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Yuto Nakashima vs. DOUKI
DOUKI was vicious with Nakashima, knocking the larger Young Lion around with kicks and strikes. Nakashima fought back to get some momentum and even locked DOUKI in a Boston Crab, but it was to no avail. DOUKI flattened Nakashima with a lariat and then locked in the Italian Stretch for the submission in 6:24.
Ryohei Oiwa vs. Taichi
Taichi, simply put, did not give Oiwa the kind of leeway that Nakashima earned against DOUKI. Taichi beat the ever-loving hell out of Oiwa. Oiwa tried to bring some kind of fury to Taichi, but he was simply too powerful and dropped the Young Lion with a Sumo Tackle for the pinfall in 4:43.
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, YOH & Toru Yano) vs. House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO & Dick Togo)
CHAOS took a page out of Bullet Club’s playbook and attacked them before the bell. Yano knocked out Dick Togo and locked him in a human-sized dog cage. Some wrestling occurs in the ring, but more importantly, Dick Togo was freed from the massive dog cage and took revenge on Yano.
CHAOS maintained control, with all four members bringing the fight to SHO. YOH eventually got the better of SHO and locked him in a reverse figure four. Dick Togo distracted the referee while SHO submitted. SHO recovered and hit YOH with a wrench for the pinfall in 9:10.
Winners: House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO & Dick Togo)
After the match, Dick Togo locked Yano in the dog cage. EVIL attacked YOSHI-HASHI with his staff, and then attacked Goto. House of Torture stood tall over the fallen CHAOS members, giving EVIL time to trash talk.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Jado vs. United Empire (TJP, Francesco Akira & Aaron Henare)
Master Wato was initially trapped by United Empire. TJP and Akira used numerous tandem attacks to tenderize the former Jr. Tag Champ. Wato eventually evaded UE’s clutches and tagged in Taguchi, who attacked everyone with his ass.
Taguchi’s ass attack cleared the way for Jado. All three main unit members locked in submissions on the United Empire, but they were all broken out of. Henare locked Jado in the Full Nelson for the submission in 8:18.
Winners: United Empire (TJP, Francesco Akira & Aaron Henare)
Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Kosei Fujita vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi)
Okada and co. did their best to start the match successfully but LIJ kept Fujita completely separated from the group and tortured the young man. Okada’s team was able to make the save time and time again but any actual momentum on offense felt squandered. BUSHI and Fujita went back and forth, but BUSHI quickly gained the upperhand.
Fujita kicked out of a number of high impact moves but was locked in a Boston Crab by BUSHI for the submission in 7:24.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi)
After the match, all the LIJ members took turns stretching Fujita.
AEW All-Atlantic Qualifier Match: Clark Connors vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Both men attacked each other with shoulder tackles to begin. Connors started by trying to use his speed advantage but Ishii’s strength was too much for him. Ishii’s strikes began to wear down Connors, each exchange weakening him further. Ishii on the other hand, absorbed much of Connors attack and grew stronger.
Connors was able to mount an attack and hit a spear for a nearfall but Ishii came back with a lariat and drilled Connors with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster for the pinfall in 13:20.
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Ishimori attacked Hiromu’s arm early. The flurry of underhanded attacks culminated in a Tilt-A-Whirl Armbreaker from the apron. Ishimori also uncovered a turnbuckle pad. Ishimori continued to torture the arm.
Despite Ishimori’s attacks, Hiromu withstood the brutal assault. Ishimori was unable to capitalize on all of his nefarious tactics. Hiromu fought back with a series of high impact moves, including a Vertical Suplex Flapjack. Hiromu tried to use the exposed turnbuckle but Ishimori turned the tables on him.
Ishimori hit a La Mistica, which Hiromu countered into a nearfall. A second La Mistica was transitioned into a Bone Lock. Hiromu refused to quit and fought to the ropes. They roll to the apron, where Ishimori hit Hiromu with a vicious piledriver.
Back in the ring and Ishimori continued his assault for a nearfall. Hiromu trapped Ishimori in D. Ishimori began fading but powers out of the hold. Hiromu hit a Death Valley Driver in the exposed corner. Hiromu hit Time Bomb for a nearfall. Ishimori came back with another Bone Lock. Hiromu tried to get to the ropes but Ishimori pulled him back to center. Hiromu countered Bloody Cross with a Stunner.
After struggling to their feet, both men trade lariats. Hiromu flattens Ishimori with a series of strikes and a pair of Stunners. Hiromu followed up with an attempt at Time Bomb II but Ishimori fought out. They fight to the top rope, where Hiromu attempts an Avalanche Time Bomb II to no avail. Ishimori hits an Avalanche Bloody Sunday for a nearfall. Ishimori hits Bloody Cross for the pinfall in 36:20.
Winner and STILL IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Taiji Ishimori
After the match, KUSHIDA returned to the company for the first time since 2019, and challenged Ishimori for the title.
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