NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima 2017
September 16, 2017
Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
First Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask vs. Jado, Yoshi Hashi and Hirooki Goto
Liger and Jado will start things off. Jado wants Liger to shake his hands. Jado kisses the referee. Jado and Liger finally hug it out in the center of the ring. Liger blocks a boot from Jado. Hashi lands a clubbing axe handle to the back of Liger. Hashi knocks Tiger Mask off the ring apron. Liger shoves Hashi into Jado. Liger follows that with back to back clotheslines to Hashi and Goto. Jado connects with a leg sweep. Jado starts lighting up Liger’s chest in the corner. Jado tags in Hashi. Hashi and Liger are trading back and forth shots. Hashi places Liger stomach first on the top rope. Hashi connects with the Running Basement Dropkick for a two count.
Hashi tags in Goto. Goto kicks Liger in the back. Goto follows that with a corner clothesline. Goto ascends to the top turnbuckle. Liger plants Goto with a SuperPlex. Liger tags in Tenzan. Tenzan drops Goto with a shoulder tackle. Tenzan knocks the rest of Chaos off the ring apron. Tenzan lands a series of Mongolian Chops. Tenzan connects with a Body Avalanche. Tenzan with a Delayed Vertical Suplex to Goto for a two count. Tenzan goes for a Uranage Slam, but Goto blocks it. Tenzan and Goto are in a middle of a forearm exchange. Goto goes for the Ushigoroshi, but Tenzan lands back on his feet. Goto kicks Tenzan in the gut. Tenzan responds with a Palm Strike. Goto clotheslines Tenzan. Goto tags in Hashi.
Hashi lands a running knife edge chop in the corner. Tenzan connects with a Mountain Bomb. Tenzan tags in Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask with a Flying Crossbody Block off the top turnbuckle. Tiger Mask is trying to fight off Jado and Hashi. Tiger Mask tosses Jado out of the ring. Tiger Mask goes for the Tiger Driver, but Hashi blocks it. Tiger Mask with a Rolling Crucifix for a two count. Liger connects with a Baseball Slide Dropkick to Jado. Hashi SuperKicks Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask responds with the Tiger Driver for a two count. Hashi drops Tiger Mask with the Western Lariat. Hashi applies the ButterFly Lock which forces Tiger Mask to tap out.
Winner: Jado, Yoshi Hashi and Hirooki Goto via Pinfall
Second Match: Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
Robinson and Finaly starts things off with a Running Double Dropkick to Fale. Robinson and Finlay are double teaming Tonga in the corner. Robinson connects with a Running Corner Clothesline. Finlay follows that with a Running European Uppercut. Fale with a Low Bridge that sends Finaly out of the ring. Fale launches Finlay over the steel guard rail. Tonga connects with a Samoan Drop. Robinson rolls himself out of the ring. Fale and Tonga whips Robinson back first to the ringside barricade. Fale stomps on Robinson’s chest. Robinson gets back into the ring at the count of sixteen.
Tonga repeatedly kicks Robinson in the back. Tonga plants Robinson with a Delayed BodySlam for a two count. Tonga tags in Fale. Fale lands a stiff bodyshots. Fale follows with another bodyslam for a two count. Fale and Tonga are cutting the ring in half. Tonga connects with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Robinson side steps Tonga into the turnbuckles. Robinson lands a series of left jabs in the center of the ring. Robinson dropkicks Tonga. Fale kicks Robinson in the back. Tonga accidentally knocks Fale off the ring apron.
Robinson and Finlay connects with a Double FlapJack. Finlay follows that with a SlingShot Crossbody Block to the outside. Robinson with a Leaping Senton Splash for a two count. Robinson ascends to the top turnbuckle. Robinson goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Tonga catches him in mid-air. Robinson and Finlay slips out of the Double ChokeSlam from Tonga. Robinson lands a big forearm. Finlay drops Tonga with the Stunner. Robinson plants Tonga with Pulp Friction to pickup the victory.
Winner: David Finlay & Juice Robinson via Pinfall
Third Match: Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Roppongi Vice
Bullet Club attacks Roppongi Vice before the bell rings. Owens with a forearm shiver to Beretta. Owens connects with a Back Body Drop. Owens and Takahashi drops Beretta with a Double Back Elbow Strike. Takahashi follows that with a Sliding Leg Drop. Owens lands a knee drop. Takahashi goes for the cover, but Beretta kicks out at two. Takahashi is mauling Beretta in the corner. Beretta lands a stiff knife edge chop. Takahashi responds with a Thrust Kick. Takahashi tags in Owens. Owens mocks RPG. Owens with a Back Breaker for a two count. Owens and Takahashi are cutting the ring in half. Takahashi knocks Romero off the ring apron. Takahashi launches Beretta back first into the turnbuckle. Takahashi lands a Helluva Kick. Owens plants Beretta with a Modified SlingShot DDT for a two count. Owens applies a strangle hold.
Beretta creates distance with a hip toss. Beretta connects with a Running Rotation DDT. Takahashi and Romero are tagged in. Romero with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block to Takahashi. Romero ducks a clothesline from Owens. Romero connects with a Head Scissors TakeOver. Romero lands a series of right hands to Takahashi. Romero follows that with Forever Clotheslines. Owens and Takahashi drops Romero with a Double Haymaker. Romero with a back elbow strike to Takahashi. Beretta with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike that knocks Owens off the ring apron. Romero connects with a SpringBoard Basement Dropkick. Beretta follows that with a Running Knee Strike. Romero goes for the cover, but Takahashi kicks out at two.
RPG goes for Strong Zero, but Owens drags Romero out of the ring. Owens SuperKicks Beretta into a SunsetFlip PowerBomb from Takahashi. Takahashi tags in Owens. Takahashi kicks Beretta in the gut. Owens follows that with a knee lift. Owens and Takahashi plants Beretta with a Double Neck Breaker for a two count. Romero and Takahashi are brawling on the outside. Owens lands another neck breaker for a two count. Romero whips Takahashi into the Ringside Barricade. Owens goes for the Package PileDriver, but Beretta blocks it. Owens slaps Beretta in the face. Follows that with a Leaping Forearm Smash. RPG responds with Stereo Knee Strikes. RPG plants Owens with Strong Zero to pickup the victory.
Winner: Roppongi Vice via Pinfall
Fourth Match: Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin and Togi Makabe vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku and Takashi Iizuka
Suzuki Gun attacks Elgin, Ibushi and Makabe before the bell rings. Michinoku is choking Ibushi with his boot. Suzuki and Elgin are brawling in the crowd. Suzuki starts wrapping the cable chords around Elgin’s neck. Iizuka hits Ibushi with a steel chair. Suzuki has a major smile on his face. Suzuki kicks one of the Young Lions at ringside. Michinoku and Suzuki are double teaming Ibushi. Suzuki rolls Ibushi back into the ring. Suzuki goes after Kevin Kelly. Michinoku wants Kelly to speak Japanese. Iizuka kicks Ibushi in the back. Iizuka is biting Ibushi in the forehead. Suzuki Gun continues to double team Ibushi behind the referee’s back. Iizuka tags in Suzuki.
Suzuki lightly kicks Ibushi in the head. Suzuki and Ibushi are trading back and forth shots. Suzuki drops Ibushi with a HeadButt. Suzuki bounces Ibushi head on the top turnbuckle. Suzuki tags in Michinoku. Michinoku connects with a Running Double Knee Strike for a two count. Ibushi responds with a Dropkick. Suzuki and Makabe are tagged in. Makabe knocks Iizuka off the ring apron. Makabe connects with a PowerSlam to Suzuki. Makabe follows that with a Corner Clothesline. Makabe transitions into a Corner Mount. Makabe goes for a Northern Lights Suplex, but Suzuki counters with a front face lock. Makabe lands a stiff short-arm lariat. Makabe plants Suzuki with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Suzuki responds with a Helluva Kick.
Following a Snap Mare TakeOver, Suzuki connects with a RoundHouse Kick for a two count. Suzuki and Makabe are in a middle of a long forearm exchanges. Makabe drops Suzuki with a Western Lariat. Makabe tags in Ibushi. Ibushi connects with his lighting quick offense. Iizuka is choking Ibushi form the ring apron. Suzuki drops Ibushi with a Big Boot. Iizuka wraps a rope around Ibushi’s neck. Suzuki tosses Elgin out of the ring. Elgin swats away the Iron Claw. Elgin drops Iizuka with a Leaping Enziguri. Elgin with a Bicycle Kick that knocks Michinoku off the ring apron. Ibushi SuperKicks Iizuka. Ibushi follows that with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ibushi lands the Kamigoye to pickup the victory.
Winner: Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin and Togi Makabe via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Funky Future (c) vs. Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Suzuki Gun are talking strategy on the outside. Taguchi starts dancing in the center of the ring. Taguchi will start things off with Taichi. Kanemaru attacks Taguchi from behind. Taichi knocks Ricochet off the ring apron. Suzuki Gun are double teaming Taguchi in the corner. Taguchi side steps Taichi into the turnbuckles. Taguchi drops Kanemaru with a Hip Attack. Taguchi follows that with another Hip Attack to Taichi. Ricochet lands a series of Forever Clotheslines. Taguchi ascends to the second rope. Taichi whips Ricochet face first to the backside of Taguchi. Taichi kicks Ricochet out of the ring. Suzuki Gun traps Taguchi in the corner. Kanemaru repeatedly stomps on Taguchi’s back.
Kanemaru drives Taguchi sternum first to the ringside barricade. Kanemaru follows that with a Running Leg Drop. Taichi and Ricochet are brawling in the crowd. Taichi is choking Ricochet with one of the folding chairs in the crowd. Kanemaru rolls Taguchi back into the ring at the count of eleven. Taichi hits Taguchi in the head with the Bell Hammer. Taguchi goes for a Hip Attack, but Taichi counters with another bell hammer shot. Taichi with the lateral press for a two count. Taichi kicks Taguchi in the hip. Taichi tags in Kanemaru. Kanemaru knocks Ricochet off the ring apron. Taguchi blocks a sunset flip attempt from Kanemaru. Taguchi misses on another hip attack. Kanemaru lands a series of Hip Shivers in the center of the ring.
Taguchi responds with a Leaping Hip Attack. Taguchi follows that with a SpringBoard Hip Attack to Taichi. Taguchi tags in Ricochet. Ricochet connects with a SpringBoard Basement Dropkick. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Kanemaru. Ricochet drops Kanemaru with a Flying Forearm Smash. Ricochet shoves Kanemaru into Taichi. Ricochet lands a Leaping Front Kick to Kanemaru. Ricochet whips Taichi face first into the turnbuckle pad. Ricochet connects with the 619. Ricochet follows that with a SpringBoard European Uppercut. Ricochet plants Kanemaru with a Roll Through Northern Lights Vertical Suplex for a two count. Kanemaru dodges a leg lariat from Ricochet. Kanemaru follows that with a Low Dropkick. Kanemaru with a Running Boot to the face of Ricochet. Kanemaru tags in Taichi.
Taichi connects with a Corner Clothesline. Taichi drops Ricochet with a Leg Lariat. Taichi goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Ricochet counters with a Knee Strike. Taichi lands a Leaping Enziguri. Kanemaru knocks Taguchi off the ring apron. Taichi goes for a SuperKick, but Ricochet counters with a Jumping Knee Strike. Ricochet drops Taichi with a Swinging Neck Breaker for a two count. Ricochet goes for the Shooting Star Press, but Taichi gets his knees up in the air. Taichi with the Gedo Clutch for a two count. Taichi follows that with a Buzzsaw Kick. Taichi goes for the Elevated PowerBomb, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Ricochet fires off a back elbow strike in the corner. Ricochet tosses Kanemaru out of the ring. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick to Taichi.
Taguchi and Kanemaru are tagged in. Taguchi ducks a clothesline from Kanemaru. Taguchi misses on the Running Hip Attack. Taguchi lands a Desperation Big Boot. Kanemaru responds with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Kanemaru plants Taguchi with Deep Impact for a two count. Following a Standing Switch Exchange, Taguchi gets Kanemaru trapped in the Ankle Lock. Kanemaru holds onto the referee. Taichi hits Taguchi and Ricochet with the Microphone Stand. Taichi pours about a third of a Whiskey Bottle on Taguchi. Suzuki lands Stereo Thrust Kicks. Taichi PowerBombs Taguchi. Kanemaru follows that with a MoonSault for a two count.
Suzuki Gun goes for High Ball, but Taguchi counters with a Super Hip Attack to Taichi. Ricochet connects with a FrankenSteiner to Kanemaru. Ricochet drops Kanemaru with the Benadryller. Funky Future plants Kanemaru with a FaceBuster/Code Breaker Combination for a two count. Ricochet with a Hip Attack to Taichi. Ricochet follows that with the Suicide Dive. Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Kanemaru counters with a Jack Knife Cover for a two count. Taguchi applies an Ankle Lock. Ricochet lands a SpringBoard 450 Splash to the back of Kanemaru. Ricochet with a Pascada to Taichi on the outside. Kanemaru finally taps out to the Ankle Lock.
Winner: Still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Funky Future via Pinfall
Sixth Match: War Machine (c) vs. The Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Killer Elite Squad in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match For The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
KES are talking smack to GOD. Hanson will start things off with Archer. Hanson and Archer are running into each other. GOD are double teaming Smith on the outside. Loa rolls Hanson out of the ring. LOA drives Archer back first into the corner. Tonga connects with the Stinger Splash. GOD lands a series of bodyshots to Hanson. Rowe drops Tonga with a Leaping Knee Strike. Hanson bodyslams Loa. Rowe bodyslams Hanson on top of Loa. Tonga suffers the same fate. Hanson connects with back to back running corner clotheslines. Archer drops Hanson with a Running Shoulder Block. Rowe and Smith are brawling on the outside. Archer is choking Hanson with his boot. Smith whips Rowe sternum first to the steel guard rail.
Archer clotheslines Hanson. Archer lands another vicious shoulder block. Archer goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Archer knocks Rowe off the ring apron. KES drops Hanson with their Chop Block/Round House Kick Combination. Smith stomps on Hanson’s gut. Smith applies a front face lock. Smith inadvertently tags in Loa. We got a pier six brawl between GOD and War Machine. Loa connects with a Delayed Atomic Drop. Loa follows that with the Olympic Slam for a two count. Loa whips Hanson back first into the turnbuckle pad. Loa tags in Tonga. Tonga is mauling Hanson in the corner. Tonga drops Hanson with a Stinger Splash. Tonga knocks Archer off the ring apron. Archer spits water at Tonga.
Hanson goes for a bodyslam, but Tonga lands back on his feet. Hanson cartwheels over Tonga. Tonga dropkicks Hanson. Hanson responds with a Hand Spring Back Elbow. Rowe and Loa are tagged in. Rowe connects with a German Suplex to Loa. Rowe ducks a clothesline from Tonga. Rowe drops Tonga with a ShoGun Knee Strike. Loa tags in Smith. Rowe and Smith are trading back and forth shots. Rowe with an Exploder Suplex to Smith. War Machine goes for Decapitation, but KES counters with the Heart Attack. KES plants Rowe with a Frog Splash/Side Walk Slam Combination. GOD attacks KES from behind. Tonga with a Leaping Neck Breaker to Archer. GOD follows that with a Reverse Double Swinging Neck Breaker.
Rowe is using his head to block punches from GOD. GOD responds with a Leaping Double HeadButt. GOD plants Rowe with Guerrilla Warfare. Tonga goes for the cover, but he’s not the legal man. Tonga is pissed at the referee. Archer knocks Loa off the apron. Archer ChokeSlams Tonga. Hanson drops Archer with a Seated Senton Splash. Loa Spears Hanson. Rowe connects with a Uranage Slam. Smith responds with a Reverse DDT. KES goes for the Killer Bomb, but Loa chop blocks Smith. Tonga Spears Archer. Smith responds with a Double Clothesline that sends GOD out of the ring. Hanson follows that with a Suicide Dive. Rowe drops Smith with the V-Trigger. War Machine plants Smith with FallOut to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, War Machine via Pinfall
Seventh Match: Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Will Ospreay and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Bushi, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito
Ospreay and Takahashi will start things off. Ospreay kicks Takahashi in the gut. Ospreay applies a side headlock. Ospreay drops Takahashi with a shoulder tackle. Takahashi leapfrogs over Ospreay. Ospreay ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Takahashi goes for a Head Scissors TakeOver, but Ospreay lands back on his feet. Takahashi rakes the eyes of Ospreay. Ospreay dropkicks Takahashi out of the ring. Ospreay is using his athleticism to play mind games with Takahashi. Takahashi kicks Ospreay in the gut. Ospreay goes for a Back Flip Kick, but Takahashi ducks out of the way. This leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Yano and Sanada are tagged in. Yano is trying to rip off a turnbuckle pad. Yano backs himself in between the ropes.
Sanada is rolling Yano around the ring. Sanada gets Yano’s shoulders pinned to the mat for a two count. We got a massive brawl ensuing on the outside between both factions. Sanada gets Yano trapped in the Paradise Lock. EVIL and Okada are brawling in the crowd. Sanada connects with a Running Basement Dropkick. Sanada tags in Bushi. Bushi is choking Yano with his t-shirt. Bushi and Takahashi are putting the boots to Yano. Bushi tags in Naito. Yano rakes the eyes of Naito. Naito kicks Yano in the back. Yano side steps Naito sternum first to the exposed steel. Naito lands an Atomic Drop. Yano drives Naito’s head to the canvas. Yano tags in Ishii. Naito ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Ishii drops Naito with a shoulder tackle. Ishii with a chop/forearm combination in the corner. Naito turns the tables on Ishii.
Naito repeatedly stomps on Ishii chest. Naito spits at Ishii. Naito and Ishii are in a forearm exchange. Ishii connects with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Naito applies a side headlock. Following another forearm exchange, Ishii HeadButts Naito. Naito responds with a Dropkick to the injured knee of Ishii. Naito with a Running Basement Dropkick to the back of Ishii head. Naito connects with a Rebound Dropkick. Sanada rakes the eyes of Yano. Bushi sunset flips Ishii into another Basement Dropkick from Naito for a two count. Naito places Ishii on the top turnbuckle. Ishii goes for a Elevated PowerBomb, but Naito lands back on his feet. Naito hits the enziguri which leaves Ishii staggering. Naito goes for a Satellite DDT, but Ishii counters with a Saito Suplex.
EVIL and Okada are tagged in. Both men are trading back and forth forearm shivers. Okada ducks a clothesline from EVIL. Okada drops EVIL with a Running Back Elbow Strike. Okada goes for a Leaping Back Elbow, but EVIL ducks out of the way. Okada connects with a Reverse Neck Breaker. Okada bodyslams EVIL. Okada follows that with a Top Rope Elbow Drop. Okada goes for the Rainmaker, but EVIL blocks it. EVIL with a waist lock go-behind to Okada. EVIL connects with a Fisherman’s Buster. Okada lands a forearm smash. EVIL responds with a Corner Clothesline. EVIL lands a thrust kick to the midsection of Okada. EVIl drops Okada with a Running Lariat for a two count. LIJ knocks Chaos off the ring apron. EVIL goes for the STO, but Okada counters with a Dropkick. Bushi repeatedly stomps on Okada chest. Okada connects with a Flap Jack. Okada tags in Gedo.
Gedo lands a series of left jabs. Gedo drops Takahashi with a Left Haymaker. Gedo follows that with a Jaw Breaker to Bushi. Bushi responds with a Over Head Kick in the corner. Bushi connects with the Missile Dropkick. Takahashi SuperKicks Ospreay. Ishii drops Takahashi with a Big Forearm Smash. Ishii follows that with a Inside Out Lariat to Naito. EVIL with a Corner Clothesline to Gedo. Bushi and Sanada lands a Double Basement Dropkick for a two count. Sanada kicks Okada in the gut. Okada responds with a Big Boot. Okada goes for the Rain Maker, but EVIL counters with the STO. Bushi plants Gedo with MX to pickup the victory. After the match, Naito lands a Sliding Dropkick to the knee of Ishii. EVIL plants Okada with Darkness Falls. Naito gets Ishii trapped in the Figure Four Leg Lock.
Winner: Bushi, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito via Pinfall
Eight Match: Kushida (c) vs. El Desperado w/Taka Michinoku for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Kushida backs Desperado into the ropes. Kushida applies a wrist lock. Desperado reverses the hold. Kushida drop toe holds Desperado face first into the canvas. Kushida floats over into a front face lock. Kushida goes for a shoulder tackle, but Desperado stands still. Desperado leapfrogs over Kushida. Kushida SomerSaults over Desperado. Kushida drops Desperado with a HandSpring Back Elbow Strike. Desperado tosses Kushida out of the ring. Kushida lands a enziguri from the ring apron. Desperado dumps Kushida face first on the apron. Desperado follows that with a Running Cannonball Strike to the outside. Desperado launches Kushida into the crowd. Desperado locks in the Stretch Muffler.
Desperado rolls Kushida back into the ring at the count of fifteen. Desperado repeatedly stomps on Kushida’s leg. Kushida goes for a enziguri, but Desperado counters with the Indian Death Lock. Desperado lands a Standing Frog Splash to the leg of Kushida. Referee snatches a guitar out of Desperado hands. Desperado repeatedly whips Kushida in the back with a strap. Desperado applies a rear chin lock. Kushida leapfrogs over Desperado. Desperado stomps on Kushida back. Kushida responds with a Hip Toss. Kushida follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Kushida lands back to back kicks to the shoulder of Desperado. Kushida connects with a Rolling DDT. Kushida goes for a Fisherman’s Buster, but Desperado blocks it.
Desperado rakes the eyes of Kushida. Kushida returns the favor. Kushida lands a Running Front Dropkick. Kushida ascends to the top turnbuckle. Kushida connects with a HoverBoard Lock Splash. Kushida repeatedly kicks Desperado in the face. Kushida goes back to the HoverBoard Lock. Desperado reverses into the Stretch Muffler. Kushida crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Kushida whips Desperado back first into the chair that’s wedged in the corner. Kushida lands a Soccer Kick. Desperado goes for a Pinche Loco, but Kushida blocks it. Desperado slips out of Back To The Future. Desperado throws his mask at Kushida. Kushida is telling the referee that he’s innocent.
Desperado low blows Kushida behind the referee’s back. Desperado rolls Kushida over for a two count. Desperado plants Kushida with a Reverse Gory Driver for a two count. Desperado goes for Pinche Loco, but Kushida counters with a Modified Kimura Lock. Kushida drops Desperado with a Pele Kick. Desperado responds with a Thrust Kick to the leg of Kushida. Desperado drop toe holds Kushida face first to the steel chair in the corner. Kushida and Desperado are fighting for position on the top turnbuckle. Kushida floats over into the HoverBoard Lock. Kushida plants Desperado with Back To The Future to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kushida via Pinfall
– Will Ospreay challenges Kushida to a future IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match.
Ninth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Quick feeling out process after the bell rings. Tanahashi with a waist lock go-behind to Sabre. Tanahashi transitions into a front face lock. Test of strength in the center of the ring. Tanahashi goes for a single leg takedown, but Sabre ducks out of the way. Tanahashi applies a side headlock. Sabre responds with a Head Scissors Hold. Everytime Tanahashi tries to bridge out of the head scissors, Sabre knocks him down. Tanahashi applies a modified Indian Death Lock. Tanahashi drops Sabre with a Shoulder Tackle. Sabre responds with a Sleeper Hold. Sabre transitions into the Cross Arm Breaker. Tanahashi rolls himself out of the ring. Tanahashi and Sabre are in a middle of a wrist lock exchange.
Tanahashi applies an armbar. Tanahashi goes back to the wrist lock. Sabre bridges out of the wrist lock. Tanahashi lands a deep arm drag. Sabre responds with a Straight Jacket Hold. Tanahashi gets back to a vertical base. Tanahashi uses his power to lock in the Straight Jacket Hold. Sabre kicks Tanahashi in the jaw. Sabre is showing his frustration on the outside. Tanahashi lands a single leg takedown. Tanahashi applies a leg lock. Tanahashi drops Sabre with a Right Elbow Strike. Tanahashi follows that with a Forearm Smash. Sabre connects with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip to the shoulder of Tanahashi. Sabre is grinding on the bicep of Tanahashi. Sabre connects with his joint manipulation game. Sabre mocks Tanahashi. Sabre repeatedly kicks Tanahashi in the shoulder. Sabre and Tanahashi are trading back and forth shots.
Sabre lands a Running Uppercut Strike. Tanahashi responds with a Dropkick. Tanahashi goes for a SlingShot High Flow Flow, but Sabre counters with a Fujiwara ArmBar. Tanahashi gets back into the ring at the count of ten. Sabre applies a Double Heel Hook. We’re back to the Forearm/Uppercut Exchange. Tanahashi slips on the Dragon Screw Neck Snap. Tanahashi lands back to back elbow strikes. Tanahashi drops Sabre with a Leaping Forearm Smash. Sabre is trying to create distance. Sabre hits Tanahashi with a European Uppercut. Tanahashi responds with a Low Dropkick to the leg of Sabre. Tanahashi goes for the Texas CloverLeaf, but Sabre locks it. Tanahashi is mauling Sabre in the corner. Tanahashi gets Sabre in a pinning position for a two count. This leads us to a long back and forth pinning sequence. Sabre with a Over Head Kick to the Bicep of Tanahashi.
Sabre is bending Tanahashi’s fingers. Sabre connects with a Flying Triangle Choke. Sabre lands a series of roundhouse kicks. Tanahashi responds with a Desperation Dropkick. Tanahashi goes for a SlingBlade, but Sabre counters with the Octopus Stretch. Tanahashi places his hand on the bottom rope to create separation. Sabre connects with a Double Stomp to the back of Sabre shoulder. Tanahashi responds with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip on the ring apron. Tanahashi lands a High Fly Flow to the outside. Tanahashi follows that with another High Fly Flow in the center of the ring. Minoru Suzuki knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron. Suzuki starts forearming Tanahashi. Suzuki shoves Tanahashi into the referee.
Suzuki locks in the Sleeper Hold. Sabre drops Tanahashi with the PK for a two count. Michael Elgin and Suzuki are brawling at the ringside area. Following the third Forearm/Uppercut Exchange, Tanahashi plants Sabre with the SlingBlade for a two count. Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow, but Sabre gets his knees up in the air. Sabre locks in CGS1. Tanahashi gets Sabre shoulders pinned to the mat for a two count. Sabre follows that with the European Clutch for another two count. Sabre gets Tanahashi trapped in the Guillotine Choke. Tanahashi escapes and lands a series of Swinging Neck Breakers. Tanahashi drops Sabre with another SlingBlade. Tanahashi connects with the High Fly Flow to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi via Pinfall
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