RADICAN’S NJPW NEW BEGINNING IN OSAKA REPORT
JAN. 11, 2019
AIRED LIVE ON NJPW WORLD
Commentators: Kevin Kelly and Don Callis
(1) SUZUKI-GUN (TAKASHI IIZUKA & TAKA MICHINOKU & MINORU SUZUKI) vs. (HIROYOSHI TENZAN & JYUSHIN LIGER & SATOSHI KOJIMA)
Both groups brawled to the floor in the course of the first a part of the match with Suzuki Gun in control. Suzuki acquired Liger in an armbar across the ropes. Late in the match IIzuka took a 3D from Tenzan and Kojima. Tenzan tried to make IIzuka keep in mind once they have been buddies, however Suzuki ran in and nailed him with a kick. Suzuki virtually by accident hit IIzuka and he grabbed the chair from him, but then he grabbed the chair and hit Tenzan with it for the DQ.
After the match IIzuka hit Tenzan with the iron glove. Suzuki Gun then stood tall in the ring. They then tore apart Tenzan’s shirt.
WINNERS: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jyushi Liger in 13:00
(2) IWGP HVT. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS L.I.J. (SANADA & EVIL) vs. SHOTA UMINO & AYATO YOSHIDA – non-title match
Umino ran wild later in the match knocking EVIL off the apron and hitting SANADA with an enormous suplex for a two rely. Yoshida ran in and nailed SANADA with a kick when he was about to get the higher hand. Umino hit SANADA with a dropkick off the top for a two rely. Umino went for a German as soon as again and related with a bridge for a near fall. Umino went for a fisherman suplex, however SANADA fought out of it solely to eat a dropkick. He went for the fisherman suplex again. SANADA tried to reverse it into the Skull Finish, however Umino turned it into a pinning mixture for a close to fall. EVIL all of the sudden ran into the ring and L.I.J. worn out Umino with a mixture of strikes for a close to fall. Yoshida was still down on the surface. They hit the Magic Killer and it was good for the win.
WINNERS: EVIL & SANADA in 10:00 (**½)
(Radican’s Evaluation: Good displaying for the Younger Lions right here. Umino was very impressive through the second half of the match.)
(Three) SUZUKI-GUN (TAICHI & EL DESPERADO & YOSHINOBU KANEMARU) vs. L.I.J. (IWGP IC CHAMPION TETSUYA NAITO & IWGP JR. HVT. TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS BUSHI & SHINGO TAKAGI)
Naito was selling his shoulder in this match. He tried to struggle back towards Taichi late in the match, however he kicked him in his injured shoulder. Taichi ripped off his pants. He nailed Naito with a buzzsaw kick for a close to fall. Naito countered a powerbomb right into a hurricanrana and hit a dropkick and each men have been down. The gang tried to fireside up behind Naito, who tagged in BUSHI. Takagi and Desperado ultimately went at it. Shingo arrange for the pumping bomber, however Desperado modified path and nailed him with a spear. Kanemaru tagged in and dropkicked Shingo’s knee out from underneath him. Shingo finally blocked a satellite DDT and hit an enormous suplex. Shingo tagged Naito in and he ran wild on Kanemaru. The motion broke down and Taichi ran into the ring. Naito fended him off. BUSHI ran in they usually wiped out Kanemaru with a mixture of strikes. BUSHI hit a hurricanrana over the top to the ground and the cameras didn’t even catch it. Shingo hit a pumping bomber on Kanemaru and Naito finished him off with Destino.
After the match Taichi and Naito went face-to-face. Taichi bowed down and left ringside. Naito bought his arm and headed to the back because the announcers questioned whether or not Naito wouldn’t be in the NJPW Cup. He left the IWGP IC Championship in the again.
YOH & SHO confronted Shingo and BUSHI as they headed to the again. They started arguing and SHO & YOH wiped them out on the ramp. Both groups went forwards and backwards on the mic. Shingo informed them they gained the match on the Tokyo Dome. He asked if they needed a title shot. YOH stated that’s right. He stated the subsequent challengers can be us. He stated they will be the next IWGP Jr. Tag Workforce Champions. Both groups went nose to nose. Shingo shoved YOH and L.I.J. took their titles again.
WINNERS: Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI & Shingo Takagi in 11:00 “I’m here in NJPW. I’m not going anywhere.”
(Radican’s Evaluation: The motion was strong here, nevertheless it wasn’t something too thrilling. I’m not too excited to see anything between Naito and Taichi. L.I.J. vs. Roppongi 3K can be an excellent match in the close to future.)
(4) YOSHI-HASHI & TOMOAKI HONMA vs. BULLET CLUB (CHASE OWENS & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI)
One thing happened on the surface late in the match, however they didn’t show it. Takahashi ran in and helped Owens battle back towards Honma. He nailed him with a neck breaker. Owens hit an inverted DDT for a close to fall. Owens then completed him off with a package deal piledriver. The announcers stated Bullet Club need to sweep their matches tonight.
WINNERS: Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi in 10:00 (**1/4)
(Radican’s Analysis: Owens getting a nice win right here over Honma on a serious present after singing a cope with NJPW just lately is the story right here. Kelly bought the package deal piledriver as an enormous deal on commentary.)
Kota Ibushi, who hadn’t been seen since Wrestle Kingdom when he suffered a concussion in his match towards Will Ospreay came out. The followers fired up as he got here out. Ibushi was sporting a sport coat and a black shirt beneath. Ibushi obtained on the mic and stated he needed to say something to the followers. He thanked them for their help. He stated he’s pleased to be back. He stated, “I’m here in NJPW. I’m not going anywhere.” They showed a lady in the gang shaking in excitement. The fans chanted Ibushi’s identify time and again. He stated he shall be in the NJPW Cup next month. The followers fired up. They showed ladies crying in the gang. He stated he will attempt his greatest for NJPW wrestling. Don Callis stated he thought Naito was the most important star in NJPW, but he may be flawed. He stated it could possibly be Kota Ibushi. The followers chanted for Ibushi.
(5) NEVER SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS (TORU YANO & TOGI MAKABE) vs. G.O.D. (TAMA TONGA & TANGA LOA w/GEDO)
Loa and Tonga jumped their opponents as they made their entrance. Kelly stated Tonga was not a very good guy. Late in the match Jado hit Makabe with the kendo stick from the floor. Tonga then hit a Gun Stun on Makabe, who went to the ground. Yano shoved Loa into Tonga, who bumped into the ref. Yano hit a low blow on Loa and laughed. Jado received up on the apron and Yano went after him, but Jado hit him with a shoulder deal with. Tonga then nailed Yano with a kendo stick. He completed him off with the Gun Stun for the win.
After the match, Tonga beat down Yano and a number of other Young Lions with the kendo stick as Callis went nuts on commentary saying he liked it. Tonga went to the surface and swung the kendo stick around earlier than heading up the entrance ramp. Tonga threw the digital camera man off the stage, but they didn’t get a very good shot of it once again.
WINNERS: Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa in 10:00 (**½)
(Radican’s Evaluation: This was a typical G.O.D. match.)
(6) IWGP JR. HVT. CHAMPION TAIJI ISHIMORI vs. RYUSUKE TAGUCHI
Taguhi was dressed up in green overalls and sporting a headset. He seemed like Luigi from Super Mario Bros. Kelly stated it was a dig at Ishimori’s previous persona before he joined Bullet Club. Taguchi acquired an ankle lock early and Ishimori rolled to the ground. He teased a dive and did a dance that Ishimori did together with his previous character. Ishimori faked a dive and hit his previous dance, which made Taguchi very upset. That was awesome. Ishimori obtained the higher hand and worked over Taguchi’s neck. Taguchi continued to work over Taguchi’s neck on the mat with a crank, but he received to the ropes. Ishimori blocked a pair of hip attacks from Taguchi, but he finally caught him with a dropkick off the ropes. Ishimori rolled to the ground and the followers fired up. Taguchi hit an inside out springboard crossbody. He adopted up with a springboard missile dropkick back into the ring. He then hit a flip dive over the top to the floor and the fans fired up massive time. Taguchi went for the Three Amigos. Ishimori tried to block the third suplex, however Taguchi managed to attach with it.
Ishimori lastly managed to hit a handstand kick to chop Taguchi off and each men have been down. Ishimori followed up with the sliding German a short time later and the 10 minute mark passed. Taguchi slid round Ishimori’s legs and went for the ankle lock. Ishimori fought him off, however Taguchi received a rollup for a close to fall. Taguchi obtained the ankle lock and held onto it this time, however Ishimori managed to get to the ropes. Taguchi started working over Ishimori’s ankle. He hit the Bummer Ye, but Ishimori kicked out. Ishimori fired again and hit a ling blower to chop off Taguchi. He went for an additional lung blower, however Ishimori rolled via and received the ankle lock. Taguchi elbowed Ishiomori’s ankle after which applied the ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Ishimori tried to flee, however Taguchi hit the Dodan for a close to fall. WOW!
Taguchi fired up as the gang cheered. He lifted up Ishimori for the Burning Hammer, however his leg gave out and Ishimori landed on his ft. Ishimori then wiped him out with an enormous clothesline and each men have been down at the fifteen minute mark. Ishimori hit an enormous DVD for a near fall and the fans applauded Taguchi kicking out. They went forwards and backwards and Taguchi hit an enziguri. Ishimori countered the Dodan and hit a Bloody Cross for the win.
Winner: Taiji Ishimori in 16:00 to retain the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Championship. (***¾)
(Radican’s Analysis: This was plenty of enjoyable from begin to finish. I enjoyed the thoughts games early on and the match was really good once it acquired critical.)
After the match, Ishimori referred to as Liger from the commentary sales space into the ring. Liger obtained on the mic and stated he referred to as him into the ring for a shot at his title. Liger stated he would take Ishimori’s problem anyplace and anytime, so we’ll see Ishimori vs. Liger for the tile in the near future.
(7) BAD LUCK FALE (w/CHASE OWENS & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI) vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA
Okada tore his tights off to disclose trunks. Fale appeared confused and Okada charged at him. They went forwards and backwards and Okada caught Fale with a dive and he bought his elbow after crashing into the guardrail. Fale turned the tide and received the upper hand on the floor. Fale acquired a chair and Owens and Takahashi put the boots to Okada on the floor with the ref distracted. Fale stood on prime of Okada’s back and used the ropes for leverage again inside the ring. Fale targeted his attack on Okada’s again for an extended time period. Okada tried for a slam, but Fale fell on prime of him for a two rely. Okada hit an elbow and adopted up with a body slam and both males have been sluggish to rise up. Okada hit a sliding dropkick on Fale a short time later. Fale ducked beneath Okada as he leapt off the top and nailed him with a shoulder deal with and then a Samoan Drop. They went forwards and backwards and Okada caught Fale together with his signature neck breaker. Okada dropped the elbow and signaled for The Rainmaker, however Fale was having none of it. Fale acquired the higher hand and hit a splash in the corner. He then hit a splash in the center of the ring for a close to fall and the followers fired up.
Fale set up for the Dangerous Luck Fall, however Okada slipped out and ended up on the apron. He went up prime and hit an enormous missile dropkick. He arrange for a Tombstone, however Owens obtained on the apron. Owens ate a right hand and Fale went to push Fale, but Fale pushed Purple Footwear in the best way and he wiped him out with the punch> Owens and Takahashi went to work on Okada. Owens set up for a package deal piledriver, however HASHI ran right down to make the save. He wiped out Owens and Takahashi. Fale then nailed him with a shoulder deal with. They went forwards and backwards off the ropes and Fale caught Okada with a spear on the fifteen minute mark. He arrange for the Dangerous Luck Fall, however Okada slipped out and hit a dropick to his again. He then hit a dropkick off the ropes and the fans fired up huge time and chanted for Okada. Fale blocked Rainmaker. He went for a Grenade, however Okada acquired out of it. Fale then related with a Grenade for a close to fall. Fale went up prime, but Okada reduce him off. He caught him with a dropkick in the corner, however Fale didn’t fall off the highest.
Okada set up and hit a superplex. Okada bought his back after hitting the mat. Okada related with a spinning Rainmaker a short while later. He then hit a standard Rainmaker for the win.
WINNER: Kazuchika Okada in 18:00. (***½)
The announcers stated Okada was nonetheless in the title image after the win. Okada moves to Four-Three in singles matches towards Fale. His next greatest alternative is going to be in the NJPW Cup in line with the announcers.
(Radican’s Analysis: Great things right here between these two. It felt like a went a bit lengthy, however general they informed an excellent story of Fale using his measurement to wear down Okada earlier than Okada ultimately fought by means of the injury to his back to get the win.)
Jay White got here out first for the primary occasion to challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Hvt. Championship. White wore purple and black entrance gear. They talked about White’s new submission the Tanahashi Faucet Out (TTO).
Hiroshi Tanahashi was out subsequent. Callis stated the IWGP Hvt. Title was the only factor left for White. Kelly and Callis talked concerning the data Tanahashi holds in regards to the IWGP Hvt. Title. He acquired into the ring and obtained in White’s face. Kelly stated this might be the last time we see Tanahashi with the IWGP Hvt. Championship. Kelly asked if White can be the man to finish all of it for Tanahashi.
(8) IWGP HVT. CHAMPION HIROSHI TANAHASHI vs. JAY WHITE (w/GEDO)
White stalled early and advised Tanahashi he’d wrestle when he was prepared. White went after Tanahashi’s leg a short time later, but gave a clean break with Tanahashi towards the ropes. Gedo tried to distract Tanahashi from the ground, but he caught White charging at him with a kick to the gut. White drove Tanahashi into the nook a short time later and this time he did not supply a clear break as he went after Tanahashi’s midsection. Tanashi went after Tanahashi’s leg once more. Tanahashi fended him off, however White swept his legs out and wrapped them around the ring submit. Tanahashi ended up using his legs to drive White’ head-first into the submit. Tanahashi whipped White into the barrier and Gedo took an affordable shot from behind. Tanahashi tossed Gedo into the ring, however White came in from behind and suplexed Tanahashi to the floor and he bought his leg. White slammed Tanahashi into the barrier after which into the apron a number of occasions on the surface. He then flexed on the apron and the fans booed.
White went to work on Tanahashi’s leg and slammed it into the apron a number of occasions. White wrapped Tanahashi’s legs across the ringpost again and this time he was profitable in slamming Tanahashi’s leg around the submit. Gedo distracted the ref and White slammed Tanahashi’s leg throughout the ringpost as soon as once more. White then lifted Tanahashi up and dumped him over the barricade so that his injured knee went into the desk on the opposite aspect. Tanahashi managed to limp back into the ring to beat the referee rely. Tanahashi tried to mount a comeback and he hit White with a forearm off the ropes. He went for the Cloverleaf Maintain, but White kicked him proper in his dangerous knee. White charged at Tanahashi, who fired again with a basement dropkick to White’s knees. White went to the ground and Tanahashi struggled, however went up prime for a Excessive Fly Move to the floor. White slid into the ring and ultimately hit a Flatliner and a German. The fans fired up and tried to rally behind Tanahashi. White fired up with the Blade Buster for a two rely. Tanahashi ended up tied up in the ropes and White chopped him time and again. He then hit Tanahashi with an enormous uppercut and he collapsed over the center rope to the apron. Tanahashi popped up and went for a dragon screw across the ropes. White tried to cease it, however Tanahashi executed the dragon screw across the ropes and White fell to the floor. Tanahashi went up prime and hit a standing Excessive Fly Stream to the ground! WOW!
Tanahashi bought his leg and Callis stated on commentary that they knocked knees on the touchdown. A Go Ace chant rang out in the world. Gedo obtained up on the apron and distracted the ref. White grabbed a metal chair and tried to swing it at Tanahashi, but he ducked and despatched White into Gedo. They went forwards and backwards with Tanahashi going for the Sling Blade and White going for the Blade Runner. They continued to trade several counters forwards and backwards. Tanahashi lastly hit Twist and Shout and the followers applauded. Tanahashi held on and hit one other Twist and Shout. He continued to carry onto White and he hit a 3rd Twist and Shout. Tanahashi yelled at White, who smiled as he tried to rise up utilizing the ropes. Tanahashi went for a Slingblade, however White moved into the corner. White laughed at Tanahashi and pointed to his head. Tanahashi then paid him back for the taunt with a couple of dragon screws. Tanahashi went for a Sling Blade once more, however White went right down to a knee to avoid it. Tanahashi then hit a wrist clutch German with a bridge for a close to fall. Gedo tried to stop a High Fly Move, but Tanahashi despatched him packing to the ground. He hit a Excessive Fly Move to White’s again. He went up prime once more for a standard High Fly Circulate, but White rolled out of the best way! Tanahashi bought his leg whereas White tried to regroup in the nook.
Each males have been nonetheless down at the 20 minute mark. White hit a kick to the again of Tanahashi’s leg and hit his own version of the dragon screw. White then locked in the TTO (inverted figure four). Kelly talked about that Tanahashi had already tapped out to this maintain on the tour. Tanahashi struggled and the fans fired up behind him. The ref asked him if he needed to surrender, however Tanahashi shook his head. Tanahashi lastly surged in the direction of the bottom rope and grabbed it to interrupt the hold. White held on until the very last moment when the ref administered his five rely. White lifted up Tanahashi and hit a snap Saito suplex. Tanahashi was lifeless weight virtually and he lifted Tanahashi. Tanahashi all of the sudden fired up and tried to elbow his approach out of White’s grasp, but White hit one other snap Saito suplex. White received Tanahashi and hit the DVDDT for a two rely. The followers tried to fireside up behind Tanahashi. White went for the Kiwi Crusher and hit it, however Tanahashi kicked out at the VERY last prompt.
White set up for the Blade Runner, however Tananashi acquired out of it solely to eat a sleeper suplex. White went for the Blade Runner again, however Tanahashi rolled him up for a near fall, which is how he beat him back in October last yr. Tanahashi fired up and hit White with a couple of massive slaps. White tried to kick Tanahashi, but he caught it and kicked his other leg. Tanahashi went again to work on White’s leg with a pair of dragon screws and the fans fired up. Tanahashi went for the Cloverleaf Hold and was successful in making use of it. Tanahashi sat down on the hold and the fans gasped as White screamed in pain. White couldn’t discover the ropes, however the received there. Tanahashi pulled him out of the nook. White punched his leg and Tanahashi almost let go, but as an alternative he transitioned it right into a Types Clash. WOW! The followers fired up HUGE with each males down on the mat. Tanahashi obtained up and lifted White to his ft. He went for a dragon suplex, but White broke out of it. He went for the Blade Runner, but Tanahashi turned it right into a Sling Blade. Tanahashi hit one other Sling Blade for a two rely. Tanahashi hit a Dragon Suplex with a bridge, however White kicked out at the final second. The 30 minute mark handed as Tanahashi went up prime. Tanahashi went for a standing High Fly Movement, but White caught him and hit the Blade Runner for the win!
WINNER: Jay White in 30:00 to develop into the new IWGP Hvt. Champion (****¼)
After the match, Purple Footwear put the belt around White’s waist as Gedo win. The gang appeared to be shocked.
White acquired on the mic after the match and referred to as out to Osaka. He stated they could keep in mind that two and a half years ago in this city, he had his last Younger Lion match. He stated they could keep in mind that he stated that is his residence and the blokes in the back and the fans have been his family. White stated boy was he incorrect. He stated none of them thought he might make it to the highest or deserved the belt. He stated they didn’t assume he might beat Kenny, Okada, or Tanahashi and he beat all of them. He stated he simply beat Tanahashi again.
White stated he’s the champion in spite of all of the fans. He stated he’s going to take this and spit in their face. He stated it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t show heart and keenness like Tanahashi because he’s the actual IWGP World Hvt. Champion. The followers applauded. That was odd. He stated it’s a new daybreak, age, and beginning. White signed off by saying breathe with the switchblade and welcome to my new era. Confetti then fell from the ceiling around the ring. The followers have been quiet as White celebrated with the title in the ring alongside Gedo.
The cameras went backstage to White’s press convention. He stated he didn’t mind if the press referred to as it surprising. He stated it didn’t matter what they stated so long as they stated he did what he stated he was going to do. He stated he is aware of Tanahashi, the ref, and the workplace hates the considered him after simply six years in the business and 4 years in NJPW profitable the title. White stated it was going to be unimaginable for previous f–cks like Ishii to get it. He stated Naito wouldn’t be capable of get it. He stated after what he did to Tanahashi, he doubts he will want one other match.
White stated he’s been prepared for a very long time. He stated he’s plain as the top gaijin and wrestler in the world. White stated he’s cash. White stated he’s the primary wrestler in wrestling and sports activities entertainment. He requested if Gedo needed to say one thing that they might understand. Gedo stated he didn’t care. White stated we’re cash. Bullet Membership is money. White stated that is too candy to conclude his press convention. White stood up and then was requested a query. White was upset and he sat back down.
White requested them what’s the subsequent event for NJPW. He stated MSG is next and he wouldn’t defend until MSG as a result of the NJPW Cup is subsequent. White stated he provides them what he needs them to consider. He stated he doesn’t have to offer them the reality. He stated the followers sit at residence and need they might have his success that he’s had at 26 years previous. He advised the fans to take a look at the mirror and understand they’re jealous. He stated he’ll take it to MSG and that may spit in all their faces. White asked if there were another questions. He advised the reporters he would throw a beer bottle at them in the event that they requested another query. White and Gedo had a beer and walked off. White remarked the beers have been colder than last time to close the press conference.
(Radican’s Evaluation: This was a fantastic match that revolved round submissions and counters. Each men went after one another’s legs and countered one another’s signature offense for the bulk of the match. The problem with the match was that neither man bought the leg persistently sufficient to completely get me into the motion, particularly when Tanahashi was capable of hold a bridge after a German late in the match.
Aside from that challenge with the match, it was unbelievable. White did so many little things properly to point out he was getting in Tanahashi’s head, particularly when he stored dropping down or rolling out of the best way to keep away from the Sling Blade solely to take several of them later in the match. White’s push has been completely executed. He built up so much steam from G1 by means of Wrestle Kingdom and now he’s the IWGP Hvt. Champion.
White has improved so much since his character debuted and now it’s on to MSG for the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard during WrestleMania weekend.)
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