Hello friends. How do you follow up an event with the first ever six star match? Well let’s find out as New Japan starts out on a new journey and unlike last year, four top guys aren’t going to WWE so that’s a plus. Although on a sad note, this is Steve Corino’s last show before he’s going to WWE. Just my opinion, but he’s the best color man in the business right now.
It’s January 5th 2017 and New Year’s Dash is at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet, and David Finlay vs. Henare, Tiger Mask, and Jushin Thunder Liger
Winners: O’Reilly, Ricochet, and Finlay at 6:16. Finlay hits a rolling senton and Ricochet follows up with a shooting star press to Henare for 3.
Billy Gunn and Yoshi Tatsu vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Hangman Page
Winners: Takahashi and Page at 6:39. Page hits Tatsu with the Rite of Passage for 3. After the match Billy Gunn got in the face of one of the stronger looking Young Lions.
Adam Cole and The Young Bucks vs. Yoshi-Hashi and Roppongi Vice
Winners: Yoshi-Hashi and Roppongi Vice at 9:59. Yoshi-Hashi counters the Last Shot and rolls up Cole for 3. Possible future ROH title shot for Mr. Hashi? Perhaps. After the match Cole picks up Yoshi-Hashi for a Last Shot, the Bucks deliver a double super kick to Hashi then Cole drops Hashi for the Last Shot.
Cheeseburger, Hiro Saito, Scott Norton, Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroshi Tenzan vs. Bone Soldier, Tama Tonga, Tonga Roa, Bad Luck Fale, and Kenny Omega
Winners: Cheeseburger, Saito, Norton, Kojima, and Tenzan at 9:57. Kojima hits Bone Soldier with the lariat for 3.
Kushida and Michael Elgin vs. Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito
Winners: Kushida and Elgin at 13:45. During the match after Naito hit two low blows to Elgin, Dragon Lee runs in and delivers a German suplex to Naito then hits a tope con hilo to Takahashi on the outside. Elgin pinned Naito after a Burning Hammer. Elgin looks to be picking up where he left off. After the match Elgin poses with the Intercontinental title and Dragon Lee with the Junior Heavyweight title.
Juice Robinson, Yuji Nagata, Katsunori Shibata, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe vs. Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto, and Kazuchika Okada
Winners: Robinson, Nagata, Shibata, Honma and Makabe at 14:54. Shibata hits Goto with the Penalty Kick then Juice Robinson comes in, picks up Goto and hits him with the Pulp Friction for 3. After the match Suzuki-gun runs in and attacks everyone.
Time out. Who’s Suzuki-gun? Good question. Remember the NOAH invasion of New Japan last year? Long story short NOAH is going through a rough period as well as a transitional period and therefore the relationship with New Japan has gone south. As a result of that, Suzuki-gun, which are New Japan guys invading NOAH were brought back to New Japan. The group consists of: Minoru Suzuki (leader), Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Taichi, El Desperado, Taka Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Before invading NOAH, Suzuki-gun was feuding with Chaos, hence the attack. Great, now we’re all caught up now.
Suzuki-gun stands tall over Chaos after the beat down. Okada tries to fight them off but there’s too many and Suzuki hits the Gotch-style piledriver on Okada. Suzuki then grabs the microphone and makes fun of New Japan fans, says all the belts will be theirs, and that, “Suzuki-gun number one.”
NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship Match
Ryusuke Taguchi, Manabu Nakanishi, and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Evil, Sanada, and Bushi
Winners and new NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions: Taguchi, Nakanishi, and Tanahashi at 13:24. Nakanishi hits the Hercules Cutter to Bushi for 3. Well that was unexpected. As much as I love New Japan and question very little of what they do, I could really do without these belts.
Another New Year’s Dash in the books and the seeds were planted for future programs. Looks like it’s going to be Elgin going after Naito for the Intercontinental Championship which isn’t a huge surprise. Dragon Lee made his debut and challenged Takahashi. Juice Robinson pinned Goto so maybe he’ll be getting a shot at the NEVER Openweight Championship. But of course, the return of Suzuki-gun was the big story out of this show. Another faction has joined the party and their leader, Minoru Suzuki looks to have his sights set on Okada.
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