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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2017, 08:25:27 PM »
New Japan Cup 2017 Day 1 - 3/11. Multi camera show with no commentary

The New Japan Cup is, as it sounds, an annual tournament. Unlike The G1, The New Japan Cup is a single elimination 16 man tournament. The winner can choose any singles title to wrestle for, with the title shot scheduled for another upcoming major show. April 9th in this case I believe.

The announced opening round matches are:

DAY ONE

"Blue Justice" Yuji Nagata vs. Tanga Roa

Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga

"Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. "The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL

DAY TWO

Juice Robinson vs. "The Tokyo Pimp" Yujiro Takahashi

"Headhunter" YOSHI-HASHI vs. "Cold Skull" SANADA

"The Wrestler" Katsuyori Shibata vs. Minoru Suzuki

"Stone Pitbull" Tomohiro Ishii vs. "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega

Onto the event!

Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Taka Michinoku) b. Ryusuke Taguchi and Hirai Kawato when Deperado pinned Kawato with Guitarra de Angel (Double underhook powerbomb) Kawato is a Young Lion, so it was a safe bet he'd be the one taking the fall.  Kawato did some nice exchange of moves with Michinoku to start things out, but Desperado kicked him from behind when he started gaining steam. Heat on Kawato to set up the hot tag to Taguchi. Taguchi ran wild with the hip attacks. Kawato tagged back in and did quite well for himself until Taka ran in for some double team moves. Eventually Kawato got caught and powerbombed for the loss.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & Jushin Thunder Liger  Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV, & Tomoyuki Oka when Kojima pinned Oka with The Western Lariat. Simply a match for competition, since all six guys are babyfaces, and much like the last match, you knew who was getting pinned.. Tenzan and Nakanishi started out trading running shoulderblocks. Tenzan also paid tribute to Hinma by doing the Kokeshi headbutt. Tiger and Liger tagged in for their respective teams. Tiger had Liger down when Oka pleaded for a tag in. Oka stomped and slammed Liger before tagging out. Kojima hit Tiger with his trademark rapid fire chops. Tiger hit Kojima with a Tiger Driver, which looked impressive give the size difference. Oka had Kojima in a Boston Crab, but Kojima powered out. Tiger broke up a pin attempt on Oka after Kojima hit a Cutter. a brief multi-man brawl ensued, allowing Kojima to hit Oka with the lariat.

Oka was helped to the back while the remaining five competitors shook hands and showed respect.

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, & Yujiro Takahashi) b. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) when Omega pinned Hashi with The One Winged Angel  BC attacked before the bell. Takahashi brawled with Ishii on the ouside while Omega an Hashi started off in the ring. Ishii tagged in and had Omega's number until Takahashi came back and interfered. The BC worked over Ishii's leg. Takahashi started slapping Ishii, which fired Ishii up. Ishii made a brief comeback before tagging in Yoshi-Hashi. Heat on Yoshi-Hashi, who did make a comeback but missed a Swanton. Omega capitalized on this and hit The One Winged Angel for the pifall victory.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takaashi) b. Katsuyori Shibata, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & David Finlay when Sanada made Finlay submit with the Skull End (Dragon Sleeper). Kushida and Takahashi started the match, with Takahashi running from the babyface Kushida. Double tag out quickly lead to a multi-man brawl outside of the ring. Bushi choked out Juice with his shirt. Multi-Man back and forth exchanges with a lot of moves getting hit. Finlay got a tag and knocked around Sanada with running elbows to the corner. Side backbreaker on Sanada for a two count. Bushi smacked Finlay into a back suplex by Sanada. After that Sanada was able to lock in the Skull End for the submission victory.

Once again, the heels beat up the faces after the match because that's what they do. Naito even roughed up a camera man on his way to the back.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, Gedo, & Jado)  Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Taichi, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Okada pinned Taichi with The Rainmaker Clothesline. A brawl broke out during the ring introduction. Jado & Kanemaru started the match. Jado landed some chops (with WOOOs) before tagging out to Gedo. Gedo continued to work over Kanemaru until Suzuki locked in an armbreaker over the ropes. Suzuki and Okada brawled on the outside while Taichi tortured Gedo with a cane to the eye. Taichi then did the same with the ring bell. Suzuki tagged in and put Gedo in a wristlock. Okada charged in to break up the pin, so Suzuki hooked both men in leglocks at the same time. Gedo made a comeback by choking Izuka with a ring rope. Tag to Goto who tried to rally but soon got cut off. Before long, Suzuki and Okada were finally the legal men in the ring, much to the crowd's delight. Okada was taking it to Suzuki until he missed a Dropkick. The moment Okada went down, Suziki tagged in Taichi and the rest of Suzuki-Gun pounced. Everybody took turns smacking around Okada, but nobody could get the pin. Okada made a comeback and hit his top rope elbow on Taichi. He tried to cut his Rainmaker pose, but Suzuki came from behind with a sleeper. Goto then saved Okada from Suzuki's Gotch Piledriver. Taichi used his cane on Okada, and put him in a pinning combination. Gedo broke up the pin with a side kick. Taichi mocked Okada's Rainmaker pose, and got a Too Awesome Dropkick in response. Okada finished off Taichi with the Rainmaker clothesline and got the win.

Chaos celebrated their win and shook hands to the cheers of the crowd.


Intermission



"Blue Justice" Yuji Nagata p. Tanga Roa with The Backdrop Hold. Nagata started out in control using mat wrestling, so much so that Roa was visibly getting frustrated. Road had to resort to whipping Nagata into the barricade to gain control of the match. Nagata began his comeback when Roa missed a top rope headbutt. Nagata landed an Exploder Suplex for a two count.They traded running boots, and Roa hit a back suplex and a spinebuster for two near falls. The referee stepped in to check on Nagata, as he was unresponsive. Roa went to seemingly put Nagata in a sleeper, but Nagata reversed it into the Shirome armbar. Roa reversed it into a pining combination for a near fall. Nagata scored a near fall with a standard suplex. Finally, Nagata got the win with a kick to the back of the head followed by the Backdrop Hold.

Toru Yano p. Tama Tonga  Tonga attacked Yano before the bell, beating him with his own DVD case and chasing him around the ring. The usual Yano comedy with him constantly trying to undo the turnbuckle padding and seemingly able to duck attacks from behind. Yano pulled referee Redshoes infront of a charging Tonga. Both Yano and Redshoes ducked, and with Redshoe's back turned, Yano hit the low blow and schoolboyed Tonga for the three count. Typical short Yano comedy match.

"The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale p. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin with a Hand Grenade. Oh man I love a good hossfight. Two huge dudes throwing each other around never gets old. They traded multiple running shoulderblocks, with Elgin getting the upper hand causing Fale to stagger and fall out of the ring. Elgin tied a dive onto Fale from the ring apron, but Fale caught him and drove him into the ringpost. Fale went to work smashin Elgin against the ring barrier and clubbing him with forearms. Elgin barely avoided a countout, but Fale continued his assault. Big Mike slowly started battling back, and made his comeback using several forearms and kicks. Elgin hit a vertical suplex on Fale, and hit several running clotheslines, eventually knocking Fale off his feet. Fale coutnered a German Suplex attempt by flipping Elgin over and splashing him in the corner. Fale went for the Hand Grenade but Elgin dodged it and hit a back suplex. Elgin bounced off the ropes for a lariat, but instead got hit with a Spear from Fale. This allowed Fale to his his Hand Grenade finisher for the clean win.

EVIL p. Hiroshi Tanahashi  The crowd was solidly behind Tanahashi, to no surprise. EVIL started the match trying to kick Tanahashi in the gut, but Tanahashi caught his foot and coutnered with forearms. Tanahasi controlled the opening monets by keeping Evil in a headlock. Evil clostheslined Tanahashi to the outside. Tanahashi reversed Evil's attempt to whip him into the barricade, and ran at him. Evil countered with a lariat, decking Tanahashi to the floor. Evil did his signature "Chair around the neck" spot. Why this isn't a DQ, I don't know but it lead to the heat segment with Evil working over Tanahashi. Tanahashi mounted his comeback after hitting a dragon screw leg whip. Evil cut it off with a side slam. Evil kept the momentum going with a suplex and top rope clothesline. Tanahashi countered with another leg screw, this time in the ropes, and followed it up with a High Fly Flow to the outside. Tanahashi rolled Evil back into the ring and climbed the ropes for another High Fly Flow. However, Evil pushed Redshoes into the ropes, which crotched Tanahashi on the top turnbuckle. Evil slammed Tanahashi off the top and contionued his assault with chairshots. Tanahashi blocked a chairshot with a kick to the knee, and hit his own chairshot on Evil. tanahashi was forearming Evil in the corner when Redshoes came to and tried to break it up. Tanahashi shoved him aside, and Redshoes took another bump. With Redshoes down again, Tanahashi gave Evil a neckbreaker on the chair. A High Fly Flow was countered by Evil getting his knees up. Evil and Tanahashi traded forearms as they got to their feet, leading to a rapid fire exchange of blows. Tanahashi kicked out of a running Lariat, and a Fireman's carry powerbomb. Evil locked in a headlock/armbar combination, which Tanahashi almost passed out to. Tanahashi kicked out and hit a desperation Sling Blade. Behind Redshoe's back, Evil sprayed Tanahashi with mist and hit his STO for the underhanded victory.

After the match, Evil cut a promo over the fallen Tanahashi.

As with most New Japan tournament shows, the meat ofthe show is in the tournament matches themselves. This is the second straight year Tanahashi has been eliminated in the opening round, which is interesting considering he's arguably still the top star. Now, onto Night Two!
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #76 on: March 17, 2017, 06:46:58 PM »
New Japan Cup Day 2 - 3/12, Multi-Camera show with Japanese Commentary

Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger b. Tiger Mask IV & David Finlay when Nagata submitted Tiger with the Shirome Armbar. A battle of babyfaces. Liger & Tiger started out the match, but it didn't take long for the topes to the outside to start. Liger was in for the entirety of the beginning of the match, so Nagata got to run wild when he finally tagged in. Tiger Driver on Yuji had Liger breaking up the pin. Exploder Suplex on Tiger had Finlay breaking the pin. Liger kept Finlay at bay while Nagata locked in the Shirome for the submission win. Perfectly fine match, but I'm a little surprised Tiger was teh one to get beaten.

Handshakes all around after the match because these babyfaces are great sports.

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa)  Hirai Kawato & IWGP Tag Team Champions TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) when Roa pinned Kawato with (and I kid you not) Apeshit, and over the shoulder reverse piledriver. Fale did his usual roughing up of the ring announcer Kimihiko Ozaki during his introduction. On top of that, all three BC members jumped Kawato before TenCozy could make it to the ring. TenCozy made teh save, and the match began with Fale and Tenzan starting out. BC quickly cut him off and triple teamed him. Tenzan was able to tag out to Kojima wheen Tonga hurt his own head on a headbutt. Rapid Fire chops on Tonga. Fale tried to run in, however Kojima clotheslined him out of the ring. Double tag out made it Roa vs. Kawato, which ended quicly with  Roa hitting Apeshit to get the pin. Kawato had to be helped to the back.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL, & BUSHI) b. Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Michael Elgin, & Ryusuke Taguchi when Evil pinned Taguchi with the STO. Tanahashi and EVIL began the match while the rest of the heels attacked the babyfaces on the outside. With all of Tanahashi's teammates down for the count, LIJ concentrated on Tanahashi. Elgin tagged in and started taking it to LIJ. Naito kicked Elgin in the knee and tagged in Takahashi, to which Kushida tagged in. Kushida and Takahashi went blow for blow even with interference by Bushi. Double tag in made Taguchi and Bushi the legal men. Taguchi got a two count with his hip attacks, and Bushi tagged in Evil. After Taguchi decked Evil with an eziguri, the rest of LIJ hit the ring, knocking all of Taguchi's teammates to the floor. LIJ worked over Taguchi, each giving him corner splashes. Tanahashi tried to rally, but was cut off with an Evil Side Slam. Evil hit the STO on Taguchi for the pin.

Fortunately for the babyfaces, LIJ were not extra dicks this show, as there was no post match beatdown

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchik Okada, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Gedo, & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Yano pinned Desperado with a rollup. SG attacked CHAOS during the ring interoductions and everybody brawled to the outside. Taichi and Kanemaru tried to double team Jado, but he rallied out of it. gedo tagged in, but fell victim to the double teaming. Taichi once again drove the ring bell into Gedo's head. Izuka knocked out Goto on the outside with a chair, then got back in the ring to help in the teaming on Gedo. Each of the five SG members took turns smacking aorund Gedo until Gedo was finally able to get the hot tag to Okada. Okada ran wild for a while, then tagged in Goto, who continued the comeback and tagged in Yano. Yano fooled all of SG with his goofy antics, and hit a lowblow/roll-up combi on Desperado to win the match


Juice Robinson p. "The Tokyo Pimp" Yujiro Takahashi with The Pulp Friction. Unlike many of the tag matches, this match was straight up babyface vs. heel. Takahashi came to the ring with another scantily clad female. Crowd was solidly behind Juice. Juice chased Takahashi out of the ring, and missed a plancha when goin after him. This opened up the door for Takahashi suplexing him on the floor, and rolling him back in to work him over. Juice started his comeback with a leg lariat. After a back and forth exchange, Juice was able to hit Pulp Friction for a big singles win.

"Cold Skull" SANADA s. "Headhunter" YOSHI-HASHI with the Skull End. CHAOS may be a heel stable but Hashi was the clear babyface in the match. High energy to start the match with headscissors from Hashi. Sanada knocke dhim out of the ring with a Dropkick, then followed that up with a plancha to the outside. Sanada then worked over Hashi on the outside by whipping and dropping him on the guardrails. Sanada dominated the match after that. Hashi tried to whip Sanada into the buckle, but Sanada countered with an impressive Flair like flip over the buckle followed by a springboard dropkick. Sanada locked in the Skull End Dragon Sleeper, however Hashi was able to get a rope break, which lead to his attempt at a comeback. Hashi locked in his own submission, and like before Sanada was able to make it to the ropes for a break. Hashi landed a swanton for a two count. The finish came when Hashi whipped Sanada into the buckle. Sanada backflipped over Hashi and locked in the Skull End again. This time, Hashi tapped.

"The Wrestler" Katsuyori Shibata p. Minoru Suzuki with a Penalty Kick. Easily the best match I've seen in a while. I've been looking forward to this match since it was announced. Both guys are legit badasses, so that usually translates to a great match.For a dastardly heel, Suzuki has some very catchy theme music that the crowd sings along with. Taichi accompanied Suzuki to the ring and looked to trash talk Shibata a bit. Crowd chanted for Shibata at the opening bell. Tie-up attempts backed the into the ropes for a rope break. Suzuki looked to be going for a clean break (he almost never actually does one becausehe's a dick), but Shibata kicked him in the gut (Shibata may be a face, but he trusts no one). Tis lead to a flurry of exchanged strikes. Shibata put Suzuki in a Figure 4, which Suzuki quickly broke by getting to the ropes. Suzuki put Shibata in his "over the ropes armbar", and whipped him into the barricade. Taichi attachled Shibata behind Redshoe's back. Shibata and Suzuki brawled through the crowd. Suzuki picked up a section of the barricade and used it as a weapon on Shibata. Back in the ring, Suzuki maintained control with armbars and strikes. Shibata rallied with some kicks to the corner, and that lead to more strikes exchanged. Shibata scored a two count with a suplex. The two put each other in Octopus Holds. Suzuki got a near fall with a Penalty Kick (Shibata's Finisher). Double knockdown with running boots. Suzuki put Shibata in a sleeper, and tried following it up with a Gotch Piledriver. He couldn't get Shibata up, and Shibata countered with a STO. Shibata countered another sleeper attempt with a Death Valley Driver, and finished off Suzuki with a Penalty Kick.

"Stone Pitbull" Tomohiro Ishii p. "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega with The Brainbuster. I think this match may have topped the Suzuki/Shibata match! Omega mocked Ishii's height at the start of the match (Ishii is like 5'5"). They started with running shoulder blocks, which staggered Kenny. Then, they did the obligatory back and forth exchange of blows. Ishii was about to follow Omega to the ouside, when Omega put him on his shoulders, teasing a One Winged Angel on the outside. Ishii fought out of it and tried suplexing Omega on the floor. Omega battled back and drove Ishii into the ring apron. Omega took control of the match. Ishii tried a comeback with headbutts to the gut and a powerslam, but Omega stopped it with a Famouser. Omega hit the Kenny Combo (Fireman's Carry Roll followed by a Moonsault) for a two count. Ishii staggered Omega with chops, but then got hit with a Hurracanrana. Ishii hit an impressive top rope hurracanrana, followed by a Last Ride style Power Bomb for a two count. Omega coutnered a German Suplex by backflipping to his feet, but was levelled by a lariat. Omega ducked the diving lariat, and hit a DDT. Kenny followed it up with a suicide dive to the outside, and hit Ishii with a top rope dropkick when they made it back to the ring. Crowd is divided between "Ishii" and "Kenny" chants. Ishii shrugged off a German Suplex, so Omega decked him with a V-Trigger. Gut-Wrench Power Bomb on Ishii for a two count. Omega tried for the One Winged Angel, but Ishii got out of it and landed his own German Suplex. Omega hit another V-Trigger, but Ishii just spat at him. Ishii landed his diving lariant, but only got a two count. Omega hit Croyt's Wrath (Electric Chair to a German Suplex) for a enar fall. Ishii again escaped The One Winged Angel, but got hit with Omega's reverse hurracanrana. Omega got Ishii up a third time for the OWA, but Ishii reversed it into an impressive Stunner. Ishii rallied with a dropkick, headbutts, and another running lariat. Omega kicked out again. Finally, Ishii hit The Brainbuster for the hard fought victory. Simply an awesome match.

This was a much better show than Day 1, not that Day 1 was bad. But those last four matches got progressively better.
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #77 on: March 21, 2017, 10:59:25 PM »
New Japan Cup Semi-Finals - 3/19  Multi Camera Show with no commentary

Juice Robinson, David Finlay, & Tomoyuki Oka b. Yuji Nagata, Hirai Kawato and some big guy I didn't recognize when Robinson pinned the big guy with the Pulp Friction. Like most Young Lions, Oka got no ring introduction. He stood in ring while his teammates walked to the ring to Juice's music. After Juice got the pin, Oka and Kawato got into a shoving match.

CHAOS (Gedo & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku & El Desperado) when Jado pinned Michinoku with an Elevated DDT. Pretty basic tag match that likely sets up a title shot for Gedo & Jado against champions Taichi and Kanemaru.

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) b. IWGP Tag team Champions TenCozy (Yoshiro Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima), Tiger Mask IV, & Jushin Thunder Liger when Suzuki pinned tiger with a Gotch Piledriver. The heels jumped the faces before the bell. Taichi & Kanemaru mocked TenCozy's signature moves. Tenzan and Kojima worked over Suzuki before tagging in Tiger. Tiger hit a top rope headbutt on Suzuki, but the pinfall was broked up. Tiger landed an impressive Tiger Bomb for a two count. The finish came when Suzuki ducked around Tiger's kicks and landed his Gotch Piledriver.

After the match the heels tossed the ring crew to the outside.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA< & Ryusuke Taguchi b. Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, & SANADA) when Taguchi pinned Bushi with a La Magistral Cradle. High energy match with a lot of moves and multi-man spots. Taguchi ate a triple basement dropkick from three different directions. Bushi tried a backslide, but Taguchi reversed it into the Cradle for a surprise pin. No post-match beatdown, surprisingly. The heels jsut slowly walked to the back.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Toru Yano) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa) when Okada pinned Takahashi with The Rainmaker Clothesline. Omega was dressed in his T Shirt and frilly pants, the gimmick is he keeps his shirt on for "lesser shows". Yano did some comedy being chased around by Tonga. Soon after, BC cut off Hashi for the heat. An extended beatdown on Hashi before he made the hot tag to Goto. Goto ran wild for a while and tagged in Okada. Omega and Okada traded blows. Takahashi went for the Pimp Juice DDT, however Okada got out of it. A Too Awesome Dropkick and Rainmaker later, it was all over.

Bad Luck Fale p. EVIL with The Bad Luck Fall. A battle of two straight up heels  Surprisingly, Bad Luck fale did not rough up the ring announcer this time. Evil attacked Fale before the opening bell, threw him to the outside, and went right for the barricade. Fale managed to get out of a chairhold, and brawled with Evil throughout the crowd. Fale rammed Evil against a wall, and hit him with a barricade. He then slosed off the ring with more barricdes, and Evil had to desperately dash back to the ring to narrowly avoid a countout. Back in the ring, Fale continued his assault. Evil hit a clothesline that send them both back to the outside, where Evil battled back with chairs. He hit Fale with a top rope chlothesline for a two count. Fale connected with a spear, a splash to the corner, and a big splash for a near fall. Bushi came to the ring and sprayed Fale with mist. However, Fale still kicked out. Tama Tonga also hit the ring to chase off Bushi. Fale finished off Evil with a Hand Grenade and Bad Luck Fall Powerbomb.

This means Fale will face the winner of the main event in the finals

Katusyori Shibata s. Tomohiro Ishii with a Read Naked Choke to advance to the finals This is a rematch from last year's WrestleKingdom where Shibata won the NEVER Openweight Championship from Ishii, and it was a VERY physical match. if you like strikes, this was right up your alley. Match started out with armholds and takedowns. After a few minutes the brawling started. A lengthy forearm echange, where it looked like Shibata was getting the better of it until Ishii decked him. Crowd is chanting for Shibata.  Neither man got a clear upper hand for the next several minutes. Suplexes, shoulder blocks, headbutts were all traded. Shibata tried a Penalty Kick, but Ishii caught the kick, and reversed into a cross arm breaker. Ishii laid in the kicks as Shibata slowly made it to his feet. Shibata decked Ishii with a kick, only to have Ishii get right back up and no sell it. A dropkick got Shibata only a one count. Shibata locked in a sleeper, and when Ishii went down he hit the Penalty Kick. However, Shibata did not go for the pin, but a Rear Naked Choke. Ishii refused to submit, and eventually became unresponsive. Redshoes awarded the match to Shibata.

Shibata sat over Ishii as he was getting attended to. Ishii grabbed at Shibata's feet like he was still trying to fight.

After the match Shibata cut a promo, presumably predicting victory.

Tomorrow's event will be headlined by Fale vs. Shibata in the finals.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #78 on: March 22, 2017, 07:06:18 PM »
New Japan Cup Finals - 3/20, Full show with English Commentary

Hirai Kawato d. Tomyuki Oka in 10 minutes. A battle of Young Lions, which is common in opening matches. Perfectly fine opening match, with a lot of submissions. Kawato had Oka in a small package when the time limit expired. Kawato did bow to the crowd

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, & David Finlay b. Suzuki-Gun (Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Finlay pinned Michinoku with a Sunner. The heels jumped the faces during the in-ring introductions and ganged up on Liger. Tiger got the hot tag and landed a Tiger Bomb and Tombstone Piledriver on Deperado. After a brawl with all six men, Finlay hit a Stunner on Michinoku for the pinfall victory.

IWGP Tag Team Champions TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) b. Yuji Nagata & Katsuya Kitamura in a non-title match when Kojima pinned Kitamura with a Lariat. Kitamura is the big guy I didn't recognize yesterday. He'll be a superstar if he gets good. He was actually in the ring most of the match, taking a beating. Nagata tagged in and went back and forth with Tenzan. He was a bit more aggressive than usual, because the crowd was cheering so heavily for Tenzan and not for him. Nagata put Kojima in the Shirome Armbar. Kitamura tagged in and landed a suplex on Kojima. Kojima kicked out and nailed Kitamura with a Cutter, then finished him off with the Lariat. Kitamura had to be helped  to the back after the match.

CHAOS (NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, Gedo, & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Jado submitted Taichi with a Crossface. Each team came out to Suzuki's and Goto's themes respectively, so I got to hear two of the coolest entrance themes today back to back. Desperado accompanied his Suzuki-Gun teammates to the ring. Once again, Suzuki-Gun jumped their opponents before the bell, and Desperado distracted the referee while SG ran wild with chairs outside the ring. Taichi tortured Gedo with the ring bell, and Suzuki used the cross-armbreaker on him. Goto got the hot tag and briefly rallied before Suzuki cut him off by taking him down and hitting a Penalty Kick. he went for the Gotch Piledriver, but Goto powered up out of it and turned it into the Ushigroroshi Neckbreaker. This definitely made me want to see a Suzuki/Goto singles match. Double tag-out brought Jado and Taichi into the match. Jado had Taichi in a crossface until Suzuki put him in a sleeper from behind.  Suzuki would've hit Jado with The Gotch Piledriver, but Goto took his head off with a lariat. Jado locked the crossface back in while the other CHAOS members kept Kanemaru and Suzuki at bay. This time, Taichi tapped out. It definitely established Gedo and Jado as the next title contenders.
 
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & Ryusuke Taguchi  Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions EVIL, BUSHI, & SANADA)  Tanahashi & Sanada started the match, and it didn't take long for the heels to cheap shot him from behind. The babyfaces would have none of it, and cleared the ring of the heels. Taguchi then coordinated the attack using baseball coach gestures. Everybody ran wild on Bushi until the rest of LIJ hit the ring to get revenge. Naito slammed Juice on the rampway. The heels worked over Taguchi, which set up a hot tag to Tanahashi. Triple dropkick on Sanada. Elgin tagged in and continued the rally, followed by Kushida and Takahashi matching blows. Awesome exchange had Takahashi superkicking Kushida while Kushida almost immediately afterward gave him a Pele kick. The obliagotry multi-man brawl with all the big spots ensued. Juice went for Pulp Friction on Naito, but Naito countered with a low blow and Destino.

After the match Takahashi and Kushid brawled to the back. The remaining LIJ members beat down Juice, and fended off save attempts by Taguchi and ring crew. They all stood over the fallen Juice and posed. This really made me think there's a Naito/Juice match in the works.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Yujiro takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa) when Okada pinned Roa with The Rainmaker. Omega & Hashi started the match, with Hashi getting the better of Omega. That is until they spilled to the outside and the rest of Bullet Club cheap shotted Hashi. Heat on Hashi for the next few minutes until Ishii tagged in. Yano tagged in and immediately went to remove the turnbuckle pad. When he turned around and found himself face to face with Tama Tonga, he screamed and threw the pad up in the air. After some comedy, Yano tagged in Okada, who ran wild until he ran into an Omega Superkick/Cutter/basment dropkick/splash combo by all four BC members. Okada and Omega had a brief exchange that lead to the exciting big move exhange between evrybody. Roa countered a Rainmaker with a spear and went for a tombstone. Okada got out of it and hit the Too Awesome Dropkick and a Rainmaker for the win.

CHAOS celebrated while the heels left the ring.

Katsuyori Shibata p. Bad Luck Fale  Fale ripped the sleeve off the ring announcer because he's a dick. Shibata got a big pop when he made his entrance. Kevin Kelly pointed out that Shibata's combined in-ring match time is twice what Fale's was. Shibata started the match aggressive out of the gate, kicking Fale out of the ring. Fale caught a PK attempt from Shibata on the apron, and drove him into the ring post. He followed that up by dropping several ring barriers on Shibata, which almost got Shibata counted out. Fale beat on Shibata for several minutes, doing things like standing on him. Shibata mounted a comeback to the chants of the crowd. The action spilled to the outside again, only this time it was Shibata whipping Fale into the barricade, and delivering a running kick which knocked Fale over it. In a rare move for Shibata, he brought a chair into the ring, but he did the RVD spot where he tossed the chair and then dropkickicked Fale when he caught it. Shibata countered the Hand Grenade with a dropkick, and used submission holds like triangle chokes and armbars. Fale decked Shibata with a clothesline, and followed it up with a splash for a two count. Fale delivered The Hand Grenade, but Shibata kicked out. Shibata countered the Bad Luck Fall Powerbomb by flipping around to Fale's back and locking in a Sleeper. Fale coutnered that with a side slam... Shibata HULKED UP and locked in the sleeper again. Crowd is going BANANAS! This time Fale was felled to the mat, allowing Shibata to nail the Penalty Kick for the win. Awesome match, and quite possibly the best Bad Luck Fale match I've ever seen.

After the match, Shibata cut a promo as the crowd chanted his name. I did not understand what he physicaly said, but he clearly teased his championship choice before yelling "OKADA!". He sat cross-legged next to the trophy as his music played. His championship match with Okada will happen on April 9th.
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #79 on: April 11, 2017, 06:16:59 PM »
Sakura Genesis - 4/09, Sumo Hall

This is the first major show after Shibata won the New Japan Cup.

Jushin Thunder liger, David Finlay, & Manabu Nakanishi b. Katsuya Kitamura, Tomoyuki Oka, & Hirai Kawato when Finlay pinned Kitamura with a Cutter.  Surprisingly, The Young Lions attacked the veterans before the bell. After a brief brawl, Liger locked Kawato in a surfboard. Nakanishi tagged in and powered Kawato around. In an impresive spot, Kitamura got Nakanishi in a torture rack (both guys are 300 lb. powerhouses). Liger and Nakanishi cleared the ring, leaving Finlay alone with Kitamura.

After the match Kawato shoved Liger, but left the ring before doing anything else.

The Bullet Club (Ama Tonga, Tanga Roa, Yujiro takahashi, & Chase Owens) b. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask IV & Tiger Mask W when Tonga pnned IV with a Gun Stun. Bullet Club came to the ring accompanied by a scantily clad Bullet Babe. Exciting early exchange between W and Tonga. There was also a brief hossfight between Makabe & Roa. Tonga licked out of a Tiger Driver from IV. owens got on the apron and shoved IV from behind, pushing him into Tonga's Gun Stun.

CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero, & Beretta)  b Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Hashi pinned Michinoku with Karma.  Suzuki attacked Hashi from behind before the bell, and used Hashi's own cane on him. Meanwhile RPG Vice handled Desperado and Michinoku in the ring. Rocky did try to stand up to Suzuki before tagging in Hashi. Suzuki got Hashi in a sleeper, but Taka tagged in. Beretta broke up a Gotch Piledriver attempt by Suzuki, which freed Hashi to hit Karma on Taka for the win. After the match Suzuki beat up the ring attendants with a chair because he's a jerk.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi) b. CHAOS (Gedo & Jado) when Taichi pinned Jado with a leaping DDT. Taichi and Kanemaru were accompanied by a scantily clad valet and El Desperado. Early heat on Gedo with Taichi using the bell hammer on him. Jado tagged in and rallied. Desperado pulled the ref out of the ring to break a pinfall attempt on Kanemaru. With the referee down, Desperado attacked Jado. RPG Vice ran in for the save.

Jado had Kanemaru in a crossface, but the referee got distracted by the scantily clad valet, so he missed Kanemaru tapping out. With the ref's back turned, Taichi hammered Jado with his cane. Jado still kicked out of a pin attempt, only to fall to a leaping DDT by Taichi. After the match Taichi seemed to get in the face of Liger, who was providing guest commentary.

The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale) b. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) when Omega pinned Ishii with The One Winged Angel. Lots of comedy early on with Yano being afraid of the big man Fale. Also, Omega and Yano, both being heels, had some funny segments as they blatantly cheated. Yano removed two turnbuckle pads. Ishii whipped into the exposed turnbuckles and splashed by Fale. Omega followed that up with a V-trigger and The One Winged Angel for the pinfall victory. This avenges the loss Omega suffered to Ishii in The New Japan Cup.

Ricochet and NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi b. Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, & BUSHI) when Robinson pinned Naito with Pulp Friction. Major shine on the babyfaces early on. Lots of action in this towards the end with everybody hitting their big moves. Robinson managed to hit his finisher on Naito for the upset win. The announcers rightfully sold it as the biggest win of Juice's career.

After the match Juice challenged Naito for the Intercontinental Title, and knowing New Japan's logic he will get the shot.

War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) b. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima to win the titles when Rowe pinned Kojima after a Fallout. Good hossfight. Any time you get four big scary  dudes tossing each other around, I'm happy. Kojima hit Rowe with his rapid fire chops. Impressive spot saw Hanson carry both Tenzan and Kojima on his shoulders at the same time. 3D on Rowe, which Hanson tried to break up with a splash. However Kojima dodged and Hanson splashed his own partner. Rowe hit Kojima with a cutter, but Kojima kicked out. Hanson hit a suicide dive on Tenzan to get him out of the equation. War Machine finished off Kojima with their finisher, Fallout.

After the match Tenzan and Kojima shook hands with War Machine, and Tenzan asked for a rematch. War Machine bowed to their opponents, and celebrated their victory.

NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto p. Zack Sabre Jr. with The GTR to retain the title. Sabre came to the ring wearing three title belts (PWG, Evolve, and British Heavyweight)  very mat-based technical match early on. Sabre showcased his signature counters. Desperado ran out for a distraction, allowing Minoru Suzuki to attack Goto from behind. However, Goto fended off Suzuki's interference, and hit the GTR for the win.

After the match Suzuki brawled with Goto, so that may be the next title program.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. KUSHIDA with The Time Bomb to retain the championship. Ryusuke Taguchi accompanied Kushida to the ring, probably in case the rest of LIJ made appearances. Large inflatable balls were dropped on the crowd during Takahashi's entrance. Kushida kicked off the match by hitting Takahashi with a plancha to the outside. Kushida got Takahashi in the Hiverboard Lock in the opening minutes. In a shocking finish, Takahashi got out of the submission, DVD'd Kushida into the turnbuckles, and hit his finisher Time Bomb to get the the quick victory. The match was only about three minutes long.

Takahashi taunted the fallen Kushida after the match. Ricochet ran in and challenged Takahashi for the title.


IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada p. Katsuyori Shibata with two straight Rainmakers to retain the title. The crowd sided with Shibata as he outwrestled the champion in the early minutes. As the match progressed, Okada got increasingly frustrated, and he was the first not to make a clean break. Okada DDT'd Shibata on the floor, which I always hate because that should be a stretcher job. Okada hit the Savage style elbow and motioned for the Rainmaker. However, Shibata countered with a STO. This lead to the dueling forearms spot. They went back and forth for several minutes, trading each other's moves, including stealing each other's signature dropkicks. I think Okada set a record for most dropkicks I've seen him use in a single match. Okada hit a Rainmaker, but Shibata NO SOLD IT! That's a first. Shibata headbutted Okada so hard that he split his own head open. Shibata locked in an octopus hold, which slowly felled Okada to the mat. Okada made it to the ropes, so Shibata kicked him and locked in a sleeper, his usual setup for the Penalty Kick. However, he instead gripped Okada's wrist like he was going to give a Rainmaker, and kicked him several times. Okada countered with a Rainmaker. kicks on his own, and two more Rainmakers to finally put Shibata down for the count. Excellent match and a possible MOTYC.

Shibata stumbled to the back, refusing any help.

This victory puts Okada third on the list of all-time combined days as World Champion.

After the match, Bad Luck Fale ran out and attacked Okada from behind. He gave both Gedo and Okada Hand Grenades, and hit Okada with the Bad Luck Fall. Okada had to be helped to the back.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #80 on: April 28, 2017, 08:48:29 PM »
Road To Dontaku - 4/27 Multi-Camera show with Japanese commentary

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato b. Tiger Mask IV, Katsuya Kitamura, & Somebody I didn't recognize when Oka made The New Guy submit to a Boston Crab. Pretty standard opening match fare. Tiger & Liger started the match, and they went back and forth. Kawato and The New Guy tagged in, which lead to the heat on Kawato. Eventually Oka and Kitamura got in the ring for a battle of beasts. Kitamura hit Oka with a suplex and tagged out to the new guy, who hit a great dropkick. Oka Rallied with a powerslam before locking in the Boston Crab. Liger and Kawato kept Tiger and Kitamura at bay, so the new guy had no choice but to submit. Afterward everybody shook hands like good sportsmen.

CHAOS (Toru Yano & Will Ospreay) b. Suzuki Gun (Taka Michinoku & El Desperado) when Ospreay pinned Takahashi with a Springeboard Cutter. Technically both teams are heels, but Suzuki-Gun are far more dastardly and cowardly. Despeado used a hammer on Ospreay pretty much out of the gate.Ospreay tagged in Yano, who immediately removed the turnbuckle pads on opposite corners. As the referee tried to take the pad from Yano, Yano lowblowed Michinoku. Yano tagged Ospreay back in who hit his springboard cutter for a pretty quick victory.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & David Finlay b. The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, & Chase Owens) The faces ran wild early until Finlay got tripped and tossed to the outside for the heat. The heels mocked Kojima by hitting Finlay with rapid fire chops. Kojima got his revenge by hitting his genuine rapid fire chops on all three opponents. Tencozy hit a 3D on Owens, allowing Tenzan to finish him off with the Anaconda Vice.

Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Beretta pinned Kanemaru after the Strong Sero finisher. Good match with a lot of the expected high flying. The scantily clad valet got involved a lot though. The heels got the heat on Beretta, setting up the hot tag to Romero. RPG Vice hit their finisher on Kanemaru, but Taichi pulled the ref out of the ring. He and the scantily clad valet taped the hammer to his boot. He kicked Beretta in the face, and sold his own foot. Kanemaru hit a moonsault, but only scored a two count. Tower Of Doom spot put all four wrestlers writihing around on the mat. Rocky got up first, and he and Taichi tumbled to the outside. Beretta and Kanemaru went back and forth with Kanemaru scoring another near fall with a spinning DDT. Kanemaru went to the top rope, presumably for his leaping DDT, but Rocky huracanrana'd him off the top. RPG Vice hit their Strong Zero finisher for the win.

After the match, Romero taunted the heels, telling them to go home in Japanese. He also challenged The Young Bucks.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi) Juice Robinson, Yoshitatsu, & NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi)  The heels tried to jump the faces before the bell, but the faces were ready. The brawl spilled to the outside right away. The faces gathered together and teamed up on BUSHI with Taguchi directing them with baseball coach gestures. As Taguchi celebrated to the crowd, the rest of LIJ tossed the facees out of the ring. So Taguchi had to face all of LIJ on his own, which of course did not end very well. This lead to the heat on Taguchi as the heels teamed up on him. Eventually Ricochet got the hot tag and ran wild to the cheers of the crowd. Tanahsahi and Robinson each got chances to shine as well. Exciting high speed action ensued with everybody hitting their big movies. The finish was Juice reversing Sanada's Skull End Dragon Sleeper into Pulp Friction. This gives Juice two high profile wins over LIJ. See how much more credible a new challenger looks when he gets some wins? it's hard to believe the former CJ Parker has become one of my favorite guys to watch now.

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi) b. CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuhika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Yoshi-Hashi) wen Fale pinned Hashi with a Tombstone Pilerdriver. Okada and Takahashi were poised to start the match, but Fale cheapshotted Okada from behind. Okada rallied, knocking the BC out of the corner and tagging in Hashi. Hashi did well until Omega was tagged in. Omega took Hashi and Ishii, starting the heat on Ishii. After a long beatdown on Ishii, Okada got the hot tag and ran wild with a vengeance. Takahashi was finally able to take Okada down and tag in Fale. Again, it's so simple, the monster challenger didn't get in the ring with the champion until the champion is vulnerable. Okada decked Fale with a dorpkick and tagged in Hashi. CHAOS eventually toppeled the monster together, but Hashi could only get two counts. All the teammates started brawling outside the ring, leaving Hashi in the ring alone with Fale. CHAOS tried to make a save, but Fale koncked them all to the floor. Fale then hit Hashi with a Tombstone Piledriver (one of Okada's signature moves) to get the pin.

After the match, Fale whipped Okada into the turnbuckles and choked him on the floor with his boot.


Minoru Suzuki  p. NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto with a Gotch Piledriver to win the title. Both these guys have awesome themes and entrances. The match started out like most big matches, with lockups and the feeling out process. it wasn't long before Suzuki busted out the armbreaker over the ropes, and knocked around  Goto outside the ring. Referee Red Shoes took the chair from Suzuki, and behind his back El Desperado attacked Goto. Back in the ring Suzuki toyed with Goto. Goto made a brief comeback after countering with a lariat. Goto landed a series of strikes in the corner, which riled up Suzuki. An extended trade of forearms originally went bad for Goto, but he turned it around and finally decked Suzuki/ Goto locked in a submission that was like a crossface paired with a Rings of Saturn, but Suzuki made it to the ropes. Goto lifted Suzuki for the Ushi Garoushi, only for Suzuki to get him in the Rear Naked Choke. Goto powered out of a powerbomb attempt and hit the Ushi Garoushi. Desperado tried to interfere, and was knocked to the barricade by Goto's forearm. He collapsed by the barricade like he was dead. Goto went for the GTR, only for Suzuki to power out of it and hit a dropkick (Suzuki is 48!). Behind the ref's back, Desperado returned and gave Goto an Over The Head Chairshot that busted the chair. Suzuki further weakened Goto with several hand strikes. Finally, Suzuki finished off Goto with a Gotch Piledriver.

After the match, Suzuki tossed Goto to the outside and kicked Red Shoes. He cut a promo, presumably putting over his heel Suzuki-Gun stable.

Very good match, and worthy of a Main Event.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2017, 06:20:57 PM »
Toyonokuni - 4/29, Full show with Japanese Commentary

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoyuki Oka Hirai Kawato  Tiger Mask IV, Katsuya Kitamura, & Shota Umino  This was a rematch from the previous show. Umino is the new guy I didn’t recognize. Again we got a fun Hossfight between Kitamura and Oka. Umino tagged in and got a near fall or two on Oka. Oka locked in a Boston Crab, but Umino made it to the ropes. So Oka simply powerslammed him and locked in the Crab again to get the submission victory. Handshakes for everybody except Oka and Kitamura, so we may have a Young Lions feud on our hands.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Baretta) b.  Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) when Baretta pinned Desperado. Romero and Kanemaru started the match. Romero hit an impressive double hurricanrana on both Kanemaru and Desperado. SG of course resorted to brawling outside the ring to gain an advantage. Desperado used a spike like object on Romero during the heat. Beretta got the hot tag. RPG Vice rallyed during a botched ref distraction and hit their finisher on Desperado to get the win.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (SANADA & BUSHI) b. Yoshitatsu & Ryusuke Taguchi when Sanada submitted Tatsu with the Skull End. Weird spot saw Taguchi somehow having his hands tied up on the rope while the heels worked over Yoshitatsu. Taguchi eventually got the hot tag and ran wild. Tatsu tagged back in and also ran wild until he got tripped. Sanada locked in the Skull End Dragon Sleeper to get the submission win.

The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga,Tanga Roa, &Yujiro Takahashi) b. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & David Finlay when Roa pinned Finlay with a piledriver variant. The babyface actually jumped the heels before the bell. Shine on the faces as they worked over Tonga. The heels cut off Kojima and triple teamed him in the corner. They mocked Kojima with the rapid chops. Kojima was able to tag in Tenzan who ran wild then tagged Finlay. A brawl broke out outside the ring, leaving Finlay and Roa in the ring. Roa hit some sort of piledriver, think Bam Bam Bigalow’s Over The Shoulder Piledriver, for the pinfall victory.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Will Ospreay) b. Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku, & Taichi) when Ospreay pinned Michinoku with The Oscutter (Springboard Cutter). Once again we got to hear two of the best entrance themes in wrestling back to back. A brawl broke out early with things going well for CHAOS until Suzuki locked in his over the ropes armbar on Hashi. The heels took to the outside to gain advantage. Taichi used the now familiar hammer on Hashi, which lead to the heat on Hashi. Goto got the hot tag, and knocked out Taka and Taichi so he could get his hands on Suzuki. The two did a dramatic exchange of forearms and reversed each other’s finishers. Taka and Ospreay tagged in, and a multi-man brawl ensued. Goto clotheslined Suzuki to the outside while Hashi kept Taichi at bay. Ospreay nailed his Oscutter finisher to get the win.

After the match Suzuki and Goto had a pull-apart brawl. The announcers seemed to be saying “rematch”.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, & Chase Owens)   Once again, Fale roughed up the ring announcer because he’s a bully. A brawl broke out before the bell (again). Fale had Okada at his mercy, but Yano ran in for the save. CHAOS triple teamed Fale, which was funny because Okada didn’t even have time to take his awesome coat off. Soon after, BC got the upper hand by working over Yano. Yano started a comeback, and went for the turnbuckles (this has to be a record for the longest time Yano has taken to remove the turnbuckle pad). The referee got knocked out by the turnbuckle pad. Yano low-blowed Omega while the ref recovered. Ishii tagged in and had a great exchange with Omega. Double tag to Okada and Fale, with Okada slamming Fale. Fale hit Okada with a Samoan Drop before tagging in Owens. Okada powered out of the Package Piledriver. Okada also laid out Fale with a neckbreaker. A Tombstone and Rainmaker later on Owens and it was all over.

After the match, Okada tried a dive to the outside onto Fale, but was caught and slammed to the floor.

They have 90 minutes for the three top matches.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Ricochet with the Time Bomb. This was an awesome match, even if it did begin with dives to the outside. Ricochet had the shine in the early moments until Takahashi speared him to the outside onto the barrier. Takahashi tried to ground Ricochet with a leg screw and a figure 4. Ricochet rallied with a 619 and spinning uppercut. Takahashi hit a DVD on the apron, and of course less than a minute later Ricochet is back on offense, hitting a pair of rolling suplexes on the floor. A ton of highspots followed, as one would expect with these two. Takahashi hit his Time Bomb finisher, but Ricochet kicked out. Crowd is solidly behind Ricochet. Ricochet missed a 630. Takahashi finished him off with a DVD to the corner and a second Time Bomb.

If you like high flying, this match was for you.

Hiroshi Tanahashi p. EVIL   Tanahashi hit a plancha before the bell and whipped Evil into the barricade. Evil countered with a whip to the barricade of his own, and did his “Chair around the neck” chairshot. Evil worked over Tanahashi’s neck with holds. Tanahashi skinned the cat on the ropes and headscissored Evil to the outside. He followed that up with a High Fly Flow to the outside. Back in the ring they traded forearms. Evil continued his neck assault. Tanahashi mounted a comeback with a Slingblade. He was going for the High Fly Flow when Evil’s LIJ stablemates Bushi and Sanada hit the ring. They knocked Tanahashi off the top rope where he collided with referee Red Shoes. Bushi and Sanada double teamed the hero. Bushi went for the mist, but Tanahashi ducked and Bushi sprayed Sanada. At this point, Ryusuke Taguchi ran in for the save. Sanada & Evil carried Taguchi to the back, leaving the original competitors in the ring. Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow again, but Evil got the knees up. Tanahashi dodged Evil’s STO attempted, and landed a High Fly Flow bodypress, followed immediately with a High Fly Flow frogsplash to finally put Evil down.

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito p. Juice Robinson with Tranquilo. This was a huge test for Juice, as it is his first singles PPV main event outside of possibly a G1 Match. There was a very emotional video package highlighting Juice’s rapid rise, and his humble but determined mindset. Naito tried controlling the opening minutes by stalling and getting in and out of the ring. Juice eventually got his hands on Naito and hit several moves. However, Naito reverse a whip to the barricade, and regained control over Juice. Naito worked over Juice’s leg after wrapping it around the barricade. Naito used several figure four variants, as well as basement dropkicks to the knee. Juice slowly mounted a one-legged comeback, and landed a top rope bodypress. Juice nailed a spinebuster on the apron (that’s two too many apron bumps if you ask me). Back in the ring, Naito landed a Tornado DDT, and continued the assault        on Juice’s knee with a calf killer. Juice countered a top rope hurricanrana into a powerbomb, and hit a second powerbomb for a near fall. Juice went for the Pulp Friction (Unprettier/Killswitch) but Naito pushed him off. Juice got Naito on his shoulders, only to have Naito counter with Destino. Naito hit a second Destino, but Juice kicked out! Juice countered a third Destino and went for Pulp Friction again. Naito countered that into a third and final Destino to get the win at last.

This was a perfect example of a guy who looked stronger in defeat, because it took so much to finally put him down. Excellent match that capped of a show that had a so-so first half.

As Juice was helped to the back, Naito took the mic for a promo. However, before he started Tanahashi stepped out and got in the ring. It’s worth noting that no music hit, and no grandiose entrance. Tanahashi just got in the ring and took a mic. He acted like he was reading from an invisible piece of paper. He clearly mentioned the Tokyo Dome (where Naito beat him to retain the IC Title). Naito said something else. I assume this was a challenge for a title shot.

Tanahashi left the ring, and Naito cut a promo as Bushi, Takahashi, and Sanada joined him in the ring to close the show.
      

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« Reply #82 on: May 03, 2017, 10:41:21 PM »
Dontaku 5/03 - Full Show with English Commentary

This is the major show built to over the past couple weeks.

PRE-SHOW: Yoshitatsu & Hirai Kawato b. Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura when Yoshitatsu submitted Kitamura with a Leg Grapevine Oka & Kitamura are both beasts, so it’s cool to see them team. Oka and Tatsu started the match. The two Young Lions cut off Kawato for the double teaming. The announce team of Kevin Kelly and Don Callis really put over Kitamura. Kawato held Oka at bay while Tatsu locked in his leg grapevine to get the submission. Standard opening match fare.

CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay) b. The Bullet Club (Yujiro Takakashi & Chase Owens) when Hashi submitted Owens with the Butterfly Lock. Bullet Club attacked before the bell, and cut off Hashi. Ospreay got a tag and used a few dropkick variations. Owens tagged in for some back and forth action before Ospreay tagged back out to Hashi. A four way broke out, which Ospreay broke up with an outside dive. This left Hashi in the ring with Owens, who he put away with his Butterfly Lock

Togi Makabe, Tiger Mask IV, & Tiger Mask W b. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Jushin Thunder Liger when Makabe pinned Nakanishi with The King Kong Kneedrop. A lot of action early on, with IV and W doing some double teaming. W got a Tiger Driver on Nagata. Double tag out brought in Makabe and Nakanishi for the hossfight. The Tigers kept Nagata and Liger at bay as Makabe fought out of a Torture Rack. Makabe levelled Nakanishi with a lariat and hit the top rope knee to win the match.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado, IWGP Junior Tag Champions Rocky Romero, & Beretta) b. Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openwieght ChampionMinoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Goto pinned  I will never get tired of hearing Goto and Suzuki’s music played in succession. A brawl erupted right off the bat. Taichi choked out Romero with a cane right in front of Kelly and Callis. Kelly yelled “Come on!” disapprovingly, while Callis blurted out “Go for the eye!”. Suzuki choked Goto with a chair. In the ring, Kanemaru and Taichi worked over Jado. Yano tagged in and did his comedy. Callis openly asked God to put Suzuki in the ring with Yano. Suzuki did tag in, but Yano quickly tagged in Goto. Suzuki and Goto went at it for several minutes before the multi-man brawl returned. While everybody was brawling on the outside, Goto hit Taka with the Ushi Garoushi and a GTR for a three count.

After the match the brawl continued, with Suzuki and Goto being pulled apart. Suzuki cut a promo saying let them fight. The Young Lions (who work like security when not wrestling) wouldn’t allow it, so Suzuki made sure to deck Kitamura on his way out.

Cody (Rhodes) p. David Finlay with the Crossroads. Very high energy match early on. Neither man really dominated. Finlay went for a spinning uppercut off the second rope, but Cody reversed it into the Crossroads for the win.

Cody cut a promo after the match saying he wants somebody bigger and stronger.

Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA  Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi)  This was KUSHIDA’s first match after the surprisingly quick loss to Takahashi last month. The crowd chanted for Naito. KUSHIDA and Naito started out the match, but Kushida went after Takahashi. They brawled through the crowd. Unfortunately for Kushida, Naito disposed of Juice in the ring, and joined Takahashi in double teaming Kushida. They brought Kushida back into the ring for more teaming, until Juice got the hot tag. It’s worth noting that Juice is still selling his knee from the IC Title match a few days ago. Juice hit several moves on Naito, but Naito blocked a senton and went back to the knee. Naito hit a Tornado DDT, which lead to a double tag out. Kushida hit a top rope dive out to both LIJ members. Back in the ring Kushida was taking it to Takahashi until Naito German Suplexed him from behind. This allowed Takahashi to finish off Kushida with the Time Bomb. Sans one possible tag match, Kushida has yet to pin Takahashi since he lost the Junior Heavyweight title to him in January.

A video package aired announcing the Best Of The Super Juniors Entrants

A BLOCK
Jushin Thunder Liger
Ricochet
Dragon Lee
Will Ospreay
Marty Scurll
Taichi
Taka Michinoku
Hiromu Takahashi

B BLOCK
Tiger Mask IV
Ryusuke Taguchi
KUSHIDA
Volador Jr.
ACH
Yoshinobu Kanemaru
El Desperado
BUSHI

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) b. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) and Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) when Rowe pinned Tenzan after Fallout. I tend to dislike three ways, but these teams have legitimately been feuding over a few months. War Machine came out in Spartan-like helmets. Three way brawl escalated quickly. Kojima got his rapid fire chops in early on both War Machine teammates. The GODs cut off Kojima, and Tonga decked both War Machines off the apron with an impressive dropkick with each foot hitting one guy. Hanson did his version of the Forever Clotheslines on both GODs. Tencozy paid tribute to Tomoaki Honma by hitting Kokeshi headbutts. Tenzan climbed the ropes for a Moonsault, but Hanson stopped him. War Machine hit Fallout to pin Tenzan and retain their titles.

War Machine were bowing to the crowd when The GODs attacked them from behind and beat them down.

They have almost two hours remaining and only three matches to go.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (SANADA, EVIL, & BUSHI) b. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Ricochet) when Bushi pinned Taguchi with two Codebreakers. Comedy early on with all three of Taguchi Japan doing hip attacks. LIJ were able to turn the tides on the faces and concentrate on Taguchi himself. Ricochet tagged in and ran wild, then it was Tanahashi’s turn. Triple submission spot with the babyfaces all locking in holds on the heels. Evil blocked a High Fly Flow with his knees. Taguchi tagged in and hit several running hip attacks. Multi-man exchange with everybody hitting big moves. The referee got bumped, and while he was down, Taguchi put Bushi in The Ankle Lock, and Bushi tapped. Taguchi looked for the referee, and got mist in the face from Bushi. Taguchi valiantly kicked out of the rollup, but got hit by a second rope Codebreaker. Tanahashi and Ricochet broke up the pinfall, but both got hit by Cutters for their troubles. Bushi hit a second middle rope Codebreaker and got the win. LIJ are now three-time champions. And once again all five members of LIJ are champions.

Kenny Omega p. Tomohiro Ishii with The One Winged Angel. This was being sold by the announcers as an unofficial #1 Contenders Match. Omega came to the ring shirtless and in black trunks, which means he means business. Ishii’s shirt uses the term “Tough And Hard”. Again, this one had action out of the gate, but people have been expecting a rematch since Ishii beat Omega in Round One of The New Japan Cup. The opening minutes may have had more action outside the ring than inside. Omega powerbombed Ishii on the apron for a near countout. Kenny had the upper hand for the next several minutes. Ishii finally got fed up with Omega’s strikes and started no-selling. Ishii hit a Superplex. Omega hit a top rope dive to the outside. Ishii kicked out of a V-Trigger (Boma Ye/Kinshasa). Ishii nearly decapitated Omega with a Lariat. Omega kicked out of a basement Lariat. Ishii tried to go for The One Winged Angel, but Omega reversed it with a Reverse Hurricanrana. Omega went for The One Winged Angel, and ISHII hit a Reverse Hurricanrana! The dude is like 5’5” and 220. Omega hit a Brainbuster (Ishii’s finisher) for a two-count. Omega finally hit The One Winged Angel and got the pin. Amazing match!

Kenny teased helping Ishii up, but turned his back and walked out because in the end, he’s a dick.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada p. Bad Luck Fale after a third Rainmaker. These two do have history, as Fale cleanly pinned Okada in the 2015 and 2016 G1 tournaments. However, he never got a title shot, only a non-title match. Fale controlled the opening minutes, ramming Okada’s back into the ringpost (why is this stuff not DQ material anymore?). Okada rallied with a bodyslam and a clothesline to the outside. Okada went for a Tombstone, but Fale was too big. However, Okada was able to hit the Heavy Rain Neckbreaker. Okada motioned for the Rainmaker, but Fale reversed it into a Bearhug, and smashed Okada into the turnbuckle. Fale hit a corner splash for a two count. After that, Fale hit a Hand Grenade, only for Okada to kick out. Okada hit the Too Awesome Dropkick, followed by a Missile Dropkick. Then Okada hit a Tombstone Piledriver on the 350 lb. Fale. Okada went for the Rainmaker, but Fale retaliated with a Rainmake of his own. Fale hit a Spear for a two count. Okada got out of a Bad Luck Fall attempt, and hit another dropkick (we may have a record for the number of Okada dropkicks in a single match) but fell to a lariat. Fale hit the Tombstone, and Okada kicked out of it for the first time ever. Another Bad Luck Fall attempt, with Okada hurricanranaing his way out of it. Okada then hit two straight Rainmakers. He went for a third, but Fale countered. Okada turned it into a German Suplex, and hit a third Rainmaker to get the win. Another awesome match under Okada’s belt. It’ll take an amazing turn of events for this guy not to be my Wrestler Of The Year for 2017.

After the match, Okada posed with somebody of importance in Japan. He then took the mic and called out Omega. Without even speaking to the crowd, Omega got them to chant for him. Major tease for Okada/Omega II.

Okada did his “I have three things to say” promo, but I have no idea what he said other than it looks like Okada/Omega II will happen in June at Dominion.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #83 on: May 16, 2017, 09:43:07 PM »
I heard tomorrow morning's BOSJ opening show at Korakuen Hall is free on NJPW World, no signup required.

Also, can you explain Kojima's Bread Club?

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #84 on: May 17, 2017, 12:34:16 PM »
This link is from New Japan's Twitter

https://t.co/YSRxzjjokT

Regarding Kojima, my understanding is he's just a really big fan of bread.
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« Reply #85 on: May 17, 2017, 06:31:22 PM »
Best Of The Super Juniors 24

A BLOCK
Jushin Thunder Liger
Ricochet
Dragon Lee
Will Ospreay
Marty Scurll
Taichi
Taka Michinoku
Hiromu Takahashi

B BLOCK
Tiger Mask IV
Ryusuke Taguchi
KUSHIDA
Volador Jr.
ACH
Yoshinobu Kanemaru
El Desperado
BUSHI

Night One, 5/17 Korakuen Hall - Full show with Japanese Commentary

Unlike the G1, bloth blocks will have tournament matches on the same night.

Taka Michinoku p. Jushin Thunder Liger with a rollup. Both of these guys are seasoned vets, Taka is 43 and Liger is 50. A lot of mat based grappling at the start of the match. Taka did have Liger in the Facelock for a long period, with Liger barely making it to the ropes. Taka kicked out of a Ligerbomb. Taka countered with a tieup/rollup for the surprise pin. In a rare show of respect from a Suzuki-Gun member, Taka bowed to Liger after the match.

Volador Jr. p. Tiger Mask IV with a Moonsault Slam. This one had a lot of fast reversals and counters out of the gate, with neither man gaining any real control. Volador hit a DIVE on Tiger and went for a Moonsault, but Tiger countered with his knees. Volador kicked out of a Tiger Driver and dodged a top rope splash. Volador also escaped a cross-armbreaker. Tiger was going to go to the top again, but Voldaor cut him off with an enziguiri and hit a Moonsalut Slam for the win. A respectful handshake between the two babyfaces after the match.

Ricochet p. Taichi with a Shooting Star Press. Taichi stalled early by pacing around the ring. Ricochet dove out on Taichi, and tried to start the match. However Taichi still did not get in the ring, and even tossed his valet into the ring instead. When the ref was distracted with getting the gal out of the ring, Taichi struck with his cane and bell hammer shots. Ricochet rallied with kicks. The valet handed Taichi his cane, which he tried to use on Ricochet. However, Richochet ducked. The ref grabbed the cane. Ricochet het a spin kick, and finished off Taichi with a Shooting Star.

ACH p. BUSHI with The Midnight Driver. ACH stupidly accepted a handshake from Bushi, and got a dropkick in the face for his troubles. Bushi hurricanranad ACH on the outside, and gave him and elevated DDT on the apron. Bushi continued to work over ACH with submissions. ACH countered with kicks, and his a press to the outside. They went back and forth until ACH hit a few moves in a row and won with his Midnight Driver finisher.

El Desperado p. KUSHIDA with a powerbomb. Kushida came to the ring wearing his (SPOILER ALERT) newly won ROH TV Championship belt. Desperado atacked Kushida before the bell and used a spike on him. Kushida rallied with dopkicks and elbows, and used a cross armbreaker. After a ref bump, Desperado tapped to the Hoverboard Lock. When Kushida went to revive the ref, Desperado grabbed the belt and hit a pedigree on the belt for a two count. Desperado then finished off Kushida with a powerbomb variant.

Marty Scurll s. Will Ospreay with a Rear Naked Choke. Both of these guys are indie darlings. Some chain wrestling counters and comedy with both guys flapping their arms like birds.The match gradually escalated and the big moves began. I lost track of the number of DIVES, but both of these guys do them well. It was very much back and forth, with neither man dominating and both men having creative counters. Ospreay hit one of his twirling kicks. He went for the Oscutter, but Scurll countered catching him in the Rear Naked Choke, to which Ospreay submitted.

Ryusuke Taguchi  Yoshinobu Kanemaru  Comedy early on with Taguchi running the ropes nonstop until he collapsed, and Kanemaru literally kicking his butt. Heat on Taguchi as Kanemaru smacked him around the ring. Taguchi started his comeback with Hip Attacks. Kanemaru hit is leaping DDT for a two count. Taguchi countered with the Ankle lock. Taka Michinoku got on the ring apron to distract the ref, so Kanemaru could do a mule kick low blow. However, Taguchi countered with a low blow of his owen. He kicked Kanemaru, which caused Kanemaru to reel back and knock Taka off the apron. Taguchi rolled up Kanemaru in a small package to get the win.

Dragon Lee p. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi with the Dragon Driver. This was the main event and it was high action right out of the gate with the dueling strikes. Dragon won the strike contest, and started his shine including a Sunset Flip from the apron to the floor (INSANE!). Fortunately it lead to a near count out (Takahashi got in at 19 out of 20). They traded several release German Suplexes, then went back to the trading of stikes. After Dragon escaped a submission hold, Takahashi went for the mask. Dragon countered into an inside cradle for a near fall. They traded several rollups. Tkahashi got a two count witha  Canadian Destroyer. Dragon countered the Time Bomb, and hit a DVD to the turnbuckles (one of Takahashi's own moves). Dragon then hit what can best be called a Package Suplex (it sounded like they called it a Dragon Driver) to get the win. This is the first singles loss Takahashi has suffered since he returned last November.

Good show with a very strong main event. Worth seeking out if the above link still works

A Block Standings

2 Dragon Lee
2 Marty Scurll
2 Ricochet
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Hiromu Takahashi
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
0 Taichi
0 Will Ospreay

B Block Standings

2 ACH
2 El Desperado
2 Ryusuke Taguchi
2Volador Jr.
0 BUSHI
0 KUSHIDA
0 Tiger Mask IV
0 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #86 on: May 18, 2017, 06:49:46 PM »
Did Ricochet and Ospreay steal the show again this year?

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #87 on: May 19, 2017, 06:54:41 PM »
Did Ricochet and Ospreay steal the show again this year?

Well, they were the main event, so technically that would've meant they stole their own show. But yeah, it was easily as good as the first match.
      

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« Reply #88 on: May 19, 2017, 06:54:55 PM »
Best Of Super Juniors Night 2 - 5/18, A Block

This night had the more G1 like format of focusing on one block in tournament matches, with the other block havving tag matches to set up future tournament bouts.

Tiger Mask IV, Hirai Kawato, & Tomoyuki Oka b. Katsuya Kitamura, Shota Umino, & Tetsuhiro Yagi when Kawato submitted Yagi with a Boston Crab Six-Way crawl off the bat.Heat on Kitamura until he and Oka battled with suplexes. A lot of action happened with all the guys tossing each other around until Kawato locked in the most devastating move in all of the Young Lions field, The Boston Crab. Handshakes all around after the match. Perfectly fine opening fare, and I say again Kitamura is very impressive. I hear Umino is the son of Referee Red Shoes.

Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) b. Volador Jr. & ACH when Desperado pinned ACH with a rollup. This had action right out off the bat with a lot of running and flipping. The heels cut off Volador, and Desperado hit him with a smartphone. ACH got a hot tag and hit a pair of DIVES on Kanemaru. ACH was going for an Overdrive looking move when Desperado grabbed the ref and pushed his head down. Kanemaru came from behind and hit ACH with something, allowing Deperado to steal the pin.

David Finlay & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)  Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, & Yujiro Takahashi)  Finlay came to the ring in similar facepaint as War Machine. Another match with a brawl to start things off. Hanson did his version of the Forever Clotheslines. Finlay tagged in and battled with Tonga. Hanson dove onto the other Bullet Club Members. Finlay went for a flying uppercut, but Tonga reversed it into a Gun Stun for the three count. The heels celebrated their win as the faces went to the back

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions SANADA, BUSHI, & EVIL) b. Satoshi Kojima, Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, & KUSHIDA when Bushi pinned Kushida with a backslide. Hiroshi Tanahashi was originally supposed to be in this match, but he is out with an injury so Kojima stepped up to take his place. The heels jumped the faces at the sound of the bell. Juice and Taguchi got some offense, but he was soon cut off and worked over for several minutes. Kojima got the hot tag and immediately hit his rapidfire chops on Sanada and Evil. Kushida was locking in the Cross Armbreaker on Bushi, but Sanada gripped Kushida with his Dragon Sleeper to break it up. Bushi soon afterward hooked Kushida into abackslide rollup for the surprise pin. Kushida has been on quite the losing streak. The heels beat up the faces afterward because they're jerks. Naito threw the IC Belt against the ringpost, seriously denting it. The ringside crew hammered it back into place, which actually got a bit of a pop.

Taichi p. Taka Michinoku with a rollup. Not only are both these guys heels, they're both part of the Suzuki-Gun stable. Desperado accompanied Taka to the ring. Taichi came alone, but lip-synched his theme with his mic-stand. Both guys just circled slowly around the ring as the referee kept making the "FIGHT!" gestures. After a few minutes of literally no moves, the two exploded with flurries of clotheslines, strikes, and enziguiri kicks, all of which they dodged and missed on each other. Taichi left the ring and paced around it. Then when he got in the ring Taka got out and paced around. Taka got in the ring, and Taichi left and paced around again. This time, when Taichi was getting in the ring, Taka kicked the rope and crotched Taichi. Taichi returned the favor to Taka. Taichi missed a kick, and tweaked is knee. When Taka checked on him, Taichi rolled him up and pinned him. IT WAS A RUSE! As Taichi danced around the ring, the camera focused on Taka, who had a sly grin like he realized he got duped.

Dragon Lee p. Marty Scurll with a Double Footstomp. Scurll is now part of The Bullet Club (established at the last ROH PPV), so he came to the ring with a Bullet Club umbrella. Both these guys were over with the crowd. Back and forth exchanges and crowd working early on. Scurll tied Dragon's mask to the ropes, and attacked him until referee Red Shoes untied Dragon. Lee rallied with a German Suplex and a dive to the outside. Scurll did his "fingerbreaker", which I always find silly. In fact he did it again on the top rope, but Dragon headbutted him and hit the ADR style double footstomp to get the win. Definitely  a match the crowd loved.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Jushin Thunder Liger with a Timb Bomb. Crowd was majorly hot for Liger, as it was announced this was Liger's final BOSJ. I think he's been in more than anybody else. Anyway Liger came out a house of fire with major shine. In this match, whe got the Liger from 20 years ago. He suplexed Takahashi on the floor. It was at this time I noticed Takahashi has dynamite painted on the back of his tights. Takahashi powerbombed Liger on the apron, and went on offense. He even tried to rip off Liger's mask. They traded several suplexes, and Takahashi kicked out of a Liger Bomb. Liger was in the middle of a comeback when Takahashi kicked him in the face and hit the Time Bomb for the clean win. Great match! After the match, Takahashi pointed at Liger and pointed at the belt, so we may be getting a rematch. After the match, Liger cut a promo to the chants of the crowd.

Ricochet Will Ospreay  It's a rematch one year in the making. If you're familiar with both of these guys, you know what to expect. A ton of backflips, reversals, flying headscissors, dives, etc... And I mean that as a complement. It was two of the best high flyers in the world trying to top each other. To give you an idea, Ospreay did a top rope hurricanrana and Ricochet LANDED ON HIS FEET. Not to be outdone, Ricochet did a top rope REVERSE hurricanrana and Ospreay landed on his feet. Ricochet hit Ospreay with a corkscrew kick and springboard stunner (two of Ospreay's signature moves) for a two count. Ospreay dodged a Shooting Star Press and hit his own corkscrew kick and Oscutter for the win.

Ricochet won last year's match as well, so he's 2-0 against Ricochet in BOSJ.

After the match, Ospreay cut a promo practically collapsed from exhaustion. He called Ricochet his worst enemy and best friend. He said wrestling is an art form, and he will win this year's tournament, even if he has to have a House Of Horrors match. It was a heckuva babyface promo, but last time I checked CHAOS was a heel faction.

A Block Standings

4 Dragon Lee
2 Hiromu Takahashi
2 Marty Scurll
2 Ricochet
2 Taichi
2 Taka Michinoku
2 Will Ospreay
0 Jushin Thunder Liger