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[Results] New Japan “WATARU INOUE RETIREMENT SHOW”, 4/2/14
NJPW “ROAD TO INVASION ATTACK 2014 ~WATARU INOUE RETIREMENT SHOW~”, 4/2/14 (Samurai! TV/iPPV)
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1. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match I: Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka beat Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu (6:44) by referee stop (Iizuka beat Komatsu.
2. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match II: Ryusuke Taguchi & El Desperado beat KUSHIDA & BUSHI (11:30) when Taguchi used the Dodon on BUSHI.
3. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match III: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask beat Jado & Gedo (9:51) when Tiger used a crucifix hold on Gedo.
4. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match IV: Yuji Nagata, Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan beat Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi (11:36) when Nagata used a backdrop hold on Taichi.
5. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match V: Togi Makabe, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi beat Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii, Yujiro Takahashi & YOSHI-HASHI (14:06) when Makabe used a King Kong kneedrop on YOSHI-HASHI.
6. Wataru Inoue Commemorative Retirement Match VI: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma (15:59) when Goto used the Shouten Kai on Honma.
* Wataru Inoue exclaimed that his life as a professional wrestler was great as New Japan said farewell to the 40-year-old, forced to retire after a lengthy injury.
Wataru couldn’t wrestle today but six matches were held in his honour and he was at the show, speaking and finally being given a cheerful send-off. Faces from his past such as his trainer Animal Hamaguchi were also in attendance.
Tanahashi used Wataru’s Staggerin’ Blow and Triangle Lancer in the main event, which also featured Wataru’s former young lion rival and tag partner Shibata, as well as fellow Hamaguchi Dojo graduate Tomoaki Honma. The match finished with Goto hitting Honma with his Shouten Kai.
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