Hello friends, and welcome to the penultimate show before Wrestle Kingdom. Man oh man, time flies. Real quick note before I begin with the results. If anyone will be attending the ROH Global Wars show in Columbus, OH on Saturday I’ll be there. Feel free to say hello and perhaps I’ll buy you a beer.
Today’s show is at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, and Sanada vs. Leo Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, and Yujiro Takahashi with Tokyo Latina and Raby
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon at 6:44. Fale was about to hit the Bad Luck Fall to Bushi but Hiromu busted out a brand new Daryl and Fale lets Bushi go and charges Hiromu. Hiromu ducks, Fale spins around and gets a face full of mist from Bushi. Bushi then rolls up Fale for the win. What a great finish.
Zack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki with Taka and Deperado vs. Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto
Winners: Yano and Goto at 9:18. Suzuki attempted to tie up/strangle Yano with a rope on the outside. Yano manages to break free for a moment, low blows Suzuki, then slides back into the ring as Suzuki is counted out. After the match Yano steals Suzuki’s NEVER Openweight Championship.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Roppongi 3K vs. Funky Future (c)
Well if you haven’t heard, Roppongi 3K is Sho Tanaka and Yoh Komatsu perhaps better known to ROH fans as the Tempura Boys.
After a quick start from Roppongi 3K, Funky Future takes over hitting a lot of their tandem moves. After a reversal of a hip attack, Roppongi 3K takes control of the match.
Roppongi 3K definitely working a cocky heel style and their gimmick seems to be obnoxious looking party boys. Taguchi ends up making a hot tag to Ricochet who unleashes a flurry of offense to Roppongi 3K.
Eventually all four men are in the ring and nailing each other with big moves. Roppongi 3K are the first to to get to their feet. They hit a really impressive looking tandem move where Taguchi took and inverted slam/DDT for 2. Sho hits three German suplexes to Ricochet, catches Taguchi who was going for a hip attack, and hits him with 3 Germans. Roppongi 3K then hit a flapjack into a flatliner combo to Ricochet for 3.
Winners and new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions: Roppongi 3K at 14:24. The finisher is called the 3K if you were wondering. After the match Ricochet turned around in the aisle and gave a long look at the people. Lots of speculation about him going to WWE. I mean, you can’t argue with the money but 205 Live is really horrible. Guess it depends, is a high paying job worth added frustration?
Tornado Elimination Match
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Guerillas of Destiny vs. War Machine vs. Killer Elite Squad (c)
Not going to lie, I’ve enjoyed these matches for the most part, but I’m a little sick of this match. It’s the fourth match in about a month.
During the match Rowe kicks out of a Killer Bomb and shortly after Archer kicks out of the Guerilla Warfare, and finally Tonga Loa kicks out of Fallout. Davey Boy Smith Jr. sets up a chair in the corner, Loa charges and Smith sidesteps sending Loa face first into the chair. Loa is then hit with the Killer Bomb and then eliminated.
After the GOD were eliminated, Tama Tonga assaults Rowe with a trash can. The KES drop Rowe with the Killer Bomb but during the pin Hanson breaks it up with a top rope splash. Hanson then sets up a table, sets Archer on it, goes up top but Smith stops him. KES then hits a Killer Bomb through the table for the win.
Winners: Killer Elite Squad at 16:10.
Marty Scurll, Cody, and Kenny Omega vs. Jado, Beretta, and Yoshi-Hashi
Winners: Bullet Club at 13:42. Jado submits to the Chicken Wing from Scurll.
Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi vs. Togi Makabe and Hiroshi Tanahashi
Winners: Juice and Ibushi at 10:26. Juice pins Makabe after the Pulp Friction.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
Will Ospreay vs. Kushida (c)
The match quickly ends up on the floor. There was a great spot where Kushida was going to use a chair to propel himself over the barricade but when Kushida was in midair, Ospready leapt off the barricade and nailed Kushida with a flying forearm.
Back in the ring Ospreay has control of the match. Ospreay drapes Kushida over the top rope and goes up top but Kushida stops him and flips off the top while maintaining arm control trying to lock in the Hoverboard Lock. Ospreay makes it to the ropes but Kushida continues to work on the arm.
Ospreay comes back with a double knee gut buster and a flipping DDT for 2. Ospreay goes for the OsCutter but Kushida catches him with the Hoverboard Lock. Ospreay gets free, counters a DDT into a face buster, hits the OsCutter for 3.
Winner and new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Will Ospreay at 15:32.
After the match Takahashi hits the ring and grabs the microphone but before he can say anything in comes the Villain who grabs Takahashi’s fingers and snaps them. Marty then challenges Ospreay to a match for the title which Ospreay accepts. I love Takahashi but apparently his new thing is when he goes to issue a challenge, he gets thwarted.
Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenge Rights Match
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito
Early on, Ishii drops an elbow on Naito when he poses in the middle of the ring. The match heads to the outside and Naito begins to target the knee of Ishii. Naito places Ishii’s leg on the apron and drops elbows on the knee. Back in the ring, Naito applies a leg lock to Ishii who manages to get a rope break.
Ishii manages to regain momentum with a series of forearms and chops in the corner. Ishii heads up top but Naito drop kicks him in the knee to send him crashing to the mat. Ishii is in the corner and Naito hits the trip into the slingshot dropkick.
Naito kicks out of a last ride powerbomb at 2. Ishii takes Naito up top and hits a big superplex for 2. Naito takes over after a kick to the knee of Ishii then a satellite DDT. Naito hits a German suplex then a super hurricanrana but only a 2.
Naito tries Destino but Ishii turns it into a brain buster for 2. Ishii tries a bain buster but Naito turns it into a half Destino then a full on Destino for good measure for 3.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito at 23:56.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match
Evil vs. Kazuchika Okada (c) with Gedo
Early on the champion is in charge as he targets the neck of the challenger. On the outside, Okada sends Evil into the barracade, Okada charges Evil bu Evil hits a drop toe hold sending the champ into the guard rail. Evil then puts a chair over the head of Okada and sends him into the ring post. Evil puts the chair back then uses another chair to nail the chair on Okada’s head.
Back in the ring Okada takes over with a flapjack. Okada follows up by dropkicking Evil off the top rope and to the outside. Okada sends Evil to the guard rail and follows up with a big boot sending Evil into the crowd. Okada charges, Evil tosses a chair, at Okada but Okada ducks it and still manages to clear the guard rail and hits a cross body to Evil.
Okada goes to get Evil but Evil kicks Okada into the gut the Evil tosses Okada into the row of chairs. Back in the ring Okada comes back by hitting the Heavy Rain to Evil but can’t make the cover. Evil avoids a dropkick and manages to lock Okada in the Banshee Muzzle. Okada escapes it and nails Evil with a drop kick and follows up with a big top rope elbow.
Okada goes for the Rain Maker but not so fast, Evil blocks it then backs red shoes the ref into the corner. Okada charges Evil but Evil moved and Okada nails red shoes with an elbow. Evil goes to the outside and brings in a groupd of chairs into the ring and puts them in a pile. Evil goes for the Darkness Falls onto the chair pile but Okada counters with a hurricanrana sending Evil headfirst into the chair pile.
Okada gets rid of the chairs and hits a tombstone. Okada tries for the Rain Maker but Evil counters it with Darkness Falls. Both mne are on their knees exchanging forearm shots. Evil nails Okada with a huge lariat and stomps away to Okada in the corner. Evil hits a super fisherman suplex but only a 2.
Evil nails a head-butt to the chest of Okada then a side suplex for 2. Evil goes for the STF but Okada counters with a short arm lariat. Okada pulls up Evil then drills him with a full on Rain Maker. Okada pulls up Evil, goes for another Rain Maker, Evil tries to counter with an STF but Okada blocks it and turns it into a jumping tombstone. Okada again picks up Evil and drops him with another Rain Maker for 3.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada at 33:26.
After the match Gedo calls out Naito. The two exchanged words and had a face off, crowd went crazy.
A very impressive match for Evil. We all knew he wasn’t going to win and Okada vs. Naito for Wrestle Kingdom is guaranteed. But I was thinking about that card. We’ll probably be getting Ibushi/Tanahashi at Power Struggle, and the rematch at the Dome. But what about Omega’s US Title? I was thinking they could do Cody and some sort of power struggle for the Bullet Club but if they don’t do that, I think Evil would be a great option.
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