Hello friends, I know I normally end with the plugs but not today. Before I get into this review I have to share an interview myself and my co-hosts of the, “Politically Incorrect Wrestling Show” did with a good friend of ours, independent wrestler and newest member of AIW, Magnum CK.
He’s a really entertaining guy who definitely understands the business and he’s quite the up and comer. He joined AIW just this past Friday and will be doing a lot more with them in the future. He’s got some good stories about how Zeus helped him become a fan, taking acting classes and how that made him a better wrestler, and working for Remix Pro Wrestling and going into AIW. So if you want to check that out, please take a listen right here. Or you can download the podcast on iTunes, Podbean, and Stitcher.
I know a lot of people, myself included don’t consider New Japan, and independent wrestling company and this is primarily an independent wrestling new site so there you go, I do enjoy a good indy show just as much as the New Japan. Also if you’re in the Ohio area, chances are you know about AIW but if you’re in the southern Ohio, Pittsburgh, or West Virginia area, Remix Pro Wrestling is a great time too, so I got to shout out those guys. Which is the reason this review is a day late.
OK let’s get down to business, it’s Destruction in Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall.
Jado, Yoshi-Hashi, and Hirooki Goto vs. Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Winners: Jado, Yoshi-Hashi, and Goto at 7:10. Tiger Mask taps to the Butterfly Lock from Yoshi-Hashi.
Leo Tonga and Bad Luck Fale vs. Juice Robinson and David Finlay
Winners: Robinson and Finlay at 4:32. Juice pins Leo with the Pulp Friction. Leo got a lot of ring time. He still only does basic moves but once he gets more experience, with his look, he’s going to be a big deal.
Roppongi Vice’s Final Match
Yujiro Takahashi with Tokyo Latina and Chase Owens vs. Roppongi Vice
Winners: Roppongi Vice at 6:55. RPG Vice won with the Strong Zero on Chase Owens. After the match Takahashi told Beretta to go back to the Juniors and he will be his first challenge in the heavyweight division.
Taka Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka, and Minoru Suzuki vs. Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin, and Togi Makabe
Winners: Ibushi, Elgin, and Makabe at 8:09. Ibushi pins Iizuka after the Kamigoye.
Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemura vs. Ryusuke Taguchi and Ricochet aka Funky Future (c)
Early on Ricochet got the advantage with some forever clothslines. They did some comedy spots but eventually the members from Suzuki-gun took over. Taichi used the bell hammer on Taguchi’a funky weapon and began to work over Taguchi.
Richochet eventually gets the hot tag and unleaches a flurry of offense to the Suzuki-gun team including a 619 to Taichi and goes for a pin to Kanemaru after an overhead belly to belly transitioning into a brain buster.
Ricochet goes for a shooting star pres to Taichi but he gets his knees up. Kanemaru spits whiskey in the eyes of Ricochet and Taichi rolls up Ricochet but only a 2. Taichi hits a buzzsaw kick to Ricochet but Ricochet comes back with a springbrard drop kick to make the hot tag to Taguchi.
Kanemaru hits the Deep Impact to Taguchi but Taguchi kicks out. Taguchi eventually gets to lock in the ankle lock on Kanemaru but Kanemaru grabs the ref as Taichi nails Taguchi with the mic stand then hits Ricochet. Taguchi kicks out of this as Ricochet is back in to help.
Ricochet nails a top rope hurricanrana to Kanemaru then a double team elevated MX to Kanemaru but Taichi breaks up the pin. Ricochet hits a hip attack to Taichi then a suicide dive to Taichi to the outside. Meanwhile in the ring Taguchi has the ankle lock to Kanemaru for the submission victory.
Winners: Funky Future at 15:41.
After the match Rocky Romero, who joined the commentary booth at the start of the match, jumped into the ring and told Taguchi he’s not the only coach in Japan and that he’s bringing in Roppongi 3K to challenge for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Killer Elite Squad vs. the Guerillas of Destiny vs. War Machine (c)
Archer and Hanson start off by exchanging clotheslines. Meanwhile the GOD pulled Smith and Rowe off the apron and attacked them. They then hop into the ring and go after Hanson and Archer.
The match features a lot of power moves and even though I liked last weeks match between the three teams, it wasn’t highly praised, but this was much more well paced.
The GOD hit the Guerilla Warfare to Rowe but he’s not the legal man. From there everyone comes into the ring and hits a big move to whomever is in the ring. Eventually War Machine hits Fallout to Dave Boy Smith Junior and win.
Winners: War Machine at 11:05.
Los Ingobernables de Japon vs. Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, and Will Ospreay
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon at 12:17. Bushi hits the MX to Gedo but at the same time Evil was pinning with Okada with one foot after again countering the Rain Maker with the STO. After the match Naito attacks the knee of Ishii and Evil hits the Darkness Falls to Okada onto a pile of chairs.
IWPG Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
El Desperado with Taka vs. Kushida (c)
Lots of quick action early on, Kushida eventually gets sent to the outside as Desperado hits a top con hilo to the outside and landed over the guardrail on his feet, impressive. Desperado then sends Kushida into a pils of chairs on the outside and works over the knee of Kushida with a stretch muffler. Desperado goes for the countout win, which does mean a title change by the way, but Kushida breaks the count.
Take slides in a guitar case to Desperado. Desperado purposely gets caught trying to hit Kushida with a guitar so that when the ref goes to dispose of the guitar, Desperado reaches back into the case and gets a leather strap to whip Kushida with.
Kushida thwarts the momentum of El Desperado with a Hoverboard Lock on the top rope but when he goes to apply it in the ring, Desperado escapes it into the stretch muffler. Kushida gets to the ropes and as the ref checks on Kushida, Desperado wedges a chair into the corner. Desperdo sends Kushida into it but Kushida reverses it.
Kushida charges Desperado but Desperado moves and Kushida nearly takes out of the ref. Kushida turns around and Desperado tosses him his mask. The ref scolds Kushida for unmasking the opponent and as Desperado puts the mask back on he low blows Kushida, hits a reverse Gori Driver but only a 2.
Desperado tries a Pinche Loco but Kushida counters it with a Hoverboard Lock. Desperado gets free, hits a drop toes hold onto Kushida still wedged in the corner, then goes for a top rope Pinche Loco but again Kushida counters the move with the Hoverboard Lock after flipping off the top rope. Desperado goes for the ropes but Kushida pulls him back in and hits the Back to the Future for 3.
After the match Will Ospreay comes out and says he wont be defined as a man who can’t beat Kushida and challenged him to another match for the title. Out came Hiromu Takahashi who grabbed the mic but Ospreay just punched him and knocked him out. Everyone left and Takahashi threw a tantrum in the ring.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Zack Sabre Jr. with Taka vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c)
It’s a lot of ZSJ early on who’s going to work on Tanahashi’s left arm which is not his bad arm. Tanahashi eventually manages to counter one of Sabre’s submissions and Sabre escapes and gets visibly frustrated on the outside. Back into the ring Sabre decides to target the bad arm of Tanahashi.
Tanahashi’s arm was so weak, he tried to suplex ZSJ but the arm gave away and Sabre was dropped awkwardly on his back, looked like a blown spot but it was intentional. Tanahashi escapes from a submission and turns it into the Texas Clover Leaf which is one of the few submissions he uses. After taking some roundhouse kicks from Sabre, Tanahashi manages to use the dragon screw through the middle rope.
Tanahashi follows up with the High Fly Flow cross body to the outside. Tanahashi rolls ZSJ back into the ring and hits another High Fly Flow. He goes for a third as Taka distracts the ref and Suzuki shoves Tanahashi off the top. Suzuki puts Tanahashi in a rear naked choke and Sabre hits a penalty kick but only a 2. Suzuki gets a chair but Mike Elgin comes out to stop Suzuki and pulls him to the back.
Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow but Sabre catches Tanahashi in an arm bar and pulls off his supporter tape. Tanahashi gets free, hits 3 neck screws then a Slingblade. Tanahashi goes up for a High Fly Flow and nails it to retain the title.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi at 30:13.
After the match out comes Kota Ibushi and challenges him to a match which Tanahashi accepts and that ends the show.
A solid show, much better than last week. Next week we get the third three way match between the GOD, KES, and War Machine and the big United States Championship match between Juice Robinson and the returning Kenny Omega.