NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
KOTA IBUSHI (c) vs. WILL OSPREAY
A little showboating from both men early on. Ospreay teased a dive to the outside by instead rebounded off the ropes and tried to strike a pose, but Ibushi nearly killed him with a knee strike for his arrogance. They brawled to the floor and Ibushi tried for the Golden Triangle Moonsault, but while his back was turned he got caught in the back of the head with a superkick, right out of midair!
From there Ospreay took control, working his opponent’s neck, attempting to slow things down while delivering nasty looking neckbreakers and uppercuts. Never get into a strike battle with Ibushi, as the champ got a deadly look in his eyes and snapped back with a flurry of offense. A snap hurricanrana sent the challenger flying to the outside, and Ibushi went high risk with a springboard corkscrew moonsault, all the way to the outside!
They both slowly rolled back into the ring and Ibushi rolled through a sunset flip into a deadlift high-angle back suplex — yes, it was as crazy looking as it sounds. Ospreay wouldn’t stay down though, snapping off with a corkscrew kick out of nowhere. The champ jumped to the top rope but was caught with the Cheeky Nandos Kick for a two-count.
The two started trading brutal elbow strikes back and forth before Ibushi went for a powerbomb, Ospreay countered into a hurricanrana, Ibushi landed on his feet and went for a snap rana of his own, Ospreay countered — this went on forever, with both guys countering what must have been a dozen moves each, before the challenger hit a standing Spanish Fly out of nowhere. Holy hell. Ibushi refused to stay down with a release German suplex that landed Ospreay on his neck, followed by a running Bomeya — shades of Nakamura — for an extremely close nearfall.
Ibushi with a devilish look on his face hoisted his opponent up, looking for the Last Ride Powerbomb, but somehow it STILL wasn’t enough to put his opponent away. He went back up out of frustration, looking for that signature moonsault, but Ospreay kipped up and took his legs out in midair, sending him crashing down hard landing awkwardly in the ropes. Ospreay with ruthless aggression, putting the boots to the champion and choking him out with his boot in the ropes, until the referee got in between them to restore a little order.
The two slowly battled up to the top rope and it looked like Ibushi’s face actually bounced off the ring post, as he was seriously bleeding from the nose or mouth. Ospreay went for a powerbomb but the champ hung on and delivered a double foot stomp to the back of the head! 1…2… NO! A now PISSED OFF Kota Ibushi stopped his opponent from sneaking out of the ring and went for a deadlift German suplex over the ropes, but Ospreay landed on his feet, bringing the crowd to a roar as he stood defiantly behind the champion.
Again they traded brutal strikes, as blood flowed from the mouth of Ibushi. He fired off with nasty palm strikes and back elbows, but Ospreay responded with a lariat that damn near turned him inside out. The British sensation hoisted his opponent back up and looked for the OsCutter, but Ibushi caught him in the air and countered into a package piledriver! 1…2… NO! Both guys are near the point of unconsciousness at this point, but somehow it was Ospreay who got to his feet first, hitting a wicked spinning back first to the side of the champion’s head. The referee checked on him as his eyes were open, but nobody was home. Ospreay wouldn’t let him lay though, hoisting up the champ and dropping him with the Stormbreaker! 1…2…3.
Winner and New Champion: Will Ospreay
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