NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match
The Bullet Club team of Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi start things off against the CHAOS team of Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI and Robbie Eagles. This one does last long. Fale bullies everyone for a few minutes until Ishii comes in and cleans house. He dropped Owens on his head with a Brainbuster to eliminate the Club.
Suzuki-Gun’s El Desperado, Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru are out next in the gauntlet. They triple team Ishii and put the boots to him before leaving Taichi to pick the bones, as they worked over the other two on the floor. Eagles eventually gets the hot tag and kicks Desperado low, but a cheap shot from the apron saw him meet the same fate as his partner. Kanemaru hit him with an inverted DDT, but YOSHI-HASHI broke up the pin. Taichi has a chair, but before he’s able to use it Eagles rolls up Kanemaru to sneak out a pinfall.
Los Ingobernables de Japn is next out, represented of course by EVIL, BUSHI and Shingo Takagi. It’ll be EVIL taking the lead, and he no troubel bullying around an exhausted Eagles. YOSHI-HASHI tags in but is quickly triple-teamed. He shows a ton of heart and clears the ring, but tries to trade lariats with Shingo and gets turned inside out. Ishii and EVIL trade loud forearms and headbutts. EVIL gets the better of it and connects with Darkness Falls for the 3-count. Ishii threw his shoulder up a split second after the count, which might have been a mistake. They kept brawling afterwards until the ref sent CHAOS to the back.
Finally, the champions are out last. Toru Yano throws his t-shirt in EVIL’s face and tries to roll him up, but BUSHI dropkicks him in the face. Makabe hits the ring and starts squashing everyone with lariats in each corner. He delivers a Northern Lights suplex to BUSHI with a nice bridge, but it’s not enough. BUSHI comes back with a surprise DDT and tags Shingo. Business time. Shingo and Makabe trade forearm strikes until they’re woozy, before colliding like rams over and over again. Taguchi tags in and starts mocking the Nakamura poses, so Shingo dropkicks his ass. Literally. He tries for the Pumping Bomber, Taguchi ducks it and hits the Bomaye, followed by Dodon! 1…2… No! He goes to put on the ankle lock but BUSHI sprays the black mist in his eyes. Pumping Bomber from Shingo, followed by Made in Japan. You can count to 10.
Winners & New Champions: Los Ingobernables de Japon
Jushin Thunder Liger Retirement Match
Ryu Lee & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano
This is going to get all kinds of emotional. Ryu Lee (formerly Dragon Lee) came out with the ROH World TV Championship and a mask dedicated to Liger. Hiromu opts to start things off but Liger takes him to the mat and puts him in the Romero Special. Lee breaks it up and the opposition actually puts the boots to Liger in their corner, drawing heavy boos from the Tokyo Dome crowd.
Sano surprises them coming off the top rope with a missile dropkick sending them both flying. He squared up against Lee and told him to bring it, and the two started trading heavy forearm shots back and forth. Sano got winded first and was caught with a jumping knee strike, but fired right back with a big lariat. Tags are made on both sides and all four brawl out to the floor. Lee flies over the ropes looking for a tope con hilo, but accidentally took out his partner.
Liger throws Hiromu back into the ring and climbs the ropes, but he’s caught and ate a pair of superkicks from both guys. Hiromu tries for the Time Bomb but Liger rolls him up into an inside cradle and nearly steals the win. The Time Bomb eventually finds its mark, and just like the career of the most influential junior heavyweight wrestler of all time has come to an end. Thank you, Jushin Thunder Liger.
Winners: Ryu Lee & Hiromu Takahashi
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