NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018 Results

NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018
April 1, 2018
Sumo Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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First Match: The Young Bucks vs. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi 

Owens and Takahashi attacks The Bucks after the bell rings. The Bucks fires back with stereo dropkicks for Owens. The Bucks knocks Takahashi off the ring apron with a HeadScissors/Leg Lariat Combination. The Bucks continues this opening sequence with Stereo Crossbody Blocks. Nick applies a wrist lock. Nick gets Owens tied in the tree of woe. Nick hits a hangman’s neck breaker. Matt follows that with a SlingShot Senton. Nick kicks Takahashi in the gut. The Bucks delivers Stereo Hesitation Dropkicks in the center of the ring.

Nick punches Owens. Takahashi thrust kicks the midsection of Nick. Owens levels Nick with a Running Knee Lift. Owens and Takahashi connects with a Neck Breaker/Belly to Back Suplex Combination. Takahashi tosses Matt out of the ring. Owens blasts Nick with a knife edge chop. Owens with a single leg takedown to Nick. Owens tags in Takahashi. Takahashi is throwing multiple haymakers. Following a snap mare takeover, Takahashi delivers a Running Leg Drop for a two count. Takahashi tags in Owens. Owens with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Owens follows that with a Back Breaker for a two count. Owens and Takahashi continues to cut the ring in half.

Takahashi applies a rear chin lock. Takahashi with a Sliding Dropkick for a two count. Nick shoves Owens into Takahashi. Nick decks Owens with a High Leg Lariat. Nick with a Spinning Roundhouse Kick to Takahashi. Nick with a Running Double Knee Strike in the corner. Nick goes for a Running BullDog, but Owens counters with a Back Breaker/Flat Liner Combination for a two count. Owens shoots Nick into the ropes. Nick kicks Owens in the face. Nick finally makes the tag to Matt. Matt rams his shoulders into the midsection of Owens. Matt ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Matt with a Double Clothesline to Owens and Takahashi. Matt goes for a SuperKick, but Owens blocks it. Owens goes for a PowerBomb, but Matt lands back on his feet.

Matt locks in the SharpShooter. Takahashi rakes the eyes of Matt. Matt regains momentum with a Double Spear. The Bucks hits their Standing MoonSault/SpringBoard Frog Splash Combination for a two count. Nick SuperKicks Owens. Nick wipes out Takahashi with a Suicide Dive. Takahashi gets in the way of The Meltzer Driver. Owens with The Jewel Heist for a two count. Takahashi and Owens are double teaming Matt in the corner. Takahashi connects with a Fisherman’s Buster. Owens follows that with the Shining Wizard for a two count. Owens goes for a Package PowerBomb, but The Bucks counters with Multiple SuperKicks. Nick lands a Flying Tornado DDT off the ring apron. Matt goes back to the Sharpshooter which forces Owens to tap out.

Winner: The Young Bucks via Submission 

Second Match: Taichi & Takashi Iizuka vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano 

Suzuki Gun attacks Chaos before the bell rings. Iizuka whips Yano back first to the steel guard rail. Taichi rakes the eyes of Ishii. Taichi repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Ishii. Ishii wants Taichi to bring it. Taichi with a Buzzsaw Kick. Ishii responds with a Forearm Smash. Ishii with a Vertical Suplex to Taichi. Iizuka hits Ishii with a folding chair. Yano and Iizuka are brawling in the crowd. Iizuka is choking Yano with the chair. Taichi hits Ishii with the bell hammer. Taichi steps on Ishii face. Suzuki Gun are double teaming Ishii in the corner.

Iizuka repeatedly stomps on Ishii chest. Iizuka is choking Ishii with his boot. Iizuka wraps a white rope around Ishii’s neck. Iizuka starts biting Ishii forehead. Iizuka tags in Taichi. Taichi is mauling Ishii on the middle rope. Taichi slaps Ishii in the face. Ishii fires back with a series of forearm shivers. Taichi with a Spinning Heel Kick to Ishii. Taichi side steps Ishii into the turnbuckles. Taichi decks Ishii with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi rips off his pants. Suzuki Gun continues to cut the ring in half.

Ishii shoves Iizuka into Taichi. Ishii drops Taichi with a shoulder tackle. Ishii tags in Yano. Yano immediately starts ripping off the turnbuckle pad. Taichi hits Yano with the turnbuckle pad. Taichi sends Yano back first across the exposed steel. Taichi tags in Iizuka. Iizuka goes for a Body Avalanche, but Yano ducks out of the way. Yano applies a beard lock. Iizuka attacks the referee. Iizuka chokes Yano with the white rope. Iizuka brings out The Iron Glove. Yano with a backslide cover for a two count. Yano low blows Iizuka. Chaos plants Iizuka with a Lariat/SchoolBoy Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano via Pinfall 

Third Match: The Guerrillas of Destiny & Bad Luck Fale (c) vs. Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin, and Ryusuke Taguchi For The NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 

Loa and Elgin will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Loa backs Elgin into the turnbuckle pad. Elgin ducks a clothesline from Loa. Elgin blasts Loa with a knife edge chop. Loa starts strutting in the center of the ring. Loa kicks Elgin in the gut. Loa with a clubbing blow to the back of Elgin. Elgin applies a side headlock. Loa dumps Elgin with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Elgin still has grasp of the side headlock. Loa and Elgin starts charging into each other. Loa goes for a leapfrog, but Elgin catches him in mid-air. Elgin PowerSlams Loa. Elgin with a Flying Forearm Smash to Loa. Elgin lands a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Elgin with a Forearm/Elbow Combination to Loa. Fale clotheslines Elgin from the ring apron. Fale drags Elgin out of the ring. A pier six brawls breaks out in the ringside area.

Fale whips Elgin back first to the steel guard rail. Tonga HeadButts the chest of Makabe. GOD are double teaming Taguchi. Fale chokes Elgin with a cable chord. Elgin gets back in the ring in the count of sixteen. Loa is putting the boots to Elgin in the corner. Loa tags in Tonga. Tonga drives his elbow across the chest of Elgin. Tonga dropkicks Elgin for a one count. Tonga knocks Taguchi off the ring apron. Bullet Club are cutting the ring in half. Fale with Windmill Lariats to Elgin. Fale goes for a Bodyslam, but Elgin lands back on his feet. Elgin decks Fale with a Back Elbow Smash. Fale goes for a Body Avalanche, but Elgin ducks out of the way.

Elgin creates distance with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Elgin tags in Makabe. Makabe clears the ring. Makabe with forearm smashes to Fale. Loa attacks Makabe from behind. Makabe fires up with a series of corner clotheslines. Makabe transitions into a Corner Mount. Makabe goes for a Northern Light Suplex, but Fale blocks it. Makabe clotheslines Fale for a two count. Fale drops Makabe with a big shoulder tackle. Tonga and Taguchi are tagged in. Tonga avoids a Running Hip Attack. Tonga almost clocks his brother with The SuperMan Punch. Taguchi is dishing out a gazillion hip attacks. Taguchi with the cover on Tonga for a two count.

Tonga blocks The Dodon. Taguchi with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Tonga. Taguchi follows that with a Sliding Hip Attack for a two count. Taguchi Japan are triple teaming Tonga. Bullet Club drags Elgin and Makabe out of the ring. Taguchi is currently getting demolished by Bullet Club. Tonga goes for a Stinger Splash, but Taguchi ducks out of the way. Taguchi drops Loa with a Hip Attack. Taguchi ducks a clothesline from Fale. Taguchi staggers Fale with a Leaping Hip Attack. Taguchi hits the 619. Taguchi goes for a SpringBoard Hip Attack, but Tonga ducks out of the way. Tonga plants Taguchi with The Gun Stun to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still NEVER OpenWeight 6-Man Tag Team Champions, The Guerrillas of Destiny and Bad Luck Fale via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and David Finlay vs. Jay White, Hirooki Goto and Yoshi Hashi in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

White and Finlay are slugging it out after the bell rings. Finlay leapfrogs over White. White rolls himself out of the ring. Finlay attacks White from behind. Finlay whips White into the steel guard rail. Finlay ducks a clothesline from White. Finlay is mauling White in the corner. Finlay delivers a Running European Uppercut. Finlay repeatedly stomps on White’s chest. White sends Finlay shoulder first to the steel ring post. A pier six brawl breaks out in the ringside area.

Goto is putting the boots to Finlay on the floor. White tags in Hashi. Hashi with multiple knife edge chops to Finlay. Hashi lays Finlay flat on the top rope. Hashi dropkicks the back of Finlay for a two count. Hashi tags in Goto. Stereo Shoulder Blocks from Chaos for a two count. Goto applies a rear chin lock. Finlay gets back to a vertical base. Finlay attacks the midsection of Goto. Finlay knocks White off the ring apron. Finlay dropkicks Goto. Finlay tags in Robinson.

Robinson clears the ring. Robinson with Juice Jabs to Goto. Robinson connects with a Full Nelson Bomb. Robinson lands a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Goto fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Robinson decks Goto with a Back Elbow Smash. Goto and Robinson starts charging into each other. Robinson with a Corner Clothesline to Goto. Goto responds with a Spinning Heel Kick. Robinson blocks the Saito Suplex. Goto drops Robinson with The Ushigoroshi. Tanahashi and Hashi are tagged in.

Tanahashi with a Forearm Knockdown to Hashi. Tanahashi uppercuts Hashi. Tanahashi follows that with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi goes for The SlingBlade, but Hashi counters with The Bunker Buster. Chaos are triple teaming Tanahashi. Chaos with a Knee/Neck Breaker Combination for a two count. Finlay runs through Hashi with a European Uppercut. White goes for The Blade Runner, but Finlay counters with a Stunner. Goto goes for The GTR, but Robinson counters with Pulp Friction. Hashi with a Knife Edge Chop to Tanahashi. Tanahashi responds with a SlingBlade. Tanahashi connects with The High Fly Flow to pickup the victory. 

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and David Finlay via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and Sanada in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Suzuki Gun attacks LIJ before the bell rings. Suzuki is throwing forearm shivers at Naito. Naito spits at Suzuki. Suzuki slaps Naito in the face. Naito responds with an inverted atomic drop. Sanada takes out the legs of Suzuki. Naito fires off a basement dropkick. Naito steps on Suzuki’s jaw. Naito applies a front face lock. Naito repeatedly drives his elbow to the back of Suzuki. Naito is mauling Suzuki in the corner. Suzuki kicks Naito in the gut. LIJ are raking the eyes of Suzuki. EVIL blasts Suzuki with a knife edge chop. Naito and Sanada attacks Suzuki behind the referee’s back. EVIL tags in Sanada.

Suzuki tries to cheap shot Naito. Following a snap mare takeover, Sanada lands a elbow drop for a two count. Sanada tags in Naito. Naito kicks Suzuki in the back. Suzuki and Naito are trading back and forth shots. Naito goes for a Corner Dropkick, but Suzuki counters with a Rope Assisted Arm-Bar. Suzuki launches Naito into the commentators table. Suzuki and Naito are brawling in the crowd. Suzuki hits Naito in the back with a folding chair. Naito starts slapping Suzuki in the chest. Suzuki rips off Naito’s t-shirt. Lanc Archer starts scaring a little kid. Suzuki is choking Naito with a cable chord. Suzuki rolls Naito back into the ring.

Suzuki locks in the Heel Hook. Naito crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Suzuki tags in Smith. Smith PowerSlams Naito for a two count. Smith bodyslams Naito. Smith ascends to the top turnbuckle Smith goes for a Diving Leg Drop, but Naito ducks out of the way. Naito hits the Satellite DDT. Naito with a Step Up Enzuigiri to Suzuki. Naito tags in Sanada. Sanada dishes out a series of dropkicks. Sanada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block to Archer. Sanada locks in the Guillotine Choke. Smith with a Bridging Northern Light Suplex for a two count. Smith goes for a PowerBomb, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Sanada with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Sanada tags in EVIL.

EVIL with a Running BullDog to Archer. EVIL follows that with a Running Senton. Archer ducks a clothesline from EVIL. Archer slaps EVIL in the chest. Suzuki throws Naito back first to the steel guard rail. Archer connects with The Black Hole Slam. Now Naito throws Suzuki sternum first to the steel guard rail. LIJ are double teaming Archer. Suzuki and Naito continues to brawl on the floor. LIJ goes for the Magic Killer, but Smith counters with a DeadLift German Suplex. KES with a BackBreaker/Splash Combination for a two count. KES takes out Sanada with The Killer Bomb. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Smith. Archer blocks the STO from EVIL. KES plants EVIL with The Killer Bomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. Roppongi 3K w/Rocky Romero vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi in a 3-Way Tag Team Match For The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 

R3K attacks LIJ before the bell ring. R3K lands Stereo SomerSault Planchas. Sho rolls Desperado back into the ring. Yoh repeatedly stomps on Desperado chest. Yoh with a HeadScissors TakeOver to Desperado. Sho follows that with a lariat. R3K with Stereo Dropkicks to Kanemaru. R3K with a Double Vertical Suplex for a two count. Takahashi starts running after Rocky Romero. Sho with a clubbing blow to the back of Desperado. R3K knocks down Desperado with Stereo Back Elbow Smashes. Bushi drops Sho with a Big Boot. Yoh with the cover for a one count. Bushi wraps his t-shirt around Yoh’s neck. Takahashi throws Desperado out of the ring. Bushi tags in Takahashi.

Takahashi is dishing out knife edge chops. LIJ are double teaming Yoh in the corner. Following a snap mare takeover, Bushi kicks Yoh in the back. Bushi tags in Takahashi. Takahashi with a Corner Clothesline to Yoh. Takahashi follows that with a Basement Dropkick for a two count. LIJ with a Double Reverse Cutter for a two count. Bushi locks in the STF. Desperado knocks Takahashi off the ring apron. Desperado kicks Bushi in the face. Desperado throws Bushi out of the ring. Desperado with a Corner Clothesline to Yoh. Suzuki Gun connects with a Belly to Back Suplex/Sliding Dropkick Combination for a two count. Kanemaru locks in the Camel Clutch.

Kanemaru drops Bushi with a Big Boot. Kanemaru stomps on Yoh’s back. Kanemaru bodyslams Yoh. Kanemaru with a Snap Vertical Suplex for a one count. Yoh creates distance with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Yoh tags in Sho. Sho with multiple forearm smashes to Kanemaru. Sho leapfrogs over Kanemaru. Sho dropkicks Kanemaru. Sho follows that with a SpineBuster to Desperado. Sho runs through Kanemaru with a Corner Clothesline. Kanemaru rakes the eyes of Sho. Sho goes for a dropkick, but Kanemaru ducks out of the way. Sho fights out of the Boston Crab. Takahashi with a Basement Dropkick to Sho. Sho responds with a Back Elbow Smash. Sho launches Bushi to the ring apron. Sho Spears Takahashi. Sho tags in Yoh.

Yoh with two dropkicks to Takahashi. Bushi kicks Yoh in the gut. Yoh drops Bushi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Takahashi uppercuts Yoh. Yoh responds with a Leaping Forearm Smash. Yoh goes for a Suplex, but Takahashi lands back on his feet. Sho makes the blind tag. Yoh drop toe holds Takahashi into a Sliding Dropkick. R3K hits their Dominator/Sliding Cutter Combination for a two count. Yoh lowers the top rope which sends Kanemaru crashing to the outside. Yoh with a SlingShot Crossbody Block to Kanemaru. Sho delivers Two DeadLift German Suplex’s to Takahashi and Bushi. LIJ responds with a SuperKick/Enzuigiri Combination.

Bushi throws Romero into the ring. Takahashi is putting the boots to Romero in the center of the ring. R3K with Stereo Jumping Knee Strikes to Takahashi. Sho connects with a BackStabber. Yoh follows that with The Running Knee. Yoh avoids the mist from Kanemaru. LIJ with a Sunset Flip/DeadLift German Suplex Combination to R3K. Takahashi dumps Kanemaru with a Pop Up PowerBomb. Bushi knocks Yoh off the ring apron. Bushi lands a Suicide Dive. Takahashi with a Running Death Valley Driver into the turnbuckle pad. Takahashi hits The Time Bomb for a two count as Kanemaru drags the referee out of the ring. Desperado hits Takahashi with the championship belt. Desperado plants Sho with The Pinche Loco to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Marty Scrull For The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 

Long grappling exchange after the bell rings. Scrull applies a front facelock. Ospreay transitions into a hammer lock. Scrull responds with a wrist lock. Following a snap mare takeover, Scrull still has grasp of the wrist lock. Ospreay reverses the hold. Scrull turns a sunset flip into the ankle lock. Ospreay with a side headlock takeover to Scrull. Headscissors Escape from Scrull. This leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Scrull is talking smack to Ospreay. Scrull applies a side headlock. Scrull drops Ospreay with a shoulder block. Scrull floats over into the Crossface Chicken Wing. Ospreay goes for The OsCutter, but Scrull ducks out of the way. Scrull negates Ospreay lighting quick offense. Scrull is calling for a timeout.

Scrull kicks Ospreay in the gut. Scrull delivers a knife edge chop. Ospreay ducks a clothesline from Scrull. Ospreay hits the HeadScissors TakeOver. Ospreay follows that with a dropkick. Scrull blocks the Sasuke Special. Scrull works on his joint manipulation game. Ospreay kicks Scrull into the steel guard rail. Ospreay knocks Scrull off the ring apron with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ospreay lands a Space Fly Tiger Drop. Ospreay with a knife edge chop to Scrull. Ospreay kicks the right hamstring of Scrull. Ospreay rolls Scrull back into the ring. Scrull with a Hangman’s Neck Breaker to Ospreay. Scrull thrust kicks Ospreay from the ring apron. Scrull slaps Ospreay in the chest. Scrull locks in the Cravate. Scrull throws Ospreay back first to the steel guard rail.

Scrull drives his elbow across the chest of Ospreay. Scrull applies the Cravate. Scrull bodyslams Ospreay into the ropes. Scrull connects with the IEDDT for a two count. Scrull with a open hand chop across the back of Ospreay. Scrull gets Ospreay trapped in the Torture Rack. Scrull dumps Ospreay into the turnbuckle pad. Scrull drops Ospreay with a DDT for a two count. Scrull applies the Gory Special. Ospreay is trying to create distance with forearm smashes. Ospreay goes for a SpringBoard HeadScissors TakeOver, but Scrull blocks it. Scrull catapults Ospreay throat first to the bottom rope. Scrull is mauling Ospreay in the corner. Following a snap mare takeover, Scrull applies a straight jacket hold. Ospreay reverses the hold. Ospreay decks Scrull with a CartWheel Enzuigiri.

Ospreay uppercuts Scrull. Ospreay goes for a Hesitation Dropkick, but Scrull ducks out of the way. Ospreay delivers the 619. Ospreay lands a SpringBoard Clothesline. Ospreay with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Scrull rakes the eyes of Ospreay. Ospreay rocks Scrull with The Cheeky Nandos Kick. Ospreay follows that with a German Suplex. Scrull responds with a Tornado DDT. Scrull goes for a Suplex, but Ospreay counters with a Spinning Stunner. Ospreay paint brushes Scrull in the center of the ring. Ospreay with a bridging cover for a two count. Ospreay is multiple back elbow smashes to Scrull. Scrull connects with a PumpHandle Neck Breaker for a two count. Scurll slaps Ospreay in the chest. Ospreay responds with a High Leg Lariat. Scrull with a Discus Forearm Smash to Ospreay. Scrull follows that with an Inside Out Lariat for a two count. Ospreay catches Scrull off guard with a backslide cover for a two count. Scrull dumps Ospreay with a Tombstone PileDriver on the floor.

Scrull rolls Ospreay back into the ring. Scrull with the lateral press for a two count. Scrull with another devastating neck breaker for a two count. Ospreay starts showing his fighting spirit. Scrull and Ospreay are trading back and forth shots. Ospreay kicks Scrull in the face. Scrull thrust kicks the midsection of Ospreay. Ospreay responds with a dropkick. Ospreay floats over into a SitOut PowerBomb. Ospreay hits the Robinson Special. Scrull knocks Ospreay off the top rope. Ospreay with a Bicycle Kick on the ring apron. Scrull responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ospreay with a Standing Spanish Fly off the ring apron. Ospreay is busted open. Scrull gets back in the ring at the count of nineteen. Ospreay lands a Phoenix Splash for a two count.

Ospreay has Scrull perched on the top rope. Ospreay goes for a SpringBoard MoonSault, but Scrull ducks out of the way. Scrull SuperKicks the back of Ospreay’s head for a two count. Scrull slaps Ospreay in the face. Ospreay blocks the SuperKick. Ospreay with a Head Kick to Scrull. Scrull locks in the CrossFace Chicken Wing. Following a quick pinning exchange, Ospreay ducks a clothesline from Scrull. Ospreay hits The OsCutter. Scrull connects with a PileDriver for a two count. Scrull snaps Ospreay fingers. Scrull repeatedly stomp on Ospreay’s head. Scrull gets Ospreay trapped in the CrossFace Chicken Wing. Ospreay crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Scrull with a Rolling Reverse NeckBreaker to Ospreay. Scrull goes for the TombStone, but Ospreay counters with The Stunner. Ospreay plants Scrull with The OsCutter to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay via Pinfall 

Eight Match: The Golden Lovers vs. Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page 

Omega and Rhodes will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rhodes takes a swing at Ibushi. Rhodes rolls himself out of the ring. Rhodes is regaining his composure in the crowd. Rhodes tags in Page. Omega goes for a Big Boot, but Rhodes ducks out of the way. Page kicks Omega in the gut. Page delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Omega. Page applies a side headlock. Page drops Omega with a shoulder tackle. Omega leapfrogs over Page. Page blasts Omega with a knife edge chop. Rhodes kicks Omega behind the referee’s back. Omega launches Page over the top rope. Omega takes out The Bullet Club with a Double Crossbody Block. Omega with The High Fly Flow to Page. Omega tags in Ibushi. The Golden Lovers are double teaming Rhodes in the center of the ring.

Page negates The Golden Trigger. Ibushi with a Buzzsaw Kick to Page. Omega follows that with The Kotaro Krusher. The Bullet Club blocks The Cross Slash. Page goes for a Suplex, but Ibushi lands back on his feet. Ibushi connects with a Hurricanrana on the floor. Rhodes throws a chair at Omega. Rhodes with a straight right hand to Ibushi. Rhodes repeatedly stomps on Ibushi chest. Rhodes tags in Page. Page is choking Ibushi with his boot. Page throws haymakers at Ibushi. Page rams his Ibushi shoulder across the middle rope. Page tags in Rhodes. Rhodes with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Rhodes applies an arm-bar. Rhodes with a short right hand to Ibushi. Page starts paint brushing Ibushi. Page wants Ibushi to bring it.

Page with a Knee Lift to Ibushi. Ibushi fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Ibushi dropkicks Page. Ibushi tags in Omega. Omega with sledgehammer strikes to Page. Omega with the lateral press for a two count. Omega hits the Rolling Senton. Rhodes attacks Omega from the ring apron. Page connects with an Avalanche Neck Breaker for a two count. Rhodes kicks Omega in the gut. The Bullet Club are cutting the ring in half. Rhodes repeatedly stomps on Omega’s chest in the corner. Rhodes hyperextends the left shoulder of Omega. Rhodes tags in Page. Page with a Pumphandle Suplex for a two count. Page tags in Rhodes. Following a snap mare takeover, Rhodes kicks Omega in the back. Rhodes applies the ButterFly Lock. Rhodes throws Omega out of the ring. Rhodes brings out a table.

Omega with a Vertical Suplex on the floor. Page kicks Omega in the gut. Page bodyslams The Golden Lovers on the table. The Young Bucks makes their way to the ringside area. The Bucks starts arguing with Rhodes and Page. Omega regains momentum with multiple knife edge chops. Omega ducks a clothesline from Rhodes. Page attacks Omega behind the referee’s back. Omega with a Spinning Heel Kick to Rhodes. Rhodes is busted open. Page knocks Ibushi off the ring apron. Rhodes tags in Page. Page rams his shoulders into the midsection of Omega. Omega creates distance with a Big Boot. Omega tags in Ibushi. Ibushi lands a SpringBoard Dropkick. Ibushi with a HeadScissors TakeOver to Rhodes. Ibushi drops Rhodes with a Buzzsaw Kick. Omega with a Rolling Senton to Rhodes. The Golden Lovers connects with Stereo MoonSaults for a two count. The Golden Lover follows that with The Cross Slash.

Ibushi brings his lighting quick offense to Rhodes. Omega PowerBombs Rhodes into a German Suplex from Ibushi. The Golden Lovers goes for The Golden Showers, but Rhodes ducks out of the way. Rhodes with a Release Vertical Suplex for a two count. Ibushi is trying to negate the tandem offense from Bullet Club. Ibushi with a Big Boot to Page. Page responds with a Front Dropkick/Standing MoonSault Combination for a two count. Page goes for The Rite of Passage, but Ibushi lands back on his feet. Page blocks The Last Ride. Rhodes spikes Ibushi with a Snap DDT. Omega responds with a V-Trigger. Omega follows that with a Snap Dragon Suplex to Page. Omega goes for another V-Trigger, Rhodes counters with a PowerSlam.

Ibushi goes for a Standing Shooting Star Press, but Rhodes gets his knees up in the air. Page with a German Suplex for a two count. Ibushi throws Page out of the ring. Ibushi rocks Rhodes with a Back Flip Kick. Omega goes for the One Winged Angel, but Rhodes blocks it. The Bullet Club with The Doomsday Device to Ibushi for a two count. Rhodes hits The Beautiful Disaster Kick. Page sends Omega crashing through the table with a Helluva Kick. Ibushi blocks the BuckShot Lariat. Ibushi lands a Double Back Flip Kick. Ibushi with a Last Ride PowerBomb for a two count. Ibushi fights out of the Cross Rhodes. Ibushi with a Snap German Suplex to Rhodes. Ibushi goes for the Kamigoye, but Page gets in the way. Rhodes schoolboys Ibushi to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cody Rhodes & Hangman Page via Pinfall 

Ninth Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) w/Gedo vs. Zack Sabre Jr w/Taka Michinoku For The IWGP Heavyweight Championship 

Test of strength after the bell rings. Sabre applies a rear chin lock. Sabre transitions into a side headlock. Okada responds with a wrist lock. Sabre is wrenching the back and shoulder of Okada. The long grappling exchange continues in the center of the ring. Sabre applies a Body Scissors Hold. Okada rolls Sabre over for a one count. Sabre locks in the Cravate. Okada goes for a bodyslam, but Sabre still has grasp of the Cravate. Okada backs Sabre into the ropes. Okada pats Sabre on the chest. Okada avoids a diving foot stomp from Sabre. Okada applies a Modified Texas CloverLeaf Submission. Sabre responds with a Heel Hook. Okada applies a waist lock. Now Okada has Sabre in the Heel Hook.

Okada and Sabre are in a middle of a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock Exchange. Sabre with a Side Head Lock TakeOver to Okada. Okada responds with a HeadScissors Neck Lock. Sabre is twisting the ankle of Okada. Sabre gets Okada trapped in the SurfBoard Submission Hold. Okada floats over into a pinning position for a two count. Okada hits the Running European Uppercut. Sabre locks in the Octopus Stretch. Okada goes for a Cobra Clutch, but Sabre counters with a Hammer Lock. Sabre goes back to the Octopus Stretch. Okada heads to the middle rope to create separation.

Sabre uppercuts Okada. Sabre applies a Bridging Single Leg Boston Crab. Sabre with a Knee Twist to Okada. Okada with a Forearm Shiver across the midsection of Sabre. Okada goes for a dropkick, but Sabre counters with the STF. Sabre transitions into a Body Scissors/Arm-Bar Combination. Okada crawls to the bottom rope to break the hold. Okada tells Sabre to bring it. Okada and Sabre are trading back and forth shots. Sabre with a Back Elbow Smash to Okada. Okada responds with a FlapJack. Okada reverses out of the irish whip from Sabre. Okada drops Sabre with a Big Boot. Okada follows that with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike. Okada decks Sabre with a DDT. Sabre applies the Octopus Stretch on the middle rope.

Sabre is trying to hyperextend the left shoulder of Okada. Okada knocks Sabre off the ring apron with a Big Boot. Okada launches Sabre over the steel guard rail with a Helluva Kick. Okada with a Lunging Crossbody Block to Sabre. Okada and Sabre are brawling in the crowd. Okada rolls Sabre back into the ring. Okada goes for a Jack Knife PowerBomb, but Sabre counters with his third Octopus Stretch of the match. Sabre transitions into a Double Wrist Lock. Sabre now Okada trapped in the Stretch Muffler. Sabre stomps on Okada’s right shoulder. Sabre delivers the shoulder twist. Okada side steps Sabre into the turnbuckle pad. Sabre applies a Guillotine Choke. Okada creates distance with the Air-Raid Crash.

Okada bodyslams Sabre. Okada goes for a Flying Elbow Drop, but Sabre counters with a Cross Arm Breaker. Okada immediately heads to the bottom rope. Sabre with a Buzzsaw Kick to Okada. Okada and Sabre are exchanging uppercuts and forearms. Okada lands a ShotGun Dropkick. Sabre fights out of the Fireman’s Carry Position. Sabre also blocks The Rain Maker. Sabre with a Back Flip Kick to Okada. Okada responds with Two Dropkicks. Okada connects with The Tombstone PileDriver. Sabre with the Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than The Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness.

Okada goes for The Rain Maker, but Sabre counters with the European Clutch for a two count. Sabre follows that with a Bridging Gedo Clutch for a two count. Sabre hits The PK. Okada and Sabre are kicking each other in the face and it’s awesome. Sabre floats over into the Cross Arm Breaker. Sabre transitions into a Triangle Choke. Okada finds a way to get back on his feet. Okada dishes out Two Rain Makers. Sabre locks in the Octopus Stretch. Okada breaks the hold with a TombStone PileDriver. Okada delivers his third Rain Maker to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada via Pinfall 

Check out Episode 101 of The Josh Lopez Wrestling Podcast 

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Author: Josh Lopez