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Jon Moxley defeated Shota Umino
Shingo Takagi defeated Satoshi Kojima
YOSHI-HASHI & Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens & "Switchblade" Jay White
NEVER Openweight Championship
Tomohiro Ishii defeated Taichi to become the new NEVER Openweight Champion
IWGP Tag Team Championships
Guerrillas Of Destiny defeated EVIL & SANADA to retain their IWGP Tag Team Titles
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Will Ospreay defeated Dragon Lee to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Tetsuya Naito defeated Kota Ibushi to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada defeated Chris Jericho to retain his IWGP Heavyweight Title
Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino
Umino cut Moxley off in the middle of his entrance here, hitting a dive to the floor and following up with a missile dropkick as well. Moxley swiflty responded though, landing a lariat and using some ground and pound too. A back suplex came next but Umino kicked out at 2, then eating an elbow drop for the same result. Moxley then applied an STF but after an immense struggle, Umino made it to the bottom rope. He then tried to fire back, throwing some forearms that had no impact but then landing a dropkick and German Suplex for 2.
Moxley quickly responded nonetheless, slamming Umino out of a vertical suplex and then closing the show via Death Rider.
Winner: Jon Moxley
Post-match, Moxley grabbed a microphone and announced that he wants in the G1 Climax! He then returned to the ring, picking Umino up and kindly walking him backstage.
Shingo Takagi vs. Satoshi Kojima
After a tight lock-up in center ring, Takagi landed a chop against the ropes and then tackled Kojima to the mat as well. The legend returned the favor though, then flying over the top as a brawl quickly commenced on the outside. In the midst of this wild exchange, the referee's count reached 19 as both men quickly scrambled into the ring. Back inside, Takagi gained the upper hand, unleashing a salvo of chops only for Kojima to do exactly the same in response. He failed to complete his signature sequence though, being cut off on the apron.
Both men then wrestled for position there, with Takagi landing a Death Valley Driver on the apron. Kojima retaliated smartly though, sweeping his foes' leg on the apron and slamming his face first as well. Koji Cutter followed in center ring but Takagi kicked out at 2. In response, Kojima upped the ante, hitting the same move but off the 2nd rope, still failing to close the show. Takagi soon fired back too, nailing his trademark striking combination and landing a vertical suplex as well.
Kojima blocked Pumping Bomber though, landing his own lariat and scoring a brainbuster for 2. Shingo quickly regained control regardless, using a DDT and hitting Pumper Bomber without even shifting Kojima. Instead he stood firm, firing back before running into a lariat that he incredibly kicked out of at 1. A strike exchange followed, going back and forth with strikes until Takagi hit Made in Japan for another near-fall. Finally, Takagi scored a Pumping Bomber and closed the show via Last of the Dragon.
Winner: Shingo Takagi
Post-match, Takagi says that he wants to make waves at Heavyweight, announcing an intention to enter the G1.
YOSHI-HASHI & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
Unsurprisingly, Suzuki and Sabre Jr jumped their foes before their bell, brawling into the crowd as the usual antics commenced. Things then settled down in-ring, with Sabre Jr dominating YOSHI-HASHI before bringing in Suzuki for some double-submissions behind the referee's back. YOSHI-HASHI then fired back, unleashing some forearms only to be floored in an instant by Suzuki's retaliation. Sabre and Suzuki then combined, using quick tags to control things as Liger kicked YOSHI-HASHI in order fire him up.
YOSHI-HASHI did exactly that too, landing some strikes and making the tag. Liger immediately run wild, flooring both Suzuki and Sabre until the former responded with a headbutt and armbar attempt. Suddenly Suzuki was back in control, applying a choke and thinking Gotch Style Piledriver only for Liger to respond with his own headbutt and suplex as well. Both men then made tags, with YOSHI-HASHI running wild on Sabre until the Englishman grounded things, applying an armbar and forcing Liger to break the hold.
Suzuki and Sabre then applied synchronized holds but neither closed the show, with a lariat allowing YOSHI-HASHI to turn the tide. A wild exchange followed and then incredibly, YOSHI-HASHI rolled Sabre up and scored the upset win! Post-match, Sabre looked to attack his foe but was floored for his troubles, with YOSHI-HASHI briefly holding Zack's title in celebration.
Winner: YOSHI-HASHI & Jushin Thunder Liger
Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs.Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens & "Switchblade" Jay White
Owens and Robinson got this one underway, wrestling for position until the latter briefly gained control. An elbow came in response though, with Owens targeting his foe's eye and eating a salvo of strikes as a result. That encouraged Owens to tag out, bringing in Ishimori who was swiftly greeted by Taguchi. Those two immediately went back and forth, with Ishimori taking evasive action as Bullet Club then went to work on the outside. They dominated on the floor, eventually returning Taguchi to the ring and using the numbers game to their advantage.
White then grabbed a hold, slowing things but eventually eating a hip attack for his troubles. That allowed Tanahashi's entry, running wild on all involved and hitting his sommersault senton on White for 2. The Bullet Club leader responded though, scoring a Saito Suplex as Bullet Club went to work until Tanahashi's partners made the save. That left only White and Tanahashi, leaving each other floored as Owens dragged Jay to their corner and tagged himself in. He dominated proceedings in the moments following, flurrying all round and landing Jewel Heist for 2.
Robinson then halted any interference, allowing Tanahashi to regain control and close the show via a new, almost GTR looking finisher
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Hiroshi Tanahashi
NEVER Openweight Championship
Taichi (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
After seeing his foe bail, Ishii opted to lay flat on his back, daring Taichi to re-enter. The champion did exactly that, throwing some strikes as Ishii slowly rose to his feet, flooring Taichi with one heavy forearm. A salvo of chops followed and after a brief response, then a shoulder tackle as well. Ishii then retrieved Taichi's musical equipment, throwing it away as a strike exchange commenced in center ring. This time Taichi came out on top, flooring his foe and following up with kicks as well. Suddenly in total control, Taichi continued to dominate proceedings until a powerslam reset things.
Ishii then briefly flurried but Taichi cut him off again, unveiling his famed trunks and trading blows with Ishii as both men were left floored. Taichi was generally coming out on top though, using kicks to rock Ishii consistently and then landing a brutal back suplex for 2. Ishii answered back right away, returning the favor as both champion and challenger were once again floored. Chaos followed, with the referee being momentarily dropped as Ishii avoided all illegal tricks and continued to run wild for another near-fall.
Taichi fired back, landing more kicks and securing Gedo Clutch for 2. Axe Bomber followed, stunning Ishii as Taichi applied a Modified Stretch Plum as well. Ishii stayed alive though, even avoiding Black Mephisto but still eating Last Ride for 2. Ishii evaded the follow-up superkick regardless, headbutting the turnbuckle and firing himself up for a massive onslaught that concluded in a heavy lariat. Taichi avoided the brainbuster once, rallying yet again but then falling victim to that very move as Ishii became champion again.
Winner and NEW Champion: Tomohiro Ishii
IWGP Tag Team Championships
Guerrillas Of Destiny (c) vs. EVIL & SANADA
Tonga and SANADA got this one underway, with both men posturing for applause until Tama exploded with evasiveness and avoided the Paradise Lock too. EVIL and Loa then came in at once, meeting for shoulder tackles in center ring as EVIL eventually came out on top. Some chops followed but Jado's interference then shifted things, using his kendo stick and allowing Bullet Club to seize. The champions went to work from there, roughing up both EVIL and SANADA on the outside before returning the former inside the ropes.
They then cut the ring off, isolating EVIL and using quick tags to maintain control. Tandem offense followed but EVIL avoided the powerslam, creating space and tagging in SANADA. Tonga cut him off on arrival but that didn't halt SANADA, applying the Paradise Lock on Tanga and then running wild on Tama as well as Jado too. He then released Loa from the hold, attempting a pin that only earned him 2. Tanga caught his foe's hurricanrana attempt regardless, scoring a sit-out powerbomb as Tama re-entered for some tandem offense.
With the crowd unsurprisingly on his side though, SANADA soon flurried, landing a springboard missile dropkick and tagging in EVIL. He scored a superplex before long, with SANADA following up via standing moonsault as the challengers continued to combine explosive offense. They then synchronized submissions too, forcing Jado to intervene and batter EVIL with hie kendo stick until BUSHI made the save, spraying his mist and hitting a dive to the floor. In-ring, EVIL and SANADA still couldn't close the show though, with Tama countering Magic Killer and grabbing EVIL's tights for the roll-up win.
Winners and STILL Champions: Guerrillas of Destiny
Katsuyori Shibata then appeared, walking down the ramp and pointing behind him as KENTA arrived! Shibata shook KENTA's hand, inviting him into the ring and grabbing a microphone as well. Shibata formally introduced KENTA, with the man himself doing the same before saying that he wants to show his skills in the G1 Climax!
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Dragon Lee (c) vs. Will Ospreay
Following a handshake, these men went right to work, exchanging spectacular counters but failing to gain any advantage on either side. However, as Ospreay almost posed in position, Dragon Lee seized, landing a sharp dropkick to take control. That was short-lived though, with Ospreay responding in an instant, landing some sharp strikes and then hitting a big dive to the floor. He then grounded proceedings, isolating the champion's arm before battering him with strikes as well. Pip Pip Cheerio was blocked though, with Dragon Lee slamming Ospreay to the mat instead.
He then unleashed some forearms, hitting a corner dropkick and nailing a suplex for 2. A handspring kick then put Ospreay back in control nonetheless, with Pip Pip Cheerio landing next only for Dragon Lee to use evasive action on the outside. He then positioned Ospreay on the barricade, diving through the ropes and destroying the challenger as they tumbled to the floor. Back in-ring, a straightjacket German Suplex landed too but Ospreay kicked out nonetheless. He then did that quite literally, kicking Dragon Lee off and hitting a spectacular move from the top rope to the floor.
Reverse Bloody Sunday came next but Dragon Lee stayed alive, kicking out at 2 but eating a Hook Kick for his troubles. He countered Stormbreaker though, initiating a wild transition and landing a DDT only for Ospreay to counter his follow-up with a cutter. With both men fatigued, an exchange of forearms commenced, leaving Ospreay floored until a Hook Kick bought him time. Chaos followed, with Dragon Lee landing Poison Rana as Ospreay bounced back to score Spanish Fly.
Dragon Lee then looked for his hurricanrana off the apron but Ospreay landed on his feet, next powerbombing the champion onto the apron and hitting Shooting Star Press as well. Dragon Lee still had OsCutter countered though, kicking Ospreay out of the air and leaving both men floored. The battle waged nonetheless, with Ospreay hanging from the top rope as Dragon Lee hit a double foot stomp to the floor. Ospreay barely beat the count, making it in at 19 but walking into a hard knee upon arrival.
Dragon Lee continued to score regardless, landing a violent destroyer and massive knee for 2. Ospreay somehow avoided Desnucadora again though, landing Hidden Blade, OsCutter and then finally, Storm Breaker for the win.
Winner and NEW Champion: Will Ospreay
Post-match, both men shared an embrace as Dragon Lee placed the title around Ospreay's waist. The new champion then approached Kevin Kelly, using his microphone to challenge Robbie Eagles for Southern Showdown.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Kota Ibushi (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
After wrestling for position early, Ibushi exploded in an instant, nailing a heavy kick to the chest and gaining control. Naito swiflty responded though, scoring a hip toss and landing a dropkick to Ibushi's spine. Naito then grabbed a hold, wrenching on Ibushi's neck and ignoring the rope break for quite some time too. After eating some chops to the chest, Naito responded with a dismissive spit in Ibushi's face, taunting proudly and dominating proeceedings along the way. The challenger refused an exchange of forearms as well, attacking Ibushi's eyes but then running into a double foot stomp.
A snap hurricanrana followed, with Ibushi then diving out to the floor as he began to build momentum. That trend was soon halted though, with Naito using a sharp DDT to turn the tide and leave both men floored. Naito then remained in control, dictating the pace and finally slowing things until Ibushi created space and used a back-flip kick to reset things once more. Naito avoided the follow-up though, with both men grappling on the apron before a violent German Suplex nailed Ibushi's head on the apron as he went flying to the floor. Somehow, he barely beat the count.
He then hit a poison rana off the middle rope too but Ibushi still kicked out, next countering Destino and slamming Naito head-first to the mat. Both men were now battered, trading forearms until Naito used headbutts for an advantage. That plan fell through anyway, with Ibushi exploding in response and flooring Naito as well. However, Bomaye missed and Naito seized, landing a Dragon Suplex and hitting Destino for another near-fall. Ibushi then avoided the follow-up Destino though, landing a sit-out powerbomb but eating a DDT in response.
One last exchange followed, with Naito scoring Poison Rana and then finally, Destino to score the win after a simply staggering affair.
Winner and NEW Champion: Tetsuya Naito
Post-match, Naito rested his foot on Ibushi's head, taunting over his fallen foe and then walking away proud of his handy work.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Chris Jericho
After being wrestled to the ropes early, Jericho poked Okada in the eye, unleashing some chops and using a back elbow as well. The champion soon responded though, landing forearms and chasing after Jericho to nail a big boot in center ring. Jericho blocked the missle dropkick regardless, applying Walls of Jericho until Okada scrambled to the bottom rope. That only allowed Jericho to make it his style of fight though, forcing Okada over the barricade and then DDT'ing him onto the announce table too.
Jericho then retrieved another table, thinking powerbomb but being countered as Okada tackled him into the barricade. The challenger maintained control anyway, kicking Okada off and hitting a crossbody for 2. A back suplex followed, with Jericho roughing his foe up before halting a comeback via dropkick as well. Jericho refused to give Okada space, next landing a vertical suplex before following up with a salvo of strikes. Okada then rallied though, making a comeback and building some momentum.
That flurry ended in dramatic fashion though, with Okada's signature dive over the barricade leading him directly into a Codebreaker of sorts. He still beat the count nonetheless, eating an onslaught of strikes as a result but then reversing a tombstone attempt as both men grappled for position. In the end, Jericho transitioned, applying the Walls of Jericho in center ring. Okada eventually made it to the bottom rope, enraging Jericho who soon turned into a sudden dropkick. Another one followed too, wiping Jericho out of the air in an instant.
The tombstone piledriver came next but Jericho avoided the Rainmaker, scoring an underhook powerbomb only to have Codebreaker countered too, with Okada landing his neckbreaker. Jericho retaliated once more though, nailing his signature dropkick but then being fought off and eating an elbow drop for his troubles. A strike exchange followed, with both men being suddenly floored as a result. They brawled to their feet, with Jericho soon taking control to hit Lionsault for 2.
Okada then fired back, using a shotgun dropkick but running into the Codebreaker for yet another near-fall. The momentum continued to swing, with Okada avoiding a Rainmaker to land a Codebreaker of his own. Jericho kicked out though, then evading Rainmaker and re-applying the Walls of Jericho. He then transitioned to the Liontamer but Okada fought free, breaking the hold but failing to rebound. Okada avoided Judas Effect though, thinking Rainmaker but then settling for a roll-up in transition, retaining his title as a result.
Winner and STILL Champion: Kazuchika Okada
Post-match, Jericho jumped Okada, landing some punches and retrieving a steel chair. He hit Okada over the head with it, then landing Judas Effect before taking a seat in celebration. Jericho then wrapped the chair around Okada's throat, launching him into the post and refocusing on the table as Tanahashi made the save. Stepping out from the announce table, Tanahashi ran Jericho off before being held back by officials. Jericho says that 'The Painmaker' never loses and is the best even in Japan. He signs off bluntly "Happy Championship, bitch."
With Jericho gone, Tanahashi and others carried Okada backstage.