It was a celebration of New Japan’s history as ‘The King Of Sports’ honoured it’s 46th year in the industry, highlighted by a match between mentor and student, champion and champion.
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada beat his CHAOS compatriot and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay in a fantastic contest, but the end was never in doubt as Ospreay fell victim to Okada’s Rainmaker lariat.
Suzuki-Gun stole the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Roppongi 3K and the L.I.J duo of BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi when following BUSHI spitting mist into the eyes of Yoh, Kanemaru misted BUSHI which lead to an El Desperado blind tag and the pinning combination on Yoh for the win.
They also kept the IWGP Intercontinental Championship as Minoru Suzuki beat Togi Makabe in a brutal contest, where Suzuki saw off Makabe’s challenge with a gotch piledriver.
Tetsuya Naito made sure Taichi‘s heavyweight debut ended in defeat in their heated contest. It was not a sportsmanlike affair, with Naito avenging an earlier low blow and microphone shot with a low blow of his own and a vicious microphone shot to head, punctuated by a Destino for the win.
Also, in a highly competitive match, SANADA beat YOSHI-HASHI with the moonsault after knocking him out with his Skull End dragon sleeper and hitting the moonsault for the victory.
CHAOS did however reign supreme in six-man action as Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii beat the trio of Toa Henare, Juice Robinson and David Finlay Jr. when Goto felled Henare with the GTR.
Finally, KUSHIDA alongside Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tenzan, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tiger Mask beat the quintet of Yuji Nagata, Ren Narita, Shota Umino, Tetsuhiro Yagi & Tomoyuki Oka when KUSHIDA made Umino tap to the Hoverboard Lock to open the show.