New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 1 Review w/Justin C

Ryusuke Taguchi, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Otani and Naoki Sano defeated Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Tatsumi Fujinamo and Great Sasuke

There’s really no need to go into detail on this match. It was a bunch of legends who went out there and entertained the crowd. And you know what? It was fun. Surprised Liger lost. They all shook Liger’s hand and played to the crowd at the end.

Suzuki-gun defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon

Quick eight man tag that ended when ZSJ made Bushi submit. The match started with Suzuki-gun jumping LIJ during their in ring announcements. Shingo Takagi had his chance to look the best in this match and he did. Everything else just seemed like standard fare from all eight of these guys. Match didn’t go longer than 10 minutes.

Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi Hashi and Toru Yano beat Bullet Club

Yano thought he was starting with Chase Owens but turned around and it was Bad Luck Fale. So we got the typical Yano shenanigans to start. Bullet Club then worked over Yoshi Hashi, and no one cared. You almost feel bad for the guy. Goto and KENTA squared off and Goto delivered some lariats. KENTA hit a DDT and the match started to break down per typical New Japan fashion. Goto ended up hiting a ushigoroshi and GTR on Yujiro Takahashi for the win.

FinnJuice defeated Guerillas of Destiny to win the IWGP Tag Titles

Imagine getting Juice 2 Belts and the main event winner two belts.

Jon Moxley defeated Lance Archer in a Texas Death Match to win the IWGP United States Championship

Lance Archer came out in this really stupid looking helmet. I hope he doesn’t kick my ass if he sees this. Kendo sticks were the first weapons brought out. Moxley got flipped onto four chairs set up. Archer chokeslammed a young lion onto Moxley and then hit a running dive over the top onto Moxley and a handful of lions. Archer decided to pull out a plastic bag from his back pocket and tried to suffocate Moxley. He then used his helmet on Moxley and cut him open a bit. Archer set up two tables on the outside He tried chokeslamming Moxley through the tables but Moxley blocked it. Moxley ended up DDT’s Archer through both tables and Archer did not answer the 10 count.

Hiromu Takahashi defeated Will Ospreay to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Both men started off a ball of fire. Hiromu hit a running dropkick off the apron. Back in the ring ospreay started to focus on the neck of Hiromu. Ospreay through Hiromu to the outside and went for a Sasuke Special. Hiromu moved and went for a German suplex but Ospreay landed on his feet. Ospreay charged but Hiromu ducked and Ospreay went back into the ring. Ospreay then hit the Sasuke special. Great sequence.

They exchanged offense again back in the ring. Ospreay ended up hitting a double stomp on Hiromu’s head onto the apron. Ospreay then hit a dropkick off the top to the back of the head. Ospreay hit the Made in Japan and the Os-Cuttere but only got two. Hiromu is able to come back and hit a pop up powerbomb. Both men got up before the ten count and exchanged forearms. Ospreay went for a springboard but Hiromu caught him and hit a German suplex. Ospreay then countered a lariat into a Spanish Fly attempt, but Hiromu countered that into a Canadian Destroyer for two. Hiromu escaped a Stormbreaker but Ospreay hit a Spanish Fly then a Hidden Blade. Hiromu hit another Canadian Destroyer for two. Hiromu hit the Time Bomb but only got two. He came back with a running forearm then hit a new move, which looked like a package headlock tombstone for the win.

Phenomenal Match. A great sequence of counters and you would never know that Hiromu had a broken neck. He didn’t miss a step. Go out of your way to find this match and watch it.

Tetsuya Naito defeated Jay White to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship

This match had to follow that Junior Heavyweight Title match. But it did a great job of doing it in its own great way. Will Hirmou/Ospreay was fast paced, this one was slowed down and told a great story. Gedo got involved early on, grabbing Naito’s legs. White posted Naito then Gedo slammed a chair into the left leg of Naito. White went right after the left leg of Naito. White mocked Naito’s tranquillo pose as Naito laid on the outside of the ring. White continued to play the heel role to perfection as he slowed the match down. White thwarted every comeback attempt Naito tried to come back with.

Naito tried going high risk but White knocked him off an went back to work on the leg. White went to throw Naito into the ropes but Naito stumbled and fell every time. White ended up hitting a Saito suplex over the ropes onto the apron. White then hit the Blade Buster and Kiwi Crusher in the ring for two. White hit a couple of dragon screw leg whips and then locked in an inverted Figure Four. Naito eventually got to the ropes.

Naito tries a comeback. Gedo gets in the ring and Naito spits at him. Naito hits a super-ranna off the top. Naito hits Gloria and goes for Destino, but White falls. White then throws Naito into Red Shoes. Naito blocks a Gedo chair shot. White low blows Naito but Naito hits a snap Dragon suplex. Gedo back in. Naito low blows him. White hits Naito right over the head with a chair. White hits a Snap Dragon suplex but Naito hits a Destino. A handful of counters until Naito hits a reverse-ranna and Destino but only gets two. Another exchange until Naito hits a Brainbuster and Destino for the win. Red Shoes messed up the count there.

Another very good match. The crowd was fully behind Naito and popped huge for the win. White plays the heel role to perfection. Naito played the wounded underdog role surprisingly well.

Kazuchika Okada defeated Kota Ibushi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

Both men kept it on the mat early. When you get that you know it means they are going long. They go to the outside for a bit and Okada hits a draping DDT. Okada slows it back down in the ring again, but after escaping a chinlock Ibushi hits a dropkick. Ibushi hits a front kick and moonsault, but Okada moves out of the way of a charge and Okada dropkicks Ibushi out of the ring. Okada hits a running dive to the outside.

Ibushi gets some offense going back in the ring and hits a package tombstone for two. Okada gets sent to the outside and Ibushi hits his moonsault. Back in the ring, Ibushi hit a springboard dropkick and last ride powerbomb for two. Ibushi went  for Kinsasha but Okada caught him with a dropkick. Okada landed some forearms and uppercuts but Ibushi didn’t budge. Okada hit a dropkick but Ibushi stood right up. Ibushi landed some closed fists punches. Ibushi kept landing them in the corner and the crowd started to boo.

Both men went to the apron. It had been too long since Ibushi got dropped on his head so Okada tombstoned him on the apron. Ibushi hit a lariat to block a Rainmaker. Ibushi hit a deadlift German suplex from the apron. Okada hit a Tombstone, but Ibushi came back and hit a Rainmaker of his own. Kota Ibushi hit a Bomaye but Okada kicked out at one. Ibushi hit another then hit Kamigoye for two. Ibushi went for another but Okada hit a dropkick. Both men exchanged forearms. Ibushi ended up hitting a slap to the chest and followed it up with some kicks to the head.

They go to the top where Okada knocks Ibushi off. But Okada jumps right into a powerbomb for two. Ibushi went for a Phoenix Splash but missed. Okada hit a spinning Rainmaker followed by a standard one but only got two. Okada kept wrist control and hit two straight Rainmaikers. He went for a third but Ibushi hit a V-trigger. Okada ducked a Kamigoye and hit a sitout Tombstone and Rainmaker fort the win.

Great match. Started out slow in the beginning but that was intentional as they picked up the pace at the end. Okada vs Naito is what I expected if Naito was going to win. Ibushi has plenty of time to recover and rebuild. He can come back from this loss.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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