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SHO, YOH, Rocky Romero, Gedo, YOSHI-HASHI vs. Chase Owens, Yurijo Takahashi, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, and King Haku
Haku and YOSHI get us started, YOSHI getting the best of Haku dropping him to the mat, but Haku nails a running clothesline before tagging in Loa. Romero comes in and tries to out-power Loa, but it doesn't work out so well until he hits a hurricanrana and a bunch of clotheslines in the corner. Tonga gets in the ring and hits a massive splash in the corner on Romero, crowd is really popping for him. Haku with a piledriver on Romero, cover, ref with a weird count (blown spot?), but only two.
Owens is tagged in and pops Romero in the midsection, continues to work him over, backbreaker, cover, two-count. Takahashi is in there, low dropkick, cover, two. Romero just can't seem to tag out. Flips out of two back suplexes, double hurricanrana and tags in YOH. SHO gets in there and they hit a few double team moves, Takahashi fights out of it and hits a DDT counter on SHO. Tonga is tagged in and stomps away on SHO. Gedo swings on Tonga and Loa as things break down with everybody getting in their strikes on the other team. Romero with a springboard double dropkick on Tonga and Loa, followed by a suicide dive on Loa. Gedo tries for a cover, but Haku grabs Gedo with the tongan death grip! Tonga drops Gedo with gun stun, cover, and that will do it.
Winners: Chase Owens, Yurijo Takahashi, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, and King Haku via Pinfall
Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki
Suzuki and Ishii get us started with endless forearms in the middle of the ring. Suzuki gets the best of Ishii, but gets dropped and he tags out to Sabre Jr. Yano decides it's his time to join the match. Yano hangs near the ropes to keep away from Sabre, then wants to shake hands. Sabre isn't sure and ends up yanking Yano's arm for a moment. Yano gets to the rope and tries for another handshake, Sabre does the same and gets an eye rake. Yano in the ropes again and taunts his opponent.
Sabre with a couple european uppercuts and gets take down by the hair. Yano back in the ropes again, Suzuki runs into the ring and boots Ishii off the ring and launches him into the barricade. While Suzuki and Ishii chop each other on the outside, Sabre works over Yano in the ring with a double wristlock. The referee is distracted now and Sabre/Suzuki rotate all over Yano's body with a bunch of submissions. Sabre knocks Ishii off the apron yet again. Ishii and Suzuki back in there with some massive strikes by Ishii and a couple taunting kicks to the head of Suzuki as he stands back up.
Ishii with a slap to the face, Suzuki with a big forearm as the crowd goes dead quiet. Big forearms to Ishii as he falls to the mat. Ishii back up and lands his own set of forearms and slaps. A bunch of slaps on Ishii (who yells back at him) Suzuki goes into a rear naked choke, snapmare reversal by Ishii and both are down. Sabre and Yano both tag in as Yano removes the turnbuckle. Swings it at Sabre, misses, referee is distracted. Suzuki grabs the pad and smacks Yano in the face with it. Yano tries for a lowblow, Sabre catches it with his legs, twists Yano's arm, but Ishii is right there with a big lariat, Yano with the pin, 1-2-3!
Winners: Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii via Pinfall
- Post-match, Suzuki goes to the crowd and grabs a chair. He brings it to the ring as a young lion tries to keep him back. He's pushed back towards the ramp, Suzuki with a big chairshot to one of the young lion's back as he and Sabre head to the back.
Scurll and KUSHIDA kick things off with Scurll using some fancy moves on the mat to get out of KUSHIDA's hold. Scurll with an octopus hold, bunch of reverses and Scurll does his flying taunt. KUSHIDA waves him off as Page and Tanahashi tag in. Crowd with a solid "Tanahashi" chant. Both tug on each other's hair, Tanahashi sent to the corner, back elbow, second rope crossbody hits. KUSHIDA tagged back in, goes up top, does Scurll's taunt and hits a double axle handle. Scurll and Page on the apron, Scurll lands a superkick and Page a shooting star press to the floor.
Taguchi tries to walk away from Scurll and Page, but gets whacked on the back and sent into the ring. He tries for a flying hip attack and Scurll/Page just walk out of the way as he flies out to the floor. Tandem offense, cover by Page, two. KUSHIDA with a nice handspring back elbow, tags in Tanahashi who hits a flying elbow on Scurll, dropkick Page to the floor, dragon screw on Scurll. Second rope senton on Scurll, cover, two-count.
Scrull tries for the crossface chicken wing, can't quite lock it in as Tanahashi fights out of it. They trade strikes in the middle of the ring, KUSHIDA brought back in, hip toss straight into a dropkick. Page in there to clean house, but Tanahashi in there with a slingblade. Scurll with a foot stomp on KUSHIDA, tries for the finger snap, no. KUSHIDA with a nice transition into the hoverboard lock. Tanahashi with a texas clover leaf on Page who climbs to the floor, Tanahashi tries for a crossbody to the floor, misses. Page with a shotgun lariat from the apron. KUSHIDA with a big kick to Page's leg, but Page with ends up planting KUSHIDA with a rite of passage, cover, and we're done.
Winners: Adam Page and Marty Scurll via Pinfall
Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Jeff Cobb (NEVER Openweight Championship)
Cobb with a shoulder tackle on Goto, sends him to the corner, belly-to-belly suplex. Goto boots him in the face, heads up to the top rope, Cobb catches his foot and sends him crashing to the mat. Back and forth chops, Goto to the rope, gets Cobb to come to him and Cobb goes out to the floor. Goto with a crossbody on Cobb down to the floor.
Action back in the ring, Goto continues to keep Cobb grounded, cover, two. Cobb finally fights back, nails a dropkick, chops, forearms, running european uppercut, spinning back suplex, cover, two. Cobb tries for a standing moonsault, nobody home. Goto spinning heel kick in the corner, side suplex, cover, two-count. Forearm shot to the face, running powerslam, pin, two. Cobb with big lariat, standing moonsault, cover, close three!
Cobb tries for another suplex, Goto reverses into a sleeper hold. Cobb shrugs him off, discuss lariat, headbutt, Ushikoroshi , cover, two. Back and forth struggle, GTR hits! Cover, 1-2-3.
Winner: Hirooki Goto via Pinfall
The Young Bucks (c) vs. EVIL and SANADA (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
SANADA and Nick kick things off, crowd very much in the Bucks' corner. Both guys knocks each other's partners off the apron. SANADA looking for skull end early, no, everyone tries for a drop, but everyone misses. Scorpion deathlock and everyone is intertwined with each other. Bucks work together on SANADA as a "Young Bucks!" chant rings out. Nick is popped up to SANADA, gets dropped, EVIL kicks Matt in the backside. SANADA and Nick in the ring now, bit of a miscue as SANADA charges in, paradise lock on Nick, SANADA with a low dropkick and tags in EVIL.
EVIL stretches Nick out, tries to reverse out of it and does so with a kick. Nick crawls to his partner, but SANADA yanks Matt off the apron to a chorus of boos. EVIL throws Nick into the corner, he dips out to the floor and yanks SANADA off the apron as some payback. Matt is tagged in, ducks a double clothesline and hits one of his own. Matt on the apron, hits a cutter on SANADA to the floor, back in the ring, goes for a scorpion deathlock, but EVIL gets to the rope. Matt selling a slight back injury. Nick with a knee from the apron to drop SANADA, misses, SANADA goes for one of his own and goes into a skull end, but Matt with a dropkick to stop that. Double superkick on EVIL in the ring, SANADA with a double missile dropkick and everybody is down.
Skull End attempted, Matt tries to flip out of it by running up the turnbuckle, SANADA tries again for skull end, drops him, goes for a moonsault, no. Matt with a DDT on the apron, Nick goes up top and hits a 450 splash, Matt covers, two! Scorpion deathlock, Nick with a front flip on SANADA and then heads to the outside with a twisting senton to take out EVIL. SANADA is stuck in the middle of the ring as Matt holds in the scorpion deathlock, SANADA able to finally get to the ropes.
More bang for your buck attempt, but that didn't work out at all. SANADA gets to EVIL, suplex on Nick and Matt. Nick with some back elbows, and another suplex hits hard! EVIL with a clothesline, darkness falls, cover, two-count. EVIL and SANADA hit magic killer, cover, Matt breaks it up and takes SANADA to the floor. Nick and Matt go for double superkick and kill the referee. EVIL hits a double clothesline. EVIL brings in a chair, but ends up eating it with a superkick to the mug. Meltzer driver, no, Matt Jackson gets a piledriver to a chair, woozy ref returns, and Nick breaks up the pin. Magic killer hits on Matt, and he kicks out. Crowd with "This is awesome!" SANADA takes out Nick on the floor, Matt with a superkick on EVIL. Nick back in the ring, double superkicks in midair to SANADA. Meltzer driver lands and that will do it.
Winners: The Young Bucks via Pinfall
Okada and Naito start with some stalling on Naito's end. Naito into the ropes, Okada looks for a clean break, goes for a chop, and pats him lightly on the chest. Naito kicks him, throws him to the floor and looks to fly but does his tranquilo taunt in the middle of the ring. Ospreay and BUSHI get tagged in, Naito with a low dropkick on Ospreay, and then on Okada. BUSHI yanks on the nose of Ospreay while Naito work on Okada out on the floor.
Naito drops Ospreay in the corner, hits a nice slingshot dropkick, taunt, and spits towards Okada. BUSHI takes his shirt off and just chokes Ospreay, neckbreaker, cover, and the referee says nope because of the shirt usage. Naito is tagged in, couple light kicks to Ospreay, Ospreay with some forearms. Naito with a feint punch, kick to the gut, Ospreay tossed to the corner, ends up on the apron, springboards back in, flips off Naito's chest, enziuri lands. Ospreay reaches out for Okada, forearms on Naito and BUSHI. BUSHI in the ring, Okada with a flapjack of BUSHI onto Naito, kip-up, by Okada! He slams Naito to the mat, goes up top, lands a high crossbody, cover, two.
Naito with a low dropkick to the back of Okada, enziguri. Okada tries for a dropkick, nobody home, Naito with a flying forearm. Tries for destino, Okada catches him and looks for a piledriver, no, Naito with a Tornado DDT off the ropes, Okada catches him, neckbreaker over the knee. BUSHI and Ospreay in there now with back and forth strikes, Ospreay with a hook kick, BUSHI in the corner, knee, missile dropkick off the top rope, double knees in the corner, swinging neckbreaker, cover, and Okada breaks that up.
BUSHI hits a codebreaker, cover, two. BUSHI to the top rope, Ospreay with a kick to the head, Naito in there now, Okada looks for rainmaker and hits his signature dropkick. Both he and Naito end up out on the floor. In the ring, BUSHI with a missed enziguri, but nails a heel kick. Spanish fly by Ospreay, spinning kick to the back of the head, storm breaker hits, 1-2-3.
Winners: Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada via Pinfall
Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Dragon Lee (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship)
Lee with a hurricanrana that flips Takahashi to the floor, suicide dive crashing Takahashi into the barricade. Back in the ring, outside-inside dropkick and Lee mocks Naito's taunt that gets some solid boos from the crowd. Takahashi with a hurricanrana, but Lee flips and lands on his feet. Insanity is already ensuing between these two. Lee out on the floor and Takahashi just basically sits down on Lee from the top rope to the floor!
Both on the apron now, back and forth strikes, Takahashi sits Lee up on the top rope, both are swinging on each other, headbutt by Lee, double stomp on Takahashi and Lee crashes down to the floor! Oh my! Takahashi recovers and hits a sunset flip powerbomb on Lee to the floor, referee starts his count and both guys get back in at 19.
Takahashi catches Lee, hits a wheelbarrow suplex, Lee with a snap suplex, Takahashi hits one, Lee hit another! Takahashi hits another! Lee, again! These two are going nuts. Takahashi with another release suplex. Lee with one more suplex. I think we're done with those. Nope, one more for Lee, another for Takahashi, and reverse frankensteiner by Takahashi, clothesline and both guys are finally down. Crowd is on their feet and clapping for these two.
Slaps to the chest over and over. Takahashi asks for one and gets blasted in the chest. Chops over and over, nobody is letting up. Now they are smacking each other in the face. Kicks and knees are blocked, Lee with a knee to the mug, and Takahashi with a belly-to-belly overhead throw into the corner.
Lee with a spanish fly, cover, two. Lee tries to powerbomb out of a triangle choke, no luck, lifts again and hits a release dragon driver right on Takahashi's head! Lee with a sitout powerbomb, cover, two. Takahashi with a fantastic counter of a powerbomb into a yoshi tonic, hits timebomb and that will do it. What an insane match that was, wow!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi via Pinfall
Jay White (c) vs. Juice Robinson (IWGP US Championship)
If Robinson uses the cast on his left hand as a weapon in this match he could be disqualified. Crowd very much in Robinson's corner as the two spill out to the floor, Robinson up on the apron and hits a flipping cannonball to the floor. Robinson sends White into the barricade and throws him through another and the piece goes toppling over. They do make it back into the ring, plenty of punches by Robinson with the crowd yelling "Juice!" White with a suplex that sends Robinson out to the floor. White then returns the favor and sends Robinson crashing through the barricade and they continue to fall apart and one more time!
Back in the ring, White works the on Robinson's broken hand and stomps on it. Crowd is booing hard now and starts up a "F--- you, Switchblade!" chant. White plays into it and gets up on the top rope, yelling at the crowd. Side suplex by White and goes for a leg grapevine with a facelock. White gets Robinson tangled up in the ropes and hits a bunch of chops and a european uppercut. Crowd really booing White as he does Juice's taunt with the left handle. He pops Robinson over and over, but Robinson hits a chop and they go back and forth.
Robinson with some shots in the corner, but White with a german suplex with the bridge, two. White cranks on Robinson's broken hand, and he gets to the rope for a break. Out on the floor, White hit another suplex on the barricade, which sent it into the announce table and knocked JR to the floor. Josh got up and said "You f----- up now" and went after White. Crowd is going nuts as White moves away from Barnett. The announce team get themselves back in order as White tries to smack Robinson's broken hand with a chair, misses and jacks up his own hand.
Both continue fighting out on the floor, Robinson and White end up on the apron, flatliner to the apron. Side russian leg sweep from the apron to the floor by Robinson! Both take almost to 19 to get back into the ring. Robinson sits White up on the top rope, looks for a superplex and hits it, cover, two. White drops Robinson, bladerunner attempt, no, bladerunner attempt again, no, Robinson pushed towards the referee, lowblow by White, but referee doesn't see it. White into the referee now, White with a left hand punch with the cast! Robinson hits pulp friction! Cover, 1-2-NO! Wow, that was close. Another bladerunner attempt, but Robinson goes with the momentum and stacks White up for the 1-2-3! New champion!
Winner: Juice Robinson via Pinfall to become the new IWGP US Championship
Kenny Omega (c) vs. Cody (IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
Feeling out process between the two, Rhodes being a little grimy in the early parts of this match. Shoulder block on Omega, couple reversals, big chop to Cody's chest, suplex, Cody lands on his feet and punches Omega out of the ring. Cody follows and continues to beat on Omega. Action back in the ring, chops to each other in the corner. Crowd is more in support of Kenny, but Cody has solid group of fans in the crowd as well. Cody gets dropped to the mat and heads out to the floor as Brandi talks with him. Omega looks to fly and Cody pulls his wife in front of him. Omega boots Cody as he tries to get in the ring, goes for a dive, misses, Cody hits a step-up crossbody. Young Bucks telling Cody to get back in the ring. Cody takes off the belt and tosses it to Matt Jackson.
Omega gets sent into the barricade, Omega with a boot to the face and sends Cody into a table. Omega leaps on the barricade and hits a double stomp through the table! Omega brings out another table and sets it up on the floor. The Young Bucks trying to get Kenny to bring Cody back in the ring. Cody is put on the table, Kenny looks to fly, Cody moves off the table, Kenny jumps down and Cody shoves the table into his midsection.
Both finally get back into the ring. Cody working over Omega, Cody rolls and does some push-ups to some boos from the crowd. Omega with a frankensteiner, Cody out to the floor, Cody flips the table away, Omega with a high flip over the top rope, taking out Cody. Back in the ring, cross-legged neckbreaker, tries for v-trigger, no, hits one to the back of Cody's head. Hits another to the face, snap dragon suplex, and Cody hits one of his own. Back and forth shots in the middle of the ring. Cody with a figure-four, both start punching and slapping each other in this position until Omega can reverse it on Cody.
Omega brings out a ladder, Cody grabs a chair. Bucks are so bothered by what's going on. Red Shoes takes away the chair, Cody slams Omega down on the ladder. Brandi comes around and kicks Omega in the back while Cody sets up the ladder, which is sticking out from under the bottom rope. Cody throws him down chest first down on it. Omega thrown into a barricade, which crashes down on the announcer's leg. Cody sets the table back up, gets in the ring and sets the ladder up in the ring. Bucks trying to stop this, Cody shoves Matt, who gets in his face as he climbs up the ladder. Omega is climbing now with The Bucks close by.
Both are fighting near the top of the ladder and Cody ends up hitting superplex down to the ring, ouch! Cover, two count. Cody stumbles out of the ring and heads over to the title, brings it into the ring. Red Shoes tries to stop him, Omega with a reverse frankensteiner. Omega nearly shoved into Red Shoes, Omega tosses him aside as Cody hits a disaster kick. Cody grabs the title again - Red Shoes is on the floor - Cody hesitates to smack Omega, cross rhodes hits, cover, two!
V-trigger, not once, but twice, one winged angel, no, reverse kick to the back of Cody's head. He falls into the corner, v-trigger into his back, powerbomb, cover, not even two. V-trigger lands again and again, Cody blocks one, but gets hit again and again! Cover, two-count. Omega tries another powerbomb, ends up tosses Cody out to the floor on the table, which doesn't break! Ah! Omega goes out and decides to bring Cody into the ring instead of having the count-out win.
Omega looks for the v-trigger, Brandi climbs in front of Cody to stop him, Red Shoes tells her to bounce. Omega looks for the move and Cody hits him with a lariat as he charged in. Back and forth strikes, Omega finally hits the one winged angel and retains the title.
Winner: Kenny Omega via Pinfall
- Post-match, The Young Bucks and Brandi check on both wrestlers. Omega helps Cody up. Cody heads out of the ring, looks at the ring for a moment and continues to walk to the back. Omega gets on the mic and says "This is my first title defense as IWGP Heavyweight Champion." He was happy to do it in front of these fans. Omega says everyone deserves a second chance, even Cody. He continues no matter who the person is, we should stand behind good people and he will continue to give his very best. He thanks everyone for coming tonight and does his usual sign off.
From the back come Haku, Tama Tonga, and Tonga Loa, initially things look fine, but the three attack Kenny and The Young Bucks from behind. They beat up all three guys in the ring and having "Fire Squad" shirts on. Adam Page runs out and gets dropped. Marty Scurll tries to help out and doesn't do much better. Tama yells "You did this!" at Kenny Omega. Loa now attacks Takahashi and Owens now! Tama brings in a chair and swings away on a couple people. Cody stumbles out from the back, Tama hands him a chair, Cody then smacks Tanga and Loa, but Haku stops him, they end up dropping Cody now. After the trio leaves, Cody helps Omega up and it looks like things are better between the two of them as the group gathers together.