IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori.
Ishimori goes right after the bandaged shoulder and took the champ to the floor with a headscissors, followed by a beautiful moonsault from the post to the ground. He immediately locks in an armbar and looks to end it early, but Hiromu flails around and gets in the ropes to save himself.
They play a bit of cat and mouse, with Hiromu making the challenger chase him around ringside. He tries for a sunset flip powerbomb over the ropes, but Ishimori flips and lands on his feet, driving Hiromu shoulder-first into the ring post! Awesome spot.
Takahashi snaps off a headscissors and finally gets some breathing room. He follows with a running forearm and a splash in the corner, then runs the apron and hits a shotgun dropkick sending his opponent into the barricade. Back in the ring he sets up for Timebomb, but Ishimori counters with a Dragonrana!
Challenger charges the corner, but is sent hard into the turnbuckles with an overhead belly-to-belly. Hiromu is slow to get up, but hits a Dynamite Plunger for a two-count. A generous two-count from the ref, but two nonetheless. Ishimori fights back with strikes, throws a German suplex, Hiromu absorbs it and roars to life, hitting one of his own.
The champion sets up for a new move he calls the Victory Royal, and gets another close two-count. Timebomb coming, but the shoulder gives out and he has to settle for a facebuster after a wild series of counters from both. Again he goes for Timebomb, but Ishimori counters into essentially a tilt-a-whirl stunner.
Ishimori throws the champ into the ropes and does a tilt-a-whirl into a crossface! He yanks on the hold and Hiromu starts screaming in pain, but is somehow able to claw his way to the bottom rope. Buckle Bomb. Knee lift. Superkick from Hiromu. Lariat from Ishimori. Both men down, as the crowd claps and taps buttons, making noise furiously.
Hiromu screams out and rallies back with some nasty strikes. The Timebomb finally connects, and it’s good for two-and-three-quarters. He tries for Timebomb II, but Ishimori reverses into a reverse Bloody Cross, and locks in a crossface again. He rolls them both back to the center of the ring and reapplies the submission… Hiromu taps out.
Winner & New Champion: Taiji Ishimori