NJPW The New Beginning In Tokyo: Night 2
February 6, 2018
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
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First Match: Ren Narita, Tetsuhiro Yagi and Shota Umino vs. Kushida, Tiger Mask and Jushin Thunder Liger
Liger starts brawling with Umino and Narita before the bell rings. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Umino backs Liger into the ropes. Liger turns him over. We have a quick stalemate in the corner. Umino slaps Liger in the chest. Umino kicks Liger in the gut. Umino with a series of forearm shivers to Liger. Liger drops Umino with the Shotei. Liger applies a knee-bar. The Young Lions breaks up the submission attempt. Liger repeatedly stomps on Umino’s left knee. Liger tags in Tiger Mask. Yagi tags himself in.
Tiger Mask with a Spinning Heel Kick to Yagi. Tiger Mask stomps on Yagi’s face. Tiger Mask with a Running Knee Drop. Tiger Mask kicks Yagi in back. Tiger Mask follows that with a slap. Tiger Mask locks in the CrossFace Chicken Wing. Yagi crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Tiger Mask decks Yagi with a Bicycle Kick. Tiger Mask applies the Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Tiger Mask with a Buzzsaw Kick for a two count. Liger is now putting the boots to Yagi. Liger is talking smack to Umino.
Tiger Mask with a Forearm Smash to Yagi. Yagi responds with a dropkick. Yagi tags in Narita. Narita drops Tiger Mask with a Shoulder Tackle. Narita with forearm shivers to Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask dropkicks Narita. Tiger Mask tags in Kushida. Kushida kicks the left shoulder of Narita. Narita ducks a clothesline from Kushida. Narita delivers an elbow takedown. Narita knocks Liger and Tiger Mask off the ring apron. Narita floats over into a SharpShooter.
The Young Lions are triple teaming Kushida in the corner. Narita bodyslams Kushida. Narita locks in the Boston Crab. Kushida escapes the hold. Kushida and Narita are trading back and forth shots. Kushida slaps Narita in the face. Narita responds with clubbing forearm smashes. Kushida lands a Hip Toss. Kushida follows that with a CartWheel Dropkick. Kushida with a Roll Through DDT. Liger and Tiger Mask clears the ring. Kushida gets Narita trapped in The HoverBoard Lock. Kushida transitions into The Cross ArmBreaker which forces Narita to tap out.
Winner: Kushida, Tiger Mask and Jushin Thunder Liger via Submission
Second Match: Hikuleo & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tomoyuki Oka
Oka and Hikuleo will start things off. Oka kicks Takahashi in the gut. Oka tosses Takahashi out of the ring. Oka and Tenzan rocks Hikuleo with a Forearm Smash/Mongolian Chops Combination. Double Shoulder Tackle only gets a one count. Oka stomps on Hikuleo’s back. Oka with forearm shivers to Hikuleo. Hikuelo responds with a Running PowerSlam into the turnbuckle pad. Hikuleo follows that with another Running PowerSlam for a two count. Hikuleo transitions into a ground and pound attack. Hikuleo is mauling Oka in the corner. Hikuleo tags in Takahashi.
Takahashi fires off a knife edge chop. Takahashi decks Oka with The Helluva Kick. Takahashi with a Sliding Dropkick for a two count. The Bullet Club are cutting the ring in half. Oka slaps Hikuleo in the chest. Hikuleo kicks Oka in the gut. Hiukleo goes for a Gut Wrench Suplex, but Oka counters with a SpineBuster. Oka tags in Tenzan. Tenzan drops Hikuleo with a Shoulder Tackle. Tenzan knocks Takahashi off the ring apron.
Tenzan with Mongolian Chops to Hikuleo. Tenzan levels Hikuleo with a Corner Clothesline. Tenzan with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Tenzan HeadButts Hikuelo. Hikuleo responds with a knife edge chop. Tenzan connects with The Mountain Bomb for a two count. Tenzan gets Hikuleo trapped in the Anaconda Vice. Takahashi breaks up the submission attempt. Tenzan drops Takahashi with a Mongolian Chop. Hikuleo regains momentum with a Samoan Drop. Takahashi and Oka are tagged in.
Takahashi with a Big Boot to Oka. Oka responds with a Shoulder Tackle. Oka launches Takahashi to the corner. Oka with a Body Avalanche to Takahashi. Oka follows that with an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Oka uppercuts Takahashi. Takahashi ducks a clothesline from Oka. Takahashi thrust kicks the midsection of Oka. Takahashi connects with The Fisherman’s Buster for a two count. Takahashi goes for Pump Juice, but Tenzan counters with a clothesline. Hikuleo sends Tenzan out of the ring. Oka lands a Judo Throw. Hikuleo responds with a FlatLiner. Takahashi with the lateral press for a two count. Takahashi plants Oka with The Pump Juice to pickup the victory.
Winner: Hikuleo & Yujiro Takahashi via Pinfall
Third Match: Katsuya Kitamura vs. Manabu Nakanishi
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Kitamura backs Nakanishi into the ropes. Tiger Hattori calls for the clean break. Kitamura applies a side headlock. Kitamura and Nakanishi starts running into each other. Kitamura finally takes down Nakanishi with the shoulder tackle. Long knife edge chop exchange breaks out. Nakanishi with a Leg Sweep to Kitamura. Nakanishi tosses Kitamura out of the ring. Nakanishi lands a Flying Double Axe Handle off the ring apron.
Nakanishi sends Kitamura back first across the steel guard rail. Kitamura and Nakanishi are trading forearm smashes on the outside. Nakanishi wants Kitamura to bring it. Nakanishi levels Kitamura with a Double Throat Thrust. Kitamura connects with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Kitamura follows that with a Running Back Elbow Strike. Kitamura with a Running Shoulder Block for a two count. Kitamura PowerSlams Nakanishi for another two count. Kitamura Spears Nakanishi.
Kitamura with the lateral press, but Nakanishi finds a way to kick out. Kitamura goes for The Jack Hammer, but Nakanishi counters with Heavy Forearm Smashes. Nakanishi clotheslines Kitamura. Nakanishi pumps up the crowd in Korakuen Hall. Nakanishi with a Running Lariat for a two count. Kitamura levels Nakanishi with a knife edge chop. Nakanishi responds with an Double Axe Handle Strike for a two count. Nakanishi locks in the Argentine Back Breaker which forces Kitamura to tap out.
Winner: Manabu Nakanishi via Submission
Fourth Match: Taka Michinoku, El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero
Per Ritual, Suzuki Gun attacks their opponents before the bell rings. Romero is brawling with Michinoku on the outside. Kanemaru with forearm shivers to R3K. Yoh drop toe holds Kanemaru into a Sliding Dropkick from Sho. Kanemaru rolls himself out of the ring. Desperado uppercuts Sho. Yoh responds with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Sho clotheslines Desperado. Yoh fires off a knife edge chop. Yoh dropkicks Desperado. Kanemaru drags Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru sends Yoh tumbling over the steel guard rail. Kanemaru throws Yoh into a collection of chairs. Desperado and Sho are brawling around Korakuen Hall.
Desperado rips off Sho’s medical tape. Desperado rams Sho’s back through a table. Kanemaru whips Yoh face first across the steel ring post. Yoh gets back into the ring at the count of nineteen. Desperado with the cover for a two count. Desperado kicks the left ankle of Yoh. Desperado locks in the Stretch Muffler Desperado rakes the eyes of Sho. Desperado tosses Sho out of the ring. Desperado tags in Michinoku. Michinoku attacks the left leg of Yoh.
Yoh repeatedly slaps Michinoku in the chest. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring half. Kanemaru lightly kicks Yoh in the face. Kanemaru delivers a corner clothesline. Kanemaru goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Yoh lands back on his feet. Yoh creates distance with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Yoh tags in Sho. Sho brings his lighting quick offense to Kanemaru. Sho knocks Michinoku off the ring apron. Sho takes out the legs of Desperado. Sho with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick which sends Desperado crashing into the steel guard rail.
Sho levels Kanemaru with a Corner Clothesline. Kanemaru blocks the German Suplex. Kanemaru with a Back Elbow Strikes to Sho. Sho responds with a German Suplex. Sho goes for a Package PileDriver, but Kanemaru counters with a Back Body Drop. Kanemaru decks Sho with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sho Spears Kanemaru. Romero and Michinoku are tagged in. Romero with a HeadScissors TakeDown to Desperado.
Romero is wearing down Michinoku with forearm shivers. Romero slaps Michinoku in the face. Romero fires up with Forever Clotheslines. Michinoku gets Romero trapped in the CrossFace. Suzuki Gun clears the ring. Michinoku SuperKicks Romero for a two count. Desperado with The Stretch Muffler on Yoh. Romero rakes the eyes of Michinoku. Romero connects with The Reverse Clutch Hold to pickup the victory. After the match, Desperado and Kanemaru attacks R3K.
Winner: Roppongi 3K & Rocky Romero via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Tomohiro Ishii, Jay White and Toru Yano vs. Juice Robinson, David Finlay and Toa Henare
White and Finlay will start things off. Maybe not, because White tags in Yano. Finlay then proceeds to tag in Robinson. Robinson kicks Yano in the gut. Yano starts grabbing Robinson’s braids. Yano is trying to play mind games with Robinson. Robinson goes for the AirPlane Spin, but Yano is holding on for dear life on the top rope. Robinson levels Yano with Juice Jabs. Yano tags in Ishii. Robinson blocks the shoulder tackle from Ishii. Ishii quickly unloads multiple forearm smashes. Henare clotheslines Ishii. Robinson tags in Henare.
Henare repeatedly HeadButts Ishii in the corner. Henare shoves down the referee. Henrae lightly kicks Ishii in the face. Henare wants Ishii to bring it. Henare slaps Ishii in the chest. Henare drops Ishii with a shoulder block. Ishii regains momentum with a long chop/forearm combination. Ishii bounces Henare’s head on the exposed steel. Ishii tags in White. White knocks Finlay off the ring apron. White uppercuts Henare. Henare responds with stiff bodyshots. White drives Henare’s head to the canvas. White dropkicks the back of Henare’s head for a two count. White tags in Yano.
Yano whips Henare shoulder first to the exposed steel. Ishii starts kicking Henare in the face. Ishii is lighting up Henare’s chest in the corner. Henare explodes out of the corner with a running lariat. Henare with a Vertical Suplex to Yano. Finlay and White are tagged in. Finlay slaps White in the face. Up and Over goes Finlay. Finlay decks White with a Running European Uppercut. White repeatedly stomps on White’s chest in the corner. White with a Flying European Uppercut for a two count. White connects with a Saito Suplex. White knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Finlay with a Uranage BackBreaker to White.
Finlay tags in Henare. Henare is paint brushing White. Henare Spears Yano. Ishii kicks Henare in the gut. Henare responds with a SpineBuster. Robinson, Finlay and Henare are triple teaming White. Robinson hits The Running Cannonball Strike. Robinson & Finlay takes out Ishii & Yano with Stereo Crossbody Blocks. Henare lands a Flying Shoulder Block for a two count. Henare decks White with a Massive Lariat. White plants Henare with The Blade Runner. White dishes out clubbing elbow smashes which forces the referee to call for the bell.
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, Jay White and Toru Yano via Referee Stoppage
Sixth Match: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Takashi Iizuka vs. Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin and Ryusuke Taguchi
Taguchi Japan attacks Suzuki Gun before the bell rings. Makabe is rams his knee across Suzuki’s face. Makabe tells Suzuki to bring it. Makabe repeatedly stomps on Suzuki chest. Makabe is choking Suzuki with his boot. Makabe dodges a Big Boot from Suzuki. Makabe drops Suzuki with a shoulder tackle. Taguchi and Taichi are tagged in. Suzuki knocks Makabe off the ring apron. Suzuki sends Makabe sternum first to the steel guard rail. Suzuki and Makabe brings their brawl to the backstage area in Korakuen Hall. Makabe dishes out multiple haymakers. Makabe applies an standard choke hold. Suzuki kicks Makabe in the gut. Suzuki slaps Makabe in the face. Suzuki attacks Makabe with a folding chair.
A pier six brawl breaks out around the ringside area. Suzuki wraps a chair around Makabe’s neck. Suzuki starts choking Makabe with the chair. Suzuki kicks Taguchi in the back. Suzuki rolls Taguchi back into the ring. Taichi argues with the referee. Taichi hits Taguchi with The Bell Hammer behind the referee’s back. Taichi with a Corner Clothesline to Taguchi. Taichi rips off his pants. Taguchi dodges a leg lariat from Taichi. Taguchi dropkicks Taichi. Suzuki continues to destroy Makabe on the floor. Suzuki gets Makabe trapped in The Kimura Lock. Taichi tags in Iizuka.
Iizuka is biting Taguchi’s toes. Taguchi drops Iizuka with a Hip Attack. Elgin follows that with an enzuigiri from the ring apron. Elgin with a SlingShot Elbow Drop. Taichi attacks Elgin from behind. Elgin levels Taichi with a Corner Clothesline. Elgin decks Iizuka with a Bicycle Kick. Elgin connects with a German Suplex. Elgin bites Iizuka toes. Elgin with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Iizuka. Elgin takes down Iizuka with a Bridging German Suplex. Iizuka responds with a Back Body Drop. Iizuka is biting the forehead of Elgin. Elgin returns the favor. Iizuka with The Inverted Atomic Drop to Elgin.
Suzuki and Makabe are tagged in. Following a long forearm exchange, Makabe delivers a corner lariat to Suzuki. Makabe transitions into the Corner Mount. Makabe connects with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Suzuki with a Helluva Kick to Makabe. Makabe blocks The PK. More Forearm Smashes from Makabe. Suzuki locks in The Rear Naked Choke. Taguchi makes the blind tag. Suzuki Gun clears the ring. Suzuki with Muay Thai Knee Strikes to Taguchi. Taguchi responds with a Hip Attack. Suzuki blocks the enzuigiri from Taguchi. Suzuki locks in The Heel Hook which forces Taguchi to tap out.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka and Taichi via Submission
Seventh Match: Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi vs. Yoshi Hashi, Will Ospreay and Gedo
Hashi attacks Naito before the bell rings. Hashi and Naito are currently in a forearm exchange. Gedo is unmasking Bushi on the floor. Ospreay sends Takahashi back first to the steel guard rail. Hashi fires off a knife edge chop. Ospreay and Takahashi are brawling in the crowd. Hashi is mauling Naito in the corner. Hashi is choking Naito with his boot. Bushi attacks Hashi from behind. Hashi ducks a clothesline from Bushi. Hashi connects with The Bunker Buster. Takahashi levels Hashi with a Big Boot. Naito with The Inverted Atomic Drop to Hashi. Takahashi follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Naito whips Hashi to the steel guard rail.
Takahashi drops Ospreay with a knife edge chop. Naito with a clubbing blow to the back of Hashi. Bushi starts ripping Gedo’s beard. Naito slaps Hashi in the chest. Bushi wraps his t-shirt around Hashi’s neck. Following a snap mare takeover, Bushi applies a rear chin lock. Bushi transitions into the STF. Hashi crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Bushi tags in Naito. Naito decks Hashi with a Back Elbow Strike. Naito is putting the boots to Hashi in the corner. Naito with a Leg Sweep to Hashi. Naito delivers The Rebound Dropkick. Naito follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Naito tags in Takahashi.
The referee is trying to calm down Ospreay. LIJ is double teaming Hashi. Hashi SuperKicks Takahashi. Hashi tags in Ospreay. Ospreay drops Takahashi with a JawBreaker. Ospreay fires off a buzzsaw kick. Ospreay with a Running European Uppercut to Takahashi. Ospreay dives over Takahashi. Ospreay takes down Takahashi and Naito with a HandSpring Double BackFlip Kick. Ospreay with a Running Shooting Star Press. Ospreay connects with a SpringBoard Spinning CorkScrew Splash for a two count. Takahashi blocks The Bloody Sunday, Takahashi goes for a Pop Up SitOut PowerBomb, but Ospreay lands back on his feet.
Takahashi decks Ospreay with a Back Elbow Strike. Ospreay responds with a Reverse Thrust Kick. Takahashi with an Snap Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex which sends Ospreay crashing into the turnbuckle pad. Gedo and Bushi are tagged in. Bushi kicks Gedo in the gut. Gedo drops Bushi with a straight right hand. Gedo with a JawBreaker to Bushi. Bushi kicks Gedo in the jaw. Bushi lands a Missile Dropkick. Bushi follows that with a Double Knee Strike. Bushi with a Dragon Screw Neck Whip for a two count.
Naito throws Ospreay out of the ring. Bushi fights out of The Gedo Clutch. Gedo creates distance with a FlatLiner. Gedo tags in Hashi. Hashi knocks Naito off the ring apron. Bushi with forearm shivers to Hashi. Hashi hits the NeckBreaker for a two count. Bushi side steps Hashi into the turnbuckles. Takahashi with a Corner Clothesline to Bushi. Stereo Basement Dropkicks from Naito and Takahashi. Ospreay takes out Takahashi with a SomerSault Plancha. Bushi with The Rewind Kick to Hashi. Hashi responds with a Western Lariat. Hashi plants Bushi with Karma to pickup the victory.
Winner: Yoshi Hashi, Will Ospreay and Gedo via Pinfall
Eight Match: EVIL & Sanada (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto For The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Sanada and Okada will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sanada applies a waist lock. Okada transitions into a wrist lock. Okada applies a hammer lock. Sanada responds with a side headlock. Okada remains wrist control in the center of the ring. Okada with a back leg trip to Sanada. Okada applies an arm-bar. Okada backs Sanada into the ropes. Sanada turns him over. Sanada with a single leg takedown to Okada. Okada blocks The Paradise Lock. Okada kicks Sanada in the gut. Okada applies a side headlock. Okada drops Sanada with a shoulder tackle. Okada lands a Hip Toss. Okada tags in Goto. Goto knocks EVIL off the ring apron.
Stereo Elbow Strikes to Sanada. Goto with an Elbow Drop. Okada follows that with a Running Senton. Goto goes for a Vertical Suplex, but EVIL gets in the way. Goto with forearm shivers to EVIL. EVIL explodes out of the corner with a Running Lariat. Sanada and Okada are brawling around the ringside area. EVIL wraps a chair around Goto’s neck. EVIL sends Goto throat first across the steel ring post. Sanada stomps on Okada’s chest. EVIL is jamming the bell hammer into Goto’s face. EVIL rolls Goto back into the ring. Sanada and Goto are trading back and forth shots.
Sanada rakes Goto’s eyes. EVIL applies an arm-bar. EVIL transitions into a Bow and Arrow Stretch. EVIL Curb Stomps the back of Goto for a two count. Sanada drops Goto with a Double Axe Handle Strike. Sanada with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Sanada knocks Okada off the ring apron. Goto repeatedly slaps EVIL in the chest. EVIL with a Leaping Senton for a two count. Goto kicks EVIL in the jaw. EVIL blocks a Buzzsaw Kick from Goto. Goto delivers a stiff lariat. Goto tags in Okada. Okada clears the ring. Okada ducks a clothesline from EVIL. Okada with an Elbow KnockDown to EVIL. Okada kicks EVIL in the gut. Okada decks EVIL with a DDT for a two count. Okada goes for The Reverse NeckBreaker, but EVIL blocks it.
EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Okada. EVIL tags in Sanada. Okada creates distance with a Big Boot. Sanada leapfrogs over Okada. Sanada dropkicks Okada. Sanada lands a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Sanada goes for the TKO, but Okada counters with a Cobra Clutch. Sanada responds with Skull End. Okada connects with The Reverse NeckBreaker. Okada tags in Goto. Goto punches EVIL. Goto with RoundHouse Kicks to Sanada. Goto lands Sanada with a Spinning Heel Kick. Goto with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Goto and Okada are double teaming Sanada in the corner. Goto drops Sanada with a Running BullDog for a two count. Okada throws EVIL out of the ring.
Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Sanada blocks it. Sanada delivers a Spinning Heel Kick of his own. Goto applies a Sleeper Hold. Sanada starts fading away. EVIL negates the GTR. EVIL with a German Suplex. Okada dropkicks EVIL. Sanada hits the TKO. Goto with a Reverse GTR to Sanada. Following a long forearm exchange, Goto is stomping out Sanada in the corner. Sanada with a SpringBoard Basement Dropkick to Goto. Sanada tags in EVIL. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Goto. EVIL follows that with a clothesline for a two count. LIJ goes for The Magic Killer, but Okada gets in the way.
Chaos with Stereo Ushigoroshi’s to LIJ. Goto HeadButts EVIL. EVIL blocks The RoundHouse Kick. Goto goes for The GTR, but EVIL counters with a Fisherman’s Buster. On the outside, Sanda sends Okada crashing into the steel guard rail. EVIL connects with Darkness Falls for a two count. EVIL HeadButts Goto. EVIL drops Goto with a Running Lariat for a two count. Sanada locks in Skull End. Sanada delivers The Rain Maker. LIJ hits The Magic Killer. EVIL plants Goto with The STO to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, EVIL & Sanada via Pinfall