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NJPW Power Struggle notes: Jericho/Naito, Jr. Tag finals, Okada/White


Challenges were issued and statements were made during this morning's Power Struggle event.

After Chris Jericho successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental title against EVIL, Tetsuya Naito made the save for his fellow LIJ memeber after Jericho jumped him. Naito issued a challenge to Jericho, who quickly retreated to the back. In a backstage interview, Jericho refused the challenge, saying there would be no match anywhere.

Jay White also formally challenged Kazuchika Okada to a singles match after their tag match, where Beretta picked up the shock win over Bad Luck Fale. Okada said that he wanted the match now and motioned for White to enter the ring. White pretended to accept the challenge, but then closed the gate and walked away.

Meanwhile, Roppongi 3K won the Super Junior Tag League for the second year in a row, defeating El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Shingo Takagi & BUSHI in a three way bout, with SHO pinning Desperado with the Shock Arrow. SHO issued the challenge to the Jr. tag team champions after the match, saying that they would have a fair and clean match.

Taiji Ishimori also made it clear to KUSHIDA that he was next in line for a IWGP Jr. title shot. After taking the fall in a tag match against Bullet Club members, KUSHIDA was jumped by Ishimori, taken out by a crutch Ishimori was using as he’s recovering from an ankle injury that took him out of the 11/1 show.