missile dropkicks Gedo down! Fans fire up for the Bushirooni! Gedo bails out, Bushi builds speed, but Dick trips Bushi up! Gedo hurries back inside and mule kicks Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Gedo is furious but the fans fire up again. Yujiro is in and has his pimp cane! The ref stops him but that’s so Gedo can get his brass knuckles! Gedo swings, Bushi dodges, Naito CLOBBERS Gedo then basement dropkicks him! Naito dodges Yujiro’s cane shot to enziguri! Dick runs in but into Sanada’s kick! Naito hits Dick with an atomic drop and feeds him to Sanada’s dropkick!
Evil runs in with a chair! The ref is being distracted by Gedo and Evil JAMS Naito, JAMS Sanada, and JAMS Takagi, all in the ribs! Takagi blocks the head shot! Takagi kicks low, has the chair, but throws it away because he doesn’t need it. Evil kicks low and runs but Takagi hits him with a PUMPING BOMBER! But Gedo pokes Takagi in the eye! Gedo runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! No feint there! Takagi shouts to Bushi and he goes up top! Gedo gets up, to get MX!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
Sole survivor last night, and now the one to finish things off here tonight, Bushi is on a roll! But Evil BELT SHOTS Takagi down! Naito and Sanada get back in to run Evil off, but the damage has been done! And not just to Takagi but to the belt itself! A piece of the belt’s plating fell off from that impact! Will Evil do a lot worse to the champion and his championship in the MetLife Dome?
10 Man Elimination Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun!
Roppongi 3K team up with the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions against Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, the Dangerous Tekkers and Minoru Suzuki himself, all a day before those NEVER Openweight belts are on the line! Will Sho & Yoh help Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi & Tomohiro Ishii go into August strong? Or will someone #JustTapOut before the title bout?
Ishii and Suzuki are already in each other’s face the moment they’re all in the ring, and they spark off a huge brawl! The bell rings just as Suzuki-Gun throws Chaos out! Taichi chokes Goto, ZSJ throws EuroUppers on Hashi, but Goto hits back and whips Taichi into railing! Hashi RAMS ZSJ into barriers, Goto throws elbows into Taichi. Suzuki and Ishii brawl off in a corner, Desperado DECKS Sho, and Suzuki RAMS Ishii into railing. Desperado puts Sho in the ring and stomps him around. Sho gets up and hits back with forearms, but Desperado pokes him in the eye! Desperado stomps Sho more but fans rally up. Desperado wags his fingers as he gets Sho back up.
Desperado whips, Sho reverses, Yoh gets in and RPG3K drop toehold and basement dropkick Desperado down! Kanemaru gets in but gets double dropkicks for it! RPG3K gets Desperado up and work to throw him over the ropes! Taichi saves Desperado, throws Sho out but through the ropes, and Yoh dropkicks Taichi away. ZSJ and Suzuki get in, catch Yoh’s dropkick and have DOUBLE HEEL HOOKS! Taichi CHOKES Yoh, too! Desperado knocks Chaos off their corner while Red Shoes reprimands. Taichi shifts to have a headlock but he still chokes Yoh, and both ZSJ and Suzuki have shifted to DOUBLE CALF KILLERS! Red Shoes counts and Suzuki-Gun all let Yoh go.
Taichi drags Yoh around so that he, Kanemaru and Desperado can all stomp him! Desperado covers but Red Shoes refuses to count given all the shenanigans. Desperado throws Yoh out, but also through the ropes, and Suzuki goes right after Yoh with forearms! ZSJ adds EuroUppers, but Red Shoes is busy with keeping Ishii back. Suzuki and ZSJ continue to pinball Yoh between them, and then Taichi goes after Ishii in the ring! Desperado and Kanemaru knock the rest of Chaos down, Suzuki tortures Yoh’s arm, then finally puts Yoh back in. Kanemaru tags in and he stomps Yoh’s leg. Kanemaru drags Yoh to then YANK the leg!
Suzuki tags in, he gives toying kicks but Yoh gets up. Yoh throws forearms and Suzuki just laughs as he eggs Yoh on. Yoh keeps throwing forearms but Suzuki kicks the leg then DECKS Yoh! Cover, TWO! Suzuki drags Yoh to the Suzuki-Gun corner, Desperado tags in and they mug Yoh. Desperado scoops and SLAMS Yoh, dares Chaos to do something, but again Red Shoes keeps them all back. Taichi gets in to kick and stomp Yoh while Desperado anchors a leg. Hashi breaks through but Taichi kicks him down and throws him out, also through the ropes. Sho gets in but Desperado throws him back out, also through ropes.
Red Shoes is still busy with the other members of Chaos, and that allows Suzuki and ZSJ to again get Yoh with holds! ZSJ has a Heel Hook while Suzuki has a HANGING ARMBAR! Red Shoes notices and counts, Suzuki lets go with his hands but he holds onto the arm with his legs! Taichi brawls with Ishii and DECKS him, and Desperado applauds his team. Ishii bails out as fans rally up but Desperado digs his boots into Yoh. Tag to Taichi and he drags Yoh up for a snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Taichi drags Yoh up. Taichi wraps Yoh up in a cobra twist and digs his fingers into Yoh’s face. Fans rally but Taichi CHOKES Yoh in the hold!
Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi stops choking Yoh but he throws body shots into Yoh’s side. Yoh fights and scrambles and ends up in the ropes! Red Shoes calls for the break and Taichi lets Yoh go. Taichi gives Yoh toying kicks but Yoh CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! And EuroUppers! Taichi chokes Yoh again! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi shifts to CHOKE- NO! Yoh dropkicks his way out of the choke slam! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Kanemaru gets in to keep Yoh from his corner! Yoh ENZIGURIS Kanemaru down, and hot tags Goto! The Fierce Warrior rallies on Taichi then hip tosses him down.
ZSJ gets in but Goto kicks ZSJ first and snap suplexes him onto Taichi! Goto BLASTS Suzuki and Desperado off the apron, then drags Taichi back up. Fans rally, Goto whips Taichi to a corner then runs in, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally harder as Goto gets Taichi up in a fireman’s carry. Taichi fights free, Goto kicks and whips him, but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Goto ends up in a corner, his team shouts to him but Taichi DECKS Hashi! Taichi clohtelines Goto in a corner, runs him corner to corner and clotheslines again!
Taichi throws Goto down then dares him to get up. Goto sits up and blocks the buzzsaw! Goto spins Taichi to a waistlock but Taichi blocks the lift to PELE! Then ZSJ runs in to BOOT Ishii down, and the rest of Suzuki-Gun goes after the rest of Chaos on the outside! ZSJ helps Taichi get up, then ZSJ runs at Goto to EuroUpper! Feed to Taichi’s Alabama lift, but Hashi CLOBBERS ZSJ! Hashi kicks Taichi to save Goto, but Taichi kicks Hashi back. Taichi runs, Hashi gets around him and feeds him to Goto, fireman’s carry, but Taichi slips off! Taichi runs but into a SUPERKICK! ZSJ BOOTS and EuroUppers Hashi, but Goto LARIATS ZSJ!
Goto runs at Taichi but misses, Taichi GAMANGIRIS Goto down! Fans fire up as the Tekkers and Goto-Hashi are all down! Hashi and ZSJ bail out, Taichi gets up and powers up. Goto rises, Taichi runs, but Goto clubs Ax Bomber away! Goto runs, Taichi boots his clothesline away and mule kicks! But Goto fireman’s carries for USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Goto as he gets Taichi up, dragon sleeper, but Taichi slips free! Taichi tries to get Goto for a saido, but Goto resists, so Taichi points to the ropes! Kanemaru and Desperado hold the top rope down as Taichi runs and throws Goto over! But Goto lands on the apron and holds onto the ropes!
Kanemaru and Desperado point that out, Taichi runs in and GAMANGIRIS Goto down! Goto hits the floor, Taichi ELIMINATES Goto! But then Hashi shoves Taichi up and out, Hashi ELIMINATES Taichi! ZSJ gets in and goes after Hashi with kicks and EuroUppers. ZSJ runs but Hashi tosses him over! ZSJ stays on the apron, Hashi runs in but ZSJ catches him in an IRON OCTOPUS, with the ropes helping! Red Shoes reprimands but ZSJ lets go. Hashi staggers, ZSJ throws EuroUppers! Hashi ROCKS ZSJ back with a forearm, but ZSJ throws another EuroUpper. Hashi CHOPS and ZSJ falls over! Hashi gets ZSJ up to CHOP him again! And CHOP again!
ZSJ ducks the back hand to EuroUpper and run. Hashi swings but ZSJ gets around to tilt-o-whirl into a sunset flip! TWO, and Hashi has ZSJ in a prawn hold! TWO, Hashi ducks a Penalty Kick to roll ZSJ, TWO!! Hashi keeps going, but ZSJ dodges the spinning mule kick! ZSJ runs in but Hashi blocks the Penalty Kick! Hashi CHOPS again, runs, but ZSJ throws him over! Hashi holds on, but ZSJ BOOTS him! Hashi still holds on and he CHOPS ZSJ down! Hashi drags ZSJ back up, suplexes, but ZSJ resists. Hashi keeps trying but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! ZSJ sweeps the legs! Hashi falls but he clutches to the bottom rope! ZSJ kicks and kicks and scrapes Hashi off, ZSJ ELIMINATES Hashi!
But Ishii gets in to throw ZSJ up and over! ZSJ stays on the apron, Sho runs to go after the Suzuki-Gun corner, and Ishii CHOPS ZSJ! And CHOPS! But ZSJ blocks the next chop to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! ZSJ tries to drag Ishii over but Ishii digs his heels in. ZSJ throws a forearm but that only serves to piss Ishii off! Ishii ROCKS ZSJ with forearm after forearm, but ZSJ wrenches to hit elbow breaker after elbow breaker! ZSJ goes for one big one but Sho runs in to knock him off the apron! Ishii and Sho ELIMINATE ZSJ! Sho swings on Desperado but Desperado drags him out to POST him! Fans rally for “I-SHI-I” while he’s down.
Goto and Hashi encourage Ishii on their way out, but they also cross paths with the Tekkers. Those four argue about the coming title matches, and then Ishii calls out Suzuki! Fans fire up as Suzuki gets in. Suzuki and Ishii bump chests, then start throwing forearms! Ishii eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki throws harder shots. Ishii responds and fans fire up as they go faster and faster! There doesn’t look to be any end in sight, but then Suzuki ROCKS Ishii! And ROCKS him again! And again! Ishii roars and stands right up! Ishii leans into Suzuki’s shots, then ROCKS Suzuki back! And again! Ishii talks trash, throws more forearms, but Suzuki grits his teeth and leans into the shots.
Ishii keeps throwing forearms but Suzuki laughs. Suzuki eggs Ishii on then ROCKS him! Ishii roars and fires more forearms! The brawl continues, Suzuki ROCKS Ishii again! Ishii wobbles and Suzuki reels him in, but Ishii HEADBUTTS first! Fans fire up as Ishii eggs Suzuki on again. Things speed up, Suzuki ducks a clothesline to get a SLEEPER! Suzuki then spins Ishii and reels him in, but Ishii blocks the piledriver! Fans rally as Suzuki powers through, but Ishii turns it around to back drop Suzuki away! Suzuki comes back but Ishii blocks the boot to DECK him with a right! Ishii then gives him toying kicks as he dares Suzuki to get up.
Ishii gives Suzuki toying kicks as fans are thunderous. Suzuki slowly rises, Ishii slaps him around, but Suzuki is stone faced. Ishii forearms but Suzuki doesn’t budge! Suzuki ROCKS Ishii, and again, and then DECKS him! Suzuki drags Ishii back up, and DECKS him again! Ishii is in a daze as Suzuki gets him up again. Suzuki shoves Ishii out under the ropes, then whips him into railing! Suzuki gets Ishii right back up to whip into more railing! Suzuki rains down rights as a ring count begins, and he doesn’t stop until 7 of 20! Suzuki goes back to ringside just to get a chair! He fires off chair shot after chair shot as we pass 15! The chair breaks and Suzuki is still hitting Ishii!
But the count hits 20! It’s a DOUBLE ELIMINATION! And Suzuki is still firing off on Ishii! The Young Lions try to stop Suzuki but he shoves them away! Suzuki uses the chair frame to choke Ishii! Desperado hurries over to try and get Suzuki to stop, but Suzuki almost turns his rage on his teammate! The Young Lions restrain Suzuki and get him to leave but Suzuki shouts after Ishii. Fans rally back up now that it’s just the Junior Heavyweights, and RPG3K gets jumped by Desperado & Kanemaru! Desperado throws Yoh into barriers by the bleachers! Kanemaru whips Sho into railing, and then puts Sho in the ring. Kanemaru stomps Sho around and Desperado joins him.
Wait, Suzuki tires to come back?! Young Lions have to restrain him all over again as he still has the chair frame! Desperado and Kanemaru dig their boots into Sho, Red Shoes reprimands but Desperado lets off. Kanemaru stomps Sho, Yoh checks on Ishii as he makes his way back, but Kanemaru & Desperado mug Sho more. Fans rally up as Desperado and Kanemaru double whip, but Sho DOUBLE SPEARS! Sho fires up, fans join in, and Kanemaru gets up for Sho to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps focus as he waistlocks and dead lifts Kanemaru. Kanemaru elbows free, runs, but into a scoop! Sho aims for ropes but Kanemaru slips off! Kanemaru tries to shove Sho out!
Sho elbows Kanemaru away, fires off forearms and ROCKS Kanemaru! Sho runs but into Kanemaru’s dropkick! Desperado gets back in to dropkick Yoh off the corner! Then Desperado and Kanemaru hit Sho with a DROPKICK BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Kanemaru drags Sho back up to scoop and dragon sleeper, BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Kanemaru goes to a corner. Kanemaru hops up, Sho gets up, but Sho avoids Deep Impact! Kanemaru kicks and runs but Yoh gets in, RPG3K hits DOUBLE KNEES! Then BACKSTABBER to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Desperado gets on the apron but RPG3K knock him down!
RPG3K fires up, fans join in, and Kanemaru slowly rises. Kanemaru staggers but fights off 3K! Elbow for Sho, ENZIGURI for Yoh! Sho blocks Kanemaru’s kick to KICK him down first! Fans fire up again as Sho aims at Kanemaru. Sho runs in but Kanemaru puts him on the apron! Kanemaru BOOTS Sho but Sho holds on! Kanemaru rakes eyes but Yoh attacks. Yoh whips, Kanemaru reverses and throws Yoh into Sho! Sho falls to the floor, Kanemaru and technically Yoh ELIMINATE Sho! And while Yoh is stunned, Kanemaru pulls his hair and feeds him to Desperado’s boots. Desperado tags in and Suzuki-Gun works to throw Yoh out!
Yoh holds onto the ropes, Red Shoes reprimands that only Desperado should be in the ring. Wait, Ishii revives and he wants after Suzuki! He grabs a chair, and the Young Lions ironically have to restrain him so he can’t go backstage! Kanemaru and Desperado let off on Yoh but then get him back up, but Yoh fights the back suplex! Yoh blocks Kanemaru’s kick to DRAGON SCERW! Desperado runs into a CRADLE! TWO, and Yoh school boys, TWO! Yoh EuroUppers, swings but into GUITARA- NO! Yoh slips out, waistlocks, O’Conner Bridge! Cover but Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru gets Yoh up but Yoh dropkicks him down!
Fans rally behind Yoh as he gets Desperado up, only for Desperado to get him with EL ES CULERO! TWO, Yoh dodges Desperado to SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yoh roars and gets Desperado up. DIRECRT- NO! Desperado slips out, waistlocks but Yoh switches. Desperado elbows free, gets Yoh’s leg, SHIN BREAKER! Desperado holds the leg out for Kanemaru’s SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Then STRETCH MUFFLER! Yoh flails, Sho is still ringside to coach him on, and Yoh reaches. Kanemaru stomps Yoh’s arm! Sho desperately grabs at Red Shoes to point out Kanemaru!
But then Desperado drags Yoh away from ropes for NUMERO DOS!! Yoh verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Suzuki-Gun, by submission; Desperado & Kanemaru as survivors
And to add insult to injury, Desperado drops knees on Yoh’s legs! Sho gets back in to protect Yoh, but the Rogue Luchador and Heel Master are satisfied with this. Desperado gets a mic, and adds insult to injury as he says, “These things usually end with a sole survivor, and here we are winning 2 to 0?” RPG3K’s going to be part of this year’s Super Junior Tag League, right? And yet they couldn’t get anything here. Yoh recently, or rather, always, is terrible! Both his matches and his results! Why is Sho still with Yoh? What does he see in Yoh? Somehow they’re THREE-TIME Super Junior Tag League winners, but Desperado can’t figure out how!
Given what just happened, who’s stronger? “Whether it’s your individual abilities or your teamwork, you guys aren’t interesting at all! In this Junior Tag League, who am I looking forward to? Gedo and Togo, Phantasmo and Ishimori.” RPG3K are more like “chores before getting to the fun.” RPG3K are just in it to fill out the group! They should think about why they’re doing this. Otherwise, there’s no point for them to be in the tournament! See ya later! Desperado and Kanemaru leave RPG3K alone in the ring, will all these scathing words only motivate Sho & Yoh to get number four?
A very good event for Summer Struggle and Korakuen, and the matches I covered really built upon last night. LIJ VS Bullet Club in a normal 8 Man Tag was very good, and Bushi getting another win is great for him. But then what a shock that Evil damaged the belt using it on Takagi’s face! I wonder how Takagi gets revenge on Evil for that, since I’m pretty sure they’ll clash again in another big tag match before the MetLife Dome event. And then the 10 Man Elimination took a lot of what we got in yesterday’s LIJ VS Bullet Club elimination match but then upped it. Suzuki and Ishii are both nuts and it’s awesome, I hope they do as much in tomorrow’s NEVER Openweight match.
It was rather surprising that Suzuki-Gun won with two guys left, and Desperado just tore into RPG3K. I almost feel like he gave RPG3K some cryface there. But I’m sure this does put the story as RPG3K fighting to prove to Desperado and themselves that Desperado is wrong. Super Junior Tag League will be inside the Summer Struggle events so we’ll have to keep an eye on which days have the tournament because those will be must-see events.
My Score: 8.9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022
Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!
Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger
Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.
Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.
Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.
Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.
As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.
Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.
STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)
Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.
Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.
Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles
It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.
At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.
The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.
HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge
It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.
Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road
Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.
– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW
The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.
– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2
Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.
– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced
Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.
– 16th October: A new match is announced
NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas
Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.
NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)
After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.
– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?
– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.
– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?
– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.
– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.
– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…
– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th
N-INNOVATION – September 21st
GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)
(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
– Friday, October 7th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)
– Saturday, October 8th
STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Time: 18:30 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)
Note about broadcasts
Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)
Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)
“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube
Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022
Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?
Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.
This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.
*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
- Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
- IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
- Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
- PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
- Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2
Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid
I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.
My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.
Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve
Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.
Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…
Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Delirious vs Black Taurus
Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.
Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.
Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers.
Oh good Taven is talking now. Wait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications.
Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.
PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath
Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.
Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.
PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch
Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.
Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.
Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.
Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.
Overall Score: 6.25/10
The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.
Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.
I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.
All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.
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