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NJPW New Years Dash 2019 Results: New Japan Begins It’s Year Again

Benjamin Clem gives his review the annual poat-WrestleKingdom fallout, NJPW New Years Dash 2019.

With Wrestle Kingdom 13 in our collective rear view mirror, fans of New Japan focus towards the future.

WWE may have the Raw after Wrestlemania, but NJPW has New Year Dash! If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it serves as both the finishing point for the past year’s storylines, as well as the starting point for the upcoming angles of the new year. Popcorn and multi man tag matches are the norm, but surprise returns and title changes are not unusual. With all that said, let’s jump right into New Year Dash 2019!

Suzuki-Gun(Archer/Smith Jr./ Izuka) vs. Roppongi 3k (Sho/Yoh/Romero)

Result: Roppongi 3k Pull Out a Surprise Win.

Thoughts: Jim Cornette always said that a great wrestling card starts with a great tag team match, and New Japan always delivers. Now, this match wasn’t anything spectacular, but it certainly did have a little bit of everything. Quick impactful style from RPG3k, raw strength based offense from Suzuki-Gun, and just a tiny bit of popcorn. Let me finish by saying that if Izuka, Archer, and Smith Jr. continue teaming, they will undoubtedly capture the Never Openweight Six-Man Titles this year.

Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma

Result: Owens & Takahashi Land a Decisive Victory

Thoughts: This one was a bit strange. Chase & Yujiro are still rocking their Bullet Club gear and Too Sweeting each other, but no one is really sure if they’re even still in the Club. Honma & Henare make a decent team with the implication of Toa joining Great Bash Heel being heavily emphasized. Not a terrible match, but nothing to write home about. However, I will say how refreshing it is to see Honma competing after the horrendous injury he sustained last year. Still cringe at those head butts though!

The Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson

Result: Finlay & Juice Eat Chair Shots Resulting in a Disqualification

Thoughts: Man, Chuckie T is a dick! BTE jokes aside, this match was pure popcorn gradually morphing into pure wrestling. Any of these guys would be major signings for promotions in the States. I loved Beretta taking a decent bump and following it up by going into the crowd for a hug from his mother. Also, are we seeing the beginning of The Best Friends going heel or splitting entirely?

KUSHIDA, Jeff Cobb, & Yuji Nagata vs. Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, & Tomohiro Ishii

Result: Ospreay, Goto, & Ishii Secure a Victory for Chaos

Thoughts: Just when I was starting to tire of tag matches, this beauty starts up. Six amazing wrestlers putting on a clinic. Sadly, it appears this will be KUSHIDA’s final match with New Japan. That aside, the developing rivalry between Nagata and Ishii is certainly promising. Definitely looking forward to the stiff battle these two are building up.

Never Openweight Six-Man Championship: Ryusuke Taguchi, Toru Yano, & Togi Makabe  vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, & Taiji Ishimori(c)

Result: Bullet Club Retains the Titles and Gains Two Members

Thoughts: Well, it would truly seem as though this new variation of Bullet Club is fine. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi interfere on the behalf of G.O.D. and Ishimori, not only guaranteeing the champs retaining, but also their re-acceptance into Bullet Club. On a side note, I do find it interesting that the challenging team was an amalgamation of three different divisions of New Japan. Yano being a founding member of Chaos, Makabe identifying as part of G.B.H., and Ryusuke serving as a cornerstone of the promotion as a whole. Does this signify Bullet Club possibly becoming the main heel faction in NJPW?

Suzuki-Gun(Suzuki, ZSJ, El Desperado, Taichi, Kanemaru) vs. L.I.J.(BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Takagi, Naito)

Result: Suzuki-Gun Seizes the Win With Taichi Pinning Naito

Thoughts: Good lord! This was less of a match and more of a full blown brawl. From the opening bell, members of both factions battled throughout Korakuen Hall. There was so much going on in this one that it was honestly hard to focus on it all. The main narrative, however, was building a rivalry between IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito and Taichi. It’s also worth mentioning that a year ago Suzuki-Gun returned from exile in a similar fashion to the destruction they handed out here.

Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, & Gedo vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Kazuchika Okada, & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Result: The New Bullet Club Claims Another Win

Thoughts: The return of YOSHI-HASHI seemed more like another attempt to push an upcoming rivalry as much of the focus of this match was on White and Tanahashi. Once again, we see Bullet Club establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. The Ace holding the IWGP Heavyweight Title currently seems very much like a transitional choice as a result of Kenny Omega deciding not to resign with NJPW. I’m gonna say it’s only a matter of time before Jay White beats Tanahashi for that belt.

And there it is, folks. As I said before, plenty of multi-man tags, rivalry set-ups, popcorn, and even a return. As with most of their shows, New Japan proved once again that they are the superior pro wrestling promotion today.

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