New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) are back again and were onto
our last big show before the G1 Climax. After this, its
just a month of Kizuna Road shows before we start the grind
to Wrestle Kingdom 13. Like all of New Japans other major
events, the show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's
streaming service, NJPW World.
We'll have the standard match recommendation post later for
those of us who cant be up in the wee hours watching
wrestling, but if you can, why not watch along with the best
pro wrestling community on the internet?
Todays action takes place in Osaka's Osaka-Jo Hall, kicking
off at a ripe 3AM Eastern / 12AM Pacific, and features a
slam-bang double main event of Kazuchika Okada defending his
IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho and Kota
Ibushi putting the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on the
line against former champ Tetsuya Naito.
Plus Dragon Lee defends the IWGP Junior Heavyweight
Championship against Best of the Super Jr. 26 winner Will
Ospreay, newly crowned IWGP United States Heavyweight
Champion Jon Moxley gets to give Young Lion Shota Umino a
beating, Shingo Takagi wrestles his first match as an
openweight against the leader of Bread Club, Satoshi Kojima,
Jon Moxley over Shota Umino
Post-match, Mox cut a promo and declared his intent to join
the G1 Climax field this year!
Shingo Takagi over Satoshi Kojima
Post-match, Shingo also cut a promo where he said he wants
in the G1 Climax!
Jushin Liger & YOSHI-HASHI over Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki &
Zack Sabre, Jr.)
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, & Ryusuke Taguchi over
Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Switchblade Jay White, & Taiji
Tomohiro Ishii over Taichi (c) to win the NEVER Openweight
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) over Los
Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) to retain the IWGP
Tag Team Championship.
Katsuyori Shibata came out and KENTA followed, and the
erstwhile Hideo Itami declared his intent for the G1 Climax.
Will Ospreay over Dragon Lee (c) to win the IWGP Junior
Tetsuya Naito over Kota Ibushi (c) to win the IWGP
Kazuchika Okada (c) over Chris Jericho by pinfall with a
rana pin as a counter to retain the IWGP Heavyweight
Post-match Jericho attacks Okada and beats him down with a
steel chair! He follows it up with the Judas Effect before
setting the chair up and taking a seat above the fallen
Rainmaker briefly. Horse-collaring Okada with the chair, he
rams him into the post and goes to powerbomb him into a
table set up at ringside...
HIROSHI TANAHASHI MAKES THE SAVE! Y2J gets on the mic and
says hes the greatest of all time, even in the bullshit
country of Japan and vows that hell see Okada later before
wishing him, Happy championship, bitch!