The NJPW Road to Power Struggle tour kicked off today with a Korakuen Hall show headlined by an elimination match.
Members of Los Ingobernables de Japon faced a Suzuki-gun squad in the main event. Eliminations could occur by pinfall, submission, DQ or being thrown over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor.
The show was also notable for G1 Climax 31 winner Kazuchika Okada bringing back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt.
In a press conference last week, Okada stated that he does not recognize the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, a title that was created earlier this year when the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental titles were unified. Okada said that he still recognizes Kota Ibushi, the final IWGP Heavyweight Champion, as holding that title and would be face Ibushi for the belt when he returns from injury.
Here are results from today's show:
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato defeated Robbie Eagles, Tiger Mask & Ryohei Oiwa (8:15)
Wato used a Boston crab to submit Oiwa.
EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO & Dick Togo defeated Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Kosei Fujita (8:22)
SHO had Fujita in the Snake Bite when the referee called for the stoppage.
Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare defeated Toru Yano & Satoshi Kojima (11:07)
O-Khan pinned Kojima after an Eliminator.
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuji Nagata defeated KENTA & Gedo (10:14)
Tana used his Texas Clover Hold to submit Gedo.
Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Jado defeated Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma (11:32)
Tama pinned Honma after a Gun Stun.
Elimination match: Zack Sabre Jr., El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI defeated Shingo Takagi, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI (24:09)
Sabre and BUSHI were the final two in the match. Sabre won by submission with Yes! I am a long way from home!
Here is the lineup for the next event:
NJPW Road to Power Struggle, Monday, October 25, 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on NJPW World --
- Elimination match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI vs. KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi
- Robbie Eagles, Tiger Mask, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato vs. El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI
- Shingo Takagi & SANADA vs. Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma
- Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare
- Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Kosei Fujita
- SHO vs. Ryohei Oiwa