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NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling Results: Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA, Minoru Suzuki vs Jushin Thunder Liger



NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling Results
October 14, 2019
Sumo Hall, Tokyo, Japan


1. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Roppongi 3K

Welcome back, Desperado! A wild opener with all kinds of Suzuki-Gun shenanigans. The end actually saw Desperado take out the referee using one of the boys, and Kanemaru sprayed his whiskey in their face. Despy dropped SHO with his finisher and scored the pin.

2. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma def. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano

As you would imagine Honma missed a Kokeshi and got beat down for a big portion of the match, as Yano did all kinds of shenanigans including remove a turnbuckle. Things built towards the Tanahashi comeback after Honma finally hit the Kokeshi, and the ace cleaned house with Dragonscrews and a running summersault senton. Yano sent him into the exposed turnbuckle but Tanahashi kicked out of a small package, dropped Yano with a Slingblade and hit the High Fly Flow to win.

3. Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi def. Taichi & DOUKI via disqualification

Your typical Suzuki-Gun brawl before and in the early stages of the match, with Taichi using a steel chair and both men taking as many liberties as possible. Naito did very little as they worked him over with quick tags and cheap shots on the outside, leaving Shingo to try and rally alone. He eventually does and hits a Pumping Bombing on DOUKI then sets up for Made in Japan, but Taichi blasts him with his mic stands to get DQ’d. I guess that was the “final straw” for some reason. They continued to beat him down after the match.

4. Minoru Suzuki def. Jushin Thunder Liger

These two beat the absolute hell out of each other. The ultimate villain brualitaizing the ultimate hero. The brawled all around with Suzuki getting easy heat ripping at the mask throughout. Liger was in “battle mode” with a slimmer mask, no horns, and no bulky outfit; just tights and a bare chest, ready to FIGHT a bitch. They tore into each other in a deeply physical battle until Suzuki was finally able to wear his opponent down to the point where he was throwing palm strikes to no effect. Suzuki hit him with the Gotch piledriver to win. After the match he grabbed a chair and teased finishing the job, but instead shocked everyone by throwing the chair aside and getting on his knees, bowing to the legend.

5. Will Ospreay (c) def. El Phantasmo to retain the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship

ELP played it up like he was a changed man that wanted to have a fair fight for the title, and even sent Ishimori to the back. Of course five minutes later Ospreay “accidentally” got a thumb to the eyes and Phantasmo baited him into a handshake and went after the eye again. The rest of the match was absolutely insane. They went out into the crowd and ELP did a huge dive off the rafters 15 feet down to the floor. Ospreay hit him with everything he had, and Phantasmo did everything he could to cheat and it was never enough. Tons of insane spots and variations, some stuff I’ve not even seen them do before. Ospreay eventually hit a Shooting Star Press and did an Oscutter off the barricade, then hit another in the ring but Ishimori came back and pulled the ref out of the ring. Phantasmo straight up punched the champ in the balls and hit him with a Cheeky Nandos Kick, blasted him with the title belt, but it STILL wasn’t enough. Robbie Eagles came out and did a massive suicida to take out Ishimori and fought with him to the back. Ospreay rallied with an Avalanch Spanish Fly and a Canadian Destroyer DDT for good measure. He hit the nastiest looking Hidden Blade right to the face, followed immediately with the Stormbreaker to retain. Awesome, awesome match.

6. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI def. Jay White, KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi

A bit of a cooldown match after the ridiculousness of the juniors title match. This was a basic six-man that really only existed to build up tensions between Ishii and KENTA over the NEVER title, and possible White and Goto for the Intercontinental title. Goto pinned Yujiro after a Ushigoroshi and the GTR.

7. Lance Archer def. Juice Robinson to win the vacant IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship

This was a great car crash match. Archer beat the absolute hell out of his opponent and removed all four turnbuckles, and even set up a table in the corner. Juice had his moments but this was ultimately very one-sided, basically showing Juice’s heart as he kept kicking out of being thrown into the turnbuckles, put through the table, and blasted with a steel chair to the head for good measure. Archer built up a giant pile of chairs ECW-style in the middle of the ring, then drove Juice through it with the Blackout but it still wasn’t enough. He started freakout out and screaming expletives, before applying the Iron Claw… It’s over!

After the match the new champion looked to murder Juice for good, but David Finlay came out of nowhere to make the save. Archer tried to chokeslam him but got caught with two stunners, and fled the ring with the title.

8. Kota Ibushi def. EVIL to retain his G1 Contract

I don’t know if this was better than their G1 match but it was damn good. Ibushi had a hard time getting a string of offense going throughout as every time he gained a few inches, EVIL would put him down with explosive power offense. Lots of brutal lariats from the big man throughout. Ibushi at one point hit a springboard avalanche hurricanrana and slowly chipped away with loud, nasty kicks to the chest, over and over again. Towards the end he tried to channel Nakamura with the knee strike, but EVIL turned him inside out with another lariat. Finally Ibushi rallied and hit his own lariat, nailed the Kamigoye, but EVIL somehow kicked out, shocking everyone. That move has been extremely protected. Ibushi immediately hit it a second time to win.

9. Kazuchika Okada (c) def. SANADA to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

This did not start like your typical Okada title defense as these two rivals just started swinging for the fences immediately and brawling all around. SANADA hit him with a twisting neckbreaker off the barricade early and was able to see every dropkick coming, to the point where he had the champ’s number and worked him over with submissions later on. There was about five solid minutes where he had the Skull End locked in and Okada kept trying to find his way out, and getting trapped again. Eventually he was able to rally and got his knees up to block a moonsault, and hit the Tombstone piledriver. SANADA blocked Rainmakers with boots to the face and swung him around for another Skull End, but Okada sent him flying with an armdrag and hit his dropkick at the 35 minute mark. Finally Okada hit him with a modified Michinoku Driver (similar to Tanga Loa’s Apeshit driver), hit the Rainmaker, and scored the win.



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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/18): Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato vs BUSHI & Shingo Takagi



The Road to The New Beginning tour continued on Monday with the second of eight shows heading into Nagoya on January 30. This was largely the same card as Sunday in the same building, with a few minor tweaks.

Kojima teamed with a different Young Lion but was still unsuccessful against The Empire. The second match featured the same stars with the outcome reversed, and the third match was exactly the same.

Tanahashi & SHO swapped places, as did Shingo & Hiromu in the final two matches to continue their respective programs. Master Wato is 2-0 in main events on this tour so far.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 18, 2021
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yuya Uemura

— Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori)

— CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) def. Kota Ibushi & SHO & Tomoaki Honma

— Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato def. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/17): BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs Master Wato & SHO



New Japan Pro-Wrestling kicked off their annual New Beginning tour on Sunday in Korakuen Hall. It was a quick and easy five-match Road To card featuring tag team bouts previewing some of the advertised main events for the big shows on 1/30 in Nagoya, and 2/10-11 in Hiroshima.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 17, 2021
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yota Tsuji

— Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori) def. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

— CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma

— Master Wato & SHO def. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

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NJPW The New Beginning 2021 Tour Preview: Ibushi’s First IWGP Double Title Defense, First Time Dream Match, More



New Japan Pro-Wrestling held a press conference today to unveil plans for their upcoming tour, kicking off on Sunday, January 17 at Korakuen Hall.

There are three major dates on the 2021 New Beginning tour: The New Beginning in Nagoya on Saturday, January 30 at Dolphin’s Arena, and The New Beginning in Hiroshima on Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11 at Sun Plaza Hall.

Kevin Kelly is in Japan for several weeks, so there will be live English commentary for every single event on the tour, including the eight house show events leading up to Nagoya, and the four additional shows leading up to Hiroshima.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic worsening in Japan, the events on this tour will start slightly earlier than originally announced, and will be limited to just five or six matches per show. While the action is spread out, there are nevertheless some major marquee matches to look forward to.

The New Beginning in Nagoya
January 30, 2021
Dolphin’s Arena, Aichi, Japan

The first leg of The New Beginning tour will see Shingo Takagi defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Takagi successfully retained the belt against Jeff Cobb at Wrestle Kingdom 15 in one of the best matches of the entire two-day event. While these two have met in several tag team matches, including two World Tag Leagues, this collision between the “Last Dragon” and “The Ace” is one of the most exciting first-time-ever bouts in recent memory.

New Year Dash saw The Empire recoup some of their momentum after a trio of Wrestle Kingdom losses. Will Ospreay led his monster the Great O-Khan to a six-man tag team victory, before setting him loose on Hiroyoshi Tenzan and his longtime tag partner Satoshi Kojima. Tenzan had to be taken out on a stretcher, setting up two singles matches pitting New Japan’s third generation against its future.

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Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi

8-Man Tag Team Match
Kota Ibushi & Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito)

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Great O-Khan

Satoshi Kojima vs. Will Ospreay

NEVER Openweight Championship Match
Shingo Takagi (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi


The New Beginning in Hiroshima
February 10, 2021
Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima, Japan

The ticking time bomb of Los Ingobernables de Japon defeated Taiji Ishimori to recapture the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 15. SHO defeated Hiromu in the 2020 Best of the Super Jr. tournament. So… here we are! We also have a rematch between the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and the former champions they beat at the Tokyo Dome.

6-Man Tag Team Match
Gabriel Kidd & Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

Master Wato vs. BUSHI

10-Man Tag Team Match
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi)

Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma vs. SANADA & Tetsuya Naito

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. Dangerous Tekkers (Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.)

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Match
Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. SHO


The New Beginning in Hiroshima
February 11, 2021
Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima, Japan

The final night of the 2021 New Beginning tour will see Kota Ibushi make his first defense of the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships. He takes on the perpetual up-and-comer SANADA, who has been on the losing end of more “must-win” situations than almost anyone save Hirooki Goto. SANADA defeated turncoat EVIL at Wrestle Kingdom 15 and made his intentions for the titles clear.

6-Man Tag Team Match
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Gabriel Kidd & Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura

6-Man Tag Team Match
Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi)

6-Man Tag Team Match
Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito)

Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada vs. Dick Togo & EVIL

6-Man Tag Team Match
Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs. Bullet Club (Jado & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)

IWGP Double Title Match
Kota Ibushi (c) vs. SANADA

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