New Japan Pro Wrestling

NJPW: Dominion 2017 Results

New Japan Dominion 2017
June 11, 2017
Osaka-Jo Hall
Osaka, Japan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Togi Makabe and Yuji Ngata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi and Satoshi Kojima 

Nakanishi and Ngata starts things off. Ngata applies a wrist lock. Nakanishi reverses the hold. Ngata ducks a right hand from Nakanishi. Nakanishi lands a knife edge chop. Ngata responds with a dropkick to the knee. Nakanishi with a double axe handle to the chest. Nakanishi gets Ngata in the Torture Rack position, but Ngata backs on his feet and lands a spinning heel kick. Ngata tags in Tiger Mask. Both Tiger Mask and Tiger Mask W are kicking Nakanishi in the chest. Both Tiger Mask connects with stero dropkicks. Nakanishi lays out Tiger Mask with a running shoulder block. Nakanishi with a senton for a two count. Nakanishi tags in Liger. Tiger Mask kicks Liger in the gut. Liger connects with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Liger goes for a Surfboard Submission Hold, but Tiger Mask W breaks up the submission attempt. Liger tas in Kojima. Kojima clears the ring.

Tiger Mask plants Kojima with the Tiger Driver. Tiger Mask tags in Tiger Mask W. Tiger Mask W with a hurricanrana. Kojima lights up Tiger Mask W chest with a flurry of knife edge chops. Kojima ascends to the top rope. Kojima with a right hand that sends Tiger Mask W to the canvas. Tiger Mask W lands a big Pele Kick. Tiger Mask W with a Standing Moonsault for a two count. Tiger Mask W goes for the Powerbomb, but Kojima counters with the Koji Cutter. Kojima tags in Tenzan. Tiger Mask W with a Double Pele Kick to both Kojima and Tenzan. Tiger Mask W tags in Ngata. Ngata clotheslines Kojima. Ngata lands a series of buzzsaw kicks to the chest of Tenzan. Tenzan headbutts the chest of Ngata. Tenzan connects with a series of Mongolian Chop. Tenzan with a over the head belly to belly suplex. Ngata responds with an exploder suplex. Makabe and Nakanishi are tagged in. Both men try to test their strength. Nakanishi spears Makabe. Tiger Mask W with a Double Stomp to Nakanishi. Tenzan drops Tiger Mask W with a leg lariat. Ngata with a Big Boot to Tenzan. Tiger Mask dropkicks Liger. Makabe blocks the Torture Rack from Nakanishi. Makabe clotheslines Nakanishi. Makabe connects with the King Kong Knee Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tiger Mask W, Tiger Mask, Yuji Ngata and Togi Makabe via Pinfall 

Second Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Bushi, Sanada and Evil) (c) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi Hashi) vs. Suzuki Gun (Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr.) vs. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi) in a Gauntlet Match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 

Bullet Club and Chaos are the first two teams to enter. Page and Ishii starts things off. Collar and elbow tie up. Page applies a side headlock. Page goes for a shoulder block, but Ishii stands still. Page with a big boot to Ishii. Page lands a forearm smash. Page follows that with another big boot. Page and Ishii trades back and forth forearm shots. Ishii blocks a right hand from Fale. Ishii with a headbutt that knocks Fale off the ring apron. Ishii drops Page with a running shoulder tackle. Ishii tags in Hashi. Takahishi tags himself in. Hashi with a series of running elbow strikes to Takahisi. Hashi applies a side headlock. Takahis responds with a big forearm strike. Hashi ducks a clothesline from Takahishi. Hashi drops Takahishi with a neck breaker. Bad Luck Fale knocks the rest of the members of Chaos off the ring apron. Takahishi with a boot to the face of Hashi. Fale and Ishii are brawling in the crowd. Fale sends Yano into a collection of chairs.

Takahisi tags in Page. Page connects with a corner clothesline. Page repeatedly stomps Hashi’s chest. Page ducks an enziguri attempt from Hashi. Page plants Hashi with a Pump-Handle Deadlift Slam for a two count. Chaos and Bullet Club are brawling in the ring. Takahishi with a thrust kick to Hashi. Bullet Club connects with a Double Neck Breaker for a two count. Takahishi goes for a DDT, but Hashi blocks it. Takahishi goes for the Fisherman’s Brain Buster, but Hashi counters with a Neck Breaker. Hashi tags in Yano. Yano takes off the turnbuckle pad. Yano sends Takahishi into the exposed steel. Bullet Club responds with a Stereo Leg Drop. Fale comes into the ring and connects with a running splash. Ishii clotheslines Fale over the top rope. Bullet Club sends Hashi into Ishii to regain momentum in the match. Page talks smack to Yano. Yano ducks a right hand from Page. Yano drives Takahishi into Page. Yano with a rollup from behind to score the pinfall.

– The Bullet Club are officially eliminated

Suzuki Gun are the next team to enter this tag team match. Sabre with a clubbing blow to the back of Yano. Suzuki Gun are triple teaming Yano in the corner. Yano sends Sabre into the expose steel. Yano goes for a quick rollup for a two count. Taichi tries to break a beer bottle over Yano’s head, but the referee snatches the bottle away. Sabre locks into the European Clutch to score the pinfall over Yano.

– Chaos are officially eliminated

Taguchi Japan are the next team to enter this gauntlet match. Suzuki Gun and Taguchi Japan starts brawling in the ring. Taguchi connects with a Triple Hip Attack. Ricochet with a corner clothesline to Sabre. Taguchi Japan are triple teaming Sabre in the corner. Robinson with a Cannonball to Sabre. Taichi tosses Ricochet out of the ring. Taguchi tries to sneak away, but he’s getting his ass kicked by Suzuki Gun. Tiachi with a running punt kick to the back side of Taguchi. Sabre repeatedly kicks Taguchi in the ribs. Sabre uppercuts to the back of Taguchi. Taguchi responds with a hip attack. Taguchi tags in Robinson.

Ricochet and Robinson clears the ring. Ricochet lands a big boot and Robinson follows that with a Russian Leg Sweep. Ricochet connects a Standing Moonsault to Sabre. Robinson with a running senton for a two count. Robinson goes for the Killswitch, but Sabre blocks it. Tiachi hits Robinson with the bell hammer. Sabre with a running punt kick to the chest of Robinson for a two count. Tiachi with the Lights Out Kick for a two count. Tiachi goes for the Super Kick, but Robinson blocks it. Robinson goes for the Killswitch again, but the referee is trapped behind both men. Yoshinobu accidentally spits mist into Tiachi eyes. Robinson with a forearm strike to Tiachi. Robinson plants Tiachi with the Killswitch to score the pinfall.

– Suzuki Gun are officially eliminated

Zabre has Robinson locked in a Octopus Hold before Los Ignobernables De Japon enters the ring. Evil tosses Taguchi out of the ring. Evil sends Taguchi sternum first into the steel guard rail. Evil wraps a chair around Taguchi’s neck. Evil lands a vicious chair shot. Bushi applies a rear chin lock to Robinson. Bushi tags in Evil. Sanada with a back elbow to Robinson. Evil with a running senton for a two count. Evil tags in Bushi. Robinson with a boot to the face of Sanada. Robinson launches Bushi to the outside. Robins lands a back elbow strike to Evil. Robinson connects with a leg lariat to Sanada. Robinson tags in Ricochet. Ricochet drops Sanada with the Missile Dropkick. Ricochet follows that with a 619 to Bushi. Ricochet connects with a Springboard Forearm Strike. Ricochet tries to fight off Evil and Sanada.

Ricochet plants Evil with a Neck Breaker/DDT Combination. Ricochet with a roll through palm strike to Sanada. Evil clotheslines Puma over the top rope. Taguchi with the hip attack to Bushi. Robinson lands another leg lariat. Los Ingobernables plants Taguchi Japan with a Massive Tower of Doom. Sanada ducks a leg lariat from Ricochet. Ricochet goes for a Roll Through DDT, but Sanada gets back on his feet. Sanada dropkicks the knee of Ricochet. Ricochet tags in Taguchi. Taguchi hip attacks Bushi. Evil with a Thrust Kick to Taguchi. Bushi plants Taguchi with a Back Stabber for a two count. Taguchi with a right hand to the gut of Bushi. Taguchi plants Bushi with a gut buster for a two count. Taguchi has Bushi in an Ankle Lock. Evil rams Ricochet into the steel barricade at ringside. Sanada finally breaks up the pin attempt. Sanada gets Taguchi trapped in a Dragon Sleeper. Evil plants Robinson with a SitOut Powerbomb. Evil with a right hand that knocks Ricochet off the ring apron. Bushi plants Taguchi with a Flying Codebreaker to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still The NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions, Los Ingobernables De Japon via Pinfall 

Third Match: Roppongi Vice (c) vs. The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 

Beretta and Matt Jackson starts things off. Matt applies a side headlock. Matt drops Beretta with a running shoulder tackle. Beretta leapfrogs over Matt. Matt SuperKicks Beretta. Beretta with a right hand that knocks Nick Jackson off the ring apron. The Young Bucks connects with a Double Hip Toss followed by a Stereo Dropkicks. Beretta tosses The Bucks out of the ring. Beretta connects with a Somersault Plancha. Beretta rolls Matt back into the ring. Beretta with a right hand to Nick Jackson. Matt drops Beretta with a Basement Dropkick. Matt Powerbomb’s Romero on the ring apron. Matt drives Romero back first into the steel ring post. The Bucks continues the onslaught with another ring apron Powerbomb. Beretta goes into the ground and pound attack on Matt Jackson. Matt holds onto the ankles of Beretta which allows Nick to land a enziguri. Nick bounces Beretta head on the top turnbuckle. Nick tags in Matt. The Bucks launches Beretta back first into the turnbuckles. Matt gets Beretta in the Sharpshooter, but Beretta reaches the bottom rope. Matt tags in Nick. Beretta fires up with a flurry knife edge chops. Nick with a Spinning Heel Kick to the chest of Beretta. The Bucks plants Beretta with a Wheel Barrow Cutter for a two count. The Bucks continues to cut the ring in half.

Beretta launches Matt Jackson to the outside. Nick Jackson slaps Beretta in the face. Beretta side steps Nick into the turnbuckles. Beretta connects with a Satellite DDT. Matt Jackson Powerbomb’s Romero on the stage. Nick lands a snap mare followed by a running knee strike for a two count. Nick connects with a Swanton Bomb off the ring apron. Nick brings Beretta back into the ring and connects with a 450 Splash. Nick goes for the cover, but again Beretta kicks out at two. The Bucks goes for the More Bang For Your Buck, but Beretta ducks out of the way. Beretta drops Matt Jackson crotch first on the top turnbuckle. Beretta connects with a Over The Head Belly to Belly Suplex that sends Nick Jackson into his brother in the corner. Beretta plants Matt Jackson with a Release Suplex off the top rope. Beretta connects with the Shining Wizard. Beretta plants Matt with a Pile Driver for a two count. Beretta goes for a Alabama Slam, but Matt Jackson blocks it. RPG Vice plants Matt Jackson with Strong Zero for a two count. Beretta tags in Romero. Romero lands a series of haymakers to The Bucks.

Romero with a corner clothesline to Nick Jackson. Romero lands a Double Hurricanrana. Romero goes for the Slice Bread #2, but Matt Jackson counters with a Back Breaker. Matt gets Romero in the Sharpshooter. Beretta breaks up the Sharpshooter. Nick SuperKicks Beretta. Both men are fighting position on the ring apron. Nick plants Beretta with a German Suplex on the ring apron. Matt gets Romero back in the Sharpshooter, but Romero finds a way to reach the bottom rope. The Bucks goes for the More Bang for Your Buck again, but Beretta launches Nick Jackson to the outside. Romero with a rolling crucifix for a two count. Romero lands a leaping knee strike. Matt goes for the Sharpshooter again, but Romero counters with the Small Package for a two count. Matt lands a back breaker to Romero. The Bucks plants Romero with the Indy Taker. Nick gets Romero in the Sharpshooter which forces him to tap out.

Winner: New IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks via Submission 

Fourth Match: War Machine (c) vs. Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 

Guerrillas immediately attacks War Machine before the bell rings. Hanson bodyslams Roa. Tama Tonga with a dropkick that sends Hanson into Rowe. Guerrillas with a Stereo Neck Breaker for a two count. Roa applies pressure to the back of Rowe’s neck. Roa lands a series of cross face strikes. Roa clotheslines Rowe. Roa goes for a corner clothesline, but Rowe counters with a side slam. Rowe tags in Hanson. Hanson with a back bodydrop to Tama Tonga. Hanson places both Guerrillas on the top turnbuckle and lands a series of clubbing sledgehammers. Tama Tonga with a neck breaker to Hanson. Roa clotheslines Hanson for a two count. Guerrillas with a Double Headbutt to Hanson. Tama Tonga mauls Hanson in the corner. Hanson explodes out of the corner and turns Tama Tonga inside out. Hanson tags in Rowe.

Rowe with a big haymaker to Roa. Rowe with a Exploder Suplex to Roa. Roa goes for a Release German Suplex, but Rowe gets back on his feet. Rowe plants Roa with a Deadlift German Suplex. Tama Tonga with a flying forearm to Rowe. Hanson with a lighting quick offense to Tama Tonga. Hanson with a series of running corner clotheslines to the Guerrillas of Destiny. Roa drives Hanson back first into the turnbuckles. Roa Spears Rowe. Hanson with a double senton to Roa. Tama Tonga plants Hanson with the Tonga Twist. Rowe and Tama Tonga trades back and forth forearm shots. Rowe leans into a collection of Tama Tonga forearms.

Roa plants Rowe with a Sit Out Powerbomb. Roa connects with the Diving Headbutt. Tama Tonga with a Frog Splash for a two count. Hanson drops Roa with a big boot. War Machine plants Tama Tonga with Decapitation for a two count. Tama with a STO to Rowe for a two count. Hanson spears Roa out of the ring. Rowe Powerbombs Tama Tonga. Hanson connects with the suicide dive. Rowe goes for the cover, but Tama Tonga kicks out at two. Tama Tonga with a Pop Up Cutter to Hanson. Rowe accidentally knocks down the referee. Rowe with a leaping knee strike to Tama Tonga. Rowe tosses a chair out of the ring. Roa with a running chair shot to Rowe. Guerrillas plants Rowe with the Guerrilla Warfare to pickup the victory.

Winner: New IWGP World Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Guerrillas of Destiny via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Cody Rhodes vs. Michael Elgin 

Cody poses for the crowd before the bell rings. Cody kicks Elgin in the gut. Elgin responds with a shoulder tackle. Elgin shows off his agility. Elgin goes for a Fireman’s Carry Slam, but Cody gets back on his feet. Elgin lands a forearm smash. Cody lands a uppercut to the jaw of Elgin. Cody lands a delayed vertical suplex on Elgin. Elgin responds with a delayed vertical suplex of his own. Cody rolls out of the ring. Elgin dumps Cody back on the ring apron. Elgin goes for the cover, but Cody kicks out at two. Elgin lands a slew of knife edge chops. Cody dives over Elgin, but he’s recipient of even more knife edge chops in the corner. Cody goes for a Alabama Slam, but Elgin slips out. Cody uppercuts Elgin. Cody then proceeds to drop Elgin with the Alabama Slam. Cody connects with the Garvin Stomp. Cody lands a corner clothesline. Cody slaps Elgin in the face. Cody dropkicks Elgin knee. Cody floats over into a front face lock. Elgin goes for a Powerbomb, but Cody counters with a back body drop. Elgin sends Cody to the ring apron. Cody lands a back elbow from the ring apron.

Cody connects with the Springboard Missile Dropkick. Elgin fires up and lands the Uranage Slam. Elgin bodyslams Cody. Elgin follows that up with a Slingshot Crossbody. Elgin taunts Cody. Elgin lands a slew of DeadLift Suplex’s. Cody reaches the top rope to create separation. Elgin dumps Cody with another Deadlift Suplex. Elgin plants Cody with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Elgin with a corner clothesline. Cody responds with a forearm strike. Cody drops Elgin with a Crossbody off the top turnbuckle. Cody goes for the Beautiful Disaster, but Elgin ducks out of the way. Elgin with a Roll Through into another Falcon Arrow for a two count. Cody gets Elgin trapped in a Modified Indian Death Lock, but Elgin does indeed reaches the bottom rope. Cody connects with the IEDDT for a two count. Cody goes for Cross Rhodes, but Elgin blocks it. Elgin dodges a couple of kicks and proceeds to land a massive lariat. Elgin goes for a Deadlift Super Plex, but Cody gets back on his feet. Cody drags Elgin off the turnbuckles. Cody plants Elgin with the Cross Rhodes to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cody Rhodes via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Kushida for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 

Kushia ducks a right hand from Takahashi. Takahashi goes for the Time Bomb, but Kushida gets back on his feet. Kushida and Takahashi trades back and forth right hands. Now we have ourself a battle of forearm smashes. Kushida kicks Takahashi in the chest. Takahashi is mauling Kushida in the corner. Takahashi grabs Kushida by his hair. Kushida lands another right hand. Takahashi rolls out of the ring. The battle of the forearms continues. Takahashi whips Kushida back into the ring. Kushida and Takahashi trades back and forth over hand chops to the chest. Takahashi lands a over the head belly to belly suplex that sends Kushida into the turnbuckles. Takahashi with a corner clothesline followed by a dropkick for a two count. Takahashi stomps on Kushida back. Takahashi drops Kushida with a right hand. Takahashi applies a rear chin lock. Takahashi powerbombs Kushida. Takahashi plants Kushida with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Takahashi goes for the Time Bomb, but Kushida gets back on his feet.

Kushida blocks a thrust kick from Takahashi. Takahashi goes for the Sunset Flip Powerbomb out of the ring, but Kushida counters with the Cross Arm Breaker. Kushida launches Takahashi over the steel guard rail. Kushida knife edge chops Takahashi into a steel chair. Kushida follows that up with a running missile dropkick off a chair. Kushida rolls Takahashi back into the ring. Kushida starts targeting the wrist of Takahashi. Kushida repeatedly kicks Takahashi in the back. Takahashi responds with a Deadlift Release Suplex. Takahashi connects with a modified version of The Time Bomb for a two count. Takahashi places Kushida on the top turnbuckle. Kushida escapes and lands a Pele Kick. Kushida applies a Kimura Lock on the Top Turnbuckle. Kushida with a flying crossbody off the top rope. Kushida goes for the Back To The Future, but Takahashi blocks it. Kushida lands a rolling forearm smash. Kushida goes back to the Kimura Lock. Takahashi gets back to a vertical base.

Kushida lands another Pele Kick. Takahashi responds with a Desperation Lariat. Kushida and Takahashi battles on the ring apron. Kushida goes for a Sunset Flip Powerbomb, but Takahashi hands onto the top rope. Kushida lands a enziguri from the ring apron. Takahashi responds with a Thrust Kick. Takahashi plants Kushida with a Sunset Flip PowerBomb off the ring apron. Takahashi rolls Kushida back into the ring. Takahashi with a Running Death Valley Driver. Takahashi goes for the Time Bomb, but Kushida counters with a roll up for a two count. Takahashi lands a corner forearm. Takahashi places Kushida on the top turnbuckle. Kushida plants Takahashi with a Super Back To The Future off the second rope. Kushida takes too long to go for the cover. Both men struggle to get back on their feet. Kushida and Takahashi trades back and forth chops from a seated position. Kushida kicks the shoulder of Takahashi. Kushida lands a massive haymaker to Takahashi. Kushida repeatedly stomps on Takahashi’s head. Kushida transitions into a HoverBoard Lock which forces Takahashi to tap out. After the match, Bushi attacks Kushida.

Winner: New IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kushida via Submission 

Seventh Match: Minoru Suzuki (c) w/Suzuki Gun vs. Hirooki Goto w/Chaos in a LumberJack Death Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship 

Suzuki and Goto goes into the collar and elbow tie up. Goto applies a wrist lock. Suzuki heads to the ropes to create separation. Suzuki applies a wrist lock of his own. Suzuki is mauling Goto with a flurry of cross faces. Suzuki talks smack to Goto. Suzuki and Goto trades vicious back and forth knife edge chops. Goto drops Suzuki with a shoulder tackle. Suzuki rolls out of the ring. Yano rolls Suzuki back into the ring. Goto lands a clubbing blow to the back of Suzuki. Suzuki responds with a couple of Muay Thai Kicks. Suzuki sends Goto to the ring apron. Suzuki locks in the Cross Arm Breaker from the top rope. Suzuki Gun starts brawling with Chaos on the outside. Suzuki with a Running Boot to Goto. Suzuki drives Goto into the steel guard rail. Suzuki Gun are mauling Goto on the outside. Chaos tries to make the save, but the numbers advantage is just too much. Suzuki is chilling in the ring.

Suzuki locks in the Cross Arm Breaker again, but Goto reaches the bottom ropes. Suzuki starts working on the joints of Goto. Suzuki tosses Got out of the ring. The mugging of Goto ensues. Suzuki slaps Jushin Thunder Liger in the face. Liger throws a chair at Suzuki. Suzuki continues to mollywhopped Goto afront of Liger. Goto ducks a big boot from Suzuki. Goto lands a big lariat. Goto connects with a Saito Suplex. Desperado distracts Goto. Chaos attacks Desperado. Goto lands a flying elbow drop. Goto blocks PK from Goto and drops him with another lariat. Hashi launches Desperado into the steel guard rail. Goto and Suzuki trades back and forth forearm smashes. Goto plants Suzuki with the Ushigoroshi.

Suzuki shoves Goto in the referee which allows both groups to engage in a full out donnie brook in the ring. Hashi with a spinning heel kick to Sabre Jr. Hashi drops all of Suzuki Gun on the outside with a Somersault Plancha. Suzuki ducks a right hand from Goto. Suzuki applies a Sleeper Hold. Goto goes for the Ushigoroshi again, but Suzuki counters with a Guillotine Choke. Goto connects with the GTR. Goto goes for the cover, but one of the members of Suzuki Gun drags the referee out of the ring. Tiachi hits Goto in the back with a chair. Tiachi follows that with a chair shot to the face. Suzuki explodes out of the corner with a Running Dropkick. Suzuki plants Goto with a Pile Driver to pickup the victory. After the match, Hashi attacks Suzuki.

Winner: Still NEVER Openweight Champion, Minoru Suzuki via Pinfall 

Eight Match: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 

Tanahashi attacks Naito before the bell rings. Tanahashi launches Naito back first into the steel guard rail. Naito fires up with a series of right hands. Both men are slugging it out on the outside. Tanahashi connects with a basement dropkick that knocks Naito off the ring apron. Tanahashi bounces Naito head on the top turnbuckle. Tanahashi and Naito trades back and forth forearm smashes. Naito spits at the crowd. Naito blocks a clothesline from Tanahashi. Naito applies an arm-bar. Naito connects with a hip toss and follows that with a baseball slide dropkick. Naito finally takes off his suit and proceeds to pose for the crowd. Naito continues to target the shoulder of Tanahashi. Naito wraps Tanahashi’s shoulder around the steel guard rail. Naito connects with a Tornado DDT. Tanahashi gets back into the ring at the count of nineteen. Naito drives his elbow to the shoulder of Tanahashi. Snap mare followed by an elbow drop to the injured shoulder of Tanahashi. Naito continues to apply pressure to the injured shoulder of Tanahashi. Naito won’t let go off the Cross Arm Breaker. Naito connects with the Arm-Ringer.

Naito slaps Tanahashi. Tanahashi responds with a german suplex. Tanahashi transitions into a ground and pound attack. Tanahashi spits at Naito. Both men are trading back and forth rapid fire forearm strikes. Naito spits back at Tanahashi. Tanahashi lands a back elbow to the jaw of Naito. Tanahashi connects with the Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Naito ascends to the top rope. Naito connects with the missile dropkick. Naito goes back to working on the shoulder of Tanahashi. Naito places Tanahashi on the top turnbuckle. Tanahashi escapes. Tanahashi goes for a german suplex, but Naito blocks it. Tanahashi lands another Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi ducks a right hand from Naio. Tanahashi with a leg sweep that knocks Naito off the ring apron. Tanahashi ascends to the top rope. Tanahashi connects with the High Fly Flow. Tanahashi goes for the Texas CloverLeaf, but Naito reaches the bottom rope to create separation. Tanahashi stomps on Naito’s leg. Naito blocks another Dragon Screw Leg Whip Attempt from Tanahashi. Naito dropkicks to the shoulder of Tanahashi. Natio applies an arm-bar. Tanahashi blocks a flying forearm strike from Naito. Tanahashi plants Naito with a Black Hole Slam.

Naito and Tanahashi are battling for position on the top turnbuckle. Naito connects with a Top Rope Hurricanrana, but Tanahashi rolls him over for a two count. Naito goes for the Satellite DDT, but Tanahashi blocks it. Tanahashi lands a exploder suplex. Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Naito ducks out of the way. Natio goes for Destino, but Tanahashi blocks it. Both men trades back and forth slaps to the face. Tanahashi connects with a German Suplex for a two count. Tanahashi goes for a Dragon Suplex, but Naito blocks it. Naito connects with a Running Tornado DDT. Naito follows that with a High German Suplex with a Bridge. Naito heads to the top turnbuckle. Naito connects with the Destino, but Tanahashi kicks out at two. Naito goes for Destino again, but Tanahashi counters with a Dragon Suplex. Tanahashi goes for a Slingblade, but Naito counters with an enziguri. Tanahashi connects with two consecutive Slingblade’s. Tanahashi lands the High Fly Flow for a two count. Tanahashi gets Naito trapped in a Texas CloverLeaf Submission Hold which forces him to tap out.

Winner: New IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi via Submission 

Ninth Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) w/Gedo vs. Kenny Omega w/The Young Bucks for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 

Okada and Omega goes into the collar and elbow tie up. Omega applies a wrist lock. Okada with a roll through into a double leg takedown. Okada kicks the shoulder of Omega. Omega applies a waist lock. Okada transitions into a hammer lock. Omega counters with a side headlock. Omega drops Okada with a shoulder tackle. Omega slaps Okada in the face. Omega repeatedly shoves Okada, but Okada counters with a side headlock takeover. Okada backs Omega into the ropes. Okada goes back to the side headlock. Okada drops Omega with a shoulder tackle of his own. Omega leapfrogs over Okada. Okada goes for a Alabama Slam, but Omega gets back on his feet. Okada goes for Red Ink, but Omega counters with a full slam. Okada goes for a Somersault Senton, but Omega gets his knees up. Omega goes for the One Winged Angel, but Okada blocks it. Okada dropkicks Omega. Okada connects with a neck breaker for a two count. Okada lands a snap mare, but Omega counters with a Snap Hurricanrana. Okada rolls out of the ring. Okada slides back into the ring and lands a big boot. Omega heads to the outside. Okada connects with the Somersault Plancha. It seems like Okada has tweaked his knee. Omega dropkicks the knee of Okada. Omega locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Omega drags Okada out of the ring. Omega drives Okada knee to the ring apron. Omega plants Okada with a Shin Breaker on the announce table.

Omega continues to isolate the knee of Okada. Okada lands a series of forearm strikes. Okada dropkicks Omega. Omega immediately goes back to working on the leg of Okada. Okada responds with a Flap Jack. Okada ducks a clothesline from Omega. Okada lands a back elbow across the jaw. Omega blocks a kick from Okada. Omega dives over Okada. Okada with a roll through into a rear chin lock. Omega finally reaches the bottom rope to create separation. Okada launches Omega over the steel guard rail. Okada starts talking smack to The Young Bucks. Okada connects with a flying crossbody over the steel guard rail. Okada rolls Omega back into the ring. Okada ascends to the top rope. Okada dives over Omega. Okada goes for a Tombstone Piledriver, but Omega blocks it. Omega goes for a Tombstone of his own, but Okada counters with a rollup for a two count. Okada connects with a Neck Breaker. Okada goes for a Flying Elbow Drop, but Omega ducks out of the way. Omega connects with a pump handle back breaker. Omega with a missile dropkick to Okada. Omega drops Okada with a Springboard Moonsault to the outside. Omega lands a missile dropkick to the back of Okada’s neck for a two count. Omega connects with a Sit-Out Powerbomb. Omega goes for a Dragon Suplex, but Okada blocks it. Okada blocks the One Winged Angel again. Omega goes for another Moonsault, but Okada gets his knees up in the air. Okada uppercuts Omega. Okada and Omega are trading back and forth forearm smashes.

Omega ascends to the top rope. Omega goes for a Sunset Flip Powerbomb, but Okada holds onto the top turnbuckle. Omega goes for a Dragon SuperPlex, but Okada blocks it. The brawl spills onto the ring apron. Okada plants Omega with a Death Valley Driver on the ring apron. Okada connects with a Vicious Basement Dropkick which sends Omega crashing through the steel guard rail. Okada sets up a Table at the ringside area. Okada lands a flurry of uppercuts. Okada goes for the Back Body Drop, but Omega blocks it. Omega goes for a Running Powerbomb, but Okada gets back on his feet. Omega is lighting up Okada chest with the knife edge chops. Okada sends Omega to the ring apron. Omega goes for a Springboard Crossbody, but Okada counters with a Dropkick In Mid-Air. Okada connects with a Flying Elbow Drop. Okada goes for the Rain Maker, but Omega drives him into the turnbuckles. Omega places Okada on the top turnbuckle. Omega repeatedly elbows Okada in the back of the head. Omega plants Okada with a Major SuperPlex for a two count. Omega goes for the Deep Trigger, but Okada blocks it. Okada goes for a German Suplex, but Omega counters with the Deep Trigger. Omega sets up for the One Winged Angel, but again Okada gets back on his feet. Okada goes for the Rain Maker, but Omega counters with the backslide. Omega goes for the Shining Wizard, but Okada dodges it. Okada lands a flurry of german suplex’s. Okada lands the Rain Maker, but Omega kicks out at two. Okada goes for a running knee strike, but Omega counters with a SitOut Powerbomb in Mid-Air. Omega walks into a big boot from Okada. Omega responds with a snap Dragon Suplex.

Okada with a Standing Dropkick that sends Omega crashing to the outside. Okada places Omega on the table. Okada ascends to the top rope. Okada lands a Flying Elbow Drop off the top rope through the table that was placed at ringside. Both men struggles to get back on their feet. Okada connects with the Springboard Missile Dropkick for a two count. Okada follows that with three running Basement Dropkicks. Okada goes for the cover, but Omega places his hand on the bottom rope. Omega tries to fire up, but Okada is not selling the effects. Okada lays out Omega with the Rain Maker. Okada follows that with another Rain Maker, but for some reason Okada is stalling. Cody is trying to throw in the towel, but The Young Bucks stops it. Omega with a leaping knee strike to Okada. Omega connects with the Reverse Hurricanrana. Omega goes for Deep Trigger, but Okada counters with a DropKick. Okada goes for Rain Maker again, but Omega counters with a Knee Strike for a two count.

Omega has Okada in position for the One Winged Angel, but for the third time in this match, Okada gets back on his feet. Omega connects with a Running Bicycle Kick. Omega plants Okada with the One Winged Angel for a two count as Okada places his boot on the bottom rope at the count of two. Okada responds with the Rain Maker. Both men struggles to get back on their feet. We have ourself a forearm fest. Omega lands another Snap Dragon Suplex. Okada responds with a DropKick. Omega with a knee strike to the jaw of Okada for a two count. Omega goes for the One Winged Angel again, but Okada counters with the Tombstone PileDriver. Okada sets up for the Rain Maker, but Omega collapses. Okada has Omega in an Abdominal Stretch. Omega with a vicious knee to the chest of Okada. Omega connects with the Deep Trigger. Omega un-wisely goes for One Winged Angle for seventh time of this match, but Okada counters with a DropKick to the back of the head. Okada plants Omega with a Spinning Tombstone PileDriver. Okada drops Omega with a German Suplex with a Bridge for a two count. Omega with a small package for a two count. Okada responds with a Dropkick that sends Omega face first into the turnbuckles. Okada sets up for the Rain Maker, but Omega holds onto the top rope. Omega connects with the Snap German Suplex. Okada responds with another DropKick followed by the Rain Maker. Okada is desperately trying to make the cover, but time expires.

Winner: Still IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada via Time-Limit Draw 

Check out Episode 57 of the Josh Lopez Wrestling Podcast.

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