New Japan’s new beginning entered Osaka, with KENTA looking to upset the whole promotion by taking away Tetsuya Naito’s moment once again
Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata defeated Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Toa Henare and Ryusuke Taguchi via pinfall
This was Manabu Nakanishi’s send-off in Osaka on his retirement tour. This was your usual multi-man fare featuring the New Japan dads as well perennial opening match participant Toa Henare as well Ryusuke Taguchi. The end came when Kojima held Honma, allowing Nakanishi to hit him with a top rope chop. Kojima then hit Honma with a lariat for the win.
Nakanishi cut a promo after the match, thanking the crowd for coming out. He said he got his start in Osaka 27 years ago, saying he was terrible when he began but he accomplished all he did because of the support of the fans. He closed by saying he has four matches left and he’ll give them his all, and he hopes everyone supports him. He said NJPW will go on without him to new heights. He bowed to the crowd and received a lovely ovation.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Titles: Champion Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) defeated Suzuki-gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) via pinfall to retain the titles.
This match was all centred about the leg injury of SHO as a result of a Suzuki-Gun attack, and if Roppongi 3K can retain their belts. 3K got the jump on Suzuki-gun before the bell and took early control, but Suzuki-gun zeroed in on SHO’s leg with Kanemaru hitting a leg attack into the barricade on YOH as Desperado hit his leg with a chair to add further injury. They continue to work over SHO’s leg until he countered Desperado with a backdrop, and tagged in YOH who ran wild. The four then went back and forth, with Suzuki-gun aiming for SHO’s legs and Roppongi 3K using their high impact offence. SHO and YOH held onto the gold when Kanemaru tried to spit whiskey but SHO blocked and spit whiskey in the air. He managed to kick out of a Strong Zero, but a Strong X put him away.
Post-match, there was some afters between SHO and Desperado, but Taguchi made an appearance (holding a basketball) and challenged Roppongi 3K for the gold. He said Rocky is not just a manager, he’s a great wrestler. He asked Rocky to challenge Roppongi for the title. He threw Rocky the basketball, made a basket with his arms, and Rocky shot the ball through his arms.
Roppongi 3K responded with YOH saying he expected Taguchi to show up, but not to face Rocky. He then said that 3K hasn’t surpassed Rocky yet, and if that means they have to beat him, they will.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Juice Robinson and David Finlay defeated Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens) via pinfall
Tanahashi started off with Tanga Loa, but eventually, Bullet Club put a beatdown on Tanahashi, leading to the whole match breaking down. There was some order restored, but it broke down once more leaving Tanga Loa and Tanahashi as the legal men. Jado hit Tanahashi with a kendo stick, helping Loa to go for Apeshit but Tana blocked, cradling Loa for the pin.
Tonga, Loa and Jado attacked Tanahashi after the match. Ibushi saved with a missile dropkick. Jado tried another kendo stick shot. Ibushi blocked, then pie-faced Jado.
NJPW then announced Wrestle Dynasty for Madison Square Garden in August 2020.
Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay defeated Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. via pinfall
This should have been given more time, but it was good nonetheless.
Okada and Taichi began in the ring, while Sabre and Ospreay brawled on the outside. We had Okada and Taichi for the beginning, followed by ZSJ and Ospreay showing some amazing technical wrestling. The finish came when Okada escaped a Last Ride. Ospreay jumped in and hit an Oscutter, then hit a Sasuke special to Sabre. Okada hit Taichi with another dropkick, then hit the Rainmaker for the pin.
Jay White defeated SANADA via pinfall
This was good, as would be expected with Jay White and SANADA. They compliment each other really well. Gedo interfered a lot in the beginning, giving. SANADA and White then went back-and-forth, hitting big move after big move. Gedo continued to interfere, but that backfired when SANADA ended up crotching him on the top rope. There was a nasty moment when SANADA tried to hit the moonsault into Skull End, but they both landed very awkwardly. Luckily both were okay and White hit a sleeper suplex, a Regal suplex, then a cross-armed suplex followed up by the Blade Runner to pin SANADA.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles: Champion Hiromu Takahashi defeated Ryu Lee via pinfall to retain the titles
These two literally have no worry for their own well-being. This is literally watching two men put their own lives into the hands of each other. This was ridiculously good, but I would hope these two are kept apart, for their own sakes.
They came out of the gat trading lariats and German suplexes, ending with both men down in under 60 seconds. They then chopped the ever-loving crap out of one another, following up with huge dives to the outside.
I’m not going to be able to detail every big move here, so I am going to head to the finish – a lot of dangerous things happened very quickly.
Lee looked to have the title won when exposed his right knee, then hit a running knee for a near fall. He hit a second knee, but Hiromu fought back, hitting another destroyer. Hiromu hit one time bomb for a near fall, but a second saw him off. Go and watch this match.
IWGP United States Title: Champion Jon Moxley defeated Minoru Suzuki via pinfall to retain the title
This was an awesome brawl between two of the best in the world. This was just awesome.
This opened with a chair duel on the ramp (as you do) with Moxley coming out on top. They brawl with pieces of a barricade, teasing the use of a table and nearly got counted out (the bell rang at some point). Moxley set up a table on the outside, but Suzuki fought back with a con-chair-to to Moxley’s arm. Suzuki started working Mox’s arm, only for Moxley to powerbomb Suzuki off the apron through the table. Suzuki sold it by laughing and stumbling to his feet because Suzuki probably enjoyed it.
They battered themselves with shattered pieces of table and them forearm one another. Suzuki nearly choked Moxley out with the rear-naked choke, but released and got a near fall.
Moxley got out of the Gotch piledriver and hit Death Rider for a near fall. Moxley gave Suzuki a kiss on the forehead and grabbed two chairs. Red Shoes tried to stop it, but was shoved down. Moxley hit a (gimmicked) chair shot of Suzuki’s head and hit Death Rider once more, but there was no referee.
Suzuki fought back but was hit with a rebound lariat that astonishingly didn’t knock Suzuki off his feet. Another lariat and a Death Rider later, Moxley survived this brawl.
As Moxley posed in the ring, Zack Sabre Jr ran in and choked him out, then posed with the U.S. title. Yes please.
IWGP Intercontinental & Heavyweight Titles: Champion Tetsuya Naito defeated KENTA via pinfall to retain the titles
Gedo, Jado, White, Yujiro, Tonga, Loa and Chase Owens accompanied KENTA to the ring for the main event. Tama Tonga took a swing at Red Shoes before the bell. Red Shoes took a bump, then ejected Bullet Club.
KENTA stalled at the beginning of the match as is custom, then they went into a pretty passable opening few going back and forth until KENTA hit a knee strike and threw Naito to the outside, where he worked him over. Naito fought back with a dropkick and combinacion cabron, hitting a neckbreaker for a near fall.
They went back and forth with several near falls until KENTA countered Naito’s Destino attempt by throwing him into Red Shoes twice, taking him out of the equation. We then got a host of run-ins, with White jumping in with Blade Runner on Naito, followed by BUSHI trying to even the odds with black mist, but eating Blade Runner in the process. Hiromu ran in and saved the day, hitting White with a superkick then dragging him to the back.
The two exchanged big moves again, but then KENTA threw Naito into an exposed buckle and rolled him up for a near fall. Naito started bleeding buckets, he must of hit the buckle wrong as the blood was instant.
Naito reversed a G2S into a poison rana, then hit Valentia for a near fall. Naito then hit Destino for the 1-2-3.
Tetsuya Naito then told KENTA no tranquilo, just get out of here. He then pondered what’s next, calling out Hiromu Takahashi. Hiromu entered and said Naito taught him wrestling when he was a Young Lion. He said when he was about to go on excursion, Naito told him they’d have a match when he got back. So the answer is yes.
Naito finally did the LIJ roll call, confetti rained and the pair fist bumped to close the show.