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NJPW Tiger Hattori Retirement Event Results – February 19, 2020

Matty Deller runs down the results from NJPW Tiger Hattori’s Retirement Event.

We bid farewell to another stalwart of New Japan Pro Wrestling, as Tiger Hattori slams his hand to the mat one last time

A video package celebrating Tiger Hattori’s career aired to start the show, highlighting his big moments and his retirement tour in the US.

Toa Henare, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe defeated Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji & Gabriel Kidd via pinfall

Toa Henare picked up the win against the trio of Young Lions when he hit Kidd with the Toa Bottom.

Tsuji and Makabe brawled post-match, with Tsuji taking a kicking from all three men on the outside.

Will Ospreay, SHO & YOH defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Rocky Romero & Tiger Mask via pinfall

Will Ospreay picked up the win in this preview of sorts for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title match when he pinned Tiger Mask following a Stormbreaker.

Juice Robinson, David Finlay and YOSHI-HASHI defeated Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL and BUSHI via pinfall

Juice Robinson picked up the win by hitting Pulp Friction on BUSHI.

Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuji Nagata defeated Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru via pinfall

Kojima picked up the win for his team following a big lariat on Kanemaru.

Tiger Hattori retirement match 1: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Toru Yano and Colt Cabana defeated  Jay White, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale via pinfall

Toru Yano picked up the win with a backslide, thanks to an assist from Tiger Hattori.

Tiger Hattori low blowed Jado and Gedo after the match, with had Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa corner Hattori, however Ibushi and Tanahashi made the save.

Tiger Hattori retirement match 2: Tetsuya Naito, SANADA and Shino Takagi defeated Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto via pinfall

SANADA picked up the win when he rolled up Goto with the O’Connor roll.

We then had Tiger Hattori’s retirement ceremony. CHAOS came out and gave Hattori flowers, followed up by him picking up a three count against Kazuchika Okada in a funny moment. Jushin Thunder Liger, Katsyuori Shibata and other unaffiliated members of the NJPW roster gave him flowers also.

The New Japan referees entered, giving Tiger a signed shirt. Harold Meij and Naoki Sugabayashi followed, also giving him flowers.

We then got  The Great Kabuki and Hiroshi Hase gave some speeches, Keiji Mutoh and Riki Choshu also joined them. We then has some video messages from Genichiro Tenryu and Antonio Inoki.

Hattori then gave a speech, thanking everyone for coming despite recent news events. He has spent his whole life enjoying this unique sport which has had so much teamwork, happiness, sadness, backstabbing but it was a hell of a journey. He thanked everyone who supports NJPW and all the people backstage. He will treasure this moment and all of the other moments he has had in this business. 

We then had a ten bell salute for Hattori, and Okada led the roster in throwing Tiger into the air. Hattori pinned Okada again and took one final bow. A lovely end to the show.

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