IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Taichi (c) & Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi
The Golden Aces go to work at the bell, disposing of ZSJ and double teaming Taichi with a flurry of kicks, a suplex, and a running senton from the Ace. Sabre comes back and hits Tanahashi from behind, and things break down into a wild brawl on the outside, bodies crashing against barricades over and over again. Not a lot of variation on that spot tonight, as the wrestlers aren’t allowed to leave the gated area.
Tanahashi takes a nasty suplex on his shoulder and neck, and the champions go to work, slowing things down big time with alternating tags. He eventually rallies with forearms and backs Taichi to the corner, blocks a kick, and comes off the second rope with a crossbody. Hot tag made!
Here comes Ibushi! Big knee strikes to Taichi and a snap powerslam, into a rolling plancha over the ropes taking out Sabre Jr. Running Shooting Star back in the ring for two. Gorgeous. He hammers the neck with elbows, Taichi fires back with loud kicks to the chest, and they eye each other up before laying in brutal kicks, back and forth. Each of them sound like taking a really big hunk of meat and slapping it loud against the counter. Have fun with that visual.
Taichi gets the better of it and knocks Tana off the apron. Off come the breakaway pants! Ibushi blocks a superkick, spins around into a kick of his, Taichi hits the ropes for a knee strike, but turns around into a roundhouse kick! Both men down.
The Ace makes the tag and gives ZSJ a Dragon Screw on the bandaged knee. He ties him up in the ropes and hits another Dragon Screw. Cloverleaf coming, but they’re too close to the ropes. Sabre ducks a Slingblade and Taichi hits the ring to save his partner. Ibushi out of nowhere with a springboard dropkick to take them out.
Ibushi holds Taichi while Tanahashi delivers Dragon Screws to both champions. Sabre ducks another Slingblade and immediately locks in a crossface, modifying it with some horrifying twists and turns. Kevin Kelly reminds us that Tanahashi had to undergo elbow surgery because of this not too long ago.
Ibushi walks back into the ring and slowly strolls over to Sabre, with a “I’m going to f***ing kill you” look on his face. Spin kick. Taichi rushes but gets suplexed both both challengers. Double back suplex for Sabre as well. Ibushi soars over the ropes to take out one, Tanahashi off the top with a crossbody to the other.
The Ace goes up for the High Fly Flow, but crashes and burns. Taichi hits the Black Mephisto, Sabre rolls him up, and the champions retain.
Winners & Still Champions: Suzuki-Gun