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[Results] New Japan, 2/2/14 – Wataru Inoue announces retirement
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NJPW, 2/2/14 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,015 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi beat Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu (7:33) when Taichi used a thrust kick on Komatsu.
2. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & BUSHI beat Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado (7:50) when BUSHI pinned Jado.
3. Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan beat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (8:21) when Iizuka was DQ’d.
4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & El Desperado beat Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Kota Ibushi (12:36) when Kojima used a lariat on Nakanishi.
5. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. beat Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga (9:21) when Archer used the Killer bomb on Tonga.
6. Ryusuke Taguchi Return Match: Prince Devitt, Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson beat Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley (11:30) when Devitt used a diving footstomp on Taguchi.
7. Special 6 Man Tag Match: Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii beat Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito (24:55) when Ishii used a brainbuster on Naito.
* The biggest news of today’s Korakuen show wasn’t a match, but an announcement. After a long injury that has kept him out for around a year, 40-year-old Wataru Inoue announced his retirement from professional wrestling. He said that he has tried to recover, but his body won’t respond the same as it did.
Inoue was a promising young lion who debuted on the same day as Tanahashi and Shibata on 10/10/99, the day before the final Tokyo Dome show of the 90s. He rose through the junior ranks, finally winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title, before deciding to become a heavyweight.
Inoue enjoyed one brief reign as IWGP Tag Team Champion with Yuji Nagata, but for the most part his heavyweight turn didn’t result in much. An emotional Nagata watched as Wataru announced his retirement.
Wataru will continue to work for New Japan as a staff member. He’ll have an official retirement ceremony soon, so that he can say a proper farewell to the fans. Ganbare Wataru!
* There was tension between the New Japan army team after today’s main event, specifically Tanahashi and Goto. Tanahashi isn’t happy that Goto plans to team up with Katsuyori Shibata and declared that if this goes ahead, he no longer wants to team with Goto. Goto said if Tanahashi doesn’t want to team with him, he doesn’t have to, but should think it through.
* Ryusuke Taguchi returned from some 8 months out of action to resume his grudge with former Apollo 55 tag partner turned betrayer, Prince Devitt. And in the 8 man tag match, Devitt welcomed back Taguchi by pinning him. Taguchi said he plans to push Devitt out of New Japan for what he has done.
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