New Japan Pro Wrestling On AXS TV 5/5 Tiger Mask W VS Red Death Mask & Kazuchika Okada Defends His IWGP Heavyweight Championship Against Naomichi Marufuji

Tiger Mask W vs Red Death Mask

Red is in control early, showing off his size and strength advantage, W showing off his athleticism and knocking Red down with a flying cross body. W hits a springboard missile dropkick, sending Red out of the ring to recover, then W goes for a triangle moonsault, but Red pulls him off of the top rope and to the floor. Red drops W on the railing, then tosses him back into the ring before getting back in himself at the count of nineteen. Red hangs W on the ropes for a quick two count, then puts W in a submission that he quickly powers out of. W dropkicks Red out of the ring, then hits the triangle moonsault when he goes for it the second time. W rolls Red back into the ring for a quick two count, then W drops Red with a series of kicks into a standing moonsault for a close two count.

W goes for a Tiger Driver, but Red counters and slams him to the mat before beating on him in mount with right hands. Red hits a sit-out chokeslam powerbomb for a near fall, then misses a leg drop off of the top rope before W hits a high angle German suplex with a bridge for a near fall. W then hits the Tiger Driver that Red tries to fight out of for the pin and the win.

Winner: Tiger Mask W via pinfall

Kazuchika Okada vs Naomichi Marufuji IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match

They start off by exchanging wrist locks before they get into the ropes for a clean break, the two exchanging kicks, Okada kicking Maru when he misses a roundhouse kick and hitting a high back drop when he catches Maru running in. Okada locks in a reverse chin lock, but Maru crawls to the ropes for the break as we go to commercial.

Okada hits a low dropkick that sends Maru out of the ring, then Maru sends Okada into the railing before hitting a bull dog over the railing. Maru then sends Okada shoulder first into the ring post before Maru hits him with knife edge chops once they're back in the ring. They exchange strikes, but Maru chops Okada down when he hits him with forearms, Okada collapsing to the mat before Maru puts in a reverse triangle choke before Okada gets to the ropes. Maru chops Okada in the corner repeatedly, then puts Okada in a cravat before chopping him more in a different corner before Okada catches him coming in, then drops Maru with a diving back elbow. Okada hits a DDT and sets Maru on the top rope before dropkicking him off of the top rope and to the floor before Maru counters a whip into the railing with a superkick, then Okada counters a Shiranui before hitting a running cross body into the crowd.

They get back in the ring and Maru catches Okada coming in repeatedly before hitting a jumping knee and an enzuigiri before dropping Okada with a series of strikes that drops Okada before Maru collapses. Maru chops Okada before hitting a cartwheel dropkick that sends Okada to the apron, Okada dragging Maru out onto the apron before Maru hits a piledriver onto the apron. Maru hits a running back elbow in the corner before Okada hits a flapjack as we go to commercial.

They counter each other, then Okada hits a reverse neckbreaker before hitting an elbow drop off of the top rope, then goes for the RAINMAKER, but Maru counters into a rolling triangle choke cobra clutch. Maru transitions into a standing arm triangle before hitting a backcracker, then superkicks Okada, but Okada comes back with a shotgun dropkick across the ring. They exchange strikes in the center of the ring, Okada using forearms and Maru using chops before Okada collapses to the mat face first on his knees. Maru picks Okada up and chops him more before Okada dropkicks him when he runs the ropes, then Maru counters a tombstone with a superkick before Okada counters a Shiranui with a series of German suplexes, Maru countering another RAINMAKER with a jumping knee that nearly knocks Okada out. Maru drops Okada with another jumping knee in the corner before doing a throat slash that signals the end before hitting a Shiranui for a near fall.

Maru counters a suplex with a superkick, then Okada counters another Shiranui with a RAINMAKER, Okada still holding onto Maru by the wrist somehow. Okada gets back up and Maru counters another RAINMAKER with an inside cradle for a near fall, then counters another with a jumping knee before Okada catches him and hits a tombstone. Okada then hits an Emerald Flowsion, using Maru's own move against him before hitting another RAINMAKER that turns him inside out for the pin and the win.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada via

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