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Weekly Report: Week IV January 25, 2020 - January 31, 2020
2020.09.14 21:34 MGTElite489Weekly Report: Week IV January 25, 2020 - January 31, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to the fourth edition of the FNW Weekly Report! Where we recap everything that went down in (and out) of the squared circle for all four brands that are looking to change the professional wrestling world forever. Let's start things off with Apex Wrestling, and Flashpoint IV, emanating from Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Apex Flashpoint IV
Angel Garza defeats The Miz (9:34) El Hijo de Ninja's first match in Apex Wrestling turned out to be the A Lister the Miz, who was coming off being pinned by Tommaso Ciampa in the World Tag Team Championship match between #DIY and Miz and Morrison on Flashpoint II. Looking to get back on track, the Money Maker looked to spoil the rising upstart's arrival. But despite Morrison interfering on his behalf multiple times, Miz fell victim to Angel Garza's Wing Clipper, the new signee making a good debut for himself. Following the show opener, we're hit with a vignette, where we see Mark and Vicky Haskins entering a bar, looking for a drink, only to get anything but a happy hour. Nonetheless, they're the last two standing in the middle of a full scale bar fight, showcasing just how accurate the "Overkill" nickname is when applied to Mark Haskins. As the video caps off, we're then graced with the presence of Chris Hero, who demands an explanation from Drew Gulak as to why he ambushed him after his match two weeks before. But instead of getting who he wants, Hero faces off with the man he beat right before being attacked: Royce Isaacs. Isaacs claims his loss was simply a fluke, but right in the middle of his rant, he's rocked by a Rolling Elbow from the seasoned veteran, who's fed up with Isaacs mouth, and is solely focused on the University Stretcher. Bobby Lashley defeats Royce Isaacs (0:22) Isaacs' woes continue, as his opponent, the Dominator quickly has his way with him. After a quick spear and pin, Lashley's manager MVP goes on the mic and warns the Apex roster to stand back and let them past through, straight to the top of the mountain. As they arrive backstage, they find that Garza also has similar aspirations, leaving them to take it upon themselves to interrupt his interview and give him a personal notice that there is a new force to be reckoned with in Apex Wrestling. The Sacred Ring make their appearance at the top of the stage, the trio making their presence known as they menacingly walk down the stairs and enter the ring, led by International Champion Timothy Thatcher. Thatcher addresses the events of last week, denouncing OJMO's intentions of coming after his strap once again. Axel Dieter Jr. is handed the stick, and he announces his intentions to chase after the Apex Tag Team Championships, saying that he and Marcel Barthel will dominate anyone who stands in their way, including the current champions, #DIY. Apex Women's Championship First Round Match: Priscilla Kelly defeats Scarlett Bordeaux (8:12) The Apex Women's Championship Tournament continues, with Priscilla Kelly going head to head against Scarlett Bordeaux. Hell's Favorite Harlot controls a good length of the match, until the Smokeshow is able to build offense and burst out of her predicament and straight into a comeback sequence. But just as she begins to build momentum, Scarlett's path to victory comes to a screeching halt, as Dexter Lumis appears, staring her down with an entranced look in his eye. Scarlett, stopping everything, is frozen by his gaze, leaving Priscilla the perfect opportunity to lock in the Roma Clutch, leaving Bordeaux no choice but to tap out, give her the win, and punch Kelly's ticket to the semi finals. After the match, Lumis stalks Bordeaux's unmoving body, drawing concerns from multiple referees, and even General Manager Aiden English, who all swoop in to protect her from this dangerous madman. The frightening actions of Dexter Lumis are followed by the equality unsettling presence of Bray Wyatt. Wyatt welcomes everyone to the second episode of the Firefly Funhouse. He addresses Aleister Black's statement from the week before, warning him that the entity that cost him the Grand Championship is nothing like the world's ever seen before. On this being's behalf, Wyatt accepts Black's challenge for No Time To Die, before we are forced to bid an unsettling farewell to the Firefly Funhouse. Back in the ring, Aiden English introduces the semi finalists of the Apex Women's Championship Tournament. Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox enter first, followed by Priscilla Kelly and Becky Lynch. English attempts to hype up the tournament finals occurring at No Time To Die, but Becky Lynch takes control of the segment, taking verbal shots on both members of Team Kick, saying Priscilla is the only competitor worthy of her attention. Nox attempts to get her point across and face off against Becky, but she's interrupted by Kelly, who says that Kai will be a cakewalk to run through on her way to the finals. After both Dakota and Tegan get worked up by their opponents, English decides that in one week, Team Kick will face Becky Lynch and Priscilla Kelly in tag team action. All four women leave the scene, the tension obviously still there and still rising. And before we know it, it's time for the main event... Apex Grand Championship: Will Ospreay defeats Drew McIntyre (c) to win the Apex Grand Championship (13:26) Two titans of the sport, two of arguably Apex's biggest stars clash over the promotion's top achievement. After a physical sequence that included the Scottish Terminator flying over the ropes for a big tope, Drew fell into a compromising position, unable to stop his hand from colliding with the steel steps after Ospreay dodged the knife edge chop. Taking advantage of the situation, Will took the damage further, crushing it in between the steps and the ring post. Nonetheless, Drew continued to fight, refusing to give in now. He planted a Glasgow Kiss on Ospreay, headbutting him into next week, building space. But ultimately, a badly placed Claymore kick proved to be the fall of McIntyre. Ospreay took advantage, sickeningly trying to tear the shoulder out of Drew's socket. Despite escaping the hold, McIntyre just didn't have anything in the tank to defend himself from Ospreay's deathblow, the Hidden Blade. Ospreay covered Drew as the referee came to, and made the cover to become your new Apex Grand Champion.
PRIDE Wrestling #004
Brit-Am Brawlers defeat New Day by DQ (14:25) Detroit, Michigan is lit on fire as this tag team match kicks off the night in Little Caesars Arena. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, the no nonsense ass kickers of PRIDE, versus the gyrating, merch selling unicorns that are Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. After a bit of a rocky start, New Day tries fighting out from underneath, but Danny Burch takes back control of the match, even when Xavier Woods tries to distract the opposition with Francesca! Oney and Burch land stereo suicide dives, but loses control when trying for a springboard crossbody, getting a dropkick in the process. Kofi and Oney trade shots, going back and forth in the match, until Lorcan starts to get more momentum on his side. Woods and Kingston attempt to stifle him, but Lorcan has no plan to stop until he lands a gigantic half and half suplex from the top rope. He crawls over... about to make the cover... when the lights go out... in comes GoD. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa clean house, kicking Burch and Lorcan's asses, forcing the referee to call the match off. Once Brit-Am Brawlers vs New Day is called off, we travel backstage and watch as Jenn Decker interviews Roman Reigns, who's slated to compete in the Fatal Four Way main event that will determine PRIDE Champion Daniel Bryan's next challenger. Reigns promises he will bust ass and prove that he's top dog in the company, all while securing his spot against Daniel Bryan at Survival of The Fittest. PRIDE Women's Championship Tournament First Round Match: Sasha Banks defeats Jordynne Grace (12:21) After Roman's interview, we see the entrances of Jordynne Grace and Sasha Banks, two women who have the chance to move forward and get closer to becoming the inaugural PRIDE Women's Champion. After a collar and elbow tie up that falls in Grace's favor, Sasha attempts to use her speed and agility to tie up her opponent. Her and Jordynne trade submissions for a bit, before Sasha tries to lock in a quick Banks Statement, but Grace breaks out of it, thinking she's back in control, only for Sasha to put things right back at her speed with an arm drag! She follows up with a lariat, a suicide dive, and even a crossbody, and even when Grace counters that, Sasha is able to escape and hit a meteora! Both women struggle to roll back into the ring and beat the count, and continue their battle in the squared circle. Both women then continue, doing everything they can to score the final heat needed to come away with the victory. Grace comes dangerously close, slamming Sasha down with a Muscle Buster, before wrenching her arm back with a Fujiwara armbar. Somehow, someway, Banks is able to roll out and rally, landing a hurricanrana and a meteora in the corner. Finally Sasha locks in the Banks Statement, and refuses to let go, leaving Grace no choice but to tap out. Banks is moving on to the next round, and what a match to determine who would advance. As the first round match wraps up, we go backstage, and see the General Manager of PRIDE, Paige speaking to someone we just barely can't see, only for a suited man to enter the frame, followed by KENOH, who's not exactly happy. The man, who turns out to be KENOH's translator, complains to Paige, saying that KENOH was expecting better competition when he signed with PRIDE, but last week's opposition clearly wasn't the case. As KENOH and the translator leave in a hurry, Paige returns to the first person she was talking to, asking when their client is available. Street Profits defeat Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado (11:08) In PRIDE's third match of the night, we see Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford take on luchadors Metalik and Dorado, both teams jockeying for a better position in the tag ranks. Metalik starts off hot, landing a few quick shots on Ford for an early cover of two. But as he tags in Dorado, Ford is able to recover and deal out some offense of his own. Now with some space, Ford takes advantage by tagging in the fresh Dawkins, who pops off, landing a dropkick and a spinning Stinger Splash. Dorado is able to reverse Dawkins' powerbomb attempt into a frankensteiner. Tagging back in, Metalik rope walks like he only can and lands a splash, but cannot seal the deal. Metalik attempts to finish Dawkins off, but Angelo surprises him with a pop up spinebuster! Trying for another proves to be too much, as Dorado reverses and gets ready to cap things off with a shooting star press! But Dawkins lets out one last gasp, getting the knees up, before tagging in Ford and setting him up for the frog splash, getting the Street Profits a big win in the process! Once PRIDE comes back from commercial, the floor soon belongs to Suzuki Gun, as the Sadistic One steps into the ring along with the Technical Wizard, the Right Hand of Destruction, the Bastard, and the Murderhawk Monster. Joe gets on the mic, and he goes over the losses his faction has been taking lately, but promises that those failures will be rectified... once they do away with some of the dead weight that's been dragging them down. They immediately turn toward PAC, and pounce on the Brit, beating on him and laying waste to their former brother in arms. After eating a big boot, a Zack Driver, a Gotch Style Piledriver, and a Coquina, PAC is finally left for dead as Suzuki Gun walks off, satisfied with their decision. With the events that just went down, Kayla Braxton stands with the Switchblade Jay White, and asks him about his thoughts on what we just saw, as well as how he feels about tonight's main event. White brushes off both questions, saying kicking PAC out of Suzuki Gun won't help their cause in trying to fight the Bullet Club, and he will prove that tonight by being at the right place at the right time, and claim his right spot in the main event of Survival of The Fittest against Daniel Bryan for the PRIDE Championship. Tomohiro Ishii defeats Austin Theory (8:37) Two of the eight participants in the gauntlet match to crown an inaugural PRIDE Intercontinental Championship square off, the young prodigy Austin Theory facing off against the seasoned Strong Style veteran, Tomohiro Ishii. Theory is all talk in his little promo backstage, but the talk dies down once he comes face to face with the Stone Pitbull. It starts out as all Ishii, him just trampling Theory with chops and a decapitating lariat! He continues the onslaught on the outside, but Theory evades one of his attacks and takes advantage, landing a slingshot double foot stomp back in the ring. But despite landing that big move, it only takes attempting a fisherman's suplex for Ishii to fight back with a chop and an enzuigiri. Despite snapping Theory's neck with a German, Austin still has enough to get the shoulder up. In a last ditch effort, Theory was able to escape an Ishii Driller and land a Rolling Thunder Blockbuster. Knowing he had one chance at this, Theory turned around, looking for a moonsault, but Ishii moved at the last second, and put Theory out to pasture with a Ishii Driller. After the match, a furious Theory attempted to lay down steel across Ishii's spine, but the Stone Pitbull catches the chair and sends Austin packing. Suddenly, there's a cutaway to backstage, where a commotion seems to have occurred. As Paige investigates, she realizes that the subject is Roman Reigns, who is laid out on the grown, out cold. With him planned to be in the Fatal Four Way later in the night, Paige realizes she might just have a substitute for him as PRIDE goes to commercial. We come back to Chad Gable backstage, reviewing the footage last week, from when he was ambushed by Ace Austin after celebrating his victory. Gable brushes it off, saying that he refuses to let that stay in his head, and will instead move on to next week, when he goes head to head with fellow young upstart Austin Theory. Afterwards, the commentators give the viewers a preview of next week's show, before gearing up for the main event. PRIDE Championship #1 Contenders' Fatal Four Way: Jay White defeats Tetsuya Naito, Chris Jericho, and Santos Escobar (18:54) As White, Naito, and Jericho all prepare for the fight of their lives, they're surprised by the arrival of Taynara Conti, who appears on stage with a microphone. As it turns out, she's the client of the fourth entrant in this match, who is... Santos Escobar. Escobar enters to the shock of everyone, kicking off an insane battle, taking a shot at Chris Jericho, but most important targeting Tetsuya Naito's knee, ripping off the tape and beating on the injured appendage. Just like he promised, White picks his spots, pouncing on Naito when he gets the chance, destroying the leg even more so the Ungovernable One is damaged goods. With Conti's help as a distraction, Escobar is able to take control of the match at moments, laying waste to all three men, leading people to believe his first match in the company would end in a huge win. For a while, Escobar and the White went at it, both fighting tooth and nail, hoping it'll be enough to earn a shot against Daniel Bryan at Survival of The Fittest. But right at the climax of their battle Naito comes flying back in to interject himself! Escobar rolls out, and Jericho steps back into the match as he and Naito brawl! But right when it seems like Naito has this won, Escobar ruins the moment, wrecking his knee even further with a steel chair as the match goes on! Because of Escobar, Naito is dead on arrival... and who should reap the benefits but Jay White? After landing a Saito suplex on Escobar, the Switchblade steals the pin and signs his name to the main event of Survival of The Fittest! Despite the match being over, and Jay White being carried by his Bullet Club comrades out of the building, the action doesn't stop as Escobar shoves away any help for Naito and continues attacking the leader of Los Ingobernables! Chris Jericho slowly comes to, will he put a stop to this? Of course not, he joins in and stretches out Naito in the Walls of Jericho! It is only until LIJ run down to make the save that they stop, and make to leave with Conti, only for Mansoor to block their path, swinging a steel chair! Escobar, Jericho, and Conti all make a break for the other barricade, hopping it and melting into the crowd as PRIDE goes off the air.
Chris Van Vliet hosted a docu-short earlier this week, going over the very short, but explosive history of REVOLT Wrestling, the supposed fourth competitor in the famed "Friday Night Wars". After going over its inception and first two events featuring some of the world's best talent, Van Vliet went in depth explaining some of the company's hardships. Starting with the #SpeakingOut Movement, he reflected on REVOLT receiving extensive backlash for not implementing background checks thorough enough to make sure their roster had no pressing allegations against them at the time of signing. Van Vliet also went over the timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that multiple roster and staff members being infected is what turned out to be the nail in the coffin, as Amazon Prime is seemingly having cold feet about continuing to support the promotion. But just when we get to the goods, and Van Vliet interviews Ricky Steamboat, inquiring about the future of REVOLT, the feed cuts out, and multiple graphics replace the interview, that of a diamond and "REVOLT" being crossed out in favor of "REBIRTH". More questions than answers come in light of this REVOLT Exposé.
Infinity Blackout IV
Infinity Wrestling comes at us from Full Sail University for the fourth edition of Blackout, and the crowd is on their feet, losing their minds, knowing that the promotion will outdo last week's phenomenal output in the form of Blackout III. Kicking off the show is Bianca Belair, who reflects on how she attacked Shayna Baszler last week, before saying it's just payback for Baszler targeting her eye on Night 2 of New Dawn, screwing her out of the chance to become the inaugural Infinity Women's Champion. While calling Baszler out, saying she wants a shot for the strap, she's interrupted by William Regal, who says that in order for Belair to qualify for a shot against Baszler, she's going to have to go through the Queen of Spades' fellow MMA compadres, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, in a handicap match. Belair immediately accepted, saying she doesn't care what she has to do to get in the ring with Baszler. As Belair leaves through the crowd, we prepare for the first match of the night... 8 Man Tag: Dead Rose Clique (Damian Priest, Lars Sullivan, Authors of Pain) defeats Bulletproof (Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt, Joey Janela) (16:35) The mystery partner that had been hyped up by Oblivion Champion Darby turned out to be the returning Bad Boy, who joined in the fight against the Dead Rose Clique! It was an eight man car crash, with Darby and Joey throwing caution into the wind against their much bigger opponents, who had a hard time dealing with the speed of their enemies. Marko Stunt has the highlight of the match, and possibly the night with a big assisted Canadian Destroyer to Akam at ringside, but the end of the match belonged to the Dead Rose Clique. Damian Priest landed a chokeslam on Darby, sending him flying from the top rope into the unforgiving barricade! Akam and Rezar turned the tide back in the ring, landing a brutal Super Collider on the two Jungle Express members, picking up the win for their faction. Karl Anderson defeats Trent Seven (11:25) Seven looked for revenge, following the team of Gallows and Anderson exploding onto the scene the week before, debuting at Mustache Mountain's expense, beating them down after their loss to the Authors of Pain. Seven burst out of the gate hot, using his power to take control of the match, but Anderson was experienced enough to stay in it, whether it was his agility, technical ability, or less than legal methods of dealing out damage. Gallows proved to be downfall of Seven, as his distraction gave Karl enough space to land a deadly Stun Gun for the victory. Leaving through the crowd, Gunz 'n' Gallows stared down Mustache Mountain back in the ring, cocky grins plastered over their face. Cody Rhodes defeats Keith Lee (19:55) After taking two straight losses in his open challenge, Lee hoped to turn around his fortunes, thinking that third time would be the charm. The American Nightmare answered the challenge, and went head to head with the Limitless One in an captivating bout! Lee put Rhodes through the announce table with a spinebuster, but Cody targeted the leg throughout the match, turning Lee into a one legged man with his American Nightmare submission hold. It looked like we were about to see Lee rectify his past two losses with a Supernova, only for Rhodes to flip the script and hit a Cross Rhodes, scoring the pin and adding his name to the list of people who successfully answered Keith's open challenge, along with Adam Cole and AJ Styles. After the match, Cody offered a handshake, but Lee couldn't respond before being attacked by Finn Balor! The Prince laid waste to Cody, expelling him to the outside, before destroying Lee's leg even further, ending the attack with a brutal Coup de grâce to stand tall at the end of the segment. Ilja Dragunov defeats Hiromu Takahashi (13:00) Hiromu's original opponent was slated to be BUSHI, but the Dead Rose Clique had other ideas, Lio Rush and Authors of Pain dragging his unmoving carcass out to the stage, posing with him as Hiromu stood shocked. The surprising look on his face when Rush announced his new opponent, Ilja Dragunov. Despite being thrown off guard, the Time Bomb fought back and tried to make this a competitive match, but Ilja had all the momentum on his side as he used his breakneck speed and chaotic speed to break Hiromu down bit by bit. All it took was a Torpedo Moscow to finish off Takahashi and claim a win for the newcomer. Lio attempted to be friendly with Ilja, but Dragunov shoved him off, before feeding him a Torpedo Moscow of his own! Dragunov stands over both competitors of the Empyrean Championship match at Blackout rolls on. Nikki Cross defeats Alexa Bliss (11:30) In Nikki Cross' first match in Infinity, the woman who stood in her way was none other than the Goddess Alexa Bliss, both wrestlers looking to climb up the ranks and prove themselves as a possible challenger for Shayna Baszler's Women's Championship. Cross came off as unhinged and spontaneous, thinking up of moves on the fly, while Bliss was more straightforward, obviously employing a strategy. However, that strategy was not enough, as Nikki's "Strike first, think later" attitude led her to landing the Purge on Alexa and getting the pinfall on her, making her debut on Blackout a complete success! Phenomenal Ace vs The War Raiders ended in a double countout (25:45) In the main event, we saw Bulletproof, represented by AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi, go to war with Hanson and Raymond Rowe, who were representing Rogue Glory. The War Raiders beat down Hiroshi Tanahashi at first, taking turns breaking down the old man as they got closer and closer to picking up a win for their team. But somehow, someway, Tanahashi was able to escape danger in the form of a Fallout, and send Raymond Rowe colliding with his tag team partner! Getting the hot tag to AJ, the Phenomenal One came in like a house of fire, landing a Stylin' DDT on both Hanson and Rowe, but Raymond quickly shut it down with a lariat. The War Raiders continue to dominate, until they collide into the referee in an attempt to finish AJ with the Call of Fenrir! In comes the Young Bucks! The Infinity Tag Team Champions Nick and Matt Jackson interfere on Styles' behalf, the Bulletproof comrades landing a barrage of superkicks on Rogue Glory's resident monster tag team! Styles and Tanahashi thought that was it, as AJ fell into the cover, but it wasn't! Following Hanson's kickout, the two teams continued to brawl, both inside the ring and out, until all Hell broke loose when Hanson hit AJ Styles with a Death Valley Driver off the top rope to the floor below on Rowe and Tanahashi, taking everyone out at once! The referee counted, and continued to count, and count... but unfortunately all we were left with from this amazing match was a draw, an inconclusive finish that left the fans begging for more. After the match, as the War Raiders left the building, AJ Styles went on the stick, and accepted Adam Cole's challenge for Bulletproof to face Rogue Glory at Genocide, wanting to finish this affair between the two factions off for good. As the show came to a close, a graphic flashed on the screen, featuring AJ Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Joey Janela vs Adam Cole, Brodie Lee, and Killian Dain set for the Genocide PPV.
Week V Preview
Apex Wrestling Next week, the Aerial Assassin, the NEW Apex Grand Champion, Will Ospreay will address the fans for the first time, and speak his mind on the actions he took to become champion. Drew Gulak and Io Shirai will be live, where Gulak will explain his actions, most notably attacking Chris Hero, and Shirai will confront her demons. Angel Garza has been invited to the VIP lounge to air his grievances to MVP. And finally, Flashpoint will feature blockbuster main event action as Team Kick takes on Becky Lynch and Priscilla Kelly, the semi finalists showing us a bit of a preview of what's to come. PRIDE Wrestling On PRIDE #005, we will see TJP face off against the Technical Wizard Zack Sabre Jr, Chad Gable going one on one against Austin Theory, and KENOH stepping into the ring with the Swiss Superman Cesaro. And as if that's not enough, the PRIDE Women's Championship Tournament kicks into second gear, as the semi finals begin with Kairi Sane taking on Candice LeRae. Finally, the reigning champion Usos will collide with Bullet Club's own Guerrillas of Destiny with the PRIDE Tag Team Championships on the line. Infinity Wrestling Infinity Wrestling continues to one-up itself every week, with Blackout V set to be an absolute banger of a show. We're seeing not one, but two championship matches, as Darby Allin defends his Oblivion Championship against Lars Sullivan, as well as The Young Bucks versus The Ghost Soldiers for the Infinity Tag Team Championships. Joey Janela faces Brodie Lee in a Street Fight, Luke Gallows faces Tyler Bate, Nikki Cross takes on Sonya Deville, and we'll see Bianca Belair compete in a 2 on 1 Handicap Match, where if she defeats Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, she'll receive a Women's Title shot against Shayna Baszler. And for the second consecutive week, Blackout's Main Event is a stacked tag team bout; this time we only know 3 of the competitors! Cody Rhodes and Keith Lee team up to battle Finn Balor and a mystery DRC member; who will it be? Find out next week!
The Dirt Sheets
The wrestling world was in awe when Drew McIntyre shockingly lost the Apex Grand Championship to Will Ospreay. The exact events that took place are unclear, what we do know is that Drew is out with a broken hand and suspected separated shoulder. Also unclear is whether Ospreay went into business for himself or if a change was made on the fly.
Insider talks have revealed that we will see the Apex Commissioner revealed in the coming weeks, who it could be is another question, some names that have been recommended are Stu Bennett, Shane McMahon or Trish Stratus.
Apex have some big plans to rework the presentation of the product, this change could be coming with the introduction of the aforementioned Commissioner, all relying on the previous rumor, unclear how trusted these can truly be however.
For PRIDE #005, KENOH and Cesaro is apparently set to open the show, the company seems interested in what the new star can bring to the table, which is why they're putting him up against a versatile wrestler like Cesaro. The two were allegedly told to "show what they're made of" and are being given more time to give the fans a show of what they can deliver.
Recently off life support, Enzo is allegedly using the time away from the ring to record a new album, the name of the project apparently being "Insanely Curing Unhappiness: ICU", and the lead single being called "Comatose State of Mind".
Sources claim that this entire hiatus and disappearance of REVOLT is simply a ploy in their plan to rebrand, including the docu-short from Chris Van Vliet. Some claims even suggest Van Vliet is outright collaborating with REVOLT, and is being brought on as a backstage personality once the company returns to television.
On the flip side, reigning REVOLT Imperial Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega seemingly confirmed the death of his home promotion, appearing at a AAA live event, challenging El Tejano Jr for the AAA Mega Championship. To further this claim, Omega also laid down the REVOLT strap in a casket in his cinematic vignette on Twitter, implying that he was moving on to new territory.
On the flip flip side, speculation has been rising in terms of the other promotions involved in the Friday Night Wars, primarily Infinity Wrestling. Upper management has allegedly reached out to the higher ups at REVOLT, hoping to form a relationship not unlike the New Japan/Ring of Honor situation.
The speculation over Infinity's potential fourth faction has been debunked; multiple insiders have revealed that Bulletproof, The Dead Rose Clique, and Rogue Glory are the only 3 factions planned for the rest of the calendar year.
Infinity is supposedly heavily interwoven into the rebranding of REVOLT, with talent, production, and resources all being shared between the two companies as FNW's underground promotion undergoes changes.
With Finn Balor attacking Keith Lee and Cody Rhodes this past Friday, Cody is set to start a program with Balor heading into Genocide, Keith entering himself in a Triple Threat with the other two for the PPV, however the latter has come from a new source, so take it with a pinch of salt.
2020.08.17 10:13 apehasreturnedBook Hiroshi Tanahashi's Retirement - Part One: Golden
Hiroshi Tanahashi is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He's been doing it for twenty years, having been insanely loyal to New Japan Pro Wrestling that whole time. He's won a record eight IWGP Heavyweight titles, he saved the company from the brink of bankruptcy more times than I can count, and he's had an all-time epic career, one that deserves a right and proper sendoff. So, let's see how we can accomplish that, starting at Wrestle Kingdom 14. Wrestle Kingdom 14, Night Two Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Chris Jericho - If Tanahashi wins, he can challenge Jericho for the AEW Championship GO ACE! Out comes Hiroshi Tanahashi, newly dyed fluorescent golden hair flowing in the open air of the Tokyo Dome as 30,000 plus adoring fans scream along with his theme. He makes his way down to the ring, the long ramp ending before he begins hugging fans and posing for those in attendance. Tanahashi heads into the ring, and awaits the arrival of the Painmaker. Chris Jericho makes his way onto the stage, AEW Championship around his waist as Fozzy blasts through the Dome. He enters the ring, and the two men stare down ahead of a truly once in a lifetime encounter. The bell rings, and the two men lock up, Tanahashi immediately getting caught up in a headlock. Jericho starts to push the fan favourite back into the ropes, but Tanahashi gets a waistlock before Jericho gets the front facelock. Hiroshi pushes the Painmaker into the ropes, and Jericho releases for a clean break, before SLAPPING TANAHASHI IN THE FACE! Tanahashi goes to slap Jericho, but Chris ducks between the ropes, the referee pulling Tanahashi away. Y2J slowly eases out from the ropes as Red Shoes pulls Tanahashi back, and GOES FOR THE JUDAS EFFECT! Tanahashi ducks, and hits a kick to the gut before going for a DDT, but Jericho scrambles free, rolling to the outside as he hits just the perfect note to yell "TANAHASHI, YOU SON OF A BITCH!" He puts some stank on that last word, and Tanahashi lets him rage on the outside before hitting a DRAGON ROCKET TO THE OUTSIDE! Jericho is sent flying into the barrier, and Tanahashi hits a few forearms before hitting a BACK SUPLEX ON THE APRON! Tanahashi gets a smile on his face, and PULLS OUT A TABLE! Commentary talks up Tanahashi's Dome record as he heads back in, having competed for the IWGP Heavyweight Title nine times on January 4th, and competing in nine main events under the Wrestle Kingdom name alone. He picks Jericho up and hits a flurry of knees, before grabbing Jericho's leg for a DRAGON SCREW! He hits another, weakening Jericho's base, and calls for a Texas Cloverleaf, but Jericho bucks him off before hitting a dropkick. Jericho lifts Tanahashi up for a Codebreaker, but TANAHASHI INTO THE JACKKNIFE PIN! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Tanahashi springs up and goes for a Sling Blade, but JERICHO SPINS AROUND TO TURN IT INTO A SPINNING BACKBREAKER! Tanahashi clutches his spine, and Jericho chuckles before starting to work over the bad back. He drops a few knees on the spine, pulling Tanahashi up by the hair with a knee driven into the small of his back before hitting a series of hooks to the temple, pulling Hiroshi up for a CODEBREAKER... TANAHASHI HOLDS HIM UP! HE'S GONNA PUT JERICHO THROUGH THE TABLE ON THE OUTSIDE! Jericho is wildly shaking his head and starts throwing closed fists, and manages to catch himself on the apron - TANAHASHI CHARGES, AND JERICHO LOW BRIDGES, STAYING ALIVE! Both men are fighting it out on the apron, and TANAHASHI LANDS A SLING BLADE ON THE APRON! He heads up to the top turnbuckle as Jericho starts to get to his feet, measuring the distance from the table before kicking Jericho in the face - HE'S TRYING TO HIGH FLY FLOW CHRIS OFF THE APRON, BUT JERICHO WITH A THUMB TO THE EYE! PULLS TANAHASHI DOWN BY THE HAIR, RIGHT ONTO THE APRON SPINE FIRST! The Ace is out, and Jericho pulls him up before SPIKING HIM THROUGH THE TABLE WITH A SPINEBUSTER! Hiroshi Tanahashi's back has turned to dust as Jericho picks up the beaten Ace, and goes for a WALLS OF JERICHO, BUT TANAHASHI POWERS OUT! Tanahashi clutches his back as he gets to his feet, Jericho charging for a Judas Effect, but Tanahashi ducks and rebounds for a SLING BLADE! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Jericho is heaved to his feet as Tanahashi goes for a Dragon Screw, but he HITS AN ENZIGURI! Tanahashi falls into the ropes, bouncing back into a CODEBREAKER! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Jericho looks down at Tanahashi and goes for the WALLS OF JERICHO... THEY'RE IN! Tanahashi is struggling, desperate to break free, and PULLS OUT THE LEG TO GET LOOSE! He scrambles out of the hold, clearly in agony, and Jericho goes for a wild lariat, only to get HIT WITH A TIGER SUPLEX! Jericho is starting to come to now as Tanahashi struggles to his feet, unable to bridge due to his back, but he's still able to start the long climb up the turnbuckles, calling for Jericho to get to his feet for a MISSILE DROPKICK! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Tanahashi picks Jericho up, throwing him into the ropes, but JERICHO WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK! Tanahashi falls, and JERICHO GOES FOR A LIONSAULT THAT MISSES! Tanahashi rushes up top to take advantage, this time DELIVERING A HIGH FLY FLOW! HOOKS BOTH LEGS FOR ONE, TWO, THR-JERICHO GETS THE SHOULDER UP! These two have gone for twenty minutes now, and Tanahashi is calling for another High Fly Flow as he heads up top, knowing his back isn't strong enough to keep a Cloverleaf in. He poses for it, and JERICHO HITS A FOREARM! Jericho starts throwing punches, but Tanahashi is able to kick him away, dropping down, but JERICHO LEAPS UP FOR A CODEBREAKER! CAUGHT... SOMEHOW TANAHASHI IS ABLE TO HOLD JERICHO UP! He pulls the legs up and drops Chris down for a STYLES CLASH! ONE! TWO! TH-KICKOUT! Tanahashi again heads up top, not sure of what else to do at this point, as Jericho slowly rises to his feet... HIGH FLY FLOW ON A STANDING JERICHO COUNTERED WITH A CODEBREAKER! JERICHO INTO THE COVER! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Jericho grabs the legs of Tanahashi, and STEPS OVER INTO A WALLS OF JERICHO, ALL THE PRESSURE ON THE BAD BACK! Tanahashi is pounding the mat with his fist, desperate to get to the ropes, and starts to crawl... HE PULLS OUT JERICHO'S LEG, KNOWING THE KNEE IS HURT, BUT JERICHO TRANSITIONS INTO A LIONTAMER, THE KNEE ON THE BACK! TANAHASHI FORCED TO TAP OUT! Chris Jericho def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (26:22) Jericho celebrates with his gold as a hurt Tanahashi heads to the back. He put on a great performance, but he seems truly wounded by the fact that it just... wasn't enough. New Year Dash!! Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Zack Sabre Jr and Taichi) After a rough Night Two of Wrestle Kingdom for Tanahashi, Robinson and Ibushi, the tag team champions unite with Ibushi and the Ace to take on Suzuki-gun. Suzuki-gun are out first, making their way to the ring as a unit before Lance Archer takes off into the crowd, dousing them in water like a human sprinkler system before entering the ring himself. Next out are the new IWGP Tag Team Champions, then Tanahashi to a huge pop from the small crowd, and finally Night One's main eventer, Kota Ibushi. Juice and Archer start things off for their team, and the bell rings! These two are having a King of Pro Wrestling rematch, and Juice immediately flies out of the gates at Archer, throwing wild punches to try and knock the big man off his feet. The Murderhawk Monster promptly hauls Juice off his feet to go for an EBD Claw, but Juice drops down and starts kicking out the knees, hitting a DROPKICK TO KNOCK ARCHER DOWN! Juice tags in Finlay, and the two take it to Archer with all they've got, hitting a DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE OUT OF THE RING! Finlay tags in Tanahashi as Juice lines up and TAKES TO THE AIR, BUT ARCHER CATCHES THE DIVE AND THROWS HIM INTO THE GUARDRAIL! TANAHASHI WITH A DRAGON ROCKET! Lance Archer is down, and Tanahashi sends him back in to go for a High Fly Flow, only for Zack Sabre Jr to grab the leg. Kota Ibushi runs interference with a forearm, sending Sabre to the outside, followed by ANOTHER FOR TAICHI AS DAVID FINLAY HITS A STUNNER ON SUZUKI! Tanahashi watches on as Kota Ibushi runs up the turnbuckles for a GOLDEN TRIANGLE TO THE OUTSIDE ON SUZUKI-GUN! Tanahashi turns back to go for the High Fly Flow, but ARCHER WITH A BIG BOOT! Tanahashi is hung up, and ARCHER BRINGS HIM CRASHING DOWN WITH A CHOKESLAM! ONE! TWO! TH-KICKOUT! Ibushi is back on the apron and calling for the hot tag as Tanahashi is dragged by Archer back to Suzuki-gun's corner, where Minoru is tagged in. The least friendly man on Earth starts dishing out the punishment with stomps and slaps, before tagging in Zack Sabre Jr, who GOES RIGHT AFTER THE BAD BACK WITH A CREMATION LILY! Tanahashi has nowhere to go, but Sabre lets go when Juice Robinson steps in, only for SUZUKI TO MOW DOWN JUICE! Taichi runs in to knock Ibushi off the apron, and he and Zack stomp away on Tanahashi. Now sensing victory, Zack takes a pause to watch as SUZUKI LANDS A GOTCH STYLE PILEDRIVER ON ROBINSON! Zack turns around into a SLING BLADE BY TANAHASHI! ONE! TAICHI BREAKS IT UP! Tanahashi is getting mugged now, and Sabre calls for a Zack Driver, but TANAHASHI SPRINGS OFF! DROPKICK! Taichi rushes the Ace, who lands a DRAGON SCREW! He starts fighting his way through Suzuki, and JUICE AND FINLAY TEAM UP TO TAKE OUT ARCHER! Ibushi is stomping on the apron, begging to be tagged... TANAHASHI GETS THERE! THE CROWD EXPLODES! Kota comes in like a house of fire, clotheslines for everyone as he mows through Suzuki-gun, hitting a TREMENDOUS ROUNDHOUSE ON SABRE! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Kota calls for a Kamigoye, but Taichi rushes in to stop it, shoving Ibushi off course before going for a Black Mephisto, only for TANAHASHI TO RETURN THE FAVOUR! Sabre rolls out of the ring as it clears out, save for Ibushi, and slowly gets back in to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki heads in and Ibushi charges with a huge SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST! Suzuki absorbs it like the beast he is, and UNLOADS ON IBUSHI WITH A SERIES OF SLAPS! Kota is jarred, and Minoru goes for a Gotch Style Piledriver, but IBUSHI PULLS HIMSELF UP TO HIT A HURRICANRANA, STACKING SUZUKI FOR TWO! Suzuki rolls back up to his feet and throws a THUNDEROUS LARIAT FOR A NEARFALL! He picks Ibushi up to try and lock in the Sleeper, but Ibushi starts throwing back elbows, breaking free with one FINAL ELBOW TO THE TEMPLE! Suzuki falls back, and Ibushi is still foggy as he crawls to his corner... TAGS IN ROBINSON! SUZUKI TAGS ARCHER! Both men rush in and start throwing hands, Archer backing Robinson up into the corner before hitting an EBD CLAW! ONE! TWO! THR-FINLAY WITH THE BREAK! Archer gets up and blasts Finlay with a boot, but now TANAHASHI HITS A SLING BLADE ON ARCHER! ROBINSON WITH A ROLLUP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! All of Suzuki-gun are assembling on the outside for a coordinated attack, and Tanahashi helps Finlay up as Robinson manages to take the fight to Archer solo. Ibushi fights to his feet in the ring, and TANAHASHI LANDS A DRAGON ROCKET ON SUZUKI! Suzuki hurtles into the barricade, and Ibushi tells Finlay to take care of him as Tana rolls back in, nodding to Ibushi - both men set themselves up on the opposite turnbuckles as ZSJ and Taichi get up - TANDEM AIR ATTACKS, A GOLDEN TRIANGLE ON SABRE AND A HIGH FLY FLOW ON TAICHI! In the ring, Juice is able to get Archer set up... PULP FRICTION! ONE! TWO! THREE! ROBINSON GETS HIS REDEMPTION, AND THE GOOD GUYS GET THE WIN! Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, David Finlay and Juice Robinson def. Suzuki-gun (24:55) After an incredible bout, Ibushi and Tanahashi share a show of respect as they celebrate in their corner together, before nodding at Robinson and Finlay. They let the IWGP Tag Team Champions have their moment, heading up the ramp so Juice can celebrate his tremendous pinfall over the (soon leaving) Murderhawk Monster. It's announced that both Ibushi and Tanahashi will be taking part in a few dates on the Fantastica Mania Tour, the first of which will see a blockbuster six man tag team match, partnering them with Caristico against Barbaro Cavernario, Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero. Fantastica Mania Night Four Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi and Caristico vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Barbaro Cavernario Team CMLL are out first, drawing heat from the crowd as they taunt all the kids in the front row. Ultimo Guerrero hoists up his gold as Euforia and Cavernario wait on the turnbuckles, Cavernario with a club, for Caristico, Tanahashi and Ibushi. Caristico comes out, but thinks better of entering the death trap that is the ring without any backup, so he waits - and Ibushi and Tanahashi come out together. They're introduced separately, but their bond is clearly growing tighter, and they accompany Caristico into the ring. Tanahashi and Guerrero start things off, the crowd hot behind Tanahashi as both men lock up. The Ace still has his back taped up, and Guerrero's offense is mainly focused there, so he goes right after it, raking the back and hurling him spine first into the corner, Tanahashi selling like death as Guerrero drives his foot into the spine. Ultimo tags in Euforia, and the two men hit a double backbreaker to a devastating scream by Tanahashi, before tagging in Cavernario for a DOUBLE STOMP OVER THE KNEES! Tanahashi is writhing in pain as Barbaro covers... ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Cavernario starts raining closed fists on Tanahashi, being removed from the Ace by the referee before wildly flinging himself at the eight time Heavyweight Champion once more. He finally gets up, a final stomp to the small of the back before CHARGING CARISTICO WITH A BICYCLE KICK! Ibushi grabs the leg to try and trap him, but EUFORIA PULLS IBUSHI OFF THE APRON, BOUNCING HIS FACE OFF THE RING! Cavernario clambers up top, looking down at his foe in Caristico, and HITS A SPLASH FROM THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR! Ibushi is able to dispatch of Euforia with a devastating head kick, but he's quickly taken out by Ultimo Guerrero, the numbers game catching up as an injured Tanahashi... climbs up the turnbuckles. The camera pans up, just in time to see TANAHASHI HIT A HIGH FLY FLOW TO THE OUTSIDE ON ULTIMO GUERRERO! He rolls a winded Cavernario back in and tags Ibushi, who lands a SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK FOR TWO! Ibushi picks Cavernario up, but CAVERNARIO LANDS A BELLY TO BELLY! He tags in Ultimo Guerrero, and IBUSHI TAGS CARISTICO! Caristico leaps up to the ropes and springboards for a senton, covering for two, and then springs up into a POWERBOMB BY GUERRERO! ONE! TWO! TH-NOO! Guerrero sets Caristico up on the top rope, and the two start trading forearms. Guerrero spins Caristico around, but gets DECKED WITH A BACK ELBOW! Cavernario runs in to try and get involved, but KOTA AND TANA WITH A TANDEM DRAGON SUPLEX! Guerrero starts pounding away... GUERRERO SPECIAL INVERTED SUPERPLEX COUNTERED INTO A ROLLUP! ONE! TWO! THREE! CARISTICO PINS THE CMLL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi and Caristico def. Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Barbaro Cavernario (16:42) Following the bout, Team CMLL retreat as Caristico gets on the mic and calls Guerrero out for a title match. Guerrero leaves, and Ibushi and Tanahashi raise Caristico's arms before announcing the pair of them Golden Ace. It's announced they'll have their first 2 on 2 bout in Sapporo, against LIJ's Hiromu Takahashi and Shingo Takagi. New Beginning in Sapporo Night Two Golden Ace vs LIJ (Hiromu Takahashi and Shingo Takagi) Golden Ace are out first, ready to show just what they're capable of as a tag team. However, they're up against strong competition, in IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champ Hiromu Takahashi and Shingo Takagi, now one day into a NEVER Openweight Title reign. LIJ head on down the ramp, and these are first time encounters for all four. The only experience they have with each other is studying past matches, so this could be anyone's game. It's Shingo and Ibushi starting things off, and something quickly becomes clear - LIJ's gameplan is to be strong and fast on Shingo's part, and crazy on Hiromu's. Shingo just tries to straight overpower Ibushi, so Kota switches to distanced attacks, chopping down his foe with kicks from afar. He goes after Shingo's leg, but soon enough, TAKAGI MOWS THROUGH IBUSHI WITH A LARIAT! He grabs Ibushi and throws him into the ropes, leapfrogging and dropping down as Ibushi runs the ropes before catching him in BELLY TO BELLY THROW! Ibushi is on the apron, and Shingo tags in Takahashi, who RUSHES FOR A SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB TO THE FLOOR - IBUSHI HOLDS ON! Takagi starts clubbing away at the hands, Ibushi in trouble of crashing down, but TANAHASHI SLING BLADES SHINGO! Ibushi is slipping - HIS PARTNER GRABS HIS HANDS! Hiromu gives up and spins around to hit a kick to the back of the leg of Ibushi, before finally SNAPPING HIM DOWN WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX INTO THE GUARDRAIL! Tanahashi heads out to check on his friend as Hiromu heads back in, and he's forced to send Ibushi back in to avoid a countout. Ibushi is in a bad way, still woozy, and Tanahashi cheers him on as he tries to rally. Ibushi throws a few punches to try and weather the storm, but Hiromu flings himself around the ring with ruthless abandon to prevent the tag. Soon enough, Ibushi is able to land a head kick, and he calls for a GOLDEN STAR POWERBOMB, ONLY FOR HIROMU TO PICK HIM UP FOR A DEATH VALLEY DRIVER INTO THE CORNER! He calls for a Time Bomb, but Ibushi is somehow able to drop for a BRIDGING TIGER SUPLEX! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Both men are down, and Ibushi starts the long crawl as Hiromu tries to weigh him down... TANAHASHI IS LEGAL! The Ace rushes in and floors Hiromu with a lariat, Shingo charging in to be on the receiving end of a SLING BLADE! Tanahashi throws in a slash of the air guitar in the heat of the moment, before DISHING OUT THE DRAGON SCREWS! He throws Shingo out of the ring and starts trading slaps with Hiromu, only for the Time Bomb to LEAP UP AND HIT A DESTROYER FROM OUT OF NOWHERE FOR TWO! Tanahashi is stunned as Hiromu leaps and tags in Takagi for a PUMPING BOMBER! ONE! TWO! THR-NOOO! Shingo lifts up Tanahashi for a Last of the Dragon, but now KOTA IBUSHI RUNS INTERFERENCE WITH A HEAD KICK! Shingo starts trading blows with Ibushi, and KOTA HITS A GOLDEN STAR POWERBOMB! Hiromu leaps in with a senton, and Ibushi spins him and throws him up in the air for a CROYT'S WRATH! Tanahashi clambers up, nodding to his partner before hitting a HIGH FLY FLOW ON SHINGO! ONE! TWO! THREE! GOLDEN ACE WITH THE WIN! Golden Ace def. LIJ (18:38) After the bout, Tanahashi throws in an air guitar solo after garnering the winning pinfall, he and Ibushi working like a well-oiled machine (even if Kota did a lot of the heavy lifting). He grabs a microphone, and says they're coming for the tag team titles - something that's confirmed for New Beginning in Osaka, in a triple threat bout. New Beginning in Osaka Golden Ace vs G.O.D (c) vs FinJuice for the IWGP Tag Team Titles Golden Ace are out first, followed by FinJuice. They're on their way to the ring, respectfully staring down Golden Ace, when G.O.D FROM BEHIND! The Guerrillas beat the unholy hell out of FinJuice, and Golden Ace run up the ramp, already too late. G.O.D hit tandem powerbombs on the stage on Juice and Finlay, and start heading down themselves, having gotten rid of one set of contenders. Loa and Kota start things off while Juice and Finlay are checked on, and Loa is using his immense size and strength advantage to muscle Ibushi around as they lock up. He pushes Kota into the ropes, before pulling the top over his head and HEAVING HIM THROAT FIRST INTO IT! Ibushi is coughing as Loa tags in Tama Tonga, and the GOD go to work. They batter Ibushi down with a series of forearms, before Loa holds him steady for a DIVING AXEHANDLE BY TONGA FOR TWO! Tonga taunts Tanahashi. as he beats Ibushi down, and calls for an early Gun Stun, only for IBUSHI TO HIT A SUPLEX! Loa rushes in, and HE'S TAKEN OUT WITH A SLING BLADE! Tanahashi and Ibushi stand back to back and start taking it to the GOD, knocking both men out of the ring before taking to the skies with a MOONSAULT AND HIGH FLY FLOW TO THE OUTSIDE! Tanahashi hops on the apron so Ibushi can tag him in, and calls for a DRAGON ROCKET, BUT LOA CATCHES HIM! 3D ON THE OUTSIDE! Ibushi rushes to the apron for a tremendous PK on Loa, but Tonga takes out the leg, calling for Loa to get up and POWERSLAM IBUSHI THROUGH THE COMMENTARY TABLE! Tama Tonga rolls Tanahashi into the ring, hooking the leg... ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! KICKOUT BY TANAHASHI! Tama Tonga calls Loa into the ring, and the two haul a defiant Tanahashi up... TANA DROPS DOWN! He throws a few wild punches at Tonga, and an URANAGE ON LOA! He turns around, and TAMA TONGA WITH A FOREARM! The Ace is already in a bad way, and the GOD hit a MAGIC KILLER! ONE! TWO! THR-JUICE ROBINSON WITH THE BREAK! FINJUICE ARE BACK IN! Robinson takes the fight alongside Finlay, and both men hit a DOUBLE DROPKICK TO KNOCK LOA OUT OF THE RING! They turn to face Tama Tonga, followed by Golden Ace, and Tama tries to reason with them before ALL FOUR MEN START LAYING IN THE STOMPS! JUICE WITH A PULP FRICTION! Ibushi LANDS A KAMIGOYE! Tama Tonga is out, and Tanahashi and Robinson BOTH LEAP INTO THE COVER! Both men get to their feet, and now ALL FOUR TRADE HANDS! Ibushi throws Finlay out of the ring, and Tanahashi tags Kota in before hitting a DRAGON ROCKET ON FINLAY! The legal men are Ibushi, Tama Tonga and Juice Robinson, but bodies are everywhere, Ibushi and Robinson trading blows in the middle of the ring. Kota hits a head kick, and calls for a Golden Star Powerbomb, but JUICE SWIVELS ROUND TO GO FOR A PULP FRICTION, ONLY FOR TANGA LOA TO TAKE HIM OUT WITH A BOOT! He tags in, and now Juice tries to take the big man down, only to get LEVELED BY A LARIAT FOR TWO! Loa throws Ibushi out onto the apron, and calls for a powerbomb on Juice, only for JUICE TO DROP DOWN FOR A CUTTER! He picks Loa up... PULP FRICTION! He struggles to cover - TANAHASHI WITH A HIGH FLY FLOW ON JUICE! Kota Ibushi scrambles in... KAMIGOYE ON LOA! ONE! TWO! THREE! Golden Ace def. GOD and FinJuice (17:51) to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles Golden Ace have done it, capturing tag team gold in a fast-paced triple threat, proving themselves one of the best tandems on the planet. Tanahashi does an air guitar solo before going and embracing his adoring fans, eventually heading back to hug Ibushi. For now, though, there's something on the horizon for both of them - the New Japan Cup, where Tanahashi takes on old foe Zack Sabre Jr in the first round. New Japan Cup, Round One Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Zack Sabre Jr After a few months of tag success, it's time for Tanahashi to strike out on his own for the New Japan Cup, and he's head to head with someone he's been feuding with for years in a rematch of the 2018 Finals. Sabre won there, and at Destruction in Beppu, and the G1 Supercard, but now Tanahashi is carrying a lot of momentum as he heads to the ring. Sabre is out next, and the Technical Wizard looks incredibly confident heading in. They get introductions, and now we get to see if this success with Ibushi translates to singles competition. The bell rings, and both men lock up, before immediately going for each other's legs. They slowly turn to face each other, both bent over, and work their way back up to standing before Sabre stomps on Tanahashi's foot for a distraction and JUMPS INTO A GUILLOTINE! Tanahashi scrambles, peeling away Sabre's legs before flapjacking him onto the ground and CHARGING WITH A SLING BLADE FOR ONE! ZSJ springs up, and Tanahashi wraps him before hitting an URANAGE FOR TWO! ZSJ rolls from the ring, and eggs Tanahashi on to try for a Dragon Rocket. The Ace rolls his eyes and charges, Sabre leaping out of the way, only for Tana to baseball slide under the ropes - but SABRE SEES IT COMING AND LANDS A DISCUS FOREARM SMASH! Sabre throws Tanahashi shoulder-first into the guardrail, before pulling him by the hair over to the entrance gate, where he CRASHES IT OPEN INTO THE ARM! Sabre rolls Tanahashi back in and continues the onslaught on the arm, looking for an Article 50, but Tanahashi STACKS SABRE UP FOR TWO! Sabre rolls through and goes for an elbow, but Tanahashi ducks before hitting a KNEE LIFT TO THE FACE! Sabre throws a boot, but Tanahashi catches the leg - DRAGON SCREW! He stomps on the back of Sabre's leg before hitting another grounded Dragon Screw, before picking Sabre up by the legs for a SITOUT POWERBOMB! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Sabre is rolling about on the ground as Tanahashi rolls to the apron, heading up for a HIGH FLY FLOW ON A STANDING ZSJ FOR A NEARFALL! Tanahashi calls for another High Fly Flow, but now SABRE HITS A FOREARM, SENDING TANAHASHI CRASHING TO THE APRON! Tanahashi starts pulling himself up on the ropes, but Sabre kicks out his bad arm before leaping up into a LEVERAGED ARMBAR OVER THE ROPES! Zack is forced to release, but Tanahashi is in a lot of pain as he falls back into the ring, Sabre hauling him up for a Zack Driver, but TANAHASHI ROLLS THROUGH WITH A FALL IN LOVE! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! The Ace clutches his arm, having had to hook the leg with it, but he still manages to hit a dropkick to drop Sabre to the apron. He heads out as well to deliver a SLING BLADE ON THE APRON! He sends Sabre back in, rallying the crowd as he pounds on the apron with his good arm, heading up top to deliver a HIGH FLY FLOW, BUT IT MISSES! SABRE WITH A PENALTY KICK! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Sabre grabs the arm, stomping away on the inside of the shoulder as Tanahashi screams, before LOCKING IN THE ARTICLE 50! Zack is wrenching on the bad arm as the Ace yells out in pure agony, trying desperately to shuffle towards the ropes as Sabre screams for him to tap... Tanahashi stomps the mat, trying to get the crowd behind him, and finally BREAKS ON THE ROPES! KORAKUEN HALL EXPLODES! Sabre is in disbelief, and pulls Tanahashi back into the centre of the ring, looking for Article 50 again, but TANAHASHI SLIPS OUT! SLAP TO THE FACE! Korakuen are wildly cheering for The Ace, and Tanahashi hits a barrage of slaps, followed by a DRAGON SUPLEX! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Tanahashi is rolling as Sabre stumbles to his feet, and he GOES FOR A SLING BLADE, ONLY TO BE HIT BY A FOREARM! ZSJ hits a massive boot to the side of the head, before grabbing the arm - ZACK LOCKS IN HYPERNORMALISATION! He's cranking away on the arm, the shoulder taking all the pain, and he roars, rallying and headbanging to the applause, trying to fight to his feet... TANAHASHI TAPS OUT! SABRE SUBMITS TANAHASHI! Zack Sabre Jr def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (24:21) Sabre celebrates like mad as he once again earns a win over Tanahashi, the air having been sucked out of Korakuen Hall. Tanahashi rolls out of the ring, clutching his shoulder, and is met by Ibushi halfway up the ramp, who helps him to the back. Ibushi stares down Sabre, having been scheduled for a match with him in the next round, and Tanahashi seems unlike himself, intensely disappointed by his performance.
Run This Town for the third time kicks off PRIDE, playing while the intro of our show plays a video package showing our top stars’ most impressive stunts. We get the traditional pyro followed by a shot of our crowd while Mauro Ranallo and Byron Saxton welcome us to the greatest wrestling show on Friday night. KENTA vs. Lance Archer We don’t get many words from those two, as the Bullet Club’s theme music rings through Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. All four members of the stable make their way out onto the stage, walking down the ramp in two by two formation with Jay White and KENTA in front and Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa in back. Lance Archer is the next man to come out, making his entrance alone much to the surprise of the crowd. He ignores the rest of the Bullet Club and eyes the one man that he is set to face tonight, KENTA. The bell rings and the ref frantically prepares while KENTA and Archer start kicking off with each other. Archer tries to bully the scrappy KENTA, having an 11-inch height advantage after all. He clubs him with rights and lefts. Archer steps back and goes for a Big Boot, but KENTA dodges and hits a kick straight to the mid-section. He tugs on the arm of Lance while kicking him in the calf. He gets Archer down to his knees where he swings for a kick to the chest, but Archer grabs and turns into a Powerbomb. He takes a few steps forward before KENTA counters into a Headscissors followed by a Fujiwara Armbar! Lance escapes the old and finally connects the Big Boot he attempted earlier, this performing a jump alongside it. Archer goes for an early cover but KENTA kicks out. He’s still got it. Lance pulls him up and goes for a Lawn Dart, but KENTA slides out. Archer runs into the corner, where KENTA hits a Roundhouse Kick to the shoulder blades. He then hits a Corkscrew Koutoubu Kick to the knelt Archer! He forms a Too Sweet in his left hand and plants it on the face of Archer, before sprinting to the ropes. He rebounds and jumps up for a Busaiku Knee but Archer catches him midair in a Chokeslam hold. He looks him deep in the eyes with an angry expression, before doing a 180 and dumping him out the ring. KENTA falls to the floor while Archer embraces the volleys of boos the fans hurl at him. Archer rolls out and goes for a clubbing blow across the dome, but KENTA kicks him in the gut. KENTA strikes an elbow to his opponents’ mouth, before slapping the chest of Lance with an openhanded chop. Lance grabs KENTA with both hands and holds a claw hold around his brain, before bashing him off the apron. He then throws him back inside and follows suit. Lance finds himself in an unusual position, perched on the top turnbuckle. Is he, is he going for a Moonsault? No he can’t, he’s too big! Hang on, the bastard’s gonna do it! KENTA THEN HITS A BRIDGING TIGER SUPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!!!!! 1………….2…………KICK OUT!!!!!!! THEY’RE STILL GOING, AND ARCHER SURE AS HELL AIN’T GIVING UP. After a rest period, KENTA is the first up. He tries to lift the big man again, looking to hit his signature and innovative Go To Sleep, but he’s too large. Archer runs the ropes and hits an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex! He tries to proceed with a Pumphandle Slam, but KENTA gets down and hits a quick combo of: slap, kick, spinning backfist. He goes for another, Tajiri style, but he’s clobbered by a Lariat! 1……...2……Pinfall countered into a Small Package – 1……..2…..ARCHER GETS OUT AND HITS A FALLAWAY SLAM! BIG BOOT! FINISHES IT OFF WITH THE BLACKOUT!!!! He walks towards KENTA looking to pin, WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN JAY WHITE RUSHES IN!!!! HE GOES FOR A BLADERUNNER, BUT LANCE COUNTERS INTO A SNAP INVERTED DDT!!! Archer gets up and turns around to see KENTA WHO HITS HIM WITH THE GO TO SLEEP!!!!!! 1……….2……..3!!!!!!!!! KENTA def. Lance Archer by pinfall in 13:12 Following the vicious Go to Sleep by KENTA, the Suzuki-gun member is subject to a vicious assault by White, KENTA, and the Guerrillas of Destiny. The Guerrillas pick Archer up and hit him with Guerrilla Warfare, keeping the assault going afterwards. KENTA joins in and the Bullet Club start to stomp out Lance Archer for a good 15 seconds before the rest of Suzuki-gun run out and save their partner. Archer is helped to the back by Suzuki and Joe while the Bullet Club scurry off through the crowd. After the scuffle between Lance Archer and the Bullet Club, we cut backstage to Paige’s office, where she stands in front of the camera. She says that the winner of PRIDE Champion Daniel Bryan’s open challenge tonight will face off with the winner of a Fatal 4-Way match that takes place next week. The Fatal 4-Way features competitors Roman Reigns, Tetsuya Naito, Jay White, and Chris Jericho all battling it out for a shot at the most prestigious championship in all of wrestling. The winner shall receive their shot at the upcoming PPV, Survival of the Fittest. EVIL and SANADA vs. Metalik and Dorado We come back from that backstage segment to find that Metalik and Dorado are already making their entrances to some cheers. EVIL and SANADA make their entrances after, as Mauro announces that the winner of this match will get a shot at the tag titles in the future during their entrance. The bell rings and this match is started by Metalik and SANADA, who briefly engage in some chain wrestling. We get a chop battle between the two, with SANADA emerging victorious as Metalik is knocked back into the ropes. SANADA hits a Bridging Dragon Suplex on Metalik for a kickout at 2, tagging out to EVIL. They attempt a Magic Killer early on here, but Metalik gets off onto the apron and hits a Springboard Crossbody onto both EVIL and SANADA. He tags out to Dorado, who leaps in the ring and blasts EVIL with a Springboard Tornado DDT. Dorado goes to the top rope and attempts a Diving Clothesline but EVIL catches the luchador, picking him up for a big Sidewalk Slam. EVIL hits a big headbutt followed by a German Suplex before pinning Dorado for a kickout at 2. He dominates the next portion of this match, chopping down at any comeback attempt from Dorado. Eventually Dorado reverses EVIL’s Superplex attempt, hitting a Tree of Woe Senton and getting the hot tag to Metalik, who blasts EVIL with a Somersault Arm Drag followed by a big Springboard Bulldog for a kickout at 2. SANADA tags in and attempts to help his tag partner but Dorado shuts it down with a Diving Dropkick, knocking SANADA out onto the floor outside. Metalik throws EVIL out with his partner, and the two both do tandem Suicide Dives onto the LIJ members. Dorado tosses SANADA in the ring and blasts him with a Handspring Stunner, knocking him back into a Metalik Driver by his partner that gets them the win. Metalik and Dorado def. EVIL and SANADA by pinfall in 10:04 The luchadores celebrate their win after the match, jumping on the turnbuckle and dancing along to their theme. Following an HBO Max advertisement, the cameras cut away to a smiling Kayla Braxton standing backstage. She happily welcomes Chris Jericho, who apologizes to her about the way that grubby freak Mansoor has treated her over the past few weeks. Before Jericho can get too in-depth about his feelings towards Mansoor, Kayla asks him how he’s preparing for his Fatal 4-Way match next week, and if Mansoor is distracting him from it. Jericho says that Mansoor is a speck in his field right now, as he has his eyes on everything going on in PRIDE. He finishes the interview by saying that Mansoor isn’t ever going to be anything in PRIDE, and he doesn’t want to trouble himself with something so insignificant. Kairi Sane vs. Ruby Riott - Women’s Championship Tournament Round 1 The Women’s Tournament so far has delivered in many ways so far as we’ve seen Candice LeRae defeat Mickie James at PRIDE’s inaugural episode, as well as last week when we saw Hikaru Shida defeat Tenille Dashwood in a barnburner. The Women’s action every week has definitely been a thriller thus far, and let’s hope that it continues to be that way tonight.Kairi’s music hits and the world’s cutest pirate steps through the curtain. Her wheel spins as the air blows through and she looks into the sea of people. She salutes them all in a sign of respect. Her opponent though isn’t one to give respect. No, she’s one to give a beating, as she has promised to do. Ruby Riott then takes to the stage and walks down like she runs the god damn place. She rejects a handshake and spits insults at Kairi as she leans on the corner turnbuckles. The bell rings and Kairi pounces, not wanting to put up with anymore disrespect. She nails a Forearm Smash to Ruby and starts to wallop her with forearms. She gets up and takes a step back to the corner where she salutes, points a hand at Ruby, and hits a Basement Dropkick. This is when the restholds start. Ruby kicks Kairi’s knee out and takes her to the mat. She yanks and tugs on her arm as she twists it around. She hits a low-angle Enziguri and attempts a cover but to no avail. She then stomps down on the Joshi Sensation. Ruby heads to the apron, where she seems to line up maybe a slingshot or springboard manoeuvre when Kairi sprints towards her with a boot to the face. Ruby falls to the floor in a heap. The cameras pick up the thud sound for extra effect. Kairi walks through the middle rope and tries for a Running Penalty Kick. Ruby catches her leg and takes her whole body down with her. The refs count now approaches eight as Ruby gets whatever strikes in as she can on the outside. In the nick of time she throws herself and Sane into the ring. Riott tries a cover but Sane forces her shoulder up. Ruby heads back to the drawing board for her next attack to seal the deal and end the match. She goes to the apron again, but like last time, it doesn’t work out for her. She dives for a Backwards Slingshot Senton, but Kairi catches her in a Release German Suplex. Now Sane is on top. She hits a Running Blockbuster for extra damage before the cover, 1………2…….Kick Out. Sane pulls Riott up and gives her a taste of her own medicine, as Kairi unloads a strike exchange. Ruby falls to the mat at the impact of the hits, which sets her up for a devastating Axe Kick. She rolls to the corner to recover but Kairi ain’t finished yet as she connects a pitch perfect Sliding D. She slides under the bottom rope as her forearm hits to hype the crowd up. This energy of the fans support makes her try and hit more, when she knows she could end it right now. She begins the process of setting up her Marine Spike, getting Riott into a tree of woe position as well as getting herself on the top rope. She took too long though as Ruby has regained her energy and is back in the fight. She morphs into Drew McIntyre all of a sudden as she swings herself up and throws Kairi off the top rope, over her head, crashing to the mat. Riott gets out of her position and a big smile forms as she’s back in control. This is when she locks in The Love Lock. A Bodyscissors traps Kairi but this turns into painful agony as Ruby Riott wrenches a Fujiwara Armbar. Through all the pain, The Pirate Princess breaks free! She uses her strength to pull her arm out and pull Riott’s legs off her. She gets up and sells the arm, not being able to use it for the duration of the match. She ducks a Superkick and spins into another Axe Kick. She then uses her legs to hit a Flying Headscissors and take Riott to the outside. Ruby stumbles to her feet from the floor, but she’s nailed by a Baseball Slide! Kairi uses her other arm to throw Riott back in. This is when she heads to the top rope. The crowd explodes as she teases an elbow, but Ruby pulls her down and tries to end the match with a Tornado DDT transitioned into a Snap Suplex, but Kairi uses all her power left to counter the Tornado DDT and hit a Tokyo Slam!!!! She then pulls herself up, and grabs the rope. She climbs up each turnbuckle slowly, until she’s on top. She takes a minute to breathe, before she stands up. She does the taunt… INSANE ELBOW!!!!!!!! 1………2……..3!!!!!!!! KAIRI SANE WINS THE MATCH!!! Kairi Sane def. Ruby Riott by pinfall in 11:51 The ref holds her non-hurt arm up as she pumps her fist in victory. She hugs the fans as she walks to the back, meanwhile Riott coughs profusely after that vicious elbow drop. After the Women’s Championship tournament match, the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon appears on the titantron. He stands alone backstage with a determined look on his face. Naito starts to speak in Japanese, but subtitles appear under the screen right after. El Ingobernable says that next week he will take on three of PRIDE’s best wrestlers for another shot at the PRIDE Championship. Naito adds that he will not let anything get in his way during this match, not Jay White, not Roman Reigns, and not Chris Jericho. He does his signature eye sign before we cut away to the ring. Ace Austin vs. Chad Gable Ace Austin makes his way out to the ring for the first time in his PRIDE Wrestling career, looking smug with his ace card in his hand as he struts down the entrance ramp. He gets in the ring and looks down as Chad Gable follows behind him to a decent amount of cheers from the crowd. The match starts evenly paced for the most part, heating up when Austin dodges an Ankle Pick from Gable and hits a Head Trap Stomp. Austin goes for a Listo Kick, pinning Gable afterwards for a kickout at 2. He locks in an armbar and scratches the middle of Gable’s hand with an Ace card that he pulls out from his trunks, discarding it before the referee can see. He picks Gable up for a Jumping Knee, but Gable dodges it, hitting a German Suplex while keeping his grip and moving around Austin to lock in a Front Chancery. Ace gets his foot on the rope to break the hold, but Chad hops up onto his feet and picks him up for a Powerbomb. Austin fights his way out, battering the Olympian before he can hit the Powerbomb and dropping back firmly on the ground. He goes for a 540° Kick, but Gable doesn’t bite, rolling under the kick and nearly putting the match away via roll-up. Austin takes Gable down with a Double Knee Gutbuster, tossing him over the top rope and diving on top of him with a Fosbury Flop. He tosses him into the ring post and then the steel steps before throwing him in the ring and teasing the Fold. He goes for it, but Gable tosses him into the corner, attempting a Chaos Theory that Austin flips out of. He hits a standing Shooting Star Press on the downed Gable for a near-fall, picking him back up in a Fireman’s Carry that Gable gets out of, finally hitting the Chaos Theory and pinning Austin. 1… 2… 3!!! Gable wins the match! Chad Gable def. Ace Austin by pinfall in 7:53 While Gable celebrates his victory, Austin sneaks up behind him, low-blowing him while he’s on the turnbuckles. Gable falls back and Austin finally hits the Fold, leaving him looking like the loser instead of the winner as we go to commercial break. The Debut of KENOH KENOH brings us back from commercial break, looking determined as he walks down the PRIDE ramp for the first time. He gets in the ring and sees his opponent, local talent Randy Reign, who is already in the ring. The bell rings and KENOH immediately sprints towards Reign, clotheslining him. He picks him up for a Full Nelson Suplex, grabbing him by the hair and hoisting him up onto both knees for a Running Knee that he likes to call “The Helm.” Finally, he picks him up one more time for a Roundhouse Kick, pinning him for the 1, 2, 3. KENOH def. Randy Reign by pinfall in 0:57 Following that dominant showing from KENOH, we get a cinematic promo from our Tag Team Champions, The Usos. Our camera is on the middle of the road, on the ground as we see the champs walk up to us. We see them decked out in black “Day One Ish” hoodies and matching white Air Force Ones with their tag straps wrapped clean and tight around their waists. Jimmy grabs the camera and begins to speak, saying, “At Bring the Ruckus, we left the New Day in the past. And two weeks back, we showed Roppongi 3K who the champs were.” Jimmy hands the microphone off to Jey, who says, “And when we face Ones and Twos, we’ll be one and oh against them. If we fought SCU, they’d need an ICU.” Jey shows Jimmy on the camera, “You know we got what it takes to tango with Breezango, and you know if we faced them, we’d wipe the streets with them Profits.” Jey takes the camera back and gets real close with it, “But now we’re out here to accept a challenge that was brought to us backstage. The Guerillas of Destiny want to tangle with the Usos for the Tag Team Championships, so that’s what they’re gonna do. So in 2 weeks, Jimmy and I are gonna teach these fools what happens when they step into…” Jimmy steps into frame and they both say, “THE USOS PENITENTIARY!!!” Daniel Bryan’s PRIDE Championship Open Challenge Contrary to tradition, our PRIDE Champion is out first, ready to face his unknown challenger for the title. IT'S SUZUKI-GUN'S PAC!!! The Bastard slowly walks down the ramp with a microphone in his hand, saying that he is ready to finally show PRIDE what he's about, as he's been on a bit of a losing streak before. Nevertheless, he's ready to rip Bryan's head off with his dangerous Brutalizer submission. Both men get in the ring and engage in an intense staredown before the referee separates the two, pushing them both back to opposite corners. The bell rings and our main event is underway. We get a bit of a feeling out process to start it off, with both men engaging in a collar and elbow tie-up. PAC shoves Bryan back as soon as they lock up, hitting a huge Spin Kick to Bryan’s midsection that pushes the champion back to the ropes. PAC sprints at Bryan but Bryan lunges forward and ducks PAC’s lariat, rebounding off the ropes and hitting a Discus Elbow Smash. PAC drops to one knee but Bryan picks him back up, hitting a forearm smash, and another one, and another until PAC grabs the final forearm and answers with a Back Elbow. PAC hits a swift leg kick followed by a Spinning Backfist, Irish Whipping him into the ropes before leapfrogging the running Bryan, who rebounds off the ropes and eats a Springboard Dropkick to the face. Dazed and confused, Bryan slowly attempts to get up, but PAC forces him to, going for a Leg Feed Enzuigiri that gets caught by Bryan, who holds both of PAC’s legs and starts to angrily stomp on his face. After about 7 or 8 good stomps, Bryan catapults PAC into the ropes. The champ gets back up and sees PAC leap off the ropes to hit a Springboard Back Elbow. Bryan ducks and catches it into a Belly to Back Suplex, but PAC flips out of it and locks in a chokehold. Bryan transitions that into a snapmare and then rebounds off the rope for a Soccer Kick to PAC’s back. He picks PAC up, attempting a Vertical Suplex that PAC reverses, dropping down to his feet and hitting a Roundhouse Kick to the back of Bryan’s head. Bryan falls face first following that brutal kick he took, allowing PAC to pin him for a kickout at 2. While Bryan lays on his stomach, PAC proceeds to knee Bryan in the neck, eventually locking in a crossface. The champ gets his foot on the rope to break the hold, causing PAC to get back up and measure Bryan up for a Dropkick. Much to the dismay of our referee, PAC ties Bryan’s arms between the ropes and starts to chop the hell out of him, the final one landing on his throat. The referee unties Bryan and he drops to the ground, gasping for air. As he kneels down, PAC goes onto the apron and sizes him up… SLINGSHOT CUTTER! The champ is in bad shape here, clutching his own throat following the chop and the cutter. PAC attempts to pin him but he kicks out at 2 once again. He slowly picks Bryan up… NECKBREAKER! Bryan stops focusing on his neck and starts to clutch at the back of his neck before PAC steps on it and taunts to a negative reaction from the crowd. PAC picks Bryan up and irish whips him into the rope. He bends over for the back body drop, but Bryan leaps over and hits an Sunset Flip Powerbomb with the pinning combination. 1, 2, PAC kicks out. Both men are back on their feet. Bryan goes for a Roundhouse Kick, PAC ducks it and attempts his own, Bryan ducks it and hits a Discus Elbow Smash! PAC stumbles back into the ropes, leaning on them for support. BAM! Shoot kick to the chest by Bryan. The crowd chants “Yes!” for every kick that PAC receives, with the challenger dropping to his knees by the fourth kick. By the tenth kick, Bryan backs up and readies for a Roundhouse Kick, and PAC falls backwards to dodge it. He gets back up and rolls Bryan up Schoolboy style, but Bryan kicks out at 2 AND TRANSITIONS INTO AN OMOPLATA! HE’S TRYING FOR THE LEBELL LOCK!!! Unfortunately for the champ, PAC’s leg is in reach of the ropes, and the challenger uses that to his advantage and causes a rope break. Bryan gets off of PAC, but as he gets back to his feet he’s struck by a Shining Wizard from Bryan. The champ picks PAC back up and attempts that Roundhouse Kick again but this time PAC catches the kick. Bryan goes for an Enzuigiri with the other leg but PAC catches that as well, dropping Bryan flat on his back and allowing PAC to lock in a Boston Crab. Instead of using the ropes as they are right next to his hand, Bryan knocks PAC’s feet out from under him and transitions into a pin that the challenger kicks out of. As PAC goes to get back up to his feet, Bryan finally hits that Roundhouse Kick followed by a Running Leg Lariat. He gets PAC back up for a Dragon Suplex, rolling through after and hitting a Tiger Driver for a kickout at 2. PAC is brought right back up to his feet. As soon as he gets up he tries for a lariat, but Bryan ducks it and goes behind him, attempting a Regal-Plex. PAC flips out of it and HITS A BRIDGING GERMAN SUPLEX DROPPING BRYAN RIGHT ON HIS NECK!!! 1… 2… KICKOUT AT 2!!! Bryan is right back to being dazed and confused after being dropped on that injured neck. PAC tosses the champion out of the ring, throwing him into the announcer’s table and bashing his head into the desk. He throws Bryan into the steel barricade, putting his head in between the bars and pulling back as hard as he can on that neck, looking to snap it clean off apparently. The referee reaches the count of 5, but PAC just looks at him and taunts him. He picks the champion up and throws him into the steel steps, getting in the ring only to break the count afterwards. PAC brings the champion back in, climbing to the top rope as he looks for a high-risk maneuver. As he prepares to dive, Bryan runs to the turnbuckle that PAC is on. PAC sticks his boot out but Bryan grabs it, executing a Dragon Screw from the top rope that takes PAC off from there. Flat on his back, PAC takes some crushing knees to the leg by Bryan, who locks in a kneebar after. PAC crawls towards the ropes, but Bryan briefly lets go of the hold to drag PAC back into the center of the ring using his feet. When PAC crawls a second time, Bryan does what he did again, only for PAC to realize and escape the hold. Both men are back on their feet, but not for long as PAC hits a huge Snap DDT. He climbs to the middle rope and attempts a Moonsault, but Bryan rolls out of the way. Bryan leaps to the top rope, sizing up the challenger who is starting to get back up. He’s about to jump BUT PAC LEAPS TO THE TOP ROPE! SUPERPLEX!!! PAC COVERS!!! 1… 2… THE CHAMP KICKS OUT!!! PAC gets back up and bends over to pick Bryan up, but Bryan pulls PAC down into a Small Package hold. 1… 2… PAC kicks out. PAC gets up before Bryan and kicks the kneeling champion in the face, stunning him and allowing him to hit a Pop-Up Cutter on Bryan’s injured neck. PAC locks in a chinlock that forces Bryan’s neck back on the challenger’s knee, wrenching back as hard as he can. Bryan tries his best to get out of it, rolling around and reaching for the ropes, but PAC doesn’t let up. Eventually Bryan manages to get back on his feet while in the hold, elbowing PAC until he is stunned and getting out of the chinlock. PAC stumbles back into the ropes, but as Bryan goes for an Irish Whip into the opposite corner, PAC reverses it and Irish Whips him into the opposite corner. Bryan runs off the corner and flips off, charging at PAC with a Corner Dropkick. PAC moves out of the way and Bryan nearly goes through the ropes. PAC takes advantage of the tied up Bryan, hitting a Rope-Hung Neckbreaker and covering after for a kickout at 2. PAC gets back to his feet and gets on the apron, waiting for Bryan to get back to his feet. As the champion stands back up, PAC leaps over the ropes and attempts a Slingshot Clothesline, but Bryan catches PAC’s arm and brings him to the ground, attempting to lock in the LeBell Lock. PAC fights Bryan off with a series of stiff forearms, hitting a devastating chop + head kick combo to knock Bryan down. PAC climbs to the top rope, attempting an Inverted 450 Splash but missing as Bryan moves out of the way. With PAC lying flat on his face, Bryan locks in his signature surfboard stretch, wrenching back on the challenger’s shoulders. He breaks the hold, backing up into the corner and waiting for PAC to get up. HE’S LOOKING FOR THE KNEE PLUS! PAC gets back up, BRYAN SPRINTS AT PAC, PAC DODGES THE KNEE PLUS!!! Bryan’s flat on his back… PAC WITH THE STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! THE BRUTALIZER IS LOCKED IN! CENTER OF THE RING!!! IS BRYAN GOING TO TAP? PAC is wrenching back on Bryan’s neck, will he get him to tap out to the Brutalizer? PAC wrenches back one too many times and Bryan uses that momentum to send PAC on his back… 1… 2… 3!!! BRYAN RETAINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! He gets up and celebrates his first title defense, raising his championship above his head for the fans to see as we fade out.
2020.07.26 13:51 forgethepast1224 [M4F] She's a cheater seeking for true love.
Yes, Ive been cheated by the first girl I've ever loved, and grabe pala talaga ung pain. ung gusto mo sumigaw at the top of your lungs but you cant, ung you wanted to punch a wall with all your might but you cant, ung gusto mo mag palamig sa labas breath some air but you cant. Instead you'll end up walking around the house staring at the walls and not knowing what you're feeling. My friends warned me about her, but I dint listen i let love blinded my decisions and now im suffering from everything. I gave her all the best i can pero it wasn't enough for her, ung isusubo ko nalang ibibigay ko pa sa kanya but still... I was her fourth pero sya was my first she would always say na gusto nya ung un na ung huli na talaga ung hangan kasal na, but as time goes biglang nasasabi nya is gusto nya mag pakasaya muna... ganito ba talaga na if nawala na ung saya hahanapin nalang sa iba? if nawala na ung kilig mag papakilig sa iba? i kept telling her na love is not all about saya and kilig its about growing, understanding and lifting up the one who is falling out. At first I was only suspecting her, and isa sa rason bakit lalo lumabo kase "pinag hihinalaan ko daw sya ng hindi totoo" pinipilit ko kase na umamin sya I wanted it to come out of her mouth para alam ko gagawin ko (nag kakalabuan na kase kame this time kase may napag awayan kame, then ang cold nya sobra to the point na parang i was being push away so i was asking her if meron na ba talaga iba) kung titigil ko na or hindi. but she kept on denying it, and mas lalo pakinagalit nya, even though there were so many hints and proof that would justify my suspicion, but then still i choose to believe her, i choose to apologize, i choose to kept on fighting. nag paka tanga ako! I was left on the dark.... and then nakipag hiwalay sya kase nga dahil sa mali ko daw na iniisip sa kanya, ako pa ang rason bakit kame lalo na wala so mas lalo ako nasira kase, i was trying to save it. but then after a few months ng wala na kame, I still try to talk to her kase from time to time (kinakamusta ko lalo na how the world is right now) and she would even sometimes ask for my help ( i know this is bad and even my friends are mad at me because of this, pero kase im that kind of person na kahit na sinasaktan mo ako if may needed ka im always here to help, wala sakin ung friend or foe, ex or what basta i wanted to assist and help people the best i can, it gives me fulfillment and happiness na i did something good and one reason people keep saying na i need to learn to love my self first (im a selfless kind of person kase)) the truth came out, a real proof was revealed and the thing is its been happening even before the time i suspected her and its all because of one certain event that she mistakenly slip. and funny thing when i saw this proof with my own eyes akala ko it would fulfill my doubt, that it would help me move on and or at least be free from pain.. but it didn't, it only worsen, it only destroyed me more.... Its ironic nga na sya laging check ng check sa phone ko pag mag kasama kame (ayaw ko kase ung mag bibigayan kame ng pass sa social media i want maturity and trust sa isat isa and also syempre privacy) even ng bago pa kame if i've been doing something shady. but im clean. pero pag sa kanya titignan ko nagagalit sya. its ironic kase kung sino pa ung takot na baka mag cheat partner nya turns out sya pala ung cheater I wanted someone to talk to ayaw ko na masyado bigyan na ng burden friends ko sa paulit ulit na pangngulit ko sa kanila. maybe i needed someone fresh na i could rant and would listen, someone who i can get along with. I would return the favor, im a good listener and a shoulder to cry on. ako usually ung napag lalabasan ng ganito. But now ako na... simpleng tao lang ako and Im a bit of an introvert so talagang limitado lang nasausap ko sa friend ko and pili lang pinag labasan ko. pero i feel na i still wanted to let it out on someone, and maybe do casual talks to keep me sane. we can talk about anything you want. i can adapt, I love watching series and movies, listening to musics and do also play games. maybe we could try and play if we get along, makulit din ako talaga medyo mapang asar. pero now i dont know parang im so blank na even doing the thing that used to give me joy doesn't feel like i enjoy it anymore I promise to return the kindness you'll give me. maybe after all this if its safe to go outside ill treat you somewhere nice, and yeah slim ako so sana slim ka din and sana 21 above naman and wag lang older than 28. then maybe we could maybe eat and eat our stress out and mag pataba ( she kept saying kase na ang payat ko and i needed to gain more weight so now nag papataba ako so sana malakas ka kumain para sabayan ako. and also ive been doing workouts) and honestly maybe sa sadness din na nabibigay. Thank you for reading and I do hope a kind heart can help me find the light again
2020.07.24 00:43 SpiegoLeDiscussioniDopo più di 50 anni di evoluzione ininterrotta della società verso comportamenti sempre più liberi, negli ultimi 10/15 anni stiamo tornando indietro verso una società profondamente bigotta
[Si stava meglio quando si stava peggio /boomermillenial rant ahead] [Colonna sonora: Roxette - Sleeping In My Car] Leggere quel cazzo di thread sui PUA mi ha intristito, soprattutto per i commenti assolutamente BIGOTTI della maggior parte dei ritaliani, che immagino siano per lo più 20enni. Questa cosa mi ha fatto riflettere su quanto fosse più AVANTI di adesso la società intorno agli anni 2000. Sulle spiagge buona parte delle donne se ne stava tranquillamente in topless e con tanga a filo interdentale, e nessuno (e nessuna) batteva ciglio. Provate a presentarvi adesso in spiaggia così e vedete che succede (ringraziamo Sofia V. per la dimostrazione, puoi andare adesso). D'altronde in TV dopo il telegiornale delle 20 passavano spot di questo tipo, e nessuno si stupiva. Era considerato assolutamente NORMALE che uomini e donne volessero scopare, anche con tanti partner diversi, anche per divertimento. Adesso siamo ritornati a chiedere alle donne il loro n-count, roba da Sicilia degli anni '50, e a considerare dei MANIACI dei normali ragazzi che passano il pomeriggio a fermare le ragazze a passeggio nel corso del paese per fare 2 chiacchiere e (sperabilmente) rimediare una scopata. E' tornata la fottuta SEGREGAZIONE RAZZIALE. Adesso è volontaria e richiesta a gran voce dalle minoranze invece che imposta dalla maggioranza, e si chiama quote, diversity, racial representation, intersectional chumbawamba... ma c'è stato un periodo in cui nella società bianchi, neri e gialli erano considerati più uguali di adesso. Il porno era paradossalmente più sdoganato di ora. Moana, Cicciolina, Eva Henger erano personaggi famosi invitati ai talk show, rispettati come persone e la cui opinione su argomenti non relativi al porno era ascoltata. Ah, e non fatemi nemmeno entrare nell'argomento politica. La mattina (pomeriggio in Italia) dell'11 Settembre 2001, 1 minuto prima dell'attentato alle torri gemelle, è stato raggiunto l'apice della civiltà occidentale.
2020.07.23 00:01 AquaGorrila_ManFirestorm 49: Booking the World Tag Team Tournament(Across All Promotions)
So it is announced that there will be a World Tag Team Tournament taking place this summer across all promotions and it will be Intergender featuring both men's teams and women's teams. It will be a 64-Team Double Elimination Tournament with the seeds for the tournament randomized. I am very excited to book this since I like tag team wrestling better than singles wrestling. So without further ado, let's get to the tournament. Note: FTR is not competing for story reasons as Cash gets hurt when Omega goes full crazy(hinting at the Cleaner) on him after a great tag title match that ends in a No Contest because of Omega grabbing a chair and using it)
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND ONE(ROUND OF 64)
FinJuice def. Lucha House Party(Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) (FinJuice puts on an excellent performance with constant tags and these 4 men have tons of crowd-pleasing spots and ends with Juice hits the Pulp Friction on Metalik) Bracket: FinJuice(W) Lucha House Party(L) The Briscoes def. The Gunn Club (The Briscoes show their tag awareness by isolating Billy Gunn who does not have much stamina this allows The Bricoses to hit the Spike J-Driller for the win.) Bracket: The Briscoes(W) The Gunn Club(L) The New Day(Kofi Kingston & Big E) def. Grizzled Young Vets (The Vets have a surprisingly strong showing here but The New Day still manage to pick up the win by Kofi reversing a German Suplex into a Hurricane-Rana and then the Trouble in Paridise on Gibson) Bracket: New Day(W) Grizzled Young Vets(L) The Dangerous Tekkers def. The War Raiders (Sabre & Taichi show why they are IGWP Tag Champs in a strong showing during an incredible match with the War Raiders they win by hitting the Tenshou Zack Driver on Erik) Bracket: The Dangerous Tekkers(W) The War Raiders(L) G.O.D def. Lethal & Greshman (G.O.D pick up a good win over the ROH Tag Champs) Brackets: G.O.D(W) Lethal & Gresham(L) Jurassic Express(Jungle Boy & Marko Stunt) def. AOP (Jurassic Express pick up a huge win over AOP with the Age of the Dinosaurs on Akam) Bracket: Jurassic Express(W) AOP(L) The Lucha Bros def. The Kabuki Warriors (The Lucha Bros & The Kabuki Warriors have an amazing match with tons of technical action but also high flying & upbeat action. The Lucha Bros end up winning with the Lucha Driver on Sane) Brackets: Lucha Bros(W) Kabuki Warriors(L) Ace Austin & Madman Fulton def. Tasha Steelz & Kiera Hogan (Austin & Fulton are ruthless & cocky throughout the match and they win when Austin hits Hogan with the House of Cards) Brackets: Ace Austin & Madman Fulton(W) Tasha Steelz & Kiera Hogan(L) Los Ingorbernables de Japon(BUSHI & Shingo Takagi) def. XXLL(Acey Romero & Larry D) (This match is great with LIJ using their speed to stay ahead of the much larger XXLL. BUSHI eventually hits the Firebird Splash on Romero for the win) Brackets: Los Ingorbernables De Japon(W) XXLL(L) The Rhodes Brothers def. Kylie Rae & Suzie (Cody & Dustin tag so well and they pick up the win after Cody hits Suzie with the Cross-Rhodes for the win) Brackets: The Rhodes Brothers(W) Kylie Rae & Suzie(L) The Usos def. Rhyno & Slater (Rhyno & Slater mesh well together and they show why they were the first Smackdown Tag Champs. The Usos manage to pick up the win though after Jey hits the USO Splash on Slater) Brackets: The Usos(W) Rhyno & Slater(L) The Brit-Am Brawlers def. The Broserweights (Burch & Lorcan pull off a surprising upset on Riddle & Dunne with very smart fighting. They pick up the win with the Brit DDT on Riddle) Brackets: Brit-Am Brawlers(W) Broserweights(L) The Rascalz(Dez & Wentz) def. The Forgotten Sons(Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler) (Dez & Wentz use their speed to stay ahead of the Sons and then The Rascalz hit the Dirty Little Rascalz on Cutler for the win) Brackets: Rascalz(W) Forgotten Sons(L) SCU(Scorpio Sky & Christopher Daniels) def. Breezeango (Sky & Daniels pick up the win after Sky hits Breeze with the Fatal Answer) Brackets: SCU(W) Breezeango(L) The Artists Collective(Cesaro & Nakamura) def. The Young Bucks (This match is great between one of the best tag teams in the world & the Smackdown Tag Champs that sees Cesaro & Nakamura outwit the Young Bucks barely winning via the Kinshasha after Zayn & Cesaro distract Nick) Brackets: Artists Collective(W) Young Bucks(L) LAX def. LWO(Andrade & Garza) (This match is amazing as the 2 teams compete to see which of these 2 are the greatest Latinx team/faction and LAX comes out on top after a Street Sweeper through a table on Garza) Brackets: LAX(W) LWO(L) Suzuki-gun(Minchinoku & Taichi) def. Butcher & Blade (Suzuki & Desperado use great tactics to take down Butcher & Blade and they pick up the win with the Michinoku Mephisto) Brackets: Suzuki-gun(W) Butcher & Blade(L) The Street Profits def. Bliss & Cross (Ford & Dawkins barely come out on top here) Brackets: The Street Profits(W) Bliss & Cross(L) ReDRagon def. Mustache Mountain (This match is amazing with Fish & Kyle winning after the Chasing the Dragon) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) Mustache Mountain(L) Roppongi 3K def. Hybrid 2 (Evans & Angelico almost pull off an insane upset of the Jr. Tag Champs but YOH & SHO come out on top) Brackets: Roppongi 3K(W) Hybrid 2(L) Elite(Omega & Page) def. Undisputed Era(Cole & Strong) (This match is great between 2 factions but eventually, the AEW Tag Champs come out on top) Brackets: Omega & Page(W) Cole & Strong(L) Imperium(Aichner & Barthel) def. Dark Order(Grayson & Uno) (The NXT Tag Champs pick up a dominant win here) Brackets: Imperium(W) Dark Order(L) Oedo Tai(Priestley & Hayter) def. Dirt Sheet (Bea Priestly puts on one hell of a show to beat Miz & Morrison) Brackets: Oedo Tai(W) Dirt Sheet(L) The Best Friends def. o.V.e (In a good bout, The Best Friends manage to defeat the Crist Brothers) Brackets: Best Friends(W) o.V.e(L) The North def. Golden Ace (These 2 teams have an epic clash but The North show superior teamwork to pick up the win) Brackets: The North(W) Golden Ace(L) Motor City Machine Guns def. Legado Del Fantasma(Wilde & Mendoza) (The Motor City Machine Guns are clearly the better team as they pick up a quick win) Brackets: Motor City Machine Guns(W) Legado Del Fantasma(L) The Golden Role Models def. 2 Fly Crew (This match is amazing and after a Brass Knuckle cheap shot, Bayley & Banks pick up the win) Brackets: Golden Role Models(W) 2 Fly Crew(L) Killer Elite Squad def. Donna Del Mondo(Syrui & Giulia) (In a great match, Archer & Smith pick up a huge win over the Goddess of Stardom Champs) Brackets: Killer Elite Squad(W) Donna Del Mondo(L) Good Brothers def. Iconics (Gallows & Andersen wrestle to perfection & pick up the win here) Brackets: Good Brothers(W) Iconics(L) Murphy & Rollins def. Indus Sher (Indus Sher nearly pull off a huge upset in a strong showing but Rollins & Murphy win) Brackets: Murphy & Rollins(W) Indus Sher(L) Gallus def. Le Sex Gods (Gallus go over here as they pick up a win over a legend like Jericho) Brackets: Gallus(W) Le Sex Gods(L) Private Party def. Heavy Machinery (Private Party & Heavy Machinery have a comedy match that sees Private Party come out on top) Brackets: Private Party(W) Heavy Machinery(L)
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND ONE(ROUND OF 32 #1)
Lucha House Party(Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) def. Gunn Club (Lucha House Party stay alive using their speed to out-do the Billy & Austin) Brackets: Lucha House Party(L) Gunn Club(E) Viking Raiders def. Grizzled Young Vets (The Raiders pick up a huge win here to stay in the tournament) Brackets: Viking Raiders(L) Grizzled Young Vets(E) AOP def. Lethal & Gresham (AOP pull off a massive upset on the ROH Tag Champs) Brackets: AOP(L) Lethal & Gresham(E) Kabuki Warriors def. Steelz & Hogan (In a good match the Warriors win) Brackets: Kabuki Warriors(L) Steelz & Hogan(E) Rae & Suzie def. XXLL (In a battle of 2 Impact Tag Teams, the women's division comes out on top when Kylie Rae pins Larry D) Brackets: Rae & Suzie(L) XXLL(E) Rhyno & Slater def. Broserweights (Rhyno & Slater barely pull off the upset as the underdogs just barely stay alive in the tournament) Brackets: Rhyno & Slater(L) Broserweights(E) Breezeango def. Forgotten Sons(Blake & Cutler) (Breezeango pick up the win as they continue their train of Fashion entrances in this tournament) Brackets: Breezeango(L) Forgotten Sons(E) Young Bucks def. LWO(Andrade & Garza) (This match is a great match with tons of awesome kicks that sees The Bucks come out on top) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) LWO(E) Bliss & Cross def. Butcher & Blade (Bliss & Cross pick up a win after Cross goes full psycho at the end) Brackets: Bliss & Cross(L) Butcher & Blade(E) Mustache Mountain def. Hybrid 2 (Hybrid 2 nearly pull off a huge upset but they are eliminated by Bate & Seven) Brackets: Mustache Mountain(L) Hybrid 2(E) Undisputed Era(Cole & Strong) def. Dark Order(Uno & Grayson) (Cole & Strong work this match well and pick up the win eliminating the Dark Order) Brackets: Undisputed Era(L) Dark Order(E) Dirt Sheet def. o.V.e (After a distraction by Morison, Miz rolls up Dave for a huge cheap upset win eliminating o.V.e) Brackets: Dirt Sheet(L) o.V.e(E) Golden Ace def. Legado Del Fantasma(Wilde & Mendoza) (In a great bout Ibushi & Tanahashi pick up a win over Escobar's men) Brackets: Golden Ace(L) Legado Del Fantasma(E) 2 Fly Crew def. Donna Del Mondo(Syrui & Giulia) (In an awesome high-paced bout, the Goddess of Stardom champs are knocked out by Ricochet & Alexander) Brackets: 2 Fly Crew(L) Donna Del Mondo(E) Indus Sher def. Iconics (Indus Sher squeaks out the win after a distraction from Bivens) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) Iconics(E) Le Sex Gods def. Heavy Machinery (Jericho & Sammy put on a great showing as they pick up the win over Otis & Tucker) Brackets: Le Sex Gods(L) Heavy Machinery(E)
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND 2(ROUND OF 32)
FinJuice def. The Briscoes (Finley & Robinson are able to pull out the win over a great team like the Briscoes) Brackets: FinJuice(W) Briscoes(L) The New Day(Kofi & Big E) def. Dangerous Tekkers (The New Day pull off a huge upset much to the delight of young fans as they move on to the Sweet Sixteen) Brackets: New Day(W) Dangerous Tekkers(L) G.O.D def. Jurassic Express(Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy) (G.O.D continue their "destined" path through the tournament with a win over the huge babyface, Jurassic Express) Brackets: G.O.D(W) Jurassic Express(L) Lucha Bros def. Austin & Fullton (In a match between 4 TNA greats we see The Lucha Bros just barely pick up the win Brackets: Lucha Bros(W) Austin & Fullton(L) Rhodes Brothers def. LIJ(Takagi & BUSHI) (This is a great bout between 3 NJPW greats + Dustin which sees Cody barely come out on top as their underdog story continues) Brackets: Rhodes Brothers(W LIJ(L) SCU def. Rascalz (This is a great 6-man tag that sees SCU pull out the victory in a high-paced match-up) Brackets: SCU(W) Rascalz(L) Artists Collective(Cesaro & Nakamura) def. LAX (This is an amazing match that might be the best of the round and it seems we can't find a winner but the Artists barely pull out the win) Brackets: Artists Collective(W) LAX(L) Street Profits def. Suzuki-gun(Suzuki & Desperado) (The Raw Tag Champs pull off a great upset over the Leader of Suzuki-gun & El Desperado) Brackets: Street Profits(W) Suzuki-gun(L) ReDRagon def. Roppongi 3K (This is an incredible dream match that sees ReDRagon barely defeating Roppongi 3K in one of the best bouts of the tournament) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) Roppongi 3K(L) Elite(Omega & Page) def. Imperium(Aichner & Barthel) (This is kind of like a physical incarnation of the Wednesday Night Wars when the NXT Tag Champs face the AEW Tag Champs. This match is great and it ends with Omega & Page just barely defeating Imperium) Brackets: Elite(W) Imperium(L) Oedo Tai(Priestly & Hayter) def. Best Friends (Priestly's style is great as she puts on an incredible show flipping all over and this lets one of the top Stardom teams pick up a win over the Best Friends) Brackets: Oedo Tai(W) Best Friends(L) The North def. Motor City Machine Guns (This match is incredible between 2 of the best TNA Teams ever! The North barely squeak out a victory after they injure Alex Shelley. The fans are now wondering what the Guns will do since they still are in the Loser's Bracket if Shelley can't compete) Brackets: The North(W) Motor City Machine Guns(L) Golden Role Models def. Killer Elite Squad (This match is great with the Role Models getting a cheap victory when Banks distracts allowing Bayley to low blow Davey Boy Smith Jr) Brackets: Golden Role Models(W) Killer Elite Squad(L) Good Brothers def. Murphy & Rollins (This match shows great teamwork with constant tags from both teams. Gallows & Andersen manage to pick up the win by pinning Murphy) Brackets: Good Brothers(W) Murphy & Rollins(L) Gallus def. Private Party (This is a great match between 2 polar opposite teams which sees the NXT UK Tag Champs pick up the big win) Brackets: Gallus(W) Private Party(L)
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 2(ROUND OF 32 #2)
Private Party def. Lucha House Party(Dorado & Metalik) (This match is fun, high flying & action-packed and the run of the Lucha House Party come to an end at the hands of Private Party Brackets: Private Party(L) Lucha House Party(E) Viking Raiders def. Murphy & Rollins (This match is a good match that sees Rollins, Gospel eliminated from the tournament by the former Raw Tag Champs) Brackets: Viking Raiders(L) Murphy & Rollins(E) AOP def. Killer Elite Squad (Some of Rollins faction remains as AOP pick up a huge convincing win over Archer & Smith continuing their push) Brackets: AOP(L) Killer Elite Squad(E) Just 2 Guys Hanging(Motor City Machine Gun Fill-In) def. Kabuki Warriors (It is announced that since Shelley can't compete, Sabian has gone to one of his other old tag partners and it is Will Ospreay as Just 2 Guys Hanging reunite to defeat the Kabuki Warriors and keep the Guns hopes alive) Brackets: Just 2 Guys Hanging(L) Kabuki Warriors(E) Best Friends def. Rae & Suzie (This match is great between 3 wrestlers who are super smiley and happy, and Suzie who still plays very happy in this we see lots of hugs and stuff but the Best Friends are able to come out on top) Brackets: Best Friends(L) Rae & Suzie(E) Imperium(Aichner & Barthel) def. Rhyno & Slater (Rhyno & Slater's underdog run comes to an end at the hands of Imperium in this good bout) Brackets: Imperium(L) Rhyno & Slater(E) Roppongi 3K def. Breezeango (The Jr. Tag Champs pick up a decisive win ending the amazing fashion shows they have been doing) Brackets: Roppongi 3K(L) Breezeango(E) Young Bucks def. Suzuki-gun(Desperado & Suzuki) (The leader of Suzuki-gun is eliminated from the tournament in a great match with the best tag team in wrestling) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) Suzuki-gun(E) LAX def. Bliss & Cross (LAX pick up a win over Bliss & Cross here by using Nikki's craziness to their advantage eliminating Bliss & Cross) Brackets: LAX(L) Bliss & Cross(E) Mustache Mountain def. Rascalz(Trey & Wentz) (This match is a great mix of slow & fast with NXT UK icons picking up the win) Brackets: Mustache Mountain(L) Rascalz(E) Undisputed Era(Cole & Strong) def. Brit-Am Brawlers (This match is great as Burch & Lorcan nearly pull off the upset but Cole & Strong pick up the win) Brackets: Undisputed Era(L) Brit-Am Brawlers(E) LIJ(Takagi & BUSHI) def. Dirt Sheet (Miz & Morrison are eliminated as LIJ stops there nonsense in its tracks and takes a shot at WWE saying in NJPW this crap isn't allowed near the titles) Brackets: LIJ(L) Dirt Sheet(E) Golden Ace def. Austin & Fulton (This match is great with Austin doing tons and nearly picking up the upset but Tanahashi & Ibushi pick up the win) Brackets: Golden Ace(L) Austin & Fulton(E) 2 Fly Crew def. Jurassic Express(Jungle Boy & Stunt) (This match is an incredible high-flying, indie style, counter-filled bout which sees Ricochet & Alexander barely come out on top) Brackets: 2 Fly Crew(L) Jurassic Express(E) Indus Sher def. Dangerous Tekkers (This match is great with Indus Sher using their size & having Bivens in their corner to succeed but they struggle in technical situations but they just barely squeak out a win) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) Dangerous Tekkers(E) Le Sex Gods def. Briscoes (This match is great with Sammy & Jericho acting very cocky throughout but near the end the Briscoes nearly come back for the win but Jericho quickly hits the Judas Effect to halt all momentum & to win) Brackets: Le Sex Gods(L) Briscoes(E)
WINNERS BRACKET SWEET SIXTEEN
New Day(Big E & Kofi) def. FinJuice (This match is great between 4 fan favorites that sees the New Day continue to prove why they are a legendary tag team) Bracket: New Day(W) FinJuice(L) G.O.D def. Lucha Bros (This match is phenomenal with tons of high-flying stuff but also a lot of other styles and Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga barely squeak out the win) Bracket: G.O.D(W) Lucha Bros(L) Rhodes Brothers def. Usos (This match is great with Cody & Dustin again playing the come from behind card to put on a good match and defeat the Usos) Bracket: Rhodes Brothers(W) Usos(L) Artists Collective def. SCU (This match is made a 6-man tag since both teams have 3 members. This match is great showing off the Smackdown Tag Champs and it sees The Artists barely pick up the win) Bracket: Artists Collective(W) SCU(L) ReDRagon def. Street Profits (This is a great match between one of Raw's Best Teams & the best NXT team which sees ReDRagon pick up a huge win over the Raw Tag Champs) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) Street Profits(L) Elite(Omega & Page) def. Oedo Tai(Priestly & Hayter) (This match is great with all 4 wrestlers going all out and Oedo Tai surprisingly nearly defeats the AEW Tag Champs but the Elite hold on) Brackets: Elite(W) Oedo Tai(L) The North def. Golden Role Models (This match is great between one of the best men's teams & one of the best if not the best women's teams. Banks & Bayley come every so close to winning but the brilliant North come out on top in this battle of very brilliant/smart teams) Brackets: The North(W) Golden Role Models(L) Good Brothers def. Gallus (The NXT UK tag champs finally suffer their first loss at the hands of Doc Gallows & Karl Andersen. This is a great match between 2 similar styled teams) Brackets: Good Brothers(W) Gallus(L)
LOSERS BRACKET SWEET SIXTEEN #1
Viking Raiders def. Private Party (This match is great between 2 massively-over teams that sees the Raiders just barely eliminating Private Party) Brackets: Viking Raiders(L) Private Party(E) Just 2 Guys Hanging(Fill-In For Motor City Machine Guns) def. AOP (This is a great match with AOP nearly winning the match but Ospreay & Sabin are able to pick up the win using their awesome high-flying style to run circles around AOP) Brackets: Just 2 Guys Hanging(L) AOP(E) Imperium(Aichner & Barthel) def. Best Friends (This is another mini-Wednesday Night War match with the NXT Tag Champs beating a staple of the AEW Tag Divison in a good bout) Brackets: Imperium(L) Best Friends(E) Young Bucks def. Roppongi 3K (This is an amazing match between 2 amazing tag teams in somewhat of a dream match. The Bucks manage to just barely come out on top) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) Roppongi 3K(E) LAX def. Mustache Mountain (LAX & Mustache Mountain have a great hard-hitting bout which sees an extreme finish with LAX putting Tyler Bate through a table with the Street Sweeper) Brackets: LAX(L) Mustache Mountain(E) Undisputed Era(Cole & Strong) def. LIJ(Takagi & BUSHI) (This match is a strong showing from one of the top Japanese factions against one of the top North American Factions that sees the UE come out on top in a close match) Brackets: Undisputed Era(L) LIJ(E) 2 Fly Crew def. Golden Ace (This match is an amazing show of high-flying action that sees Ricochet & Alexander barely pulling out the win over Ibushi & Tanahashi) Brackets: 2 Fly Crew(L) Golden Ace(E) Indus Sher def. Le Sex Gods (Malcolm Bivens leads Indus Sher to another upset as Rinku & Saurav put on a great performance and pin a pissed off, Chris Jericho. Bivens Enterprises continues to prove how good they are) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) Le Sex Gods(E)
WINNERS BRACKET ELITE EIGHT
G.O.D def. New Day(Kofi & Big E) (This match is great as we see the nonsense team of the G.O.D against the happy, fun-loving & dancing. G.O.D manage to pick up the massive heel victory as we see the Bullet Club vanquish The New Day) Brackets: G.O.D(W) New Day(L) Artists Collective(Cesaro & Nakamura) def. The Rhodes Brothers (This match is great between the over-confident Smackdown Tag Champs & the underdog veterans in Cody & Dustin) Brackets: Artists Collective(W) Rhodes Brothers(L) ReDRagon def. The Elite(Omega & Page) (This match is an ultimate dream match between 2 of the world's best tag teams. This is another Wednesday Night Wars match as the best NXT Tag Team takes on the AEW Tag Champs. ReDRagon barely comes out on top and the match ends in a wild brawl between The Elite & The Undisputed Era) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) The Elite(L) The North def. The Good Brothers (This match is amazing between the 2 best tag teams in Impact. This match shows how great at teamwork both teams are and it ends with The North just outsmarting The Good Brothers right at the end for the win) Brackets: The North(W) Good Brothers(L)
LOSERS BRACKET SWEET SIXTEEN #2
Viking Raiders def. SCU(Sky & Daniels) (This match is great between 2 great teams that see the Viking Raiders pick up a huge win as they continue to get built up throughout the tournament) Brackets: Viking Raiders(L) SCU(E) Just 2 Guys Hanging(Fill-In for Motor City Machine Guns) def. The Usos (This is a great bout between 2 super athletic teams & Ospreay proves to be the perfect fill-in for the injured Alex Shelley. Just 2 Guys Hanging manage to pick up a win over the Uso Twins in a great match) Brackets: Just 2 Guys Hanging(L) The Usos(E) Lucha Bros def. Imperium(Aichner & Barthel) (This is another amazing NXT vs AEW match as the NXT Tag Champs put on a great show against the high-flying & super athletic Lucha Bros. Pentagon & Fenix pick up the win in this ultra-close affair) Brackets: Lucha Bros(L) Imperium(E) Young Bucks def. FinJuice (This is a great match between 2 fan favorites which sees the Bucks pick up a huge win over Juice Robinson & David Finley) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) FinJuice(E) LAX def. Gallus (This match is a great hard-hitting bout and is kind of a Wednesday Night War match as the NXT UK Champs are eliminated from the tournament by Santana & Ortiz and the Inner Circle have a huge celebration after the match where Jericho takes even more shots at WWE) Brackets: LAX(L) Gallus(E) Golden Role Models def. Undisputed Era(Cole & Strong) (This match is amazing as Cole, Strong, Bayley & Banks work blend well together with Bayley & Banks getting a huge win as Cole taps in the Banks Statement making Sasha even stronger as she just beat the leader of the Undisputed Era) Brackets: Golden Role Models(L) Undisputed Era(E) 2 Fly Crew def. Oedo Tai(Priestly & Hayter) (This is a great high-flying collision from 2 great fast-paced teams that sees 2 Fly Crew come out on top just barely) Brackets: 2 Fly Crew(L) Oedo Tai(E) Indus Sher def. Street Profits (The representatives from Bivens Enterprises pick up a huge win here over the Raw Tag Champs in a great match) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) Street Profits(E)
WINNERS BRACKET SEMI-FINALS
G.O.D def. Artists Collective(Cesaro & Nakamura) (In a great bout G.O.D continues to prove why they are "destined" to win the tournament as they get a huge win over not just the Smackdown Tag Champs but also over an NJPW legend in Nakamura) Brackets: G.O.D(W) Artists Collective(L) ReDRagon def. The North (This is an amazing match that could be match of the tournament as we see the best team in Impact collide with the best team in NXT. Eventually, ReDRagon comes out on top in one of the best classic tag team wrestling bouts) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) The North(L)
LOSERS BRACKET ELITE EIGHT #1
Just 2 Guys Hanging(Fill-In for Motor City Machine Guns) def. Viking Raiders (This is an amazing bout between 4 guys who have seen great success whilst they were in NJPW. Ospreay & Sabin barely come out on top and afterwards, Alex Shelley announces he is medically cleared to return so the Motor City Machine Guns are back in and Ospreay says that he will still at least accomny them to ringside throughout the match) Brackets: Just 2 Guys Hanging(L) Viking Raiders(E) Young Bucks def. Lucha Bros (This is an incredible match of the year candidate between 2 of the best high-flying and upbeat tag teams in the world. The Bucks just barely come out on top) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) Lucha Bros(E) LAX def. Golden Role Models (This is an amazing match which almost sees Bayley & Banks win but LAX is able to stay on top in a very tight match) Brackets: LAX(L) Golden Role Models(E) Indus Sher def. 2 Fly Crew (This is a great match that sees both teams walk out stronger than before but Indus Sher continues their unexpectedly deep tournament run with this win over Ricochet & Cedric Alexander) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) 2 Fly Crew(E)
WINNERS BRACKET FINALS
ReDRagon def. G.O.D (This is an amazing match between the #1 tag team in all of WWE against one of it not the best tag team in NJPW. This match is ultra-close and goes for a long time as no one can secure the winning pin but eventually Fish & O'Reilly win with the Chasing the Dragon, after the match The UE cut a huge promo firing shots back at AEW returning the fire Jericho started) Brackets: ReDRagon(W) G.O.D(L)
LOSERS BRACKET ELITE EIGHT #2
The Motor City Machine Guns def. The Elite(Omega & Page) (This is an ultimate dream match that sees Shelley perform great as he returns from injury. Ospreay is there watching from the sidelines but after the match, Kenny goes crazy again taking out everyone and hinting at the return of the Cleaner but in his rage before he is calmed by the Bucks, he reinjures Shelley and it seems Ospreay will have to fill-in again next round) Brackets: Motor City Machine Guns(L) The Elite(E) Young Bucks def. The Good Brothers (The Bucks & The Good Brothers are amazing in this match that sees The Bucks barely win the match) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) Good Brothers(E) LAX def. New Day(Kofi & Big E) (LAX & The New Day have a great match with both their styles blending well, LAX pick up the win via the Street Sweeper and after Jericho shoots on WWE again saying they just beat one of their best teams) Brackets: LAX(L) New Day(E) Indus Sher def. The Rhodes Brothers (This is a great match as Indus Sher continues their miracle run throughout the tournament by winning after Bivens sneaks in and low blows Cody) Brackets: Indus Sher(L) Rhodes Brothers(E)
LOSERS BRACKET FINAL FOUR #1
Young Bucks def. Just 2 Guys Hanging(Fill-In for Motor City Machine Guns) (This is the ultimate dream match and possibly the match of the year when The Bucks face Sabin & Ospreay in an amazing action-packed, high flying match that sees the Bucks win with the Meltzer Driver) Brackets: Young Bucks(L) Just 2 Guys Hanging(E) LAX def. Indus Sher (The miracle run of Indus Sher & Bivens Enterprises comes to an end at the hands of Santana & Ortiz in an epic match but Indus Sher is now solidified as an epic & great tag team as Bivens Enterprises begins to succeed NXT) Brackets: LAX(L) Indus Sher(E)
LOSERS BRACKET FINAL FOUR #2
Young Bucks def. Artists Collective(Cesaro & Nakamura) (The Bucks & The Artists have one hell of a match that is one of the best tag bouts of the tournament. The Bucks finally come out on top with the Meltzer Driver) Bracket: Young Bucks(L) Artists Collective(E) The North def. LAX (This is a great match that sees 2 methodical teams wear each other down, it ends with The North hitting the Northward Star on Santana) Bracket: The North(L) LAX(E)
LOSERS BRACKET FINALS #1
The Young Bucks def. The North (This is a great match between 2 teams whose styles clash tremendously, The Bucks manage to pull off the big win) Bracket: Young Bucks(L) The North(E)
LOSERS BRACKET FINALS #2
The Young Bucks def. G.O.D (This match is amazing and a throwback to the Bucks NJPW days. The Bucks pick up the win after a long grueling match) Bracket: Young Bucks(L) G.O.D(E)
It is announced that it will be a 2 out of 3 falls match but since ReDRagon is in the winner's bracket if they win one fall then they win the match but the Bucks will need 2 falls to win. FALL ONE The Young Bucks def. ReDRagon (This is an incredible bout between the best team in AEW & the best team in WWE. This is a match of the year candidate as The Bucks just barely pick up the win) Fall Count: Young Bucks(1) ReDRagon(0) FALL TWO ReDRagon def. The Young Bucks (The second fall is the ultimate decider as no matter what by the end of this fall we will have a World Tag Team Tournament winners. The match is very close and it seems no one will win and then the crowd hears"I SAY YEAH!"The crowd goes wild as FTR make their return from injury and while the Bucks are distracted so ReDRagon grabs Nick for the Chasing the Dragon & the win) Fall Count: ReDRagon(1)(Winner) Young Bucks(1) ReDRagon WIN THE WORLD TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT!
2020.07.04 04:16 MGTElite489The Great War, Part II: All Out Attack
Part I Here All Elite Wrestling is in shambles. After getting a call from his fellow Golden Lover Kota Ibushi about appearing, Kenny Omega welcomed him with open arms. But he did not realize that there was more to the package, which included the arrival of Jay White, a full on attack from Bullet Club, and the announcement of an invasion upon AEW from Kenny's former home, New Japan Pro Wrestling. Omega and G1 Climax Winner Jon Moxley seemed to make peace with Kenny, but all it took was an interruption from AEW World Champion PAC, and another message from Jay White, this time confirming Omega and Moxley's suspicions that the Bastard was trying to play both sides, causing an all out brawl between AEW's biggest stars. Now Jay White sits on his throne, laughing to himself, knowing he's on top of the world. Despite being the Most Hated Man in New Japan, he's been able to convince the company to fully support his endeavors in attacking their rival promotion head on, and he's even been able to cause them to begin fighting itself. The Switchblade, ever the Puppet Master, is watching his plan unfold perfectly as AEW writhes under the microscope of New Japan Pro Wrestling. November 25th, 2020: AEW Dynamite To kick off the show, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur, and Jim Ross welcome us, before giving the fans a recap of what went down the week before. They hype up that next week, PAC will defend his AEW World Championship against Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega, both challengers livid at the allegations that PAC has went turncoat and crossed enemy lines. Both challengers hoping to rip their company's title away from the supposed traitor. They then transition, saying to kick off the show they'll see former TNT Champion Darby Allin face Joey Janela, two young stars looking to climb up here in the company. Allin and Janela go to war, flying through the air without a care in the world, the crowd on their feet as Janela throws caution into the wind with a tope suicida, only for Allin to come right back with a huge crossbody! They go fifteen minutes, enough time for them to get all their stuff in, but Allin pushes just a little further, and is able to seal the deal with a Coffin Drop. Allin rests in the corner as the referee raises his hand in victory, before leaning against the ropes and moving toward the middle of the ring, looking out at the crowd... only for Allin's music to suddenly fade into static. The lights shut off, one by one. The Titantron comes to life, and we see a barrage of graphics, all tinted in red. Skulls dancing in and out of frame. A man with red highlights in his hair skateboarding down a street in busy downtown Tokyo. The Titantron is taken over by static... only to be replaced by one final image: a plush cat doll smiling wickedly, wearing facepaint eerily similar to Allin's. The lights come up, and Allin stands there, confused... only to see a man perched up on the top rope! MISSILE DROPKICK! He gets to his feet, and the crowd let out a big explosion of sound! IT'S HIROMU TAKAHASHI! HE'S GOT ALLIN UP, OH GOD, TIME BOMB CONNECTS! Hiromu runs around the ring, twirling his jacket around like a madman, before leaving the ring and hopping the barricade, but not before snatching up Darby's skateboard! The commentators are in shock, they can't believe what just happened! Hiromu Takahashi just ambushed Darby Allin, and jacked his skateboard for good measure! Later on in the night, cameras switch to backstage in the Best Friends' locker room. Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta sit there, quietly talking about the invasion, wondering what's next for AEW. Trent asks Chucky where Orange is, and he points over to a bundle of blankets piled up on a table, saying OC is taking a snooze, which is why he asked him to watch over his denim jacket and shades for him. Suddenly, Taylor get a phone call, so he answers it, and immediately begins speaking Japanese frantically! Trent, confused, asks Chuck what's wrong, but Taylor, now extremely excited, hangs up the phone, before telling Trent that someone's selling CHAOS DVDs in the bathroom at a huge discount! Trent says they shouldn't be buying the enemy's merchandise, not even if it's his old faction, but Chucky takes off running, leaving Beretta no choice but to follow! After a few moments, who else but Toru Yano slips into the room, sliding his phone back into his tights, and laughing as he quietly checks to see Cassidy, still asleep. Yano quickly swipes up Cassidy's shades and jacket, before slipping out, not disturbing a thing. A few moments later, the Best Friends return, wondering out loud who could've made the call since there was no one in the bathroom selling DVDs. But both freeze when they notice the shades and jacket are gone. They then look over to see Orange waking from his slumber, and all we hear before the camera fades out is Taylor saying "Uh oh". Finally, deep into this episode of Dynamite, we're graced by the presence of Inner Circle. Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Le Sex Gods, Chris Jericho and the TNT Champion, Sammy Guevara. Jericho and Guevara take up microphones, and they point out how this entire invasion is happening because of the Elite and Jon Moxley. Jericho whips off his sunglasses, saying that the Elite walking out on New Japan, leaving them hanging without anything to work with is why they're so angry, why they want to punch in Cody's stupid face, rip the Young Bucks' hair out of their scalp, and pop Kenny's head like a pimple. Guevara takes over, and says Jon Moxley is to blame as well, because right after winning the G1 Climax trophy, apparently he couldn't even stay for interviews or press conferences, and he abandoned New Japan, not being present despite holding one of the most important trophies in the company. Guevara says if New Japan wants revenge, then kick their asses, and leave the Inner Circle out of it... or else. Now, with that out of the way, it's time Sammy defend his TNT Championship in an open challenge, something he'll do a lot more gracefully than Cody or Darby Allin, because he's a Spanish God. Suddenly... they come under attack! Masked men all swarm the ring, beating down Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, but leaving Jericho and Guevara alone as they back up in a corner, shocked and confused! The attackers then advance upon them, closing in... only to stop, and reach for their masks... one by one they take them off, and the crowd's jaws collectively drop. It's Taichi, El Desperado, and Kanemaru! They all point toward the stage, when a man appears! IT'S TAKA MICHINOKU! AND HE'S ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF... THE PRO WRESTLING WIZARD! AND THIS HITS! In comes Zack Sabre Jr and Minoru Suzuki following close behind Michinoku, who's hyping the crowd up to the arrival of the King of Technical Wrestling! As the rest of Suzuki Gun backs away from Guevara and Jericho, as ZSJ snatches the microphone from Guevara and says "I accept". Guevara looks at Jericho, who wants to protest, only to see Suzuki's mad dog eyes, causing him to tell Sammy he's got this, before quickly leaving the ring, wanting to build as much space between him and Suzuki! A referee runs down, and takes the TNT Title out of the hands of a shocked Guevara, before calling for the bell! IT'S ON! AEW TNT Championship: Sammy Guevara (c) vs Zack Sabre Jr It's a clash of styles between the Pro Wrestling Wizard and the Spanish God. Guevara tries to approach cockily, but Sabre isn't having it, blasting him with elbow smashes, discus forearms, before transitioning to tiger suplexes and throws, tossing Guevara all about the ring! Sammy eventually comes right back at him, hitting a tornado DDT, a Spanish Fly, and a running shooting star press, making the match a lot more competitive than before! Sammy turns up the heat, landing an inverted Frankensteiner and a Codebreaker for a near fall! Sabre is able to make a comeback, landing a Northern Lights suplex and a barrage of European uppercuts! In the final stages, we see Guevara at the top rope, looking to finish things off with a 630 senton! He looks over at Jericho, who's cheering him on, ONLY TO SEE HIM GET BLINDSIDED BY SUZUKI! SUZUKI'S STRETCHING OUT LE CHAMPION, GUEVARA DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! He turns to see Sabre stirring, and he knows he needs to hurry up! He flies through the air, only for the 630 to miss, Guevara has to roll through until he's sitting up! But Zack is already rebounding off the ropes, closing in! HUGE PENALTY KICK TAKES SAMMY'S HEAD OFF, JESUS CHRIST! And now Zack locks in the Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness tight on Guevara! Sammy tries to fight, attempts to escape, but soon enough he's got no choice but to tap! We got a new TNT Champion! Zack Sabre Jr defeats Sammy Guevara (c) to win the AEW TNT Championship (17:31) Suzuki drops a now bloody Jericho, and rolls into the ring to greet his stablemate. Sabre puts his new title up on his shoulder as the two laugh, before they're joined by Kanemaru, Desperado, Taichi, and Michinoku. Together Suzuki Gun walk up the ramp, and pose, just as a New Japan flag drops in from the ceiling, blocking the Titantron with the AEW Dynamite graphic! Jay White appears on the side of the stage, applauding as he observed the utter chaos he's created. December 2nd, 2020: AEW Dynamite The week after, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Excalibur go over all the chaos that went down previously, saying that it was a big hit All Elite Wrestling took from New Japan, so much so that they're still trying to recover from it. Nonetheless, the fans should still be excited for the main event of the evening, PAC defending the AEW World Championship against Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley. Let's just hope that no other incidents happen this week to interrupt that... Sadly, Schiavone speaks too soon, because Jay White is nowhere near done when it comes to screwing with AEW. Jay, KENTA, and GoD appear in the crowd, with the Switchblade demanding a microphone from the ring crew. When they don't comply, KENTA hops the barricade and blasts one of them with a Busaiku knee strike, before grabbing the stick and handing it over to White! White says that the crowd shouldn't worry, because the Bullet Club won't be getting involved in anything tonight... however, they should look over their shoulders, because that doesn't mean that other members of the New Japan roster won't come looking for a fight. The Switchblade is the Five Star General of the New Japan Army, and along with Colonel KENTA, Major Tonga, and Major Loa, it's about time the higher ranking officials lay back and watch the Privates, Lieutenants, and Sergeants prove their worth to the cause. White rests in his seat, smiling as the commentators speculate what is yet to come. Later on, when Dynamite comes back from commercial, we see a shot backstage in the parking lot, a jet black limousine pulling up. It finally comes to a stop, and those who exit it are Marc Quen and Isiah Kassidy, followed by Matt Hardy! Quen talks raises a shot glass and says even though they just got back from the club, it's about time they refill with some gin and juice! Kassidy nods his head in agreement, saying no one is styling like them, no one can handle the finesse of the Hardy Party. They're all in good moods as they walk through the parking lot... only for an all chrome, pearlescent limousine to pull up right in front of them, stopping them in their tracks! A door opens, and several Japanese supermodels exit, laughing and flashing laser pointers as they leave the strobe light and smoke filled limo. After it seems like a dozen party goers exit the limo, three men finally make their way out: SHO, YOH, and Rocky Romero, Roppongi 3K! The IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions clink their champagne glasses as Romero disputes the claim that Private Party is the most stylish tag team in existence. Wearing his signature jetpack, Romero disrespectfully blows smoke right in Matt Hardy's face, causing all six men to go face to face, daring their counterpart to make the next move. Romero snaps his fingers, and surprise surprise, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, and Toru Yano exit the limo as well, severely outnumbering the Hardy Party! Romero is all smiles, happy to know his people got his back... until he sees Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor, and Orange Cassidy walk up, and join the Hardy Party against CHAOS. Beretta goes face to face with Romero, and tells him what the Hell he's doing. Romero sheepishly says he's just arrived at the arena with his boys. Trent looks Rocky up and down, asking why they're doing this, asking why they're following Jay White's lead and attacking innocent bystanders? Romero, almost feeling guilty, now can't even look Trent straight in the eye as his former tag team partner says this isn't what CHAOS is about. Romero tries to find words to speak, until Cassidy lunges on Yano, who's wearing his jacket and shades! It kicks off a huge brawl, the Best Friends, Orange, and the Hardy Party all coming together to take the fight to CHAOS, causing pandemonium in the parking lot! Some time after the huge brawl in the parking lot, MJF cuts a promo with Wardlow by his side, claiming that this whole New Japan invasion is nothing but a convoluted scheme run by that dastardly businessman Cody, who knows that not having MJF as top champion is absolutely KILLING Dynamite's ratings. And since he won't allow South Hampton Prodigy to break through the glass ceiling, he's resorted to a staged company war so Tony Khan won't pull out of the company and deem AEW a failed project. He goes so far as to even tell New Japan to kiss his ass, causing Ishii and Goto to rush down! MJF and Wardlow exit the ring, telling them that they'll decide when it's time to fight, they'll choose the right place to settle this. We see a vignette in all black and white, of Darby Allin sitting down, head in between his legs, hands holding his head, almost as if he's in a fragile state. Flashbacks ensue, of the video package airing last week after Allin's match, the plush cat doll of Daryl wearing facepaint. The lights coming back on, to reveal Hiromu on the top rope, taking Allin down with a missile dropkick. A frozen moment in time where Hiromu has Darby up, ready to finish him off... hitting him with the Time Bomb. Darby lets out a primal scream, and sets off, trying to forget about the previous events of the week before. But his eyes begin to play tricks on him, and suddenly, he's surrounded, cornered by six men, all circling him on skateboards. Allin turns and turns, his teeth grit, his frustration boiling over. The first is Naito, mockingly tipping his hat toward Allin and doing the Abre Los Ojos taunt. SANADA, sliding on his Cold Skull mask and staring down Darby. Evil, stroking his chin mischievously, his eyeliner matching up with his emotionless black eyes. Bushi, spitting mist in the direction of Darby, doing the cutthroat gesture as he smiles devilishly at him. Shingo, arms crossed, eyes reduced to judging slits, examining Allin as he skates by. And finally, Hiromu, who's laughing, and holding out a Daryl doll, asking if Darby wants to play. We get another scene later on in the night, at a bar. And who else is lounging on a stool but Hangman Page. Hangman tells the bartender he'll have another one, pulling out money to drop on the counter, but the bartender shakes his head, saying the gentlemen over there said it was on him. Hangman looks to where the bartender is pointing, the camera pans over... it's the Aerial Assassin, IWGP United States Champion, Will Ospreay. Ospreay nods at the bartender, before picking himself up, and moving over to Page, sitting right next to him at the bar. He receives his own drink, and muses to himself, saying unlike all the other AEW roster members, Page seems to be content, despite New Japan moving in on them for the impending invasion. Hangman holds up his drink to the light, before saying it's not about companies to him. It's all about cash, checks, titles, trophies, and booze for him. Ospreay of all people should know, especially since they're causing all this trouble over a trophy. Will smiles, and says under these circumstances, no one really has a choice but to get on board, but the Aerial Assassin refuses to partake in ambushes or attacks. However... he is looking for competition, and he's thirsting to see what AEW has to offer. Will says he's going to cut to the chase, he wants to prove that he's the best, and this invasion proves to be the perfect opportunity for him to test himself against someone. Someone like Hangman Page. Page finishes his drink, and tells Ospreay he's making a mistake, because if they ever square off, that title will fly off his waist faster than he can chug an entire keg. Page pulls out a couple dollar bills, and lays them on the table, telling Will it's on him now, before leaving. Finally, after all the preliminaries, after all the vignettes and backstage segments, it's now time for the match we've all been waiting for: a blockbuster three way dance between three of AEW's best and greatest: the champion PAC, the former champion and current G1 Climax winner Jon Moxley, and the One Winged Angel Kenny Omega. All three men make their entrances, no one in the right mood to mess with, it's all business from here on out. AEW World Championship: PAC (c) vs Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley No one gives a inch in this main event. Omega is completely focused on hurting the Bastard, Moxley is pretty pissed at both men, and is attempting to commit double homicide, while the AEW Champion is fighting for his life as he fends off two men who are out for his blood. Kenny is firing off V Triggers all over the place, while PAC is stretching him out, looking to tear his arms out of the sockets, setting up for Rings of Saturn, and Moxley brings in the hardware for his own brand of ultraviolence! By the end of the match, all three men are covered in blood, tired, and looking for the end. Omega has PAC up in the One Winged Angel, ONLY FOR MOXLEY TO COME OUT OF NOWHERE WITH A SPEAR! PAC is sent flying, and Moxley is trouncing upon Kenny, beating him further into a pulp! Moxley finally sets up, looking for the Paradigm Shift... PAC comes in with a brutal chair shot across the back! The Bastard runs the ropes, and blasts him with a dropkick, sending Moxley backward, causing him to inadvertently spike Kenny on his head! PAC quickly hits a running shooting star press on Moxley, flips him on his stomach, and hurries, climbing up top! He gets his feet set on the top rope, this could be it! BLACK ARROW CONNECTS! PAC FALLS INTO THE COVER! 1... 2... 3! The Bastard holds onto the gold! PAC (c) defeats Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley to retain the AEW World Championship (16:19) As PAC recovers in the corner, Jay White can be seen clapping his hands, happy to see his apparent comrade claim the victory. Moxley clutches his back in pain, and Kenny wipes the blood from his face. White nods to the rest of his crew, and they hop the barricade, storming the ring, giving everyone a bad feeling. KENTA and GOD surround Moxley and Omega, while Jay helps PAC up. He grabs a microphone and says it's finally time that the Death Triangle come home, and join the ranks of Bullet Club, where they belong. Switchblade says that under his leadership, he can bring forth an entire banquet of glory and success to each and every member, and it's time PAC take advantage of that. PAC mulls it over, and snatches the microphone from White. He says that a couple weeks back, he might have considered the offer, but there's a couple things that bring his mind to a full stop. First off, the Bastard does not appreciate being dragged through the mud with a venomous lie such as the one White told the entire world two weeks ago. He had not chosen any sides at the moment, and it's disgusting to think White used PAC as a toy in his sick, twisted game. Second, he cannot be bought, therefore, he does not give a damn if joining the Bullet Club will bring riches and delicacies, because PAC isn't about having everything HANDED to him, he's about TAKING everything whenever he feels like it. Third... he answers to no one, and that especially means he will never join the ranks of a faction that he is not leader of. He'd rather die than be someone else's lapdog. White, shocked, tries to convince him otherwise, but PAC isn't hearing it. The Bastard finally caps things off, saying it's about time Jay get the Hell out of HIS company. PAC BASHES JAY'S HEAD IN WITH THE AEW WORLD TITLE, KICKING OFF A HUGE BRAWL! KENTA attacks PAC, while Omega and Moxley begin to fight off Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa! Eventually, the reinforcements come in, in the form of Phantasmo and Ishimori! They stand on stage, ready to fight, WHEN REY FENIX COMES FLYING IN, KICKING PHANTASMO'S HEAD OFF! Pentagon tackles Ishimori, and it's the Ghost Soldiers going at it with the Lucha Bros! The brawl spills out of the ring, with Moxley, Omega, and PAC finally making headway! Together, with the Lucha Bros, they dump KENTA, GOD, White, Phantasmo, and Ishimori off the stage, a huge number of bodies piling up at the bottom of the ramp! They return to the ring, the Death Triangle, Moxley, and Omega all staring off with one another, running off pure adrenaline! The locker room spills out, and Kenny grabs a microphone, saying that THAT is what this is all about. As he, Moxley, and the Death Triangle make their way up the ramp, he continues his monologue. He says working together, coming together to face adversity head on. This is what AEW is all about. He tells the roster that if PAC and the Death Triangle can stand with Moxley and Kenny, then so can everyone else. It's about time they strike back. It's no longer an invasion. It's no longer a one sided issue. All Elite Wrestling is officially declaring war on New Japan Pro Wrestling. The roster is slowly coming to agreement, when out of nowhere, in comes Hangman Page, carrying a drink and the New Japan banner on his shoulders! Page dumps the flag on the fallen Bullet Club members at the bottom of the stage, drawing a huge pop from the roster and the crowd alike! Chris Jericho steps out of the crowd as well, and the two share a look, before Jericho pulls out a bottle of a Little Bit of the Bubbly. Together, they both pour out their drinks on the pile of bodies and the New Japan flag, drawing another cheer from all the talent. To close the show, we see Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley, and PAC at the forefront of a finally united All Elite Wrestling. Dynamite Fallout We get another video posted everywhere, featuring Jay White in a frenzy. Absolutely livid that his plan to indoctrinate the Death Triangle into the Bullet Club didn't work, White says that the chaos has only just begun for All Elite Wrestling. Sure, they may have got the upper hand this time, but remember this is the first time they were actually able to defend their home turf. In due time, New Japan will strike back, and they will show the world that All Elite is nothing but pandering bullshit. He walks off, steaming mad at how AEW was actually able to come together. A few days later, we see another edition of Being The Elite, with some big implications tied to it. It's Kenny Omega, alone, sitting in his home, apparently packing for something. As he stuffs shirts, pants, socks, and packs shoes into his suitcase, he digs through his closet once more... only to pull out an old Golden Lovers shirt. Kenny looks at it, emotion cascading over his face, only for him to tear it in half, and throw it to the side, putting the history behind him. He zips up his bag, and gets ready to go, the camera then zooming in on the nightstand, which holds a planet ticket that reads "ONE WAY- HANEDA AIRPORT". Fade to black. World Tag League Finals We fast forward a some time later to the World Tag League Finals. It's an action packed night filled with matches, such as Los Ingobernables de Japon facing CHAOS for the Never 6 Man Tag Titles, Ospreay teaming with Roppongi 3K against Suzuki Gun, and the main event, the World Tag League Finals: IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny facing off against the former champions, Golden Ace. During the NEVER 6 Man brawl, we see Bushi, EVIL, and Shingo Takagi overcome Toru Yano, Ishii, and Goto to win the straps. During backstage interviews, we see LIJ commenting on their win, only for the Elite to arrive! They're back! The Young Bucks say they haven't seen those titles in a long time, but they'd love to get reacquainted very, VERY soon, Cody mentioning how he'd love to hold one of those titles for the very first time, even if it means going through Los Ingobernables. EVIL strokes his chin, Shingo nods, not bothering to use his words to confirm that he's down for a fight. Yano, Ishii, and Goto walk in, and it's clear they're interested in keeping these titles within the New Japan roster. As the argument intensifies, the Jungle Express crashes the party, causing everything to go batshit crazy! All four teams are going at it, it's clear that the feud between All Elite Wrestling and New Japan is only intensifying! Meanwhile, in the ring, Hiromu Takahashi has graced the audience with his presence, having congratulated his stablemates in the ring, before taking center stage, microphone in hand. Having won the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Title at Power Struggle, Hiromu is on top of the world, and the people are wondering what's next. Holding Darby Allin's skateboard by his side, and his strap around his waist, he says he's always looking for the next thrill, always searching for the next challenge, so he's hoping his message a couple weeks ago was received. He won this title, JUST for the occasion, so all he needs... is an answer. Hiromu waits... and waits... and waits... before giving up, looking disappointed, he turns, looking to leave the ring, ONLY FOR DARBY ALLIN TO COME FLYING IN WITH A COFFIN DROP! Hiromu falls back, and rolls out of the ring, the force enough to send him flying as he clutches the skateboard tightly. Smiling hysterically, Hiromu stares down Allin, who's sharing his smile, almost as if both men have come to a mutual understanding. With all of these All Elite Wrestling stars barging in during New Japan's event, Jay White is furious, just as the main event is getting set and ready. Phantasmo rushes in, and says the Death Triangle are storming through the halls, they're looking for a fight. White punches a wall, but KENTA tells him he's got it, and he leaves with Phantasmo. As White looks after them, the camera switches back to the ring, where we see the Guerrillas of Destiny and Golden Ace make their entrances for the World Tag League Finals. World Tag League Finals: Guerrillas of Destiny vs Golden☆Ace Throughout the match, Golden Ace try to do what they do best, and do their normal routine of wrestling, but GoD aren't having it, they want to turn this into a full scale brawl! They go back and forth, back and forth, and it seems as if Ibushi's given up, and he's joined in on the brawling as well! From the look on his face, to the way he strikes with such force, it's almost as if there's something troubling the Golden Star, and he's taking his frustrations out on anyone who stands across from him! He lands a big Golden Triangle Moonsault on Tanga Loa, and tags in Tanahashi, before zoning in on Tama Tonga, looking to finish him off with a big combination of moves! He lifts up Tonga for the Golden Star Powerbomb... this is it... when THIS hits. Ibushi immediately sets Tonga down, and looks toward the stage, seeing his old partner's video play on the screen above. Frozen in shock, Ibushi allows for Tama Tonga to take advantage! He topples Tanahashi off the turnbuckles, sending him head first into apron! He sends Kota flying over the ropes and to the floor! After Loa gets back in, they roll in Tanahashi, and give him a prison beating, I mean really beating the shit out of him, just dominating the old man. Finally, wanting to get this done and over with, Tama puts the Ace down with a vicious curb stomp, before setting up Loa on top. SUPER POWERBOMB, TANAHASHI'S DOWN AND OUT! 1... 2... 3! The champions run through the tournament unscathed, and claim the World Tag League as their own! Guerrillas of Destiny defeats Golden☆Ace to win the World Tag League (15:12) GoD celebrate their victory, and leave the ring, carrying their tag straps and the World Tag League trophies. As they arrive backstage, they tell the world this is exactly why they're the best tag team in existence. It's exactly why no one can come close to them as the top duo. But just as they're talking smack, two guys come around the corner to interrupt: AEW World Tag Team Champions Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler. As FTR step forward, Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa can see behind them, KENTA, Phantasmo, and Ishimori brawling with the Death Triangle! Loa and Tonga attempt to help out, but FTR block them, saying they have business to take care of. Dax says all this time, they heard GoD talking about how they're the top tag team in existence, but they haven't even scratched the surface yet. And deep beneath the surface is FTR. Wheeler picks up where he left off, saying since the champions won the World Tag League, it looks like they don't have any competition for Wrestle Kingdom! Hooray! Everything seems fine and dandy... but how about they take up another challenge to prove their dominance? if Guerrillas of Destiny really ARE the top tag team in the world, they'll pick up what FTR is putting down, and putting all the gold down, on the line, up for grabs at Wrestle Kingdom. Winner Take All. Tonga thinks about it, drinks a beer, and says he might just have to take up that offer. Not the prove that they're the best tag team, cause they already did. Not to win those AEW World Tag Team Championships. But to prove that FTR are nothing but a couple punk ass bitches. As FTR get steamed, ready to fight, Loa and Tonga hand them beers of their own, before walking off, telling them to get ready for the Tokyo Dome. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Ibushi and Tanahashi both try to recover from what just happened. As Kota slides back into the ring and tends to his fallen partner, two men finally arrive on stage to stare them down, drawing gasps from the crowd: Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley. Moxley waves Omega on ahead as he keeps lookout, waiting for anyone to try and stop them from being out here. Kenny makes his way down, not bothering to look behind him as Jay White appears, and immediately begins brawling with the G1 Climax winner, the two men already coming to blows before their clash at Wrestle Kingdom! Kenny steps into the ring, and stands off Ibushi and Tanahashi, the amount of history between them extremely rich. Omega and Ibushi used to be the Golden Lovers, and traveled the world together, becoming known as one of, if not the best tag team in the world, only for it to be dashed away once Omega joined the Bullet Club. It was the Bullet Club Civil War that drove them back together, only for them to be separated once again, this time by Kenny's aspirations to build his own wrestling Valhalla. Now, Ibushi feels obligated to remain loyal to New Japan... and follow Jay White's order for some reason, and they are on opposite sides once more. Kenny and Tanahashi had clashing ideologies, Kenny wanting to move forward and bring in forth a new era to New Japan, Tanahashi stuck in his old ways and wanting to revive the Ace era, sticking to the traditional ways of New Japan. Ibushi and Tanahashi have a student/mentor relationship, Ibushi always trying to chase after and catch up to Tanahashi, and finally surpass him as God. And a moment like this may very well be Ibushi's chance to prove himself. Omega stares down Ibushi as Golden Ace look back at him. Tanahashi tries to step forward and tell Kenny off, V TRIGGER TAKES HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF! TAKE THAT, OLD MAN! Omega goes face to face with Kota, and the crowd begins to go nuts, remembering the last time they squared off against one another. Ibushi has a grim expression on his face, and tries to move past Omega, but Kenny steps in front of him, demanding an explanation. Ibushi powers through, and tries to step through the ropes, but once again, Omega grabs the arm, and Ibushi responds with a forearm smash! Omega falls to the mat, and he looks up at Kota, who looks down and leaves the ring, quickly walking up the ramp. Kenny looks at Ibushi leaving in shock, only for Tanahashi to come in from the side and land a dropkick! The Ace is attacking Omega, completely ruining the moment of tension! As Ibushi walks up the ramp, Moxley brushes past him, with Jay White stumbling behind him, it's obvious Jon broke up their scuffle to help out Kenny! Ibushi now rushes past White now, and watches as Moxley throws Tanahashi off, and tells him to bring it, fight someone head on instead of ambushing them. Ibushi pushes past Omega and Moxley and stands with Tanahashi, the two duos looking like they might just come to blows in a full on brawl! Jay quickly grabs a microphone and tells everyone to hold on, hold on and calm down. Since these bastards want to fight so bad... and since he's Five Star General of the New Japan Army, and he has a bit more control than before... he's going to book two matches... for Wrestle Kingdom. On Night 1... it will be Golden☆Ace, Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi... vs Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley. and on Night 2, he'll give Kenny what he wants. A match with the man he's never been able to beat. Kota Ibushi. Both sides seem to be in agreement, and Jay White leaves them to it, standing on stage, smiling down at the intense faces of Omega and Moxley... ONLY FOR PAC TO KNOCK WHITE TO THE FLOOR, AND BEAT HIM DOWN! The AEW World Champion is mercilessly beating down the Switchblade, and he has no intention of stopping! He grabs the arm, pulling White up, only to stomp him out, targeting the head and neck over and over again! Realizing their leader is in trouble, KENTA runs in with the Ghost Soldiers, forcing PAC to run off! Together with Moxley and Kenny, they hop the barricade, and stare down their New Japan counterparts. All Elite Wrestling has struck again, and it seems as if the odds are finally even now.
2020.07.02 00:58 MGTElite489The Great War, Part I: Operation Impending DOOM
October 18, 2020: G1 Climax Finals It's been a long, hard road for all twenty competitors in New Japan's biggest tournament of the year. Filled with upsets and near draw thrillers, highlighted by captivating runs and disappointing strings of losses. But in the end, it's down to two men, two warriors who will battle for it all: Block A Champion Kota Ibushi... and Block B Champion Jon Moxley. After losing the AEW World Championship to PAC at All Out II, Moxley decided to take some time away from the Americas, in favor of the Land of The Rising Sun. Moxley slowly, but surely has been able to regain his footing, winning seven straight matches after a draw and and a loss to advance to the finals. Like Jon, Ibushi also has a chip on his shoulder, wanting to repeat winning the G1 Climax for the second year in a row, but this time actually going all the way and claiming the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. But beneath the surface lies a deeper conflict that continues to rise, with no sign of slowing down. The last thing New Japan is happy about, is Jon Moxley being the G1 Climax Finals. They find it blasphemous that the standard bearer of All Elite Wrestling, a company formed from those who abandoned them, is one win away from claiming their coveted prize and a guaranteed title match at the Tokyo Dome. Sure, last year's G1 featured Moxley, but that was before AEW had fully established itself, before it debuted their weekly show Dynamite, before they slowly started to rise up and become a premier organization... imagine if the Ace of AEW won New Japan's biggest tournament... it'd be a slap in the face to everything they stand for, it'd make them look foolish, especially after rebuffing attempts to form a partnership. A lot is riding on this. Everyone, from management, to fans, even Ibushi's tag team partner Hiroshi Tanahashi tells him he better get the job done, or all of New Japan will be embarrassed. Ibushi walks into the match with the entire company counting on him. Can he get the job done? G1 Climax Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Jon Moxley The match is physical and rough, both men pulling out whatever they have left after running the gauntlet for 18 consecutive nights. Ibushi tiredly springs off the ropes and the turnbuckles with his fatigued legs, trying his best to evade Moxley's piston powered forearms and thunderous moves! Kota takes the fight to him as well, landing a Golden Triangle Moonsault and a multitude of shoot and roundhouse kicks! Moxley and Ibushi take one another to the limit, to the point where the match has run for almost 40 minutes straight! Ibushi rallies and it looks like we might just see the Golden Star win it two years straight! He lifts Moxley up for the Golden Star Powerbomb, ONLY FOR MOXLEY TO SLIP OUT AND LAND A BACKSLIDE PIN! 1... 2... IBUSHI KICKS OUT! Kota flips back onto his feet, looking for a Monkey Flip, but Jon catches him! Fallaway Slam! Moxley grabs Kota, hooking the arms, teasing the Paradigm Shift, lifts him up, IBUSHI FLIPS OUT, HURRICANRANA! CORKSCREW ROUNDHOUSE KICK CONNECTS! Ibushi is about to set up for the Kamigoye, it's about to be all over. He pulls back the knee... fire in his eyes... he's about to strike... JON CATCHES THE KNEE AND SPRINGS UP TO HIS FEET! HE'S GOT KOTA OVER HIS SHOULDER, HE'S RUNNING, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL! He lifts Ibushi back up to his feet, throwing the arm over his neck, getting ready for takeoff! Crash Landing connects, Kota crashes to the mat back first! Back up again, he hooks the arms, lifting him with all his might... PARADIGM SHIFT LANDS! INTO THE COVER! 1... 2... 3! JON MOXLEY HAS JUST WON THE G1 CLIMAX! Jon Moxley defeats Kota Ibushi to win the G1 Climax (39:48) As Moxley raises his fist, the crowd is shocked. The commentators are shocked. Everyone is shocked. Moxley accepts the G1 Climax Trophy from the reluctant presenter, eyes glazed over as he smiles at the realization that he's won the big one. Moxley holds the trophy up to the heavens, walking out with it as the confetti falls, the audience not even knowing how to respond. Do they cheer? Do they boo? Nonetheless, they take too long to react, because within a few minutes, Jon has left the building, not even bothering to stick around for the post match ceremony. Backstage, when asked how he feels in this moment, Moxley says the G1 was the perfect tune up he needed, he's back in his groove, and he's at the top of New Japan... well, almost at the top. He knows Jay White and the rest of the Bullet Club are waiting at Wrestle Kingdom, but for now, he's going back home, implying he's heading back to AEW. Once Moxley is gone, Ibushi arrives backstage, and after saying Moxley was the better man, Ibushi runs into Tanahashi, who shakes his head and leaves, disappointed in his partner. G1 Climax Fallout After the G1 Climax Finals, the remaining weeks of October are filled with building tension and unrest. New Japan doesn't know what to do. How will they get over losing their G1 Climax trophy to an outsider, a star not exclusively signed to the company, a star who works for their main competition? Management is pissed, furious that AEW has indirectly got one over them. The whole promotion doesn't know what the next step is, they don't know who to look to. Tanahashi? In his twilight years, not in the right position to take up the mantle once again. Okada? In a tailspin following losing the Heavyweight strap, failing to win the New Japan Cup and the G1 have stagnated his momentum. Naito? Ever the renegade, someone who only looks after himself and his crew, Los Ingobernables. Ibushi? Seriously, the guy who played a part in giving up the trophy to Moxley, absolutely not! Just when it seems like they've run out of options, one man appears, and begins to rally the masses: the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Switchblade Jay White. White begins to address everything going on, saying it is disgusting how an outsider like Moxley can just waltz in and take their most coveted accomplishment. How can they expect to flourish and remain the top promotion in all of wrestling if they allow these transgressions to continue? They must face this problem head on, and eradicate it before New Japan ceases to exist. And to the surprise of everyone, New Japan management isn't immediately shutting down White's arguments. In fact, they actually agree with a lot of his sentiments, they're willing to hear him out as he goes on, talking about how New Japan must not take this disrespect lying down. Immediately sensing something is wrong, Ibushi stands up to White, knowing his intentions are not genuine. He tells everyone that White is manipulating his way to a more secure spot in New Japan, to protect himself in Bullet Club. Management and the roster mutter among themselves, considering Ibushi's words, but White is already on it, pushing Kota aside and grabbing their attention once more. White says if they don't want New Japan to lose this battle and fall into irrelevancy, then they shouldn't take the advice of a loser like Kota Ibushi, whose popularity is waning with every loss he takes. White pushes further, saying if it wasn't for Ibushi, they wouldn't be having this conversation, Ibushi is the reason why New Japan's back is against the wall. This was the final straw, and now, it's about time they go on the defensive. It's the worst thing imaginable: New Japan management actually considering words uttered by the Devil himself. November 7th, 2020: AEW Full Gear II Meanwhile, over in America, All Elite Wrestling is preparing for its first PPV after All Out II. Full Gear will feature PAC defending the AEW World Championship against Scorpio Sky, Darby Allin defending the AEW TNT Championship in a triple threat against Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears, Hikaru Shida defending the AEW Women's Championship against Britt Baker, and Best Friends defending the AEW World Tag Team Championships against Santana & Ortiz, FTR, and the Lucha Bros. But also on tap is an appearance from Hangman Page. Page enters the building to a negative response, the crowd still remembering Page brutally injuring Kenny Omega en route to victory during their unsanctioned brawl at All Out. Page, with a cocky, arrogant look on his face, says the feeling of knocking Omega's head clean off his shoulders was liberating and euphoric. The thought of putting someone on the shelf sounds so good right now, that Page wants to recreate that moment. Which is why Page is holding an open challenge, to anybody in the back. Page waits... and waits... and waits... only for Kenny Omega's music to hit. Kenny comes out, microphone in hand, stern look on his face. He says Page was like a brother to him, and the fact that he could just turn his back on him and the Elite is downright treacherous. Page laughs, and replies, saying he had to become his own man, because he'd never create his own legacy with Omega, the Bucks, and Cody hanging over his head. So he turned on Kenny, and he enjoyed every second of it. And if he's stupid enough to go for round two... he'll gladly go punish Omega again. It's now Kenny's turn to laugh, and he says he's not his opponent, BUT, he's got someone who definitely wants to answer the challenge. Someone the AEW fanbase wouldn't even imagine being here tonight. A man who's stood with Kenny through thick and thin. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Hangman Page's opponent... cue this music. And let the crowd go wild. It's Kota fucking Ibushi. Page stands there, mouth agape, microphone dropped to the mat in shock by now. Ibushi, stone faced and serious, quickly makes his way down to the ring, going face to face with Page, who's look of confusion has turned to that of anger. The referee calls for the bell, and WE'RE OFF! Hangman Page vs Kota Ibushi Kota Ibushi, seeming much more aggressive than ever, fires off insane kicks, being just as vicious as Page, who brawls with Kota, hoping to put him on the shelf just like his buddy Omega. Soon enough, Page switches his game up, taking more risks such as an Asai Moonsault and a tope suicida, meeting Kota move for move with death defying, high risk moves! They go the distance, Page trying his best to outdo Ibushi and pick up the biggest win of his career, Ibushi fighting on behalf of his best friend! In the final stages, Page is on the apron, preparing to finish things off with a Buckshot Lariat. Ibushi gets up, it's time! He flips over, almost got it... V TRIGGER CONNECTS INSTEAD! Page falls to his knees, Ibushi grabs the arms, looking to finish things off with a Kamigoye! He pulls back, prepared to land the deathblow, WAIT, HANGMAN IS BACK ON HIS FEET, HE'S GOT IBUSHI UP, RITE OF PASSAGE INCOMING! NO, IBUSHI SLIPS BACK DOWN, SUNSET FLIP PIN! 1... 2... Page kicks out! He tries to get back to his feet, but Kota's still got hold of the legs! He gets to his feet! GOOD LORD, GOLDEN STAR POWERBOMB! KOTA'S NOT DONE, HE'S GOT THE ARMS LOCKED IN, HERE WE GO! KAMIGOYE! 1... 2... 3! WELCOME TO ALL ELITE WRESTLING KOTA IBUSHI! Kota Ibushi defeats Hangman Page (14:38) Kota rises to his feet, and is blindsided by Kenny, who surprises him with a bear hug for the ages. Kenny picks him up, patting him on the back, absolutely ecstatic that his friend is in AEW. The commentators question, what exactly does this mean? Is Ibushi now All Elite? Has he been exiled from New Japan? What does this mean? For now, the only sure thing the people see is Kenny Omega raising Kota Ibushi's hand, the Golden Star still wearing a grim look on his face. November 11th, 2020: AEW Dynamite On the Dynamite after Full Gear, all people can talk about is the arrival of Kota Ibushi. An unlimited number of questions are thrown at the Golden Star throughout the night, but Kenny Omega is there to make the save, saying all will be explained later on tonight. Everything goes on as usual, with PAC addressing the crowd about retaining his title, and how the Death Triangle will claim the rest of the gold here in AEW. New World Tag Team Champions FTR putting the rest of the division on notice. New TNT Champion Sammy Guevara defending against Darby Allin in a rematch. But in the main event slot, we get the moment we've all been waiting for: enter Kenny Omega. Omega stands in the ring, microphone in hand, all smiles as the crowd chants Golden Star over and over again. Kenny announces that he's got something very special to say, and he's been waiting for this moment for a long time. So, without further ado... please welcome, KOTA IBUSHI! Ibushi makes his entrance, still wearing a stern look on his face as the commentators speculate what Kenny's announcement could be. Once Kota slides into the ring, Kenny asks to bring it in for a hug. Ibushi hesitates, and reluctantly reciprocates, Omega embracing him before pulling back to look at him in the eye, grinning like a madman. Omega raises the mic back up to his mouth, and says that while they went along with their separate ways, different journeys, but you cannot imagine how excited Kenny was when he received that call from Ibushi. Now they're back together again in AEW, and things cannot be better. Which is why Omega would like to present him with... this. Kota raises his eyebrows as Omega pulls out an Elite shirt, smiling as the crowd goes wild. Omega says it's only fitting that the newest member of the Elite get fit out with the latest merchandise, causing Ibushi to run his hands through his hair, and cover his mouth, totally in shock. Kenny looks expectantly at Ibushi, telling him to try it on... only for Ibushi to shake his head, and leave the ring, head buried in his hands. Omega looks at him, confused. He calls after Ibushi, who's making his way up the ramp, asking him what's wrong... ONLY TO GET BLASTED FROM BEHIND! Surprise, surprise... IT'S SWITCHBLADE JAY WHITE! Jay White laughs as he watches Kenny pull himself up, before quickly coming up from behind to hit a wicked low blow! He turns Omega around telling him that he's here to kill all of Kenny's dreams, before grabbing him by the head! BLADE RUNNER! White takes up Kenny's microphone, and gestures to Ibushi, telling him to get his ass back down here and join in on the fun. Ibushi, who's on stage, begrudgingly turns around and locks eyes with the Switchblade, who demands that Kota come down here and prove his loyalty... or else. Angered, the Golden Star slides into the ring, and goes face to face with White, it looks like they just might come to blows... when the Cavalry comes in! The Young Bucks, Cody, Dustin Rhodes, QT Marshall all run down, the Elite and its associates looking to make the save! White catches sight of them, before telling Kota it's time to go. Ibushi's mind is torn, but seeing the fire in the Elite's eyes lets him know it's better to follow the leader for now. White scrambles out of the ring, but not before snatching up the Elite shirt Kenny presented to Ibushi with. As the two New Japan stars hop the barricade, the Cody, Dustin, and QT help Omega up, while the Bucks call out to Ibushi, furious that a friend of theirs did nothing to help Kenny. White pushes Kota behind him, locking eyes with Nick and Matt, before doing the throat slit gesture across the Elite shirt, recreating the iconic moment that gave birth to the Bullet Club Civil War, and the Elite's exile from their former stable. But now, a new war seems to be brewing on the horizon, and it's only a matter of time before it becomes too explosive to contain. Dynamite Fallout After Dynamite goes off the air, a video is posted onto Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, every single platform possible. It shows Jay White with Kota Ibushi reluctantly following, relishing in what just happened. He tells the world that this is the official warning shot, because he's an honorable man who's willing to let the enemy know what's going on. Consider it a prelude for what's to come, because New Japan Pro Wrestling is officially INVADING All Elite Wrestling. He laughs at the thought of Kenny's little pet project, saying that for the longest time, New Japan sat there, idly by as they took sign of disrespect after sign of disrespect. Omega was never loyal, as evidenced by him teasing an exit after his failure at Wrestle Kingdom 11, as evidenced by him taking his ball and going home, rallying his Elite buddies to leave with their tail between their legs, determined to make their own promotion so they wouldn't suffer any more disappointment. But management finally realized it was time for action, when AEW's own Moxley took the trophy, and slapped New Japan right across the face by leaving, not even bothering to stick around and fight valiantly like a real man. But New Japan have finally, FINALLY began to get on the same page as Jay White, as they share the sentiment that they must stomp out AEW if they want to ensure their survival. It's eat or be eaten, and it will be sooner rather than later, when the Switchblade comes back with friends to feast on the carcass of All Elite Wrestling. White leaves the frame, barking at Ibushi to follow. With his head down, Kota sighs, before following, the ominous threats still hanging in the air. November 18th, 2020: AEW Dynamite With the arrival of the Switchblade still fresh in everyone's mind, the locker room is in shambles. Cameras backstage find everyone arguing, no one able to talk about anything but Jay White's chill words. Even in crucial times like this, the roster is still caught up in their own individual issues, like Chris Jericho saying there'd be no conflict with New Japan if Kenny Omega hadn't been a pumpkin headed dipshit, and disrespected them on his way out. Brodie Lee and the Dark Order muse to themselves, saying if AEW is swallowed whole by the Land of The Rising Sun, it might finally be time for them to recreate the company within their own image, which draws objections from the likes of SCU and Best Friends. Joey Janela expresses his worries, saying thought he reached the promise land signing with AEW, but now he might have to start looking for new work, only for Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford to laugh out loud at his concerns, causing Kip and Joey to get into a skirmish! In the Elite locker room, Cody, Nick, Matt, and Kenny all sitting down, contemplating what to do. While Omega remains silent, the rest of the Elite attempt to figure out AEW's next move knowing that they're a marked company. But even the leaders of the promotion soon break out into an argument, with Cody saying the right thing to do is to smooth things over, only for Nick and Matt to break in and say it's too late for that, Kenny literally got attacked, it's time for retaliation. The argument escalates, and Cody throws his towel to the ground in frustration, only for Kenny to tell everyone to shut up. He says he's going out there to address everything going on. But what they need to do is stop fighting in the meantime. They're the Elite, and it's about time they start acting like it. Kenny Omega enters the arena, walking down the ring solemnly as Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross note how different the One Winged Angel is looking from last week. The week before, he was beaming, glowing, on cloud nine announcing Kota as the newest member of the Elite. But in the moments that followed, it's understandable why there are shadows under Kenny's eyes, why his pyro doesn't go off for his entrance, why he doesn't enter with his usual swagger and flair. Kenny grabs a microphone and says a lot has gone on, and he knows the roster in the back is feeling a great deal of emotions. Worry, because with the way New Japan are apparently approaching this situation, they might have to start looking for a new job. Anger, because some people blame himself and his associates for bringing down this invasion on the rest of the company. Confusion, especially for those who haven't even worked for New Japan and wonder why they're being dragged into this mess. Omega's not here to tell the roster that their emotions are over exaggerated, or not justified. All he's saying is that they need to stick together, and unite as one promotion if they want any chance of surviving this ordeal. Kenny stands there, trying to find more words to say, only for this music to hit. Jon Moxley enters, both to the confusion of Kenny and the commentators. Moxley slides into the ring, and asks for a microphone, backing into a corner as he contemplates his next words. He says that he knows he and Kenny haven't always been on the same page. In fact, there were multiple times earlier in AEW's history when they were at each other's throats. But it's times like this where it takes a real man to put aside the differences, and instead of focusing on old beefs, work together to get out of a situation like this. He respects Omega for doing that, so it's only right that he does the same. Moxley admits to his faults, accepting the fact that part of this is his responsibility, so he's willing to put differences aside and work together in he fight against New Japan, for the sake of All Elite Wrestling. He extends a hand to Omega, and Kenny takes it, the two shaking hands and nodding toward one another. But suddenly, the lights go out for a few moments. Uh oh. Could it be? Just when the crowd thinks it could be signs of the invasion, this hits, causing everyone to sigh in relief. The AEW World Champion, PAC enters, smugly looking down upon Moxley and Omega as he saunters down the ring. PAC grabs a microphone himself, and says it doesn't matter of Jon Moxley works together with the Elite to defend AEW from the clutches of New Japan. It doesn't matter if they put their differences aside, nothing with help AEW if they don't receive assistance from the most dangerous force in wrestling, the Death Triangle. Without himself, Rey Fenix, and Pentagon Jr, All Elite Wrestling will be dead within a month. Omega stares down the Bastard, telling PAC that if he doesn't help the company, that title around his waist will mean nothing, and there will be no more alternatives to look for in North American wrestling. As PAC rolls in, Omega continues, saying he's worked too hard to build this company for it to die at the hands of a jealous rival. He founded this place so professional wrestling could have options, and without options, then wrestling will seem a lot like the Hell that PAC was rotting in just a few years ago. Moxley butts in, and says the only thing he's interested in is sending those fuckers invading AEW to Hell, but he's going to need help before that can be a reality. So is PAC down to help AEW? Moxley sticks out a hand, only for PAC to shake his head, still wanting to play with their heads. PAC says that he's not a fool, he and the Death Triangle aren't just going to take the first offer AEW has on the table. They need a reason, motivation, incentive as to WHY they'd help AEW. New Japan seems to be on par when it comes to having the best wrestlers on the planet. The Land of The Rising Sun would be kind to some ruthless bastards like him and the Lucha Bros. And if the conditions were rough enough to run Kenny and the Elite out of town, then they'll fit right in. In fact... if the Death Triangle is feeling like it... they might even make themselves at home when AEW crumbles to ashes, and New Japan comes in to take over. Maybe they'll just sit back and let the chaos happen, let nature take its course, and then when it's all said and done, they'll arrive on New Japan's doorstep as the hottest free agents. Moxley and Omega stare down PAC, who's laughing his head off... but suddenly... we see a scuffle backstage... what the Hell is going on? Kenny, Moxley, and PAC all look toward the Titantron in shock to see Cody and the Young Bucks writhing in pain, covered in blood, buried by the rubble from broken tables and suitcases. The camera slowly pulls out to reveal... Jay White. KENTA. Tama Tonga. Tanga Loa. White takes the camera, and smiles, knowing he's appeared like a ghost in the middle of the night. He tells PAC he's been watching this conversation unfold on the monitor while bashing Matt Jackson's brains out, and he's already way ahead of him! From one heavyweight champion to another, it's nice to see someone who can see past Kenny's bullshit promises, someone who knows that he's not the person he claims to be. Finally, White drops a bombshell: he's glad PAC chose the right side, and as soon as New Japan destroys All Elite Wrestling, the Death Triangle will be welcomed home to New Japan Pro Wrestling, where they belong. White backs away from the camera a little bit, revealing he's wearing a Death Triangle shirt, only to grab it, and bash it over Nick Jackson's head, the video feed cutting out. PAC, still looking at the Titantron, looks back at Moxley and Omega, who are both incensed at him. Realizing that there is a mole in their home promotion, they both attack, Moxley and Omega both raining down fists on the Bastard! Pentagon and Fenix run down, and Omega works with Moxley to take them out as well! Moxley is running at a mile a minute, but Omega seems to be on another planet, relentlessly beating on PAC, taking out his anger on the AEW Champion. Using all the negative energy from Ibushi's betrayal and White's ambush to beat the life out of him. Seeing his friends laid out like that, and being sure that PAC is to blame makes Kenny's blood boil. Omega now grabs the title, and starts smashing PAC's head in, so much so that even Moxley tells him that he's done enough! Kenny shoves him away, and goes back to beating on him, only for Jon to deadlift him and tell him to calm down! V TRIGGER FROM KENNY TO MOXLEY! Jon props himself up against the ropes as Omega stares him down, furious, trembling from the frustration and anger that's been building for the past week. Jon holds his jaw, and charges at Kenny, now those two are going at it! PAC stumbles to his feet, and he hops back into the brawl, turning it into a three way fist fight! Security and officials, roster members and agents run in, trying to separate each other! PAC somehow grabs a microphone, and says he doesn't give a damn about AEW, he wants Omega and Moxley in a match in two weeks! Title or no title, he wants to send both blokes to the hospital! Moxley and Omega rage past the guards and restart their brawl, causing the entire arena to shake as everyone desperately tries to regain control over the three men! The final scene is Switchblade Jay White, backed by the rest of the Bullet Club, laughing deep in the crowd as they watch All Elite Wrestling, more divided and split than ever.
Part One Here! Part Two Here! After an incredible win over Hiroshi Tanahashi, it's announced that Kenny Omega will be entering the G1 Climax. He'll have his work cut out for him in a stacked A Block, dealing with people like Tetsuya Naito, Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley, Shingo Takagi and even stablemate Hangman Adam Page - but he starts off against a man who's beaten him very recently, in the form of Zack Sabre Jr. G1 Climax 29, Night One Kenny Omega vs Zack Sabre Jr It's the first match of Omega's G1, and he's out first, looking like a new man after Dominion. He's back to using Devil's Sky fully, and he enters the ring seeming as confident as ever, wanting to end the trilogy against Sabre with a positive record. Zack's out next, smug as he possibly can be as he struts to the ring, removing his jacket before the bell chimes. Omega and Sabre slowly walk to the centre of the ring like a comically overdone anime, and Sabre slaps Omega in the face to open the bout. Omega winces and spits out some blood on the canvas before smiling and returning the favour, before BLASTING SABRE WITH A HIGH KNEE! He has him in the corner, and unloads fire and fury - chops, forearms, slaps, knees, absolute hell - and finally, Sabre stops him in his tracks by JUMPING UP INTO A GUILLOTINE! Sabre is cinching it, but Omega has two free arms, and pulls Sabre's legs up onto his shoulders... HE LOOKS FOR A PHOENIX PLEX, FORCING SABRE TO DROP DOWN! Sabre rolls from the ring and rages out on the ringside crew, nailing a forearm on a poor, innocent Young Lion before heading back into the ring. Omega goes for a V Trigger, but Sabre blocks for a kick of his own, PLANTING OMEGA WITH A DDT! Omega lands seated, and eats a PENALTY KICK TO THE BACK, FOLLOWED BY ONE TO THE CHEST! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! ZSJ hauls Kenny to the centre of the ring before hooking the arm and rolling him over into a JIM BREAKS SPECIAL! Omega struggles to the ropes, and he's nearly there when Sabre handstands to get some extra momentum behind a KNEE DROP TO THE RIBS! He lets go as Omega coughs violently, and hits a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK SNAP SUPLEX, ROLLING OVER INTO A DRAGON SLEEPER! Kenny scrambles free by wrenching the arm off before Sabre can get his grips, slamming Zack face first into the mat before running the ropes for a KOTARO KRUSHER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Omega gets Sabre up for a gutwrench and goes for a Doctor Bomb, but Zack SWINGS ROUND INTO A ROLLING ARMBREAKER! Omega slides the arm out and shoots for a quick cover for a one count, but Sabre shoots for a Kimura, causing Omega to wrap Zack's waist and spin around before hauling him up to HIT THE DOCTOR BOMB! ONE! TWO! SABRE KICKS OUT! OMEGA HITS AN AOI SHOUDOU FOR ANOTHER TWO COUNT! Kenny takes a few breaths, but half the time has elapsed, and he needs to get on with it. The Technical Wizard gets to his feet, and KENNY GOES FOR A V TRIGGER, BUT GETS HIT WITH A BACK BODY DROP! SABRE LOCKS IN A SLEEPER! Omega could be in trouble, but HE ROLLS BACK TO STACK SABRE UP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Sabre goes for a lariat, and KENNY HITS A V TRIGGER! Picks him up for a One Winged Angel... SABRE BITES THE FINGERS! Omega drops him, and ZACK CONNECTS WITH A ZACK DRIVER! Zack is too tired to make the cover, and instead measures for another Penalty Kick, but Omega drops back before ROLLING SABRE UP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT, V TRIGGER! PILEDRIVER ON SABRE! Sabre is dazed, and Kenny sees his opening - HE HITS A ONE WINGED ANGEL! ONE! TWO! THREE! Kenny Omega def. Zack Sabre Jr (18:20) (2 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Three Kenny Omega vs Hangman Adam Page Next up, Kenny Omega has to go toe to toe with Hangman Page, his friend and stablemate. He's carrying some good momentum after beating ZSJ, and won his last encounter with Page at Wrestling Dontaku 2018, but he's understandably nervous to go up against with his friend. Both men make their entrances, and shake hands before the bell. Hangman and Omega lock up, Hangman getting a chinlock to start with, hip tossing Omega before going for a quick pin. Omega kicks out before the ref can drop down, levering Hangman over to get his shoulders to the mat for one, and then Omega gets the headscissors. Kenny grabs the arm of Hangman and swivels around, trying to lock in a triangle choke, but Hangman charges, sending both men to the corner to force a break. Both jump to their feet, and Hangman looks for a lariat, only for Omega to low bridge and send him to the apron. He knows the Buckshot could be coming, so he HITS AN ENZIGURI TO KNOCK ADAM TO THE FLOOR! Omega checks his distances, and fires himself up, calling for crowd support before hitting a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR! Both men enter the ring as Kenny goes to work on Hangman's arm, knowing that's the base of his offense. He drops a knee on the arm before rolling into an armbar, but Hangman pulls his arm out and hits a Dropsault. Kenny chuckles, but HANGMAN RUSHES OUT WITH A FLURRY OF FOREARMS! Knee to the gut... FALLAWAY SLAM! Hangman is unloading on Omega, and picks him up for another forearm that knocks Kenny flat before heading to the apron. He calls for a Buckshot Lariat, and flips over the ropes into a V TRIGGER! Kenny grabs the arm... RAIN TRIGGER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Kenny rolls over Hangman to pick him up into a fireman's carry... YOU CAN'T ESCAPE INTO A MOONSAULT! Omega looks for a One Winged Angel, but Hangman spins around and hits a HURRICANRANA! STACKS HIM UP FOR A NEARFALL! Hangman and Omega leap up, and Omega goes for a V Trigger, only for Hangman to block and CONNECT WITH A STRAIGHT RIGHT! DISCUS FOREARM! Picks The Cleaner up... RITE OF PASSAGE! HE HIT THE RITE OF PASSAGE! Hangman falls out to the apron, and calls for a Buckshot Lariat as Kenny stirs. Hangman measures, and flips over the ropes for a BUCKSHOT LARIAT, BUT KENNY DROPS DOWN! Hangman overshoots, and OMEGA HITS A REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER! Omega punches the canvas, knowing he has to break out his biggest move to put Page away, and heaves his stablemate up... ONE WINGED ANGEL! ONE! TWO! THREE! Kenny Omega def. Hangman Page (15:02) (4 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Five Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito On a roll, it's time for a classic G1 rivalry to reignite as Kenny Omega takes on Tetsuya Naito. Naito is out first for the main event of Night Five, followed by the Cleaner, who's looking to rack up another big win in the 29th G1 Climax. The two men stare down, and the bell rings, sending these two into their third G1 matchup. Kenny knows that setting the pace high benefitted him against Sabre and Page, so he immediately lunges, only for Naito to simply sidestep. Omega gets a little frustrated, and again lunges, for Naito to again move out of the way. They eventually lock up, and Omega backs Naito into the corner, patting him on the head after the break before Naito SLAPS HIM IN THE FACE! Omega ain't happy, and charges at El Ingobernable, who moves out of the way and goes for a German Suplex, only for Omega to flip over and CLOTHESLINE NAITO TO THE FLOOR! Omega runs the ropes for a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR, BUT NAITO MOVES! Omega lands on his feet, but Naito bashes his face into the barrier before running inside, sprinting across the ring and maybe going for a dive, only to somersault and LAND IN A TRANQUILO POSE! Omega is fuming on the outside, and rolls back in only to get SPAT ON BY NAITO! Naito keeps trying to get Omega angry, knowing it worked in the G1 27 Finals, and tosses Omega to the outside again, but Kenny skins the cat and HITS A KOTARO KRUSHER! Now Kenny tosses Naito into the corner for a hip attack before hitting forearm after forearm, rolling Naito into the centre of the ring for a dropkick to the back of the head for two. Kenny hits a cravate suplex on Naito, and then grabs the wrist to go for a RAIN TRIGGER FOR TWO! Naito is on the back foot, feeling the consequences of pissing off the Cleaner, and Omega keeps throwing bombs, nailing an Aoi Shoudou for two before going for a Croyt's Wrath, but NAITO INTO A VICTORY ROLL FOR TWO! Omega springs up and tries to eject Naito, but Naito hangs in the ropes in a Tranquilo pose, mocking Kenny, who throws a superkick that misses as Naito jumps to the apron, trapping Kenny's leg. He pushes Omega face-first into the post, and winds up... GERMAN SUPLEX OFF OF THE APRON TO THE FLOOR! El Ingobernable rolls Omega back in and HITS A MISSILE DROPKICK FOR TWO! Omega is dazed, and Naito lands a GLORIA! COVER FOR A NEARFALL! Naito may be starting to almost get a little peeved himself, and throws Kenny into the corner for another dropkick, followed by a TORNADO DDT! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Omega crawls to his feet and Naito STOMPS ON THE BACK OF KENNY'S NECK! Naito has found his target and hits ANOTHER DDT, FOLLOWED BY A REVOLUCION! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! A Destino seems to be the next move for Naito, who hooks the head and goes for it, only for KENNY TO COUNTER INTO A SPINNING TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Kick to the stomach... gutwrench into a DOCTOR BOMB! Omega makes his way to the corner and heads up, signalling for a 450 SPLASH, BUT NAITO ROLLS IN! Omega lands hard, and gets onto his hands and knees as Naito runs up behind him, swinging around for a DESTTTTIIIINNNOOOOOO!!!! ONE! TWO! THREE! TETSUYA NAITO PINS KENNY OMEGA! Tetsuya Naito def. Kenny Omega (20:10) (4 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Seven Kenny Omega vs Jon Moxley Omega goes into this one with a little bit less pep in his step, down after his showdown with Naito resulted in a loss, and he's going against the undefeated US Champion Jon Moxley. Both men get down to the ring for what's a bonafide dream match, wrestling worlds colliding. They stand in the ring, the crowd cheering wildly, and the bell rings. Kenny stretches out, not wanting to get into a brawl with Moxley, and instead opts to try and wrestle Moxley down, only to get DROPPED WITH A KNEE! Mox hops on top and starts raining down punches until he gets pulled off, and Kenny's nose and lip are both bloodied up, shocked by the early onslaught. He gets up to his feet in a far worse way than he was in before, and tells Moxley to bring it on once more. Moxley launches at Omega, who ducks out of the way and goes for a reverse frankensteiner, but Moxley catches it and TURNS IT INTO A HOOK AND LADDER! He goes for a Death Rider, but Omega back him into the barricade and hits a step up enziguri, jarring the former WWE Champion before throwing him into the ropes for a KOTARO KRUSHER! ONE! TWO! MOXLEY KICKS OUT! The Cleaner knows he's gotta end this quickly, already having taken a lot of damage, and hits a V TRIGGER TO THE TEMPLE! He picks Moxley up for a One Winged Angel, but MOXLEY DROPS DOWN! FOREARM SMASH! X PLEX! Omega tries to catch his breath, but MOXLEY HITS A DEATH RIDER! ONE! TWO! OMEGA STAYS IN IT! Moxley shakes his head and picks Kenny up... ELEVATED DEATH RIDER BY MOXLEY! INTO THE COVER... ONE! TWO! THREE! JON MOXLEY BEATS KENNY OMEGA IN UNDER TEN MINUTES! Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega (7:01) (4 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Nine Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto After two rough losses in a row, a beaten and battered Omega comes out with some clear damage having been done by Moxley's insane offense. He sits in the ring thinking over his game plan as Hirooki Goto walks to the ring, a menacing big man for Omega to try and topple by any means necessary. It's another G1 Finals rematch for Omega, but he knows how to beat Goto, so when the bell rings, Omega puts his plan right into place. Goto tries to lock up with Omega early, but Kenny knows his speed is what'll keep him in this, leapfrogging over Goto before dropping down and attempting an early KOTARO KRUSHER, BUT GOTO GETS A WAISTLOCK AND TRIES FOR A SUPLEX, AND OMEGA FLIPS OVER INTO A REVERSE DDT! The crowd are actually on Omega's side for this one as he rallies the fans, sending Goto to the outside for a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR! Omega sends Goto back in and dashes up top for a 450 SPLASH THAT CONNECTS! OMEGA TRYING TO END IT EARLY, BUT GOTO KICKS OUT! Omega hits a Hadouken EX right in the face, and then runs for a V TRIGGER, BUT GOTO TURNS IT INTO A POWERBOMB! Omega's been stopped dead in his tracks, and Goto CONNECTS WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX, FOLLOWED BY A HEADSHOT! Omega's sat in the centre of the ring, and Goto pays homage to Shibata with a PK!! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! CHAOS' Fierce Warrior cracks his knuckles before hauling Omega up, looking for another powerbomb, but Omega drops down and connects with several cavernous chops, followed by a Tony Jaa before picking Goto up into a fireman's carry... YOU CAN'T ESCAPE, BUT GOTO AVOIDS THE MOONSAULT! Goto goes for the GTR, but Omega counters to set himself up in an Electric Chair... POISON RANA! GOTO OUT AT TWO AND A HALF! Kenny tosses Goto into the corner, but Goto hops onto the second rope as Omega charges. Kenny stops himself on the turnbuckle and hauls Goto out to the centre of the ring in an electric chair... CROYT'S WRATH! BRIDGES FOR ONE, TWO... TWO AND THREE QUARTERS! Kenny runs the ropes and HITS A V TRIGGER! He lines up for one more, and GOTO TURNS HIM INSIDE OUT WITH A LARIAT! COVER FOR A NEARFALL! Goto is tired as he hauls Omega up for another GTR attempt, but KENNY COUNTERS INTO A DESTROYER! Omega winds up... V TRIGGER BLOCKED! SHOUTEN KAI BY HIROOKI GOTO! FALLS INTO THE COVER FOR ONE... TWO... OMEGA KICKS OUT! Goto throws Kenny into the corner and sets him up top to try for a superplex, but Omega kicks Goto off... FLYING V TRIGGER! Goto crumples, and OMEGA HITS ANOTHER V TRIGGER AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE! ONE WINGED ANGEL! ONE! TWO! THREE! Kenny Omega def. Hirooki Goto (16:35) (6 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Eleven Kenny Omega vs Shingo Takagi After a hell of a bout against Hirooki Goto resulted in a win, Omega is feeling good, chatting to the camera with the audience on his side, even shit-talking his opponent despite never having faced him one on one. Shingo comes out, mask and all, looking like an absolute brick shithouse, and, having dominated Best of the Super Juniors a few months ago, he's a daunting foe, even for The Cleaner. The bell rings, and Omega goes straight to work trying to wrestle Shingo down, knowing his power won't matter much if he's on his back. He goes for a suplex, but Shingo checks it with a back elbow, going for a Pumping Bomber early, but Omega ducks and runs the ropes, going for a KOTARO KRUSHER, BUT SHINGO CATCHES OMEGA AND SUPLEXES HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE APRON! Omega lands on his feet and hits an enziguri, following it with a SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK, BUT SHINGO BACK BUMPS OFF THE MAT AND TO HIS FEET! Kenny immediately goes for a V Trigger to try and take Shingo down, but Takagi blocks and hits a Mongolian Chop, Omega collapsing before being LEVELED WITH AN ORIGINAL FALCONRY OLYMPIC SLAM! Shingo shoots the half for two, and then LOCKS IN A MANKIRI! His take on an Anaconda Vise is in, and Omega is struggling to free his arm, eventually taking to kneeing Shingo in the back of the head to force a release. A drained Omega stumbles out of the hold, and Shingo wraps him up for a HIGH ANGLE BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX! Omega crumples on his neck, folding like an accordion before SHINGO HITS A GUTBUSTER! Omega falls from the ring, and Shingo checks his distances to try for a dive, but Omega moves before Takagi leaps. Kenny heads back in, and Shingo charges for a Pumping Bomber, only for Kenny to avoid, kick out the knee, and LAND A V TRIGGER! Kick to the gut... CANADIAN DESTROYER FOR A NEARFALL! Omega heads up for a 450 Splash, but he's halted by Takagi, who clubs him with a forearm, followed by a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER FROM THE SECOND ROPE! He picks Kenny up for a Last of the Dragon, but KENNY COUNTERS! AOI SHOUDOU! Shingo tumbles to the floor, and OMEGA HITS A RISE OF THE TERMINATOR! He sends Shingo packing over the guardrail, and positions himself... MOONSAULT OFF THE BARRIER INTO THE CROWD! Shingo is dazed as Kenny sends him back to ringside and then between the ropes, following Shingo in and going for a One Winged Angel, only for Shingo to drop down and run the ropes... PUMPING BOMBER LARIAT, KENNY DOING AN INVERTED 450 BEFORE HITTING THE GROUND! COVER FOR TWO AND SEVEN EIGHTHS! Shingo is sick of this, and tosses Kenny out of the ring... SHINGO TAKAGI TAKES FLIGHT WITH A HUGE DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE! Takagi picks Omega up and gets a sadistic grin as he plans a Gallon Throw on the outside, but KENNY COUNTERS INTO A SPIKE REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER! Shingo could be out, and Kenny sends him back into the ring, following him with a V TRIGGER! Shingo's down to a knee, and EATS A BUSAIKU KNEE TO THE JAW! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Kenny heaves Shingo to his feet and tries for a One Winged Angel... SHINGO DROPS DOWN FOR AN OLYMPIC SLAM, AND FOLLOWS WITH A LAST OF THE DRAGON! ONE! TWO! THREE! SHINGO TAKAGI MANAGES TO DEFEAT KENNY OMEGA! Shingo Takagi def. Kenny Omega (20:19) (6 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Thirteen Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano Yano's out first, followed by the Cleaner, who looks to get things underway quickly. The bell rings, and YTR rolls right out of the ring, only for Omega to chase after him, hitting a KOTARO KRUSHER ON THE OUTSIDE! Rolls Yano back in... V TRIGGER! V TRIGGER ONCE MORE! RAIN TRIGGER! Yano's out of it as Omega hoists him up... ONE WINGED ANGEL! ONE! TWO! THREE! DECISIVE VICTORY FOR OMEGA! Kenny Omega def. Toru Yano (1:48) (8 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Fifteen Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii It's time for another treat, as Kenny Omega takes on Mr Korakuen himself, Tomohiro Ishii. The introductions are short and sweet, both men ready to beat the living piss out of each other, and the bell rings for the match to start off hot, OMEGA FLYING IN WITH A V TRIGGER! ONE! KICKOUT! Ishii powers out of the V Trigger at one, screaming in Omega's face as he rises up and obliterates Kenny with a forearm to send him into the corner, sprinting across the ring to deliver an enziguri to the Cleaner. He picks Omega up for a Brainbuster early, but OMEGA STOPS ISHII IN HIS TRACKS WITH A SPIKE DDT! Omega kips up and delivers a PUNT TO ISHII, SENDING SWEAT FLYING INTO THE AIR! Ishii realigns his jaw, but spends no time writhing, getting right on up and SLAPPING OMEGA! Omega fires back with one of his own, and Ishii nails a forearm, boot to the midsection, kick to the head... SLIDING LARIAT TO THE BACK OF THE NECK FOR TWO! Ishii picks Omega up and goes for a DDT, but OMEGA HANDSPRINGS OVER! V TRIGGER TO SEND ISHII OUT! Kenny slides under the bottom rope and starts throwing wild fists before grabbing a chair, BLASTING ISHII OVER THE BACK WITH IT! He goes for one more, but Ishii catches the chair and HURLS OMEGA THROUGH THE METAL BARRIER GATE! He takes Kenny by the hair over to commentary, and bashes his face off the table, throwing him on top of it before OMEGA KICKS OUT ISHII'S KNEE! He looks for a Piledriver, but ISHII DROPS DOWN AND SWEEPS KENNY'S LEG! Picks him up... POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE BY BRICK WALL TOM! Ishii looks down at a destroyed Kenny and brings him back to ringside, popping him on the apron before KENNY SPRINGS UP! HURRICANRANA OFF THE APRON! Ishii is dizzied by the sudden change in pace, and Omega picks him up... YOU CAN'T ESCAPE ONTO THE FLOOR, AND A MOONSAULT OFF THE BARRIER! Omega rolls in... RISE OF THE TERMINATOR! Sends Ishii into the ring and CONNECTS WITH A PHOENIX SPLASH! ADRENALINE FILLED COVER FOR A NEARFALL! The Cleaner has an adrenaline dump, and the pain from the table spot kicks in as he crawls to his feet, going blow for blow with Ishii as the two fight to a vertical base. Kenny gives a last gasp V Trigger, but Ishii blocks it and sends the knee down for added momentum to his HEADBUTT! Kenny is dazed and his lip from the fight with Moxley is reopened, and Ishii picks him up for a BRAINBUSTER! Ishii is too tired to make the cover immediately, but finally drapes an arm... ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Ishii picks Omega up, on his last legs, and sets him up steady, running the ropes twice for added momentum... V TRIGGER! ISHII COLLAPSES AFTER KENNY FINDS THE ENERGY... ONE WINGED ANGEL! OMEGA HOOKS THE LEG! ONE! TWO! THREE! KENNY OMEGA MANAGES TO KNOCK OFF TOMOHIRO ISHII IN A BATTLE FOR THE AGES! Kenny Omega def. Tomohiro Ishii (16:51) (10 Points) G1 Climax 29, Night Seventeen Kenny Omega vs Will Ospreay It's the final night of A Block, and the stakes are high. It's down to Naito, Omega and Ishii - Ishii has twelve, but has been beaten by Omega. Tetsuya Naito is in the main event against Shingo Takagi, where, if he wins, he goes straight to the Finals. However, if Kenny can win this match, and Naito loses, he'll be going to the Finals himself, and Kota Ibushi is about to win B Block tomorrow. It's Ospreay and Omega's first time facing each other one on one in New Japan, and this bonafide dream match begins after both men make their grand entrances and the bell is finally rung. Screw it, we aren't gonna make people wait for the good stuff, so these two go ham out of the gates. Omega rushes for a V Trigger, and Ospreay drops down, kipping up behind Omega to go for a snap suplex, but Omega lands on his feet. Will throws a Hook Kick, which misses, and Kenny tosses him into the ropes before running them himself, both men flying like pinballs for their leapfrogs and drop downs. Kenny tries for a Monkey Flip, but OSPREAY FLIPS OVER! Bounces up... OSCUTTER CAUGHT! Picks Ospreay up into the Electric Chair... CROYT'S WRATH COUNTERED INTO A POISON RANA! Ospreay springs up and goes for a ROBINSON SPECIAL, BUT OMEGA AVOIDS! FOREARM! Tosses Ospreay to the apron and goes for a shotgun dropkick, but The Aerial Assassin moves and hits a roundhouse before going for a PIP PIP CHEERIO, ONLY TO GET CAUGHT! MOONSAULT FALLAWAY SLAM! Omega holds on the whole way to make sure Ospreay doesn't play any tricks before grabbing the arm... RAIN TRIGGER AVOIDED! Ospreay runs the ropes, and OMEGA HITS A LARIAT! KOTARO KRUSHER! Kenny immediately hoists Ospreay up to go for a One Winged Angel, but OSPREAY FLIPS IT INTO A VICTORY ROLL FOR A NEARFALL! ROBINSON SPECIAL! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Kenny is dazed as Ospreay measures for an OsCutter, and HE HITS IT! HE HITS THE OSCUTTER! ONE! TWO! OMEGA POWERS OUT, AND WILL KEEPS HOLD OF THE HEAD! He guides him to the centre of the ring for another OsCutter, and OMEGA HITS A V TRIGGER TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! DOUBLE UNDERHOOK PILEDRIVER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY OSPREAY! Omega shakes his head and throws Ospreay into the air like a pizza, catching him for a CROYT'S WRATH! ANOTHER NEAR FALL! Omega goes to the corner, and now he begins taunting Ospreay, calling for a Hidden Blade. He winds up... OSPREAY HITS A PELE KICK! Omega falls back and the Aerial Assassin goes to the corner... FLIP DDT, BUT OMEGA LANDS ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES! FOREARM BY KENNY! V TRIGGER! ANOTHER V TRIGGER! OMEGA HITS A DOCTOR BOMB! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO!! The Cleaner is reaching the bottom of his inventory, and hurls Ospreay into the turnbuckles for a HIGH CORNER KNEE! He goes for one more, but Ospreay kicks him down before heading up... 630 SENTON MISSES! OMEGA WITH AN AOI SHOUDOU! Goes for a One Winged Angel, and Ospreay drops down and low bridges, followed by a SASUKE SPECIAL! Sends Omega back in... PIP PIP CHEERIO FOR A NEARFALL! Ospreay can see victory on the horizon, and goes for a second OsCutter - OMEGA CATCHES HIM IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR! He goes for a One Winged Angel, but OSPREAY PIVOTS! CANADIAN DESTROYER! Omega lands kneeling, and Ospreay runs the ropes for a HIDDEN BLADE! Picks Omega up... STORRRMMMBBBREEEEAAKKKEERRRR!!! ONE! TWO! THREE! Will Ospreay def. Kenny Omega (18:09) (10 Points, Eliminated) After a heartbreaking loss, Omega and the Bucks have an interview, where Kenny congratulates Naito on winning A Block, and says that even though he lost, he still feels good. He showed that he's himself again, and it's okay - soon enough, he'll be on top once more. However, he's quickly interrupted by the Guerrillas of Destiny, alongside the rest of Bullet Club, outnumbering he and the Bucks until KENTA comes out and stares them down. KENTA gives Omega a nod as the G.O.D scatter, and the match is eventually made for the G1 Finals - KENTA and Kenny Omega vs G.O.D. G1 Climax Finals Kenny Omega and KENTA vs G.O.D. The Guerrillas of Destiny enter first, accompanied by Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Jado and Gedo. The crowd are firmly rooted against them, and are elated as Omega and KENTA make their entrances, sharing the ring for the first time ever as teammates. It's the final bout before Naito vs Ibushi in the G1 Finals, and the Budokan are electric with anticipation as the bell rings, Omega and Tonga starting things off. Kenny locks up with Tonga, and Tonga gets control early, making frequent tags with Tanga Loa to keep the Best Bout Machine grounded. They wear Omega down bit by bit, and go for a Gun Stun early, which is where Kenny finds his opening and breaks out with a DOCTOR BOMB! He throws a V Trigger Tanga Loa's way, and then hits a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR ONTO BULLET CLUB! He rolls in with Tama Tonga legal and calls for a One Winged Angel, but KENTA HITS A BUSAIKU KNEE ON OMEGA! WHAT THE HELL?! LIFTING OMEGA UP... GO TO SLEEP! TONGA INTO THE COVER FOR THREE! G.O.D. def. Kenny Omega and KENTA (7:50) Bullet Club beat down Omega, and out come the Bucks and Hangman, getting rid of a few members before being overrun themselves. The same thing happens as in real life, where, when the Elite get beat down, out comes Shibata to beat the ginger piss out of KENTA, only to, in the end, be beaten down by the newest member of the Bullet Club. After the show, in which Naito defeats Ibushi to win the G1, Omega is seething, and tells KENTA that even if he is a part of Bullet Club, he doesn't care. He is going to get a match with him, and he is going to beat the hell out of him. The match is made official for Royal Quest - KENTA vs Omega, for the first time ever. Royal Quest Kenny Omega vs KENTA KENTA is out first, wearing a G2S Club shirt and porting new silver hair, looking like a right bastard alongside the Intercontinental Champion Jay White, who won the title earlier in the evening from Kota Ibushi. Omega says before the match that Ibushi is injured following his matches with Naito and White, and therefore can't accompany Omega for this bout, but the Cleaner doesn't seem all too bothered, much more focused on getting revenge. The bell rings and the UK crowd are already bellowing occasionally obscene chants, adding to the atmosphere of an already immense big fight feel. The two finally lock up, and Omega instantly muscles KENTA into the ropes before tumbling through them, both falling to the outside! They trade forearms and elbows as they roll on the floor, Omega getting the best of the exchange and tossing KENTA into the barricade, following it with a HIGH KICK THAT SENDS BOTH MEN INTO THE CROWD! Omega clobbers KENTA as he throws him about, clearing off the announce table and looking to plant KENTA through it, but KENTA PUSHES HIM OFF AND HITS A BUSAIKU KNEE! Omega is in a bad way as KENTA picks him up and carries him back to ringside, Jay White pulling out a table as both men head back in. KENTA relishes in the boos as he lays in stiff kicks to Omega's midsection before targeting the head. Kenny fires back with a back elbow, and LAUNCHES IN WITH A CORNER ENZIGURI! DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE NECK! KOTARO KRUSHER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! The Cleaner picks KENTA up and hits a blistering forearm, running for a PK before KENTA HITS A SPIN KICK TO THE RIBS! KENTA unleashes a punishing combination of kicks and strikes, capping it with a SPINNING BACKFIST! Omega collapses and KENTA covers for two, before calling for Jay to set up the table. White sets it up on the outside by the apron, and KENTA hits a Koutoubu Kick to send Omega to the apron. KENTA chuckles as he heads out to the apron as well, holding an unconscious Omega by the jaw before KICKING HIM IN THE HEAD ONCE AGAIN! Omega could be done for, and KENTA hauls him up into a Fireman's Carry... OMEGA DROPS DOWN! V TRIGGER! KENTA FALLS ONTO THE TABLE, BUT JAY PULLS HIM OFF... DIVING METEORA BY OMEGA ON WHITE! He tries to set KENTA up on the table but KENTA breaks off one of the legs, leaving it to collapse. Omega commends him by smashing KENTA's head off the apron, and FOLLOWS IT WITH A SAITO SUPLEX! Kenny places the now folded table on top of KENTA's prone body before heading to the apron, rallying the crowd... DOUBLE STOMP THROUGH THE TABLE, THROUGH KENTA! KENTA coughs violently before fading back out, and Omega sends him back into the ring for a CROYT'S WRATH! COVER BY OMEGA FOR THE BIG WIN... ONE! TWO! THR-NO! Omega picks KENTA up for an attempt at a One Winged Angel, but KENTA DROPS DOWN! SAKURA STRIKE! Calling for it... BUSAIKU KNEE! ONE! TWO! OMEGA KICKS OUT! KENTA is furious, and picks Omega up for a G2S... HE HITS IT, AND OMEGA TRUCKS IT! Omega stands there, the impact spreading through his body before yelling "BANG" and HITTING A V TRIGGER! WHERE IS OMEGA FINDING THIS? Omega HITS ONE MORE, and goes for a third only to get HIT BY WHITE WITH A KENDO STICK! Omega collapses, and the ref doesn't have time to chew out the champion as Omega is TURNED INSIDE OUT BY A BUSAIKU KNEE! KENTA picks Omega up into an Argentine Backbreaker... GO TO SLEEP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! COVER ON OMEGA! ONE! TWO! THREE! KENTA def. Kenny Omega (20:00) After the match, KENTA celebrates with White, and Ibushi comes out to help Omega up to his feet once Bullet Club leave. The Golden Lovers stand in the centre of the ring, and Omega looks downtrodden, defeated. Ibushi consoles him, despite clearly being angry himself for losses to Naito and White, and nods when Omega swears to his partner that there'll be hell to pay.
B Block Day Two Will Ospreay (2) def. Sanada (2) Tomohiro Ishii (4) def. Evil (0) Lance Archer (4) def. Jay White (0) Hirooki Goto (0) vs Kenny Omega (0) Jon Moxley (4) def. Tetsuya Naito (2) Both men coming off losses on Day One, Hirooki Goto and Kenny Omega were looking to start up their 2019 G1 Climax campaign in matches that meant a lot to both of them. These two faced each other in the finals of the 2016 G1 Climax, where Omega would defeat Goto and be crowned winner of the tournament, heading to Tokyo Dome to face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, a fate he aims to recreate this year as he faces Goto on Day Two. Whoever loses tonight could find themselves on the backfoot for the rest of the tournament, trying to catch up with the rest of the herd, so a win for Omega is vital. Goto makes his entrance first, followed by Omega. The bell rings and the match is underway. Hirooki Goto vs Kenny Omega Both men bring their A-Game for this match, resulting in a flawless and emphatic singles match here on Day Two. Early on in the match, Goto tries for a GTR, Omega avoids the Lariat, but is put on alert for his inability to telegraph Goto’s move. Goto works a slow match, his favoured pace, as he hits numerous of his signature moves such as a Shouten Kai Suplex, and the Jigoru Kuruma Olympic Slam. However, the crowd rally behind Omega, who is able to mount a comeback, Goto falls to the outside, it seems like Omega is going to hit a Tope Con Hilo but Goto springs up to the apron and clubs Omega with a forearm. Back inside the ring, Omega goes for a Kotaru Krusher, but Goto catches Omega in the electric chair, he’s going for a One Winged Angel on Omega! The Best Bout Machine rolls forward, Goto’s shoulders to the mat, the ref counts to a 2 before Goto kicks out, Omega goes for a hard right, Goto blocks it, he hits a forearm smash on Omega, who falls into a sit out facebuster in which Omega kicks out of, the two men catch a break. They exchange strikes, Goto gaining the upper hand. He goes for the GTW, but Omega avoids it, V-TRIGGER! He gets Goto in the Firemans Carry, “YOU CANNOT ESCAPE!” Rolling slam, followed by the moonsault! Omega ascends to the top rope, Goto staggers to his feet, and Omega launches himself, DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF GOTO’S HEAD! He twists Goto around, RAIN TRIGGER! Goto falls to his knees, before using his will to power himself back to his feet, screaming to the face of Omega. Omega rebounds off the ropes, powering up a V-Trigger attempt, but Goto dodges it, GTW! He goes for the cover, 1…2… Kenny Omega kicks out of the GTW! Goto wastes no time hesitating, he gets Omega up, he goes for the Goto Ni Shiki, but Omega avoids it, he gets Goto into the electric chair, Goto begins to fight out of it, he gets out, german suplex, Omega lands, REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER! The fans are beginning to get into this, Goto is kneeling against the ropes, Omega sprints, V-TRIGGER! He gets Goto up, he’s groggy, electric chair, ONE. WINGED. ANGEL! Omega goes for the cover, 1…2…3! Kenny Omega def. Hirooki Goto (16:48) Omega has got points on the board here in the G1 Climax, an amazing duel with Goto sees Omega go up to 2 points on the campaign, while Goto remains without any points going into Day Three. Omega celebrates his victory, but this is only just one in many, after his rocky start, losing to long time rival Tetsuya Naito, Omega has came back, and he has got his first win of the tournament, a huge win for the Best Bout Machine. Will this be the cornerstone behind Omega’s B Block run? Standings (After B Block Day Two)
Jon Moxley (4 points)
Tomohiro Ishii (4 points)
Lance Archer (4 points)
Tetsuya Naito (2 points)
Will Ospreay (2 points)
Sanada (2 points)
Kenny Omega (2 points)
Hirooki Goto (0 points)
Evil (0 points)
Jay White (0 points)
B Block Day Three Hirooki Goto (2) def. Evil (0) Tetsuya Naito (4) def. Will Ospreay (2) Sanada (2) vs Kenny Omega (2) Jon Moxley (6) def. Jay White (0) Tomohiro Ishii (6) def. Lance Archer (4) Earlier this year in the New Japan Cup, Sanada caused an upset result, defeating Kenny Omega in the final eight, sending Omega into an emotional frenzy, even going as far as beating Sanada up after the match, forcing Ibushi to come down to the ring to console Omega. Tonight, the latter has a chance at revenge, while Sanada will be looking to gain more points and also get revenge on Omega to an extent for the post-match beating he took. Both of these men need wins tonight, Omega makes his entrance first, followed by Sanada. Sanada vs Kenny Omega This match has a more brash style to it, as both men hold grudges over the other, leading to a hard hitting affair filled with forearms, V-Triggers and everything in between, including some rough spots ringside, such as Omega planting Sanada with a body slam onto the steel barricade, and Sanada hitting a Spike DDT onto Omega on an announcers table. Back inside the ring, the match develops more as both men try to hit their signature moves early, they know the damage that has been done to each other early in the match, and as a result of that, the sequences often involve both men trying to hit their finishers. Sanada is the one who mounts a comeback, he goes to the top rope, going for a Moonsault, but Omega uses whatever energy remains to spring to his feet and hit a dragon suplex from the top rope in a huge turn of momentum in the match. Sanada locks in the Paradise Lock out of nowhere, Omega gets out of it, hits an arm drag, he goes to irish whip Sanada, who counters it into one of his own, two consecutive leapfrogs followed by a dropkick stun Omega, who rolls to the outside. In response, Sanada ascends to the top rope, MOONSAIULT TO RINGSIDE! Both men get in just before the count of 20. In the next sequence, Omega tries for the V-Trigger numerous times, but is not able to connect it, Sanada pats down the first one, blocks the second one, cartwheels away from the other one, he then kicks Omega, getting him down on his knees, SUPERKICK! Omega is floored, Sanada hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS! He goes for the cover, 1…2… Omega kicks out and the match stays alive, amazing back and forth between these two. The match goes on, the two transitioning from a brawl into an exciting spectacle. Omega is able to escape from the Skull End, he goes for the One Winged Angel, but Sanada punches his way out of it, before connecting a TKO. With Omega in position, Sanada goes to the top rope, he’s ready, he launches himself, the upset imminent, moonsault but OMEGA MOVES OUT OF THE WAY, SANADA GOES CRASHING TO THE CANVAS! Sanada gets to his knees, where Omega delivers a thunderous V-TRIGGER! HE GETS SANADA UP, ONE WINGED ANGELLLLLLL! He goes for the cover, 1…2…3! Kenny Omega def. Sanada (18:07) Omega gets a vital two points in the G1 Climax, moving up to 4 points in total. After the match, Omega expresses obvious respect for Sanada, as the Cleaner has finally got his revenge in the New Japan Cup, and in a fair way, not through a post-match beatdown. In the post-match press conference, Omega calls out his opponent in the main event of the next B Block Show, Jay White. He says that White is yet to pick up a win, and Omega has won two straight, and his momentum will continue. Standings (After B Block Day Three)
Tomohiro Ishii (6 points)
Jon Moxley (6 points)
Tetsuya Naito (4 points)
Lance Archer (4 points)
Kenny Omega (4 points)
Hirooki Goto (2 points)
Will Ospreay (2 points)
Sanada (2 points)
Evil (0 points)
Jay White (0 points)
B Block Day Four Hirooki Goto (4) def. Will Ospreay (2) Sanada (4) def. Tomohiro Ishii (6) Evil (2) def. Tetsuya Naito (4) Lance Archer (6) def. Jon Moxley (6) Jay White (0) vs Kenny Omega (4) Jay White has lost his first three matches, tonight could be the kickstart to his G1 Climax campaign before it’s too late, and what an opponent it would be to beat in Kenny Omega, the man who has beat Sanada and Hirooki Goto thus far, effectively rebounding off a loss to longtime rival Tetsuya Naito on Night One. Jay White does have experiencing beating Kenny Omega – at New Beginning 2018, White won the IWGP United States Championship from Omega, prompting the Bullet Club civil war. White and Omega compete in the main event of the night, as Omega does his gun-taunt during his entrance, White attacks him from behind and the bell rings. Jay White vs Kenny Omega This match takes on a very western style, demonstrated from the opening bell, as Jay White brutally attacks Kenny Omega during his entrance, White punishes Omega, a horrid beatdown that is difficult to watch. Gedo pulls out a chair, right as he is about to attack Omega, he dodges and Gedo instead connects with White, Omega follows it up with a V-Trigger, after planting White with an Ushi Gerushi, he goes for a cover, but Gedo pulls White out of the ring at the two count. Infuriated, Omega chases Gedo around the ring, he slides in and Kenny falls straight into a Uranage from White, who chuckles to the crowd before taunting to Omega. Omega urges White to chop him, he complies, giving him numerous knife edge chops, which fires Omega up. White tries to put Omega down with a Uranage, but the latter rolls through, he gets White into the fireman’s carry, “YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!” Rolling slam, moonsault attempt is halted by White, who springs to his feet and stops Omega, he gets him into a fireman’s carry himself, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! White gets Omega up, he goes for the Blade Runner, however Omega slips out of it, he goes for a V-Trigger but White rolls out of the ring, avoiding the strike. Omega shrugs to the crowd, rebounds off the ropes, supposedly going for a Tope Con Hilo, he launches himself, but WHITE PUTS GEDO IN THE WAY INSTEAD! Omega gets up from the move and he is planted with a Brainbuster onto the concrete floor, which Omega sells perfectly. Back inside the ring, White connects a Saito Suplex, and he is carrying all of the momentum, Omega plays possum, he rolls White up, 1…2… White kicks out, Blade Runner attempt is unsuccessful again, Omega pushes White into Gedo, White ensures that Gedo is okay, he turns around into a V-TRIGGERRRRR! Omega gets White up into the electric chair, but GEDO SCOOPS OMEGA’S LEG AND THE ATTEMPT IS HALTED! White seizes the opportunity, he gets Omega up, BLADE RUNNER! He goes for the cover, 1…2… Omega kicks out of the Blade Runner attempt! White orders Gedo to hand him the chair, he gets the chair up, but Omega V-TRIGGERS THE CHAIR WHICH IS HELD TO WHITE’S FACE! Snap Dragon Suplex, and Omega is carrying the momentum now! Kotaru Krusher connects, and he gets White up, he’s going for the One Winged Angel, into the electric chair, but White rolls forward, both men get to their feet, Blade Runner attempt fails, Omega scoops White up, he wants to finish it here, he puts the leg behind him, he hits the- no, White spins out in front of Omega, BLADE RUNNER! White goes for the pin! 1…2…3! Jay White def. Kenny Omega (25:48) Jay White has stole the victory from Kenny Omega here tonight! White gets on the board here on the B Block with a vital win, as Jay White and Tetsuya Naito now both hold tiebreakers over Omega, something that could be important later on in the tournament. Gedo raises White’s hand in victory, as he marvels in defeating one of the best in the world yet again. It took some dirty tactics and some initiative, but White pulled out all of the tricks in the book, and it could be argued that tonight, he beat Omega fair in the ring. After the match, Omega pulls himself to his feet, shattered and exhausted. He walks up to the stage, where he thanks the fans, but the tension in the room raises, a figure appearing behind Omega with evil intentions… He turns Omega around, DEATH RIDER ONTO THE STAGE! And it is JON MOXLEY, WHO IS OUT HERE, CRASHING THE PARTY! Moxley beats down Omega, bloodying him, in preparation of their match on the next B Block Show. Standings (After B Block Day Four)
Tomohiro Ishii (6 points)
Lance Archer (6 points)
Jon Moxley (6 points)
Tetsuya Naito (4 points)
Kenny Omega (4 points)
Hirooki Goto (4 points)
Sanada (4 points)
Evil (2 points)
Will Ospreay (2 points)
Jay White (2 points)
With Omega winning 2 out of 4 in the opening half of the G1 Climax, it was up to him to make up the difference and try to come back strong in the second half and climb up to the top spot. It’s no easy task, but Omega has a great track record in the G1 Climax: 1 win, 2 times in the finals, and 3 times in the deciding match in the block. Could the Best Bout Machine get back on track, or will his inconsistency lead to G1 failure?
Part One Here! After his speech at the G1 Supercard in New York, Kenny Omega makes it clear that while he very much has aspirations for his singles career, he wants to do more of what he was unable to as Heavyweight Champion, and work alongside his friends and stablemates, something that clearly worked against Bullet Club. He says on Twitter that Hangman has obligations on the first Road to Dontaku show, but he and the Young Bucks are free, leading to a reply from Tetsuya Naito simply saying "LOS INGOBERNABLES de JAPON." This all sets the stage for a blockbuster six man tag on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku, pitting The Elite against LIJ's Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and SANADA. Road to Wrestling Dontaku, Night One The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA and EVIL) LIJ are out first, Naito being followed by his stablemates as the crowd shows their support. He's still aching from his loss to Kota Ibushi, and missing his Intercontinental Title, but he looks to rebound alongside his partners by defeating an old G1 foe in Kenny Omega, and dispatching of the Young Bucks as potential challengers for EVIL and SANADA's IWGP Tag Team Titles, who won the belts at the Supercard. They're followed out by the Elite, who look ready to rumble after a successful night at MSG, and the proceedings start with SANADA and Omega, a rerun of their New Japan Cup bout. SANADA knows where he slipped up last time against Omega, and takes the fight to Kenny before Kenny can take it to him, running out of the gates with a forearm smash, followed by a German Suplex, but Kenny lands on his feet, only for SANADA to nail a superkick and a SAITO SUPLEX THAT CONNECTS! Omega scrambles to his feet, but SANADA throws him to LIJ's corner to prevent a tag, hauling Kenny up onto the top rope before heading up to the second, raining punches down before tagging in Naito. Kenny doesn't see the tag, dropping down from the ropes to get underneath the Cold Skull before RUNNING THE LENGTH OF THE RING, POWERBOMBING SANADA INTO A DOUBLE ENZIGURI BY MATT AND NICK! Both Bucks rush into the ring as Naito tries to attack Kenny, and Omega ducks, Naito getting NAILED WITH A TANDEM SUPERKICK! Nick runs and superkicks EVIL for good measure as Omega goes to work on Naito. Omega wears Naito down with a dropkick to the back of the neck, knowing it's sore after the match with Ibushi, and looks for a Piledriver, only for EVIL to tag Naito's foot, keeping the Omega/Naito interaction from going too long. EVIL rushes in and blindsides Omega with a huge body splash before connecting with a body slam for two, pulling Omega up by the hair for a DISCUS LARIAT! ONE! TWO! NICK BREAKS IT UP WITH A 450, ONLY TO GET HIT WITH A DARKNESS FALLS! Matt enters the fray despite EVIL and Omega being legal, hitting a superkick on EVIL, only for SANADA to kick out his leg and LOCK IN A SKULL END! Omega starts to get up to his feet, as does Nick, and they SANDWICH SANADA'S HEAD WITH A SUPERKICK! Omega finally makes the tag on Nick, who rushes in with a double axehandle on SANADA, a superkick on EVIL and a MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR FOR NAITO! Nick rolls back in, and throws another superkick at SANADA, WHO CATCHES THE FOOT FOR AN ANKLE LOCK! Nick is screaming, and Kenny interferes with a V Trigger to send The Cold Skull to the outside, only for NAITO TO HIT A GLORIA ON OMEGA! MATT CONNECTS WITH A SPEAR ON NAITO! It's utter carnage, Nick and EVIL fighting to their feet as the legal men, and EVIL hits a forearm smash on Matt to finally clear the ring before LOCKING IN A BANSHEE MUZZLE ON NICK! EVIL has it in tight, but it's Omega who makes the save, going for a Croyt's Wrath on EVIL after breaking up the submission attempt, only to get grabbed by Naito. Naito shakes his head, Omega not getting away that easy, and GOES FOR A DESTINO, ONLY TO GET CAUGHT BY OMEGA IN A LAWN DART POSITION... LAUNCHES NAITO HEADLONG INTO THE CORNER! SANADA leaps in with a missile dropkick attempt and eats a V Trigger, and Nick tells Matt to haul EVIL up as Nick scrambles ot the apron... MELTZER DRIVER! ONE! TWO! THREE! THE ELITE KNOCK OFF LIJ! The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) def. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA and EVIL) (16:40) After such a huge win, and after knocking off Bullet Club in the elimination match at the New Japan Cup Finals, Omega and the bucks make their next goal clear - they want the record for most NEVER Six Man Title reigns, and they're going to get their third at the expense of Bullet Club. Omega goes on a tangent, saying that in only two matches as a stable since coming back they've proven themselves better than anyone - "Bullet Club, LIJ, CHAOS, Suzuki-gun." The Bucks all nod along, despite likely just making themselves some enemies, and send out the challenge - The Elite vs Bullet Club for the NEVER Titles on Night Five of Road to Wrestling Dontaku - and the G.O.D and Taiji Ishimori accept. Road to Wrestling Dontaku, Night Five Bullet Club (G.O.D. and Taiji Ishimori) (c) vs The Elite (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks) for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Titles Out first are the Elite, the Bucks and Omega being accompanied by Hangman Adam Page to the ring. The Guerillas of Destiny are out next alongside the Bone Soldier, touting their Six Man Titles around their waists as they get to the ring, music booming alongside the cold reception. However, they stop on the apron, and out come Gedo, Jado, Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale, ready to make sure Bullet Club keep the advantage numbers-wise. Bullet Club all warm up in their corner, Tanga Loa electing to start, while the Elite confer about the four managers their opponents brought out. Matt can be seen saying "let's just beat the fuck outta them," and Nick rolls his eyes at the brash response to the problem. Kenny agrees with Matt, and Hangman grabs a chair before justifying it as being "just in case," leaving a disgruntled Nick to enter the ring and start things off. Nick tries to chop down the legs of the much larger Loa early on, but Tanga just back him up into the corner and cuts the ring in half, pounding him with hard shots to the midsection to wear down the high flyer. He goes for a powerbomb, and Nick drops down for a superkick, knocking Loa into his G.O.D. partner for the tag. Tama Tonga comes out with a high chop to the throat and a Stinger Splash in the corner, relishing in the control before again tagging in Tanga and going for a MAGIC KILLER, BUT OMEGA RUSHES IN WITH A LARIAT ON TONGA! Loa goes after Omega, and Kenny runs around the ring, being chased by both Loa and Ishimori, bringing them right into a TANDEM SUICIDE DIVE BY THE YOUNG BUCKS! Kenny rolls Nick in and tags in, rushing in with a V TRIGGER ON TONGA! He picks him up for a One Winged Angel, but Tonga starts raining punches down, dropping down and rolling from the ring to talk to Gedo. Meanwhile, Taiji Ishimori creeps up behind Omega while the ref talks to Tama, and HITS A TIGER FEINT KICK! Omega falls over and Ishimori rushes up for a 450, but the ref yells at him up top as Tonga RUSHES IN WITH A PAIR OF BRASS KNUCKLES! Omega is still getting to his feet, and the ref is distracted, with both Bucks still down from the dive. Tonga might get away with a shot from the knuckles, but HANGMAN BLASTS HIM WITH THE CHAIR! HE ABSOLUTELY BRAINED HIM! The rest of Bullet Club storm the ring and eat chairshots as well, the Young Bucks rolling in and running interference with superkicks as the referee screams, although not knowing anyone in the match was involved, He throws out Hangman and Bullet Club, but everyone is down except for the Elite! Omega hauls Tama Tonga up in an electric chair, and BOTH BUCKS HIT A DOUBLE SUPERKICK, OMEGA CAPPING IT WITH A ONE WINGED ANGEL! Tanga Loa is stopped by the Bucks as he tries to break up the pin, and OMEGA SCORES THE THREE! THE ELITE JUST OUT BULLET CLUBBED BULLET CLUB TO WIN THE SIX MAN TITLES! The Elite (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks) def. Bullet Club (G.O.D. and Taiji Ishimori) (11:12) to win the NEVER Openweight Six Man Titles After the bout, it's interview time, and Kenny, having now gotten himself back on track, is settling into the role of epic, shit-talking troll that he's just oh so good in. He tells Bullet Club that the Elite left for a reason, and then starts trashing other stables. "First things first, Tanahashi, I'm coming for you, my man. You can't get away with all your faux 'old school' bullshit anymore. I see through it, I see through you, and when the time comes, I'll be there to kick your ass back to the Golden Age. But for now, we've got some nice hardware, huh? You know, we left Bullet Club for a reason. We're called the Elite for a reason. We're better than the Club, we're better than main unit, better than CHAOS, LIJ... and what the fuck is Suzuki-gun still a thing for?" That final namedrop gets the attention of Zack Sabre Jr, fresh off a tag win alongside Taichi and El Desperado. Zack charges into the audience room and slaps Omega in the face, causing Kenny, the Bucks, and Hangman to all leap up, but Suzuki-gun get up in their grills to keep them away as Omega and Sabre go face to face. "You want to talk about how you're a big man, huh? Face it, Tanahashi NEUTERED you! You know who's beaten Tanahashi? ME. You know who you couldn't beat clean? ME. Don't you DARE talk down about us. You want to show you're 'Kenny Omega, the Best Bout Machine?' Show me. I know that your Elite friends won't be in Nagoya for Sengoku Lord, but I will. Face me, one on one, Kenny, and we'll see who's truly Elite." Sabre storms out, throwing chairs and water bottles as he goes, and Kenny chuckles to himself before heading off to celebrate with the Bucks and Hangman on their record-tying victory. Sengoku Lord in Nagoya Kenny Omega vs Zack Sabre Jr Sabre is out first, having shown a more aggressive demeanor than his usual rage-filled responses to failed strategies. He's the one to challenge Omega here, so there's a lot to prove, and he still looks more ready than usual as Kenny hits the scene. Last time these two faced off, Kenny had to resort to a roll up to win, and now Zack knows him even better, arguably giving Sabre the advantage heading in. The Best Bout Machine is still confident as ever, but is firmly the good guy against ZSJ, high fiving audience members and the like on the way down. He gets in the ring and does his theatrics, the whole time being flipped off by Sabre. Kenny hops down and comes nose to nose with the Windy Man, talking trash before being backed up to his own corner for the bell to ring. Kenny keeps trashing ZSJ as the two circle each other like sharks, Sabre waiting for Kenny to make a move. Omega knows that the bulk of Sabre's submission capability comes from his legs, so he eventually shoots for his right, only for Sabre to spin around and TRY AND ROLL OMEGA UP! Kenny kicks out at two, but Zack goes straight into an armbar, Kenny scrambling to free himself as quickly as possible, handstanding and sliding his legs under Sabre's arms for a SUNSET PIN! ONE! TWO! SABRE KICKS OUT! Zack rolls out of the ring and kicks the barricade repeatedly, screaming obscenities as he goes, while Kenny leans against the ropes, asking if he's done. Zack tells Kenny to fuck himself, and rolls into the ring. Omega tells him he can have the first move, and Sabre goes for a discus forearm, which Omega ducks, throwing a side kick to the body which Zack catches, swinging the leg back and connecting with the forearm all the same. He goes for a German on Kenny, but Omega flips over and goes for one of his own, only for Sabre to slide between his legs and trip him up with a drop toehold, LOCKING IN AN ORIENTEERING WITH NAPALM DEATH! Omega punches Sabre's limbs to try and free himself up, and eventually slides under himself and rolls free, kicking Zack in the jaw with his free leg to get out of the hold. Now it's Omega who's pissed, and he charges at Zack, who throws a high kick which Omega ducks, only for SABRE TO SPIN ROUND AND KICK OUT THE LEG! Kenny drops to a knee and eats a boot to the face, and then gets NAILED WITH A PENALTY KICK FOR A NEARFALL! Sabre goes for an Indian Deathlock, but he doesn't have it fully, and Kenny manages to heave his own weight to the ropes quickly, rolling to the apron and hitting an enziguri on ZSJ. He looks for a springboard dropkick, but Sabre scouts it, jumping aside and hitting a forearm smash before SHOOTING FOR AN ARTICLE 50! Omega is in a lot of pain, his arm being torn apart, but torques Sabre's knee into forcing a release, both men rolling away, tired. Omega's up first, and he throws a V Trigger with his good leg, but Sabre has it scouted, hitting Kenny with a kick to the stomach to go for a Zack Driver. Kenny hops over, and HITS A REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER, ONLY FOR SABRE TO HANDSPRING OUT! SABRE WITH A SUPERKICK TO THE BACK OF THE NECK! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT, AND SABRE GOES STRAIGHT INTO THE GUILLOTINE CHOKE! He's got it in tight, and Kenny might be forced to tap here... he pounds on the mat, trying to rally the crowd in his favour as he slowly gets to a knee, then a vertical base... Kenny wraps the head, and CONNECTS WITH A BRAINBUSTER! BOTH MEN DOWN! Kenny is exhausted, but picks Sabre up for a One Winged Angel all the same. He throws the leg back, and SABRE SHIFTS HIS WEIGHT, LOCKING HIS LEGS AND SPINNING INTO A TRIANGLE CHOKE! OMEGA COULD BE FADING! He tries for a powerbomb, but doesn't have the strength to pick Sabre up, and Sabre TURNS IT INTO AN ARMBAR, FREEING UP AN ARM TO BATTER OMEGA! Omega falls to a knee, and then falls flat, howling in agony... but HE SLIPS HIS ARM OUT! V TRIGGER! Sabre is dazed... V TRIGGER INTO THE ROPES! He's got a bad arm, but he can handle it as he picks Sabre up... CROYT'S WRATH ATTEMPTED, BUT SABRE LANDS ON HIS FEET! Sabre jumps up... CRUCIFIX COVER! ONE! TWO! KENNY KICKS OUT, BUT SABRE ROLLS INTO ANOTHER SMALL PACKAGE... ONE! TWO! THREE! ZACK SABRE JR PINS KENNY OMEGA THE SAME WAY OMEGA BEAT HIM A YEAR AGO! Zack Sabre Jr def. Kenny Omega (18:54) After the match, Kenny sits in the corner, disappointed in himself, and stares down Sabre, who... extends a hand? Omega gets up by himself, not knowing what Sabre could have planned, but SABRE HITS A KICK TO THE BAD KNEE! The bell is frantically rung as Kenny writhes, and out comes Minoru Suzuki, ready to hand Omega's ass to him for trashing his stable. Suzuki savours it as he stomps on Kenny's leg, knowing the Elite aren't on this leg of the tour, and hauls Kenny up for a Gotch Style Piledriver, when... OH MY GOD! IT'S KOTA IBUSHI! IBUSHI RUSHES TO THE RING AND CLEANS HOUSE! MISSILE DROPKICK TO SABRE! GOLDEN STAR POWERBOMB ON SUZUKI! Zack is stirring... KAMIGOYE! SUZUKI-GUN HAVE BEEN SENT PACKING BY THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION! Ibushi looks at a battered and bruised Kenny Omega, and extends a hand, just like Sabre... but again, Kenny doesn't take it. He grabs a microphone from a ringside technician, and says "Ibushi... you haven't talked to me since Tanahashi, and I get it. You idolize him, and you didn't like the fact that I wanted to take the fight to him. But I still do, Ibushi. So I appreciate the fact that you wanted to come to my aid, but... I can't, in good conscience, let you go through that again. Until I'm done with Tanahashi, I can't do that to you, man." Ibushi, sans microphone, walks to Omega and points a finger in his chest, saying "Watashi wa kore no tame ni anata to issho ni imasu." Omega looks to Ibushi, and thinks for a moment, before HUGGING HIM! THE GOLDEN LOVERS ARE REUNITED ONCE AGAIN! IBUSHI AND OMEGA ARE TOGETHER ONCE MORE! Confetti rains from the sky as the two embrace, once again partners. It's announced that at Wrestling Dontaku, Night One, the main event will see the Golden Lovers reunite to take on Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr., while, on Night Two, they'll go head to head with Shingo Takagi and a vengeful Tetsuya Naito. Wrestling Dontaku, Night One Golden Lovers vs Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr) Suzuki-gun enter first, Suzuki and Sabre uncharacteristically not being accompanied by the rest of their stable, opting instead to show Omega and Ibushi who's boss by taking the boots to them the old fashioned way, with no tricks. The Golden Lovers theme hits, and the crowd come unglued as Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi walk out on stage, Ibushi with his Intercontinental Title and Kenny with his NEVER Six Man strap. The bell rings, with Omega and Suzuki starting things off. Kenny's knee has had time to heal up, so he's pretty fresh heading in, as is Suzuki. However, the daunting Suzuki still strikes fear in Kenny, who almost tries to avoid eye contact as the two go face to face. Minoru stands toe to toe with Kenny, who still looks away, and hits a tremendous chop on the Cleaner. Kenny flies back into his corner, seemingly wanting to tag out, but Ibushi tells him he can do it. Omega nods, heading back to the centre of the ring and absorbing another chop before DELIVERING ONE OF HIS OWN! Suzuki roars, and Kenny keeps the pressure on, chop after chop after chop landing before hitting a Hadouken to the face, and going for a KOTARO KRUSHER, WHICH SUZUKI CATCHES, DELIVERING A SUPLEX! Suzuki tags in Sabre, and Zack goes straight to work on a recovering Omega, rushing the ropes to deliver a HUGE PK! ONE! TWO! KENNY KICKS OUT! Sabre locks in a chinlock, but Kenny slides out and goes for a V Trigger, which Sabre avoids before going for a Tiger Suplex, but Kenny escapes and looks for a superkick, only for Zack to catch the foot, so Omega goes for a back heel kick, and Sabre ducks, throwing a forearm that Kenny avoids... both men run the ropes and hit DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! THEY KNOW EACH OTHER SO WELL! Both men struggle to their corners, and THEY BOTH MAKE THE TAG! Suzuki sprints out of the corner with a head of steam, but Ibushi ducks, running the ropes and delivering a huge running hurricanrana, stacking Suzuki up for a nearfall! Minoru springs up and connects with a HUGE FOREARM! Ibushi absorbs it and fires back, before the TWO START GOING BLOW FOR BLOW! The two scream as they strike, neither budging an inch before IBUSHI HITS A KICK TO THE MIDSECTION! 24 SAI POWERBOMB! ONE! TWO! SABRE KICKS IBUSHI IN THE HEAD TO BREAK IT UP, AND GETS BLASTED WITH A V TRIGGER! Omega throws ZSJ out of the ring, and Ibushi low bridges Suzuki to send him out as well. They nod to each other... GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULTS TO THE OUTSIDE ON BOTH MEN! THE GOLDEN LOVERS IN PERFECT FORM! Ibushi sends Suzuki back in and tags Omega, who heads up top for a 450 SPLASH! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Omega pulls Suzuki up, measuring his distances for a V TRIGGER! Hauls him up... AOI SHOUDOU! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT AGAIN! Omega chuckles, no longer scared with his friend in his corner, and looks for a Doctor Bomb, only for SABRE TO PULL SUZUKI OFF KENNY'S SHOULDERS! Kenny V Triggers Suzuki out of ZSJ's hands, and then picks up Sabre, hitting a YOU CAN'T ESCAPE! He calls for Ibushi to head up, and IBUSHI HITS A 450, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER MOONSAULT BY OMEGA! Suzuki struggles to his feet and gets decapitated by Ibushi with a roundhouse, and Omega picks him up for a One Winged Angel... SUZUKI SLIDES OFF AND LOCKS IN THE SLEEPER! Ibushi tries to pull Suzuki off his partner, but Zack picks Ibushi's leg and LOCKS IN ARTICLE 50! Both Omega and Ibushi are in trouble, and Omega's quickly fading... Ibushi struggles to a knee, but can't seem to shake ZSJ... OMEGA LEAPS UP AND DIVES ONTO SABRE, USING SUZUKI AS A WEAPON! Sabre's flattened, and Ibushi picks him up... GOLDEN STAR POWERBOMB! Omega and Suzuki are still legal, and a purple Omega hits a lariat, before calling Ibushi over. The two call for it... GOLDEN TRIGGER! ONE! TWO! THREE! THE GOLDEN LOVERS ARE VICTORIOUS IN THEIR RETURN! Golden Lovers def. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr) (20:01) Wrestling Dontaku, Night Two Golden Lovers vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi) Los Ingobernables are out first, Naito and the daunting, undefeated in singles action Takagi making their way to the ring to try and exact some vengeance on Intercontinental Champ Ibushi and his partner Omega. The Golden Lovers come out to a warm reception, posing on the turnbuckles before heading in, deciding on Ibushi and Naito starting things off. The bell rings, and the crowd all hold their breath for the inevitability that someone's neck is going to explode. Naito and Ibushi lock up, and Naito instantly tries to shove Ibushi to the ropes. Ibushi tumbles to the apron, and Naito hits a knee to the gut, pushing Ibushi against the ring post. He throws a few shots to the gut, and winds up for one more, but IBUSHI LEAPS OUT OF THE WAY, CAUSING NAITO TO PUNCH THE POST! Naito holds his hand and yelps, but he has no time to recover as Ibushi dropkicks his legs out from under him, running up onto the apron and LOOKING FOR A GERMAN TO REPAY THE FAVOUR TO NAITO, ONLY FOR SHINGO TO CHECK HIM OFF THE APRON INTO THE ANNOUNCER'S AREA! Kenny looks on in horror at this absolute beast who just jetted his partner a good ten feet, and Naito clutches his hand before rolling to the floor to grab Ibushi. Naito pulls Ibushi up by the hair, with Kota on the commentary table, and then gets up on it himself, Ibushi throwing wild haymakers that Naito manages to avoid before setting up for a Destino. Omega shakes his head, not about to let this happen, and HITS A V TRIGGER ON SHINGO, LAUNCHING PAST TO THE OUTSIDE! He dashes to commentary and SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE BARRICADE WITH A FLYING V TRIGGER TO NAITO, BOTH MEN FLYING DEEPER INTO THE ARENA! Omega yells at Kota to get Naito back in, and Kota manages to drag El Ingobernable back to the ring, looking for a 450 SPLASH, BUT NAITO AVOIDS! GLORIA BY TETSUYA NAITO! ONE! TWO! KOTA POWERS OUT! An exhausted Naito goes over to Shingo and makes the tag, and the absolute tank of a man steps into the ring, looming over Ibushi. He hauls the Golden Star up, and Ibushi quickly goes to the leg, kicking it over and over before CONNECTING WITH A TORNADO DDT, BUT SHINGO SPRINGS UP! Ibushi is in awe and charges at Shingo, who NAILS A SHOULDER TACKLE, ONLY FOR IBUSHI TO KIP UP! LARIAT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD BY SHINGO! Runs the ropes... PUMPING BOMBER! ONE! TWO! OMEGA BREAKS IT UP! Ibushi is gasping for breath after Shingo's onslaught, but Naito goes straight after Omega, trying to keep him from aiding his partner by CONNECTING WITH A WHEEL KICK TO THE CROWN OF THE SKULL! Shingo picks Ibushi up for the Last of the Dragon, but IBUSHI COUNTERS INTO A DRAGON SLEEPER! He tightens it, trying to wear Takagi down, but SHINGO TURNS IT INTO A POWERSLAM, RAMMING IBUSHI INTO THE CORNER WITH A DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Kota's hacking up a lung, having not tagged out in over fifteen minutes, and Shingo's got control, muscling him up for a Last of the Dragon, only for IBUSHI TO DROP DOWN! ROUNDHOUSE! Shingo's down to a knee, and OMEGA FLIES IN WITH A V TRIGGER BEFORE TAKING OUT NAITO! Omega runs to his apron, cheering on Ibushi, and KOTA MAKES THE TAG! Omega comes in like a man possessed, hitting three successive V Triggers on Shingo before going after Naito with a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR TOPE! Kenny rolls back in to try and deal with Shingo, picking him up for an AOI SHOUDOU! ONE! TWO! SHINGO KICKS OUT! Kenny goes for a Croyt's Wrath, but SHINGO DROPS DOWN AND HITS A PUMPING BOMBER! Both men are down, and SHINGO MAKES THE TAG! Naito slides in and connects with a Flying Forearm Smash, followed by an EVOLUCION! ONE! TWO! OMEGA STAYS ALIVE! Naito stays calm, and instead picks Omega up for a DESTINO... AND IT CONNECTS! SHOOTS THE HALF! ONE! TWO! IBUSHI BREAKS IT UP WITH A PHOENIX SPLASH, TAKING BOTH MEN OUT! Shingo goes after Ibushi, but Ibushi ducks and pays homage to his partner by going for a KOTARO KRUSHER, ONLY TO GET LAUNCHED TO THE APRON! Ibushi hits Shingo with an enziguri, and a wounded Omega gets to his feet and HITS A KOTARO KRUSHER ON SHINGO! IBUSHI WITH A SPRINGBOARD 450! OMEGA WITH THE MOONSAULT! Naito is down, and the two HIT A GOLDEN TRIGGER! ONE! TWO! THREE! Golden Lovers def. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi) (17:57) After the match, Omega and Ibushi put Shingo over by talking about how there's sure a reason he's unpinned and unsubmitted - even they couldn't put him down for three. However, Omega talks about how with his friends by his side, be it Ibushi or the Bucks - he feels completely unstoppable, and he's glad to know that everyone's got his back again. He says it's a lot easier knowing that he's got people he can lean on, but he's still got to strike out on his own as well - he still wants to team with Ibushi and the Elite, but he's got his own goals to aspire to, and he wants to find himself as a singles guy again after losing to Zack Sabre Jr. He says that War of the Worlds is coming up, and he wants the best Ring of Honor can offer, to prove that, just like he did to Lethal, he's still got it as a singles star. ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds 2019 Kenny Omega Open Challenge Kenny Omega makes his way to the ring, telling the crowd that he'll welcome any and all comers, saying he wants a challenge, someone who will give him that rush that he so desperately loves. He calls out to the back for anyone to come face him, and his challenge is answered by this. Bandido makes his way to the ring, and the two face off for the first time EVER, IN ANY CAPACITY. The commentators hype up his accomplishments to that point - main evented ALL IN, finalist in the BOLA tournament in 2018, pinning Shingo Takagi in the process. He and Omega stare down, the crowd on their feet, and the bell rings. The two men exchange glares, and, well, the crowd want a maniacal sprint, so let's give it to them. Omega instantly goes after his new opponent, but Bandido low bridges, sending Omega to the apron. Both men get the same idea and go for enziguris, but Bandido CARTWHEELS OVER FOR A SUPERKICK! Omega clutches his jaw as Bandido runs up the ropes like it's second nature, and DIVES OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE APRON FOR A HURRICANRANA TO THE FLOOR, BUT KENNY LANDS ON HIS FEET! Bandido turns around slowly, Omega with a huge grin on his face for being able to keep pace, and Bandido lunges for a lariat, which Kenny ducks, but BANDIDO HOPS ONTO THE BARRICADE FOR A MOONSAULT PRESS, WHICH OMEGA CATCHES! Picks Bandido up... YOU CAN'T ESCAPE ON THE OUTSIDE, WITH A MOONSAULT OFF THE BARRIER! Kenny rolls Bandido back in, and heads up top himself, trying to outclass the fastest-rising luchador in the world. Omega sets up for a 450 Splash, but BANDIDO MOVES AND STACKS KENNY UP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Omega kips up, as does Bandido, and Omega hits a superkick to the knee, only for BANDIDO TO SPRING ONTO HIS HANDS TO AVOID THE IMPACT! Kenny chuckles as Bandido handstands, and then just low superkicks him in the face. Kenny throws Bandido into the corner for a Flash Man's Time Stopper enziguri, and then goes for a Doctor Bomb, only for BANDIDO TO SUNSET FLIP OVER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY OMEGA! Now it's Bandido in control, and he unleashes a blitz of strikes that leaves Kenny dazed and confused, capping it with a HANDSPRING ENZIGURI! Kenny goes down to a knee, and BANDIDO WITH A SHINING WIZARD THAT'S DUCKED, OMEGA KIPPING UP! V TRIGGER OFF THE REBOUND! Bandido falls to the ropes, and Kenny goes for ANOTHER V TRIGGER, WHICH BANDIDO DODGES! HE GOES FOR THE 24 PLEX THAT'S FINISHED THE LIKES OF SHINGO, BUT KENNY HOLDS ON! Bandido kicks out his hand, and goes for the other, but Kenny breaks Bandido's grip and slides out of the ring to breathe, only to get ANNIHILATED WITH A SPACEMAN PLANCHA! Bandido sends Omega back in and goes for a springboard missile dropkick, but OMEGA HITS A V TRIGGER OUT OF THE AIR! Bandido's still standing, somehow, and Omega fires his finger gun in tandem with Bandido collapsing to a pop. He picks Bandido up and runs the ropes for a KOTARO KRUSHER, BUT BANDIDO HANDSPRINGS TO AVOID! He's behind Omega and GOES FOR A POISON RANA, BUT OMEGA HOLDS HIS LEGS! HE'S IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR... CROYT'S WRATH BY OMEGA! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! The Cleaner seems to be calling for a One Winged Angel, and he picks an exhausted Bandido up off the floor, but BANDIDO HITS A PELE KICK! He rushes to the top rope, but OMEGA HITS A V TRIGGER! Kenny heads to the apron, determined to not let Bandido take to the skies, and heads up top from the apron, raining punches on Bandido, but BANDIDO GETS HIM INTO A FALLAWAY SLAM... MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP FOR A REVOLUTION FLY! COVER ON OMEGA FOR A NEARFALL! Bandido picks Kenny up... LAUNCHING HIM INTO THE SKY FOR A GTS! Omega is still on his feet, the verge of collapsing... BANDIDO FIRES A FINGER GUN AS OMEGA TUMBLES TO THE FLOOR! Bandido's heads up top, Omega down and out... DOUBLE ROTATION MOONSAULT INTO DOUBLE KNEES! HE COULD'VE CAVED IN KENNY'S CHEST! ONE! KENNY KICKS OUT AT ONE! Bandido is in awe, and quickly heads to his legs to connect with a DEADLIFT BUCKLE BOMB! HOOK KICK! BRIDGING SAITO SUPLEX ON OMEGA, COVER MADE ONCE MORE... ONE! TWO! OMEGA KICKS OUT AGAIN! Bandido gets the waistlock and drives Omega into the ropes, setting him up... LEGSPRING OFF THE ROPES TO HIT THE 24 PLEX! ONE! TWO! THREE! BANDIDO HAS DEFEATED KENNY OMEGA! BANDIDO HAS DONE IT! Bandido def. Kenny Omega (19:59) On the Dominion promotional tour, Kenny's asked how he feels, since three of his last four singles outings have resulted in losses. He says he's disappointed, but determined. He's going to make it right, however he can, by facing whoever he must to prove that he's still the man to beat. For now, however, he's got to focus on the Elite, as they're defending their Six Man Titles on the last show before Dominion against Tomohiro Ishii and Roppongi 3K. Best of the Super Juniors Finals The Elite (c) vs CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii and R3K) for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Titles The Elite are out first, partying their way to the ring, with Omega looking notably less prepared than usual. He looks to be lacking confidence, and when CHAOS hit the scene, he looks to almost be dreading this defense. It seems the loss to Bandido took a lot out of him, and he even lets Matt Jackson start off against SHO. SHO and Matt have the usual high-flying technical start, with frantic tags being made between Roppongi 3K and The Young Bucks, both Ishii and Omega staying out of the equation early on. Eventually, it comes down to SHO and Nick, with Matt having leaped out to the floor onto YOH, and SHO gets the upper hand with a Superkick and Hurricanrana, before calling for a Shock Arrow... and OMEGA FINALLY COMES IN TO BREAK THINGS UP! V TRIGGER TO SHO! RISE OF THE TERMINATOR TO THE OUTSIDE TO TAKE OUT YOH! Rolls back into the ring and calls on Nick... HOT TAG MADE TO BOTH OMEGA AND ISHII! Omega rushes out with a shoulder tackle, but Ishii absorbs it and goes for a lariat, which Omega ducks before sending Ishii into the corner - Ishii catches Omega with a back elbow, but Omega hits a Yakuza Kick! Hauls Ishii up... AOI SHOUDOU! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Big Tom is in a bad way, and Omega has him on the back foot as he throws him into the ropes... ISHII FIRES BACK WITH A HEADBUTT! DDT ON OMEGA! Omega's woozy, and Ishii hauls him up for a Brainbuster, OMEGA KNEEING HIS WAY FREE! He charges for a V Trigger, but ISHII THROWS HIM UP AND HEADBUTTS HIM OUT OF THE SKY! Ishii picks Omega up for a Driller, but Kenny drives him from the ring, sending both men to the floor, allowing BOTH BUCKS TO HIT A SUPERKICK! Kenny sends Ishii back in and HITS A 450 SPLASH! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Ishii gets up, and Omega goes for a V Trigger, but ISHII HITS A POWERBOMB BEFORE TAGGING IN YOH! YOH rushes in and goes right after Omega with a springboard dropkick, knocking Kenny flat. He picks Kenny up, but KENNY HITS A BRAINBUSTER! Kenny tags Nick, who tags Matt, and the Bucks haul YOH up for a Meltzer Driver, OMEGA HITTING A V TRIGGER ON ISHII BEFORE PICKING UP SHO... MELTZER DRIVER AND ONE WINGED ANGEL CONNECT IN TANDEM! COVER! ONE! TWO! THREE! THE ELITE RETAIN! The Elite def. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii and R3K) (11:09) to retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man Titles After the match, the Bucks are cheering, and CHAOS head to the back, disappointed. Omega looked to return to form there, and he picks up his title when all of a sudden, some music he truly dreads hits, signalling the arrival of Hiroshi Tanahashi. The Ace makes his way to the ring, and lifts a microphone to his lips, only for OMEGA TO GRAB IT OUT OF HIS HANDS! "I know what you're gonna say... Dominion, right? Well... you're on, Ace." After the show, Omega has an interview, where he explains that since Wrestle Kingdom, Tanahashi's been the bane of his existence. He's driven a wedge between he and Ibushi, which is why Ibushi won't be accompanying Omega at Dominion, he's been responsible for two of the worst losses of his career at Wrestle Kingdom and in the New Japan Cup, and he's sent him down this long road to failure. Now, at Dominion, he takes back the crown of Ace, no titles on the line, just to prove that he's better. Dominion Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi Tanahashi is out first, the Ace looking happy as ever at the possibility of beating Omega for the third time that year. He waits for Omega, but it's not the happy go lucky "Battle Cry" Omega that comes out - we bring this back. The crowd are all on their feet in Osaka as Omega makes his way to the ring, truly the Cleaner once more, and stands down with Hiroshi Tanahashi. Both men are alone - just one on one, for pride, at Dominion. The bell rings, and we're underway. The Ace locks up with the Cleaner for a test of strength. Omega gets Tana down to a knee, only for TANA TO SLAP OMEGA IN THE FACE! Omega scoffs and hits an overhead chop, followed by another knife edge to send Tana into the corner. Omega boots Tana in the stomach, and breaks out the Chainsaw Arms, causing The Ace to clutch his eyes before Omega goes back to business with a high knee and a snap suplex. Commentary talks about the very real animosity between the two as Omega keeps bringing it to Tanahashi, laying in the strikes before going for an early Aoi Shoudou, which causes Tanahashi to drop down and HIT A CHOP BLOCK! Omega figured Tana would target the knee as he had at Wrestle Kingdom, but it doesn't make it hurt any less as THE ACE HITS A DRAGON SCREW! Omega pounds the mat but springs back up, refusing to go down that easily and hits a TONY JAA DOUBLE KNEE! Omega winces at the bad knee but keeps going, sending Tanahashi to the outside for a RISE OF THE TERMINATOR! Kenny pulls Tanahashi back in by the hair and goes for a One Winged Angel, which Tanahashi SPINS OUT OF WITH A HURRICANRANA! Omega flies up and tries to keep control, but gets hit with a Dragon Screw, followed by a SLING BLADE! Omega falls from the ring... TANAHASHI WITH A DRAGON ROCKET DIVE! Now it's Tana sending Omega in, and he heads up top for a High Fly Flow... CONNECTS WITH A STANDING HIGH FLY FLOW! ONE! TWO! KENNY KICKS OUT! Hiroshi leaps up and kicks Kenny's knee out, hauling him up for a STYLES CLASH! ONE! TWO! AGAIN KENNY KICKS OUT! Tanahashi is getting pretty far into his box of tricks, and throws Omega into the ropes for another Sling Blade, but OMEGA TURNS IT INTO A SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Omega stumbles to the corner, and HITS A V TRIGGER! He ignores the pain in his knee as much as possible, and HITS ANOTHER V TRIGGER AGAINST THE ROPES! Hauls The Ace up... CROYT'S WRATH! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Omega calls for a One Winged Angel, but Tanahashi COUNTERS INTO A DDT! He picks Kenny up and slaps him silly, hitting a TIGER SUPLEX! Omega's down on his face, and TANAHASHI GOES FOR THE CLOVERLEAF! Omega screams out, and manages to kick Tanahashi off, only to get hit with a SLING BLADE! Tanahashi LOCKS IN THE DRAGON SLEEPER! Tanahashi has it in deep, and Kenny is crawling, desperate to not let it end like this... he scratches, claws... FINALLY GETTING TO THE ROPES! Tanahashi climbs up top... HIGH FLY FLOW TO THE BACK! COVER ON OMEGA! THIS MUST BE IT... ONE! TWO! THR-OMEGA WON'T DIE! Omega opens his eyes and wildly shakes his head, Tanahashi looking like he's seen a ghost! He picks Omega up for a Twist and Shout, but OMEGA HITS A REVERSE FRANKENSTEINER! RAIN TRIGGER FOR A NEARFALL! DOCTOR BOMB, AGAIN FOR TWO! WHAT DOES OMEGA HAVE TO DO? Omega's up top, Tanahashi down and out... PHOENIX SPLASH, IN HOMAGE TO IBUSHI! ONE! TWO! TANAHASHI KICKS OUT! He picks Tanahashi up for a One Winged Angel... TANAHASHI FALLS FORWARD FOR A FALL IN LOVE CRADLE! THIS IS WHAT BEAT OMEGA LAST TIME... ONE! TWO! NOT THIS TIME! Tana grabs the wrists of Omega and calls for a Kamigoye, almost mocking Omega's best friend, but OMEGA DUCKS THE KNEE! TRAPS THE LEG AND STANDS UP, PULLING THE HEAD DOWN... OMEGA HITS A ONE WINGED ANGEL! ONE! TWO! THREE! OMEGA VANQUISHES HIS DEMONS! Kenny Omega def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (23:23) Kenny Omega has done it, he's beaten Tanahashi, and the Elite come out alongside Kota Ibushi to help him celebrate his win. He raises his arms high, and finally pulls out the finger gun, the symbolic "bang" being fired at the back to show that Kenny Omega - the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine - isn't gone just yet.
2020.06.29 14:40 OneWingedDevil28What if Kenny Omega Remained With NJPW? (Part One: Love // Hate)
“Tanahashi, SLINGBLADE!” The Ace of New Japan Wrestling roars, the audacity of his sheer will echoing around the Tokyo Dome as Omega is stunned. “And Tana springs to life, springs to the top! Can he do it, can he do it? High… Fly… FLOWWWWWWW!” 1…2…3. Red Shoes calls for the bell as the 38,000 fans in Tokyo Dome explode in euphoria at the crowning of a new IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Omega is aided by The Young Bucks while Tanahashi is gifted the championship, the prize in which he is so familiar with. Wrestle Kingdom 13 closes out an exciting year in New Japan Pro Wrestling, as Kenny Omega’s dream world title run has been shattered. Now 0 for 2 in the main event of the Tokyo Dome, Kenny Omega was left without motivation. With Kota Ibushi sidelined with an injury suffered in the opening affair of the show, Omega had no form of reassurance or comfort. Only concern. Anguish. Nevertheless, his allegiance to New Japan Pro Wrestling was a bond too strong to be broken, and he had his sights set on recapturing the Heavyweight Championship. Only time could tell. What if Kenny Omega Remained With NJPW? (Part One: Love // Hate) Without purpose, Omega stays off New Japan cards for a two months. Becoming inactive on all forms of social media, refusing to work any media events or appearing to any shows, many begin to doubt the future of the Best Bout Machine in New Japan. Nevertheless, Omega has a plan. In the second half of last year, Omega developed a connection, an attachment to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and when he lost the belt at the Tokyo Dome, he promised to himself that the first thing that he would do was try and reclaim the championship. His plan: The New Japan Cup. It all seems poetic to him: return to New Japan, win the New Japan Cup, and win back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden. He forced himself to believe that this was something as simple as fate. At the Anniversary Event, he declared himself for the annual tournament, and he begins vigorous training. The brackets were revealed, and Kenny Omega was back. New Japan Cup – March 11th 2019 – Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto From as early as his entrance, we see that Kenny Omega is without all the finesse and character. Wearing full black gear with faded grey outlines, his hair shining a metallic silver. He has a more predator-like instinct in the ring, not giving his opponent any time to breathe, and instead opting more a more brash approach, capitalizing on any moment in which his opponents, in this case Hirooki Goto’s, guard is down. We see Omega utilise more heel tactics, such as slamming Goto’s leg into the ring post, keeping the submission applied while the ref calls for the break, and a natural aggressiveness oozing out of the Cleaner. Getting caught up in his newfound arrogance, this leads way to Goto carving a comeback to the delight of the Korakuen Hall audience who undergo a chance of allegiance during the match, taking notice of Omega’s new behaviour, they get behind Goto, who connects a Goto Ni Shiki, only warranting a near fall as Omega kicks out and remains in the match. From there, the endurance toll begins to set in on Goto, giving Omega a window of time to seam together a swift sequence of thunderous V-Triggers, leading way to a One Winged Angel, a feral expression on the weathered face of Omega, who plants Goto down with force for the 123, as he advances to the Second Round of the tournament. Kenny Omega def. Hirooki Goto (21:02) After the match, Omega stands over the head of Goto in an act of disrespect. In the post match conference, Omega calls out his next opponent, Ryusuke Taguchi, as they recall their past, and how it’s only befitting that the resurgence of the Cleaner faces the man who was the first victim of the Cleaner. New Japan Cup – March 17th 2019 – Kenny Omega vs Ryusuke Taguchi Omega delves even further into his more aggressive side in the Second Round, as he dismantles Taguchi, a cruel beatdown that is often sickening to watch. By no means is it one sided, Taguchi gets his fair share of offence in, most notably the first sequences of the match, where Taguchi is able to outsmart Omega. From there, however, the predator instincts of Omega creates for an interesting dynamic where he does not try to anticipate the next move of Taguchi or get into his head, he is hellbent on simply defeating him. Acknowleding the fans slow betrayal over him, he taunts to the crowd, mocking Taguchi, even connecting the Dodon Facebuster , followed by the One Winged Angel for the win, as Omega advances to the quarter-finals of the New Japan Cup. Kenny Omega def. Ryusuke Taguchi (9:46) After this match, Omega grabs Taguchi by the hair and begins to lecture him, as he has his hand raised in victory, his journey back to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship creeping even closer. For Omega, he’s just doing what’s right, mowing down competition on his way to regain what is rightfully his. A hint of blissful ignorance over his actions and immoral deeds, and this is what happens to one when they have the IWGP Heavyweight Championship: once they lose it, they become lost. New Japan Cup – March 21st 2019 – Kenny Omega vs Sanada In the quarter finals of the tournament, the man that the crowd has turned against goes up against the man who the crowd are beginning to love, the Cold Skull, Sanada. Recognising Sanada as a much bigger threat, Omega and Sanada work a high-octane match with fast pace and fragments of the old Kenny Omega shining through. In an interesting dynamic, whenever Omega is about to engage the crowd, he has to stop himself and understand that that’s not the person who he is now. He fundamentally believes that when he had the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, when he feuded with Tanahashi, the fans lost him, despite the fact that he was working his ass off. So, if he doesn’t feel loved by the fans, then he can’t give back to them. For example, Omega sends Sanada flying out of the ring, he begins to pound the mat in preparation for the Tope Con Hilo, he goes to rebound off the ropes, but stops himself last second. Later on in the match, we see Omega and Sanada bring out the best in each other. Sanada sneaks out of an OWA attempt, O’Connor roll up pin, Omega kicks out and goes for a Rain Trigger, but Sanada ducks under it, he goes for a German but Omega lands on his feet, he rebounds off the ropes and connects a V-TRIGGER! Sanada is staggered, as Omega gets him up, he lifts him into the Electric Chair, but Sanada gets out of it, BRIDGING TIGER SUPLEX! Omega is staggered, Sanada ascends to the top rope, MOONSAULT PRESS! He goes for the cover, 1…2…3! Sanada def. Kenny Omega (26:29) Sanada celebrates his win, Omega in pure anger over the result. For him, this is not the reality he was expecting, this goes against his script. He was supposed to headline Madison Square Garden, and win back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but that dream has been stopped by the Cold Skull as Sanada gets the win and advances to the semi-finals. During Sanada’s post match celebrations, Omega ambushes him, bitter about the result, he begins beating him down, the dark side of Omega has fully came out here, as he lays into Sanada, the fans can’t help but to boo the person they once loved. He continues his assault, he goes outside the ring and grabs the steel chair and slides back into the ring as a groggy Sanada is on his knees. Omega gets ready to strike him, sinister eyes and an expression that reads bad intentions. Until, Kota Ibushi sprints out of the Korakuen Entrance Way! He goes out and leaps up onto the apron, and he makes eye contact with Kenny before hesitating entering the ring. Omega and Ibushi look at each other, Ibushi panting due to how out of breath he is, he couldn’t bear to watch his friend beat down someone like that, it’s not the Kenny Omega he knows! The tensed-up fans providing a backdrop to Omega and Ibushi staring at each other from the adjacent sides of the ring, Omega glances down at the steel chair, shakes his head and throws it away! The sight of the returning Ibushi was enough to stop his assault, his change of heart! Omega is near tears at his inner conflict. Ibushi offers a hug, but Omega feels too guilty for doing so. He walks to the back, fully known that his quest for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship had failed, and right as when he was to solidify himself as a villain, it was the recently-returned Kota Ibushi who came down to the ring, all it took was eye contact for Omega to remember who he truly is. During the Semi Finals of the tournament, Sanada is able to defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi to advance to the finals to face Tetsuya Naito to see who will face Jay White at Madison Square Garden on April 6th for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. After Tanahashi’s loss, ally Kazuchika Okada comes out to aid him and take him to the back, before they are stopped at the entrance way by Kenny Omega. With a little more colour in his attire and more of a shine in his hairdo, he looks towards Tanahashi. This was the man that ruined his Tokyo Dome moment. Sent him into a hole of emotional trauma he can’t seem to escape. With no words being exchanged, Okada warns Omega to back off, before Ibushi comes out onto the stage as well. Not only does he shove Okada away, but he also gets Omega and drags him backstage. Perplexed at the altercation, Okada continues to carry a half-conscious Tanahashi to the back, before Okada shakes his head, turns back and goes into the ring. “Kenny thinks he can pick his fights as easy as that, huh?! Kenny, we’ll give you your wish. 2 weeks time. Madison Square Garden!” The Tokyo crowd pop for the announcement. “Tanahashi. Okada. Kenny. Kota. We’re going to show the world why New Japan is the best company around!” Ecstatic over Okada’s proposal, the fans marvel over the possibility of Tanahashi and Okada against the Golden Lovers. Shortly later, the match is officially set in stone. On April 6th, at the G1 Supercard inside Madison Square Garden, the duo of Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi will face the Golden Lovers, a tag team match destined for greatness as four of New Japan’s top stars will show down, as Omega looks for redemption against Tanahashi, Okada looks to humble Kenny, and Kota hopes that a win will bring Kenny back to his humble roots. As Naito defeats Sanada to confirm his main event match against Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the card is looking stacked for the New York event. G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden – April 6th 2019 The card features numerous great matches for the red-hot New York crowd, including Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb, Guerillas of Destiny vs The Briscoe Brothers, the main event in which Jay White retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against New Japan Cup winner Tetsuya Naito, however the most highly anticipated match is the tag team bout pitting Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada against The Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega. Each team make their entrance, the melancholic tune of the Golden Lovers’ theme song making for an emotional entrance. Omega here is nearly fully back to his normal state, still showing signs of his more violent side seen in the New Japan Cup, but fundamentally returning to the crowd-favourite ever since the return of Kota Ibushi weeks ago. Tanahashi and Omega start in the ring, mirroring their Wrestle Kingdom main event. The bell rings, and this tag team match is underway. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada vs The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) Tanahashi and Omega enter a tie up, Omega pushes Tanahashi towards the ropes where a break is called, Omega teases a quick strike but stops himself, he pats Tanahashi once, before noticing the downed guard as he forearms Tanahashi repeatedly in the face, irish whip, leapfrog, on the second rebound, Omega goes for a hip toss, but Tana counters it into a hip toss of his own. Omega regroups in the corner as they enter a second exchange, a more mat based affair here as Omega sprawls over the grounded body of Tanahashi, the Ace struggling to break the tight grasp of Omega as he rallies the New York crowd. Tanahashi eventually gets to his feet, Omega retaining the headlock, as Tana drives Omega into the latters corner, Ibushi tags himself in, he kicks Tana, both Omega and Kota irish whip him, double leapfrog, Omega springs Tana up into the air as Ibushi catches him for a powerbomb but Tanahashi reverses it into a hurricanrana, Omega lunges for the Ace who slaps him and throws him out of the ring. Tana poses and tags in Okada. After the methodical start issued by Tanahashi and Omega, Ibushi and Okada opt for a more fast pace in their exchange, Ibushi snapmares Okada, runs against the ropes, PK Kick attempt is dodged as Okada rolls up Ibushi, 1…2… Kickout, The Golden Star springs to his feet and goes to kick a kneeling Okada in the face, but stops at the last second, giving Okada time to get to his feet. In the next exchange, Okada irish whips Ibushi into his corner, following it up with a high boot as Okada tags in Tanahashi, they go for a double team move as Omega instead interferes, Omega and Ibushi floor Okada, they go for a double 450, Okada moves out of the way, Ibushi and Omega land on their feet, rolling through, they sprint towards Okada and deliver a huge missile dropkick, as the Rainmaker collapses to the outside. He staggers to his feet, Ibushi and Omega get ready, they sprint towards parallel turnbuckles, GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULTS TO THE OUTSIDE! Back inside the ring, Ibushi gets the tag on Omega, he goes for a V-Trigger on Tanahashi, who blocks it, he slaps Omega, German Suplex! In a surge of momentum, he hits a Slingblade on Omega before lunging up to the top rope, flying crossbody to the outside of the ring, where Ibushi is standing! Back inside the ring, Tana goes to the top rope, he’s going for a High Fly Flow, but Omega springs to his feet as the two of them fight on the top turnbuckle, Omega is about to superplex Tanahashi, Okada gets back into the match, he goes into the ring, POWERBOMB TO OMEGA, AN AMAZING TOWER OF DOOM SPOT! Shortly later, Okada and Ibushi enter a striking exchange, ending with Okada going for a dropkick, he misses, Ibushi hits a Standing Shooting Star Press on the back of Okada, he goes for a pin but Tanahashi breaks it up, Tanahashi and Omega begin to brawl on the outside, where Tana hits a dragon suplex to Omega onto the apron! Meanwhile, Tana and Okada work down Ibushi slowly, Okada ascends to the top rope, he’s going for his Elbow Drop, but Omega springboards off the top rope, HURRICANRANA TO OKADA! Ibushi is in prime position for a Bomaye, he does the ‘Yaoh!’ taunt, he sprints towards Okada, Tanahashi hits a SLING BLADE! Omega throws Tanahashi to the outside, he rebounds off the ropes, TOPE CON HILO IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN! The crowd are pumped, Ibushi goes for a Golden Star Powerbomb, but Okada counters it into a hurricanrana which sends Omega down crashing to the mat, Ibushi is flustered, Okada turns him around, RAINMAKERRRRRR! He tags in Tanahashi, he goes to the top rope, he’s going for the High Fly Fl- OMEGA CATCHES TANAHASHI MID AIR WITH A V-TRIGGER! Okada turns Omega round for the Rainmaker, but Omega hits a V-Trigger himself, he goes for a One Winged Angel, but Okada counters it into a reverse frankeinsteiner, everyone is down in this fantastic affair! Both teams stand, opposite ends of the ring, they begin to have a striking duel, Omega and Ibushi begin to gain the upper hand, Omega goes for a V-Trigger on Tanahashi, he dodges and Omega connects with Ibushi instead, Tana rebounds off the ropes and hits a Slingblade! He ascends to the top rope, HE CONNECTS THE HIGH FLY FLOW ON OMEGA! He crawls over to him for the cover, 1…2… IBUSHI HITS A 450 SPLASH TO BREAK UP THE PIN! THIS MATCH IS AMAZING! Nobody knows what they have to do to end this! Ibushi and Tanahashi get hot tags in on Omega and Okada specificially, these two duel it out inside Madison Square Garden, an excellent back and forth, Omega is able to catch Okada with a sneaky V-Trigger, he connects a few more before lifting Okada for the One Winged Angel, the Rainmaker begins to fight out of it, so Omega drops him, CROYT’S WRATH! He goes for the cover, 1…2… Okada kicks out! Ibushi and Omega know it’s time for the conclusion, They go for the Golden Trigger, but Tanahashi connects a flying crossbody on both of them! Ibushi lunges towards Tana, who catches him and puts him into a fireman’s carry, Omega goes for the same and Tanahashi catches him as well, HE’S CARRYING BOTH MEN, FALLAWAY SLAM! He goes for a High Fly Flow on Ibushi, Omega pulls him away at the last second! Okada goes for a Rainmaker on Ibushi, but Omega hits a V-TRIGGER TO OKADA BEFORE HE CAN CONNECT IT! Ibushi plants Okada with a Golden Star Powerbomb, they both get Tanahashi ready, GOLDENNNNN TRIGGERRRRR! Ibushi and Omega go for the cover, 1…2…3! The Golden Lovers def. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada (45:28) “What a match! This is tag team wrestling ladies and gentlemen!” Tonight, the MSG crowd have been treated to a dream match, set up by Okada for that exact reason. Omega and Ibushi pin Tanahashi after a fatal Golden Trigger to be deemed victors of the match, but it goes without saying that this was simply a superb tag team affair that has gone back and forth, and in the end, the Golden Lovers get a much needed win coming off a devastating brace of losses inside of the Tokyo Dome. The duo of Omega and Ibushi celebrate, both men barely able to stand after this match. When Kenny Omega returned to New Japan for the New Japan Cup, he wasn’t himself. He was a shadow of the Kenny Omega that the fans fell in love with. It got to the point of post match assaults, and Ibushi was the one to bring him back to the light, and tonight, we saw the return of the Best Bout Machine. Ibushi and Omega share a hug on top of the stage to commemorate their win tonight, as the MSG crowd applaud, in awe of the match they have just witnessed. After Omega’s success alongside partner Ibushi at the G1 Supercard, they looked to remain a tag team. Wanting to repair any relationships that may have been fractured over his absence, Kenny Omega intended on bringing the Golden Elite back together, and at Wrestling Dontaku, they had the perfect opportunity, as The Golden Elite team of Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and The Young Bucks were to face The Bullet Club unit of Jay White, Bad Luck Fale and The Guerillas of Destiny on an Eight Man Tag Team Match on Night Two. Wrestling Dontaku Night 2 – May 4th 2019 – The Golden Elite vs Bullet Club Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks led a revolution in the Bullet Club, reinventing the faction to become more mainstream, to reach out to larger audiences. Last year, Tama Tonga was the cornerstone behind Bullet Club’s betrayal of The Elite, as the Empire that Omega and The Bucks had created was overthrown and replaced to its grass roots, as they eventually found Jay White to be its new leader. In this match, The Golden Elite synergise efficiently to combat the heel tactics at bay from the Bullet Club. Ibushi and Omega target IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White, as they know that if they pin him, then it gives them a fasttrack to a championship shot. The match itself flows smoothly, with the Guerillas of Destiny and The Young Bucks being responsible for a lot of the tag team action, with Bad Luck Fale acting as a wild card for the Bullet Club, as the Golden Elite are forced to focus their fire on the Underboss who begins to dominate the match. Jay White eventually comes into the ring, as he has a back and forth with Omega, both of them not missing a step in their stride as they duel it out, leaving more to be desired from the two. Ibushi tags himself in, where White actually avoids the Golden Star by tagging in Tanga Loa to try and finish the job. An excellent sequence sees The Young Bucks brawl with the Guerillas of Destiny outside while Ibushi and Omega utilise effective tandem offense to take down Bad Luck Fale, Ibushi goes for a Phoenix Splash but White pushes him off the top rope, sending him crashing down to the canvas. The Guerillas of Destiny begin to punish The Young Bucks, they go for a Guerilla Warfare on Nick Jackson, but Omega swoops in to make the save. The Young Bucks go for a Meltzer Driver on Tanga Loa, but Fale attacks Nick Jackson on the apron, throwing him into the ring post. Omega hits continuous V-Triggers on Fale, White goes for a Blade Runner on him, but Omega gets out and goes for a One Winged Angel, Tama Tonga comes in and breaks it up, but then Kota Ibushi makes the save, as he and Tama Tonga brawl. The Young Bucks hit a Meltzer Driver on White, while Ibushi and Omega hit a Golden Trigger on Tama Tonga for the 123 to be deemed victors. The Golden Elite def. Bullet Club (22:03) An excellent eight man tag team match sees The Golden Elite walk away successful, Omega and Ibushi getting the pin on Tama Tonga. Joyous about tagging with each other, Omega and Ibushi want to continue their tag team quest, as after the match, they pick up The Guerillas of Destiny’s IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship belts. In the post match press conference, Ibushi and Omega confirm their desire to become Tag Team Champions, and challenge G.O.D to a match at Dominion, The Golden Lovers vs Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Carrying the desire to prove themselves as the greatest tag team in New Japan history, Kota and Kenny used their win over Bullet Club at Wrestling Dontaku as a token for a title shot at Dominion, as the Golden Lovers are set to face the Guerillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa, in what promises to be a fantastic tag team match. To add fuel to the fire, The Young Bucks asserted themselves into the match as well, making it a triple threat for the belts, while Jay White is set to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada in the main event. Due to Omega and Ibushi wanting to tackle G.O.D by themselves, there is a friction within the Golden Elite, as Kenny begins to believe that the Young Bucks are clinging onto Kenny and Kota, this eventually leads to a minor fallout which lays the groundwork for Bucks and Golden Lovers’ disliking for each other, a conflict Bullet Club have encouraged to give the Tongans a better chance at retaining the belts at Dominion. The stage is set for a fantastic three way tag team match at Dominion, the Young Bucks, The Golden Lovers and the Guerillas of Destiny, the three best tag teams in the company, duel it out of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Will Ospreay’s Path to Wrestle Kingdom 15 We come in hot, straight off the 30th G1 Climax, with Will Ospreay having a mediocre showing of 6 points in Block A. His first four matches in the tournament feature him suffering losses to Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, SANADA, and Taichi. His first victory comes when he defeats the United States Champion, Jon Moxley, in a hard fought match that pits Ospreay’s high flying acrobatics against the ruggedness of Moxley. The match runs for a solid 18 minutes, ending when Ospreay reverses Moxley’s Paradigm Shift into a Storm Breaker for the victory. Ospreay’s brief moment in the sun ends shortly after his match with Moxley, where he takes a loss to KENTA that completely ends his momentum. With 3 matches left in the tournament, there’s no way for Ospreay to win his bracket at all. His next match against Intercontinental Champion, Tetsuya Naito, results in a surprise win for Ospreay when he reverses the Destino and springboards off of the ropes to hit a picture perfect Os-Cutter followed by a Storm Breaker. Ospreay loses his penultimate match against Toru Yano, but in his final tournament match he defeats stablemate Yoshi-Hashi. At the G1 Climax Final, we see Ospreay team with fellow CHAOS members Kazuchika Okada, SHO, and Tomohiro Ishii to take on Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, EVIL, and BUSHI. Okada and Naito start this match off, but quickly after we see Okada tag Ospreay in to throw down with the Intercontinental Champion. As Ospreay starts to hit a good amount of moves on Naito, the champion tags the Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in. Ospreay and Takagi have some amazing back and forth that ends when Ospreay tags Ishii in, giving us one hell of a hoss fight. Shingo proves his strength and goes over Ishii here, throwing him into CHAOS’s corner as SHO tags in and gives us a Best of the Super Juniors rematch with him and Shingo. SHO starts to give Shingo the work, taking advantage of the exhausted Dragon who just went through both Ospreay and Ishii. SHO tags in Okada, and the two finally take down Shingo for a near-fall. Shingo tags EVIL in, who gets some nice back and forth in with Okada before being taken out by a Dropkick. BUSHI is tagged in but is no match for a fired up Okada, who blasts him with a Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker and goes for the pin, only for Naito to break it up. Shingo tags himself in and starts to go at it with the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion, trading blows until both men are knocked out. Okada crawls and tags in SHO, who brawls with Takagi until he gets the pin on him via Gallon Throw. After the G1 Climax Final, it is announced that the Intercontinental Champion will defend his title against Ospreay in the main event of Destruction in Kobe, after being pinned by him during the G1 Climax. During the Road To shows, Ospreay and Naito trade wins over each other in tag team matchups, with Naito and Ospreay getting the pin on their opposing stablemates in each match. When the time finally comes, Naito and Ospreay put on a fantastic match that sees Ospreay give his all and have what is considered his best match on the main roster yet. Both men give their all in this match, with Ospreay very nearly getting the victory over Naito to win the title. In the end, Naito sidesteps the OsCutter attempt and answers with a big Destino to defeat Ospreay and retain his Intercontinental Championship after 30 minutes of brilliant wrestling. We next see Ospreay at the post-show press conference, where he says that Naito was the better man and he earned the victory tonight. As he speaks, United States Champion Jon Moxley interrupts and says that Ospreay was one of the 3 people to get a pinfall victory over him in the G1. After defending his title against Goto tonight, Moxley plans on making his next defense against Ospreay at King of Pro Wrestling. Ospreay accepts the challenge and the match is set. At King of Pro Wrestling, we see these two gaijins clash for the second time in a nice 22 minute bout. Ospreay very nearly comes close to beating Moxley when he kicks out of Dirty Deeds and takes him out with an OsCutter, but when he attempts the Storm Breaker to put things away, Moxley reverses and hits a Paradigm Shift to retain his championship. At Power Struggle, CHAOS is given a shot at the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships, with the stable pushing forward Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, and Ospreay to challenge for the belts. The trio challenge the team of Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa for the belts, who won them from BUSHI, EVIL, and Shingo Takagi at Dominion. We see some nice back and forth action between Ishii and Fale to start the match off, ending when the two men beat each other and knock each other down. Fale tags in Tanga Loa, who starts to beat down on the exhausted Ishii. Ishii makes a comeback and takes him out with a big headbutt, tagging in Ospreay to work on the champion. Ospreay gets to work on him, but he fights Ospreay off and tags in Tama Tonga, who starts to beat Ospreay down. From here on out, G.O.D frequently tag in and out and beat Ospreay down, continuing this for about seven more minutes until they finally strike him with Guerrilla Warfare and pin him to retain their championships. After Power Struggle, we see a very defeated Ospreay at the press conference. Okada comes over to him and tells him that he needs a partner for the World Tag League, so he’s picking him. During the World Tag League, Ospreay and Okada go 7-2 and finish in 3rd place, but over the course of the tournament we see Ospreay’s discomfort grow with Okada constantly getting the pin in each match. After the tournament, Ospreay challenges Okada to a match at Wrestle Kingdom since they both have nothing to do. Okada accepts and the match is made. Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii’s Path to Wrestle Kingdom 15 These two CHAOS stablemates find themselves challenging for the Tag Team Championships at the G1 Climax Finals, and actually winning them from Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. After their match, Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. vow to get their rematch for the titles one way or another. Fast forward to the World Tag League where we see teams such as Guerrillas of Destiny, Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay, EVIL and Shingo Takagi, Gunz n’ Gallows, FinJuice, Cabana and Yano, Fale and Owens, Makabe and Honma, and Nicholls and Yoshi-Hashi all in the tournament. The finals of this tournament ends up being Gunz n’ Gallows vs. Suzuki and Sabre, with these two battling it out to an epic 30-minute time limit draw. Both teams are forced to share the trophy and both men go on to challenge Goto and Ishii at Wrestle Kingdom 15. STARDOM’s Path to Wrestle Kingdom 15 Not much to say here, Mayu Iwatani is given her first World of STARDOM Championship defense in the Tokyo Dome, against the woman she won the title from, Bea Priestley. Tetsuya Naito’s Path to Wrestle Kingdom 15 As Tetsuya Naito walks out of Wrestle Kingdom 14 with two championships around his waist and his head held high, many fans are left wondering what is next for El Ingobernable. At New Year’s Dash, it is announced that Naito is set to face Jay White at the New Beginning in Osaka, after he won the special singles match against Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom. These two face off in a great 34 minute match, with Bullet Club interference backfiring on White at the end of the match when Gedo unintentionally sprays White in the face, causing him to get hit with Destino and lose the match. White’s next challenge for the title comes in the New Japan Cup, where he declares that he will win the tournament and face Tetsuya Naito at Sakura Genesis. Jay White goes through Tomoaki Honma in the first round of the tournament, defeating him clean in 8 minutes after hitting the Blade Runner to advance to the second round. His next opponent comes in the form of former tag team champion, Juice Robinson. Robinson gives White a tough fight, while his tag team partner David Finlay fights off Bullet CLub members and keeps them from interfering in the match. Despite having a clean match against the Switchblade, he falls victim to a Blade Runner after 13 minutes and is eliminated from the tournament. In the third round, White squares off with CHAOS member, Tomohiro Ishii. Ishii gives White a run for his money, taking him to the limit in a 22 minute match where he very nearly gets the victory after hitting his signature Brainbuster, but Gedo distracts the referee long enough for White to roll outside and recover. As Ishii runs out to chase after White, White strikes him in the nuts and rolls him back in the ring, hitting a Blade Runner to seal the deal and advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, White squares off with LIJ’s Shingo Takagi, who had a hard hitting match against Minoru Suzuki in the quarter-finals. During that match, Suzuki targeted the Dragon’s neck, attempting the Gotch Style Piledriver on him but failing to hit it and get the victory. The neck seems to be White’s game plan as well, targeting it throughout the whole match. For the finish of the match, White and Takagi are both on the top rope, with White attempting to Superplex Takagi. Shingo shoves White down to the mat, but as he prepares to dive on him, White leaps to his feet and hops onto the top rope, hitting an Avalanche Blade Runner. He covers him to win and send him to the finals of the New Japan Cup. White faces SANADA in the finals of the New Japan Cup, who had a harder time in the tournament. Right off the bat, he was booked against one half of the IWGP Tag Team Champions, Kota Ibushi. This match was the longest in the first round, going for nearly 30 minutes as both men valiantly battle over the single second round spot. Eventually in the end, SANADA gets the victory over Ibushi when he dodges the Kamigoye and locks in the Skull End, with Ibushi lasting for a whole minute before finally fading and passing out in the submission. Ibushi’s partner, Hiroshi Tanahashi, is SANADA’s next opponent, with the two colliding in the second round. This match is another war, with each man taking each other to the absolute limit. The match ends when Tanahashi attempts a High Fly Flow to a standing SANADA, who ducks it and sprints to the corner, leaping to the top rope and hitting a quick but swift Moonsault for the 1, 2, 3. SANADA’s next opponent comes in the form of Zack Sabre Jr., who uses his technical prowess to wear down SANADA. The LIJ member manages to get the win after rolling up ZSJ while he’s got him in a Crossface. His final opponent before making it to the finals is Kazuchika Okada, whom he gets the win over in a match reminiscent of the New Japan Cup Finals of last year. The New Japan Cup finals are finally here, with SANADA and Jay White facing off for a shot at Naito’s Heavyweight Championship or his Intercontinental Championship. The match goes for 29 minutes, featuring no Bullet Club interference. Instead, White uses every dirty tactic in the book to attempt to put SANADA away, but he just won’t budge. Eventually in the end, White attempts to hit a Blade Runner but SANADA slips out and locks in Skull End. White taps out after 20 seconds of fighting in the hold, giving SANADA his first big win in NJPW and cementing the main event of Sakura Genesis as a battle between the two LIJ stars. The match happens and doesn’t end well for SANADA, as he takes a knee to the back of the head from Naito that both busts him open and concusses him. As his bleached hair starts to turn blood red, the referee stops the match and rules Naito the victor. LIJ members pour out and start to help SANADA backstage as we wonder what just happened. SANADA returns after two months of inactivity, returning on a Road To Dominion show in a match that pits champion Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi against challenger KENTA and Jay White. Once Gedo’s antics get a little too much for LIJ, the Cold Skull returns to even the odds and chase Gedo off with a kendo stick. As White sees what is going on, Naito manages to roll him up and get the victory for LIJ. At Dominion, Naito faces off with KENTA for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. In this 27 minute match, we see KENTA pick apart Naito from the ground up, hitting him with some kicks that would make Mirko Cro Cop wince. In the end, Gedo attempts to spray something in the eyes of Naito, but SANADA stops him, snatching the can out of his hands. As he holds it, he turns on Naito and sprays him in the eyes, causing him to turn around into a GTS that causes him to lose the match and his IWGP Heavyweight Championship. SANADA isn’t seen until the start of the G1 Climax, but a few weeks before the date, the official NJPW twitter account announced his participation. He is thrown in the same block as Naito, and has his first match with the Stardust Genius on Night 1 of the big tournament. Here, he debuts a new look, revealing a new Bullet Club shirt and a new hair color: blood red. Him and Naito have an amazing match that features SANADA taking out his pent up aggression on the LIJ leader. We get a cool moment in the match where Gedo runs in and offers his help to SANADA, but SANADA turns him down and continues murdering Naito. In the end, SANADA locks in the Skull End on a defeated Naito who immediately taps under the pressure. The G1 actually turns out good for SANADA, who finishes with a 6-3 record. Naito sports a similar record, losing to only 3 people: Ospreay, Yano, and SANADA. He makes his first defense against Ospreay at Destruction in Kobe, successfully retaining his Intercontinental Championship against him. After that, he makes his second successful defense against Toru Yano at King of Pro-Wrestling. At the press conferences after the match, SANADA makes an appearance with Bullet Club members Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale by his side. He says that he doesn’t want his defense to be any ordinary one, which is why he’s challenging him to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 15 for the title. The stage is set and the match is made, pitting former stablemates against each other.
2020.06.20 17:26 UnicornDick31Book the IWGP Intercontinental Championship - PART 2
Road To Wrestling Dontaku Shingo Takagi, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI take on Jay White, Guerrillas of Destiny and Chase Owens in a losing effort. After the match during the interviews, Jay White says that Shingo took the Intercontinental Championship from KENTA, and quite frankly he can’t have that, so he challenges Shingo to a title match, saying the ball is now in Shingo’s court to answer the challenge. Sengoku Lord in Nagoya Shingo Takagi is booked to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hirooki Goto, and as the match arrives, Goto makes his way down to the ring. The crowd cheering every step of the way, ready for this match to go down, Goto paces around the ring when Takagi’s music hits. He walks out onto the stage with the title over his shoulder, the question on everyone’s lips though is how will his first title defence go, and with Jay White’s challenge hanging over his head, will he be able to stay focused on the match tonight? Takagi walks down to the ring and when he gets in he looks determined, for now… Shingo Takagi (c) vs Hirooki Goto - IWGP Intercontinental Championship The two men lock up and Goto gets Takagi in a headlock, he manages to throw Takagi to the ground and keep the hold locked in on the ground. Takagi manages to get out of it and the two make it back up to their feet. Takagi throws multiple forearms to the face of Goto, knocking him silly before turning and running the ropes to go for a Lariat, but instead Goto ducks the arm and nails Takagi with a Tokko Lariat. As Takagi is downed on the mat, Goto has firm control for the next few minutes as he takes the fight to the Champion. However, Takagi eventually is able to make a comeback and hits Goto with Last of the Dragon to score the 3 count. Shingo Takagi def. Hirooki Goto (12:34) STILL IWGP Intercontinental Champion After the match in his post match interview, Takagi comments on Jay White’s but still doesn’t give a clear answer, instead turning his attention to his next defence… Wrestling Hinokuni Tonight Shingo Takagi is set for his second title defence since he won the Intercontinental Championship back at Sakura Genesis. This time around he is up against Taichi of Suzuki-Gun, in what should be an interesting match up, but still, Jay White’s challenge hangs in the air, Takagi knowing about it, but not giving an answer. Shingo Takagi (c) vs Taichi - IWGP Intercontinental Championship This match sees Taichi get in a bit of offence, but ultimately, Shingo proves to be the dominant champion, managing to put Taichi away with a last of the Dragon after going back and forth a bit. Shingo Takagi def. Taichi (5:49) After the match, as Shingo Takagi stands tall holding the title in his grasp, high in the air, his celebration is cut off… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVj5BXF5ZUo Jay White walks down to the ring, climbing the steps and entering, getting in the face of Shingo Takagi, demanding he answer his challenge right now, face to face. He will not be ignored by the Champion any longer, Takagi simply looks at him and nods slowly, a smirk crosses the face of White and he turns away for a split second before nailing a cheap shot to the chin of Takagi, knocking him to the ground and beating him down. Once White is done he looks down at the title, lifting it up and holding it high above his head before dropping it back by Takagi’s side. Road To Wrestling Dontaku Tag 12 On Tag 11 of the Road To show, LIJ took on Bullet Club in a 10 Man Tag Team match, however tonight they will go at it again, but under Elimination rules. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) vs Bullet Club (KENTA, Jay White, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Yujiro Takahashi) - Elimination Tag Team Match Bullet Club are dominant in the outset of this match, with Jay White able to eliminate BUSHI in the opening minutes of the match, however as the match goes on, LIJ are cut dry, with just Shingo and Naito left for LIJ, against Bullet Club’s KENTA, GOD & Jay White. In a shock fall, Naito is able to get KENTA’s shoulders down for a 3 after a quick roll up. Just leaving two more left, and after a few more minutes, Naito is eliminated by White before tagging back out to Tama Tonga. Takagi manages to eliminate both members of GOD, but upon eliminating Tanga Loa, Jay White wastes no time in hitting Takagi with Blade Runner to score the victory, pinning Takagi as they head to their title bout at Wrestling Dontaku. Bullet Club def. LIJ After the match, Jay White takes to the microphone saying that the sight everyone just say is the same sight everyone will see at Wrestling Dontaku when he defeats Shingo Takagi and takes his Intercontinental Championship, bringing it back to Bullet Club. Wrestling Dontaku The past weeks have been building to this very moment, and the anticipation is palpable, when Jay White’s music hits the arena comes unglued, ready for this battle. He makes his way down to the ring, swaggering along with confidence across his face, Gedo by his side as usual, when they reach the ring, Shingo’s music hits and he makes his way out onto the stage with his title over his shoulder, he storms his way to the ring ready for a fight and handing the belt over to the referee, staring White dead in the eyes. Shingo Takagi (c) vs Jay White - IWGP Intercontinental Championship When the bell rings the two of them lock up, White gets the upper hand, holding the control for a good while as he meticulously beats down Takagi. Later on though during the match, Takagi makes a comeback and gets White right where he wants him, managing to hit the Last of the Dragon and making the cover for the 1… 2… 3… Shingo Takagi def. Jay White (12:43) STILL IWGP Intercontinental Championship After the match, as Shingo Takagi is celebrating another successful title defence, but as he’s celebrating, The Briscoes from Ring of Honor attack Shingo and beat him down brutally before exiting through the crowd again. Before leaving, Jay Briscoe stands over the Intercontinental Championship looking down at it… ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds On Night 1 of the War of the Worlds events, after the attack at Wrestling Dontaku, Shingo Takagi will get a sliver of vengeance as he and his handpicked partner, Hiromu Takahashi, will take on The Briscoes in tag team action. The two teams have a brutal back and forth affair, but in the end, Shingo puts Mark Briscoe away with the Last of the Dragon. Then we get to Night 2, and Jay Briscoe takes on Shingo Takagi for the Intercontinental Championship. The match between those two is even more brutal and they beat the crap out of each other, then in the end, Shingo is able to retain his title after a Last of the Dragon for the 3 count once again. In the final 2 nights, Shingo and Hiromu once again teamed up this time to take on Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham. At the end of their match, Jay Lethal is able to hit the Lethal Injection on Shingo Takagi and covers for the 3 count. After pinning Shingo Takagi, it is decided that the final night of the War of the Worlds tour will be main evented by Shingo Takagi and Jay Lethal for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. In the blockbuster main event, Jay Lethal comes close to beating Shingo on multiple occasions, however, Shingo does what he does best and that is finding a way to win when he puts Lethal away with Last of the Dragon for the 1… 2… 3… After the match is done, as Takagi is kneeled in the ring, with his title in his grasp, Takagi is all of a sudden hit in the back of the head by a Hidden Blade at the hands of Will Ospreay. Leading to a match between the two being set up for Dominion. Dominion Shingo Takagi and Will Ospreay make their ways out to the ring for this rematch from the BOSJ Finals last year, and the two men have an even better match this time around, as the match reaches a fever pitch, Ospreay looks for the OsCutter, which is reversed when Takagi catches it and manages to hit the Made in America, lifting Ospreay up and hitting a Last of the Dragon, but shockingly, Ospreay is able to kick out and keep the match alive. Takagi looks for something else he can pull to end the match, eventually getting Ospreay up to the turnbuckle and hitting Made in America from the second rope, Takagi hooks the leg and the referee counts the 1… 2… 3… G1 Climax Shingo Takagi gets put in the B Block of the G1, with Zack Sabre Jr., Chris Hero, PAC, Brodie Lee, Kazuchika Okada, EVIL, Juice Robinson, Taichi & El Phantasmo. Shingo manages to beat EVIL, Juice, Taichi, ELP and shockingly gets an upset win over Okada, however he comes up short against ZSJ, Hero, PAC and Brodie Lee. ZSJ making it to the finals but coming up short to the A Block winner, SANADA. G1 Climax Finals Shingo Takagi, after losing in the G1 blocks to PAC, is set to defend his Intercontinental Championship against The Bastard. PAC takes the fight to Shingo, looking to prove why he is one of the best wrestlers in the world, he manages to lock in the Brutaliser towards the end of the match, but Takagi gets out and eventually hits the Last of the Dragon for the 3 count. After Takagi’s match is over and he’s celebrating yet another successful title defence, Takagi is confronted by none other than the IWGP United States Champion, Jon Moxley. The two having gone back and forth throughout the tournament in post match interviews, claiming to be the better champion. Moxley stands face to face with takagi, holding his US Championship on his shoulder, the IC on Takagi’s, eventually after a bit of a stare down, Moxley nails Takagi across the jaw with a cheap shot, before leaving the ring and walking to the back, an incensed Takagi behind him. Wrestle Dynasty After the G1 is officially over, it is time for NJPW to head over to New York for the Wrestle Dynasty show, with the Intercontinental and United States Champions respectively going back and forth, Moxley and Takagi will finally clash here tonight, but it won’t just be any match, this will be a New York City Street Fight. Takagi wanted to go into Moxley’s playground and take him out. Shingo Takagi makes his way out first, reaching the ring and pacing around as he waits for Moxley to come down. When Moxley’s music hits and he appears at the top of the stairs, Takagi leaves the ring and meets Moxley halfway up the stairs and the fight is on, the referee rings the bell and the fight is on. Shingo Takagi vs Jon Moxley - Champion vs Champion NYC Street Fight Shingo and Moxley trade strikes as they move back up the stairs and into the halls of the stadium battling back and forth. Takaging throws Moxley into the concrete wall, Moxley then throws a trash can at Takagi, sending trash flying everywhere. They end up near the merch stand and fans disperse as security holds them back, leaving enough space for the competitors. Moxley slams Takagi’s head into the table with merch, but Takagi kicks Mox in the gut and manages to get him up for Made in America, slamming Moxley through the table. When Moxley stumbles to his feet, laughing like a sadistic fuck, the two battle back and forth again, back out to the ringside area, and eventually back in the ring. Mox gets some chairs and uses them against Takagi. When the match reaches its end, Moxley gets Takagi up for the Paradigm Shift, attempting to nail it onto a chair, but Takagi reverses and gets Mox up for Last of the Dragon onto the chair and makes the cover, 1… 2… 3… Shingo Takagi def. Jon Moxley (14:21) After the match, Takagi holds his title high having proven he is the superior champion in NJPW between himself and Moxley. But now he has to look forward as he needs to prepare for the Destruction Tour.
2020.06.15 04:41 apehasreturnedIWGP Intercontinental Title Part Two: New Era in New Japan (Ape)
Part One Here! Sakura Genesis Jay White (c) vs Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title We are right into the thick of it, as it's time for White/Ibushi III in the main event of Sakura Genesis 2020, and the crowd are burning with anticipation to find out who the better man truly is! With Ibushi having beaten White in the G1 Finals, and White having knocked off Ibushi in a grudge match at Wrestle Kingdom, this one could go either way. Ibushi enters first, followed by the Switchblade and the Guerrillas of Destiny, who are porting the IWGP Tag Team Titles after defeating Ibushi and Tanahashi. Ibushi is clearly livid at the fact White is again bringing backup, but restrains himself until after the formal introductions have been made and the bell has been rung before RUNNING AT WHITE AND HITTING A CORNER KNEE! HE HAS WHITE UP FOR THE GOLDEN STAR BOMB, BUT WHITE DROPS DOWN AND SCRAMBLES FROM THE RING! Ibushi nearly caught the champion there, and White fumes on the outside, screaming expletives at the Golden Star before gameplanning with the G.O.D. Ibushi smiles at White, and then heads out of the ring to pursue the champion, only for the Tag Champs to stand between them. Ibushi rolls back in, and White waits for the count of nineteen before heading back in, only to roll back out once more to outstanding boos. Ibushi follows him out this time, and G.O.D again stand between them, only for Ibushi to turn tail and hop onto the apron. He looks over his shoulder, then SPRINGBOARDS UP AND MOONSAULTS OVER TAMA AND TANGA TO LAND ON THE CHAMPION! Ibushi lands on his feet, grabs White by the hair and rolls him in, before vaulting off the ropes with a MISSILE DROPKICK! White is shocked at Ibushi's outburst, and has no time to breathe as Kota unleashes a series of absolutely brutal kicks, caving Jay's chest in before nailing a Standing Shooting Star Press for two. Kota pulls White up, and Jay is already loopy, but manages to stave off the onslaught with an STO into the bottom turnbuckle. Ibushi clutches his face before White hits a high-angle Uranage, spiking Kota on the back of his neck, and following it with a Saito Suplex for a nearfall. White sets Kota up for a Blade Runner, but Kota reverses, nailing a German before GOING FOR A KAMIGOYE! White ducks it, trapping Kota's arm between his legs, and goes for a PUMPHANDLE SLAM, BUT KOTA FLIPS OUT! DROPSAULT! 24 SAI POWERBOMB! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY WHITE! Kota hauls White to his feet, and kicks him in the gut to set up for a Golden Star Powerbomb, but White drops down and hits a chop block to the back of the knee. Kota shakes it off, but White rams Kota into the corner, trapping his leg in the ropes and battering it within an inch of it breaking before backing off, slapping Kota as he holds his leg. White realizes how in control he is, and throws Ibushi out of the ring, hurling him into the barrier before picking him up and placing him in a modified Tree of Woe, Ibushi's leg trapped in the metal barricade with all the pressure on his bad right knee. White chuckles and grabs a steel chair, BLASTING IBUSHI'S KNEE WITH A CHAIR AGAINST THE STEEL! Kota is wailing as white goes for it once more, but the referee uncharacteristically steps in, prying the chair from White's hands. White decides to roll back into the ring, and awaits a countout victory to the disgust of the audience. By ten, Kota is free, and he drags himself towards the ring, breaking the count at sixteen before White pounces on him, and LOCKS IN THE INDIAN DEATHLOCK! IBUSHI IS GOING TO HAVE TO TAP! THIS HAS TO BE IT! He looks like he's about to tap, but he gets to the ropes... ONLY FOR TAMA TONGA TO PULL IT AWAY! BUT WAIT! IT'S TANAHASHI! TANAHASHI PUSHES TONGA AWAY, AND IBUSHI GETS TO THE ROPES! White releases the hold, and Hiroshi pounds the apron in support for his partner, the G.O.D having fled to the opposite corner. White picks Ibushi up for a Blade Runner, but KOTA PUSHES HIM AWAY AND HITS A DDT! Ibushi is somehow to his feet, and CONNECTS WITH A KAMIGOYE! WHITE IS OUT, BUT KOTA CAN'T COVER WITH THE BAD KNEE! He drags himself to the cover, but Tanga Loa PULLS WHITE OUT! The referee finally snaps, and THROWS OUT G.O.D! Ibushi rolls out of the ring, and, with the last of his strength, sends White back in before heading up to the top rope! HE'S GOING FOR A PHOENIX SPLASH, BUT WHITE TAKES OUT THE KNEE! The Switchblade grabs Kota's neck, Ibushi's legs still draped over the top rope, and HITS AN ELEVATED BLADE RUNNER ON THE GOLDEN STAR! ONE! TWO! THREE! JAY WHITE RETAINS OVER KOTA IBUSHI! Jay White def. Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title (32:41) Tanahashi helps Ibushi out of the ring, Ibushi limping heavily but still clearly robbed, as he would have earned the cover over White if not for Tanga Loa. Tana comforts his partner, and turns back to look at the celebrating White, pondering for a moment before continuing to assist Ibushi. The post-show interviews are eventful, as Ibushi says that he's been examined by doctors and isn't cleared to compete at Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni, leaving as Jay White starts his press conference. White celebrates dandily, only to be interrupted by Los Ingobernables de Japon. Earlier in the evening, the team of BUSHI, Shingo Takagi and SANADA had knocked off the team of the Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale and KENTA, with SANADA forcing Owens to tap to the Skull End. Naito says he still has unfinished business with White, but he has to worry about defending his Heavyweight Title - however, he thinks that SANADA has more than earned a crack at the Intercontinental Championship, with LIJ even promising to stay away from ringside and let him handle his business himself. White, cocky, says that while Bullet Club might manage him, he can certainly knock off SANADA without any moral support - so he'd be happy to face SANADA one on one, without any interference. The Cold Skull grins, and taps the championship on White's shoulder before going off to celebrate Naito's title retention with the rest of LIJ. Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni Jay White (c) vs SANADA for the IWGP Intercontinental Title, with Bullet Club and LIJ banned from ringside SANADA enters first, with the skull mask being ported alongside his once again dark brown hair, forgoing the blond for a more menacing look against the Intercontinental Champ. The Switchblade is out next, notably very alone as well, and the ring introductions are made and the match is started swiftly. The story heading in is White wanting to embarrass SANADA by beating him clean, so the two lock up, starting the feeling out process, with White trying to pick the leg early and win in the same manner he did against Naito and Ibushi. However, SANADA catches him in a wizard, locking the chin and GOING FOR A SKULL END EARLY! White rolls over it, and the two lock up again, even more tentatively. White keeps on wriggling free from SANADA's attempts at neck-based submissions, but finally gets caught in a neck crank, scrambling to the ropes for the break. SANADA slicks the sides of his hair, smiling at White, and White fumes, punching the turnbuckle before charging at SANADA's knee. SANADA hops it, and turns around to deliver a THUNDEROUS BRIDGING GERMAN! ONE! TWO! WHITE KICKS OUT! SANADA is in total control, and White is like a fish out of water without his stablemates to back him up. SANADA connects with a TKO for another nearfall, and continues to target the neck of the champion with neckbreakers, DDTs and submissions to wear him down for the Skull End. The challenger is dominating, but White's tactics aren't to be ignored, constantly going underhanded to screw up SANADA's gameplan, eventually turning the tides with a double eye poke. White goes after the leg, but SANADA's defense is too strong, bucking White off and throwing him into the corner, going for a corner splash only to get CAUGHT WITH AN STO! SNAP SUPLEX INTO THE TURNBUCKLE BY WHITE! SANADA is dazed, and gets HIT WITH A BLADE RUNNER! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Not enough damage has been done to SANADA, but White looks to remedy that by seamlessly transitioning into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF, MOCKING HIROSHI TANAHASHI AND KOTA IBUSHI! SANADA manages to break free, but the pain has already been inflicted, and Jay locks in an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! SANADA gets to the ropes, falling out of the ring in agony. The champ is now on top, and goes for a Blade Runner on the outside, only for SANADA TO DROP HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE IN AN ACT OF DESPERATION! The challenger sends Jay back in, and heads up top... MOONSAULT PRESS ON WHITE! ONE! TWO! FOOT ON THE ROPE! SANADA grabs White by the beard and NAILS A SUPERKICK! SAITO SUPLEX! SKULL END ATTEMPT, but Jay is fighting... SANADA kicks the hands away, and IT'S IN! WHITE ROLLS OVER AND STACKS UP SANADA! ONE! TWO! THREE! WHITE STEALS A WIN FROM THE COLD SKULL! Jay White def. SANADA to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title (20:30) After the match, Bullet Club rush the ring to celebrate, White notching a second successful defense over another big name, when all of a sudden.. IT'S KOTA IBUSHI! Ibushi steps out onto the stage, and soon after, we find out that he didn't come alone! Tanahashi and Ibushi take to the ring, and Bullet Club all fil behind Jay White as Ibushi stares him down. A ref hands White a mic, and he says "Hey Kota, I already beat you. You don't get to stand face to face with me like that." Kota moves in even closer, and White shoves Kota aside, before TANAHASHI STANDS UP AGAINST WHITE! The two men stare down, and White raises his championship, only for Tanahashi to grab his hand and lower it, shaking his head. White looks daunted, and rolls out of the ring, yelling at Tanahashi as he walks up the ramp. Later that night, it's confirmed for Wrestling Dontaku that Jay White will defend the Intercontinental Championship against The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi. Wrestling Dontaku Jay White (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title This is again the next match in a series, starting when Tanahashi having successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against the Switchblade at Wrestle Kingdom 12. From there, White would get his win back in the G1, and Tanahashi would eke out a win at King of Pro Wrestling. Tana would then lose the Heavyweight Title to White in Osaka a year later, and Jay would again pull off a victory, leaving the tally at 3-2 White heading into this contest. Now, it's the third year of their ongoing feud, with White the champion for the first time, and both men are bringing backup - Tanahashi in the form of Ibushi, and White in the form of KENTA. Formal ring introductions are made, and Tanahashi stares down the champion in a tense confrontation before the bell rings. White turns around to talk to KENTA, and Tanahashi smiles at him, telling him to take his time. White turns to face the challenger once more, and they lock up, with Tanahashi getting the upper hand in a test of strength. However, he's distracted as KENTA BLASTS IBUSHI WITH A BUSAIKU KNEE ON THE OUTSIDE! Tana turns to help his partner, and WHITE ROLLS HIM UP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY TANAHASHI! White springs up, but gets HIT WITH A SLING BLADE! NOW IT'S A NEARFALL FOR TANAHASHI! Tanahashi immediately goes to work on the midsection to work White over for the High Fly Flow, and manages to cinch in a Cloverleaf for a few moments before The Knife Pervert squirms free. Tana drops an elbow and follows it with a Twelve-Six for a nearfall. White is feeling it in his ribs, and tries to escape the onslaught by conferring with KENTA, only for HIROSHI TO HIT A SUICIDE DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE - CAUGHT! BLADE RUNNER INTO THE BARRIER FROM OUT OF NOWHERE! EVEN JAY WHITE IS IN SHOCK! The champion is in a state of disbelief, yelling to ask KENTA if he saw that, and, with a massive grin, rolls Tanahashi back in and covers him for the one, two, thrNOO! TANA STAYS ALIVE! THE HIGH FLYING STAR IS STILL IN IT! White gets up and stomps Tanahashi in the gut until he starts coughing, smugly taking in the hate from the crowd and slapping the eight time World Champ around. Eventually, though, Jay heads up top, and calls for a High Fly Flow of his own, the ultimate disrespect... BUT IT MISSES! TANAHASHI HITS A STYLES CLASH! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Both men are down, and Tanahashi has an opportunity to catch his bearings, despite clearly being out of sorts after the Blade Runner into the steel barricade, especially with the added momentum of the suicide dive. He struggles to his feet, as does White, but he throws the champ into the ropes to go for a Sling Blade, only for WHITE TO COUNTER! BLADE RUNNER! NO WAY! ONE! TWO! THREE! Jay White def. Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title (7:29) Jay White punctuates his title reign with a sub ten minute victory over one of the Greatest of All Time, with no unfair tactics used against the challenger. An incredulous White raises the Intercontinental Title high above his head as the segment comes to a close ahead of the main event, leaving everyone with the question - what now? Best of the Super Juniors, Day 11 Bullet Club (Jay White, KENTA, and the G.O.D.) vs LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL and SANADA) It's good old fashioned eight man tag team action, as Los Ingobernables de Japon take on Bullet Club. Both Naito and SANADA have some beef with White, and EVIL and SANADA are poised to challenge the G.O.D. at Dominion for the IWGP Tag Team Titles. There are a lot of layers here, but it's a fast-paced barnburner to match the feel of the Best of the Super Juniors card. Bullet Club are out first, followed by LIJ, who come out as a team despite the bit of tension between Naito and Hiromu. White and SANADA start off in a callback to their bout at Satsuma no Kuni, a simple collar-and-elbow to begin the proceedings. Things break down pretty quickly once Hiromu tags himself in, however, and he soars at White with a diving senton, unleashing his brand of chaotic neutral upon the Intercontinental Champion with a series of stiff kicks and an attempted Time Bomb, only for White to tag in Tama Tonga. Hiromu tries to take it to Tonga, but he tags in his fellow G.O.D partner to stack the numbers against the Junior Heavyweight Champ. Hiromu lands a D Driver on Tanga Loa, but Tama nails a Stinger Splash in the corner, followed by a Tongan Twist for a nearfall. Tama tags in KENTA, and Hiromu rolls KENTA up for two before tagging in EVIL, who barrels at KENTA with a shoulder tackle, sparking a stiff back and forth affair, with the two trading kicks until EVIL nearly decapitates KENTA with a lariat. He goes for an EVERYTHING IS EVIL, BUT WHITE PULLS KENTA OFF HIS SHOULDERS, ONLY FOR NAITO TO RUSH WHITE! The Heavyweight Champ is trading blows with the Intercontinental Champion, and they both fall out of the ring, meaning that KENTA and the G.O.D are beating down EVIL. Not for long, though, as SANADA ejects KENTA to the apron, and HIROMU HITS A SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB ON KENTA TO THE OUTSIDE! EVIL is still recovering from the beatdown by Tama and Tanga, but SANADA bravely goes after both of the Tag Team Champions, hitting a back elbow on Tama and leaping up for a Moonsault Press, only for TANGA LOA TO POWERBOMB HIM BACK TO EARTH! MAGIC KILLER ON SANADA! SANADA falls out of the ring, and the G.O.D grab KENTA to help him get a cover on EVIL, but EVIL TAKES OUT TANGA LOA WITH A POWERSLAM! Hiromu tags in on EVIL, and hits a crossbody on KENTA, but Tonga HITS A GUN STUN ON HIROMU! It's absolute carnage, but all of a sudden, NAITO AND EVIL TRAP TAMA TONGA! OUT OF CONTROL! SANADA gets back into the ring, nursing his neck, and all four men surround KENTA, White nowhere to be seen. HIROMU HITS A CORNER DROPKICK! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! He tags in Naito, who hits a DESSSTTTIIIIINNNOOOOOOOO! Naito tags in EVIL, who himself tags SANADA, and they connect with a MAGIC KILLER OF THEIR OWN ON KENTA! DOUBLE COVER AS HIROMU AND NAITO STOP A BREAKUP FOR THE ONE, TWO, THREE! LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL and SANADA) def. Bullet Club (Jay White, KENTA, and the G.O.D.) (17:35) Los Ingobernables de Japon revel in their win, all of them clearly back on the same page with an impressive victory, when WHITE AND THE G.O.D TAKE ALL FOUR MEN OUT WITH CHAIRS! White grabs KENTA and tells him to get up, and KENTA screams asking where the hell he was - no matter how good he is, he can't handle four on one without backup. Jay sighs and hands KENTA a chair, when all of a sudden, SHINGO TAKAGI IS HERE! Shingo makes the save for his teammates, cleaning out KENTA, and helping EVIL and SANADA get rid of Tama and Tanga, leaving Shingo to BLAST JAY WHITE WITH A PUMPING BOMBER! As White scampers up the ramp, the message has been sent, clear as day - Shingo Takagi wants Jay White. Later on in the post-show interviews, it's announced that the co-main of the BOSJ Finals will see Jay White defend against Shingo Takagi. Best of the Super Juniors Finals Jay White (c) vs Shingo Takagi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title It's The Dragon against The Switchblade, and Shingo comes out alone, followed by White with KENTA. There are formal ring introductions in order, and the bell rings, only for White to immediately get the hell out of dodge to try and piss off Shingo. Shingo patiently awaits White having to get back in, and when he does, he grabs him by the hair and hurls him into the corner, battering the piss out of the champion with brutal blows to the midsection, punctuating it by blasting him with forearms until he falls over. The Dragon hauls the champ up to go for a Last Falconry, but White falls free and hits a half and half suplex to catch a breath. White's already a bit marked up from the early onslaught, but instead of running away he's going to try and end it quickly, electing to nail Shingo with a dropkick off the rebound, followed by another for the top rope - BUT SHINGO ROLLS THROUGH AND STANDS BACK UP! White is in a state of disbelief, his eyes bulging from his skull as Shingo spits on the canvas to readjust his jaw before staring daggers at the champion. He charges at White, but WHITE HITS AN STO INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! URANAGE ON SHINGO! Shingo bounces up and eats a jumping knee to the face, followed by a SNAP SUPLEX INTO THE CORNER! Shingo's dazed, and WHITE WRESTLES HIM INTO A CROSSFACE! Shingo is already near the ropes, and gets the rest of the way there, only for KENTA TO BAT AWAY HIS HAND! Shingo shakes out his hand, clearly in pain, and White transitions into an STF to BITE THE FINGERS OF TAKAGI! Shingo is yelling out, but takes advantage of the switch and grabs Jay by the hair, bashing his face off the mat to force the break. White crawls to the corner as Shingo pulls himself up on the ropes, but White goes for the chop block only to get intercepted and muscled up into a POWERBOMB BY TAKAGI! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Both men are down, and fight to their feet at roughly the same time. White throws a few forearms Shingo's way, and Shingo hits White with just one to send him soaring across the ring, selling the immense power of The Dragon. Shingo trudges over to White's corpse, but WHITE GOUGES THE EYES! The referee chews out White, but KENTA rushes into the ring and BLASTS SHINGO WITH A BUSAIKU KNEE! White pushes the ref aside and drapes an arm over Takagi... one, two, TAKAGI POWERS OUT! White gets up to go for a Blade Runner, but Takagi breaks free and POUNCES WHITE ACROSS THE RING! Shingo then looks out to ringside, and rolls out, chasing KENTA down to NAIL A PUMPING BOMBER LARIAT! He rolls back in, throwing White into the ropes, and BOTH MEN HIT LARIATS! BOTH MEN DOWN ONCE MORE! Shingo is up first, and he sets up for a LAST OF THE DRAGON, ONLY FOR WHITE TO DROP DOWN! KIWI KRUSHER! White restores himself in the corner, pulling himself up to his feet and punting Shingo in the jaw to send him to the apron. KENTA is holding a kendo stick, and White tells him to hold off, stepping out onto the apron only for SHINGO TO JET HIM WITH A THROW ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER'S TABLE! White isn't moving, and Shingo drops down, grabbing White by the hair before the champion yells "NOW!" KENTA blasts Shingo in the back of the neck with the bamboo, crumpling him, and the ref yells at the Bullet Club member as White pushes Shingo into the squared circle to go for a Blade Runner, but SHINGO TURNS IT AROUND! LAST OF THE DRAGON! ONE! TWO! THREE! SHINGO TAKAGI IS CHAMPION! Shingo Takagi def. Jay White to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title (23:06) In the post-show interviews, Takagi sets down his NEVER Openweight Six Man belt alongside his new piece of hardware in the Intercontinental Championship. When asked about any dream matches for the title, he says there were some people he'd like to fight again, but nothing was on his mind like "that piece of shit KENTA." The challenge was set, with Shingo Takagi laying the gauntlet at KENTA's feet for Dominion. Dominion 6.14 Shingo Takagi (c) vs KENTA for the IWGP Intercontinental Title It's time for Shingo to prove his mettle as champion against one of NJPW's most grizzled veterans in KENTA, in a bout that's sure to be explosively violent and stiff. KENTA is out first, alone, all business, wearing a G2S Club shirt and porting freshly dyed silver hair. He rolls his wrists as he awaits the arrival of The Dragon, and grins as Shingo's music hits. Takagi makes his way to the ring, draped in gold, and hands off the Intercontinental Title to the referee before the bell chimes... we are underway with Shingo versus KENTA! The two men look up to start things off, Shingo getting the upper hand to begin with by pushing and pulling KENTA around the ring, having the size and weight advantage. He backs KENTA up against the ropes and claps on his chest for a clean break, but KENTA lands a vicious slap, echoing through the arena with gasps from the crowd. Shing tries to shake the feeling back into his face, but not before hitting a BRUTAL overhand chop on KENTA. The Black Sun clutches his chest, breathing heavily before connecting with a spinning side kick to the gut of Shingo, followed by a jumping knee to the bridge of the nose and a SPINNING BACKFIST THAT KNOCKS TAKAGI FLAT! KENTA lands a jumping double foot stomp and twists around to deliver a ROUNDHOUSE TO THE SKULL! TAKAGI COULD BE OUT! ONE! KICKOUT AT ONE! KENTA needs to rethink his strategy, and he adjusts from kicking Shingo really hard to kicking Shingo really, REALLY hard. He breaks out a flurry of strikes, the combination ending with an attempted backfist, but SHINGO CATCHES HIM AND HITS A PUMPHANDLE SLAM! Shingo ejects KENTA from the ring, and follows him out, tossing him over the barrier and into the audience, where he grabs a security chair and hurls it at the former GHC Champion. KENTA is dazed, but Shingo pulls him back to ringside after inflicting some punishment, only for KENTA TO BOUNCE TAKAGI'S HEAD OFF THE POST! Shingo is busted open, and KENTA has the wherewithal to roll in and out to break the count before hitting a RUNNING DROPKICK THROUGH THE BARRICADE ON SHINGO! Both competitors are down and out, but KENTA gets to his feet first, grabbing Shingo only to get DECIMATED WITH A BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX ON THE FLOOR! Shingo is seething, his mouthguard stained with blood as he picks KENTA up... GALLON THROW ONTO THE APRON! Referees rush over to KENTA to check on him, but Shingo disregards them, the Dragon shoving KENTA between the ropes to go for a cover. ONE! TWO! TH-KICKOUT BY KENTA! He may be a member of Bullet Club, but KENTA's showing that he's still got that fighting spirit as he struggles to his feet. Takagi looks for a Last of the Dragon, but KENTA HITS A PELE KICK, FOLLOWED BY A SHOTGUN DROPKICK INTO THE CORNER! He heads up top for a DIVING DOUBLE FOOT STOMP, BUT SHINGO DODGES! PUMPING BOMBER TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Takagi roars to the crowd and sets KENTA up for a Last Falconry, but KENTA drops down into a drop toehold, looking for a Rings of Saturn before Takagi spins round and nails him with a forearm to stop him in his tracks. Shingo stands up and goes for a big boot, but KENTA HITS A DROPSAULT! PUNT TO THE FACE, KICKING SHINGO'S DAMN MOUTHGUARD OFF! HAULS HIM UP... GO TO SLEEP! ONE! TWO! TWO AND A HALF AS SHINGO KICKS OUT! KENTA is in shock, but that won't deter him, as instead he picks Shingo up in an Argentine Backbreaker Rack... URA GO TO SLEEP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Shingo lands sprawled over the bottom rope, more or less dead from the impact as the blood drizzles from his head out to the floor, staining the apron on the way down. KENTA tries to drag Shingo to the centre of the ring, but he's physically depleted enough that Shingo is able to kick out by the time he shoots the half. KENTA's in awe at Shingo's tenacity, and hooks him up in a cravate to bring him to his feet. Once Shingo's propped up, KENTA runs the ropes for a BUSAIKU KNEE, BUT GETS LEVELLED WITH A PUMPING BOMBER! SHINGO CONNECTS WITH A STAY DREAM, FOLLOWED BY A LAST OF THE DRAGON! SHINGO INTO THE COVER... ONE! TWWWOOOO! THREEEE!!!! SHINGO TAKAGI MANAGES TO DEFEAT KENTA! Shingo Takagi def. KENTA to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title (22:51) Shingo lifts his pristine title high, wary to not get any blood on it as he holds it above his head. He grabs a microphone and congratulates KENTA on a good fight, and sets it down, grabbing his mouthguard and putting it back in when all of a sudden he hears some very familiar music. WILL OSPREAY IS HERE! Shingo turns to face the ramp as the Aerial Assassin makes his way to the ring, posing in the corner before flipping into the squared circle to stare down Takagi. He picks Shingo's mic up off the mat, and says "I've beaten you once... and I'll do it again." He pats the title and turns to leave, but Shingo grabs his shoulder. "No... you know, I was asked about who I wanted to face, and I didn't mention wanting a one on one match with you. That's not because I don't want to face you... it's because beating you once WOULDN'T BE ENOUGH." Ospreay smirks, and says "Wrestle Dynasty," before leaving the ring to Takagi. Later that night, it's confirmed that New York City will play host to Wrestle Dynasty, where Will Ospreay will challenge Shingo Takagi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title - in a two out of three falls match.
2020.06.14 06:41 apehasreturnedIWGP Intercontinental Title Part One: Stardust Championship (Ape)
Well, seems only fitting that after doing the WWE Intercontinental Title at Summer Break, we run it back with the IWGP this time. Unlike the Heavyweight, the Intercontinental Championship can be held by midcarders and main eventers alike, making it a go-to for incredible boundary-breaking matches. This title has been in an interesting spot since being contested alongside the IWGP Heavyweight Title at Wrestle Kingdom 14, seeming almost like an afterthought to even the man who holds it. So, let's see, if COVID-19 hadn't happened, what we could do to breathe some life into the most versatile championship in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Wrestle Kingdom 14, Night 2 Tetsuya Naito (IC) vs Kazuchika Okada (HW) Tetsuya Naito enters first, 30,000 people on their feet for El Ingobernable. He removes his skull mask and awaits the arrival of Kazuchika Okada, holding his Intercontinental Title high before giving it to the referee. Okada hits the scene with the same insanely theatrical entrance, and the Tokyo Dome is electric as the two men stare down and the referee raises the two greatest prizes in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The bell rings, and the biggest main event in Wrestle Kingdom history is underway! The two men lock up, but the feeling out process doesn't last very long - they're both still feeling the effects of Night One, and they both know each other quite well. Okada pushes Naito into the corner and pats him on the chest for a clean break, but Naito runs out swinging, nailing a lariat and raining boots until Okada rolls out of the ring. Naito follows him out and lands a few shots against the barricade, followed by a neckbreaker on the outside. Naito connects with a flurry of forearms before rolling Okada back into the ring and NAILING A DRAGON SUPLEX EARLY! Okada kicks out at two, but he's already holding his neck, Naito not willing to take Okada's mockery. He picks Okada up, but the Heavyweight Champ hits a forearm and throws Naito into the ropes and BLASTING him with a huge dropkick! The Rainmaker throws Naito into the corner for a running dropkick, and then goes up to the top rope and connects with a HUGE ELBOW DROP ON NAITO! Okada's back in control as he wraps Naito up in a chinlock, trying to slow the pace of the bout. Naito begins to struggle free, and Okada transitions into a front facelock before connecting with a DDT for two. He knows Naito's knee was torn apart by Jay White the night prior, so he transitions into a RED INK! Naito is struggling, crawling... he makes it to the ropes, but Okada releases and pulls him back... Naito kicks Okada off! He jumps up, slapping his knee to get some feeling before HITTING A ROLLING WHEEL KICK! Okada powers up, and NAITO NAILS A GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada's feeling the effects on his neck, and Naito doesn't let up, dropping Okada with a GLORIA FOR A NEARFALL! He goes for a Destino, but Okada catches him, going for a Rainmaker... Naito ducks! BACK ELBOW! FOREARM SMASH! Goes for a Destino again, but Okada pushes him... DROPKICK! Hauls him up... AIR RAID CRASH NECKBREAKER! Okada clambers up top and connects with a missile dropkick for a near fall, and follows it with an attempted Tombstone... NAITO DROPS DOWN! KNEE SMASH! DESSSTTTIIIINNNOOOOO! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Naito gets up, hauling Okada to a vertical base, and goes for it again, but OKADA COUNTERS WITH A TOMBSTONE FOR TWO! He picks Naito up and goes for a Rainmaker, but Naito ducks it and shoves Okada out to ringside, hopping onto the apron and hitting a FLYING FOREARM ON OKADA! Okada's neck is in bad shape, and Naito throws him over the barricade, setting up a folding chair and leaping over the barrier onto Okada! Naito grabs the Rainmaker by the hair, but OKADA PICKS HIM UP AND DUMPS HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH A SIDE SLAM! THe Rainmaker throws a beaten Naito back into the ring, setting up for a Rainmaker... AND HE HITS IT! ONE! TWO! NAITO POWERS OUT! Okada was just one second away from becoming double champion, and he goes for ANOTHER RAINMAKER! Sets up for a third... NAITO DUCKS! DES-TIIIIIIII-NOOOOO!! ONE! TWO! ANOTHER KICKOUT BY OKADA! Naito sets Okada up on the top turnbuckle, landing a few forearms before heading up as well for a Super Hurricanrana, but OKADA PUSHES HIM OUT TO THE APRON! Naito lands on his feet and hits an enziguri, followed by a GERMAN SUPLEX ONTO THE APRON! OKADA IS OUT COLD! El Ingobernable rolls Okada into the ring, heads up top, and gets CAUGHT WITH A DROPKICK FROM MID AIR! Naito and Okada are both down, grasping at the ropes to crawl up to their feet, and they both rush each other with huge forearms. They start trading blows in the centre of the ring, and Okada knocks Naito down before nailing a SENTON ATOMICO FROM THE OUTSIDE INTO THE RING! He goes for a third Rainmaker, BUT NAITO COLLAPSES! Okada tumbles over, and Naito catches a second wind... SUPERKICK BY NAITO! He heads up to the top rope, and the fans are all worried... he's going for a Stardust Press! He lost at Wrestle Kingdom 12 because he missed this... NAITO, DON'T DO IT! He thinks for a moment... STARDUST PRESS CONNECTS! ONE! TWO! TH-OKADA KICKS OUT! Naito is in shock, but no time to ponder... hauls him up... DESTINO! ONE! TWO! THREE! TETSUYA NAITO IS DOUBLE CHAMPION! Tetsuya Naito def. Kazuchika Okada to become IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion (31:45) Naito celebrates with both championships as Okada falls to the outside, giving Naito a virtual fist bump as congratulations to leave him his moment. El Ingobernable grabs a microphone, the crowd buzzing with joy, and begins his speech. A few minutes later, tears welling in his eyes, he throws his hat into the crowd and starts his final line, when... KENTA IS IN THE RING! HE BLASTS NAITO WITH A FOREARM! WHAT THE HELL? KENTA HITS A GTS! KENTA just decimated the Double Gold Dash winner, the Wrestle Kingdom main event winner... and now, he's sitting on his chest, smiling as Wrestle Kingdom goes off the air. Later that night, KENTA gives an interview, where he says that he wants the IWGP Heavyweight Title - but feels that, as Jay White defeated Kota Ibushi earlier in the evening, HE should have a shot at Naito for the Intercontinental Championship. He leaves the room, cussing out an interviewer, and a few minutes later, Naito comes in with both championships. "Okay, KENTA wants this?" he asks, holding up the Heavyweight Title, "and Jay White wants this?" holding up the Intercontinental gold. "Then they can come and get them. New Beginning." It's announced that Naito will have two matches on the New Beginning Tour - in the US, he and new Junior Heavyweight Champ Hiromu Takahashi would take on CHAOS' Okada and Ospreay, and in Sapporo, he and EVIL would take on KENTA and Jay White, where, if Bullet Club win, they both earn the right to challenge Tetsuya Naito. New Beginning in USA LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi) vs CHAOS (Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada) It's main event time, with Ospreay and Okada entering first. Following that, Naito and Takahashi come out, both having notched wins over their opponents at Wrestle Kingdom, with three of the top titles in NJPW between them. The four men all stare down, four of the best in the company, if not the world all sharing the ring with no fluff or extras. It starts with Takahashi and Ospreay, and they're off to the races immediately, both bouncing around like ping pong balls. It's high intensity, with Takahashi getting the upper hand early after connecting with a Dynamite Plunger. He tags Naito in, and Naito wrestles Ospreay down before going for a German, only for Ospreay to flip out with a back handspring, hitting a back elbow on Hiromu on the apron. He throws Naito over, and NAILS A SASUKE SPECIAL ON BOTH MEN! Ospreay rolls Naito back into the ring and HITS A PIP PIP CHEERIO! ONE! TWO! NAITO POWERS OUT! Ospreay grabs Naito by the neck to try and position him for an Oscutter, and runs up onto the ropes, only for HIROMU TO HIT AN ENZIGURI! Ospreay tumbles backwards, but Naito catches him in an electric chair, and tags Takahashi in... HIROMU SPRINGBOARDS AND HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER OFF NAITO'S SHOULDERS ON OSPREAY! He goes for the cover, but Okada rushes in and Hiromu leaps off, rolling from the ring as Okada stands tall in the centre. Naito is on the apron, and tells Takahashi to tag him in, so we're back to a rehash of the main event. The crowd are tense with anticipation as Naito stands across from Okada, but Ospreay is still legal, and GOES FOR THE ROLLUP! Naito kicks out at two and boots Ospreay in the face, throwing him into his corner and allowing him to tag in Okada. Okada and Naito stand down, the decibel level rising before they start trading forearms, Naito backing Okada up before nailing a chop, echoing through the arena. Naito grins, and Okada fires one back before going for a suplex. Naito rolls back over, escaping the predicament, and hits Okada with a running corner dropkick! Okada, furious that Naito is using his move, DECKS NAITO WITH A BIG BOOT! He muscles him up, and hits a CORNER DROPKICK OF HIS OWN! He poses for the hard cam, grinning even wider than Naito, and tags in Ospreay once again. The Aerial Assassin flies from the top and hits a soaring hurricanrana on Naito, sending the champ flying across the ring. He gets some steam and goes for a hook kick, but Naito ducks, trapping the leg and hitting a TIGER SUPLEX ON OSPREAY! He covers for two, and then HITS AN EVOLUCION! He goes for a Destino to wrap things up, but OSPREAY FLIPS OUT OF IT! HIDDEN BLADE! ONE! TWO! TAKAHASHI BREAKS IT UP! Okada dashes in to clear Hiromu out, and Ospreay looks to help, only for Naito to hit a discus forearm on Ospreay, throwing him out of the ring to the apron. Okada tags in on Ospreay while he's on the apron, and Naito tags Hiromu, who RUSHES AND HITS A SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB TO THE FLOOR ON OSPREAY, NOT SEEING THE TAG! He rolls back in, and Okada goes for the Rainmaker, but Hiromu ducks and HITS A SUPERKICK! He looks to showcase his strength... FALCON ARROW! Tag in on Naito! Naito rolls in and LOCKS IN THE PLUMA BLANCA ON OKADA! Okada makes it to the ropes, but Naito has Okada down, and CONNECTS WITH A GLORIA! He hauls Okada up for a Destino, and flips back... OSPREAY CATCHES THE FEET OF NAITO, TO STOP THE IMPACT! Takahashi rushes in to break things up, but OSPREAY SWINGS NAITO'S LEGS INTO HIS PARTNER! Takahashi sprawls out of the ring, and Ospreay hits a hook kick, setting a dazed Naito up for a Rainmaker... Hiromu reaches out and tags the trapped Naito... HIROMU HITS A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK ON OKADA! Ospreay goes for a back elbow on the Time Bomb, but Hiromu ducks, running the ropes, and Naito goes for a Rolling Wheel Kick to take Ospreay out of the equation, but the Aerial Assassin ducks... NAITO BRAINS HIROMU WITH THE WHEEL KICK! Okada takes advantage... RAINMAKER ON TAKAHASHI! ONE! TWO! THREE! A miscommunication cost LIJ the victory, and CHAOS has come out on top of the IWGP Jr Heavyweight, Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champions. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay) def. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi) (24:18) New Beginning in Sapporo LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and EVIL) vs Bullet Club (Jay White and KENTA) - If Bullet Club win, they earn matches for the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Titles, respectively Hiromu is defending his Junior Heavyweight Title, so Naito is enlisting the help of old tag team partner EVIL for this one. It's high stakes, and both KENTA and White have announced their intended challenge dates - KENTA for the Heavyweight in Osaka and White for the IC at the New Japan Cup Finals, should they win tonight. All four men make it to the ring, and Naito starts off with Jay White. White gets control early, knowing Naito hasn't taken time to rehab his knee, and ruthlessly assaults the leg of the champion. He and KENTA are both in line for title shots if they win, so they target Naito as much as possible, EVIL seemingly an afterthought. They continuously tag in and out, tearing Naito's knee to shreds, but eventually Naito fights off a legal KENTA with a Dragon Suplex and makes the hot tag. EVIL comes out like a freight train, steamrolling KENTA with a tremendous lariat before hurling him into his partner, following it with a humongous sitout powerbomb for a nearfall. He throws KENTA into the corner and rains heavy shots, with an exclamation point in the form of a forearm before hitting a diving double axehandle on Jay White on the outside. EVIL revels in the cheers from the Sapporo crowd, chucking White over the barrier and into the audience before rolling back into the ring to go after KENTA. KENTA, however, was armed and waiting, and CONNECTS WITH A BUSAIKU KNEE! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! KENTA hits a double stomp to the gut and then a roundhouse squarely to the jaw of a seated EVIL, again for a nearfall, before tagging White in once more. White softens up EVIL's head for the Blade Runner, and even manages to hit a low angle suplex on the larger foe, but EVIL rallies with a powerslam before tagging in Naito. Naito gets control over White, and goes for a tag, only for KENTA to pull EVIL off the apron. Naito groans and turns around into a chop block, and then WHITE LOCKS IN THE INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Naito crawls to the ropes to force a break, but EVIL is still nowhere to be found. White rushes Naito with an elbow to the back of the skull, and goes for a Blade Runner, only for Naito to push him away and hit a TORNADO DDT! Naito gets up and kicks White in the head, followed by another shot to KENTA, before tagging EVIL once more. EVIL gets into the ring, softens White up a bit, and CONNECTS WITH AN EVERYTHING IS EVIL! ONE! TWO! KENTA BREAKS IT UP WITH A DIVING STOMP! Naito clotheslines KENTA out of the ring, and then tags in on EVIL again, where they both pick White up... OUT OF CONTROL BY EVIL AND NAITO, SHADES OF OLD LIJ! KENTA rushes in to prevent a cover, hitting a Busaiku Knee on EVIL, and Naito heads out to stop him from doing to much damage, only to be NAILED WITH A CHAIRSHOT! KENTA throws EVIL into the crowd, laying him out on one of the wooden benches in the stands before hitting a DOUBLE STOMP TO THE HEAD AGAINST THE WOOD! EVIL'S OUT OF THE MATCH! Meanwhile, Naito gets back into the ring, a small trickle of blood coming from above his eye, and gets caught up in a Blade Runner! He pushes White off and hits a snap suplex, feeling it, but KENTA HITS A LARIAT TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! GO TO SLEEP BY KENTA ON NAITO, AND NAITO FALLS INTO A BLADE RUNNER! ONE! TWO! THREE! BULLET CLUB EARN THEIR TITLE MATCHES! Bullet Club (Jay White and KENTA) def. LIJ (Tetsuya Naito and EVIL) to earn shots at the Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships (22:04) New Beginning in Osaka Tetsuya Naito (c) vs KENTA for the IWGP Heavyweight Title KENTA is up first, with his bout for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He enters before the double champion, with Naito quickly following, eager to get the bout underway. Formal ring introductions are given, and the bell rings, with both men launching at one another like bullets from a gun. The real match suffered from being too slow to start, so let's fix that with absolute murder early on. KENTA goes for a Busaiku Knee out of the gates, but Naito dodges and goes for a back elbow, KENTA avoiding narrowly, kicking Naito's hand out of the way and going for a small package! ONE! TWO! NAITO ESCAPES! KENTA boots Naito in the face and stomps on his chest with incredible elevation before mounting and bludgeoning him with forearms. KENTA admires his handiwork before, much like Wrestle Kingdom, sitting cross legged over the champion with a grin. The challenger gets to his feet and mockingly kicks Naito around, including a stiff shot to the nose that gets some blood running down Naito's face early. KENTA gets a bit too cocky, though, standing on Naito's head and spreading his arms before NAITO PICKS THE LEG AND LOCKS IN A PLUMA BLANCA! KENTA scrambles to the ropes before his feet slip out from under him, sprawling out to the floor to avoid absorbing damage, but NAITO FOLLOWS HIM WITH A SENTON ATOMICO TO THE OUTSIDE! Naito is back in control and hurls KENTA into the barrier, followed with a HUGE DROPKICK! He pulls the barricade down and gives a kid a fist bump, placing the metal over KENTA and LANDING A DOUBLE STOMP, SANDWICHING THE CHALLENGER! He rolls KENTA back in and hits a Tranquilo pose to a huge pop before hitting a neckbreaker, keeping hold to roll up into an EVOLUCION! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY KENTA! Naito grins and sets KENTA up in the corner, going to the opposite end and running only to get HIT WITH A CHOP BLOCK! KENTA LOCKS IN THE CRAB! Naito is crawling... can he make it.... HE GETS TO THE ROPES! KENTA groans and relinquishes the hold, the ref running over to check on Naito. KENTA takes advantage of this, undoing the turnbuckle pad in the far corner before picking Tetsuya up and THROWING HIM SPINE FIRST INTO THE STEEL! El Ingobernable howls in pain, and KENTA HITS A CORNER DROPKICK! KENTA smiles, grabbing Naito by the hair, and BASHES HIS HEAD REPEATEDLY INTO THE EXPOSED BUCKLE! Naito's face is pouring blood as he turns around, the cut above his eye reopened, and KENTA hits a forearm for good measure before the ref steps in. KENTA spits at Naito, who takes it, before POKING KENTA IN THE EYE TO A MASSIVE POP! KENTA clutches his eyes as Naito stumbles free from the corner, staining the canvas up as he heads towards the challenger, and HITS A DESTINO! ONE! TWO! THNOOO! KENTA KICKS OUT! Naito keeps his cool, however, and hauls KENTA to his feet, kicking him in the stomach before going for one more, but KENTA PUSHES HIM INTO THE TURNBUCKLE ONCE MORE! GERMAN SUPLEX FOR TWO! Naito is dazed but bounces to his feet on instinct alone, but KENTA DECKS HIM WITH A HUGE KICK TO THE CHEST! KENTA continues with the punishing kicks that he was made famous for, and looks to punctuate it with a GO TO SLEEP! Naito bounces off the knee, and rebounds from the ropes... AND KENTA PICKS HIM UP FOR ONE MORE, ONLY FOR NAITO TO SPIN INTO A DEEESSSSTTTIIIINNOOOOO! ONE! TWO! THREE! NAITO RETAINS THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE! Tetsuya Naito def. KENTA to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title (19:50) Naito celebrates with both championships, KENTA being helped to his feet by the Guerrillas of Destiny while Jay White stands down with Naito, pointing at the Intercontinental Title. All seems to be done with, when JAY RUSHES NAITO! Naito tries to fend him off, but Los Ingobernables de Japon make the save, sending Bullet Club packing save for Jay White and KENTA, who are left alone with Naito before HIROMU TAKAHASHI HITS THEM WITH A DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hiromu nails a D Driver on KENTA and clotheslines White out of the ring, with White thinking better of it and helping Bullet Club regroup. Naito thanks Hiromu and grabs the mic off the floor, but Takahashi stops him, before slowly raising his Junior Heavyweight Title above Naito's head. The message was sent firmly - they were on for the Anniversary Show, despite being stablemates. NJPW 48th Anniversary Show Tetsuya Naito vs Hiromu Takahashi Into another huge bout, there's no rest for the weary as Tetsuya Naito takes on stablemate and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi. The two lock eyes and formal introductions are made for the main event of the Anniversary Show, the Tokyo crowd overjoyed to be seeing Naito and Takahashi in singles action live for the first time since winning the gold they now wear at Wrestle Kingdom. With the loss to CHAOS still looming over them, there may be a lot of unaddressed tension between the two, but we'll find out as the bell rings! Naito seems to want to take it slow and figure out his opponent, but Hiromu will give him precisely NO time to do that, as he flies out of the corner with a huge dropkick that sends Naito reeling. El Ingobernable throws a few shots Hiromu's way, but the Time Bomb is just too unpredictable, hitting a snap german to send Naito to the apron, and following it with a SUNSET BOMB TO THE OUTSIDE IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE CONTEST! Hiromu rolls Naito back into the ring for a D DRIVER! NO WAY! ARE WE GETTING A REPEAT OF KUSHIDA VS TAKAHASHI II? ONE! TWO! THR-NOOO! Naito is barely conscious after Hiromu's insane flurry of offense, and the Time Bomb is still on the hunt. He picks Naito up, and goes for another D Driver, but Naito drops down and hits a Polvo de Estrella to weather the storm. Hiromu kips up, though, and seemingly has the worst spelt for Naito, only for Naito to KIP UP HIMSELF! The two men go face to face, foreheads touching, and Hiromu throws the first shot, only for Naito to return with a flurry! Tetsuya backs Hiromu up against the ropes and lands a few kicks, only for HIROMU TO JUMP UP FOR A GUILLOTINE! Naito tries to dump Hiromu over the ropes, but Hiromu pulls him over with him to the floor, choking Naito out on the floor. He eventually releases the hold and heads back into the ring before BLASTING NAITO WITH A SUICIDE DIVE! Hiromu rolls back in, a wild look on his face, and goes for ONE MORE, BUT NAITO HITS A FOREARM! He climbs up onto the apron, and hits a MICHINOKU DRIVER OFF THE APRON TO THE FLOOR ON HIROMU! The double champion drags his stablemate into the ring and makes a cover for two, before seemingly setting up for a Destino... but he changes his mind, knowing that it's a move that directly targets the neck. Hiromu may be trying to kill him, but he doesn't want to kill Hiromu, and instead opts to lock in PLUMA BLANCA!! Hiromu bridges over to try and pin Naito, forcing a break, but NAITO GRABS THE HEAD TO PULL HIM BACK IN! Hiromu struggles and gets a foot on the rope, but Naito NAILS A GLORIA! Naito struggles to his feet, knowing that won't be enough to keep Hiromu down, and goes up to the top rope, seemingly for a Stardust Press. He turns around, but HIROMU DASHES UP AND HITS A POISON RANA! Hiromu scrambles to his feet to try and hit another D Driver, but Naito sprawls flat to avoid the maneuver, knowing he's significantly heavier than Hiromu, but TAKAHASHI MUSCLES HIM UP ANYWAYS FOR A FALCON ARROW! NAITO POWERS OUT AT ONE! Hiromu is in shock, but Naito leaps up and wraps Hiromu up in a Leg Scissors Cross Kneelock! Hiromu is trapped, but manages to elbow his way free of the punishment, nursing his leg as he gets up to his feet. Naito is dazed and confused as Hiromu gets up, and TAKAHASHI HITS A TIME BOMB FROM OUT OF NOWHERE! ONE! TWO! NAITO JUST MANAGES TO KICK OUT AT TWO AND THREE QUARTERS! Hiromu scoffs and goes for one more, but Naito drops down and hits a MODIFIED FACEBUSTER! No time to waste, and Naito has to make his decision. Will he hit the Destino, or will he risk another move to assure Hiromu's broken neck doesn't force his retirement? He takes too long, however, as HIROMU KICKS HIM IN THE STOMACH! Hauling him up... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! He hauls him up for one more, but NAITO COUNTERS INTO A DESTINO! HE MADE HIS CHOICE! ONE! TWO! THREE! Tetsuya Naito def. Hiromu Takahashi (18:56) New Japan Cup Finals Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Jay White for the Intercontinental Title Naito has had a tough time of things as of late, especially with the New Japan Cup Finals taking place later that very night to decide who between Kota Ibushi and Minoru Suzuki would be challenging at Sakura Genesis. However, that wasn't on his mind right now - today, he was solely focused on the Intercontinental Title, and his challenger, Jay White. The Switchblade took to the ring first, and, unlike KENTA, brought the Bullet Club entourage with him, consisting of the Guerrillas of Destiny and Gedo. Naito comes out solo, clearly at a numbers disadvantage, until EVIL and SANADA both join him on the stage, ready to help their leader against the inevitable Bullet Club interference. The bell chimes, and White and Naito square up in a Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One rematch, Naito looking as calm and collected as ever, despite his record only being 1-2 against Jay White. The two lock up, both trying to keep the pace slow. Naito slowly works White into the corner, and White ducks into the ropes to force a break before connecting with a cross chop across the throat as Naito backed up. The crowd rains boos upon White, but that doesn't stop him from nailing an immense lariat to drop the champion before connecting with an elbow to the heart for two. White revels in the hatred as he transitions into a more comfortable position, locking in a tight headlock. The crowd rallies behind Naito as he struggles to his feet, eventually pushing White off of him and IMMEDIATELY HITTING A SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! The fire is back under Naito, who hits a spinning kick to the temple on a kneeling White that sends him scurrying to the outside. Tama Tonga hands White a chair, and they await Naito's move to the outside. The GOD, Gedo and White all smirk at Naito, but EVIL and SANADA descend on the three managers like a plague, leaving White all alone. Jay swings the chair at EVIL, but SANADA tears it from his hands before NAITO HITS A METEORA OFF THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR! Naito sends the Knife Pervert packing back into the ring, and heads in to join him only to get taken out with a SAITO SUPLEX! Naito is reeling as White unleashes hell with an Uranage for two. White's deceptive strength is clearly paying dividends here, as he locks in a sleeper on the already somewhat faded Naito. Naito begins to free himself, and White turns it against him, nailing a SLEEPER SUPLEX FOR TWO AND A HALF! White connects with a superkick on Naito before going for a straitjacket suplex, but Naito pushes back into the corner and hits a back elbow to get White off of him. He goes for an enziguri, but White ducks it before shoving Naito into the ropes, where GEDO HITS HIM WITH THE CHAIR IN THE SPINE! The referee is too busy arguing with Tama Tonga to have seen it, but WHITE HITS A BLADE RUNNER! ONE! TWO! NAITO KICKS OUT! White is in shock, but keeps the offensive going with a running uppercut into the corner, followed by a snapmare and a dropkick to the back of the head. The Switchblade cackles like a cartoon villain, the sheer evil dripping off him like sweat, as he continues to punish the champion. He goes for another Blade Runner, but NAITO COUNTERS! GLORIA! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! Naito pulls White up for a DESTINO! ANOTHER COVER! ONE! TWO! ANOTHER KICKOUT! Naito is almost impressed with White for staying in it, but he won't last much longer, as he sets up for one more DESTINOOOOO... White sits down! White just sits on down, mid maneuver, and stops all the momentum. Naito lands on his knees, in shock, and White wags his finger, chuckling, before wrapping himself around Naito's leg to go for an Indian Deathlock. Naito gets to the ropes before he can be brought down, but TANGA LOA HITS HIM WITH A CLOSED FIST! Boos are falling like snow in a blizzard as White picks Naito up in position for a Blade Runner, but NAITO DROPS DOWN! DESTINOOOOO COUNTERED! WHITE HITS A KIWI KRUSHER! Out of sheer desperation, White had to break out the Kiwi Krusher, and he falls into the cover... ONE! TWO! NAITO POWERS OUT! White hauls him up once more... BLADE RUNNERRRRRRRR!!! NAITO IS PLANTED, BUT HE ENDS UP KNEELING! He's got to be out cold, but White looks on in awe as Naito moves his arms into Tranquilo position, in one last act of defiance... WHITE PICKS HIM UP AND HITS A THIRD BLADE RUNNER! ONE! TWO! THREE! JAY WHITE REGAINS THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE! Jay White def. Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title (28:01) After the match, Bullet Club all celebrate in the ring, the G.O.D. raising White up on their shoulders as White holds the gold aloft. KENTA, ELP and Chase Owens all join the party too, praising White as he grins at his reflection in the Intercontinental Championship. In the next matchup, Kota Ibushi defeats Minoru Suzuki to win the New Japan Cup for the first time in his career, and, instead of challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Title, instead says in an interview he intends to challenge Jay White at Sakura Genesis to avenge his loss at Wrestle Kingdom a few months prior. With the New Japan Cup Finals completely revolutionizing the Intercontinental Title scene, the stage is set for Sakura Genesis, where Jay White will defend against NJC 2020 Winner Kota Ibushi, in a Wrestle Kingdom, and G1 Finals, rematch, with them both at one win apiece.
2020.06.12 18:04 -LaterAlligator-Booking NJPW in 2020: Pt.5 - The Long Road to Glory (NJC 1st Round)
Welcome to the 5th part of my NJPW Booking series. This will book all 16 of the New Japan Cup 1st Round Matches, with the rest of the tournament being booked in Part 6. PART 1 • PART 2 • PART 3 • PART 4 Reminder of the Bracket, it is towards the top of Part 4, but I’ll also put it here to make it easier! Also, is a Champion is defeated (by pinfall, submission etc.) the winner earns a future title match. NOTE: 2nd Round will be Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2, Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4 etc... TOP LEFT DOWN: - Clark Connors vs Minoru Suzuki - Mikey Nicholls vs EVIL - Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay - Tama Tonga vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (Tag Champ) - Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson - Juice Robinson vs Tonga Loa - Tomohiro Ishii vs Karl Fredericks - Toa Henare vs Satoshi Kojima TOP RIGHT DOWN - SANADA vs Chase Owens - Taichi vs Colt Cabana - Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe - Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA - Yujio Takahashi vs Will Ospreay (RevPro Heavy Champ) - Shingo Takagi (NEVER Champ) vs Jeff Cobb - YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi (Tag Champ) - Jay White (US Champ) vs Yota Tsuji
NJPW New Japan Cup 2020
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Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (1/16) Clark Connors vs Minoru Suzuki The match isn’t that long, with Minoru Suzuki toying with the Young Lion at the start of the match. He beckons Clark Connors to hit him, and returns one crunching strike that knocks down Connors after taking many shots from the Young Lion. Suzuki controls the match, striking and brutalising his opponent throughout the match. He looks to win the match with a Rear Naked Choke, but Connors gets to the ropes. He looks to fire back and overcome the King, but his attempts falter and fail when Suzuki ducks under a running clothesline and locks in the Ankle Lock. Pain etched across his face, Connors crawl towards the ropes. He can’t reach them! Connors TAPS OUT!!! Minoru Suzuki def. Clark Connors in 10mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (2/16) Mikey Nicholls vs EVIL CHAOS’ Mikey Nicholls and L.I.J’s EVIL square off in this match, with the King of Darkness being under the cosh from the get-go. Nicholls attempts a dropkick, but EVIL side steps, taking control of the match. From here on out the King of Darkness has the upper hand. He hits a fierce Discus Lariat and multiple suplexs to a increasingly vulnerable Nicholls. The match comes to a close when EVIL hits his trademark Everything is Evil! 1...2...3!!! EVIL def. Mikey Nicholls in 12mins
Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL in the 2nd Round (1/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (3/16) Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay Coming off of a tag team submission victory over David Finlay (@ Anniversary Show), Zack Sabre Jr. has the momentum heading into his encounter. The match begins with ZSJ and Finlay exchanging shots in ring centre before the British wrestler gets a hold of an Armbar. This battle is going to be one of ZSJ fighting for submissions and Finlay looking to counter them into his own offensive moves. In the middle portion of the match, Finlay rallies somewhat back at ZSJ. He hits a Stunner and ZSJ falls dramatically to the mat. Finlay hits the Trash Panda (Brainbuster onto his knee) and covers ZSJ. 1...2... Sabre kicks out! Finlay runs at ZSJ looking for the Air Raid Crash, but ZSJ sidesteps and catches Finlay in submissions. He transitions from hold to hold, finally locking in the Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness and Finlay TAPS OUT!!! Zack Sabre Jr. def. David Finlay in 16mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (4/16) Tama Tonga (w/ Tanga Loa + Jado) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi This match follows two pinfalls victory for Tanahashi over Tonga in tag team matches this year so far (New Year Dash + Anniversary Show) - Tanahashi hitting the High Fly Flow for the pinfall both times. Coming into the match, Tama Tonga has a distinct game plan - take out the knees of Hiroshi Tanahashi so he can’t climb the ropes OR deliver the High Fly Flow properly. The Ace also has the obstacle of Tanga Loa and Jado at ringside to overcome! The game plan Tonga uses for this match isn’t dissimilar to the plan G.O.D used to take out Tanahashi in their Anniversary Show match - however on that occasion they were unsuccessful. After early Tonga dominance because of outside interference (both distracting and attacking Tanahashi) and relentless attacks on the knees of Tanahashi he hits the Gun Stun on the Ace! 1...2... TANAHASHI KICKS OUT!!! This is where the match unravels for Tonga, as he lets his anger get the better of him! Incensed that the referee didn’t count 3, he threatens the ref and backs him into a corner of the ring. However, this allows Tanahashi time to recover! As Tonga turns back around, Tanahashi hits a Dragon Screw and then rolls-up Tonga into a Small Package. 1...2...3!!! Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Tama Tonga in 15mins NOTE: Despite having his knees damaged heavily by Tonga, and therefore not being able to use his trademark High Fly Flow, Tanahashi manages to overcome the odds and get the victory over Tama Tonga!
Zack Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi in the 2nd Round (2/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (5/16) Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson This match is your classic Toru Yano comedy match, straight off the bell he turns around and removes one of the turnbuckle pads. Karl Anderson does the same, and they square off in the ring centre! They hit the turnbuckles against each other (think Lightsabre fight) and Anderson gets the better of it knocking Yano to the floor. More comedy spots continue throughout the match, including Anderson hitting a Magic Killer on Yano (assisted by the referee), until the end of the encounter. Yano rolls-up an unsuspected Anderson, 1...2... Machine Gun kicks out! A switch flicks in Anderson’s head as he realises he has to take Yano more seriously - he hits a big Spinebuster on the Sublime Master Thief. 1...2...3!!! Karl Anderson def. Toru Yano in 7mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (6/16) Juice Robinson vs Tanga Loa (w/ Bad Luck Fale) The next match is a singles encounter of 2 current tag team wrestlers. They faced off on the road to the 48th Anniversary in a No.1 Contenders match that G.O.D won. Tanga Loa comes to the ring with Bad Luck Fale, looking for the upper hand in the match! Tanga Loa is forced to cheat to get a upper hand in the match, but Juice Robinson uses his ‘JUICE’ punches to get the upper hand. The Flamboyant One goes for the Left Hand of God, but Tanga ducks and scuttles out of the ring. Robinson follows him to ringside and takes out Bad Luck Fale with a surprise Left Hand of God. Tonga is laid up against the barricade and receives a Cannonball Senton. Tama Tonga runs down to the ring and as the referee looks over to him from the ring he is hit from behind by a Jado Kendo stick! The referee is down and Robinson is outnumbered. Loa, Fale, Tonga and Jado all attack Robinson in the ring and hits a the Super Powerbomb with Tonga as well as a Running Samoan Drop. As they begin to wake up the referee David Finlay and Ryusuke Taguchi runs down the ring and take out the Bullet Club members. Juice Robinson stumbles to his feet and manages to hit a desperation Pulp Fricton onto Tanga Loa. 1...2...3!!! Juice Robinson def. Tanga Loa in 14mins
Karl Anderson vs Juice Robinson in the 2nd Round (3/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (7/16) Tomohiro Ishii vs Karl Fredericks This match is full of strong striking exchanges as Tomohiro Ishii battles the Young Lion. Ishii overcomes a resilient Karl Fredericks and re-takes control of the match in the final stages winning with a Brianbuster after a quick back and forth finishing stretch. 1...2...3!!! Tomohiro Ishii def. Karl Fredericks in 12mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (8/16) Toa Henare vs Satoshi Kojima Still having an injured shoulder, former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Satoshi Kojima looks for revenge on Toa Henare - after the injury he sustained on New Japan Road at the hands of Henare, and the attack on his tag team partner Hiroyoshi Tenzan at the 48th Anniversary Show. The match begins with a fired-up Kojima attacking Henare as the bell rings. This takes the New Zealander by surprise, and means he is on the back foot from the get go. He resorts to a gruesome attack on Kojima’s injured shoulder. Ripping off the tape around it before punching, digging in his elbows in and kicking the already injured shoulder. The referee pulls Henare from Kojima so that he can attend to the veteran. As the ref helps Kojima to his feet, Henare runs at his opponent and cuts him in half with a destructive Spear. He forces the referee to count the cover. 1...2...3!!! Toa Henare def. Satoshi Kojima in 11mins AFTER THE MATCH: Hiroyoshi Tenzan comes to the ring and attends to Satoshi Kojima. Toa Henare gloats over his continued victories and mocks TenKoji as he leaves the ring. Kojima is helped to be back by Tenzan and a couple of Young Lion attendees.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Toa Henare in the 2nd Round (4/8)
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Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (9/16) SANADA vs Chase Owens (w/ Yujiro Takahashi) SANADA begins his crusade for glory in the New Japan Cup, victory in the tournament is what he feel is needed to earn his place in L.I.J. After being defeated by Chase Owens at New Beginning in Osaka, Cold Skull needs to avenge this loss to take the first step towards New Japan Cup victory. The match begins with a confident Chase Owens running his mouth. SANADA keeps his cool and the pair lock-up in the ring. SANADA gets the better of this exchange, but Chase Owens laughs and mocks his opponent. In the middle of the match, Chase Owens has control, using the old school wrestling skills he is trained in to get the upper hand. As Yujiro Takahashi shouts encouragement from ringside Owens lines up the for a Flipping Neckbreaker. He hits it! 1...2... a resilient SANADA kicks out. At the match’s finish, SANADA wriggles out of a Package Piledriver attempt and manages to hit a Bridging Tiger Suplex. He locks in the Skull End straight after as he looks to force Owens to tap out. Takahashi jumps up onto the apron and the referee becomes distracted as the Crown Jewel taps! SANADA releases the hold and celebrates only to realise the referee hasn’t seen it. As SANADA explains to the ref that Owens had tapped out he gets rolled up, 1...2... SANADA kicks out and hits a chain of crushing German Suplexs after ducking a punch from Owens. Down on the mat lay Owens as SANADA climbs to the top and delivers a picture perfect Moonsault. 1...2...3!!! SANADA def. Chase Owens in 17mins • SANADA has avenged his loss to Owens at New Beginning in Osaka as he’s takes the first step towards winning the New Japan Cup and feeling worthy of being an L.I.J member once more. Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (10/16) Taichi (w/ Miho Abe) vs Colt Cabana In a match with a comedic tone, Colt Cabana and Taichi face off against one another. After Taichi serenaded the crowd during his entrance, Cabana comedically does the same, singing a song directed to Taichi. The match doesn’t last too long, with Colt Cabana’s antics annoying Lord Taichi. As a result, Taichi lays into his opponent with a variety of kicks (Enzuijuri, Big Boot and even a Missile Drop kick among others). This leaves Cabana vulnerable and after a Superman Pin attempt leaves him flat out on the mat, (Taichi rolled out of the way) he suffers a Bridging German Suplex. He manages to kick out, but after a short lived comeback, Taichi lays him out with a Black Mephisto! 1...2...3!!! Taichi def. Colt Cabana in 13mins
SANADA vs Taichi in the 2nd Round (5/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (11/16) Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe The match is an extremely aggressive, hard-hitting and thunderous match. The match is very even throughout, with both men having strong periods of offence. Towards the end of the match, Togi Makabe looks to hit a King Kong Lariat, but Hirooki Goto ducks and hits a GTR. 1...2... Makabe kicks out! At the climax of the encounter Goto overcomes a big Makabe comeback, eventually managing to hit a second GTR. 1...2...3!!! Hirooki Goto def. Togi Makabe in 20mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (12/16) Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA In one of the standout matches in the 1st Round, Kazuchika Okada faces off against Bullet Club’s KENTA. The match builds slowly, with KENTA stalling in an attempt to frustrate the Rainmaker. Once the action begins properly, KENTA looks to utilise strikes to the legs of Okada. Okada uses his height advantage, but the kicks to his legs slowly wear him down. As Okada begins to feel the effects of KENTA’s violent kicks he begins to struggle to stay on top. A big Shibata-esque kick in the corner allows KENTA to remain on top. A big Bridging Tiger Suplex earns the Bullet Club member a 2 count. Continues kicks to Okada’s legs are followed by more leg-work, including a gruesome Figure Four Leg Loc. This is an agonising few minutes for Okada until he finally reaches the bottom rope to break the submission. In the closing stages, Okada surges into action with a strong comeback. A picture perfect dropkick to KENTA’s face prepares Okada for the Rainmaker wideshot. He winds KENTA in for the Rainmaker lariat, but KENTA ducks and hits a high angle German Suplex as he goes behind Okada. He retains waist control of Okada and hits a couple more suplex variations for a 2 count. The Rainmaker’s legs are becoming a serious problem, as he struggles to stand back up. Okada tries to summon the energy for a second attempt at the Rainmaker lariat, but KENTA kicks at Okada’s legs and he falls to the mat. Overtaking Okada’s wrist control, KENTA picks Okada up from the mat into a Fireman’s Carry and successfully delivers the Go 2 Sleep! 1...2...3!!! KENTA def. Kazuchika Okada in 25mins
Hirooki Goto vs KENTA in the 2nd Round (6/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (13/16) Yujiro Takahashi (w/ Chase Owens) vs Will Ospreay Current RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay, faces Bullet Club's Yujiro Takahashi. The match is a big opportunity for Takahashi and he looks to make full advance of this - starting the match like a house on fire. Chase Owens provides support and aides Takahashi as he looks to remain on top (cheating periodically throughout the match). In the middle of the match, Ospreay turns the tide and flies over the ropes hitting a Sasuke Special onto both Takahashi and Chase Owens. Ospreay gets him back in the ring and take control of the match hitting his signature offence like the Cheeky Nandos Kick and Robinson's Special. Takahashi looks to hit a huge lariat, but Ospreay ducks and immediately jumps onto the middle rope and flies back into Takahashi - hitting a Oscutter. He picks him straight up and delivers a Strombreaker. 1...2..3!!! Will Ospreay def. Yujiro Takahashi in 13mins Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (14/16) Shingo Takagi vs Jeff Cobb The IWGP NEVER Openweight Champion, Shingo Takagi, faces off against ROH’s Jeff Cobb. The match begins with a testy exchange as both men use their strength, as they look to get the better of each other. Takagi and Cobb got back and forth in a suplex exchange in the middle section of the match. The Champion eventually hits a big Noshigami. 1...2... Cobb kicks out! In the closing stages of the ding-dong, strike intensive battle The Dragon runs at a staggered Cobb for a Pumping Bomber. Cobb ducks and hits a Pop-up Sitout Powerbomb as Takagi bounces off the ropes and back to him! 1...2... Takagi kicks out. Jeff Cobb doesn’t waste any time though, as he picks Takagi up immediately and looks to hit the Tour of the Islands. Takagi wriggles out of it and looks to hit a Made in Japan. Cobb manages to squeeze out of this and hits a short-hand lariat to Takagi before pulling him in for a Tour of the Islands. He hits it! 1...2...3!!! Jeff Cobb def. Shingo Takagi in 15mins NOTE: Jeff Cobb has defeated the IWGP NEVER Openweight Champion, Shingo Takagi, and has ended dreams of Takagi Ospreay II in the 2nd Round!
Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb in the 2nd Round (7/8)
Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (15/16) YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi One half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Kota Ibushi, faces off against YOSHI-HASHI in first round action. The match begins with the Golden Star hitting a flurry of impact-full offence onto YOSHI-HASHI. Later on, after Kota Ibushi is knocked down at ringisde the Head Hunter follows up with a big dive from the top rope onto Ibushi to huge cheers from the crowd! Towards the end of the match, YOSHI-HASHI attempts a Bomaye only for Ibushi to move out the way and hit his own. Ibushi picks YOSHI-HASHI back-up and attempts a Kamigoye, but the Head Hunter dramatically ducks and rolls-up the Golden Star! 1..2..3!!! YOSHI-HASHI def. Kota Ibushi in 12mins NOTE: YOSHI-HASHI has pinned one half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and has shockingly eliminated the Golden Star in the New Japan Cup 1st Round! Singles Match - NJPW 1st Round (16/16) Jay White (w/ Gedo) vs Yota Tsuji The match isn't a very long one, with Jay White starting the match mocking Yota Tsuji. The reining IWGP united States Champion doesn't take his opponent very seriously and nearly pays the price in the middle section of the match. Tsuji rolls-up Switchblade into a Inside Cradle but White kicks out at 2. At the end of the match, Jay White hits a Kiwi Krusher for a 2 count before the final move - Blade Runner. 1...2...3!!! Jay White def. Yota Tsuji in 6mins
YOSHI-HASHI vs Jay White in the 2nd Round (8/8)
Rest of the New Japan Cup Bracket
LEFT-SIDE OF THE BRACKET - Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL - Zack Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - Karl Anderson vs Juice Robinson - Tomohiro Ishii vs Toa Henare RIGHT-SIDE OF THE BRACKET - SANADA vs Taichi - Hirooki Goto vs KENTA - Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb - YOSHI-HASHI vs Jay White Next round with be Suzuki/EVIL vs ZSJ/Tanahashi, Anderson/Robinson vs Ishii/Henare etc. Thanks for reading this post. The 6th part, posting next week, will be booking the rest of the New Japan Cup (2nd Round, QFs, SFs + Final). All feedback is appreciated!
2020.06.12 17:59 -LaterAlligator-Booking NJPW in 2020: Pt.5 - The Long Road to Glory (NJC 1st Round)
Welcome to the 5th part of my NJPW Booking series. This will book all 16 of the New Japan Cup 1st Round Matches, with the rest of the tournament being booked in Part 6. PART 1 • PART 2 • PART 3 • PART 4 Reminder of the Bracket, it is towards the top of Part 4, but I’ll also put it here to make it easier! Also, is a Champion is defeated (by pinfall, submission etc.) the winner earns a future title match. NOTE: 2nd Round will be Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2, Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4 etc... TOP LEFT DOWN: - Clark Connors vs Minoru Suzuki - Mikey Nicholls vs EVIL - Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay - Tama Tonga vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (Tag Champ) - Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson - Juice Robinson vs Tonga Loa - Tomohiro Ishii vs Karl Fredericks - Toa Henare vs Satoshi Kojima TOP RIGHT DOWN - SANADA vs Chase Owens - Taichi vs Colt Cabana - Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe - Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA - Yujio Takahashi vs Will Ospreay (RevPro Heavy Champ) - Shingo Takagi (NEVER Champ) vs Jeff Cobb - YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi (Tag Champ) - Jay White (US Champ) vs Yota Tsuji
NJPW New Japan Cup 2020
Left-Side of the Bracket
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (1/16) Clark Connors vs Minoru Suzuki The match isn’t that long, with Minoru Suzuki toying with the Young Lion at the start of the match. He beckons Clark Connors to hit him, and returns one crunching strike that knocks down Connors after taking many shots from the Young Lion. Suzuki controls the match, striking and brutalising his opponent throughout the match. He looks to win the match with a Rear Naked Choke, but Connors gets to the ropes. He looks to fire back and overcome the King, but his attempts falter and fail when Suzuki ducks under a running clothesline and locks in the Ankle Lock. Pain etched across his face, Connors crawl towards the ropes. He can’t reach them! Connors TAPS OUT!!! Minoru Suzuki def. Clark Connors in 10mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (2/16) Mikey Nicholls vs EVIL CHAOS’ Mikey Nicholls and L.I.J’s EVIL square off in this match, with the King of Darkness being under the cosh from the get-go. Nicholls attempts a dropkick, but EVIL side steps, taking control of the match. From here on out the King of Darkness has the upper hand. He hits a fierce Discus Lariat and multiple suplexs to a increasingly vulnerable Nicholls. The match comes to a close when EVIL hits his trademark Everything is Evil! 1...2...3!!! EVIL def. Mikey Nicholls in 12mins
Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL in the 2nd Round (1/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (3/16) Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay Coming off of a tag team submission victory over David Finlay (@ Anniversary Show), Zack Sabre Jr. has the momentum heading into his encounter. The match begins with ZSJ and Finlay exchanging shots in ring centre before the British wrestler gets a hold of an Armbar. This battle is going to be one of ZSJ fighting for submissions and Finlay looking to counter them into his own offensive moves. In the middle portion of the match, Finlay rallies somewhat back at ZSJ. He hits a Stunner and ZSJ falls dramatically to the mat. Finlay hits the Trash Panda (Brainbuster onto his knee) and covers ZSJ. 1...2... Sabre kicks out! Finlay runs at ZSJ looking for the Air Raid Crash, but ZSJ sidesteps and catches Finlay in submissions. He transitions from hold to hold, finally locking in the Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness and Finlay TAPS OUT!!! Zack Sabre Jr. def. David Finlay in 16mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (4/16) Tama Tonga (w/ Tanga Loa + Jado) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi This match follows two pinfalls victory for Tanahashi over Tonga in tag team matches this year so far (New Year Dash + Anniversary Show) - Tanahashi hitting the High Fly Flow for the pinfall both times. Coming into the match, Tama Tonga has a distinct game plan - take out the knees of Hiroshi Tanahashi so he can’t climb the ropes OR deliver the High Fly Flow properly. The Ace also has the obstacle of Tanga Loa and Jado at ringside to overcome! The game plan Tonga uses for this match isn’t dissimilar to the plan G.O.D used to take out Tanahashi in their Anniversary Show match - however on that occasion they were unsuccessful. After early Tonga dominance because of outside interference (both distracting and attacking Tanahashi) and relentless attacks on the knees of Tanahashi he hits the Gun Stun on the Ace! 1...2... TANAHASHI KICKS OUT!!! This is where the match unravels for Tonga, as he lets his anger get the better of him! Incensed that the referee didn’t count 3, he threatens the ref and backs him into a corner of the ring. However, this allows Tanahashi time to recover! As Tonga turns back around, Tanahashi hits a Dragon Screw and then rolls-up Tonga into a Small Package. 1...2...3!!! Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Tama Tonga in 15mins NOTE: Despite having his knees damaged heavily by Tonga, and therefore not being able to use his trademark High Fly Flow, Tanahashi manages to overcome the odds and get the victory over Tama Tonga!
Zack Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi in the 2nd Round (2/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (5/16) Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson This match is your classic Toru Yano comedy match, straight off the bell he turns around and removes one of the turnbuckle pads. Karl Anderson does the same, and they square off in the ring centre! They hit the turnbuckles against each other (think Lightsabre fight) and Anderson gets the better of it knocking Yano to the floor. More comedy spots continue throughout the match, including Anderson hitting a Magic Killer on Yano (assisted by the referee), until the end of the encounter. Yano rolls-up an unsuspected Anderson, 1...2... Machine Gun kicks out! A switch flicks in Anderson’s head as he realises he has to take Yano more seriously - he hits a big Spinebuster on the Sublime Master Thief. 1...2...3!!! Karl Anderson def. Toru Yano in 7mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (6/16) Juice Robinson vs Tanga Loa (w/ Bad Luck Fale) The next match is a singles encounter of 2 current tag team wrestlers. They faced off on the road to the 48th Anniversary in a No.1 Contenders match that G.O.D won. Tanga Loa comes to the ring with Bad Luck Fale, looking for the upper hand in the match! Tanga Loa is forced to cheat to get a upper hand in the match, but Juice Robinson uses his ‘JUICE’ punches to get the upper hand. The Flamboyant One goes for the Left Hand of God, but Tanga ducks and scuttles out of the ring. Robinson follows him to ringside and takes out Bad Luck Fale with a surprise Left Hand of God. Tonga is laid up against the barricade and receives a Cannonball Senton. Tama Tonga runs down to the ring and as the referee looks over to him from the ring he is hit from behind by a Jado Kendo stick! The referee is down and Robinson is outnumbered. Loa, Fale, Tonga and Jado all attack Robinson in the ring and hits a the Super Powerbomb with Tonga as well as a Running Samoan Drop. As they begin to wake up the referee David Finlay and Ryusuke Taguchi runs down the ring and take out the Bullet Club members. Juice Robinson stumbles to his feet and manages to hit a desperation Pulp Fricton onto Tanga Loa. 1...2...3!!! Juice Robinson def. Tanga Loa in 14mins
Karl Anderson vs Juice Robinson in the 2nd Round (3/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (7/16) Tomohiro Ishii vs Karl Fredericks This match is full of strong striking exchanges as Tomohiro Ishii battles the Young Lion. Ishii overcomes a resilient Karl Fredericks and re-takes control of the match in the final stages winning with a Brianbuster after a quick back and forth finishing stretch. 1...2...3!!! Tomohiro Ishii def. Karl Fredericks in 12mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (8/16) Toa Henare vs Satoshi Kojima Still having an injured shoulder, former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Satoshi Kojima looks for revenge on Toa Henare - after the injury he sustained on New Japan Road at the hands of Henare, and the attack on his tag team partner Hiroyoshi Tenzan at the 48th Anniversary Show. The match begins with a fired-up Kojima attacking Henare as the bell rings. This takes the New Zealander by surprise, and means he is on the back foot from the get go. He resorts to a gruesome attack on Kojima’s injured shoulder. Ripping off the tape around it before punching, digging in his elbows in and kicking the already injured shoulder. The referee pulls Henare from Kojima so that he can attend to the veteran. As the ref helps Kojima to his feet, Henare runs at his opponent and cuts him in half with a destructive Spear. He forces the referee to count the cover. 1...2...3!!! Toa Henare def. Satoshi Kojima in 11mins AFTER THE MATCH: Hiroyoshi Tenzan comes to the ring and attends to Satoshi Kojima. Toa Henare gloats over his continued victories and mocks TenKoji as he leaves the ring. Kojima is helped to be back by Tenzan and a couple of Young Lion attendees.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Toa Henare in the 2nd Round (4/8)
Right-Side of the Bracket
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (9/16) SANADA vs Chase Owens (w/ Yujiro Takahashi) SANADA begins his crusade for glory in the New Japan Cup, victory in the tournament is what he feel is needed to earn his place in L.I.J. After being defeated by Chase Owens at New Beginning in Osaka, Cold Skull needs to avenge this loss to take the first step towards New Japan Cup victory. The match begins with a confident Chase Owens running his mouth. SANADA keeps his cool and the pair lock-up in the ring. SANADA gets the better of this exchange, but Chase Owens laughs and mocks his opponent. In the middle of the match, Chase Owens has control, using the old school wrestling skills he is trained in to get the upper hand. As Yujiro Takahashi shouts encouragement from ringside Owens lines up the for a Flipping Neckbreaker. He hits it! 1...2... a resilient SANADA kicks out. At the match’s finish, SANADA wriggles out of a Package Piledriver attempt and manages to hit a Bridging Tiger Suplex. He locks in the Skull End straight after as he looks to force Owens to tap out. Takahashi jumps up onto the apron and the referee becomes distracted as the Crown Jewel taps! SANADA releases the hold and celebrates only to realise the referee hasn’t seen it. As SANADA explains to the ref that Owens had tapped out he gets rolled up, 1...2... SANADA kicks out and hits a chain of crushing German Suplexs after ducking a punch from Owens. Down on the mat lay Owens as SANADA climbs to the top and delivers a picture perfect Moonsault. 1...2...3!!! SANADA def. Chase Owens in 17mins • SANADA has avenged his loss to Owens at New Beginning in Osaka as he’s takes the first step towards winning the New Japan Cup and feeling worthy of being an L.I.J member once more. Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (10/16) Taichi (w/ Miho Abe) vs Colt Cabana In a match with a comedic tone, Colt Cabana and Taichi face off against one another. After Taichi serenaded the crowd during his entrance, Cabana comedically does the same, singing a song directed to Taichi. The match doesn’t last too long, with Colt Cabana’s antics annoying Lord Taichi. As a result, Taichi lays into his opponent with a variety of kicks (Enzuijuri, Big Boot and even a Missile Drop kick among others). This leaves Cabana vulnerable and after a Superman Pin attempt leaves him flat out on the mat, (Taichi rolled out of the way) he suffers a Bridging German Suplex. He manages to kick out, but after a short lived comeback, Taichi lays him out with a Black Mephisto! 1...2...3!!! Taichi def. Colt Cabana in 13mins
SANADA vs Taichi in the 2nd Round (5/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (11/16) Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe The match is an extremely aggressive, hard-hitting and thunderous match. The match is very even throughout, with both men having strong periods of offence. Towards the end of the match, Togi Makabe looks to hit a King Kong Lariat, but Hirooki Goto ducks and hits a GTR. 1...2... Makabe kicks out! At the climax of the encounter Goto overcomes a big Makabe comeback, eventually managing to hit a second GTR. 1...2...3!!! Hirooki Goto def. Togi Makabe in 20mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (12/16) Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA In one of the standout matches in the 1st Round, Kazuchika Okada faces off against Bullet Club’s KENTA. The match builds slowly, with KENTA stalling in an attempt to frustrate the Rainmaker. Once the action begins properly, KENTA looks to utilise strikes to the legs of Okada. Okada uses his height advantage, but the kicks to his legs slowly wear him down. As Okada begins to feel the effects of KENTA’s violent kicks he begins to struggle to stay on top. A big Shibata-esque kick in the corner allows KENTA to remain on top. A big Bridging Tiger Suplex earns the Bullet Club member a 2 count. Continues kicks to Okada’s legs are followed by more leg-work, including a gruesome Figure Four Leg Loc. This is an agonising few minutes for Okada until he finally reaches the bottom rope to break the submission. In the closing stages, Okada surges into action with a strong comeback. A picture perfect dropkick to KENTA’s face prepares Okada for the Rainmaker wideshot. He winds KENTA in for the Rainmaker lariat, but KENTA ducks and hits a high angle German Suplex as he goes behind Okada. He retains waist control of Okada and hits a couple more suplex variations for a 2 count. The Rainmaker’s legs are becoming a serious problem, as he struggles to stand back up. Okada tries to summon the energy for a second attempt at the Rainmaker lariat, but KENTA kicks at Okada’s legs and he falls to the mat. Overtaking Okada’s wrist control, KENTA picks Okada up from the mat into a Fireman’s Carry and successfully delivers the Go 2 Sleep! 1...2...3!!! KENTA def. Kazuchika Okada in 25mins
Hirooki Goto vs KENTA in the 2nd Round (6/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (13/16) Yujiro Takahashi (w/ Chase Owens) vs Will Ospreay Current RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay, faces Bullet Club's Yujiro Takahashi. The match is a big opportunity for Takahashi and he looks to make full advance of this - starting the match like a house on fire. Chase Owens provides support and aides Takahashi as he looks to remain on top (cheating periodically throughout the match). In the middle of the match, Ospreay turns the tide and flies over the ropes hitting a Sasuke Special onto both Takahashi and Chase Owens. Ospreay gets him back in the ring and take control of the match hitting his signature offence like the Cheeky Nandos Kick and Robinson's Special. Takahashi looks to hit a huge lariat, but Ospreay ducks and immediately jumps onto the middle rope and flies back into Takahashi - hitting a Oscutter. He picks him straight up and delivers a Strombreaker. 1...2..3!!! Will Ospreay def. Yujiro Takahashi in 13mins Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (14/16) Shingo Takagi vs Jeff Cobb The IWGP NEVER Openweight Champion, Shingo Takagi, faces off against ROH’s Jeff Cobb. The match begins with a testy exchange as both men use their strength, as they look to get the better of each other. Takagi and Cobb got back and forth in a suplex exchange in the middle section of the match. The Champion eventually hits a big Noshigami. 1...2... Cobb kicks out! In the closing stages of the ding-dong, strike intensive battle The Dragon runs at a staggered Cobb for a Pumping Bomber. Cobb ducks and hits a Pop-up Sitout Powerbomb as Takagi bounces off the ropes and back to him! 1...2... Takagi kicks out. Jeff Cobb doesn’t waste any time though, as he picks Takagi up immediately and looks to hit the Tour of the Islands. Takagi wriggles out of it and looks to hit a Made in Japan. Cobb manages to squeeze out of this and hits a short-hand lariat to Takagi before pulling him in for a Tour of the Islands. He hits it! 1...2...3!!! Jeff Cobb def. Shingo Takagi in 15mins NOTE: Jeff Cobb has defeated the IWGP NEVER Openweight Champion, Shingo Takagi, and has ended dreams of Takagi Ospreay II in the 2nd Round!
Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb in the 2nd Round (7/8)
Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (15/16) YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi One half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Kota Ibushi, faces off against YOSHI-HASHI in first round action. The match begins with the Golden Star hitting a flurry of impact-full offence onto YOSHI-HASHI. Later on, after Kota Ibushi is knocked down at ringisde the Head Hunter follows up with a big dive from the top rope onto Ibushi to huge cheers from the crowd! Towards the end of the match, YOSHI-HASHI attempts a Bomaye only for Ibushi to move out the way and hit his own. Ibushi picks YOSHI-HASHI back-up and attempts a Kamigoye, but the Head Hunter dramatically ducks and rolls-up the Golden Star! 1..2..3!!! YOSHI-HASHI def. Kota Ibushi in 12mins NOTE: YOSHI-HASHI has pinned one half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and has shockingly eliminated the Golden Star in the New Japan Cup 1st Round! Singles Match - NJC 1st Round (16/16) Jay White (w/ Gedo) vs Yota Tsuji The match isn't a very long one, with Jay White starting the match mocking Yota Tsuji. The reining IWGP united States Champion doesn't take his opponent very seriously and nearly pays the price in the middle section of the match. Tsuji rolls-up Switchblade into a Inside Cradle but White kicks out at 2. At the end of the match, Jay White hits a Kiwi Krusher for a 2 count before the final move - Blade Runner. 1...2...3!!! Jay White def. Yota Tsuji in 6mins
YOSHI-HASHI vs Jay White in the 2nd Round (8/8)
Rest of the New Japan Cup Bracket
LEFT-SIDE OF THE BRACKET - Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL - Zack Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - Karl Anderson vs Juice Robinson - Tomohiro Ishii vs Toa Henare RIGHT-SIDE OF THE BRACKET - SANADA vs Taichi - Hirooki Goto vs KENTA - Will Ospreay vs Jeff Cobb - YOSHI-HASHI vs Jay White Next round with be Suzuki/EVIL vs ZSJ/Tanahashi, Anderson/Robinson vs Ishii/Henare etc. Thanks for reading this post. The 6th part, posting next week, will be booking the rest of the New Japan Cup (2nd Round, QFs, SFs + Final). All feedback is appreciated!
2020.06.06 23:34 -LaterAlligator-Re-Booking/Booking NJPW in 2020: Pt.4 - 48th Anniversary Show
Hi everyone, this is the fourth part of my NJPW 2020 Booking Series. This post will book some of the key matches from the shows on the road to the 48th Anniversary Show, and the show itself. PART 1 • PART 2 • PART 3 My apologies for the delay in posting this part of my booking series. So, let’s get to it!
Shows between New Beginning in Osaka and the Anniversary Event
RevPro: High Stakes
MAIN EVENT - Singles Match - RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs Will Ospreay This match remains the same as it was in real-life, with the York Hall crowd celebrating loudly and joyously after Will Ospreay finally becomes RevPro’s Heavyweight Championship! He hits the Stormbreaker at the climax of the show, pinning the champion. 1...2...3!!! Will Ospreay def. Zack Sabre Jr. (c) in 28mins
Will Ospreay is the NEW RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship!
NJPW New Japan Road
• IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championship, Tetsuya Naito is set to face IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Hiromu Takahashi in the Champion vs Champion Special Anniversary Main Event. • Tiger Hattori and Manabu Nakanishi both have their retirement shows. • L.I.J. (Shingo Takagi, BUSHI + EVIL) (c) retain their IWGP NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships over Ryusuke Taguchi, Colt Cabana and Toru Yano. • Shingo Takagi (c) also retains his IWGP NEVER Openweight Championship on a different show against Tomohiro Ishii. • Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) (c) successful defend their IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against the Super Coaches (Ryusuke Taguchi + Rocky Romero). • G.O.D (Tama Tonga + Tanga Loa) defeat FinJuice (David Finlay + Juice Robinson) to become the No.1 Contenders for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at the 48th Anniversary Event. • Toa Henare attacks Satoshi Kojima after a multi-man tag match the pair were involved in - injuring the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Kojima’s tag team partner, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, looks to take revenge on Henare for his tag team partner.
New Japan Cup 2020 Bracket
This will play into many of the undercard matches on the Anniversary show, with them serving as tasters and previews of some 1st round tournament showdowns. I couldn’t figure out how to import an image or file of the bracket so I’m writing it below, Sorry. NOTE: 2nd Round will be Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2, Winner of Match 3 vs Winner of Match 4 etc... TOP LEFT DOWN: - Clark Connors vs Minoru Suzuki - Mikey Nicholls vs EVIL - Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay - Tama Tonga vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (Tag Champ) - Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson - Juice Robinson vs Tanga Loa - Tomohiro Ishii vs Karl Fredericks - Toa Henare vs Satoshi Kojima TOP RIGHT DOWN - SANADA vs Chase Owens - Taichi vs Colt Cabana - Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe - Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA - Yujio Takahashi vs Will Ospreay (RevPro Heavy Champ) - Shingo Takagi (NEVER Champ) vs Jeff Cobb - YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi (Tag Champ) - Jay White (US Champ) vs Yota Tsuji
NJPW 48th Anniversary Show
Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo Tuesday 3rd March 2020 MATCH 1 - 2 on 2 Tag Team Match Yota Tsuji + Yuya Uemura vs Karl Fredericks + Gabriel Kidd This match is in a way a pre-curser to the New Japan Cup, as both Yota Tsuji and Karl Fredericks are participants in the 32-man field. Both men face tough challengers in the first round; Yota Tsuji faces Jay White and Karl Fredericks faces Tomohiro Ishii. The match is a standard Young Lion encounter, with Karl Frederick hitting a decisive Spear after 8 minutes of back and forth between all four men. 1...2...3!!! Karl Fredericks + Gabriel Kidd def. Yota Tsuji + Yuya Uemura in 8mins (Fredericks pins Uemura) MATCH 2 - Singles Match Toa Henare vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan Toa Henare continues his crusade to take out the so-called “old men” of New Japan. He faces the four time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Hiroyoshi Tenzan tonight. After a despicable post-match attack by Henare on Kojima (Tenzan’s tag team partner) following a multi man tag on New Japan Road, Tenzan wants revenge on the New Zealander for the injury his partner has as a result of the attack! The match is a short affair, with Tenzan charging straight down the ring and into Henare upon making his entrance! He is furious after the attack on him, and the injury to his partner on New Japan Road. Tenzan lays in punches, forearms and strikes as the bell rings. Henare takes controls of the match with a big series of suplexs after ducking under a forearm. In the later stages, Henare grounds Tenzan and controls the match’s tempo from now on. He crashes Tenzan to the mat with a massive Spinning Spinebuster. He locks in a painful Boston Crab - the Young Lion submission - and forces the veteran to submit. Tenzan TAPS OUT!!! Toa Henare def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 7mins AFTER THE MATCH - Toa Henare keeps hold of the Boston Crab. Officials try and rip Henare off of Hiroyoshi Tenzan, but fail to do so. Henare eventually lets go, only to lay out the officials in the ring trying to help Tenzan. With everyone laid out on the mat he locks in the Boston Crab once more. The commentary team talk of how the Boston Crab is the Young Lion submission, and being forced to tap out by it may be seen as embarrassing for a veteran like Tenzan. A few moments later, Satoshi Kojima rushes to the ring through the crowd!!! He has his injured left-arm (due to Henare’s attack) taped up, but it doesn’t stop him grabbing Henare and chasing him off, and out of the ring. Henare laughs at Kojima and shouts at him, “I’m coming for you next Kojima, [insert expletive of your choice here]!” This leads into the New Japan Cup first round match between Satoshi Kojima and Toa Henare. MATCH 3 - 3 on 3 Tag Team Match CHAOS (Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) + Rocky Romero) vs BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori + Jado) Coming off of a Korakuen Hall Main Event on the New Japan Road, the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships team with one of their opponents from that match - their coach, Rocky Romero. 2/3 of their opponents are the former Champions, and a victory here for them would grant a rematch in the near future. The match begins with a lighting quick exchange between both SHO and YOH (tagging in and out) and Taiji Ishimori. Ishimori flips out of a double team move and tags in El Phantasmo after a few minutes. ELP slows down the pace around the middle of the match, Jado also hits a Kendo Stick shot to Rocky Romero behind the back of a distracted referee, as the Bullet Club team have full control of the match! At the end of the match, Romero hits countless Forever Clotheslines onto ALL 3 of his opponents. Phantasmo jumps out of the way after taking the shot a couple times. He dumps Romero to the outside and Moonsault down onto him! Jado is down on the floor, as Ishimori reverses a Forever Clothesline and hits a 450 Splash onto the floored Romero. 1...2... Romero kicks out! SHO is tagged in a few moments later, Ishimori quickly knocks SHO down. Jado takes care of YOH on the apron as Ishimori hits the Bloody Cross. 1...2...3!!! BULLET CLUB (Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo + Jado) def. CHAOS (Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) + Rocky Romero) in 13mins (Ishimori pins SHO)
Former Champions, Ishimori and Phantasmo have pinned the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions!
MATCH 4 - 4 on 4 Tag Team Match Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi + DOUKI) (w/ Miho Abe) vs FinJuice (David Finlay + Juice Robinson), Colt Cabana + Clark Connors This match previews 3 first round match in the New Japan Cup: Minoru Suzuki vs Clark Connors, Zack Sabre Jr. vs David Finlay and Taichi vs Colt Cabana. It is a high-energy tag match that begins with the King of Wrestling, Minoru Suzuki, staring down Juice Robinson in the ring. The pair exchange in a jaw-shattering striking encounter. Suzuki hits forearms to Robinson before having them returned in the form of “JUICE” punches to the face. Robinson winds up for the Left Hand of God, but Suzuki ducks and sweeps Juice to the mat before locking in an Ankle Lock. This submission is resolutely fought by Robinson, who after vast damage had been done to his ankle, reaches the ropes. He manages to tag out of the match - but the damage down could be serious! A few moments later, in the middle of the match, Zack Sabre Jr. floats around Finlay, locking in a few submissions, but there were too close to the ropes to last long enough. The fired-up Young Lions, Clark Connors, gets into the ring when Minoru Suzuki wouldn’t release a Rear Naked Choke on Colt Cabana after he had reached the ropes. This leads to the match breaking down! All 8 men exchange shots in and around the ring. For the most part they split off into their New Japan Cup matches. Taichi tangles up Cabana at ringside with the English Commentary table’s microphones and wires connected the screens. He is subsequently laid out by a ferocious Left Hand of God from Robinson! At the match’s finish, Suzuki is relentlessly attacking Connors at ringside as ZSJ makes his opponent in the 1st round, David Finlay, tap out to a pretzel like submission. Finlay TAPS OUT!!! Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi + DOUKI) def. FinJuice (David Finlay + Juice Robinson), Colt Cabana + Clark Connors in 15mins (ZSJ taps out Finlay) MATCH 5 - 4 on 4 Tag Team Match CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Will Ospreay + Robbie Eagles) vs BULLET CLUB (Karl Anderson, KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi + Gedo) The next match on the card also previews 3 New Japan Cup 1st Round matches: Toru Yano vs Karl Anderson, Will Ospreay vs Yujiro Takahashi and the mouthwatering encounter of Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA! The match begins with Will Ospreay squaring off against KENTA, a clash of styles that sparks the match into life from the get go. Once Toru Yano is tagged in he does his usual antics (taking off turnbuckle pads etc.) before being quickly shutdown by his opponent in the New Japan Cup 1st Round, Karl Anderson. Machine Gun quickly knocks Yano down to the mat, making him quickly tag in Kazuchika Okada! The crowd is delighted by the exchange between Anderson and Okada, lasting about 5 minutes, the pair hit exciting moves to one another. Later on in the match, after everyone had been tagged in and had hit offence on their adversaries, the match rolls into its climax. Ospreay is tagged back in and flies over the top rope with a Sasuke Special onto Yujiro Takahashi and Gedo at ringside. The legal man is the Ariel Assassin, and he takes full advantage of this, dragging Gedo into the ring before hitting the final shot - Stormbreaker. 1...2...3!!! CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Will Ospreay + Robbie Eagles) def. BULLET CLUB (Karl Anderson, KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi + Gedo) in 18mins (Ospreay pins Gedo) MATCH 6 - 2 on 2 Tag Team Match - IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Golden Aces (Kota Ibushi + Hiroshi Tanahashi) (c) vs G.O.D (Tama Tonga + Tonga Loa) (w/ Jado) At the start of the match, the G.O.D team jump the Champions from behind. They go after Hiroshi Tanahashi’s knee, leaving him at ringside holding it in agony - for all intents and purposes out of the match! Once the bell ring Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa go after Kota Ibushi, hitting impactful offence in between quick tags and great team attacks. Jado makes sure Tanahashi stays down at ringside, attacking his injured knee with a Kendo Stick. In the middle of the match, Tanahashi begins to get back into action - being tagged in by the beaten down Ibushi. The Ace of the Universe hobbles into the ring, but his knee is taken out immediately by Tama Tonga. This continues for another few minutes as Ibushi recuperates on the apron. Tanahashi finally floors Tonga and Loa with a Twist and Shout to both men. Jado looks to get back into the ring, but Tanahashi catches the Kendo Stick and hits Jado with it over the side of his head. Ibushi is tagged back in. The Golden Star faces off against Tama Tonga, hitting a flurry of different kicks (dropkicks, a roundhouse and a powerful backflip kick). Tama Tonga is down when Ibushi looks for the Kamigoye. He hits it! 1...2... Tanga Loa rushes back into the ring breaking up the pinfall, only to be caught by a Tanahashi Dragon Screw. The Ace is tagged in once more and climbs to the top for a High Fly Flow on Tama Tonga (still on the mat from the Kamigoye). 1...2...3!!! Golden Aces (Kota Ibushi + Hiroshi Tanahashi) (c) def. G.O.D (Tama Tonga + Tanga Loa) in 20mins (Tanahashi pins Tonga)
Golden Aces (Kota Ibushi + Hiroshi Tanahashi) are STILL the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
NOTE: This is Hiroshi Tanahashi’s second pinfall over Tama Tonga in 2020 (in tag team matches), leading into their New Japan Cup 1st Round Match. Will it be third time lucky for Tama Tonga? MATCH 7 - Anniversary Special Singles Match - Non-Title Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi (c) As with every L.I.J battle, whether it be in the G1 Climax, the New Japan Cup or a special match like this one, the action is ferocious and edge of the seat viewing. As is custom with the NJPW Anniversary show, this main event is a Champion vs Champion affair. On this occasion, between IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito, and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Hiromu Takahashi. The match builds gradually from its start, with Naito taking his time to take off his white L.I.J entrance attire. Takahashi waits patiently, revving up the audience to a fever-pitch as the two wrestlers lock-up in the centre of the ring. As Naito gets the best of the exchange, Takahashi turns to fast attacks - hitting a flurry of kicks before running the ropes for a Clothesline, only for the Ungovernable One to roll underneath and lay in his trademark, Tranquilo pose! As the match rushes towards its middle portion, the pace goes up yet another notch, with both men going hammer and tongs with lighting quick, high-impact offence (including kicks, a Takahashi headsissors takedown and a crushing Naito flying forearm). Heading towards the climatic finishing stretch, Naito takes control, reversing an attempted Canadian Destroyer into a powerbomb. More suplexs follow from the Double Champion, including two Dragon suplexs that floor Takahashi as he looks to rally back into control. In the closing stretch, Tetsuya Naito has a scare from his faction mate, conceding a Double Underhook Piledriver! 1...2..., Naito kicks out. He sidesteps a Takahashi dropkick attempt, planting Takahashi with a Gloria. 1...2..., the Jr. Champion kicks out. Conclusively, Naito wiggles his way out of a Time Bomb II attempt, hitting a short Destino. Naito doesn’t waste a second. He picks Takahashi straight back up before hitting the closing DESTINOOOOO! 1...2...3!!! Tetsuya Naito (c) def. Hiromu Takahashi (c) in 31mins AFTER THE MATCH - the pair embrace before beckoning the other L.I.J members to the ring. Shingo Takagi, EVIL and BUSHI all come to the ring, but once again SANADA doesn’t! Tetsuya Naito directly calls out SANADA, and Cold Skull appears on the stage. He doesn’t walk to the ring though, instead staying on the stage with microphone in hand. He speaks of how he feels that he isn’t meeting the standards of greatness that L.I.J holds, and that he must prove his spot in the beloved faction. SANADA declares that the only way he sees at this time to re-earn his place in L.I.J is to win the New Japan Cup! Emotionally, Tetsuya Naito stands in the ring, surrounded by the other L.I.J members, holding his fist in the air in classic L.I.J fashion directed towards SANADA. Thanks for reading this post. I will be uploading the next part of the series at some point next week - it will be the first part of the NJPW New Japan Cup 2020. Outlining the 16 First Round matches! Please send over any feedback (and if someone knows how I could put my New Japan Cup Bracket in the post I would be appreciative).
2020.05.29 19:38 -LaterAlligator-Re-Booking/Booking NJPW in 2020: Pt.3 - The Ungovernable One vs The King
This is the third part of my NJPW 2020 booking, and it will be the booking of New Beginning in Osaka! PART 1 • PART 2
New Beginning in Osaka
Osaka-Jo-Hall, Osaka Sunday 9th February 2020 MATCH 1 - Singles Match Clark Connors vs Yota Tsuji The first match is your standard Young Lion affair, running just shy of the 8 minute mark. It ends with Clark Connors locking in the Boston Crab on Yota Tsuji after a crushing dropkick. TSUJI TAPS OUT!!! Clark Connors def. Yota Tsuji in 7mins MATCH 2 - 2 on 2 Tag Team Match G.O.D (Tama Tonga + Tanga Loa) vs G.B.H (Togi Makabe + Tomoaki Honma) The second match on the card is a tag team match with importance in the Heavyweight Tag Team Division. The match begins as G.B.H fly out of the blocks, with Togi Makabe running straight though Tanga Loa. A powerful slam follows as Makabe gets a 2 count in the opening minute. The vastly experience G.B.H duo isolate Tonga Loa from his tag partner. However, this all turns around when Tomoaki Honma misses the Kokeshi allowing Tanga Loa enough time to tag in Tama Tonga. Tama Tonga runs in like a house on fire knocking Makabe off the apron and hitting kicks and punches on Honma before he backs into the corner, straight into a big Stinger Splash! Finally, in the closing minutes of the match the freshly tagged in Tomoaki Honma is hit by a low blow from Tama Tonga as Tanga Loa distracts the referee. Gun Stuns follows to both Honma and Makabe (who comes into the ring to point out the low blow to the referee) before Honma receives an Aided Super Powerbomb. 1...2...3!!! G.O.D (Tama Tonga + Tanga Loa) def. G.B.H (Togi Makabe + Tomoaki Honma) in 12mins (Tonga pins Honma) MATCH 3 - Singles Match SANADA vs Chase Owens (w/ Bad Luck Fale) As G.O.D get to the top of the stage after their match, Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale enter and stand with them. They ‘Too Sweet’ one another before the Crown Jewel and the Underboss walk to the ring. SANADA then enters, without any back-up, and walks to the ring still with the seemingly saddened look etched across his face. Following a stalling start to the match from Owens, SANADA hits multiple suplexs to ground his opponent. He tries to lock in the Paradise Lock a few moments later, but Chase Owens battles out and rolls-up Cold Skull for a 2 count. In the last few minutes of the match, Chase Owens hits a Blockbuster followed swiftly by a Running Double Knee! Taking advantage of his dominance, Chase Owens hits a decisive Package Piledriver on his opponent. 1...2...3!!! Chase Owens def SANADA in 14mins AFTER THE MATCH - EVIL comes to the ring and looks to console SANADA. Cold Skull is sat in the middle of the ring, holding an ice-pack to his neck as EVIL enters the squared circle. SANADA notices his tag partner’s outstretched arm, and declines the offer to be helped to his feet, instead rolling out the otherside of the ring and walking away in the opposite direction to where EVIL is stood. SANADA has just turned his back on EVIL. His internal struggles with being the only L.I.J member without a Championship to his name at this time have started to jeopardise the faction’s unity! MATCH 4 - 3 on 3 Tag Team Match CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay + Robbie Eagles) vs Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. + DOUKI) (w/ Miho Abe) The next match on the card puts a nice bow around the CHAOS vs Suzuki-gun matches at New Beginning in Sapporo. After Taichi beat Kazuchika Okada, Zack Sabre Jr. beat Will Ospreay (although they have a re-match set for RevPro: High Stakes) and Robbie Eagles pinned DOUKI in a 6-Man Tag this match brings it all together. The match begins with Okada and ZSJ in the ring, taking part in a swift exchange of ZSJ submission hold attempts and Okada strikes. Ospreay then tags in and drops ZSJ, who immediately tags out to DOUKI. During the middle portions of the match, there is a more chaotic feel, with all six men hitting offence on one another. Taichi sends Okada into an exposed Turnbuckle before being the victim of a precise Robbie Eagles Superkick. Ospreay flies onto ZSJ at ringside with a Sasuke Special. In the closing moments of the match Ospreay gets the hot tag from Okada and then takes out DOUKI, who quickly tags in ZSJ. The Submission Master doesn’t fare much better, as he is hit with a flurry of kicks before an OsCutter and Stormbreaker at the match’s climax. 1...2...3!!! CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay + Robbie Eagles) def. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. + DOUKI) in 17mins (Ospreay pins ZSJ) AFTER THE MATCH - Will Ospreay holds up the RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship, staring down Zack Sabre Jr. as he is helped out of the ring by Young Boy Attendants - Ospreay vs ZSJ at RevPro: High Stakes for the Title MATCH 5 - 2 on 2 Tag Team Match - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championships Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) (c) (w/ Rocky Romero) vs Suzuki-gun (El Desperado + Yoshinobu Kanemaru) This match remains the same as it happened in real life with the injuries sustained to SHO on the New Beginning tour being the big hurdle for the babyface team to overcame in the match. Roppongi 3K overcame the odds in a good match finishing it with YOH pinning Kanemaru from a Strong X. 1...2...3!!! Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) (c) def. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado + Yoshinobu Kanemaru) in 16mins (SHO pins Kanemaru)
Roppongi 3K (SHO + YOH) are STILL the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
MATCH 6 - Singles Match - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs Titán A lighting paced affair from beginning to end for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. The opening minutes include punch, kick and chop exchanges that lead to both men being down after the first 5 minutes of the match! In the middle part of the match, Takahashi takes control and hits a Dropkick before a devastating Canadian Destroyer floors Titán. CMLL’s premier Jr. Heavyweight rallies back and hits his finisher, the Tornillo! 1...2... Hiromu kicks out!!! Takahashi is shook and he’s on the ropes when Titán runs at him. The Champion ducks and sends Titán onto the apron, joining him after a flurry of offence. Standing precariously on the apron, Takahashi hits a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off the apron and onto Osaka-Jo-Hall’s floor! Takahashi shouts loudly and the fans cheer him on as he rolls Titán into the ring before hitting the Time Bomb II in ring centre. 1...2...3!!! Hiromu Takahashi (c) def. Titán in 14mins
Hiromu Takahashi is STILL the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion
MATCH 7 - Singles Match - IWGP United States Championship Jon Moxley (c) vs Jay White (w/ Karl Anderson) Second from the top is the United States Championship match, with Challenger Jay White entering first accompanied by ALL of Bullet Club. They ‘Too Sweet’ eachother on the stage before White walks to the ring with Karl Anderson, who stands in White’s corner for the match! Jon Moxley enters through the crowd, and stares daggers through Karl Anderson at ringside when he gets to the ring. The match begins with Karl Anderson distracting Moxley, by jumping up to the apron, allowing the Switchblade to floor Moxley from behind. Jay White dominates from this point on, forcing the Champion to work from underneath to try and retain. During the middle section of the match, Jon Moxley fires back! He takes down Karl Anderson, who was looking to take advantage of Red Shoes being hit inadvertently a few seconds prior, and Jay White with fierce forearms. A Steel Chair is introduced by Jay White, but it is used against him before the referee gets back to his senses. In the closing minutes, Moxley sets-up a table at ringside and looks to suplex White off the apron and through it. Karl Anderson however punches the backs of Moxley’s legs and they buckle from under him, allowing Jay White to pick him up and drive him through the table!!! With Karl Anderson’s help, Jay White hauls a motionless Moxley back into the ring, where he hits a crunching Blade Runner. 1...2...3!!! Jay White def. Jon Moxley (c) in 22mins
Jay White is the NEW IWGP United States Champion!
MATCH 8 - Singles Match - IWGP Intercontinental Championship and IWGP Heavyweight Championship Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Minoru Suzuki Finally, the Main Event of New Beginning in Osaka. The fourth title match of the night, pitted the Double Champion, Tetsuya Naito, and the leader of Suzuki-gun, Minoru Suzuki, against one another. In the same way Suzuki attacked Naito (and everyone else in his way for that matter) at New Year Dash!! 2020, the King attacks Naito as he is making his way down to the ring. He targets the head and neck he softened up in the New Year Dash main event, as well as on the New Beginning tour. Suzuki spikes Naito on the entrance way with a Gotch-Style Piledriver! He drags the Champion down to the ring and waits for the referee to ring the bell. A few moments later, after Naito had had chance to take off his entrance gear and be checked by the referee the bell sounds, and immediately Suzuki lays stiff strikes into him. The first half of the match is Suzuki picking apart Naito bit by bit. After Naito eventually crawls to the ropes, breaking up a Suzuki Rear Naked Choke, the match begins to turn in his favour. Suzuki is starting to become frustrated! With the referee knocked down (Suzuki “accidentally” knocked him down when aiming for Naito) the challenger retrieves a chair from under the ring, and looks to hit Naito with it. Holding the chair high above his head, he exposes his legs to Naito (who lay on the mat). Naito swiftly kicks the legs from under Suzuki and watches the King fall to the mat next to him, dropping the chair in his lap! Naito picks the chair up, looks at it, smirks and hits Suzuki with it a few times before throwing it out of the ring! A fiery Ungovernable One lays in on Suzuki, hitting kicks, knees, forearms and punches whilst Suzuki lay, indefensible, on the mat. A few minutes later, the match reaches its dramatic climax. Naito reverses a Gotch-Style Piledriver attempt, and hits a Gloria for a two count before laying out Suzuki with the decisive shot - DESTINOOOOOO. 1...2...3!!! Tetsuya Naito (c) def. Minoru Suzuki in 25mins
Tetsuya Naito is STILL the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion!
AFTER THE MATCH - Naito celebrates in the ring, inviting his L.I.J stable mates to join him. EVIL, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI join him - but no SANADA. They do the trademark L.I.J pose in the centre of the ring, and Naito includes SANADA in the L.I.J roll-call, however with a shrug of the shoulders and a puzzled look on his face. L.I.J may be without SANADA, and everyone wants answers! Thanks for reading my booking of New Beginning in Osaka 2020. I will be uploading the next part of the series in a few days time - it will be my booking of the 48th Anniversary Show as well as highlights from the multiple shows leading into the event (before the New Japan Cup starts in Part 5). All feedback is welcome!
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