After 110 days, New Japan Pro Wrestling is back with a special mystery card to re-start the year!
The show opened with a group of New Japan wrestlers led by Hiroshi Tanahashi welcoming us all back.
Yota Tsuji defeated Gabriel Kidd via submission (Boston Crab)
In a battle between two Young Lions, Kidd and Tsuji held nothing back – throwing big strikes and trying to force the other to submit. Tsuji eventually picked up the win when he forced Gabriel Kidd to submit with the boston crab.
Post-match, Tsuji yelled into the camera that he will bring everything he has to Togi Makabe in the New Japan Cup tomorrow.
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Yuya Uemura & Tomohiro Iishi via submission (Number Dos)
Iishi and Uemura jump-started the match but it didn’t take long until the Suzuki-gun duo used underhanded tactics to take control, singling out the young rookie. Eventually, Iishi got his way in and ran wild over Despy and Kanemaru but the pair began working on his knee.
Uemura then tagged in and showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately fell to a big spear and the Number Dos (his version of the stretch muffler) of El Desperado to pick up the win.
Bullet Club (Jado, Gedo, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi) defeated CHAOS (Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI) & Tomoaki Honma via pinfall (DDT)
Toru Yano pleaded for social distancing at the start, but since everyone was tested and cleared – no such luck for ‘The Sublime Master Thief’. We got a stand-off between Jado and Yano, turnbuckle pad versus kendo stick but eventually, Bullet Club got the better of YOSHI-HASHI to the surprise of no one.
YOSHI-HASHI got the hot tag to Hirooki Goto and he overpowered his foes, and the match all broke down, missed Kokeshi’s and all. Takahashi picked up the kendo-stick assisted win after a fishermans buster and a short DDT.
We then had a short intermission to disinfect the ring and ringside area.
Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI) via submission (Ankle Lock)
Ryusuke Taguchi seemed to have the upper hand over SANADA in the opening moments, with L.I.J’s rising star taking a lot of punishment. Eventually, L.I.J single out Tenzan with triple team moves and underhanded tactics.
Kojima eventually got the tag, and ran wild – putting his team in firm control. TenCozy hit a 3D and Taguchi had BUSHI tied up in an ankle lock, dropping all of his weight down on his ankle forcing the submission.
Togi Makabe, IWGP Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, Taichi & DOUKI) via pinfall (King Kong Knee Drop)
The match immediately spilled to the outside, leaving Suzuki and Nagata in the ring to batter seven bells out of eachother. Even when they tagged out they still brawled and had to be pried apart! We got some wrestling in the ring, but it spilled to the outside a second time with Suzuki-gun torturing their opponents.
ZSJ and Taichi took the IWGP Tag Team Titles and taunted their oppoenents with them, as they worked over Kota Ibushi. Ibushi tags his partner in, and ‘The Ace’ claws back control for his team. Taichi then rocked Tanahashi with a kick, which forced a tag to Makabe and the contest broke down.
DOUKI tried to pick up the win with his cane but Makabe ducked, put him down and won with the King Kong Knee Drop.
Post-match, ZSJ and Kota Ibushi had some words, Minoru Suzuki battered some poor young lions and Taichi stared down with Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (IWGP Intercontinental & Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito, Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi & NEVER Openweight & Six-Man Tag Champion Shingo Takagi) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions SHO & YOH) via pinfall (Destino)
Kazuchika Okada has switched from his familar shorts to wrestling trunks now. Naito and Okada start proceedings, going straight to mat and try to take one another out of their game.
Shingo and SHO begin to brawl, but L.I.J overwhelm him and work him over. However, SHO fights out with a spear and a suplex, tagging in Kazuchika Okada who runs wild.
After some fast-paced, back-and-forth action it came down to YOH and Naito and even though the Junior Heavyweight came close with an inside cradle, a surprise diamond dust was enough to set him up for Naito’s Destino to give the win to Los Ingobernables da Japon.
Tetsuya Naito then picks up a microphone and gives us the L.I.J roll-call to bring an end to the show. However, Hiromu was too keen on holding on to Naito’s gold and Shingo refused the post-match first bump. The New Japan Cup is serious business after all.