NJPW Honor Rising 2018 Day 1 Results: IWGP NEVER Openweight Title Match, Golden Lovers Compete & Lots Of Bullet Club Action

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IWGP NEVER Openweight Title Match

Hirooki Goto def. The Beer City Bruiser to retain the title

Special 6 Man Tag Team Match

Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll & Hangman Page) def. Chase Owens & The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi)

Special 6 Man Tag Team Match

Chaos (Jay White, Beretta & Chuckie T) def. Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal & Ryusuke Taguchi

Special 3 Way Match

Flip Gordon def. Kushida & Hiromu Takahashi

The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. David Finlay & Juice Robinson

Cheeseburger, Delirious & Jushin “Thunder” Liger def. Bullet Club (Hikuleo, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)

Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale) def. Katsuya Kitamura & Toa Henare


Katsuya Kitamura & Toa Henare vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale)

The match begins with Takahashi and Kitamura getting into a shoving contest, Takahashi and Kitamura also exchange shoulder tackles until Takahashi goes down. Fale tags in and Kitamura attacks him with shoulder tackles, Fale gets angry and he drops Kitamura with a series of strikes. Bullet Club would then brawl with their opponents on the arena floor, Kitamura and Henare are both thrown into the barricades by their opponents. Takahashi tags in and he works over Kitamura in the ring, Kitamura fights back and Takahashi rakes his eyes before landing a leg drop. Fale tags in and he slams Kitamura before sitting on him for a near fall, Takahashi tags in and he nails Kitamura with more strikes.

Takahashi traps Kitamura in the ropes before kicking him in the face, Kitamure recover and he drops Takahashi with a suplex. Henare tags in and he immediately cleans house on the opposing team, Henare catches Takahashi with a top rope shoulder tackle for a near fall. Takahashi recovers and he bites the hand of Henare, Takahashi trips up Henare before landing a basement drop kick. Fale tags in and Kitamura gets the tag a short time later, Kitamura and Henare attack Fale with some double team moves for a near fall. Henare then catches an interfering Takahashi with a spine buster before battling him outside of the ring, Fale catches Kitamura with a lariat followed by the Grenade for a three count.

Winners: Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale)

Cheeseburger, Delirious & Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Bullet Club (Hikuleo, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)

The match begins with Cheeseburger and Liger both attacks Hikuleo until Hikuleo takes them both out, Liger stays in the ring and Hikuleo destroys him with strikes in the corner. Loa tags in and he mauls Liger with some more strikes, Hikuleo drags Liger out of the ring before attacking him with more strikes. Tama works over Liger in the corner until Hikuleo tags back in to choke Liger in the corner, Tama tags back in and Liger shoves him into Loa. Liger then causes Tama to hit Hikuleo before dropping him with a palm strike, Cheeseburger tags in and he cleans house on the opposing team.

Cheeseburger then hits Tama with a tornado DDT for a near fall, Tama recovers and he nails Cheeseburger with a Tongan Twist. Hikuleo tags in and Cheeseburger escapes a choke slam attempt to tag Delirious in, Delirious attacks Hikuleo with a clothesline. Hikuleo quickly recovers to hit Delirious with a reverse uranage for a near fall, Delirious catches Hikuleo with a sunset flip following a Cheeseburger palm strike for the three count.

Winners: Cheeseburger, Delirious & Jushin “Thunder” Liger

David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

The match begins with Nick dropping Finlay with a shoulder block, Finlay fights back and Nick catches him with a drop kick. Matt tags in and the Bucks nail Finlay with some double team moves, Robinson hits the ring and the Bucks take him out as well. Matt then attacks Finlay with a plethora of strikes in the corner, Nick tags back in and the Bucks nail Finlay with a double drop kick. Nick keeps Finlay down by holding him in a front headlock, Nick looks for a slingshot move and Finlay counters with an inverted atomic drop. Matt hits the ring and Finlay takes him out before tagging Robinson in, Robinson quickly cleans house on the opposing team.

Robinson catches Matt with an overhead belly to belly suplex, Nick hits the ring and Robinson nails him with a belly to belly suplex as well. Robinson then corners both Bucks before taking them out with cannonballs, Finlay tags in and he assaults Matt with European uppercuts. Robinson tags back in and he nails Matt with a delayed verticle suplex, Robinson then catches Matt with a senton for a near fall. Finlay tags back in and he nails the injured back of Matt with a few strikes, Finlay would then corner Matt before kicking away at him. Robinson tags in and Matt drops him with a series of strikes, Matt then hits Finlay with a drop kick before tagging Nick in.

Nick hits the ring and he cleans house against the opposing team, Nick knocks both opponents to the arena floor before nailing them with a suicide dive. The Bucks get Robinson in the ring and Nick locks him in the sharp shooter, Finlay hits the ring and Matt gets him in a sharp shooter. Matt tags in and Robinson catches him with a full nelson slam, Finlay tags in and he nails both Bucks with running European uppercuts. The Bucks eventually catch Finlay with a buckle bomb into a double drop kick/enzaguri, Finlay avoids a Meltzer Driver to cause Nick to then hit Matt with a super kick. Nick eventually knocks Finlay out of the ring with a super kick, Robinson hits the ring and he attacks both Bucks.

Robinson then lays out both Bucks with his patented jabs, the Bucks recover to nail Robinson with a double super kick. Finlay goes to the top rope and Nick gets him off, Matt nails Finlay with a super kick followed by a knee strike from Nick for a near fall. The Bucks hit Finlay with a Meltzer Driver for the three count.

Winners: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

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