Hello friends, after a little break after the G1 we’re back with the three show Destruction tour and we kick things off in Fukushima at Azuma Sports Park.
Syota Umino and Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirai Kawato and Yuji Nagata
Winners: Kawato and Nagata at 5:47. Nagata taps out Umino with the Nagata Lock.
Yoshi-Hashi and Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuya Kitamura and Tomoyuki Oka
Winners: Goto and Hashi at 7:35. Goto pins Oka after a roundhouse kick to the chest.
Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi vs. Jado and Beretta
Winners: Bullet Club at 7:36. Takahashi pins Jado after a Pimp Juice.
Leo Tonga and Bad Luck Fale vs. David Finlay and Juice Robinson
Winners: Juice and Finlay at 5:14. Juice beats Leo with the Pulp Friction. For those wondering about Leo. He has a good look, he’s huge and moves well but he’s very green and was a little limited on offense but he did take he Pulp Friction well. He’s definitely got potential.
El Desperado, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Ricochet, Togi Makabe, and Ryusuke Taguchi
Winners: Tanahashi, Kushida, Ricochet, Makabe, and Taguchi at 10:40. Taguchi pins Taka after an eye poke and a roll up. It was actually better than it sounds.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Killer Elite Squad vs. Guerillas of Destiny vs. War Machine (c)
This was a fun big guy power match. They eventually stopped bothering with tags and guys were just brawling throughout the ring and hitting big moves. The finish came when War Machine hit the Fallout on Tonga Loa.
Winners: War Machine
Tomohiro Ishii and Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon at 12:04. Naito hits the Destino on Ospreay.
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Match
Kazuchika Okada with Gedo, Rocky Romero, and Toru Yano vs. Bushi, Evil, and Sanada (c)
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon at 14:00. Bushi hit the MX to Romero. During the pin Evil, who had just countered the Rain Maker with the STO, stood with his foot on Okada’s chest.
Lumberjack Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Michael Elgin vs. Minoru Suzuki (c)
The lumberjacks are: El Desperado, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida, Ricochet, and Ryusuke Taguchi
Early on when Suzuki got tossed out to Taguchi Japan, they tossed him back but when he got tossed out to Suzuki-gun they gave him a chance to rest. Elgin got tossed out to Suzuki-gun and they started to attack him and allowed Suzuki to take him out and brawl into the crowd.
Eventually all the lumberjacks start to fight with one another. El Desperado distracts the ref as someone slides in a chair to Suzuki. Suzuki hits Elgin with it, goes for another but Elgin kicks the chair into Suzuki’s face. Elgin contemplates using the chair but tosses it aside.
El Desperado distracts the ref again as all the Suzuki-gun members jump in to attack Elgin. Elgin does fight them off but why isn’t Taguchi Japan helping him? Does the ref really not hear all these guys in the ring right behind him? Wasn’t a fan of that at all.
It continues, the ref accidentally takes a big boot and Suzuki-gun runs in, this time Taguchi Japan gets off their lazy asses and actually stops them. They all spill out to the outside as Elgin press slams Taka onto the group and Ricochet follows up with a handspring corkscrew to the outside. Elgin hits a powerbomb to Suzuki but Taichi pulls out the ref. Then out comes Killer Elite Squad to attack Elgin, and War Machine makes the save. Once they leave out comes Iizuka who hits Elgin with a loaded glove and Suzuki hits Elgin with the Gotch-style piledriver for the win.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki at 19:07.
That was easily one of the worst main events for a New Japan show I have seen in a very long time. When Elgin and Suzuki actually did wrestle it was good but it was entirely too short before more interference happened and you couldn’t get into the match. It felt like Vince Russo booked it, it was that bad.
As much as I like NJPW and maybe even some might call me a homer, there’s really nothing in this show you should go out of your way to see. The Heavyweight tag was good but overall kind of a below average show with a terrible main event.
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