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RADICAN'S NJPW King of Pro Wrestling PPV Report 10/6 - Okada-Naito #1 Contender match, Insane Three-way Tag for Jr. Tag Titles, Styles-Tanahashi IWGP Title main event

Dec 29, 2014 - 5:19:16 PM

By Sean Radican, Torch columnist


OCTOBER 13, 2014

(1) Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson & Toma Tonga & Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. This was a good opening match and the crowd was into it. Ibushi got a big spotlight late in the match and hit a breathtaking sequence where he wiped out the Bullet Club with his signature moonsault to the floor before eventually putting away Tonga with a Phoenix splash.

Winners: Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma

Star rating: (**1/2)

(2)NWA Jr. Hvt. Champion Chase Owens vs. BUSHI. Owens used cheap tactics to get the upper hand during the early going. BUSHI fired back and hit a code breaker variation later in the match for a 2 count. Owens fired back and caught BUSHI with a neck breaker off the top for a near fall. He hit a package piledriver for the win a short time later. Tharpe got on the mic and said they wanted a real challenger for Owens’s title. He said they wanted Jushin Liger. He screamed Liger’s name over and over. Liger came down to ringside in a suit. Tharpe said Owens would win and take his mask as well. Liger told Tharpe to shut up. Liger said he’s stronger than Owens. The fans chanted for Liger. Liger said he would be the next champion. The match was nothing memorable, but the post-match angle to set up Liger-Owens was well done.

Winner: Chase Owens to retain the NWA Jr. Hvt. Title

Star rating: (*3/4)

(3) NWA World Tag Team Champions Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer w/Taka Michinoki). K.E.S jumped their opponents from behind and began working over Tenzan during the early going, but Tenzan fired back and double teamed Smith with double chops and strikes with Kojima. Archer got the upper hand on Kojima and held him in a long delayed vertical suplex before dumping him down to the mat. He made the cover, but Tenzan broke up the pin. Kojima took a beating for a long period of time from Smith and Archer. Archer did Undertaker’s old school at one point and flipped off Tenzan before completing the move. Smith went for a leg drop off the turnbuckles, but Kojima got out of the way. He followed up with a DDT on Smith and made the hot tag to Tenzan much to the delight of the crowd. Tenzan ran wild and began hitting his signature double chops on Smith in the corner. Smith eventually fired back and caught Tenzan with a powerslam. Archer got the tag and knocked Kojima off the apron. He then nailed Tenzan with a series of double chops and the fans gasped. Kojima fired back with a suplex and tagged in Kojima, who nailed Archer with rapid-fire chops in the corner. Kojima hit an elbow off the top, but Archer kicked out at 2. They went back and forth and the action broke down. Kojima and Tenzan hit a 3D on Archer, but Smith broke up the pin. Archer ducked a clothesline from Kojima and he nailed Tenzan. Archer hit a huge choke slam on Kojima, who kicked out at the very last second and the fans gasped. Kojima fired back and hit an ace crusher on Archer before sending Smith to the floor. He hit a brainbuster on Archer for a 2 count. Kojima took his elbow pad off, but Archer countered and hit a double powerbomb on Kojima with smith for the win. That was a heck of a back and forth match with the crowd really getting into the near falls down the stretch.

Winners: Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer to become the new NWA World Tag Team Champions.

Star rating: (***1/2)

(4) Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki. This was a good match to further the feud between Sakuraba and Suzuki. Iizuka nearly got to the announcer while making his entrance and the announcer freaked out, but Iizuka stumbled backwards and made his way to the other side of the ring, so the announcer lived to see another day. Suzuki backed Sakuraba into the ropes and slapped him in the face during the early going. Suzuki then hit several slaps and put the boots to Sakuraba. Michinoku ran onto the apron to help Sakuraba as Suzuki continued to pummel him and the ref finally dragged him away. Sakuraba fired back and went for a kimura and then a cross-arm breaker, but Suzuki blocked it. Sakuraba got the arm bar, but Iizuka broke it up. Yano tagged himself in as Sakuraba worked over Suzuki’s arm. Sakuraba didn’t leave the ring and he hit several slaps and stiff kicks. Yano tried to drag him off Suzuki and finally separated them. Suzuki nailed Sakuraba with a running kick and then slapped the crap out of Yano. Iizuka got in the ring and choked Yano with a chain. The ref pulled him off of Yano as Sakuraba and Suzuki brawled on the floor. Yano pulled off the turnbuckle pad with the ref distracted and Iizuka ran right into it when Yano moved. Yano pulled the ref in the way when Iizuka came after him. He hit a low blow and pinned Iizuka after with a small package. The fans chanted for Yano after the match as he shrugged his shoulders. Suzuki and Sakuraba continued to go at it in the crowd. It looked like Sakuraba had a triangle on Suzuki. They had a pull-apart brawl near ringside as several people tried to separate them. Yano ended up dragging Sakuraba away to finally separate them. Suzuki was still upset, so he beat up a young boy before leaving the ringside area.

Winners: Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano

Star rating: (**3/4)

(5)IWGP Jr. Hvt Tag Team Champions Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) vs. Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson in a Three-way match. This was an insane match. Matt took a series of blows to his arm from the Time Splitters. He got frustrated and tagged in Romero and told him to try his luck. KUSHIDA took Romero down and threw some crotch chops at the Young Bucks. The action picked up and the Time Splitters went after Matt and worked over his arm with a series of double team maneuvers. They then went to work on Romero, but Koslov dragged Shelley to the floor and tossed him into the guardrail. Romero then nailed Shelley with a running knee strike off the apron. Romero began working over Shelley back inside the ring. Romero went nuts running off the ropes and Koslov got upset with him. They began shoving each other, but ended up hugging. The fans applauded. Koslov continued to work over Shelley inside the ring and eventually fired up the crowd with his dancing kicks. Nick tossed Koslov to the floor and covered Shelley for a 2 count. The action broke down with the Young Bucks running wild. They cleared the ring and went after Shelley. The fans booed. Nick did Koslov’s dancing kicks before telling Shelley to suck it. Shelley tried to fire back, but took a combination of moves from the Young Bucks for a 2 count. Matt told Shelley to suck it and slapped him across the face. Shelley fired up, but Nick countered him and hit a spinning kick to the head. Romero made a blind tag at Nick and continued to work over Shelley. Shelley tried to make the tag, but Koslov knocked KUSHIDA off the apron. Shelley finally cut off Romero and Koslov, but Matt tagged himself into the match. Shelley ducked a double team move from the Young Bucks and tagged in KUSHIDA, who ran wild.

KUSHIDA wiped out a pile of men with a big dive to the floor. Shelley and KUSHIDA then hit a combination splash off the top/standing moonsault on Matt for a 2 count. Matt countered KUSHIDA and the Young Bucks set up for a spiked tombstone, but it got broken up. The Hooligans ran wild on Matt inside the ring. Romero capped a big sequence with a double stomp off the top, but Nick broke up the pin. The Hooligans hit a springboard doomsday device on Matt, but KUSHIDA broke up the pin. The action continued at a rapid pace and Koslov ended a big sequence with an enzuguri on Nick. The action resumed at a rapid pace and Nick hit a sick twisting splash to the floor to wipe out the Time Splitters. Koslov went for a dive, but his foot got stuck in the ropes. Matt missed a stinger splash on Koslov and Romero went nuts with running clotheslines in the corner to take him down. Nick broke up a double team attempt on Matt from the Hooligans and the pace of the match was just insane at this point. Nick hit a shining wizard on Koslov and the Young Bucks covered him for a near fall. The Young Bucks hit a springboard IndyTaker on Koslov, but Romero drove a pile of men into the pinfall to break it up. The Young Bucks set up Koslov for more bang for your buck, but he got his knees up. The Time Splitters then ran wild and KUSHIDA got a bridging pin on Koslov for the win.

Winners: Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA to retain the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Titles

Star rating: (****1/4)

(6) IWGP Jr. Hvt Champion Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado. Another man in a Desperado mask jumped Taguchi from behind. He unmasked and it was Taichi. Taichi, Desperado, and Michinoku worked over Taguchi. Desperado then nailed him with a belt shot. The bell rang and Desperado hit a folding powerbomb for a 2 count. Desperado distracted the ref so Taichi could hit Taguchi with a chair shot on the outside. Desperado continued to work over Taguchi back inside the ring, but he couldn’t put him away. Desperado continued to get help from the outside from Taichi while he tied up the ref. Desperado targeted Taguchi’s butt for some reason and nailed him with several kicks in the corner. He tied up Taguchi’s arms and legs and spanked him before nailing him with a dropkick to the butt. This match is horrible. Taguchi mounted a comeback using his butt as a weapon. Taguchi sent Desperado to the floor with a dropkick and wiped him out with a huge flip dive over the top to the floor. Taguchi managed to land butt-first on Desperado’s face hitting the flip dive somehow. Taguchi went to work on Desperado’s legs with a submission, but he eventually got the ropes. I began praying for the match to end at this point, but it continued. Taichi hit Taguchi with a chair shot from the apron with the ref distracted. Desperado got Taguchi up on his shoulders and hit a spinning slam for a 2 count. Taguchi got the ankle lock for a second time. Desperado grabbed Taichi’s arm, but the ref kicked it off. Taguchi then hit a double underhook gut buster. He applied the angle lock with a grapevine to mercifully end the match.

Taichi and Michinoku attacked Taguchi after he won the match. Taichi held up the Jr. Hvt. Title.

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi to retain the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Title

Star rating: (3/4*)

(7) NEVER Openweight Champion Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii. Takahashi used cheap tactics to get the upper hand on Ishii during the early stages of the match. He dropped him sternum-first over the guardrail before working hi over back inside the ring. Ishii fired back and hit a big German on Takahashi. Takahashi eventually fired back and dropped Ishii neck-first over the top rope. He followed up with a belly-to-belly suplex, but Ishii kicked out at 2. Takahashi suplexed Ishii into the turnbuckles and followed up with a fisherman buster, but Ishii kicked out at 2, but favored his shoulder after. Takahashi threw some light kicks at Ishii while he was down and taunted him. He hit a few more light kicks and Ishii glared at him as he began to get to his feet. Ishii yelled at Takahashi as he began to throw forearms at him. Ishii fired back and clotheslined the f--- out of Takahashi in the corner. He followed up with a super brainbuster for a near fall. They went back and forth and Ishii caught Takahashi with a big clothesline off the ropes. Ishii hit the last ride on Takahashi and folded up on top of him for a near fall and the fans fired up. Takashi grabbed the ref and went for a low blow, but it didn’t connect. He eventually caught Ishii with a clothesline off the ropes and both men were down as the fans fired up. Both men got up and began exchanging blows. Ishii pointed at his shoulder and told Takahashi to bring it. Ishii no-sold a Saito suplex and Takahashi hit Miami shine. Ishii kicked out at the last second and the fans roared. Takahashi blocked a running kick to the head and nailed Ishii with a huge forearm and he crumpled to the mat. Takahashi lifted Ishii onto his shoulders and flipped him over down to the mat, but Ishii kicked out again at the last second. Takahashi followed up with a buckle bomb and went for Miami shine again, but Ishii landed on his feet. Ishii nailed Takahashi with a headbutt and buckle bombed the living hell out of him before collapsing to the mat.

Both men got up and went for clotheslines at the same time. They went back and forth, but Ishii floored Takahashi with a headbutt and hit a diving lariat for a near fall. Takahashi shoved Ishii towards the ref and went for a low blow, but Ishii blocked it and hit him with a huge clothesline. He followed up with a diving lariat, but Takahashi kicked out at the last second. Ishii hit a brainbuster and it was good for the win. This was a great match with a lot of good near falls. Ishii managed to overcome Takahashi’s cheap tactics and finally put him away with a brainbuster in the end.

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii to become the new NEVER Openweight Champion

Star rating: (****1/4)

(8) IWGP IC Champion Shinsuke Nakamura & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto. Nakamura got in Shibata’s face when he got into the ring before hitting his signature pose before the match. Shibata and Nakamura started the match and the fans applauded. They went at it with neither man getting the upper hand before Goto and HASHI went at it. Goto wiped out HASHI with a clothesline before knocking Nakamura off the apron. Goto locked HASHI in a Boston crab while Shibata kept Nakamura from making the save. HASHI struggled, but managed to get the ropes. HASHI fired back and hit a blockbuster off the ropes on Goto and both men were down. Nakamura and Shibata both tagged in and exchanged forearms in the middle of the ring. They continued to exchange forearms, but neither man would go down. Nakamura got the upper hand and hit his signature running knee strike in the corner for a 2 count. Shibata fired back and hit a German a short time later. He began hitting a series of huge forearms on Nakamura in the corner. He then nailed him with a huge running dropkick to end the sequence. The action broke down with HASHI and Goto going at it on the outside. Nakamura took out Shibata and set up for Boma Ye, but Shibata caught him in a sleeper. Nakamura tried to fire up, so Shibata transitioned into a mounted double arm submission, but HASHI broke it up. HASHI tagged in and began working over Shibata.

Shibata tried to fire back, but HASHI nailed him with a slam. Goto tried to enter the ring, but Nakamura tossed him to the floor. HASHI hit a powerbomb and then floated over into a pinning combination on Shibata, but only got a 2 count. HASHI went up top, but Goto ran into the ring and cut him off. Shibata and Goto then dumped HASHI down into a double back breaker, but Nakamura broke up the pin. Shibata set up for the penalty kick on HASHI, but he popped up and wiped him out with a clothesline for a 2 count. Shibata fired back and grabbed a sleeper. Goto held Nakamura back and Shibata released the hold and hit the penalty kick for the win. This was a good tag match with some good back and forth action between both teams.

After the match Shibata and Nakamura went face-to-face. Shibata shoved Nakamura away and left the ring to apparently set up a match for the IC Title on the next show. Nakamura got on the mic and called out Shibata. Shibata turned around and listened from the entranceway. I’m guessing Nakamura issued a challenge for the IC Title. Shibata shook his head and walked to the back.

Winners: Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto

Star rating: (***)

(9) G1 Climax 24 winner Kazuchika Okada (w/Gedo) vs. Tetsuya Naito – Tokyo Dome IWGP Hvt. Championship #1 Contender match. Okada is putting up the title shot he won at G1 Climax 24 in this match. He is also looking to avenge his loss to Okada during the G1 Climax 24 tournament. Naito backed Okada into the ropes and teased a clean break before slapping him across the face. Okada backed Naito to the ropes and backed away, but Naito went after him. Okada hit a big kick to the head and then a sick kick. Okada did The Rainmaker pose, but Naito recovered and slapped him hard across the face. Okada fell to the mat and acted like he got his bell rung as Gedo checked on him from the outside. Naito tried to whip Okada towards the ropes, but he collapsed to the mat. Gedo and several people checked on Okada again at ringside, but Naito ended up kicking him to the floor. Okada looked like he was going to get counted out, but Naito tossed him back into the ring. Okada finally caught Naito going for his signature running senton and he dumped him to the mat with a modified flap jack. Okada placed Naito up top and nailed him with a dropkick that sent him flying to the floor. Okada whipped Naito into the guardrail and followed up with a big boot that sent Naito into the front row. He followed up with a hangman’s DDT off the guardrail and Naito writhed in pain on the floor. Naito fired back on Okada when they got back into the ring and hit a tornado DDT. Naito continued to stay one step of ahead of Okada and maintained control. Okada eventually countered Naito in the corner and nailed him with a neck breaker over his knee.

Okada recovered and glared at Naito before nailing him with a running dropkick. Okada smiled before hitting a twisting brainbuster for a 2 count. Okada countered Naito a short time later and hit a DDT before kipping up. He went up top a short time later and connected with a flying elbow. Okada signaled for The Rainmaker, but Naito blocked it. They went back and forth until Naito nailed Okada with a jumping forearm off the ropes. They battled up top and Naito hit a super hurricanrana and a German with a bridge for a near fall. Naito held on and went for a tiger suplex, but Okada fought out of it. Okada ducked a flying forearm and went for The Rainmaker, but Naito fired back and hit a big uranagi for a 2 count. The fans fired up and Naito went up top for the star dust press, but Okada got out of the way. The fans really fired up with both men down on the mat. Okada caught Naito and tried to lift him up for a tombstone. Naito managed to fight his way out. Okada caught Naito again and went for the tombstone, but Naito fought out and nailed him with a rolling kick and a dragon suplex with a bridge for a near fall. The fans fired up with both men down on the mat once again. Okada countered a suplex attempt from Naito and nailed him with a dropkick to the back of the head. Okada then spiked him with a tombstone and signaled for The Rainmaker. Naito countered The Rainmaker twice, but Okada ended up catching him with a German with a bridge for a near fall. Okada held on and nailed Naito with The Rainmaker for the win.

Gedo got into the ring and pointed at the G1 Climax briefcase after the match.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada to retain his IWGP Hvt. Title shot at Wrestle Kingdom 9.

Star rating: (****1/2) – This was an amazing match. They really built the match well with Okada getting his bell rung early and taking a beating from Naito before mounting a comeback. Naito countered The Rainmaker several times and they built to some great counter sequences towards the end around Okada’s signature spots before Okada finally hit the tombstone and The Rainmaker for the win. Okada also got the last win he needed back from G1 Climax 24 in this match, so it’s another example of the great booking from NJPW in 2014.

(10) IWGP Hvt. Champion A.J. Styles (w/Jeff Jarrett) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi. Jarrett shoved the ref before the match started and Styles tried to smooth things over between them. The fans chanted for Tanahashi as the match started. Both men worked a headlock early, but did it in a way where it looked like the headlock was actually effective instead of just a rest hold. Tanahashi caught Styles in another headlock, but he escaped and they came to a stalemate. Tanahashi worked over Styles’s arm. Styles pushed him into the ropes and teased a clean break, but ended up snapping his neck over the top rope. They went back and forth on the outside a short time later. Styles went for a springboard elbow off the guardrail, but Tanahashi caught him and suplexed him to the floor. Styles fired back and began working over Tanahashi inside the ring a short time later. Styles caught Tanahashi with his signature dropkick sequence and the fans gasped. Tanahashi finally fired back and caught Styles with a flying forearm. The fans fired up and chanted for Tanahashi after he hit a flip senton on Styles off the second rope for a 2 count. Styles fired back and went for a springboard, but Tanahashi shoved him to the floor. Tanahashi then went up top and hit high fly flow to the floor and the fans roared with both men down on the outside. Tanahashi tossed Styles in the ring and went up top, but Styles sprung to his feet and crotched him. Styles then tried to lift him into the Styles clash, but Tanahashi fought out of it only to get suplexed into the turnbuckles. Styles set up and finally connected with his signature springboard elbow.

Styles went for the Styles clash again, but Tanahashi fought out of it and tossed him over his head. They went back and forth in the middle of the ring. Tanahashi went for the Florida Keys German and eventually hit it for a 2 count. Tanahashi hit a spiral tap, but Styles fired back and caught him with a German and held on and hit a face buster for a 2 count. Styles went for bloody Sunday, but Tanahashi countered it and hit a suplex. Tanahashi went up top and hit high fly flow to Style’s back. He then went up top and hit the traditional high fly flow, but Jarrett pulled the ref out of the ring. Jarrett got up on the apron and undid his tie. Tanahashi confronted Jarrett, but Styles caught him with a Pele kick and then hit bloody Sunday. Jarrett tossed the ref back into the ring, but Tanahashi kicked out at the last second. The fans booed as Styles set up for the Styles clash. Tanahashi fought out of it and slapped Styles across the face. Styles fought back and tossed Tanahashi into the ref. Jarrett got into the ring with the guitar and the fans fired up. Yoshitatsu ran down to the ring and wiped out Jarrett. He chased Jarrett to the back and the fans fired up with both men down on the mat. Both men began trading blows in the middle of the ring. Captain New Japan tried to revive the ref on the outside. Styles ended up hitting a low blow and the fans booed. Styles hit the hollow point DDT on Tanahashi. He set up on the apron and went for a 450, but Tanahashi got his knees up and the fans went nuts. Tanahashi sprung to life and went up top. He went for the high fly flow, but Styles got his knees up and the announcers went crazy. Styles dragged Tanahashi to the corner and went up top. He set him up for a top rope Styles clash, but Tanahashi kicked out of it and tossed Styles to the mat. Tanahashi caught Styles with the high fly flow off the top as he charged at him. Tanahashi then hit the traditional high fly flow off the top for the win. My goodness what a match!

The fans went crazy after the match, as Tanahashi celebrated his win. Tanahashi was presented with a trophy and then the IWGP Hvt. Championship. Tanahashi put the belt on, but Okada and Gedo came down to the ring. Gedo got on the mic and said the main event would be Tanahasi vs. Okada for the IWGP Hvt. Championship in the main event at the Tokyo Dome. Okada got on the mic and addressed Tanahashi. The fans gasped and applauded for his promo. Tanahashi got on the mic and the fans applauded. The fans began chanting for Tanahashi after he addressed Okada and Gedo. Okada put his briefcase down and did the Rainmaker Pose on the turnbuckles. The fan reaction was mixed. Tanahashi then posed on the turnbuckles and the fans applauded. Okada and Gedo then left the ring. The fans began chanting for Tanahashi.

Tanahashi picked up the mic and said some words. The fans applauded. He thanked the fans and they applauded. He teased leaving the ring and the fans applauded. Tanahasi put the title down and picked up his air guitar and the fans applauded. Tanahashi then began his guitar solo and the fans went nuts. Tanahashi collapsed and began rolling out of the ring. The fans chanted his name and he rolled back into the ring. Tanahashi got on the turnbuckles and continued his guitar solo. He broke his guitar and kicked the debris out of the ring. The fans chanted and applauded. Tanahashi looked out into the crowd and the fans tossed him a new guitar. Tanahashi got on his knees and the fans clapped and applauded as he began another guitar solo. Tanahashi then tossed the guitar back into the crowd and collapsed. Gold confetti then filled the ring as Tanahashi celebrated with the IWGP Hvt. Title.

The cameras followed Tanahashi to his press conference. He celebrated with beers from Alex Shelley and Captain New Japan before answering questions.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi to become the new IWGP Hvt. Champion

Star rating: (****1/2) – This was a fantastic match. The NJPW booking shined again, as they teased a repeat of what happened during the Styles-Tanahasi match at the G1 Climax Finals, but this time Yoshitatsu made the save. They did a heck of job building the match around Styles trying to hit the Styles clash, but Tanahashi constantly found a way to counter it. It took several tries, but Tanahashi finally put Styles away in the end with the high fly flow. The match that was teased during G1 Climax will now finally happen at “Wrestle Kingdom 9.”

Quick overall thoughts: (9.5) – This was an amazing show. Things really picked up for the Three-Way Tag match with the Time Splitters defending the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Titles against Forever Hooligans and The Young Bucks in what turned out to be one heck of a match.

Takahashi-Ishii was another amazing match on the card. I didn’t see this one coming, as I’m usually not a fan of Takahashi matches, but these two beat the heck out of each other with Takahashi using cheap tactics to maintain the upper hand until Ishii finally put him way to capture the NEVER Openweight Title.

Okada-Naito had one heck of a match as well with Okada’s Tokyo Dome IWGP Hvt. Title shot on the line. Okada got his bell rung early, but made one heck of a comeback to win a match that built and built up to a great finish with Okada finally connecting with his tombstone/Rainmaker combination.

The main event between Styles and Tanahashi was excellent. Many people feared Tanahashi would face Jarrett at Wrestle Kingdom 9, but he managed to overcome Jarrett’s outside interference with the help of Yoshitatsu. Styles and Tanahashi worked a great match where even the headlocks looked like they meant something. They built the match around Styles trying to hit the Styles clash to beat Tanahashi, but every time he went for it, Tanahashi found a way to counter it and he finally put Styles away with the high fly flow.

The post-match setup for Tanahashi vs. Okada at the Tokyo Dome was excellent and I got chills for Tanahashi’s post-match guitar solo celebration once Okada and Gedo left the ring.

This was an amazing show and well-worth checking out before Wrestle Kingdom 9.

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