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- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match: Hiromu Takahashi vs. SHO
Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura & Gabriel Kidd (8:01)
Suzuki vs. the Young Boys has been a highlight on a pretty lackluster Road to The New Beginning tour. That continued here as they told a good story and made the most of their eight minutes.
Uemura attacked Suzuki as he stepped through the ropes during Kaze Ni Nare. A brawl broke out. Desperado and Kidd began as the legal men and briefly got some offense. Kidd hit a senton. Tsuji hit a splash for a near fall.
Uemura and Suzuki were the focus as the match built. Suzuki gave Uemura a lot. Uemura used a crab for a near submission. Suzuki came back with a strike combo and a high angle single-leg crab for the submission.
BUSHI defeated Master Wato (w/Hiroyoshi Tenzan) (11:08)
This was very solid. I would have put Wato over, as BUSHI is pretty locked in to his spot and Wato could use the help.
Wato attacked before the bell and hit a flying mid kick. He followed with a tornillo. BUSHI sent Wato into the security fence to stop his momentum. Back in the ring, BUSHI worked on Wato's right knee, as he has all tour. BUSHI used an STF. Wato forced a rope break.
Wato came back with a jumping knee, a back elbow and a flying mid kick. Wato missed on a springboard uppercut, then hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. BUSHI hit an enzuigiri. Wato avoided a draping missile dropkick and hit a springboard uppercut.
BUSHI cut off a dive attempt and hit a hurricanrana and a tope suicida. He followed with a DDT. Wato blocked a code breaker and hit recientemente for a near fall. Wato hit a dreamcast and a TTD.
Wato went up top for the RPP. BUSHI rolled out of the way and Wato crashed to the mat. BUSHI hit a code breaker in the ropes. Wato avoided an MX. BUSHI hit a rewind kick.
BUSHI hit his new terrible (that's not an insult, it's the Spanish pronunciation and the name of the move) for a near fall, then hit MX for the pin.
Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano defeated EVIL, Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo (w/Dick Togo & Gedo) (12:08)
This was a basic **1/2 ten-man.
Three matches, three pre-match attacks to begin them. The CHAOS side attacked Bullet Club. They have done a good job of heating up a feud over the NEVER 6-Man titles of all things.
Bullet Club overcame the attack and cut YH off in the ring. Bullet Club did their human centipede abdominal stretch spot. YH came back with a bunker buster on Ishimori and a heel kick to EVIL. Okada tagged in to square off with EVIL. He took out an interfering Yujiro with a flapjack.
Okada hit a DDT on EVIL for a near fall. Togo provided a distraction and EVIL gained the upper hand. Okada blocked Darkness Falls.
Ishii and White tagged in. They have been the MVPs on this tour. Yano and Goto cut off an interfering ELP and Ishimori. Ishii blocked a Blade Buster from White. White hit a German suplex. Ishii no-sold it. White hit a Blade Buster. White hit a DDT and tagged Yujiro.
Ishii blocked a fisherman buster and hit a vertical suplex. Yano tagged in and removed a corner pad. Togo jumped on the apron for a distraction. Yano removed a second corner pad, then missed a charge into an exposed turnbuckle. Yujiro whipped Yano into the other exposed buckle.
Yano and Yujiro traded inverted atomic drops. Togo hit Yano with a right hand from the apron. Everyone jumped in for a big move.
Yano sent Yujiro hit a low blow, sent into Togo on the apron, then used a schoolboy to pin Yujiro.
Okada went after EVIL after the match, as he has been angling for a singles match with him.
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito defeated Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma (11:02)
There have been better previews for Ibushi/SANADA on this tour, but this was still good.
Ibushi and SANADA began with a simple exchange of holds. Ibushi hit a shoulder tackle and a dropkick, then tagged Honma in with their team in the plus position. Naito tripped Honma from the floor. SANADA hit a low dropkick to Honma and the LIJ side began working on Honma.
Honma came back with his flatliner/DDT combination on both Naito and SANADA. Ibushi got a tag and sent SANADA outside for a plancha. Back in, SANADA tried a paradise lock, but Ibushi fought it off. Ibushi went for a paradise lock, but SANADA blocked.
Ibushi tried a sunset flip. SANADA used the position to lock on a paradise lock, then broke it with a dropkick. SANADA hit a magic screw. Naito and Honma got tags. Naito mocked Honma's voice and hit a series of strikes and stomps.
Honma avoided a combinacion in the corner. Ibushi entered to double up on Naito. Ibushi hit a powerslam. Ibushi and Honma hit stereo kokeshis for a near fall. Honma missed on a Michinoku driver attempt. SANADA entered and hit a dropkick.
SANADA sent Ibushi from the apron to the floor with a dropkick. Naito hit a flying forearm and a Destino on Honma for the pin.
Ibushi invited SANADA into the ring for a fist bump after the match. Naito and SANADA then did their customary LIJ fist bump.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match: Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (w/Jado) defeated Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. (w/DOUKI) by DQ (29:08)
This was an entertaining twelve minute brawl stretched out to almost thirty minutes, complete with ref bumps, run-ins and a terrible finish. The finish made sense, I'll give it that, but I have no idea why they went as long as they did.
Tama threw a bag filled with smaller bags into the ring as he entered, teasing that the iron fingers that he stole from Taichi were in one of them. DOUKI and Jado dueled with their weapons. DOUKI dragged Jado to the back.
Kanemaru was on commentary and got one of the bags. It contained a bra. Some of the other bags contained a puppet, a ping pong paddle, a loaf of bread and a boxing glove.
The teams brawled around ringside with G.O.D. in control. They teased a double countout, but both Taichi and Tama made it in at 19. G.O.D. worked over Taichi in the ring. Tanga used a blue thunder bomb.
Sabre got his first tag just before the 11 minute mark of the match and ran wild on G.O.D., focusing on Tanga's left arm. Tanga came back with a spear after three minutes. Tama jumped in and G.O.D. doubled up on Sabre. Sabre avoided a Magic Killer at the 15 minute call.
Sabre caught Tanga in a guillotine. Taichi used a dragon sleeper on an interfering Tama. Tanga forced a rope break. Sabre and Taichi double teamed Tanga. Sabre used a PK for a near fall. Tanga avoided a Zack Driver and hit a jackhammer into a double down at the 18 minute mark.
Taichi and Tama got tags. Taichi choked Tama and hit an axe bomber. Taichi hit a series of Kawada kicks. Tama hit a Tongan Twist at the 20 minute call. Taichi avoided two Gun Stuns and hit a backdrop suplex for a near fall.
Taichi tore his trousers off. Tanga jumped in and attacked. Sabre choked Tanga. G.O.D. hit Guerrilla Warfare on Sabre. G.O.D. hit a tandem neckbreaker on Taichi for a near fall.
Tama and Tanga called for the super powerbomb on Taichi. Taichi powered out with a vertical suplex on Tama. Sabre took out Tanga with a leg sweep. Taichi hit a buzzsaw kick on Tanga.
Dangerous Tekkers double teamed Tama. They hit Zack Mephisto. Tanga pulled the referee out of the ring before the three count.
Taichi went down after a series of simultaneous lariats with Tanga at the 25 minute call. Taichi avoided a powerslam and hit a jumping high kick.
Jado entered with the iron fingers and passed them off to Tama. DOUKI ran in and hit an enzuigiri on Tama. Tama popped up and used the iron glove on DOUKI.
Taichi blocked an iron glove shot with a kick. Taichi grabbed the fingers. Tanga cut him off. Tama got the glove back. Sabre slapped a choke on Tama. Taichi got the fingers back. The ref jumped in. Taichi shoved him down.
Jado used a kendo stick on Sabre. Taichi no-sold a kendo stick shot and used the fingers on Jado.
The ref was revived. Taichi hit an iron glove shot on Tama for the DQ.
Taichi sold as though he snapped after the match, hitting the ref with the iron glove. Taichi got his glove back, G.O.D. kept their titles.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match: Hiromu Takahashi defeated SHO to retain the title (35:38)
This was an epic and easily the best thing on the show. It was also the longest IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match ever.
They traded forearms for the first several minutes, a trademark of Hiromu matches. They first traded in the ring, then down on the floor. They sent each other into the barricade. Hiromu hit a second barricade whip and briefly got the upper hand.
SHO came back with a spear and a series of stiff kicks. Hiromu launched SHO into the buckle with an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Hiromu sent SHO to the apron and teased a sunset bomb. SHO blocked with a forearm and pulled Hiromu to the apron.
Hiromu hit a thrust kick on the apron. Hiromu teased a powerbomb on the apron. SHO teased a backdrop. Hiromu worked his way to the floor and hit a powerbomb off the apron. SHO beat the count back in.
Hiromu climbed to the top rope. SHO pulled him off the top and hit a powerbomb on the apron. Hiromu beat the count back in at 19. SHO hit two rolling Germans, then went for a cross armbreaker. Hiromu kept him from getting full extension and reached the ropes at the 15 minute call.
Hiromu hit a German suplex. SHO rolled through and no-sold the landing. SHO hit a series of forearms with Hiromu in the ropes. Referee Red Shoes tried to break them up, but SHO shoved him away. Hiromu got a triangle applied over the ropes. SHO pulled him over the top and hit a powerbomb into a double down.
They traded forearms again at the 20 minute call. They traded corner clotheslines. Both hit two forearm strikes. All four times they kicked out at one. SHO dropped Hiromu with another forearm, but could not follow up and went down himself.
Hiromu blocked two lariats and rolled into D. SHO hit a powerbomb, but Hiromu kept the hold applied. SHO powered out. SHO blocked a powerbomband used a hammerlock to set up a kimura. Hiromu fought the hold for a long time before reaching the ropes.
SHO hit a power breaker for a near fall. He called for Shock Arrow. Hiromu landed on his feet and hit a headbutt as SHO tried to execute his finisher.
SHO avoided a Dynamite Plunger. Hiromu hit a superkick. Hiromu came off the ropes into a jumping knee strike from SHO. SHO again tried for Shock Arrow. Hiromu slipped to his feet again and SHO hit a headbutt. SHO hit a backstabber and two lariats. They hit four simultaneous lariats.
Hiromu took a flip bump off a lariat and landed on his neck. SHO got a two count. SHO hit Shock Arrow just past the 30 minute call. Hiromu kicked out at 2.
Hiromu slipped out of another Shock Arrow and hit a DDT on the landing. Hiromu hit a victory royal for a near fall. Hiromu hit five superkicks. SHO refused to go down. Hiromu blocked a jumping knee strike, but SHO got a triangle choke applied. Hiromu hoisted SHO up for a DVD into the corner pad.
Hiromu hit Time Bomb. SHO kicked out. Hiromu hit a lariat and Time Bomb II for the pin.
ELP jumped up from commentary and got in the ring. He teased a superkick with the loaded boot. BUSHI ran in for the save. Ishimori ran in and attacked BUSHI. Hiromu saved for BUSHI.
ELP cut a promo. He said he's tired of Hiromu carrying the Jr. title. ELP said Hiromu didn't earn the title, it was given to him by "this bullsh*t company" and he's not leaving Japan until he wins the title from Hiromu.
Hiromu cut a promo. He said he'll face ELP, but only if ELP and Ishimori put the Jr. Tag titles on the line against him and BUSHI first.
Hiromu then addressed the crowd to close the show.