New Japan New Beginning In Osaka Results 2.9.20
Manabu Nakanishi Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Hiryoshi Tenzan defeated Toa Henare, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Sho and Yoh (c) defeated El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
I didn’t get a chance to watch the first two matches in full. Sho and Yoh retained in an okay match, and they set up Rocky Romero and Taguchi against Sho and Yoh after.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Juice Robinson and David Finlay vs Bullet Club
Chaos starts early on as the heels bet down Tanahashi in the corner only for the faces to make the save. The faces clear the ring. David Finlay comes in a ball of fire until Chase Owens takes him out with a boot to the face. The heel take turns working over Finlay. They stop Finlay from making the tag multiple times until Finaly ducks a clothesline from Chase Owens and tags in Ibushi. Ibushi goes to work on Chase Owens. Ibushi and Owens exchange forearms. They tag in Juice and Tanga Loa. Juice hits a cannon ball in the corner but Tama Tonga stops Pulp Friction. David Finlay saves his partner and we get a four way clothesline stop. Tanahashi gets the tag and goes to work on Tanga Loa. The rest of Bullet Club comes in again to work over Tanahashi. Everyone comes in and hits a move until we are down to G.O.D. and Tanahashi. Kota Ibushi makes the save but eats Jado’s Kendo Stick. Tanahashi mounts a comeback and hits a Slingblade, but Jado hits Tanahashi this time with the kendo stick. But Tanahashi recovers and rolls up Tanga Loa for the win.
The heels attack after the match until Kota Ibushi makes the save. After the match both face teams seem to kind of argue about who should get the next shot at G.O.D. for the tag titles.
WINNERS: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Juice Robinson and David Finlay- Your standard multi man match from New Japan. Good action.
Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi vs Okada and Will Ospreay
Taichi and Okada start. Taichi is a bit hesitant then catches Okada with an enziguri kick. ZSJ pulls Ospreay off the apron and attacks him on the outside. Taichi pulls Okada out and both heels work over the faces on the outside. The action finally gets back into the ring. Okada gets worked over by the heels. Ospreay gets the hot tag. He hits a springboard forearm and then a handstand elbow. ZSJ catches himself in the ropes as Ospreay goes for a dropkick and applies a stretch submission but Ospreay gets to the ropes. There’s another exchange of offense with Ospreay hitting a powerbomb. Okada and Taichi get the tags. Taichi hits a couple kicks in the corner. All four men end up in the ring. Taichi gets to rip his pants off. Okada escapes the Last Ride Powerbomb. Ospreay hits the Os-Cutter on Taichi and a handstand moosault over the top to take out ZSJ. Okada hits the Rainmaker on Taichi for the win.
WINNERS: Okada and Will Ospreay- Match was okay. It was pretty much the basics for these guys. They didn’t go out of their way to have a standout match.
Jay White vs Sanada
Early distractions from Gedo give Jay White the advantage to start. Gedo throws Sanada into the railing and White works over the leg of Sanada with a single leg crab. They go to the outside where White backs Sanada into the railing. Sanada tries mounting a comeback in the ring. He goes for a moonsault but lands on his feet, but White goes back and hits a DDT. Sanada gets sent to the outside and goes for a springboard dropkick but Gedo stops him. Sanada goes for it but White ducks. Sanada catches White with a boot to the face then puts White in the Paradise Lock. Sanada hits a dropkick then leapfrog to the outside. Back in the ring Sanada goes for a TKO but White escapes. White hits a brainbuster then a Kiwi Crusher for two. White pushes the ref away and this allows Sanada to hit a couple back drops. White goes for Skull End but Gedo gets on the apron. Sanada turns around and ducks a shot and hits a TKO. Sanada goes to the top. Gedo gets on the apron. Sanada drops him on the ropes then kicks them. Sanada applies Skull End and swings White around then drops to the mat. Sanada goes for the Muta Moonsault but White moves. We get an exchange of counters and near falls. White ends up hitting a sleeper suplex and finishes off Sanada with the Blade Runner for the win.
WINNER: Jay White- I like both of these guys but I don’t think their styles meshed well together. The announcers kept talking about how this is now six months since Sanada’s last singles match win. So this is again long term Gedo story telling. Speaking of Gedo, his interactions in this match was complete overkill in the beginning.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs Ryu Lee
Both men come out and deliver a succession of German suplexes to each other. Lee then offers himself up for some chops as does Hiromu and we get a chop fest. This goes on for about a minute. Okay I liked, it went on for another two minutes. Both guys chest are beat red at this point. Hiromu goes for a hurricarrana but Lee lands on his feet. They go back to chopping again. Hiromu almost knocks down Lee with his chops, but Lee powers back and knocks down Hiromu. Lee sends Hiromu to the outside then runs over and hurricarranas him to the mat. Lee sets Hiromu on the railing then runs from the ring and hits a suicide dive on Hiromu onto the announce tables behind them. As they slowly make their way back into the ring, Hiromu catches Lee with a kick then a sunset flip powerbomb over the top to the outside.
Hiromu goes for Time Bomb but Lee counters. Hiromu applies D but gets to the ropes. They go to the top. Lee gets Hiromu in the double stomp position but Hiromu moves. They exchange punches on the top. Lee finally gets Hiromu in the double stomp position and stomps him into the floor. Hiromu hits a thrust kick on the apron, Lee hits a knee, then Hiromu over head tosses Lee off the apron onto the floor. Hiromu goes to the top and hits a Hiromu Bomb onto the floor. They exchange German suplexes again. Lee buckle bombs Hiromu into the corner, but Hiromu gets up and over head tosses Lee into the same corner.
Lee ends up hitting a package tombstone. Lee puts Hiromu over the ropes and double stomps him. Lee goes for a powerbomb but Hiromu counters into a Destroyer for two. Hiromu gets a near fall but Lee hits a couple of running knees. Hiromu hits another Destroyer for two. Hiromu hits one Time Bomb for two. Hiromu gets up and hits one more for the win.
WINNER and STILL IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Hiromu Takahashi- Very good match. They slapped the shit out of each other in the beginning of the match. They went crazy on the outside for a few minutes. Lee’s suicide dive was great. I thought the ending was a bit anti-climactic but otherwise a very good wrestling match. You wouldn’t know Hiromu had a broken neck less than two years ago.
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs Minoru Suzuki
Moxley wants to start the fight on the ramp. Suzuki grabs two chairs and they start a chair duel. Moxley gets the better of it. Moxley drops the railing on Suzuki. Suzuki does the same. Suzuki tries to piledrive Moxley on the announce table but Moxley escapes. They both roll into the ring at the 17 count. They exchange forearms and mock each other. Moxley blocks a PK then bites Suzuki’s ear. Suzuki then bites the head of Moxley. They go back to the outside and exchange submission holds. Moxley throws Suzuki into the barricade but Suzuki gets up and we have a slap fest. Moxley tosses him into the barricade again and sets up a table. He grabs Suzuki but Suzuki has a chair. Suzuki chokes Moxley. Suzuki sets Moxley’s arm up in a chair then slams another chair into it. Suzuki applies an armbar on the apron, but Moxley lifts him up and powebombs Suzuki through the table. But Suzuki is smiling then hits himself with half of the table on the head. Moxley does the same.
They exchange forearms in the ring but Suzuki keeps laughing Moxley’s off. Suzuki applies a choke and when Moxley passes out goes for a pin but Moxley kicks out at two. Moxley connects on a Regal Knee for two but Suzuki comes back with a dropkick. A brief counter exchange and Moxley hits Death Rider but only gets two. Moxley goes and gets two chairs. Red Shoes tries taking the chair and gets knocked over. Moxley smashes the chair over Suzuki’s head and he laughs. Moxley hits a DDT on the chair. Both men then exchange slaps, chops and forearms. Moxley hits two lariats and then Death Rider for the win.
After the match, Zack Sabre Jr. attacked Moxley, setting up Moxley’s next feud.
WINNER and STILL IWGP United States Champion: Jon Moxley- That was a lot of fun. Everything I wanted to see from this match. They were brutal and beat the crap out of each other.
IWGP Double Championship Match: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs KENTA
All of Bullet Club came to the ring with KENTA. But Red Shoes quickly tosses all of them out. KENTA stalls on the outside for a few minutes early on. KENTA finally gets back in the ring but the crowd starts chanting for Naito so he leaves again. They finally lock up and break in the ropes but KENTA goes back to the outside. Naito knocks KENTA off the apron then does his trademark slide. Then Naito rolls to the outside as KENTA comes back in. KENTA then attacks Naito coming back into the ring. Naito rannas KENTA to the outside and tosses KENTA into the railing. Naito lands some more hard shots in the ring. KENTA kicks Naito in the ropes then drives his knee into the back of Naito’s head. KENTA sends Naito to the outside and sends him front first into the railing. KENTA then grabs a Naito bear and stomps on it. KENTA throws Naito into the barricade a few more times. KENTA then DDT’s Naito on the floor.
KENTA steals Yano’s gimmick and takes off a turnbuckle pad in the ring, then tosses Naito into the exposed corner. KENTA lands some kicks to the back of Naito then mocks Naito’s pose. KENTA lands some more shots until Naito hits a knee to the jaw. Naito tosses KENTA into the corner and hits a combination dropkick. Naito tosses KENTA back into the corner but KENTA lands some boots then drops Naito on the ropes. KENTA gets Naito on the apron, but Naito leg sweeps KENTA then hits a neckbreaker on the apron. KENTA counters Naito on the outside and hits a draping DDT off the railing. KENTA hits his corner dropkicks back in the ring.
Naito starts fighting back, but KENTA stops the comeback by throwing Red Shoes into Naito. KENTA then applies a LaBell Lock. Naito finally gets to the ropes. KENTA hits a German suplex and side kick for two. Naito escapes a GTS and hits a rolling heel kick and tilt-a-whirl DDT for two. Naito hits a super hurricarrana and Gloria. Naito goes for Destino but KENTA backs Naito into Red Shoes then does it again. Jay White comes down and hits the Sleeper Suplex. Bushi comes out and goes for the mist but Jay White ducks and hits Blade Runner. Hiromu Takahashi comes out and clears the ring of Jay White. Naito hits a Flying Forearm and goes for Destino but KENTA counters into a lariat for two. KENTA goes for the GTS but Naito counters to a reverse DDT. KENTA tosses Naito into the exposed turnbuckle and rolls up Naito for two. Naito is busted open. KENTA lands some chops and hits a Psycho Knee for two. Naito escapes the GTS with a reverse ranna and Valencia for two. Naito finishes off KENTA with Destino for the win.
WINNER and STILL IWGP Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Champion- Tetsuya Naito- The match started off slow, which I expect most Naito matches will as Champ. He can’t work a long style like Okada. The crowd hated KENTA though so it worked. Naito getting busted open at the end added more drama to the last few minutes of the match.
After the match, Naito calls out Takahashi for a match at the Anniversary Show and Hiromu accepts.
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