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NJPW Summer Struggle results: NEVER Six-Man Tag title match

The NJPW Summer Struggle tour continued today with the third of three consecutive nights in Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

The NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championships were on the line in the main event, with Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiro Ishii defending against Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki. 

On the undercard, Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura had their farewell matches before their international excursions. Tsuji took on Tetsuya Naito, while Uemura faced Kazuchika Okada in the opener. 

Two tag matches rounded out the card. 

The Summer Struggle tour continues Saturday, August 7, Sunday August 8 and Monday August 9 as the 2021 Super Junior Tag League kicks off. The full cards for those events will be announced at a later date.

Below are results and a report from today's show. 

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Recommended matches --

  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Yota Tsuji
  • NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki 

Report --

Yuya Uemura farewell match: Kazuchika Okada defeated Yuya Uemura (12:19)

There wasn't as much to this as I expected. Okada gave Uemura the first half of the match, then made his comeback and that was it. 

They chain wrestled early. Uemura hit a dropkick and a slam. Uemura fought for a cross armbreaker, but Okada reached the ropes before he could get it. 

Uemura hit a back suplex, used a stack cover for two, then tried a double-leg crab with a high grip, but Okada again made the ropes before the hold was fully applied. 

Okada came back with big boots, a series of slams and a back elbow. Uemura connected on a series of forearm shots, but Okada didn't sell them. Okada dropped Uemura with forearms. Okada hit the ropes and ran into an Uemura dropkick. 

Uemura hit a double overhook suplex. Okada blocked another, hit two Rainmakers, then used the Money Clip for the submission. 

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Okada raised Uemura's hand after the match, then shot him off the ropes and hit him with a dropkick. 

Uemura sold as he made his way to the back to a nice ovation. 

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Yota Tsuji farewell match: Tetsuya Naito defeated Yota Tsuji (11:24)

This was very good. Naito sold more for Tsuji than he does for just about anyone and they had a competitive match. 

Tsuji immediately hit a shoulder tackle for a knockdown. He followed with a hurricanrana. They traded chest slaps. Naito tossed Tsuji to the floor and ran him into the barricade. Tsuji beat the count back in. 

Naito used a side headlock, a series of kicks and a slam. Tsuji answered with a dropkick, a slam a senton and a splash for a two count. Naito reversed a whip and began to attack Tsuji's neck with elbows. Naito hit a neckbreaker, but Tsuji popped right up and hit a spear. 

Naito hit an enzuigiri and a flying forearm, then used a Boston crab. Tsuji forced a rope break. 

They traded a series of quick cradles for near falls. Naito hit a one-legged dropkick, then used a high-angle crab for the submission. 

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Naito bid Tsuji "Hasta luego and adios" as he left. 

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Chase Owens, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo defeated Toru Yano, SHO & YOH (10:32) 

A generic undercard tag match. 

SHO and Ishimori began as the legal men. YOH got an early tag for an attempted 3K double team, but ELP interfered from the floor and Bullet Club turned the match into a brawl around ringside. YOH ended up cut off in Bullet Club's half of the ring. 

YOH made a comeback on Ishimori and ELP. SHO tagged back in and ran wild on Ishimori, ELP and Owens. ELP then cut SHO off with a series of strikes in the corner and a quebrada. SHO hit a deadlift German into a double down. 

Yano and Owens tagged in for some comedy. Yano hit Owens with a turnbuckle pad. Owens sent Yano into the exposed buckle. Yano hit an atomic drop and tagged YOH for the closing stretch. 

YOH and SHO hit tandem offense on Owens. ELP jumped in and ate stereo 3K knee strikes. Owens avoided the 3K, hit a uranage on SHO on top of YOH, then hit the package piledriver on YOH for the pin. 

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Owens called Yano into the ring after the match. He told Yano to say "I quit" or Ishimori would break the KOPW trophy. Yano never said it, the trophy wasn't broken. Owens kicked Yano low. 

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Shingo Takagi, SANADA & BUSHI defeated EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo (15:18)

This was just sort of there. Lots of the usual tired EVIL and Togo shenanigans. 

LIJ attacked before the opening bell. EVIL and SANADA ended up legal. EVIL turned the tide in Bullet Club's favor after SANADA missed on a plancha. 

EVIL twice sent SANADA into the barricade in front of the ring announcer's table. The ring announcer went flying, the bell went flying, plus Shingo's IWGP title belt went flying and was damaged. A piece of one of the side plates broke off.

Togo exposed a buckle and EVIL sent SANADA into it. Bullet Club traded tags in working on SANADA. Yujiro and SANADA bit each other's hands. SANADA hit a basement dropkick and managed a tag to BUSHI. 

BUSHI fought off Togo and EVIL interference, then hit a suicide dive to Yujiro. Yujiro hit a sliding dropkick to cut BUSHI off. EVIL tagged in and sent BUSHI into the exposed buckle. BUSHI came back with a swinging neckbreaker. 

Shingo tagged in and hit EVIL with a corner clothesline and a vertical suplex for a two count. EVIL sent Shingo to the floor. Togo whipped Shingo into the barricade, then threw him back in. EVIL hit a suplex for a two count. 

BUSHI and SANADA hopped in to help Shingo. BUSHI hit a backstabber. Shingo hit a sliding lariat for a near fall. EVIL avoided Made in Japan. Togo tripped Shingo as he tried a Pumping Bomber, then tagged in. Yujiro, Togo and EVIL tripled up on Shingo. SANADA and BUSHI cleared the ring, leaving Togo and Shingo. 

Yujiro climbed in and took the referee. Togo choked Shingo with his ligature. Shingo fought off the choke and an interfering EVIL. BUSHI and SANADA hit stereo planchas to EVIL and Yujiro. 

Shingo then hit Togo with the Pumping Bomber for the pin. 

NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki to retain the titles (35:47)

These NEVER Six-Man titles have been elevated by the current champs and the matches are always good to great. I would have cut about five minutes of Goto selling out of this, but a very good B-show main event. 

Ishii and Suzuki began the match with a terrific striking exchange. Suzuki got the better of it. Taichi made a blind tag as Suzuki backed into the corner with Ishii in a front facelock. Goto tagged in. Ishii, Goto and YH did some three-way clubbering on Taichi to cut him off in their corner. 

Goto, YH and Ishii traded tags as they kept Taichi in their corner. Suzuki tried to save, but he was tossed outside. Goto used a chinlock. Sabre and Suzuki interfered and the match became a brawl with Suzuki-gun controlling the action. 

Suzuki and Ishii paired off on the floor. Sabre and Taichi worked Goto over with the barricade and a camera cable. Back inside, Suzuki-gun used quick tags as they worked on Goto's left arm. Suzuki tagged in for a submission hold on the arm. Ishii saved, but Suzuki sent him back outside. 

Sabre used a kravate. Goto hit a back elbow and managed a tag to Ishii. Ishii and YH doubled up on Sabre and an interfering Taichi. Ishii hit Sabre with chops. Sabre used a cobra twist. Ishii hit a hip toss out. Sabre went back to a kravate on Ishii, then attacked Ishii's right arm. 

Sabre used a cross armbreaker. YH saved. Suzuki, Taichi and Goto jumped in. Taichi and Sabre double-teamed Ishii. Sabre used an octopus hold. Ishii broke the hold and hit a German. YH and Taichi tagged in and traded strikes. YH hit a headhunter. 

YH hit a neckbreaker for two. Taichi came back with a gamengiri. The other four brawled on the outside. Taichi hit an enzuigiri. YH escaped a last ride with a hurricanrana and a backstabber. YH used the Butterfly Lock, but Sabre made the save. 

Taichi used the stretch plum on YH. Sabre caught Ishii in a triangle, then a cross armbreaker. Suzuki used a cross armbreaker on Goto. YH finally forced a rope break. Taichi hit a chokeslam for a near fall. 

YH blocked a Taichi thrust kick with his own thrust kick into a double down. Goto saved YH from Zack Mephisto at about 25 minutes. All six jumped in and all six were down after a flurry of moves. 

Taichi needed two axe bombers to drop YH. YH popped up and hit a lariat. YH hit a vertical suplex for a two count. Taichi blocked Kharma. YH blocked Black Mephisto. Taichi hit a backdrop suplex for a two count. 

Suzuki tagged in for a PK and a near fall. YH dropped Suzuki with a lariat. Goto tagged in for a wheel kick and a near fall at 30 minutes. Suzuki tried for the Gotch-style Piledriver, but YH saved with a thrust kick. Taichi and YH took each other out with simultaneous lariats. 

Goto and Suzuki traded strikes. Goto hit a headbutt. Suzuki countered with a dropkick. Big match Suzuki dropkicks rule. 

Suzuki used a sleeper. Goto slid out and hit a GTR. Sabre caught Goto in a choke. Ishii saved. Sabre put Ishii in a choke. Ishii reversed and hit a brainbuster. Suzuki hit Goto with a headbutt. He tried for the Gotch again, but Goto blocked and hit an ushigoroshi. Suzuki no-sold the ushigoroshi, but Ishii hit him with a lariat. 

Goto and YH hit Suzuki with the GYW and pinned him to retain the titles. 

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Naito, SANADA and BUSHI came to the ring after the match to issue the next challenge to the NEVER Six-Man Champions, so that will be added to one of the three thousand shows on this tour in the next day or two. 

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Here are the lineups for the next leg of the tour:

NJPW Summer Struggle, Saturday, August 7, 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on NJPW World --

  • Super Jr. Tag League: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. SHO & YOH
  • Super Jr. Tag League: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask vs. Gedo & Dick Togo

NJPW Summer Struggle, Sunday, August 8, 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on NJPW World --

  • Super Jr. Tag League: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Gedo & Dick Togo
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato
  • Super Jr. Tag League: SHO & YOH vs. Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask

NJPW Summer Struggle, Monday, August 9, 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on NJPW World --

  • Super Jr. Tag League: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs. Gedo & Dick Togo
  • Super Jr. Tag League: SHO & YOH vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato
  • Super Jr. Tag League: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask