NJPW New Year Dash 2018
January 5, 2018
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First Match: Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Ren Narita, Tetsuhiro Yagi, Syota Umino and Tomoyuki Oka
The Young Lions attacks The Legends before the bell rings. Tenzan is getting destroyed in the center of the ring. Oka bodyslams Tenzan. Yagi follows that with a Running Elbow Drop. Narita connects with a Leg Drop. Umino continues the sequence with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Tenzan fires up with a series of Mongolian Chops. Nakanishi with a Double Vertical Suplex to Yagi and Narita. Nakanishi with a Running Splash for a two count. Nakanishi and Yagi are trading back and forth shots. Nakanishi tags in Kojima.
Kojima repeatedly stomps on Yagi’s chest. Kojima drops Yagi with a NeckBreaker. Kojima follows that with bodyslams. Kojima knocks Narita off the ring apron. Kojima tags in Nagata. Nagata decks Yagi with a Knee Lift. Nagata with a Helluva Kick which sends Oka crashing to the outside. Yagi starts slapping Nagata in the chest. Nagata responds accordingly with a flurry of kicks. Following a snap mare takeover, Nagata kicks Yagi in the back. Nagata attacks Umino. Yagi dropkicks Nagata. Yagi tags in Oka.
Oka is throwing haymakers at Tenzan, Kojima and Nakanishi. Oka and Nagata are in a middle of a forearm exchange. Oka runs through Nagata with a Shoulder Tackle. Oka connects with a Body Avalanche. Oka follows that with a Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Oka applies a waist lock. Nagata regains momentum with an enzuiguri. Nagata with an Exploder Suplex to Oka. Nagata tags in Kojima.
Kojima is lighting up Oka’s chest in the corner. Kojima delivers a Running Forearm Smash. Oka knocks Kojima off the top turnbuckle. Oka tags in Umino. The Young Lions are triple teaming Kojima. Umino lands a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Umino locks in the Boston Crab. Kojima finds a way to escape. Umino goes for a German Suplex, but Kojima blocks it. Umino dropkicks Kojima. Umino follows that with a German Suplex for a two count. Oka tosses Nagata out of the ring. Umino slaps Kojima in the face. Kojima responds with The Western Lariat to pickup the victory.
Winner: Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan via Pinfall
Second Match: Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Iizuka vs. Hirai Kawato, Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger, Henare and Togi Makabe
Kawato attacks Michinoku before the bell rings. We have ourself a pier six brawl on the outside. Iizuka and Makabe are brawling in the crowd. Michinoku sends Liger face first across the steel ring post. Taichi hits Liger in the head with a Bell Hammer. Iizuka is biting Makabe’s forehead. Iizuka starts choking Makabe with a cable cord. Michinoku rolls Henare back into the ring. Henare HeadButts Michinoku. Kanemaru with a clubbing blow to the back of Henare. Henrae responds with a Leaping Double Shoulder Block to Michinoku and Kanemaru. Iizuka hits Henare in the back with a steel chair. Michinoku is choking Henare with his boot. Iizuka also hits Makabe with the chair. Kanemaru delivers a Running Single Leg Dropkick from the outside.
Desperado rolls Henare back into the ring. Suzuki Gun continues to dish out cheapshots behind the referee’s back. Following a snap mare takeover, Iizuka starts biting Henare forehead. Henare side steps Iizuka into the turnbuckles. Henare ducks a clothesline from Iizuka. Henare drops Iizuka with a Running Shoulder Tackle. Henare tags in Makabe. Makabe with a series of haymakers to Suzuki Gun. Makabe PowerSlams Michinoku. Iizuka drives Makabe back first into the turnbuckle pad. Makabe explodes out of the corner with a Running Lariat. Makabe transitions into the Corner Mount.
Makabe knocks Taichi off the ring apron. Makabe goes for a Northern Light Suplex, but Iizuka blocks it. Iizuka rakes the eyes of Makabe. Makabe responds with a clothesline for a two count. Iizuka with an Inverted Atomic Drop to Makabe. Iizuka is choking Makabe in the center of the ring. Makabe PowerSlams Iizuka. Makabe tags in Kawato. Desperado launches Kawato sternum first into the canvas. Kawato ducks a clothesline from Desperado. Kawato dropkicks Desperado. Kawato follows that with a back elbow strike in the corner.
Kawato goes for the cover, but Desperado kicks out at two. Liger with a Corner Clothesline to Desperado. Tiger Mask lands a Spinning Heel Kick. Tiger Mask connects with The Tiger Driver. Liger PowerBombs Desperado. Kawato decks Desperado with a Leaping Enzuigiri for a two count. Another pier six brawl breaks out. Kawato with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick to Desperado. Michinoku clotheslines Kawato. Kanemaru drops Kawato with a Jumping DDT. Taichi SuperKicks Kawato. Desperado plants Kawato with The Pinche Loco to pickup the victory.
Winner: Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Iizuka via Pinfall
Third Match: Jay White vs. Katsuya Kitamura
White applies a front face lock. Kitamura transitions into a waist lock. Kitamura with a Waist Lock TakeDown to White. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. White drives his knee into the midsection of Kitamura. White starts targeting Kitamura’s back. White applies a side headlock. Kitamura goes for a Shoulder Tackle, but White stands still. White delivers two knife edge chops. White kicks Kitamura in the wrist. White with an Ankle Twist to Kitamura. White whips Kitamura back first across the turnbuckle pad. White connects with a Running European Uppercut.
White follows that with a Saito Suplex. White tosses Kitamura out of the ring. White tells Kitamura to bring it. White sends Kitamura back first to the steel guard rail. White is lighting up Kitamura’s chest on the outside. Kitamura gets back into the ring at the count of eighteen. Kitamura with multiple forearm shivers to White. White attacks the injured knee of Kitamura. Kitamura with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Kitamura runs through White with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike.
Kitamura follows that with a Shoulder Tackle. Kitamura connects with a Gut Wrench Suplex for a two count. Kitamura goes for the Boston Crab, but White blocks it. Kitamura slaps White in the chest. Kitamura Spears White. Kitamura goes for a Jack Hammer, but White counters with a knee strike. White gets Kitamura trapped in the Crippler Cross Face. White transitions into a ground and pound attack. White plants Kitamura with The Blade Runner to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jay White via Pinfall
Fourth Match: Roppongi 3K & CheeseBurger w/Rocky Romero vs. The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega
Nick Jackson and Sho will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sho applies a side head lock. Sho drops Nick with a shoulder tackle. Nick leapfrogs over Sho. Nick dropkicks Sho. Nick is favoring his knee. Nick goes for a tag, but his brother and Omega say no bueno. Sho dropkicks Nick. Nick responds with a Back Elbow Strike. Nick tags in Matt. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Both Yoh and Matt’s backs are giving out. Matt with a boot into the midsection of Yoh. Yoh goes for a BodySlam, but Matt counters with a Cross Body Block. Cheeseburger and Omega are tagged in.
Cheeseburger with a Chop/Forearm Combination to Omega. Omega with a clubbing blow to the back of Cheeseburger. Cheeseburger ducks a clothesline from Omega. Cheeseburger dropkicks the right knee of Omega. Cheeseburger is lighting up The Elite’s Chest in the corner. The Elite with a Trifecta SuperKick to Cheeseburger. Omega with the cover for a two count. Omega bounces Cheeseburger head on the turnbuckle pad. Omega tags in Matt. Nick drops Cheeseburger with a GutBuster. Matt follows that with a SomerSault NeckBreaker. The Elite are mauling Cheeseburger in the corner.
Omega inadvertently walks into Stereo Enzuigiri’s from The Bucks. Cheeseburger connects with a Double Hurricanrana. Cheeseburger tags in Sho. Sho with a SuperMan Punch to Nick. Sho follows that with a HeadScissors TakeOver to Omega. Sho thrust kicks Nick for a two count. Nick ducks a clothesline from Sho. Nick with a Forearm Smash to Yoh. Sho responds with a BackStabber. Yoh follows that with a Running Knee. R3K connects with their Reverse FlapJack/Running Ace Crusher Combination for a two count. Matt and Omega responds with a SuperKick/V-Trigger Combination.
Omega places Yoh on the middle rope. Nick lands a Flying Double Stomp to Sho. Nick follows that with a Back Cracker to Yoh. Yoh kicks Nick in the jaw. Yoh slides under The Elite. Yoh makes the tag to Cheeseburger. Cheeseburger tosses Omega out of the ring. Cheeseburger fights off the tandem offense from The Bucks. Cheeseburger with a Inside Out Lariat to Matt. Cheeseburger dodges a V-Trigger from Omega. Cheeseburger decks Omega with an Open Hand Palm Strike. Cheeseburgers for a Triple Crossbody Block, but The Elite catches him in mid-air. Nick SuperKicks Sho off the ring apron. The Bucks plants Cheeseburger with The Indy Taker to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Cody Rhodes, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, Marty Scrull and Leo Tonga w/Brandi Rhodes vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Kushida, David Finlay, Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi
Scrull is taunting the Korkeaun Hall Crowd. Brandi joins the commentary team for this match. Tonga and Robinson will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Tonga drives Robinson back first into the turnbuckle pad. Robinson creates distance with a quick left jab. Robinson mocks Scrull. Robinson ducks a clothesline from Tonga. Robinson applies a side headlock. Tonga goes for a BodySlam, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Robinson delivers a series of left jabs. Robinson dropkicks Tonga. Robinson dives over Tonga. Robinson connects with a Running Clothesline. Robinson tags in Taguchi.
Taguchi and Robinson drops Tonga with a Double Hip Attack for a two count. Taguchi kicks Tonga in the shoulder. Tonga drives Taguchi back first into the corner. Tonga tags in Owens. Owens with multiple hip attacks to Taguchi. All members of Taguchi Japan responds with Hip Attacks of their own. Ibushi knocks Rhodes off the ring apron. Taguchi Japan with a Five Way Dropkick to Owens. Takahashi tosses Kushida out of the ring. Owens slaps Taguchi in the face. Takahashi is raking the eyes of Finlay. Owens tags in Rhodes.
Rhodes is putting the boots to Taguchi. Scrull applies a wrist lock. Scrull stomps on Taguchi back. Scrull delivers a Basement Dropkick to the hips of Taguchi. Bullet Club continues the sequence with multiple atomic drops. Taguchi dropkicks Takahashi. Taguchi tags in Kushida. Kushida with two axe handle strikes to Scrull. Kushida lands a hip toss. Kushida follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Kushida with a Double Rolling Kick which sends Rhodes and Owens tumbling to the outside. Tonga kicks Kushida in the gut. Kushida responds with a HandSpring Back Elbow Strike. Kushida with a low bridge which sends Tonga out of the ring.
Kushida with a Vertical Suplex to Owens. Kushida locks in the Last Chancery. Scrull starts bending Kushida fingers. Kushida blocks a SuperKick. Kushida goes for a Roll Through DDT, but Scrull counters with a stiff European Uppercut. Scrull decks Kushida with a Discus Forearm Smash. Scrull dislocates Kushida fingers. Kushida lands the Pele Kick. Kushida tags in Ibushi. Ibushi brings his lighting quick offense to Rhodes. Ibushi connects with a Standing MoonSault. Rhodes rolls Ibushi over for a two count. Rhodes misses on the Beautiful Disaster Kick.
Ibushi drops Rhodes with a Roundhouse Kick. Ibushi follows that with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Rhodes creates distance with a drop down uppercut. Ibushi tags in Finlay. Finlay with a flurry of forearm shivers to Rhodes. Owens knocks Finlay off the second turnbuckle. The Bullet Club is mauling Owens in the corner. Rhodes with The Beautiful Disaster Kick for a two count. Taguchi Japan misses on a Five Way SlingShot Crossbody Blocks. Rhodes goes for Cross Rhodes, but Finlay counters with a Uranage BackBreaker for a two count. Rhodes blocks The Stunner. Brandi Rhodes hops on the ring apron to distract Finlay. Rhodes locks in The American Nightmare which forces Finlay to tap out.
Winner: Cody Rhodes, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, Marty Scrull and Leo Tonga via Submission
Sixth Match: Beretta, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. The Guerrillas of Destiny & Bad Luck Fale For The NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Championship
Tonga and Beretta will start things off. Tonga starts things off with multiple bodyshots. Tonga drops Beretta with a back elbow strike. Beretta leapfrogs over Tonga. Tonga goes for a Gun Stun, but Beretta blocks it. Beretta with two knife edge chops to Tonga. Tonga rolls himself out of the ring. Yano and Fale are tagged in. Fale drops Yano with a Shoulder Tackle. Fale with a clubbing blow to the back of Yano. Yano is trying to play mind games with Fale. Yano slaps Fale in the back of the head. Fale responds with a Vertical Suplex. Fale bounces Yano’s head on the turnbuckle pad. Fale tags in Tonga. The Bullet Club are cutting the ring in half.
Loa connects with a Running PowerSlam for a two count. Fale HeadButts Yano for a two count. Fale repeatedly stomps on Yano’s chest. Fale with a Running Splash for a two count as Ishii breaks up the pin attempt. Loa and Fale rocks Ishii with a Double HeadButt. Tonga bodyslams Yano. Tonga follows that with a Jumping Elbow for a two count. Tonga transitions into a ground and pound attack. Loa with a Standing Leg Drop for a two count. Loa knocks Beretta off the ring apron. Yano goes for a Knee Lift, but Loa counters with a Shoulder Block. Loa kicks Yano in the gut. Ishii attacks Loa behind the referee’s back. Yano connects with the inverted atomic drop. Yano tags in Ishii.
Ishii starts running into Loa. Loa with a Big Boot to Ishii. Ishii responds with a Running Shoulder Tackle. Ishii side steps Fale into the turnbuckle pad. Ishii goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Fale blocks it. Loa decks Ishii with a Corner Clothesline Loa connects with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Ishii goes for a Vertical Brain Buster, but Tonga lands back on his feet. Tonga kicks Ishii in the gut. Tonga and Ishii trades Back and Forth HeadButts. Ishii lands a Vertical Suplex. Ishii tags in Beretta. Beretta with a chop/forearm combination to Tonga. Beretta drops Tonga with an enzuigiri. Beretta follows that with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike in the corner. Beretta dropkicks Tonga. Chaos is mauling Tonga.
Beretta with a Swinging DDT for a two count. Fale runs through Yano and Ishii with Two Body Avalanches. Loa launches Beretta back first across the turnbuckle pad. Tonga lands a Stinger Splash. Loa follows that with a Corner Clothesline. Fale continues the sequence with another Body Avalanche. Tonga hits The Veleno for a two count. Tonga goes for The Gun Stun, but Beretta counters with a Snap German Suplex. Loa clotheslines Beretta. Yano drives Loa’s head to the canvas.
Ishii and Fale are trading back and forth shots. Ishii connects with a Massive German Suplex. Tonga HeadButts Beretta. Beretta responds with the Step Up Enzuigiri. GOD regains momentum with Guerrilla WarFare. Loa goes for a Diving HeadButt, but Beretta ducks out of the way. Beretta with an Avalanche Over The Head Belly to Belly Suplex. Beretta misses on the Jumping Knee Strike. Beretta goes for The Dude Buster, but Tonga blocks it. Tonga plants Beretta with The Gun Stun to pickup the victory.
Winner: New NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Champions, The Guerrillas Of Destiny and Bad Luck Fale via Pinfall
Seventh Match: War Machine, Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Killer Elite Squad, Zack Sabre Jr and Minoru Suzuki
Suzuki Gun attacks War Machine, Elgin and Tanahashi before the bell rings. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have ourself a pier six brawl. Hanson with a clubbing blow to the back of Smith. Tanahashi with three uppercuts to Suzuki. Suzuki responds with a straight hand. Rowe with Muay Thai Knee Strikes to Sabre. Rowe connects with a Discus Lariat. Archer responds with a Running Shoulder Block. Archer is putting the boots to Rowe in the corner. Archer clotheslines Rowe. Suzuki and Archer are double teaming Rowe. Suzuki applies a Rope Assisted Triangle Choke. Archer tags in Sabre. Sabre continues to target the shoulder of Rowe.
Rowe drops Sabre with a Forearm Smash. Suzuki with a Big Boot that knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron. The rest of Suzuki Gun clears the ring. Smith applies a rear chin lock. Rowe gets back to a vertical base. Smith drives his knee into the midsection of Rowe. Smith connects with a Basement Dropkick. Rowe responds with a PowerSlam. KES are cutting the ring in half. KES with a Double BodySlam for a one count. Rowe with a ShotGun Knee Strike to Archer. Again Suzuki knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron. Rowe tags in Elgin.
Elgin with a Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex to Sabre. Elgin follows that with a Corner Clothesline. Elgin goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Sabre counters with a Sleeper Hold. Elgin quickly escapes. Sabre locks in the Guillotine Choke. Elgin with a Vertical Suplex to Sabre. Elgin connects with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Elgin and Sabre are trading back and forth shots. Sabre repeatedly uppercuts Elgin. Elgin goes for a BackSlide, but Sabre lands back on his feet. Elgin hits the Inside Out Lariat. Sabre with a European Clutch for a two count. Sabre decks Elgin with the PK. Sabre tags in Smith. Elgin with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Smith. Suzuki throws a chair at Tanahashi. Elgin tags in Hanson.
Hanson brings lighting quick offense to Smith. Hanson connects with a Spinning Side Walk Slam. Hanson lands a Running Splash. Elgin with a Corner Clothesline to Smith. Rowe follows that with a ShotGun Dropkick. Hanson continues the sequence with the Bronco Buster for a two count. Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip to Sabre. Tanahashi and Suzuki starts brawling on the outside. Smith drops Hanson with a Reverse DDT. Elgin responds with a Falcon Arrow.
Archer with the Winds of Change to Elgin. Archer goes for a ChokeSlam, but Rowe counters with a Forearm Smash. Rowe lays out Archer with a nasty knee strike. Sabre applies a Triangle Choke. War Machine connects with Decapitation. Suzuki. War Machine goes for Fallout, but Archer counters with a ChokeSlam. Hanson cartwheels over Smith. Hanson with a Corner Clothesline to Archer. Hanson goes for a Spinning Heel Kick, but Smith blocks it. KES plants Hanson with The Killer Bomb to pickup the victory. After the match, Suzuki says that he’s going to take the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
Winner: Killer Elite Squad, Zack Sabre Jr and Minoru Suzuki via Pinfall
Eight Match: Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi vs. Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi Hashi and Gedo
Ospreay and Takahashi will start things off with a long forearm exchange. Takahashi goes for a HeadScissors TakeOver, but Ospreay lands back on his feet. Ospreay misses on the Standing MoonSault. Ospreay with a deep arm drag to Takahashi. Ospreay follows that with a dropkick. Takahashi with a Waist Lock Go-Behind to Ospreay. Ospreay creates distance with a back elbow strike. Ospreay ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Ospreay hits the enzuigiri. Ospreay with a Modified 619 to Takahashi. Ospreay connects with a SpringBoard Forearm Smash. Chaos knocks LIJ off the ring apron. Hashi and Gedo drops Takahashi with a Double Shoulder Tackle.
Ospreay lands the Standing MoonSault. Gedo with multiple jabs to Takahashi. Takahashi starts grabbing Gedo’s beard. Bushi rocks Gedo with a straight right hand. Naito and Okada are brawling on the outside. Takahashi is choking Gedo with his boot. Bushi locks in the STF. Bushi with the Missile Dropkick to Gedo. Naito with the lateral press for a two count. Sanada tags himself in. Sanada with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike to the beard of Gedo for a two count. Naito tosses Okada out of the ring. Naito whips Okada back first across the steel guard rail.
Sanada with a Basement Dropkick to Gedo. Takahashi and Bushi with a Double FlapJack for a two count. Takahashi lands a knife edge chop. Takahashi with a corner clothesline to Gedo. Takahashi goes for a Basement Dropkick, but Gedo ducks out of the way. Gedo drives Takahashi head to the canvas. Takahashi tags in EVIL. Gedo uses the referee to create distance. Gedo drops EVIL with a straight right hand. Gedo finally tags in Goto. Goto with a Vertical Suplex to Bushi. Goto attacks Naito. Goto with a Corner Clothesline to EVIL. Goto follows that with a Running Bulldog for a two count. Goto goes for the Ushigoroshi, but EVIL lands back on his feet. EVIL with a Running Senton to Goto. EVIL unloads two discus forearm smashes. Goto responds with the Ushigoroshi. Okada and Natio are tagged in.
Following a long forearm exchange, Okada drops Naito with a back elbow strike. Naito kicks Okada in the jaw. Okada connects with a FlapJack for a two count. Naito regains momentum with a Rebound Dropkick. Naito with a Running NeckBreaker to Okada. Okada uppercuts Naito. Naito responds with a SpineBuster. Naito goes for The Destino, but Okada counters with the Cobra Clutch. Naito hits the Step Up Enzuigiri. Okada responds with a Big Boot. Okada tags in Hashi.
Hashi lays Naito flat on the top rope. Hashi lands the Running Dropkick to the back of Naito. Ospreay with a Running European Uppercut to Naito. Hashi thrust kicks the midsection of Naito. Hashi and Goto deliver their NeckBreaker/Knee Drop Combination. Gedo SuperKicks Naito. Ospreay with the Standing Shooting Star Press. Hashi goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Naito goes for the Satellite DDT, but Hashi blocks it. Naito with a Rolling Kick to Hashi.
Hashi responds with a Western Lariat. Hashi with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Hashi goes for Karma, but Sanada counters with Skull In. Bushi takes out Gedo with a Suicide Dive. Takahashi SuperKicks Ospreay. EVIL with a Side Walk Slam to Goto. LIJ follows that with a Four Way Basement Dropkick to Okada. EVIL clotheslines Hashi. Naito with the lateral press for a two count. Naito plants Hashi with Destino to pickup the victory.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Sanada Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi via Pinfall