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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (6/18/22)

On the road again!

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New Japan Road 2022

NJPW can’t wait to get on the road again!

Before AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door, and before G1 Climax 32, it’s New Japan Road! Who gets into pole position and heads for the golden finish line?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TAKA Michinoku VS Kosei Fujita; Michinoku wins.
  • Tiger Mask & Tomoaki Honma VS Clark Connors & Yuto Nakashima; Tiger Mask & Honma win.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa VS Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Suzuki & Kanemaru win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Jado, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Taiji Ishimori & SHO; Hiromu & Bushi win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Jado, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS The United Empire!

The Master Heater once again teams with Six or Nine ahead of their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Jado, the Funky Weapon & the Way of the Grandmaster be standing tall on this New Japan Road? Or will “Ultimate Weapon” Aaron Henare help “Public Enemy” TJP and “Nova Fireball” Francesco Akira start on the warpath to the gold?

Jado, Wato and Taguchi strike a pose for photo ops, but the Empire attacks! Henare stomps Jado, Akira is after Taguchi and TJP stomps Wato! The bell rings to get this on the record as Henare throws Jado out and TJP throws Taguchi out. Akira is after Wato now, and he throws haymakers. Akira CLUBS Wato while TJP holds up the tag titles up like they already belong to the Empire. Akira CLUBS Wato more, then runs, but Wato hurdles! Wato then elbows, uppercuts and SOBATS! Fans fire up as Wato stomps Akira now. Wato stands Akira up to ROCK him, stomp him, then bring him up again.

Akira rakes the eyes! Akira backs Wato into a corner, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Jado protests, Akira whips but Wato reverses. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Wato blocks the punch to ROCK Akira, and he springboards, only for TJP to yank him down! Wato hits off apron, and Henare hits Jado off the corner! Akira does the same to Taguchi, then he PLANCHAS onto Wato! Fans fire up and Akira stands on Wato’s neck. The ref counts, Akira drags Wato up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Akira is annoyed but he drags Wato over to the corner. Tag to TJP and he brings Wato around to scoop and SLAM!

Akira runs, TJP gives him an Electric Chair Lift and then a toss for an ASSISTED SENTON! Cover, TWO! TJP is annoyed now, but he takes off his shirt and stomps Wato down. TJP taunts Jado but fans rally up. TJP pulls Wato back with a chinlock but Wato fights up. TJP throws Wato back down, scrapes his sole on Wato’s face, then brings Wato up again. Fans continue to rally but TJP tags in Henare. They stomp Wato, then Henare drags Wato up to CLUB him down. Henare looms over Wato, brings him up to CLUB him down again, and Wato writhes. Henare drags Wato up to throw knees then throw Wato into a corner.

Henare fires off body shots and a big knee! Fans cheer the aggression, and Henare brings Wato up again. Wato hits back with a forearm! Henare just snarls so Wato throws more shots! Henare eggs him on, Wato keeps trying, but Henare KICKS Wato down! Then deadlift suplexes Wato high and hard! Fans fire up for the show of strength, and Henare covers, but Taguchi breaks it! Henare kicks Taguchi and throws him out, with TJP and Akira stomping Wato behind the ref’s back. Henare then brings Wato back up and HEADBUTTS him back down! Tag to TJP, and fans rally up. TJP aims and slingshot sentons, but misses as Wato moves!

Wato BOOTS TJP, avoids Akira’s shot from the apron and GAMANGIRIS Akira in return! Wato then scoops TJP for a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both Wato and TJP crawl, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Akira! Henare kicks and whips Taguchi, but Taguchi reverse to HIP ATTACK Henare! TJP gets to a corner, Taguchi runs in to HIP ATTACK him! Taguchi snapmares TJP and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! BUM-A-YE!! Cover, TWO! Taguchi calls to Wato, and they double whip TJP. TJP ducks the double elbows but runs right into double drop toeholds! Six or Nine roll, but Akira jumps off TJP to DOUBLE DROPKICK Six or Nine!

TJP & Akira double whip Taguchi but he uses a hip attack to break the double clothesline! Taguchi kicks TJP low and reels him in, then does the same to Akira, for a DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up while Taguchi and TJP are both down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Henare and Jado! Jado and Henare DOUBLE LARIAT! Henare stays up straight while Jado has to lean on the ropes. Henare gloats but Jado fires up! Fans fire up with Jado, and it’s another DOUBLE LARIAT collision! Jado drops to his knees! Henare taunts Jado then runs, but Wato gets in to body shot! Jado knee lifts, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!

Fans fire up as Henare staggers. Six or Nine keep watch on Akira & TJP, Jado LARIATS Henare down! Cover, TWO! But Jado clamps on a CROSSFACE! Henare endures, TJP and Akira rush in but get caught! OH MY GARFUNKLE for TJP, and a FUJIWARA ARMBAR for Akira! The Empire endures, but Henare powers up! Fireman’s carry, but Jado fights free! Jado CHOPS Henare, but Akira and TJP turn things around on Wato and Taguchi! GUILLOTINE for Wato, PINOY STRETCH for Taguchi! Jado fires up, but Henare dodges to fire off a strike fest! That body blow doubles Jado over, and then Henare drags him into a FULL NELSON!!

Jado endures but Henare thrashes him about! Then Henare drops back to put on body scissors! Jado taps, the Empire wins!

Winners: The United Empire, by submission

The Ultimate Weapon puts the Master Heater away, and Akira & TJP let Six or Nine go. With Will Ospreay as IWGP US Heavyweight Champion and the combination of Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will we see the Empire conquer the Junior Heavyweight Division as well? Or can Taguchi & Wato lead a rebellion on this New Japan Road?

 

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

The Rainmaker is no longer IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but he won’t let that get him down. Will he fight his way back up with the help of the Rampaging King Kong and Ikari no Mogyu? Or will Tetsuya Naito, Sanada & Shingo Takagi tell them all to tranquilo?

The teams sort out, and LIJ does the fist bump. Fans applaud as Naito starts against Okada, but Naito then taunts the bull, Tenzan, with a wave of his jacket. Naito is being a matador but will Tenzan take the bait? Fans rally up and Tenzan does! The bell rings and Naito circles with Tenzan. They approach, Naito dodges, “Olé!” Naito taunts Tenzan again but Tenzan keeps cool. They go again, but again Naito dodges! “Olé!” But Naito taunts too long, Tenzan CLUBS him on the back! Tenzan headbutts Naito against ropes, then whips him. Naito holds ropes, boots Tenzan down, and fans rally up. Naito stands Tenzan up to steal the Mongolian Chops!

Naito flaps his arms and Mongolian Chops again! Fans fire up, Naito really flaps around this time, but Tenzan headbutts him down! Tenzan then shows Naito how the Mongolian Chops are done! Again, and again, and again! Cover- No, wait, that’s a choke! The ref reprimands and Tenzan lets off, to then tag in Makabe. Naito gets away and he tags in Takagi. Fans cheer to see gorilla and dragon face off! They RAM shoulders, and again, and again! Takagi eggs Makabe on so Makabe throws a forearm! Takagi throws a forearm back and fans fire up as the forearms fly! Makabe gets the edge but Takagi JABS and JABS and JABS!

Takagi whips, but Makabe runs him over! Fans fire up and Takagi scrambles to the LIJ corner. Tag to Sanada and so Okada tags in! The rivals meet again and fans rally up. “SA-NA-DA!” “O-KA-DA!” Okada wants to hear them and they applaud. Sanada wants to hear them and they applaud more! They circle, tie up, and Okada powers Sanada back. They end up on ropes, Okada lets off slowly, but Sanada doesn’t let him fake the chop. Sanada puts Okada on ropes now, and Sanada pats Okada on the shoulders. Then Sanada trips Okada, and ties him up! Okada powers out, but Sanada kicks him low. Sanada runs, but into a FLAPJACK!

Fans fire up and Okada watches Naito closely. Okada brings Sanada up, CLUBS him, then brings him over to the corner. Tag to Tenzan and Tenzan stomps Sanada. Tenzan headbutts, too, then Mongolian Chops! And again! And then another headbutt, and another stomp! Tenzan whips corner to corner, run sin and clotheslines! Tenzan calls his shot and fans fire up, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Naito breaks it! Tenzan glares at Naito and Naito goes back to his corner. Tenzan CHOKES Sanada for it! The ref reprimands, Tenzan lets off and bumps Sanada off buckles. Tag to Makabe, Tenzan CHOPS Sanada then Makabe stomps.

Makabe stomps Sanada more and more, then digs his boots in. Tenzan adds on! The ref reprimands, they let off, and Makabe gets Sanada for a BOSTON CRAB! Sanada endures, Makabe lets one leg go to focus on the other, but Takagi gets in. Makabe lets Sanada go, and then brings Sanada up to bump off buckles. Tag to Okada, and Okada stomps Sanada in the corner. Okada brings Sanada around, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Okada sits Sanada up for a chinlock. Sanada endures, fights up, and throws elbows. Sanada is free but Okada CLUBS him! Okada whips Sanada to a corner, but Sanada reverses.

Sanada runs in but Okada dodges. Okada runs in but is sent into the corner! Okada comes back but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down again, and they rally up as Sanada crawls. Okada gets Sanada’s legs but Sanada kicks him away! Hot tag to Naito! Naito fires off on Okada, whips him to ropes and hip tosses him, to then DECK Tenzan and DECK Makabe! Naito elbows Okada down and basement dropkicks! Naito brings Okada up, whips him to a corner, and runs in to JUMP KICK! He sweeps the legs and swings in, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up and Naito strikes his pose. Cover, TWO!

Naito drags Okada up to ROCK him with a forearm! And another forearm! Naito cravats to neck wrench, but Okada endures the grind. Okada reaches for ropes but Naito keeps him away. Okada throws body shots, gets free, and catches Naito’s haymaker into an armlock! Naito fights, but Okada puts on the MONEY CLIP! Naito arm-drags free, kicks low, and runs, into a BOOT! Fans fire up as both men are down. Okada crawls, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe whips Naito to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Makabe climbs up and fans fire up as he rains down punches! Makabe gets all 10 and laughs!

Makabe reels Naito in but Naito fights the Northern Lights Suplex by CLUBBING Makabe on the back. Naito kicks low then turns Makabe for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Takagi! Takagi fires up and he kicks Makabe low. Takagi throws knees into Makabe against ropes, and then CHOPS him! Takagi whips, KNEES Makabe at ropes, then reels him in for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Takagi as he says he’s not done! Takagi fires a forearm, Makabe gives it back, and they go back and forth again! Fans fire up as Takagi eggs Makabe on.

Makabe fires off several forearms, but then Takagi gives boxing elbows back! Takagi runs, but Makabe LARIATS him first! Makabe DECKS Sanada, then Okada gets in with Tenzan. Okada and Tenzan double whip Takagi to a corner, then Tenzan runs in to clothesline! Makabe whips Okada in for an elbow, then they whip Takagi to Makabe’s POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Makabe drags Takagi up to waistlock, but Takagi resists the lift. Takagi throws elbows then powers Makabe into a corner! Takagi is free and Sanada runs in to back elbow Makabe! Takagi clotheslines, then he feeds Makabe to Naito’s ENZIGURI!

Sanada and Takagi get Makabe for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Takagi covers, but Tenzan breaks it! Naito kicks Tenzan and throws him out. Takagi fires the fans up with “OI! OI! OI!” and he brings Makabe up to pump handle and torture rack. But Okada gets in to BOOT Takagi down! Sanada kicks Okada and whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to hold ropes! Okada’s dropkick misses and he hits the mat! Sanada basement dropkicks Okada! Sanada CLUBS Makabe, then he and Naito double whip. Makabe busts the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! But Takagi runs in, dodges, only for Makabe’s LEFT LARIAT to hit!

Fans fire up with Makabe and he wants Takagi to get up. Makabe runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! They go again, DOUBLE LARIATS! Takagi drops to a knee, Makabe runs, but Takagi swats the lariat away! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Makabe survives and fans fire up! Takagi drags Makabe up and pump handles again. Torture rack, to LAST OF THE DRAGONS! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Takagi said he was in “G1 Mode” after retaining the KOPW trophy, and it seems it wasn’t just talk! Naito keeps taunting Tenzan, and even Takagi joins in. They even get Sanada to give it a try. Sanada waves the shirt like the cape, and Naito runs through! Takagi uses the shirt, and has the ref run through! They’re having fun now, but will LIJ be running strong in this year’s massive G1 Climax field?

 

Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI VS Taiji Ishimori & SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb is fresh off his Best of the Super Junior threepeat, and he’s aiming for the Bone Soldier’s belt! Will Hiromu and the Black Mask accelerate on this New Japan Road? Or will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Murder Machine keep it Too Sweet?

Speaking of sweets, Hiromu has some to share with commentary. They’re thankful for the nice snack, and the teams sort out. Well, hold on, Sho gets the mic first. There’s no translator available but it’s clear he’s talking crap to LIJ. Hiromu & Bushi rush out after then, but Taiji rakes Hiromu’s eyes and Sho CLUBS Bushi! Red Shoes has the bell ring to get this on record, and Taiji lets off Hiromu’s face, but Sho just keeps going after Bushi’s! Taiji brings Hiromu around to commentary to rake his eyes in front of them! Taiji even chokes Hiromu, but lets off to go back to the ring. Sho puts Bushi in, and Bullet Club stomps Bushi down!

Sho and Taiji loom over Bushi as he slowly gets up. Sho rakes Bushi’s eyes and puts him in the corner. Taiji digs his boot in but Red Shoes counts, and Bullet Club lets off. They double whip Bushi corner to corner, then Taiji runs in, Bushi dodges to then trap Taiji in the corner, and he BOOTS Sho. Bushi then whips Taiji into Sho, and he DOUBLE RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi stomps Sho while Hiromu sends Taiji into railing. Bushi turns Sho to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho, drags him up, then throws knees. Bushi whips, Sho reverses and Taiji gets a cheap shot in!

Bushi swings on Taiji but Taiji ducks to HOTSHOT Bushi down! Sho DECKS Hiromu, and Taiji goes around the way to claw at the eyes again! Sho throws Bushi out to then whip him into railing! Bushi falls over but fans rally up for LIJ. Taiji leaves Hiromu alone but Sho stomps Bushi. Sho drags Bushi up, puts him in the ring, and stands on his neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off and drags Bushi up by his shirt. Sho rips the special Hachioji shirt apart and steps on it! Hiromu gets in but Taiji hits him first. Taiji and Sho tear up Hiromu’s special shirt, too! Sho laughs while Taiji uses the scraps to choke Hiromu! Sho does the same to Bushi!

Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Bullet Club lets off, and Sho tags Taiji in. Taiji drags Bushi up, has a cravat for a neck wrench, and he throws in shoulders! Taiji snapmares Bushi to then NECK TWIST! Bushi writhes and Sho applauds, but he’s the only one. Taiji wants fans to clap so they clap. Taiji pushes Bushi to a cover, TWO! Fans clap for Bushi toughing it out, but Sho tags in. Fans rally, Sho drags Bushi up and CHOKES him on the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji joins in! Red Shoes counts, they both let off at 4. Bushi writhes and sputters but Sho knuckle locks and wrenches. Sho grinds the arm then kicks, KICKS and BENDS FINGERS!

Red Shoes reprimands, counts, and Sho lets Bushi go. Sho tags Taiji while arguing with Red Shoes. Taiji drags Bushi up but Bushi fires forearms! Taiji knees low, CHOPS Bushi to a corner, then digs into his face! Red Shoes reprimands and Taiji lets off. Taiji wrenches and whips Bushi corner to corner, then runs in, but into a boot! Then Bushi dropkicks Taiji’s legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Hiromu! Hiromu DECKS Sho, then dodges Taiji to fire off forearms! Hiromu whips, Taiji reverses but Hiromu dodges to RANA! Taiji flops to a corner and fans fire up!

Hiromu runs in to clothesline and snapmare Taiji, then basement dropkick him out! Fans fire up and Hiromu goes out after Taiji. Hiromu gets a running start around the ring, to DOUBLE SHOTGUN Bullet Club! Fans fire up while Taiji and Sho hit railing! Hiromu brings Taiji up and puts him in to cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps focus and fans rally up for him. Hiromu drags Taiji up and fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him away! Hiromu runs but Taiji BOOTS back! Taiji stands tall, but Hiromu stays up! Hiromu throws a forearm, but Taiji hits back!

Hiromu throws another forearm, so Taiji hits back! Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, and fans rally up as they keep going back and forth! Hiromu roars, gets the edge, but Taiji ducks the superkick to JUMP KNEE! But Hiromu SUPERKICKS again! Hiromu whips but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Taiji crawl for their corners, hot tag to Sho and he DECKS Bushi! Sho drags Hiromu up in a waistlock but Hiromu fights the lift. Hiromu throws back elbows, but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho runs, but Hiromu dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down again!

Hiromu hurries over to his corner, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi goes up top to missile dropkick Sho! BUSHIROONI! Fans fire up, Bushi stomps Sho, and then Bushi drags Sho up. Sho swings but into the arm hooks. Bushi keeps spinning Sho to SPIKE him with a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool and fans rally up. Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, FISHERMAN- NO, Sho slips out! Bushi kicks low and runs, but Sho elbows him. Sho runs but into an ENZIGURI! Bushi then gets Sho’s leg on the ropes to dropkick it, and hit a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up as Bushi goes out to stomp Taiji down for good measure.

Bushi returns to the apron and drags Sho up through the ropes. APRON DDT! Sho is stuck upside-down and fans fire up again. Bushi brings Sho back in, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Bushi climbs the corner! Bushi calls his shot, but Sho jumps out of the way! Taiji SEATED SENTONS Bushi down! Hiromu SHOTGUNS Taiji! Sho SPEARS Hiromu! Sho gets around Bushi to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sho is snarling as he stands Bushi up and runs, to LARIAT! Sho laughs and he drags Bushi back up. Sho reels Bushi in, tucks the arms, but Bushi wrenches out and dodges, only for Sho to JUMP KNEE! Sho runs, into a DROPKICK!

Fans fire up while both men are down again! Hiromu and Taiji are back on their corners as fans rally up. Bushi and Sho crawl over, hot tag to the Timebomb! Hiromu DECKS Taiji then drags Sho up, but Sho fights the suplex! Sho wrenches, bobs ‘n’ weaves, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hiromu  brings Sho up. Hiromu fireman’s carries to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu roars and fans fire up again as he drags Sho back up. Hiromu fireman’s carries again, but Sho slips off to shove him into Red Shoes! Sho LARIATS Hiromu down, and then he goes to his corner.

Fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” while Sho grabs at his wrench. Sho aims at Hiromu, but Hiromu ducks and waistlocks. Bushi runs in to sunset flip Hiromu to add to the GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Taiji gets in but Hiromu kicks him low! SUPERKICK ENZIGURI COMBO! Taiji tumbles out and Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into Taiji and they hit railing! Hiromu fires up and he wants Sho to get up. Sho stands, Hiromu runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Hiromu doesn’t let off! Fireman’s carry and a spin, for the TIMEBOMB! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi, by pinfall

The Six Man Tag, and now the 2v2 tag, LIJ sweeps the night! Will Bone Soldier be able to rebound and get Hiromu back when it’s time for their title match? As for Hiromu, he gets his BOSJ trophy and his jacket, then the mic. Fans clap for “HI-RO-MU!” “L I J!” and Hiromu says, “Hachioji! I’m home!” Fans cheer, and Hiromu says, “Due to injuries and various things, it has been a while. But finally, NJPW is back in Hachioji! How swell!” Fans applaud that, too, “O-KAE-RI! O-KAE-RI!” or “WEL-COME HOME! WEL-COME HOME!”

Hiromu then points out the special guest on commentary. “Hey wait a second. Isn’t that Hachioji’s own Acchan, lead singer for the punk bank, Neurotica? I can’t hear you at all, but I’m just going to assume you said something nice. People of Hachioji and visitors, when you’re in town, stop by his sweets shop called…” Acchan says it’s Fujiya. “Fujiya! Please stop by. It only looked like I forgot the name! Everyone, make sure to come by. Is that a good enough plug? Okay, good.” Fans applaud the free advertising, and then Hiromu has everyone hold on. He wants to enjoy this return to Hachioji. “I know I’m having the most fun. I can run this thing like a talk show.

“Bushi, sorry for prolonging this and making you wait. But I have a question I need to ask. I wonder if someone in here was a schoolmate of mine. A show of hands, did you know me growing up?” Seems only a couple nice old ladies in the back do. “Huh? Really? Eh? Really… I don’t have any friends here? Nobody remembers me? All these people in here and none of them know me. Well, this is a real moment. I can’t be mad at you guys. Can I say one more thing? On a more serious note, the main event on June 21st, in Korakuen Hall, me and Ishimori- Oh, the mayor here is named Ishimori. Different person.

“For the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori. I will pack that house by my own will! To all of you here, to those watching on NJPW World, I’m asking you to please come to the venue! From the fans here, raise your hand if you’ll be there!” There are more people who raise their hands this time but Hiromu says that’s not enough! You gotta run to the box office and buy your tickets! Use your savings, ask your boss for time off! Please, do it for Hachioji’s own, Hiromu Takahashi! If you do show up on June 21st, you won’t regret it! Hiromu and Taiji are going to clash, how could it not be fantastic? He awaits you at Korakuen Hall!

“We can have more, more, more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE… Fun together~! Let’s go, Hachioji.” The hometown hero wants the world to see him take on Taiji, but will he truly be the Best of the Super Juniors with both trophy and title? Or will the Bone Soldier keep that belt Too Sweet?


My Thoughts:

A really good event for NJPW but yes, I skipped quite a bit. New Japan Road is mostly tune-ups before something more important, and in this it leads to the G1 Climax. The matches I did cover were mostly for the other matches we’re getting during New Japan Road, i.e. the Junior Heavyweight Division. Great Six Man from Empire and Jado Avengers, and the Empire stands tall because I’m thinking Six or Nine finds a way to retain the belts. The Empire is getting strong but they aren’t going to be that dominant just yet. The other Six Man Tag was very good, and a good momentum builder for LIJ into the G1.

The main event tag was also very good, and was a great homecoming win for Hiromu ahead of his title match. It’s a little early to tell with other tune-ups happening before June 21st, but with how strong Bullet Club is running right now, it’d be rather surprising if Hiromu wins the title. It would be really cool if he did, because of how it adds to the history Hiromu is making as a threepeat BOSJ winner. But I feel like for right now, the bigger picture is about building Bullet Club up towards something, and that means they can’t lose any major titles right now.

My Score: 8.3/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS ???
  • Hechicero VS Matthew Menard; wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, theN LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

 


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Qualify for the Climax!

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The Road to the G1 has begun!

NJPW is heating up the G1 Climax already by bringing us a Qualifier Series! Whose New Japan Soul will burn bright through the Summer?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • Great-O-Khan & Francesco Akira VS Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato; Khan & Akira win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Hirooki Goto, El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Goto, Desperado, Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi; Callum wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

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G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The United Empire has been on a roll tonight, but while those were tag matches, The Prince of Pace has to do this on his own! Can Callum conquer the Tokyo Pimp? Or will he have to watch out for the usual tricks?

The bell rings and the two run in! Yujiro BOOTS Callum down, stomps him around, and Callum goes to ropes. Yujiro ROCKS Callum with a forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Yujiro stomps Callum again, CLUBS him, then brings him out to knee low. Yujiro CLUBS Callum again, whips corner to corner, but Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and keeps moving, to then BOOT Yujiro! The fans fire up while Yujiro bails out. Callum eggs Yujiro on, but the ref wants him to stay in. Yujiro slides in, Callum dodges and DROPKICKS! Yujiro bails out again and the fans fire up. Yujiro hurries back up to the apron, but Callum DROPKICKS him down!

Callum takes aim as Yujiro stands up, for the PLANCHA, but Yujiro moves aside! Callum lands on his feet but that strains the legs. Yujiro reels Callum in, REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref wants this back inside, and fans rally up for Callum, but Yujiro stalks him. Yujiro drags Callum up to RAM him into railing! Yujiro brings Callum back up, to RAM him into the apron! The ref reprimands but Yujiro brings Callum around, to whip into railing! Callum goes down in a heap and Yujiro leaves him behind. The ring count starts but Callum sits up at 4 of 20. The fans cheer Callum on as he rises at 10 of 20 and hobbles over.

Callum rolls in at 13, the fans cheer, but Yujiro stomps Callum right down. Yujiro digs his boots in, the ref counts, so Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro whips Callum into a corner, stomps him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then ELBOWS him. Yujiro throws more elbows, then runs up to BOOT! Callum slumps down but Yujiro pushes him to a cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Yujiro drags Callum to center. Yujiro drops a leg, drops it again, then drops it again! Cover, TWO! Callum stays in this and the fans rally up. Yujiro is annoyed, but he eggs Callum on. Yujiro brings Callum up, and Callum fires a forearm!

Yujiro eggs Callum on more as Callum throws more shots. Yujiro then knees low! Yujiro snapmares Callum and then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Callum toughs it out. Yujiro brings Callum up, puts him against ropes, then fires forearms. The ref reprimands, but Yujiro gets space. Callum BOOTS first! Callum runs up but into a kick! Yujiro runs but Callum follows, trips him, and DOUBLE STOMPS him! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yujiro goes to one corner, Callum goes to the other. Callum fires up, the fans are with him, and he runs Around the World to DROPKICK!

Callum snapmares Yujiro, runs up and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans still applaud as Callum has control. Callum clutches his beat up back, uses the ropes to stretch it out, and then he clamps onto Yujiro with chicken wings. Yujiro hurries to the ropes, so Callum ROCKS him with a right! Callum sits Yujiro in the ropes, then runs to DROPKICK Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls, Callum brings him up and chicken wings. Yujiro fights the lift, stomps Callum’s foot, then ROCKS him with an elbow! Callum comes back to ROCK Yujiro with a forearm! Callum runs, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Callum sputters, Yujiro runs up and BOOTS him!

Yujiro brings Callum around, reels him in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans cheer! Yujiro is frustrated but he stalks Callum. Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Callum is tougher then the Intercollegiate Slam and Yujiro grows further frustrated! Yujiro stumbles after Callum, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Callum fights free, but Yujiro blocks the lariat! Yujiro ducks the backhand but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again as Callum catches his breath. The fans rally up and Callum fires himself back up. The fans join in and Callum takes aim.

Callum goes to run but Yujiro reels him in! Yujiro waistlocks, Callum switches, but Yujiro BITES Callum’s hand! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Yujiro stops at 4. Yujiro runs, but Callum blocks the boot, ROCKS Yujiro, then runs. Yujiro uses the ref as a shield! He gets the cane! But Callum blocks the cane attack, kicks Yujiro low, but now the ref sees Callum with the cane! Callum defends his innocence, the ref takes the cane, and Yujiro LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Yujiro reels Callum in, for PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro is stunned that Callum survives! Yujiro pleads with the ref, but no, it was not a three.

Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, for BIG- NO, Callum wrenches out! Yujiro ROCKS Callum, runs, but Callum shoots around to chicken wing and TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yujiro escapes but the fans fire up! Callum aims from a corner, runs Around the World, and DROPKICKS! Yujiro staggers, Callum goes up, and he roars as he springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Then OSCUTTER!! Cover, Callum wins!

Winner: Callum Newman, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It was a grueling first fight, but Callum was able to outpace Yujiro, and he now moves ahead! Callum faces Kenta in Korakuen Hall, will Callum continue to build momentum? Or will he #GoToSleep before the Climax?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Head Hunter and the Crown Jewel have battled many times, both in the G1 and more recently, over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Sadly, neither man has that gold, but they’re looking at something bigger. Will Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp and head for the next round? Or will he be the victim of a Jewel Heist?

The bell rings and the two circle as the fans rally up. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Chase swings Hashi around to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Chase lets off, but then he blows snot on Hashi! Chase eggs Hashi on so Hashi fires forearms! Hashi CLUBS Chase, Chase knees low and Chase TOSSES Hashi out. Hashi runs up to the apron but Chase DECKS him! Chase builds speed but Hashi dodges the dropkick! Hashi kicks low, whips, and Chase hits railing! Chase staggers away while fans applaud. Hashi goes after Chase, brings him around, and whips him into more railing! Chase staggers again while fans applaud.

The ref wants this back in the ring but Hashi lines up a shot. Chase stands, Hashi runs up, but Chase BOOTS him! Chase RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Hashi into railing! The ref goes out to check Hashi while Chase leaves him behind. Chase opens the gate so he can snatch a fan’s Yoshi-Hashi towel! Chase sneaks that over so he can CHOKE Hashi with it! The ref sees that, reprimands, but Chase whips Hashi hard into railing! Down goes Abe-san, too! Since when was Chase copying the House of Torture? Chase storms over, brings Hashi up, and puts him in the ring. Hashi sits up, Chase runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

The fans cheer as Hashi stays in this. Chase is annoyed and he mocks the fans as they rally up. Chase CLUBS Hashi on the neck, stomps Hashi’s hand, then brings him up to wrench and wristlock. Chase bends the fingers, then SNAPS them! The ref reprimands Chase being a Villain, but Chase stomps away in the corner. Chase then bends the fingers, and he makes Hashi flip Goto off on commentary. Chase CHOPS Hashi, CLUBS him, then RAMS into him! Chase digs in his shoulder, then lifts Hashi to RAM him in again! Hashi hobbles, Chase whips him corner to corner hard, and Hashi bounces off buckles! Chase soaks up the heat while Hashi writhes.

Chase drags Hashi up but Hashi fires body shots. Hashi CHOPS and the fans cheer! But Chase BOOTS Hashi down! Chase clutches his stinging chest, drags Hashi up, but Hashi suplexes first! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Chase goes to a corner. Hashi goes to the other, runs in corner to corner, and CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat on Chase! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Hashi lets off with one more CHOP! Chase sits down, but he SPITS at Hashi! So Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi whips corner to corner, Chase reverses, but Hashi comes back to run Chase over!

The fans cheer and Hashi cleans himself off. Hashi then runs up to CHOP, run again, and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this but the fans rally up for Hashi. Hashi storms over to Chase, brings him up, but Chase throws body shots. Hashi eggs him on, Chase throws more shots, then a CHOP of his own! Hashi DECKS Chase and the fans fire up! Hashi goes back to a corner to catch his breath. Chase slowly goes to the other corner, Hashi runs in again, but Chase blocks the lariat to BUCKLE SHOT, STO, and SENTON! The fans fire up while both men are down! Chase runs corner to corner now to forearm smash!

Chase reels Hashi in, short arm LARIAT! Then a half nelson to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi stays in this and the fans fire up again! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Chase reels him in, but Hashi back drops free! But Chase is right back up! BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Chase then wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEISTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is furious with the ref but the ref defends his count! Chase scowls, drags Hashi up, and reels him in. Chase tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Hashi flips free to CODE BREAKER! Roll up and bridge, TWO! Chase escapes but Hashi dropkicks the legs out!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! Hashi and Chase go back to corners, and both men run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIATS collide again, and Chase staggers back! Hashi runs corner to corner, but Chase sends him into buckles! Chase rolls Hashi up, and puts his feet on ropes! TWO!! Hashi escapes but Chase gets moving, to C- NO!! Hashi blocks the trigger! Chase fires hands but Hashi CLUBS the leg! Hashi puts the leg in ropes, to SUPERKICK! Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Chase roars and rise sup, he swats a lariat and BACK ELBOWS! Hashi roars and swings, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!

But Hashi is right back up! C-TRIGGER!! Hashi falls back but Chase has to sit down! The fans fire up and rally for Hashi as he stirs. Chase aims as Hashi goes to ropes, and he runs in to C-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Chase drags Hashi back up, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER!! Hashi flops over but Chase wants to go for the execution! Chase reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, and PACKAGE- NO! Hashi kicks and flails to fight! But Chase powers through! PACKAGE- NO, Hashi fights free with a back drop! Chase sunset flips it! But Hashi sits on it! Cover, TWO!! Even Chase has to check if he got free in time!

Chase runs, but Hashi dodges the trigger! ELBOW! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Chase roars, but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Chase in for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and the fans fire up! Hashi rallies the fans, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is still in this but the fans fire up more! Hashi gets Chase up, full nelsons, then pump handles, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel cracked under the pressure and now Hashi heads for Korakuen Hall! But Hashi’s friend and teammate in Chaos, Tomohiro Ishii, will be waiting! If Hashi made it through this, can he make it through the Stone Pitbull?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Tetsuya Naito is preparing for the Forbidden Door and his battle with Jon Moxley, but it seems some old enemies are knocking at his door. Will Titan, Bushi & Yota Tsuji help Naito stay tranquilo? Or will Evil, Ren Narita, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho make sure Darkness Falls in Fukushima?

Before the match, Sho gets on the mic to sarcastically with Naito a happy birthday. As such, he says it’s cute Naito thinks he’s going to have a happy birthday at all. Sho talks trash on LIJ, too, but the fans boo. And then The House just attacks! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and while Evil, Narita & Kanemaru drag Naito, Bushi & Yota out, Sho digs his boot into Titan’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to CLUB him down. Sho talks trash as he digs his boot into Titan’s head. Titan gets up to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT and Titan runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in!

Red Shoes reprimands, Titan swings on Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoids it. Kanemaru throws Titan down by his mask, only for Titan to kip up! PELE! Kanemaru falls, Titan gets around Sho to knuckle lock, CHOP, and he goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks but Kanemaru gets in, so Titan MISSILE DROPKICKS the Heel Master! Then DROPKICK for the Murder Machine! The fans fire up as Titan snapmares, gets a leg, and drops a leg on the knee! And then Titan drags Sho over to tag in Naito! The fans cheer as the birthday boy drags Sho up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock. Sho begs for mercy as Naito cranks the hold!

Sho reaches out, Naito keeps him from ropes, and they go around and around. Naito even teases Evil by just barely keeping Sho back from a tag! Naito grins as he brings Sho away and Bushi tags in. Bushi climbs up, Evil protests, but Bushi still gets away with the AX HANDLE! The fans cheer, and Bushi BLASTS Evil off the apron! Bushi CHOPS Sho, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Sho dodges. Sho runs in but into the PENDULUM KICK! Bushi aims but Dick Togo anchors Bushi’s feet while Sho gets in Red Shoes’ face! Narita BOOTS Bushi down, and then the rest of the House attacks the rest of LIJ!

Narita whips Bushi into railing, Evil CHOKES Naito, Sho whips Yota! Sho and Bushi get back in the ring, even as Evil CHOKES Naito, Kanemaru CHOKES Titan, and Narita brings Yota into the crowd! The fans have to be careful, and Red Shoes reprimands, but this lets Sho CHOKE Bushi in the ring! Sho tags Kanemaru and he scrapes his foot off Bushi’s face. Kanemaru snapmares Bushi, ELBOWS him in the head, then stomps him around. The fans rally for Bushi but Kanemaru sends him into Evil’s boot! Kanemaru tags Evil, Red Shoes sees Evil has a shirt ready to use, so Evil gives that up so he can kick Bushi out of the ring.

Red Shoes is busy putting the shirt aside, so he misses Sho and Narita mugging Bushi! Narita grabs a chair, Sho stands Bushi up, and Narita JAMS Bushi! Yota protests, Narita puts Bushi in for Evil, and Evil drags Bushi up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But then someone rings the bell? Dick Togo makes the announcement and Evil even grabs Bushi’s mask cover to celebrate. Red Shoes says no, this doesn’t count in any way, shape or form. Evil says fine, and he tags Narita. Narita drags Bushi up, Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Narita CLAWS Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands while Narita scrapes Bushi’s face off ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Narita lets off and runs, but Bushi blocks the boot to ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi crawls, but Narita stomps him down! Narita BLASTS Yota, stands Bushi up, but Bushi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! Bushi then dropkicks the legs out, crawls for his corner, and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up as Yota runs Narita over! Kanemaru & Sho get in to kick low then double whip, but Yota kicks Sho while he arm-drags Kanemaru! The fans fire up as Yota scoops Sho for a BACKBREAKER! Kanemaru storms up but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Narita returns, kicks low and whips, but Yota reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up for the hattrick while Narita writhes! Yota gets the fans even more fired up and he smiles. Yota drags Narita up, fireman’s carries, but Narita fights free. Narita CHOKES Yota, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota breaks free! Yota swings, Narita ducks then gets the SLEEPER! Yota endures, and he RAMS Narita into the corner! Yota sputters, but Evil sneakily unties the buckle pad! Yota runs back in and surprise! Yota runs into bare buckles! The fans boo but Narita tags Evil in. Evil & Narita split the wishbone on Narita, then Evil DECKS Naito!

Narita & Evil whip Yota to an open corner. Evil runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Narita runs in, he blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota reels Narita in to STOMP down! Evil mule kicks, runs, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito fires hands on Evil, kicks and CLUBS him, then whips. Evil reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Evil, runs up and gets around, then whips to arm-drag! Evil stands, Naito RAMS into him, but Evil fights the atomic drop. Naito RAMS Evil into the corner, whips him corner to corner, then ELBOWS him! Naito snapmares and basement dropkicks!

The fans fire up as Naito poses, then he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Naito stays on him. Evil kicks, Naito blocks and he CLUBS the leg! Naito kicks and kicks, but Evil blocks! Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru & Sho hold off LIJ while Evil steps through, for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Naito endures, pushes up, crawls forward, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Dick pokes Naito in the eyes! But even so, Naito fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Red Shoes counts 4, then Kanemaru tags in. The House sends Naito to an open corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash, then Narita adds his own!

Kanemaru runs in to elbow! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and then Narita gets in Red Shoes’ face! Dick goes up the corner while Evil & Kanemaru hold Naito open! DICK CHOP! Kanemaru covers, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans fire up! But Kanemaru & Evil SMASH the knees! Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru thrashes around! Bushi gets in to stomp Kanemaru, but Sho kicks Bushi! Sho throws Bushi out, but Naito is still free of the leglock. Dick distracts Red Shoes, letting Kanemaru get his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru aims, but Naito ducks the bottle!

Titan SHOTGUNS Kanemaru, then he BOOTS Dick! Sho kicks Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK Sho! Evil & Narita attack, double whip, but Titan uses that to FLY out onto Sho! The fans fire up, Bushi & Yota get in! CODE BREAKER for Evil, STUNNER for Narita! Then Naito baits Kanemaru into an atomic drop! Bushi ENZIGIRIS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi gives Naito a boost, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Naito gets Kanemaru up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The House of Torture tried but failed, and the night is tranquilo after all! Yota grabs the blue buckle pad and threatens Narita with it! Souled Out runs away to help the rest of The House get outta here, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for LIJ, they regroup in the ring, and naturally, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Fukushimaaa~!” The fans cheer, and Naito continues. NJPW visits the Fukushima Prefecture often, but it has been three YEARS and eight MONTHS since they were last in THE Fukushima City. Therefore, Naito thanks everyone for coming out tonight. Gracias, amigos. Naito then notes that yes, today happens to be his birthday. The fans cheer that! And Naito says he isn’t sure where she is, but his mom made the trip all the way from Tokyo just to be here tonight. The fans are surprised, but then cheer for Mama Naito.

Naito says again, he isn’t sure where she is in the crowd, but he says gracias to her. The fans applaud that, and then Naito says that in these last three years and eight months, surely there are a lot of new fans here. So, did those new people enjoy NJPW and LIJ? The fans cheer! Then, after these three years and eight months, the next time will be… Hmm. Two years? Three? Four? Just next month? Well, Naito isn’t sure. But until then, remember: Tranquilo! Assen na yo! The fans cheer, and Naito asks, “So, shall we?” The fans cheer, and Naito says if he remembers right, it has been since October of 2016, so SEVEN years and eight months, since the last time! Is everyone ready?

The only way to close out tonight’s New Japan Soul in Fukushima is of course… “Bushi, Hiromu,Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Big mic drop and LIJ is rolling forward, but they will have to do this all over again tomorrow night. Will Naito keep up the pace as he heads for Jon Moxley and the Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A very good return for the New Japan Soul series here, with plenty of tune-up matches for tomorrow’s New Japan Soul and those G1 Climax qualifiers. Really good G1 Climax qualifiers tonight, though the fans were just cold for Yujiro against Callum. Good win for Callum, and he’ll have a good showing against Kenta but I don’t expect Callum to make it to the A Block prelim finals in a couple weeks. Hashi VS Chase was very good, great win for Hashi, and while they avoided Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, they’re totally giving us Chaos VS Chaos as Hashi takes on Ishii. I’m leaning towards Ishii making it through and facing Kenta in the prelim finals.

And then a really good, really fun 8 Man Tag for the main event. Naito is definitely building momentum towards his match with Moxley in just over a week, which I would hope he wins, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear challenger for Naito afterwards. At the same time, the G1 is next, he’s gonna be in that as champion, the round robin nature makes for at least one person getting that golden ticket win off him in like a middle round. Also happy birthday to Naito, and it was so nice to know his mom made the trip out there to spend time with him.

My Score: 8.8/10


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