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Wrestling Rewind: NJPW New Years Dash 2017

NJPW New Years Dash 2017
January 5, 2017
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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First Match: Henare, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask vs. David Finlay, Kyle O’Reilly and Ricochet 

Ricochet and Liger will start things off. Ricochet kicks Liger in the gut. Ricochet applies a side headlock. Ricochet goes for a shoulder block, but Liger stands still. Ricochet and Liger are running the ropes. Liger drops Ricochet with a shoulder tackle. Ricochet dives over Liger. Ricochet with a drop toe hold that sends Liger face first to the turnbuckle pad. Ricochet connects with the 619. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Ricochet follows that with a Flying Pascada to the outside. Ricochet rolls Liger back into the ring. Ricochet tags in Finlay. Ricochet knocks Tiger Mask and Henare off the ring apron. Finlay, Ricochet and O’Reilly are triple teaming Liger.

Following a Double Vertical Suplex, Finlay delivers a Running European Uppercut for a two count. Finlay tags in O’Reilly. O’Reilly with multiple knee lifts to Liger. Liger kicks O’Reilly in the jaw. Liger with a Tilt-A-Whirl Back Breaker. Liger tags in Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block to O’Reilly. Tiger Mask dropkicks Finlay. Tiger Mask with a Rolling Crucifix for a two count. Henare tosses Finlay out of the ring. O’Reilly levels Tiger Mask with a Big Boot. O’Reilly with a Belly to Back Suplex. O’Reilly applies a Knee Bar. O’Reilly with a Spinning Heel Kick into the midsection of Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask responds with the Tiger Driver.

Henare and Finlay are tagged in. Henare dishes out a flurry of forearm shivers. Henare ducks a clothesline from Finlay. Henare drops Finlay with a Leaping Shoulder Block for a one count. Henare gets Finlay trapped in the Boston Crab. Ricochet kicks Henare in the face, but he refuses to let go of the hold. Liger from behind gets Ricochet trapped in the SurfBoard Submission Hold. Henare and Finlay are trading back and forth shots. Ricochet thrust kicks the gut of Henare. O’Reilly decks Henare with a Spinning Back Fist. Finlay and Ricochet with a Death Valley Driver/Back Stabber Combination for a two count. Finlay connects with the Rolling Senton. Ricochet lands a Shooting Star Press to pickup the victory.

Winner: David Finlay, Kyle O’Reilly and Ricochet via Pinfall 

Second Match: Billy Gunn & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi 

Takahashi and Tatsu will start things off. Takahashi kicks Tatsu in the gut. Takahashi applies a side head lock. Tatasu reverses the hold. Tatsu drops Takahashi with a shoulder tackle. Tatsu connects with a Hip Toss. Tatsu lands a deep arm-drag. Tatsu dropkicks Takahashi. Takahashi kicks Tatsu in the gut. Tatsu ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Page attacks Tatsu behind the referee’s back. Takahashi knocks Billy off the ring apron. Page rolls Tatsu back into the ring. Takahashi bodyslams Tatsu for a two count. Takahashi tags in Page.

Page is lighting up Tatsu chest. Page starts paint brushing Tatsu. Page dropkicks Tatsu. Page catapults Tatsu neck first into the second rope for a two count. Takahashi and Page with a Leg Drop/Senton Combination for another two count. Takahashi delivers a Running Boot for a two count. Takahashi lightly kicks Tatsu in the face. Tatsu decks Takahashi with a Buzzsaw Kick. Tatsu tags in Billy.

Takahashi kicks Billy in the chest. Billy launches Takahashi to the corner. Billy whips Takahashi out of the ring. Billy connects with the Body Avalanche. Billy goes for the Famouser,  but Takahashi counters with a Leg Sweep. Takahashi with a Sliding Dropkick to Billy. Billy responds with a PowerSlam. Tatsu and Page are tagged in. Tatsu ducks a clothesline from Page. Tatsu with a Spinning Heel Kick. Takahashi levels Tatsu with a DDT on the floor. Billy punches Page in the jaw. Page delivers a Inside Out Lariat. Page plants Tatsu with The Rites of Passage to pickup the victory.

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page via Pinfall 

Third Match: The Young Bucks & Adam Cole vs. Roppongi Vice & Yoshi Hashi 

Hashi and Cole will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cole applies a wrist lock. Hashi reverses the hold. Cole backs Hashi into the turnbuckles. Cole kicks Hashi in the gut. Cole applies a side headlock. Cole drops Hashi with a shoulder tackle. Hashi leapfrogs over Cole. Hashi with a Knife Edge Chop to Cole. Hashi delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Cole. Hashi tags in Beretta. Romero with a Running Hip Attack to Cole. RPG follows that with their Double Knee Combination. RGP lays out Matt Jackson in mid-air. RGP clotheslines Nick Jackson over the top rope. Beretta shoves Romero.

Beretta punches Cole in the jaw. Romero lands a Suicide Dive. Matt with a Double Wrecking Ball Dropkick to RPG. Hashi responds with a Hesitation Dropkick. Nick SuperKicks Hashi. Nick follows that with a SpringBoard SomerSault Plancha. Nick rolls Beretta back into the ring. Beretta goes for a Flying Back Elbow Strike, but Cole counters with a BackStabber for a two count. Cole tags in Matt.

Cole gets Beretta in the Camel Clutch. Matt is paint brushing Beretta. Beretta fires off a Big Boot. Beretta side steps Matt into the turnbuckles. Matt goes for a Flying Leg Drop, but Beretta ducks out of the way. Bullet Club knocks Hashi and Romero off the ring apron. Beretta eats a SuperKick from Cole and Nick Jackson. The Bucks sets up for The Meltzer Driver, but Hashi gets in the way. Beretta connects with a Tombstone PileDriver. Romero and Nick are tagged in. Romero with a Flying Crossbody Block. Romero follows that with a Hurricanrana. Romero punches Cole. Romero with Forever Clotheslines.

Cole and Nick SuperKicks Romero. Cole hits The Last Shot. Nick with The Shining Wizard to Romero for a two count. RPG with Stereo Knee Strikes to Cole. Hashi knocks Matt off the ring apron. Beretta lays Cole flat on the top rope. Romero delivers a Flying Leg Drop. Beretta follows that with The Running Knee. Hashi lands a Swanton Bomb  for a two count. Romero whips The Bucks out of the ring. Cole SuperKicks Romero. Cole takes out the legs of Beretta. Cole with the SunsetFlip PowerBomb. Nick SuperKicks Hashi. Hashi responds with The Western Lariat. Hashi goes for Karma, but Cole counters with a SuperKick. Cole goes for The Last Shot, but Hashi counters with a Inside Cradle to pickup the victory.

Winner: Ropponvgi Vice & Yoshi Hashi via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Bad Luck Fale, Bone Soldier, Kenny Omega and The Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Hiro Saito, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Scott Norton and Cheeseburger 

Omega and Norton will start things off. Omega wants Norton to join The Bullet Club. Norton declines the off. Norton clotheslines Tonga. Norton follows that with a Knife Edge Chop to Loa. Norton knocks Solider off the ring apron. Norton with a series of knife edge chops to Fale. Norton throws Cheeseburger out of the ring. The Bullet Club throws Cheeseburger back into the ring. Norton tags in Tenzan. Tenzan HeadButts Loa. Teznan delivers multiple Mongolian Chops. Tenzan and Kojima runs through Loa with a Double Clothesline.

Cheeseburger with a Running Splash for a one count. Loa drives Cheeseburger back first into the turnbuckles. The Bullet Club are mauling Cheeseburger in the corner. Tonga HeadButts Cheeseburger. Cheeseburger responds with a flurry of forearm shivers. Cheeseburger goes for a SunsetFlip, but Tonga blocks it. Cheeseburger dodges a SuperMan Punch. Cheeseburger connects with a Hurricanrana. Cheeseburger tags in Tenzan. Tenzan repeatedly stomps on Tonga chest. Tenzan with a Body Avalanche. Tenzan follows that with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Tonga dropkicks Tenzan. Tonga tags in Loa.

Loa is putting the boots to Tenzan. Loa bodyslams Tenzan. Loa tags in Omega. Omega with a Running Elbow Drop for a two count. Omega bounces Tenzan head on the top turnbuckle pad. Omega tags in Solider. Soldier is choking Tenzan with his boot. Fale with Clubbing Haymakers to Tenzan. Fale goes for a Corner Avalanche, but Tenzan ducks out of the way. Tenzan tags in Kojima. Kojima is lighting up Omega and Soldier’s chest. Tonga attacks Kojima from behind. Saito comes to the aid of Kojima.

The Bullet Club are in a chopping convention. Kojima decks Solider with a Running Forearm Smash. Omega with a Running Hip Attack to Kojima. Tonga follows that with a Stinger Splash. GOD with a Running Neck Snap/Samoan Drop Combination. Solider goes for a SuperFly Splash, but Kojima ducks out of the way. Kojima decks Solider with a Cutter. Solider is trying to fight off the tandem offense from Kojima and Tenzan. Saito with a Senton Splash for a two count. A pier six brawl ensues on the outside. Kojima with The Western Lariat to Solider to pickup the victory.

Winner: Hiro Saito, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Scott Norton and Cheeseburger via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kushida & Michael Elgin 

Elgin and Naito will start things off. Naito tugs at Elgin’s beard. Naito tags in Takahashi. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Elgin launches Takahashi to the other side of the ring. Standing Switch Exchanges leads to a Military Slam from Elgin. Naito kicks Elgin in the back. Elgin with a forearm smash to Takahashi. Elgin punches Naito. Elgin with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick that sends Naito crashing back first into the steel guard rail. Kushida levels Takahashi with a HandSpring Kick. Elgin sends Kushida crashing into Takahashi and Naito. Kushida rolls Takahashi back into the ring. Elgin goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Naito gets in the way. Elgin is fighting off the tandem offense from LIJ.

Atomic Drop/Running Knee Combination to Elgin. Takahashi rakes the eyes of Elgin. Takahashi is choking Elgin with his boot. Naito shoves Kushida shoulder first into the steel ring post. Elgin slaps Takahashi in the chest. Naito is gouging the eyes of Elgin. Naito and Takahashi are cutting the ring in half. Naito knocks down the referee. Elgin catches Takahashi in mid-air. Elgin connects with an Exploder Suplex. Elgin tags in Kushida. Kushida with a Cavalcade of Kicks to Takahashi. Kushida decks Takahashi with a HandSpring Back Elbow Strike. Takahashi tags in Naito. Kushida leapfrogs over Naito. Kushida lands a Hip Toss. Kushida follows that with a Cartwheel Dropkick. Kushida with an Apron Enzuigiri to Takahashi. Takahashi goes for a SunsetFlip, but Kushida counters with the HoverBoard Lock.

Kushida drops Takahashi with the Arm Ringer. Takahashi dodges a leg lariat from Kushida. Takahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Naito delivers a Rebound Dropkick to Kushida. Naito spits at Elgin. Step Up Enzuigiri to Kushida. Kushida responds with a Pele Kick. Kushida tags in Elgin. Elgin with a Corner Clothesline to Naito. Naito fights out of the Delayed Vertical Suplex Position. Naito locks in the Guillotine Choke. Elgin with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Elgin levels Takahashi with a German Suplex. Elgin follows that with a German Suplex that sends Naito crashing into the turnbuckles.

Elgin continues the sequence with a Running Death Valley Driver to Takahashi. Kushida and Takahashi are brawling on the outside. Elgin with a Super Falcon Arrow for a two count. Elgin blocks a SuperKick from Takahashi. Elgin dishes out a spinning back fist. Naito takes out the legs of Elgin. Naito kicks Kushida in the hamstring. Naito low blows Elgin. Dragon Lee dropkicks Takahashi off the ring apron. Lee lands a SomerSault Plancha. Elgin with a Western Lariat to Naito. Elgin plants Naito with The Burning Hammer to pickup the victory.

Winner: Kushida & Michael Elgin via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Will Ospreay vs. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson, Katsuyori Shibata and Yuji Nagata 

Shibata and Ospreay will start things off. Test of strength in the center of the ring. Shibata with a Waist Lock go behind to Ospreay. Shibata backs Ospreay into the ropes. Ospreay slaps Shibata in the face. Shibata whips Ospreay to the corner. Shibata delivers a series of forearm shivers. Ospreay explodes out of the corner with a Running Basement Dropkick. Ospreay teases a dive. Yano and Nagata are tagged in. Nagata kicks Yano in the hamstring. Yano slaps Nagata in the back. Yano is trying to create separation, but it’s to no avail. Nagata with a Jumping Enzuigiri to Yano. Nagata tags in Honma.

Double Shoulder Block to Yano. Honma bodyslams Yano. Honma with a Running HeadButt. Yano responds with an Atomic Drop. A pier six brawl ensues on the outside. Yano whips Honma back first across the exposed steel. Ishii and Makabe are brawling in the crowd. Yano is choking Honma with his boot. Yano tags in Okada. Okada with a Scoop Slam to Honma. Okada follows that with a SlingShot Senton for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, Goto kicks Honma in the back. Goto tags in Ospreay. Ospreay stomps on the back of Honma. Ospreay with a blistering knife edge chop. Ospreay tags in Ishii.

Ishii lightly kicks Honma in the head. Ishii is walking into multiple slaps from Honma. Ishii HeadButts Honma. Ishii connects with a Corner Clothesline. Ishii and Honma are in a forearm exchange. Honma with a Delayed Vertical Suplex to Ishii. Honma decks Yano with a DDT. Honma tags in Makabe. Makabe with a flurry of shoulder tackles. Makabe with a PowerSlam to Okada. Ospreay starts forearming Makabe. Makabe with a Corner Clotheslines to Ishii and Yano. Makabe transitions into a Corner Mount. Double Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Ishii and Makabe are trading short arm lariats. Ishii is busted open. Ishii tags in Okada.

Okada bodyslams Makabe. Makabe responds with a Western Lariat. Makabe tags in Robinson. Robinson connects with a Running Cannonball Strike. Okada uppercuts Robinson. Robinson responds with a Double Knee GutBuster for a two count. Honma knocks Goto off the ring apron. Robinson goes for Pulp Friction, but Okada blocks it. Okada with a Reverse Neck Breaker to Robinson. Okada tags in Goto. Goto decks Robinson with a Spinning Heel Kick. Goto with a Saito Suplex for a two count. Robinson drops Goto with a Single Leg Lariat. Robinson with a Chop/Jab Combination to Goto.

Goto levels Robinson with the Inside Out Lariat for a two count as Shibata breaks up the pin attempt. Ospreay sends Shibata out of the ring. Ospreay lands a Suicide Dive. Goto connects with the Ushigoroshi. Goto goes for the GTR, but Nagata counters with a Helluva Kick. Ishii runs through Nagata with a Body Avalanche. Makabe with a Double Clothesline to Yano and Ishii. Okada dropkicks Honma. Robinson and Goto are running into each other. Ospreay with a SpringBoard Forearm Smash to Robinson. Shibata drops Ospreay with a Big Boot. Shibata with the PK to Goto. Robinson plants Goto with Pulp Friction to pickup the victory. After the match, The Suzuki Gun destroys Chaos. Minoru Suzuki gets Okada trapped in the Rear Naked Choke. Suzuki plants Okada with The Gotch Style PileDriver.

Winner: Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson, Katsuyori Shibata and Yuji Nagata via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Bushi, EVIL and Sanada (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi For The NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 

Nakanishi and Sanada will start things off. EVIL attacks Nakanishi from behind. EVIL and Sanada are double teaming Nakanishi. Double Northern Lights Suplex from Nakanishi. Nakanishi tags in Tanahashi. Tanahashi applies a side headlock. Sanada tugs on the hair of Tanahashi. Tanahashi with a deep arm-drag to Sanada. Tanahashi applies an arm-bar. Tanahashi tags in Taguchi. Taguchi goes for a Running Hip Attack, but Sanada counters with an Atomic Drop. Sanada tags in Bushi. Bushi and Taguchi are running the ropes. Bushi with a leg sweep to Taguchi. Taguchi responds with a Hip Attack. EVIL hits Taguchi in the back with a steel chair.

EVIL whips Tanahashi back first to the steel guard rail. EVIL repeatedly hits the injured knee of Tanahashi with the chair. Bushi is choking Taguchi with his t-shirt. Bushi tags in Sanada. Taguchi kicks Sanada in the gut. Taguchi misses on a Running Hip Attack. Sanada tags in EVIL. Sanada drops Taguchi with a back elbow strike. EVIL follows that with a Running Senton for a two count. EVIL applies a rear chin lock. EVIL with a Stunner that knocks Nakanishi off the ring apron. Taguchi with a Reverse DDT Combination to Bushi and EVIL. Taguchi tags in Tanahashi.

Tanahashi launches Sanada to the other side of the ring. Tanahashi delivers a series of haymakers. Tanahashi with a Flying Senton Splash for a two count. EVIL ChopBlocks Tanahashi. EVIL connects with the Fisherman’s Suplex. EVIL tags in Sanada. Sanada slides under Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags in Nakanishi. Nakanishi with clubbing forearm shivers to Sanada. Nakanishi clotheslines Sanada. Nakanishi with a Double Axe Handle Strike to EVIL. Nakanishi follows that with another lariat to Sanada for a two count. Nakanishi goes for The Hercules Cutter, but Sanada blocks it.

EVIL with a Corner Avalanche to Nakanishi. LIJ’s Double Belly to Back Suplex only gets a two count. Sanada lands a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Sanada locks in Skull In. Tanahashi reverse the hold. Tanahashi with a Swinging Neck Breaker to Sanada. EVIL knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron. Bushi dropkicks Nakanishi. Nakanishi side steps Bushi into the turnbuckles.

Bushi low blows Nakanishi. Bushi connects with the CodeBreaker for a two count. Bushi goes for MX, but Nakanishi blocks it. Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip to EVIL. Taguchi decks Bushi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Tanahashi follows that with a SlingBlade. Tanahashi takes out EVIL with a SlingShot High Fly Flow. Nakanishi plants Bushi with The Hercules Cutter to pickup the victory.

Winner: New NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Champions, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi and Ryusuke Taguchi via Pinfall 

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