New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night 2 Recap
On the preshsow, the Los Ingobernables de Japon team of EVIL, Shingo Takagi and Bushi won the Six Man Titles. Basic preshow action throughout the match. Nothing special.
Ryu Lee and Hiromu Takahashi vs Jyushin Thunder Liger and Sano
Hiromu and Liger started and went right at each other. After a Romero special Hiromu tagged in Lee, but Hiromu went and knocked Sano off the apron. Lee and Hiromu double teamed Liger. Liger fought back with two tilt-a-whirl back breakers then tagged in Sano. Sano went to the top and hit a double dropkick then hit another running one. Sano and Lee exchanged forearms. Sano hit a lariat then both men made tags. Hiromu corner mounted Liger in the corner but Liger power bombed in. Liger set up for another powerbomb but Lee came in and dropkicked him and knocked Sano to the outside. Hiromu held both for a Lee plancha but both men moved and Lee hit Hiromu.
Liger hit a powerbomb and lariat but Lee broke up the pin. Lee hit a suicide dive to take out Sano as Hiromu hit a Falcon Arrow for two. Lee and Hiromu combined on knee and kick strikes for two. Hiromu ended up hitting a Time Bomb for the win.
WINNERS: Ryu Lee and Hiromu Takahashi- Crowd was really into Liger and Hiromu’s spots and by the end of the match when they sensed the ending coming they didn’t want it to happen.
Liger took the mic after the match and thanked the crowd for their support over the last few years.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Phantasmo and Taji Ishimori (c) vs SHO and YOH
I feel bad for these guys having to follow that match. SHO and YOH hit double dives to the outside to start the match. All four men started fighting inside the ring, where Ishimori and ELP took the advantage. The heels worked over SHO for a bit until YOH finally got the hot tag. YOH landed some strikes and dropkicks then a dive to the outside on both of them. SHO and ELP tagged in. SHO hit a German suplex on both of them. Ishimori came in and hit a running knee that sent SHO into ELP for a neckbreaker for two. Ishimori and ELP combined on a codebreaker moonsault combo for two. ELP hit a Styles Clash for two. They tried using the tag belt but Rocky Romero made he save. ELP tried a low blow but SHO had a cup on. YOH hit a double stomp then came Shock Arrow for the win.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: SHO and YOH- These two finally needed to win in the Tokyo Dome and they did. Good match.
British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs Sanada
Just some great chain mat wrestling in the first two minutes. Non stop that ended in a staredown. Both men apply a strangle hold and both men escape from it. Sanada kicks ZSJ to the outside and ZSJ throws a fit. ZSJ gets some mat control back in the ring. Sanada escapes and dropkicks the right leg of ZSJ. He dragon screw leg whips it as well then hits a catapult dive to the outside. Sanada applies a Skull End then goes for the Muta Moonsault but ZSJ moves then hits a PK.
We get another great exchange of near falls. ZSJ gets out of a Skull End and applies a Cobra Twist. Sanada escapes and we get another Skull End attempt. ZSJ escapes and we get more near falls until ZSJ gets on top of Sanada and pins his shoulders down for the win.
WINNER and STILL British Heavyweight Champion: Zack Sabre Jr.- That was a whole lot of fun. The counters and near falls were outstanding. These two have great chemistry together as proven by their G1 match last year.
United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Juice Robinson
Juice attacks Moxley as he is getting to ringside. He tosses Moxley into the barricade. Moxley gets to the other side and sets up a chair, but Juice drop toeholds him into the chair. He sits Moxley on the chair then hits a cannonball into it. They get back in the ring where Moxley reverses Juice and tosses him over the corner to the outside. Moxley starts to work over the back of Juice. They exchange chops. Moxley bites the head of Juice, but Juice comes back with a spinebuster and powerbomb. Moxley gets control again and applies a figure four on the post. Moxley puts a chair around Juice and grabs another, but Juice hits a Left Hand of God into the chair into Moxley’s face.
Back in the ring again Juice hits a superplex and Jackhammer for two. Each man is able to escape the other’s finishers. They exchange slaps and forearms. Moxley knocks Juice and hits a flying knee. Juice hits a right hand then two left hands of god. Juice goes for Pulp Friction but Moxley counters with a double arm DDT and then Death Rider for the win.
WINNER and STILL IWGP United States Champion: Jon Moxley- Good match. I didn’t think Juice would win and do the whole Juice 2 Belts thing before the actual winner of the main event.
After the match, Minoru Suzuki’s music hits and he has a staredown with Jon Moxley. They start brawling and Suzuki lays out Moxley with a sleeper and Gotch piledriver. Suzuki lays out a challenge for Moxley.
NEVER Openweight Championship: KENTA (c) vs Hirooki Goto
KENTA taunts Goto before the bell so Goto decks him and the bell rings. Goto hits a shoulder tackle and some kicks. KENTA tosses Goto to the outside then throws him into the railing. KENTA DDT’s Goto on the floor and he just beats the count back in. KENTA slows the action back down in the ring. Goto connects with a lariat. They exchange forearms in the corner until Goto knocks KENTA down with a hard one. KENTA ducks a lariat and hits a powerslam, then drops Goto on the ropes. KENTA hits a running knee in the ropes but Goto ducks a clothesline and connects on a Yushigiroshi. Goto goes to grab KENTA but KENTA applies a modified LaBell Lock until Goto gets to the ropes.
KENTA takes Goto to the apron and hits a draping DDT then the running dropkick in the corner. KENTA hits a double stomp off the top for two. A PK Kick and running knee from KENTA gets two. Goto blocks the GTS attempt and hits a lariat. KENTA doesn’t budge and Goto doesn’t budge for KENTA and takes him down. Both men exchange palm strikes. Goto hits the GTW for two. Goto then hits the GTR for the win.
WINNER and NEW Never Openweight Champion: Hirooki Goto- Match was fine. I personally would have have kept the Title on KENTA and let him grow as this heel character. Goto really doesn’t need the Title and it doesn’t do much for him holding it.
3rd Place Match: Jay White vs Kota Ibushi
Early in the match White sends Ibushi flying off the apron into the railing chin first. White then throws Ibushi into the barricade. White keeps it on the mat back in the ring and taunts Ibushi. Ibushi counters White into a hurricarrana then hits a springboard dive to the outside. Ibushi hits a missile dropkick and follows it up with a moonsault. White comes back with a DDT and running DVD. White starts taunting Ibushi again, which turned out to be a mistake as Ibushi lands some hard shots and kicks. Ibushi knocks White down with a forearm. Ibushi keeps begging White to hit him and every time he does Ibushi comes back with a hard shot, including a lariat that knocks him down on the last one. Ibushi goes for a lawn dart but White escapes and throws the ref into Ibushi. White then hits a flatliner and dead lift German suplex.
White takes Ibushi to the top and goes for a superplex. Ibushi fights back but Gedo distracts him on the apron. White lands some shots but Ibushi still goes for a springboard ranna. White takes the legs out from under Ibushi and he lands on the ropes. White picks him up and hits a eurinagi off the top for two. White hits a Saito suplex and Ibushi lands on his head, as is tradition. White goes for Blade Runner but Ibushi hits a V-Trigger. Ibushi goes for Kamigoye but White throws Ibushi into the ref.
Gedo comes in and hits Ibushi with a chair, but it doesn’t phase Ibushi. Neither do some kicks, so Ibushi knocks him out with one punch. Ibushi hits a Bomaye and Last Ride Powerbomb but there is no ref. Ibushi grabs the ref and pulls him back in. Ibushi goes for another knee but White falls down. Ibushi lands some kicks and hits Komigoye but Gedo pulls the ref out. Gedo comes in with some brass knucks but Ibushi stops it. White then throws a chair right into Ibushi’s head and Gedo uses the knucks. White hits a straight jacket Bloody Sunday and Blade Runner for the win.
WINNER: Jay White- Kind of surprised by that outcome. But they went to super lengths to protect Ibushi. He had the pinfall win twice but was screwed over by Gedo. Crowd really didn’t have the energy for the match. They probably saw it as a consolation match and didn’t care much for it. You have to hope that they haven’t ruined Ibushi’s overness with the crowd with these two losses this weekend. I think he will be fine.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Chris Jericho
Jericho comes out wearing the AEW Title and it is featured and mentioned prominently on commentary. They exchange armbars to start. Tanahashi backs Jericho into the corner and elbows him. Tanahashi does a Jericho taunt over him. They exchange slaps. Jericho knocks Tanahashi to the apron then dropkicks him off. Jericho throws Tanahashi into the railing. Jericho grabs a camera and takes some pictures of his middle finger with it. Jericho throws Tanahashi onto the American announce table then DDT’s him on it. It looks like Tanahashi’s head landed on the edge of the table.
Back in the ring Jericho hits a knee off the top and follows it with a backbreaker. Jericho goes to the top and mocks Tanahashi’s guitar pose, then goes for a High Fly Flow but misses. The camera cuts to a smiling Tanahashi. Tanahashi skins the cat and hits a flying forearm. He charges Jericho in the corner but Jericho pulls Red Shoes in the way. Jericho whips Tanahashi with his weight belt. Tanahashi comes back with a low blow and Kevin Kelly pulls the Bobby Heenan “my monitor went out what happened.” Jericho takes down Tanahashi and goes for the Lionsault but Tanahashi pushes him off and hits the High Fly Flow to the outside. As Jericho tries coming back into the ring, Tanahashi hits two Dragon screw leg whips and a dropkick to the leg. Tanahashi blocks the Codebreaker and hits three more dragon screw leg whips.
Tanahashi goes for the High Fly Flow but Jericho gets his knees up. Jericho hits the Lionsault for two. Tanahashi blocks the Judas Effect and hits a straight jacket German suplex for two. Jericho blocks a charge and knocks down Tanahashi and applies the Walls of Jericho. Tanahashi eventually rolls through and hits a slingblade. Tanahashi goes back to the top for High Fly Flow but Jericho hits a Codebreaker. They were off a bit and it actually looked like Jericho’s knee went right into Tanahashi’s nuts. Tanahashi ducks the Judas Effect and hits a Codebreaker of his own for two. Jericho ducks the Slingblade and tries the Walls. Tanahashi rolls into a cradle for two. Tanahashi hits the Twist and Shout and Slingblade for two. Tanahashi goes back to the top. Jericho rolls through though and applies the Walls again. Jericho applies pressure to the neck and Tanahashi taps out.
WINNER: Chris Jericho- That might have been my favorite Chris Jericho match in New Japan. Both guys played to each other’s strengths and were great playing to the crowd. Jericho didn’t need all the bells and whistles to get through the match like you would have thought. No AEW Title match in the near future for Tanahashi.
Double Champion Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito
Early stalling as they let the crowd get their cheers out. Naito sounds like the fan favorite. They finally lock up and Okada breaks in the ropes then hits a flying forearm and DDT. Okada hits a running leg kick. Naito finally gets some offense in and knocks Okada down and hits a dropkick to the back then his combination dropkick in the corner. Naito pulls Okada to the outside and hits a neckbreaker off the apron. They go back in the ring where Naito works over the neck of Okada with some elbows. Naito spits on Okada then tosses him into the corner, but Okada shoots back and hits a big boot to the face. Okada faceplants Naito then hits a neckbreaker of his own and follows it up with an elbow off the top.
Okada goes for an early Rainmaker but Naito hits a barrage of elbows and follows it up with a spinebuster. They go to the top where Naito hits a hurricarrana. Naito lands a hard forearm but Okada hits a shotgun dropkick out of the corner. Naito blocks a couple charges in the corner but when he hops to the top Okada dropkicks him off to the outside. Okada grabs the bad knee of Naito and slams it into the floor. Okada chop blocks Naito’s knee then drops him on a table. Naito just beats the count back in but Okada catches him with a sitout dropkick off the top. Okada hits a German suplex but Naito counters a Rainmaker attempt into his running rope DDT.
Naito hits Gloria then they go to the top where Naito hits a poison-ranna off the top. Okada blocks Destino with elbows. Naito hits an enziguri then a flying forearm. Okada hits a dropkick but Naito comes right back with a Destino for two. Both men counter the other’s finisher and Okada hits another dropkick. Both men get back to their knees and exchange forearms. They get back to their feet and do the same. Okada ends up hitting a spinning Rainmaker. Naito tries Destino but but Okada counters into a Tombstone and Rainmaker but for only two. Naito barely escapes a sitout tombstone then spits in Okada’s face. Okada slams Naito’s bad knee into the mat twice. The crowd starts booing so Okada does it again. Okada hits two Rainmakers but Naito ducks a third and hits Destino. Okada kicks out at two. Naito goes to the top and hits a moonsault for two. Naito hits another Destino for two. Okada escapes Destino and goes for the tombstone but Naito escapes and hits Valencia and another Destino for the win.
WINNER and DOUBLE CHAMPION: Tetsuya Naito- As many of you know I am a Naito fan so this is a great moment for me, especially after a Bills loss. I thought the match was very good. Okada played into the heel role well as it was clear they crowd wanted him to win.
Naito cut a promo after the match talking about how he flipped the script after tonight. As Naito is doing the LIJ role call, KENTA comes out and attacks him and poses with both belts on top of him.