5 YRS AGO – New Japan Dontaku PPV Report (5-3-13): Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin, Okada’s first IWGP Title defense vs. Suzuki, plus Bullet Club, Prince Devitt (Balor), Karl Anderson

Shinsuke Nakamura (photo credit Scott Lunn @ScottLunn © PWTorch)

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The following was originally published five years ago this week on PWTorch.com…


New Japan Dontaku PPV results
May 3, 2013
Fukuoka, Japan
Results published by PuroresuSpirit.com

(1) “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov beat “Time Splitters” Alex Shelley & Kushida to capture the IWGP Jr. Tag Titles.

(2) Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale beat Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan.

(3) “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima beat IWGP tag champions Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr., “Muscle Orchestra” Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman, and “CHAOS” Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka in a four-way, four-team match to capture the IWGP Tag Titles. This ended Archer & Smith’s title reign.

(4) Masato Tanaka beat Tomoaki Honma to retain the NEVER Openweight Title.

(5) Togi Makabe beat Yujiro Takahashi.

(6) Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata wrestled to a draw.

(7) Former IWGP Hvt. Champion Tanahashi beat Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson. Afterward, Anderson beat down Tanahashi and joined Devitt, Fale, and Tonga to form the “Bullet Club.”

(8) Shinsuke Nakamura beat Shelton Benjamin to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Title.

(9) IWGP Hvt. Champion Okada beat Minoru Suzuki to retain the IWGP World Title. This was Okada’s first defense following his title victory over Tanahashi.

After the match, Makabe stepped up as Okada’s next challenger.


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