NJPW The New Beginning In Nagoya 2023 Results

NJPW The New Beginning In Nagoya
January 22, 2023
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Aichi, Japan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Togi Makabe & Toru Yano vs. Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube 

Togi Makabe and Yuto Nakashima will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nakashima backs Makabe into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Nakashima slaps Makabe in the chest. Strong lockup. Makabe applies a waist lock. Wrist Lock Exchange. Makabe walks Nakashima into the ropes. Makabe with a forearm smash. Nakashima kicks Makabe in the gut. Nakashima applies a side headlock. Nakashima with a side headlock takeover. Makabe answers with the headscissors escape. Yano and Leube are tagged in. Yano is playing mind games with Leube. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Leube backs Yano into the ropes. Yano ducks under a forearm from Leube. Yano rakes the eyes of Leube. Leube reverses out of the irish whip from Yano. Leube drops Yano with a shoulder tackle. Forearm Exchange. Leube sends Yano to the corner. Yano side steps Leube into a turnbuckle pad. Yano removes a turnbuckle pad. Yano side steps Leube into the exposed steel.

Yano sends Leube back first into the exposed steel. Yano dumps Leube out of the ring. Yano whips Leube into the steel barricade. Yano stomps on Leube’s back. Yano with a double sledge. Yano tags in Makabe. Makabe with forearm shots across the midsection of Leube. Following a snap mare takeover, Makabe applies a rear chin lock. Leube puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Makabe stomps on Leube’s back. Makabe tags in Yano. Yano taunts Nakashima. Yano whips Leube into the exposed steel. Leube with a Counter Vertical Suplex. Makabe and Nakashima are tagged in. Nakashima ducks a clothesline from Makabe. Nakashima with forearm shivers. Nakashima sends Makabe to the corner. Nakashima with a running elbow smash.

Makabe blocks The Hip Toss. Makabe whips Nakashima into the exposed steel. Makabe with a corner clothesline. Makabe transitions into a corner mount. Makabe hits The Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Nakashima blocks The German Suplex. Makabe drops Nakashima with a shoulder tackle. Makabe applies The Boston Crab. Leube with forearm shivers. Yano attacks Leube from behind. Double Irish Whip. Leube with a double shoulder tackle. Leube with a Running Leg Drop. Nakashima applies The Boston Crab. Nakashima repeatedly stomps on Makabe’s chest. Makabe with a Counter Bodyslam. Second Forearm Exchange. Nakashima scores the forearm knockdown for a two count. Nakashima with forearm shivers. Makabe clotheslines Nakashima for a two count. Makabe drags Nakashima to the corner. Makabe connects with The King Kong Knee Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Togi Makabe & Toru Yano via Pinfall 

Second Match: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Ren Narita and Tomoaki Honma vs. EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi and Dick Togo In A 8-Man Tag Team Match

Sho attacks Desperado before the bell rings. All hell is breaking loose in Nagoya. EVIL rakes the eyes of Suzuki. Takahashi drives Honma back first into the steel barricade. Sho is choking Desperado with his boot. Desperado with a gut punch. Desperado rips off Sho’s t-shirt. Chop Exchange. Desperado hammers down on the back of Sho’s neck. Sho with The Kitchen Sink for a one count. Sho stomps on Desperado’s back. Sho stands on the midsection of Desperado. Sho applies a wrist lock. Desperado clings onto the middle rope. Sho with a knee lift. Desperado reverses out of the irish whip from Sho. Desperado with a Belly to Back Suplex. Desperado applies a side headlock. Desperado drives his knee into the midsection of Sho. Honma tags himself in. Desperado bodyslams Sho. Honma stomps on Sho’s chest. Honma unloads three knife edge chops. Honma sends Sho to the corner. Honma with a running elbow smash. Honma with a Running Bulldog. Sho avoids The Kokeshi HeadButt. House Of Torture clears the ring. Eye Rake Rest. Sho applies the greco roman throat hold. Sho tags in Togo. Togo stomps on Honma’s back and chest. Togo bodyslams Honma for a two count. Togo goes into the lateral press for a two count. Togo applies a front face lock. EVIL tags himself in.

EVIL with a double sledge. EVIL wraps a shirt around Honma’s neck. EVIL goes into the cover for a two count. EVIL yells at the referee. EVIL tags in Takahashi. Takahashi repeatedly stomps on Honma’s chest. Takahashi drives his knee into the midsection of Honma. Takahashi toys around with Honma. Takahashi with two back elbow smashes. Takahashi with The Helluva Kick for a two count. Suzuki tells Honma to wake up. Honma with forearm shivers. Takahashi kicks Honma in the gut. Takahashi whips Honma across the ring. Honma holds onto the ropes. Honma kicks Takahashi in the face. Misfired Clotheslines. Honma drops Takahashi with a DDT. Takahashi tags in EVIL. EVIL stops Honma in his tracks. Honma with a Vertical Suplex. Honma tags in Suzuki. Suzuki kicks EVIL in the gut. Suzuki with forearm shivers. Suzuki repeatedly stomps on EVIL’s chest. Double Irish Whip. Suzuki ducks a clothesline from Sho. Suzuki with Two Big Boots. EVIL kicks Suzuki in the gut. Suzuki responds with a Running Boot. Suzuki nails EVIL with The Helluva Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Suzuki with The PK for a two count. Suzuki with forearm shivers. Takahashi trips Suzuki from the outside. EVIL blocks a boot from Suzuki. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Suzuki. EVIL tags in Togo.

House Of Torture gangs up on Suzuki. Togo is throwing haymakers at Suzuki. Togo with the greco roman eye poke. Suzuki applies The Guillotine Choke. Suzuki kicks Togo in the gut. Suzuki rocks Togo with a forearm smash. Suzuki tags in Narita. Narita with The Roundhouse Kick. Narita with clubbing mid-kicks. Togo reverses out of the irish whip from Narita. Sho kicks Narita in the back. Togo uppercuts Narita. House Of Torture clears the ring. Double Irish Whip. Togo with a running elbow smash. Sho with a flying forearm smash. Takahashi follows that with The Helluva Kick. EVIL with a corner clothesline. EVIL hits The Fisherman’s Buster. Togo hooks the outside leg for a two count. EVIL dumps Honma out of the ring. Togo wraps the garrote around Narita’s neck. Suzuki applies The Sleeper Hold. Narita drops EVIL with The Big Boot. Following a snap mare takeover, Narita blasts Togo with The PK for a two count. Suzuki tosses Sho out of the ring. Togo rakes the eyes of Narita. Narita ducks a clothesline from Togo. Narita with The Half Hatch Suplex. Narita makes Togo tap out to The Cobra Twist.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Ren Narita and Tomoaki Honma via Submission 

Third Match: Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi Hashi and Ryohei Oiwa vs. Zack Sabre Jr, Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste and Kosei Fujita In A 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Yoshi Hashi and Mikey Nicholls will start things off. Nicholls pie faces Hashi before the bell rings. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nicholls applies a side headlock. Hashi whips Nicholls across the ring. Nicholls runs into Hashi. Shoulder Block Exchange. Nicholls with a running elbow smash. Nicholls ducks a clothesline from Hashi. Nicholls with a running shoulder tackle. Double Shoulder Tackle to Nicholls. Assisted Hip Toss. Goto kicks Haste in the gut. War Drums. Fujita with a forearm smash. Fujita dropkicks Goto. Oiwa dropkicks Fujita to the floor. Forearm Exchange. Fujita chops Oiwa. Nicholls backs Hashi into the red turnbuckle pad. Ishii and Sabre are tagged in. Sabre ducks a forearm from Ishii. Ishii dodges The Big Boot. Ishii avoids The Roundhouse Kick. Standing Switch Exchange. Sabre applies a wrist lock. Sabre ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Sabre kicks the left shoulder of Ishii. Ishii avoids another Roundhouse Kick from Sabre. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Knuckle Lock. Sabre uppercuts Ishii. Sabre toys around with Ishii.

Ishii rocks Sabre with a forearm smash. Ishii repeatedly slaps Sabre in the face. Sabre with three uppercuts. Sabre with a Running Boot. Sabre kicks Ishii in the face. Ishii drops Sabre with a shoulder tackle. Ishii chops Sabre. Sabre reverses out of the irish whip from Ishii. Nicholls trips Ishii from the outside. Sabre cranks on Ishii’s neck. Nicholls slams Ishii’s head on the ring apron. Haste with a Running Boot. Sabre applies a full nelson lock. Sabre transitions into the cravate. Fujita tags himself in. Full Nelson/Cravate Party. Haste unloads a flurry of kicks. Ishii is pissed. Ishii with forearm shivers. Haste drives his knee into the midsection of Ishii. Following a snap mare takeover, Haste dropkicks the back of Ishii’s neck for a two count. Haste kicks Ishii in the back. Haste tags in Nicholls.

Nicholls kicks the left wrist of Ishii. Nicholls with a Knee Drop. Nicholls applies a rear chin lock. Ishii with heavy bodyshots. Second Forearm Exchange. Nicholls whips Ishii across the ring. Ishii blasts Sabre off the ring apron. Nicholls ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Ishii with a Release German Suplex. Ishii tags in Goto. Goto clears the ring. Goto with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Goto with a Running Bulldog. Nicholls denies The Ushigoroshi. Standing Switch Exchange. Nicholls decks Goto with a back elbow smash. Nicholls with a forearm smash. Goto reverses out of the irish whip from Nicholls. Goto with a corner clothesline. Hashi unloads two knife edge chops. Hashi with a NeckBreaker. Goto with a Flying Elbow Drop for a two count. Goto goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Nicholls lands back on his feet. Standing Switch Exchange. Nicholls drops Goto with a DDT. Nicholls tags in Haste.

Haste with a series of uppercuts. Haste sends Goto to the corner. Haste with a Running Uppercut. Haste clotheslines Oiwa off the apron. Haste kicks the left hamstring of Goto. Haste kicks Goto in the face. Haste with The Reverse Exploder Suplex for a two count. Haste uppercuts Goto. Haste ducks a clothesline from Goto. Goto with The Discus Lariat. Goto tags in Oiwa. Oiwa with forearm shivers. Oiwa whips Haste across the ring. Oiwa dropkicks Haste. Oiwa with a running shoulder tackle. Oiwa repeatedly stomps on Haste’s chest. Fujita attacks Oiwa from behind. Third Forearm Exchange. Fujita chops Oiwa. Fujita with two dropkicks. Double Irish Whip. Oiwa sends Fujita crashing to the outside. Oiwa with a Corner Dropkick. Oiwa with a double leg takedown. Oiwa applies The Boston Crab. Sabre repeatedly kicks Oiwa in the chest. Oiwa refuses to let go of the hold. Ishii attacks Sabre from behind. Sabre denies The Back Drop Driver. Wrist Lock Exchange. Ishii reverses out of the irish whip from Sabre. Ishii hits The Back Drop Driver. Fourth Forearm Exchange. Haste uppercuts Oiwa. Oiwa slaps Haste in the chest. Oiwa with a chop/forearm combination. Haste blocks The GutWrench Suplex. Oiwa with an overhand chop. Haste dropkicks Oiwa. Haste connects with The SitOut PowerBomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste and Kosei Fujita via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jado and Master Wato vs. KENTA, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Master Wato and Taiji Ishimori will start things off. Ishimori dodges The Running Boot. Ishimori rakes the eyes of Wato. Wato reverses out of the irish whip from Ishimori. Ishimori with two shoulder blocks. Ishimori dives over Wato. Wato leapfrogs over Ishimori. Wato buries his elbow into the midsection of Ishimori. Wato with a backhand. Wato with a Running Bulldog. Wato stomps on Ishimori’s back and chest. Wato with a forearm smash. Wato tags in Tanahashi. Tanahashi with a gut punch. Tanahashi bodyslams Ishimori. Tanahashi with a leaping elbow drop. Tanahashi tags in Jado. Jado stomps on the left hamstring of Ishimori. Jado slams Ishimori’s head on the red turnbuckle pad. Jado unloads two knife edge chops. Jado punches Ishimori in the back. Jado tags in Wato. Double Irish Whip. Double Shoulder Tackle for a two count. Wato with forearm shivers. Wato whips Ishimori across the ring. Wato catches Ishimori in mid-air. Standing Switch Exchange. Ishimori dumps Wato out of the ring. Bullet Club gangs up on Wato. Phantasmo repeatedly kicks Wato in the back. Wato slaps Phantasmo in the chest. Ishimori with a gut punch. Ishimori rolls Wato back into the ring.

Ishimori slams Wato’s head on the left foot of Phantasmo. Ishimori tags in Phantasmo. Bullet Club gets Ishimori tied up in the tree of woe. Ishimori with a Sliding Dropkick. Phantasmo kicks Jado out of the ring. Phantasmo with a Sliding Dropkick of his own. Phantasmo repeatedly stomps on Wato’s chest. Nether Regions Attack. Phantasmo tags in Kenta. Kenta whips Wato across the ring. Kenta scores the elbow knockdown. Kenta knocks Tanahashi off the apron. Kenta stomps on Wato’s back. Kenta kicks Wato in the back. Wato with forearm shivers. Kenta drives his knee into the midsection of Wato. Wato dodges The Big Boot. Wato drops Kenta with The Zig Zag. Wato tags in Tanahashi. Tanahashi with a flying forearm smash. Tanahashi clears the ring. Tanahashi decks Kenta with a back elbow smash. Tanahashi with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Tanahashi with forearm shivers. Tanahashi bodyslams Kenta. Tanahashi with The SomerSault Senton for a two count. Kenta kicks Tanahashi in the face. Kenta dodges The SlingBlade. Kenta goes for Game Over, but Tanahashi blocks it. Tanahashi goes for The Cloverleaf, but Kenta counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Kenta kicks Tanahashi in the face. Forearm Exchange.

Tanahashi uppercuts Kenta. Kenta delivers his combination offense. Tanahashi slaps Kenta in the face. Kenta Powerslams Tanahashi. Kenta tags in Phantasmo. Tanahashi with a forearm smash. Purple Nurple Exchange. Phantasmo rakes the eyes of Tanahashi. Tanahashi with The Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi tags in Jado. Wato blasts Ishimori off the apron. Double Irish Whip. Wato with a gut punch. Jado with a running knee lift. Tanahashi follows that with The SlingBlade. Jado hooks the outside leg for a two count. Jado applies The OJK. Tanahashi gets Kenta trapped in The Cloverleaf. Wato follows that with The Vendaval to Ishimori. Phantasmo refuses to quit. Jado with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Kenta denies The Green Killer. Kenta decks Tanahashi with a back elbow smash. Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Kenta. Tanahashi with The Twist and Shout. Ishimori with The Pump Kick. Wato with a SpringBoard European Uppercut. Phantasmo launches Wato over the top rope. Jado rolls Phantasmo over for a two count. Phantasmo stomps on the right hand of Jado. Phantasmo connects with The Sudden Death to pickup the victory.

Winner: KENTA, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Will Ospreay, Aaron Henare, and Francesco Akira vs. Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Douki w/Taka Michinoku In A 6-Man Tag Team Match

Ospreay attacks Taichi before the bell rings. Akira reverses out of the irish whip from Kanemaru. Akira drops down on the canvas. Taichi with three toe kicks. Taichi chokes Ospreay with the steel barricade. Kanemaru with a reverse hammer throw into the barricade. Double Irish Whip. Akira eats a pair of running back elbow smashes. Double Low Dropkick for a two count. Kanemaru with a Knee Crusher. Kanemaru kicks the left knee of Akira. Akira chops Kanemaru. Kanemaru rakes the eyes of Akira. Kanemaru whips Akira across the ring. Akira avoids the knee dropkick. Akira decks Kanemaru with a back elbow smash. Akira sends Kanemaru tumbling to the floor. Akira with The Slingshot Pescado. Ospreay is throwing haymakers at Taichi. Ospreay HeadButts Taichi. Akira rolls Kanemaru back into the ring. Akira with a running dropkick for a two count. Akira slams Kanemaru’s head on the red turnbuckle pad. Akira tags in Ospreay. Ospreay kicks Kanemaru in the gut. Ospreay with a Spinning Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. Ospreay drives his knee into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru with a gut punch. Kanemaru uppercuts Ospreay. Ospreay answers with a forearm smash. Ospreay tags in Henare.

Henare with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Following a snap mare takeover, Henare kicks Kanemaru in the back. Henare with a Senton Splash. Henare HeadButts Kanemaru. Ospreay applies the cravate on the middle rope. United Empire clears the ring. Henare with clubbing blows to Kanemaru’s chest. Ospreay with a Running Knee Strike behind the referee’s back. Henare toys around with Kanemaru. Kanemaru upperctus Henare. Henare with a high elbow smash. Kanemaru reverses out of the irish whip from Henare. Kanemaru dropkicks Henare. Kanemaru tags in Taichi. Taichi with Kawada Kicks. Taichi with a Spinning Back Kick. Taichi follows that with a corner axe bomber. Taichi kicks Henare in the back. Taichi applies The Stretch Plum. Akira breaks up the submission hold. Akira with clubbing blows to Taichi’s back. Taichi shoves Akira into the canvas. Ospreay dodges The Big Boot. Ospreay kicks Taichi in the face. Ospreay avoids The Axe Bomber. Ospreay goes for a German Suplex, but Taichi counters with a Kamagiri. Taichi ducks a clothesline from Henare. Henare denies The Dangerous Back Drop Driver. Henare with a forearm smash. Short-Arm Reversal by Taichi. Taichi nails Henare with The Hook Kick. Henare avoids The Roundhouse Kick. Henare goes for The Rising Knee Strike, but Taichi ducks out of the way. Henare with a Spinning Back Elbow. Henare with a SpringBoard Windmill Kick. Henare tags in Ospreay.

Ospreay hits Pip Pip Cheerio for a two count. Taichi blocks The Chelsea’s Grin. Forearm/Hamstring Kick Exchange. Taichi kicks Ospreay in the face. Tiger Wall Flip Kick. Ospreay with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi side steps Ospreay into a turnbuckle pad. Taichi drops Ospreay with The Kamagiri. Taichi tags in Douki. Douki with a running back elbow smash. Ospreay kicks Douki in the face. Ospreay kicks Kanemaru in the gut. Ospreay whips Kanemaru across the ring. Kanemaru ducks a clothesline from Ospreay. Kanemaru with a Spinning DDT. Douki with The Flying Double Foot Stomp for a two count. Douki applies The Italian Stretch No. 32. Douki goes for Suplex De La Luna, but Henare counters with a Mid-Kick. Kanemaru dropkicks the left knee of Henare. Henare with The Blue Thunder Bomb. Taichi with The Axe Bomber. Ospreay responds with The Hook Kick. Douki with a shoulder block. Ospreay denies The Day Break. Standing Switch Exchange. Douki with a back elbow smash. Douki thrust kicks the midsection of Ospreay. Douki with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Akira dives over Douki. Akira ducks a clothesline from Douki. Akira with a DDT. Ospreay connects with The Hidden Blade to pickup the victory.

Winner: Will Ospreay, Aaron Henare, and Francesco Akira via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Kazuchika Okada, Shota Umino, YOH and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi In A 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Shota Umino and Tetsuya Naito will start things off. Natio kicks Umino in the gut. Naito with clubbing blows to Umino’s back. Umino reverses out of the irish whip from Naito. Misfired Clotheslines. Umino goes for a dropkick, but Naito holds onto the ropes. Umino avoids the basement dropkick. Umino with a deep arm-drag. Naito answers with the headscissors escape. Tranquillo Pose. Takahashi and Yoh are tagged in. Yoh scores two forearm knockdowns. Takahashi reverses out of the irish whip from Yoh. Yoh ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Takahashi decks Yoh with a back elbow smash. Takahashi with a corner clothesline. Yoh ducks a clothesline from Takahashi. Yoh with a Headscissors Takeover. Takahashi avoids The Slingshot Pescado. Takahashi kicks Yoh in the gut. Yoh with a reverse hammer throw into the steel barricade. Yoh goes for The Falcon Arrow, but Takahashi lands back on his feet. Takahashi ducks under a back elbow from Yoh. Takahashi chops Yoh. Yoh thrust kicks the midsection of Takahashi. Yoh with a NeckBreaker. Yoh tags in Taguchi. Taguchi with Four Corner Hip Attacks. Taguchi ducks under two clotheslines from Takahashi. Takahashi avoids The Running Hip Attack. LIJ clears the ring.

Takahashi gives Taguchi a spanking. Takahashi tags in Bushi. Following a snap mare takeover, Bushi stomps on Taguchi’s chest. Bushi with a Nether Regions Attack. The referee admonishes Bushi. Bushi goes into the lateral press for a two count. Bushi tags in Naito. Assisted Basement Dropkick for a two count. Naito slaps Taguchi in the ass. Naito tags in Sanada. Sanada with Two Atomic Drops. Taguchi responds with a Hip Attack. Taguchi tags in Okada. Okada scores the forearm knockdown. Okada blasts LIJ off the ring apron. Okada kicks Sanada in the face. Okada scores the elbow knockdown. Okada sends Sanada to the corner. Okada with a leaping back elbow smash. Okada kicks Sanada in the gut. Okada drops Sanada with The DDT for a two cunt. Okada applies The Grounding Cobra Twist. Sanada grabs the middle rope which forces the break. Sanada blocks The Tombstone PileDriver. Okada decks Sanada with a back elbow smash. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Okada. Sanada with a Standard Dropkick. Sanada tags in Naito. Naito knocks Umino off the apron. Okada with a double sledge. Naito with forearm shivers. Naito whips Okada across the ring. Naito with a Hip Toss. Naito dropkicks the back of Okada’s neck. Okada kicks Naito in the face. Naito with a toe kick. Okada with The Flapjack. Okada tags in Umino. Umino with a Headscissors Takeover. Umino clears the ring. Umino with forearm shivers. Naito reverses out of the irish whip from Umino. Umino holds onto the ropes.

Umino kicks Naito in the face. Umino with a Hip Toss. Umino with a basement dropkick. Following a snap mare takeover, Umino with a SomerSault Senton. Umino mocks Naito. Umino sends Naito to the corner. Umino with a Running Uppercut. Umino with The Bridging Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Naito blocks The Uranage Slam. Forearm Exchange. Naito reverses out of the irish whip from Umino. Naito with a back elbow smash. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Naito follows that with clubbing back elbow smashes. Naito with a NeckBreaker. Naito tags in Bushi. Bushi with The Missile Dropkick. LIJ clears the ring. Double Irish Whip. Umino takes a ride on The LIJ Train. Bushi with The BackStabber for a two count. Umino blocks The Swinging Fisherman’s NeckBreaker. Okada drops Bushi with The Big Boot. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Okada. Yoh dropkicks Sanada to the floor. Takahashi SuperKicks Yoh. Taguchi responds with Two Hip Attacks. Bushi with The Atomic Drop. Umino ducks a clothesline from Bushi. Bushi delivers The Rewind Kick. Umino with a Pop Up Uppercut. Umino hits The Reverse Bloody Sunday for a two count. Umino connects with The Death Rider to pickup the victory.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, Shota Umino, YOH and Ryusuke Taguchi via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Shingo Takagi (c) vs. The Great O-Khan In A Mixed Martial Arts Match For The KOPW 2023 Provisional Championship 

Feeling out process after the bell rings. Early struggle with just hand fighting. Khan with an arm-bar takedown. Khan applies The Triangle Choke. Takagi escapes the hold. Khan applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Khan wants to fight on the mat. Khan applies a knee bar. Takagi grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Tight body clinch. Takagi backs Khan into the ropes. Takagi with a Judo Throw. Takagi with a shoulder tackle. Takagi follows that with a SomerSault Senton. Khan regroups on the outside. Leg Kick Exchange. Both guys are jockeying for leverage advantage. Khan walks Takagi into the ropes. Red Shoes calls for a clean break. Khan with a Monkey Flip. United Empire rolls Takagi back into the ring. Khan sprawls over Takagi’s back. Khan applies a bodyscissors hold in the ropes. Khan with a Judo Throw. Khan applies a top wrist lock. Khan transitions into a Triangle Choke. Khan ties Takagi up in a knot. Khan is smothering Takagi in the corner. Takagi regroups on the outside. Khan applies a Heel Hook.

Khan is choking Takagi with his knee. Red Shoes admonishes Khan. Takagi applies a leg lock. Takagi with forearm shivers. Muay Thai Knee Strike Exchange. Takagi brings Khan down to the mat. Takagi clotheslines Khan. Takagi removes his gi. Takagi buries his knee into the midsection of Khan. Takagi with a DDT. Takagi with The Sliding Lariat. Takagi transitions into a ground and pound attack. Takagi applies The Head & Arm Choke. LIJ rolls Khan back into the ring. Khan scores two takedowns. Khan with a back heel trip. Khan applies The Head & Arm Choke. Khan smothers Takagi with his gi. Khan stomps on Takagi’s back. Khan wraps the belt around Takagi’s neck. All hell starts breaking loose at ringside. Ospreay nails Takagi with The OsCutter on the floor. Takagi struggles to get back on his feet. Khan with a Judo Throw. Sleeper Hold Exchange. Takagi drives Khan back first into the canvas. Takagi with a Flying Knee Drop. Takagi with combo forearms. Takagi with repeated forearms. Khan reapplies The Sleeper Hold. Takagi connects with Last Of The Dragon. Takagi makes Khan pass out to The TAZ Mission.

Winner: Still KOPW 2023 Provisional Champion, Shingo Takagi via TKO 

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