SANADA defends the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in opposition to EVIL in a lumberjack match as NJPW’s Destruction tour ends right this moment in Ryogoku.
Previously tag workforce companions and members of Los Ingobernables de Japon, SANADA is now with Simply 5 Guys, whereas EVIL is with the Bullet Membership Home of Torture group. SANADA has promised a shock fifth member will be a part of Simply 5 Guys right this moment following Yoshinobu Kanemaru’s defection from the group.
5 different title matches will likely be a part of the 10-match lineup.
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight title is on the road within the semi-main, with Hiromu Takahashi defending in opposition to YOH and “Speedball” Mike Bailey in a triple menace match.
David Finlay is about to defend the NEVER Openweight Championship in opposition to Tama Tonga on the present.
Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomohiro Ishii will defend the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Crew titles in opposition to Impression’s Alex Shelly, Chris Sabin & Josh Alexander in one other title match.
The NJPW Robust Openweight Tag Crew titles may even be on the road as Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd defend in opposition to El Phantasmo & Hikuleo.
Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Crew titles in opposition to KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Masks, Toru Yano, Oskar Leube, & YOSHI-Hashi defeated Takahiro Katori (Freedoms), Jun Masaoka (DDT), Kazuma Sumi (DDT), Takeshi Masada (DDT), & Kengo (Freedoms/Tenryu Venture)
This match opened with a Yano rollup try, prompting the interpromotional workforce to beat him down. This led to a management interval over the NJPW veterans earlier than Leube turned the match round for his workforce.
The Frontier workforce rushed the ring to interrupt up a Taguchi pin try, resulting in a match breakdown. After clearing the ring of the opposite workforce, Taguchi submitted Katori with an ankle lock.
Leube, a last-minute substitute for YOH, was a spotlight of this match. His measurement was the distinction this match wanted to be something greater than foolish. It was nonetheless foolish, however not that foolish.
DOUKI, TAICHI, & Yuya Uemura (Simply 5 Guys) defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru, SHO, & Yujiro Takahashi (Home of Torture)
Earlier than the match may start, a video revealed that Yuya Uemura will not be solely again in New Japan but in addition Kanemaru’s substitute in Simply 5 Guys.
The match was a typical HoT outing from the open. Yuya acted as a focus within the comeback spots, serving to his workforce keep aggressive all through the match. After a few breakdowns, Yuya hit Yujiro with a deadbolt suplex to safe a pinfall victory.
Tanga Loa defeated Chase Owens
I actually do not know why this match occurred. It did nothing for both man, furthered nothing, and was laborious to observe.
Owens tried to hurry Loa earlier than the match however ate a spinebuster as a substitute. Owens utilized an unlawful choke to get again within the match earlier than bumping the referee and dropping Loa with a knee rake. Owens continued to work the leg to take care of momentum.
Finally, they labored their approach outdoors the ring, the place Owens hit a jewel heist, almost ending the match with a countout. Again within the ring, they awkwardly traded momentum earlier than Owens hit a C-Set off. Owens tried a bundle piledriver, however Loa reversed into an OJK, forcing Owens to submit.
BUSHI, Yota Tsuji, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito (Los Ingobernables de Japon) defeated Jeff Cobb, Nice-O-Khan, HENARE, & Callum Newman (United Empire)
This match was not good, not good in any respect. As far as I can inform, it was simply right here to maintain these guys, largely Naito, on the cardboard.
After a protracted stint of UE management, Shingo tagged out to Naito, who additionally struggled to achieve something substantial. The Naito tag allowed Newman to get in a little bit of offense in opposition to Naito, prompting the remainder of LIJ to hit the ring. After the run-in, Naito dropped Newman with Destino to win the match.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Crew Championship: Drilla Moloney & Clark Connors (Bullet Membership Struggle Canine) (c) defeated KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight (Jet Setters)
Moments after the opening bell, Knight hit the Struggle Canine with a nasty dive on the ground. Again within the ring, the Jet Setters labored in tandem to manage the champions.
The match slowed down a bit throughout Kushida’s management section. Because the Struggle Canine fought again, their offense was as imply as at all times, however the tempo nonetheless suffered. As soon as Knight tagged in, the match picked again up.
Knight’s rally ended with a tandem spear/chop block from the champions. Kushida hit the ring, resetting the match. After some extra backwards and forwards, Moloney dropped Kushida with a brutal driver. Connors then hit each of his opponents with spears to retain the belts.
Grasp Wato, Shota Umino, & Yuji Nagata defeated El Desperado, Ren Narita, & Minoru Suzuki (Robust Model)
Whereas this wasn’t the most effective of the Robust Model multi-mans, it was nonetheless a ton of enjoyable. It was pretty chaotic, with Narita and Umnio sustaining their spot as this feud’s soul.
Match quantity 7 of this best-of-7 collection opened with a tense staredown.
Wato and Desperado began the match with a typical sequence earlier than tagging out to the veterans. Suzuki and Nagata traded strikes contained in the ring and out. Umino and Narita then entered the fray, choosing up the place they at all times depart off.
After spending a heap of time within the ring collectively, Narita and Umino traded finisher makes an attempt, leaving each males grounded. Nagata and Suzuki hit the ring however maintained their give attention to one another. Wato and Desperado then hit the ring, giving Narita and Umino extra time to get better. As soon as Umino and Narita returned to their ft, they traded imply strikes. Umino gained out, hitting Narita with deathrider earlier than pinning him.
This consequence, 3-3-1, leaves the best-of-7 as a draw. After the match, every rival pair shook fingers.
NJPW STRONG Openweight Tag Crew Championship: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo defeated Alex Coughlin & Gabe Kidd (c) (Bullet Membership Struggle Canine)
This Struggle Canine pair is absolutely one thing particular. Their limb work tonight was targeted, their offense was intense, and their presence was palpable. This match was considerably higher than it ought to have been—the primary nice match on this card.
The Struggle Canine opened the match with a sneak assault on the principle unit pair. The champions then set their give attention to the leg of Hikuleo, forcing him to hunt a tag. The eventual scorching tag to ELP was short-lived, because the Struggle Canine gained the lead and remoted him with ease.
As soon as recovered, Hikuleo tagged into the match, launching a rally in opposition to each Canine. Coughlin minimize the rally with a pair of suplexes and a single-leg Boston crab. ELP tagged again in, solely to be choked from the highest rope and dropped with a doomsday system and double muscle buster.
After ELP kicked out, Hikuleo supplied a distraction, shopping for him sufficient time to duck a clothesline, dropping Coughlin. Kidd did not decelerate although, unloading on Hikuleo with strikes and a little bit of spit; Hikuleo answered with a palm strike. Hikuleo and ELP hit a synchronized superkick and chokeslam earlier than an assisted Thunderkiss ’86 left ELP with an unchallenged pin on Coughlin, successful them the STRONG titles.
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