NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/25/21): The Golden Aces & SHO vs. Sanada, Shingo Takagi, and Hiromu Takahashi

NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results 1/25/21
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Taiji Ishimori, El Phantasmo, Gedo, and Jado vs. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask, and Yota Tsuji In A 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Bullet Club attacks Team New Japan before the bell rings. Gedo rakes the eyes of Makabe. Jado with a knife edge chop. Phantasmo with a straight right hand. Double Irish Whip. Makabe side steps Gedo into the turnbuckle pad. Makabe shoves Phantasmo into Gedo. Makabe drops Ishimori with a shoulder tackle. Makabe with a straight right hand. Makabe with a corner clothesline. Makabe transitions into a corner mount. Back Rake Party. Double Irish Whip. Makabe with a double clothesline. Makabe sends Jado to the red corner. Makabe tags in Tsuji. Tsuji kicks Jado in the gut. Tsuji with a forearm smash. Jado blasts Tsuji with a knife edge chop. Tsuji with forearm shivers. Tsuji bodyslams Jado. Gedo pulls Tsuji out of the ring. All hell is breaking loose in Korakuen Hall.

Gedo rolls Tsuji back into the ring. Jado with forearm shivers across the back of Tsuji. Jado tags in Gedo. Gedo repeatedly stomps on Tsuji’s back. Gedo sends Tsuji face first into the blue turnbuckle pad. Gedo dumps Tsuji out of the ring. Phantasmo rakes the back of Tsuji. Jado drives the kendo stick into the midsection of Tsuji. Jado rolls Tsuji back into the ring. Gedo with the lateral press for a two count. Gedo argues with the referee. Gedo tags in Phantasmo. Phantasmo knocks Nagata and Tiger Mask off the ring apron. Phantasmo cartwheels around the ring. Bullet Club continues to rake the back of Tsuji. Ishimori with the irish whip. Ishimori with a ShotGun Meteora. Ishimori kicks Tsuji in the chest. Tsuji bodyslams Ishimori. Tsuji tags in Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask with a Flying Crossbody Block. Phantasmo applies a waist lock. Tiger Mask kicks Ishimori in the face. Tiger Mask hits The Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker for a two count.

Tiger Mask applies a wrist lock. Tiger Mask sends Ishimori to the corner. Tiger Mask with a RoundHouse Kick. Ishimori denies The Tiger Driver. Ishimori hammers down on the left knee of Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask reverses out of the irish whip from Ishimori. Ishimori with a Handspring RoundHouse Kick. Ishimori tags in Gedo. Gedo decks Tiger Mask with a JawBreaker. Tiger Mask blocks The SuperKick. Gedo with a thumb to the eye. Tiger Mask ducks a clothesline from Gedo. Tiger Mask with The Tiger Driver. Tiger Mask tags in Nagata. Nagata unloads three mid-kicks. Nagata sends Gedo to the corner. Nagata with The Helluva Kick. Nagata goes for The Exploder Suplex, but Jado gets in the way. Jado whips Nagata across the ring. Nagata rolls under a clothesline from Jado. Nagata dropkicks the left knee of Jado. Nagata blasts Phantasmo and Ishimori off the apron. Gedo rolls Nagata over for a two count. Nagata rocks Gedo with a forearm smash. Jado clocks Nagata with the kendo stick. Gedo SuperKicks Nagata for a two count. Gedo grabs the brass knuckes. Tsuji Spears Gedo. Nagata connects with The Exploder Suplex. Nagata makes Gedo tap out to The Nagata Lock II.

Winner: Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask, and Yota Tsuji via Submission 

Second Match: Will Ospreay & The Great O-Khan w/Bea Priestley vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan 

Kojima and Tenzan walks down to the ring with steel chairs. United Empire are regrouping on the outside. Priestley delivers the double low blow. Ospreay pulls Kojima out of the ring. Ospreay is throwing haymakers at Kojima. Ospreay sends Kojima chest first into the steel barricade. Khan with clubbing blows to Tenzan’s back. Khan transitions into a ground and pound attack. Khan knocks down the referee. Forearm Exchange.

Khan punches Tenzan in the back. Khan wraps the cable chord around Tenzan’s neck. Ospreay launches the time keepers table into the ring. Ospreay dumps the referee out of the ring. Tenzan is putting the boots to Khan. Ospreay kicks Kojima in the gut. Ospreay goes for a PowerBomb, but Kojima lands back on his feet. Kojima hits The Koji Cutter. Khan applies The Claw. Tenzan attacks Khan from behind. Mongolian Chop Exchange. Tencozy gangs up on Khan. Khan denies The 3D. Neither team were interested in starting the match, so referee calls for the bell. After the match, Ospreay challenges Kojima to a No Disqualification Match for The New Beginning In Nagoya.

Match Result: No-Contest 

Third Match: Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, and Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, and Dick Togo In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Kazuchika Okada and Dick Togo will start things off. Okada runs towards EVIL. Togo attacks Okada from behind. Togo is throwing haymakers at Okada. Okada reverses out of the irish whip from Togo. Togo kicks Okada in the face. Okada trips Togo. Okada punches Togo in the back. Okada whips Togo across the ring. Okada with a drop toe hold/elbow drop combination. Okada tags in Goto. Okada knocks EVIL off the ring apron. Chaos gangs up on Togo. Togo rakes the eyes of Goto. EVIL trips Goto from the outside. EVIL whips Goto into the steel barricade. Forearm Exchange. Takahashi kicks Ishii in the gut. Togo with a straight right hand. All hell is breaking loose on the outside. Togo rolls Goto back into the ring. Togo stomps on Goto’s chest. Togo applies a rear chin lock. Togo with a leaping fist drop for a two count. Togo tags in Takahashi. Togo removed the blue turnbuckle pad. Takahashi whips Goto into the exposed steel. Following a sap mare takeover, Takahashi with a Leg Drop/Elbow Drop/Falling HeadButt Combination for a two count. Takahashi applies a front face lock. EVIL tags himself in.

EVIL punches Goto in the back. The referee is trying to calm down Ishii. Goto unloads three overhand chops. EVIL pulls Goto down to the mat. EVIL knocks Okada and Ishii off the apron. Goto side steps EVIL into the exposed steel. EVIL denies The Saito Suplex. Goto slams EVIL’s head on the exposed steel. Goto creates distance with The Saito Suplex. Goto tags in Okada. Okada with a forearm knockdown. Okada knocks Togo off the apron. Okada ducks a clothesline from EVIL. Okada with forearm shivers. EVIL reverses out of the irish whip from Okada. Okada scores the elbow knockdown. Okada sends EVIL to the corner. EVIL avoids The Leaping Back Elbow Smash. Okada hits The Reverse NeckBreaker for a two count. Okada kicks Togo off the apron. Misfired Boots. EVIL throws the right leg of Okada into the referee’s hand. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Okada. EVIL applies The Scorpion Death Lock. Okada grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. EVIL tags in Takahashi. Takahashi backs Okada into the ropes. Takahashi with The Helluva Kick. Takahashi goes for The Fisherman’s Buster, but Okada blocks it. Okada goes for a Bodyslam, but Takahashi lands back on his feet. Okada drops Takahashi with The Flapjack. Okada tags in Ishii.

Takahashi with forearm shivers. Takahashi kicks Ishii in the gut. Takahashi sends Ishii to the corner. Ishii blocks a boot from Takahashi. Ishii with a forearm smash. Ishii ducks a clothesline from Togo. Ishii whips Togo into the exposed steel. Ishii with The Back Drop Driver. Takahashi denies The Vertical Drop BrainBuster. Takahashi starts biting Ishii’s fingers. Takahashi hits The Reverse DDT. Takahashi goes for The Olympic Slam, but Ishii gets in the way. Takahashi kicks Goto in the face. Takahashi rakes the eyes of Goto. Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Togo gets in the way. Double Irish Whip. Togo drops down on the canvas. Takahashi clotheslines Goto. Bullet Club clears the ring. Double Irish Whip. Takahashi delivers The Helluva Kick. EVIL with a corner clothesline. Fisherman’s Buster/Sliding Dropkick Combination for a two count. Ishii kicks Takahashi in the gut. Togo trips Ishii from the outside. Takahashi with The Olympic Slam for a two count. Ishii negates Pimp Juice. Second Forearm Exchange. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Ishii. Okada drops EVIL with The Big Boot. Okada knocks Togo off the apron. Okada uppercuts Takahashi. Goto with The Ushigoroshi. Ishii delivers The Sliding Lariat. Ishii plants Takahashi with The Vertical Drop BrainBuster to pickup the victory.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, and Tomohiro Ishii via Pinfall 

– There was a cleaning/disinfecting intermission during this broadcast.

Fourth Match: Bushi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma 

Wato and Honma attacks LIJ before the bell rings. Honma with clubbing blows to Naito’s back. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Naito follows that with a jackknife hold for a two count. Naito is playing mind games with Honma. Bushi and Wato are tagged in. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wato backs Bushi into the ropes. Red Shoes calls for a clean break. Wato slaps Bushi in the chest. Bushi rakes the eyes of Wato. Wato leapfrogs over Bushi. Wato drives his elbow into the midsection of Bushi. Wato with a back hand. Wato with a Spinning Back Kick. Wato unloads a flurry of kicks for a two count. Wato brings Bushi to the corner. Wato repeatedly stomps on Bushi’s chest. Wato is choking Bushi with his boot. Wato tags in Honma. Honma stomps on Bushi’s chest. Honma punches Bushi in the back. Honma with forearm shivers. Honma runs after Naito. Bushi punches Honma in the back. Bushi whips Honma across the ring. Honma ducks a clothesline from Bushi. Honma is fixated on Naito. Bushi dropkicks Honma. Bushi kicks Wato off the ring apron. Naito repeatedly whips Honma into the steel barricade. Naito rolls Honma back into the ring.

Bushi stomps on Honma’s chest. Bushi applies a front face lock. Naito tags himself in. Naito with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Naito applies a chin lock in the ropes. Naito kicks the left leg of Honma. Naito repeatedly stomps on Honma’s chest. Naito tags in Bushi. Following a snap mare takeover, Bushi applies a rear chin lock. Bushi taunts Wato. Bushi continues to stomp on Honma’s chest. Bushi punches Honma in the back. Bushi tags in Naito. Naito with a NeckBreaker onto the knee. Naito dropkicks the back of Honma’s head for a two count. Naito slams Honma’s head on the turnbuckle pad. Naito with clubbing blows to Honma’s back. Naito applies the cravate. Naito with the irish whip. Honma avoids The Combination Cabron. Naito kicks Honma in the chest. Honma ducks a clothesline from Naito. Honma creates distance with The Delayed Vertical Suplex. Bushi and Wato are tagged in.

Wato ducks a clothesline from Bushi. Wato with a Spinning Back Kick. Wato whips Bushi across the ring. Wato with The Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker. Wato with combination kicks. Bushi avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Bushi dropkicks the left knee of Wato. Bushi wraps the right leg of Wato around the middle rope. Bushi repeatedly dropkicks the right knee of Wato. Bushi applies The STF. Wato grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Bushi toys around with Wato. Wato unloads two overhand chops. Bushi kicks the right knee of Wato. Wato denies The Swinging Fisherman’s NeckBreaker. Wato avoids The Step Up Enzuigiri. Wato with a RoundHouse Kick. Wato tags in Honma. Honma with two knife edge chops. Honma bodyslams Bushi. Bushi avoids The Kokeshi HeadButt. Bushi tags in Naito. Naito with a straight right hand. Naito whips Honma across the ring.

Naito scores the elbow knockdown. Naito dropkicks the back of Honma’s head. Naito with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Honma reverses out of the irish whip from Naito. Honma scores the elbow knockdown. Honma lands The Kokeshi HeadButt. Double Irish Whip. Honma with a running elbow smash. Wato with a Mid-Kick. Wato kicks the left hamstring of Naito. Honma with The Diving Kokeshi HeadButt for a two count. Wato dumps Bushi out of the ring. Naito ducks a clothesline from Honma. Honma drops Naito with The DDT. Honma with an Inside Out Lariat for a two count. Bushi runs interference. Honma headbutts Bushi in the chest. Wato inadvertently clocks Honma with the spinning back kick. Bushi dropkicks Wato. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Naito with a Step Up Enzuigiri. LIJ connects with their CodeBreaker/Jackknife Hold Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: Bushi & Tetsuya Naito via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and SHO vs. Sanada, Shingo Takagi, and Hiromu Takahashi In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shingo Takagi will start things off. Quick feeling out process. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Tanahashi backs Takagi into the ropes. Red Shoes calls for a clean break. Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Takagi. Tanahashi with a drop toe hold. Tanahashi applies a side headlock. Hair Pull Exchange. Takagi reverses out of the irish whip from Tanahashi. Takagi decks Tanahashi with a back elbow smash. Takagi goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Tanahashi counters with a side headlock takeover. Takagi answers with the headscissors escape. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Takahashi and Sho are tagged in. Sho ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Sho blocks The SuperKick. Takahashi ducks a clothesline from Sho. Standing Switch Exchange. Sho goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Takahashi holds onto the ropes. Takahashi dodges a flurry of kicks. Takahashi reverses out of the irish whip from Sho. Sho sends Takahashi to the ring apron. Sho sweeps out the legs of Takahashi. Takahashi avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Takahashi is playing mind games with Sho. Takahashi dodges The PK. Ibushi and Sanada are tagged in.

Wrist Lock Exchange. Sanada with a fireman’s carry takeover. Arm-Bar Exchange. Ibushi applies a hammerlock. Ibushi grabs a side headlock. Ibushi transitions into the cravate. Ibushi goes for a snap mare takeover, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Misfired Mid-Kicks. Sanada with a side headlock takeover. Ibushi with the headscissors escape. Sanada blocks a boot from Ibushi. Sanada hammers down on the right knee of Ibushi. Ibushi dropkicks Sanada. Ibushi applies a front face lock. Tanahashi tags himself in. Tanahashi punches Sanada in the back. Tanahashi bodyslams Sanada. Tanahashi with an elbow drop for a two count. Tanahashi whips Sanada across the ring. Tanahashi applies The Cobra Twist. Tanahashi tags in Sho. Sho kicks Sanada in the gut. Sho applies a wrist lock. Sho hammers down on the left shoulder of Sanada. Sho with clubbing arm-ringers. Sanada blocks a boot from Sho. Sho with a forearm smash. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Sho. Takagi knocks Tanahashi off the apron. A pier six brawl ensues on the outside. Takagi runs Tanahashi into the steel barricade. Takagi stands on Tanahashi’s chest. Takahashi is choking Sho with his boot. Takagi slams Tanahashi’s head on the apron. Sanada repeatedly stomps on the left hamstring of Sho. Sanada tags in Takahashi.

Takahashi stands on the left knee of Sho. Takahashi unloads two knife edge chops. Sho with forearm shivers. Takahashi answers with a blistering chop. Takahashi with the irish whip. Takahashi with a corner clothesline. Takahashi follows that with a basement dropkick for a two count. Takahashi tags in Takagi. Takagi slams Sho’s back on the turnbuckle pad. Takagi repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Sho. Takagi hammers down on the left knee of Sho. Takagi applies The Texas Cloverleaf. Red Shoes is trying to calm down Tanahashi. Takagi toys around with Sho. Sho with forearm shivers. Sho whips Takagi across the ring. Takagi blasts Tanahashi off the apron. Takagi dumps Tanahashi face first on the apron. Takahashi applies the single leg crab. Takagi drags Sho to the corner. Takagi tags in Sanada. Wish Bone Attack. Sanada with the irish whip. Sanada blocks a boot from Sho. Sanada with a single leg takedown. Sanada applies The Paradise Lock. Sanada with a low dropkick for a two count. Sanada tags in Takahashi. Takahashi repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Sho. Chop/Forearm Exchange. Takahashi sends Sho to the corner. Sho side steps Takahashi into the turnbuckle pad. Sho with The BackStabber. Takahashi tags in Sanada. Sanada stops Sho in his tracks. Sanada kicks Sho in the gut. Sanada punches Sho in the back. Sanada kicks the left knee of Sho. Sho with a running knee lift. Sho tags in Tanahashi.

Tanahashi with a flying forearm smash. Tanahashi knocks Takagi off the apron. Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip on the middle rope. Tanahashi bodyslams Sanada. Tanahashi with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Tanahashi tags in Ibushi. Ibushi with forearm shivers. Sanada reverses out of the irish whip from Ibushi. Ibushi with a Flying Mid-Kick. Ibushi with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ibushi rocks Sanada with a forearm smash. Ibushi dives over Sanada. Ibushi denies The TKO. Sanada decks Ibushi with a back elbow smash. Sanada dives over Ibushi. Sanada with a Hurricanrana. Sanada with The SlingShot Pescado. Sanada plays to the crowd. Sanada rolls Ibushi back into the ring. Sanada with the lateral press for a two count. Ibushi grabs a side headlock. Ibushi hammers down on the back of Sanada’s neck. Ibushi ducks a clothesline from Sanada. Ibushi goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Sanada applies Skull End. Sanada avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Sanada kicks Ibushi in the gut. Ibushi with a Hurricanrana. Ibushi tags in Sho.

Sho with a running elbow smash. Sanada side steps Sho into the turnbuckle pad. Sho with a Belly to Back Suplex. Sanada tags in Takahashi. Short-Arm Reversal by Takahashi. Takahashi with a forearm smash. Takahashi kicks the middle rope into Sho’s face. Sho avoids The ShotGun Dropkick. Sho with forearm shivers Sho with a corner clothesline. Short-Arm Reversal by Sho. Sho with combination kicks for a two count. Sho with The Deadlift Vertical Suplex. Takahashi side steps Sho into the turnbuckle pad. Sho takes a ride on The LIJ Train. Takahashi hits The Dynamite Plunger for a two count. Takahashi goes for a Running Death Valley Driver, but Sho lands back on his feet. Takahashi kicks Sho in the face. Takahashi with a back elbow smash. Sho with a corner clothesline. Takahashi denies The Spear. Sho with The Release German Suplex. Takahashi rises back on his feet. Sho ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Sho Spears Takahashi. Sho goes for Shock Arrow, but LIJ gets in the way. A pier six brawl ensues on the outside. Takahashi with a Back Body Drop. Forearm Exchange. Sho ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Sho applies The Kimura Lock. Takahashi with a Running Death Valley Driver into the turnbuckle pad. Sho fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Sho with a forearm smash. Takahashi SuperKicks Sho. Lariat Exchange. Takahashi with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex into the turnbuckle pad.

Tanahashi and Takagi are tagged in. Second Forearm Exchange. Tanahashi uppercuts Takagi. Takagi reverses out of the irish whip from Tanahashi. Takagi blocks a boot from Tanahashi. Takagi with a corner clothesline. Third Forearm Exchange. Tanahashi with an open palm strike. Tanahashi goes for The SlingBlade, but Takagi counters with a back elbow smash. Takagi scores a right jab. Takagi goes for a Western Lariat, but Tanahashi counters with Twist and Shout. Takagi avoids The SlingBlade. Takagi drops Tanahashi with a Twist and Shout of his own. Tanahashi side steps Takagi into the turnbuckle pad. Tanahashi blocks a boot from Takagi. Takagi denies The Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Takagi with The Sliding Lariat. Takagi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi repeatedly kicks the left shoulder of Takagi. Takagi clotheslines Tanahashi. Takagi PowerBombs Tanahashi for a one count. Takagi applies the single leg crab. Ibushi breaks up the submission hold. Sanada dumps Ibushi out of the ring. Tanahashi with a double leg takedown. Tanahashi with Two Inverted Dragon Screw Leg Whips. Tanahashi applies The Texas Cloverleaf. Takahashi attacks Tanahashi from behind. Sho sends Takahashi to the floor. Takagi negates The SlingBlade. Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Takagi. Tanahashi connects with The SlingBlade for a two count. Tanahashi with a Flying Crossbody Block. Takahashi delivers The ShotGun Dropkick. Sho with a Jumping Knee Strike. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Sho. Ibushi with The SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Takagi avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Takagi with The Release German Suplex. Takagi with combination forearms. Takagi follows that with The Short Pumping Bomber. Tanahashi responds with The SlingBlade. Takagi clotheslines Tanahashi for a two count as time expired.

Match Result: Time Limit Draw 

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Author: Josh Lopez