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KUSHIDA will team with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Alex Zayne for his first match since returning to NJPW last month.
GBH (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe) vs. Ryohei Oiwa & X
X is revealed to be AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Tiger Mask.
GBH (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe) vs. Ryohei Oiwa & Tiger Mask
Oiwa takes the fight to Makabe to start. Makabe powers back with a body slam and tags in Honma. Honma maintains control. Honma pummels and stretches Oiwa, keeping Tiger Mask out of the match.
Makabe tags back in and continues the assault. Tiger Mask finally tags in but gets completely outmatched by Makabe. Honma tags in and hits a standing Kokeshi. Tiger Mask tries to fight back, to little avail. Oiwa tags in and tosses Honma around the ring, picking up some momentum, only for Makabe to cut him off at the knees. Oiwa locks in a Boston Crab on Honma, but Makabe breaks it up. Tiger Mask sends Makabe to the outside and both men attack Honma in the corner. Oiwa locks in a Single Leg Crab but Honma fights to the ropes. Honma hits a standing Kokeshi and locks in a Boston Crab on Oiwa for the submission in 10:53.
Winners: GBH (Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe)
After the match, Tiger Mask held up the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight title and promised to show All Japan the strength of New Japan.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Master Wato & Kosei Fujita vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
Brawl to start. Fujita goes after Suzuki…which goes as well as you would expect. Tenzan fights Desperado and then Suzuki and Tenzan begin stretching each other. Suzuki gets the better of Tenzan and tags in Kanemaru.
Tenzan fights back and tags in Wato. Wato has some serious exchanges with Kanemaru. Eventually Fujita tags back in and Suzuki tags back in. Suzuki demolishes Fujita and hits a Gotch Piledriver for the pinfall in 10:00.
Winners: Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
United Empire (Aaron Henare & Great-O-Khan) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi)
Hiromu and O-Khan exchanged taunts for a lengthy period to start, Hiromu mockingly begging Great-O-Khan for the honor of locking up with him. Hiromu and BUSHI got the better of O-Khan and beat him down with some double team exchanges. O-Khan fights back and tags in Henare, who dominates Hiromu.
BUSHI tags in and is able to avoid a lot of Henare’s attacks, but Henare is too strong. O-Khan keeps Hiromu at bay on the outside, while Henare dismantles BUSHI. BUSHI evades Streets of Rage in a desperate last gasp but gets locked in the Full Nelson. O-Khan keeps Hiromu from making the save and BUSHI taps out in 10:38.
Winners: United Empire (Aaron Henare & Great-O-Khan)
After the match, O-Khan makes Hiromu pay for his pre-match taunts.
Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & Shingo Takagi)
The DKC starts against Naito, and Naito toys with the overeager young lion. After getting punished by Naito, DKC tags in Connors. Takagi tags in. Both men throw absolutely bombing strikes at each other, hammering the hell out of each other’s chests.
Naito tags in, Nagata tags in, and Naito continues his toying ways, keeping Nagata on defense. SANADA tags in and maintains the attack, but soon ends up on the wrong side of a triple team from the LA Dojo crew. LIJ come back and deliver their own triple team to DKC. DKC and SANADA trade a series of brutally close pinfall attempts. SANADA finally latches on the Skull End for the submission in 12:02.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & Shingo Takagi)
There is a brief intermission.
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano) vs. House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo)
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YOSHI-HASHI locks Yujiro in a Butterfly Lock. Yano and Goto stop House of Torture from interfering but the referee gets taken out. YOSHI-HASHI is overcome and Yujiro drops him with Big Juice for the pinfall in 10:45.
Winners: House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo)
After the match Yano is thrown into a dog cage.
CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & Taichi)
Okada and Ishii dismantled TAKA Michinoku throughout this match. Taichi did his best to keep TAKA competitive but got distracted by his never ending feud with Ishii, and also by the glamour of fighting Okada. Taichi never even gets his pants off. CHAOS keeps TAKA at bay and then Okada locks in the Money Clip for the submission in 11:11.
Winners: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii)
KUSHIDA, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Alez Zayne vs. Bullet Club (KENTA, Gedo & Taiji Ishimori)
KUSHIDA out wrestles Ishimori to start. Ishimori counters with a headscissors but KUSHIDA finds a way out. Gedo tags in. Zayne tags in.
Zayne starts strong against Gedo but the BC numbers advantage quickly becomes too much. After an eternity getting dissected by BC, Zayne fires up and tags in Tanahashi. Tanahashi and KENTA go at it, but Tanahashi also gets overwhelmed. Finally KUSHIDA tags back in.
Initially, Bullet Club gets the better of KUSHIDA. Gedo tags in and gets too cocky. KUSHIDA is able to come back and plants Gedo with a Devil Windmill Suplex for the pinfall in 12:57.
Winners: KUSHIDA, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Alex Zayne.
After the match, KUSHIDA thanked the crowd, as Tanahashi and Zayne; KUSHIDA’s last opponents in NJPW and WWE respectively, watch on. All three men exchanged well wishes and hugs, sending the crowd home happy by posing together.
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