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Jushin Thunder Liger, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Takashi Iizuka, TAKA Michinoku and Minoru Suzuki via Disqualification
SANADA and EVIL defeated Ayato Yoshida and Shota Umino
Shingo Takagi, BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado and Taichi
Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens defeated YOSHI-HASHI and Tomoaki Honma
Guerrillas Of Destiny defeated Togi Makabe and Toru Yano
Taiji Ishimori defeated Ryusuke Taguchi to retain his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
Kazuchika Okada defeated Bad Luck Fale
Jay White defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
Takashi Iizuka, TAKA Michinoku and Minoru Suzuki vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Tenzan again incited a brawl early, talking to Iizuka until all six men fought to the floor. Eventually, Tenzan and Iizuka then returned to the ring, with Hiroyoshi quickly taking control. That allowed Liger to enter, throwing Iizuka to the floor and with Kojima's help, hitting a basement dropkick too. Suzuki soon halted his momentum though, dragging him to the outside as the crowd brawling commenced again. This included a steel chair shot from IIzuka, leaving Tenzan floored while Liger was soon controlled once more in center ring. Before long, Iizuka was going to work with his usual biting attacks next, dictating things before Suzuki's entry.
He ate some chops upon arrival but then took control, grounding Liger and bringing in TAKA. He continued Suzuki-gun's dominance but then run into Shotei, allowing Liger to bring in Kojima. He was greeted by Suzuki, with a wild strike exchange resulting in Kojima's trademark corner chops. It took three flurries to silence Suzuki and that still wasn't enough, as Minoru instead landed a big kick to regain control. From there, the legends exchanged forearms and Suzuki unsurprisingly began to dominate, rocking his foe and then catching the Rear Naked Choke.
Kojima countered the follow-up Piledriver though, creating space until Suzuki re-applied the choke again. That allowed Iizuka to come back in but Kojima cut him off, landing the Koji Cutter and tagging in Tenzan. His usual comeback followed, culminating in a suplex for 2. Before long, Tenzan applied the Anaconda Vice as well but Suzuki-gun soon cut it off. Nonetheless, Suzuki was quickly removed via Tenzan's famed Mongolian chops and he then combined with Kojima to hit 3D. With his old partner floored, Tenzan looked to remind Iizuka of their old alliance until Suzuki interrupted.
He then looked to take Tenzan out via steel chair shot but Iizuka stopped him! It was all a ploy though, with Iizuka using the chair himself to drop Tenzan. That caused the DQ finish and post-match, Iizuka flattened Tenzan with the Iron Glove.
Winners: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Jushin Thunder Liger via Disqualification
Ayato Yoshida and Shota Umino vs. SANADA and EVIL
Yoshida was tackled to the mat early but then fired back, landing some strikes of his own and even flooring EVIL too. Umino then came in for assistance, helping the young lions take control and hitting a bodyslam as well. EVIL quickly run him over though, next removing Yoshida from the apron and tagging in SANADA also. The champions then traded tags, entering to land single bodyslams each and eventually forcing Yoshida to break the fall. EVIL then grabbed a hold and after removing Yoshida again, applied the single leg Boston crab.
After an immense struggle, Umino made it to the bottom rope but ate some more chops for his troubles. Even still, he managed to fire back, scoring with a missile dropkick and tagging in Yoshida. He run wild on the champions, flooring both and flurrying with kicks for 2. EVIL regained control with his senton though, tagging in SANADA who immediately ran into yet another Yoshida kick. Umino then returned, continuing to build the young lions' momentum and combining with Yoshida for yet another near-fall.
EVIL and Yoshida then brawled to the floor as in-ring, Umino hit a German suplex for 2. SANADA countered the Fisherman suplex though, looking for Skull End until Umino almost caught him with two sharp roll-up pin attempts. The champions then rallied regardless, exploding with offense for 2 and closing the show via Magic Killer.
Winners: SANADA and EVIL
Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado and Taichi vs. Shingo Takagi, BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito
Suzuki-gun jumped their foes as usual, with ringside brawls getting things started as Taichi used a chair to damage Naito right away. In-ring, Taichi then began to taunt his rival, next going to work with strikes too. El Desperado then entered, going after Naito's damaged shoulder and setting up Kanemaru's usual barricade attack as well. This focused onslaught then continued, with Naito being isolated and eating Taichi's Buzzsaw Kick for 2. A Hurricanrana soon turned the tide though, with Naito creating space and tagging in BUSHI.
He was met in center ring by Desperado but ran wild regardless, flurrying bit until Kanemaru cut him off. Their double team intentions failed but a spinebuster soon halted BUSHI either way. Nonetheless, a BUSHI DDT reset things once again, allowing Takagi's arrival as he unleashed some violent strikes to rock Desperado before being floored by a spear. Kanemaru was in again next, keeping Suzuki-gun on top and scoring some tandem offense for 2. Takagi caught Deep Impact though, launching Kanemaru over his head and then hitting a vertical suplex as well.
That allowed the tag to Naito and the Intercontinental Champion went right to work, flurrying on Kanemaru while removing Taichi as well. LIJ were rolling now, taking total control and leaving Kanemaru isolated in center ring. Pumping Bomber came as a result and after it, Destino for the win.
Winners: Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi and BUSHI
Post-match, Naito and Taichi had a brief staredown before on the ramp, Yoh and Sho attacked the champions, flooring them and taking their titles as well. They then laid down an official challenge, with BUSHI and Takagi seemingly accepting their request before reclaiming their titles and heading to the back.
Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens vs. YOSHI-HASHI and Tomoaki Honma
Honma and Yujiro got this one started but only after a Chase Owens interference put BULLET CLUB in immediate control. Even still, Honma fired back right away, turning the tide before another interference allowed Takahashi to cut him off. With Honma isolated, Chase and Yujiro went to work, grounding their foe until he fought to his feet with a vertical suplex counter. He then tagged in YOSHI-HASHI too, and he ran wild on both BULLET CLUB members to turn the tide.
Takahashi fired right back though, hitting a Fisherman Buster that allowed both Owens and Honma to enter. Tomoaki run wild, flurrying with corner strikes and hitting a bulldog as well. However, Chase avoided Kokeshi and BULLET CLUB seized, using some tandem offense and forcing YOSHI-HASHI to break the fall. Only Owens and Honma then remained, with Tomoaki's comeback resulting in Kokeshi finally landing. Takahashi then interfered to put Owens back in control and before long, Package Piledriver closed the show.
Winners: Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi
Kota Ibushi is here next! He thanked the crowd for their support regarding his recent injury and said that he's happy to be here. Ibushi then announced that he's not going anywhere and moreover, he'll be entering the New Japan Cup!
Togi Makabe and Toru Yano vs. Guerrillas Of Destiny
In the midst of their entrance, Makabe and Yano were jumped here, with G.O.D. attacking them from behind to take control. The match eventually begun officially, with Tama and Tanga looking for Magic Killer early until Makabe made the save. Jado cut him off though, allowing G.O.D. to continue their onslaught on Yano. Tonga then dragged Toru into the crowd, even using a woman's purse to leave him laying. Yano barely beat the count in response but ate a salvo of strikes for his troubles.
Before long, a pull of the hair allowed Yano to reset things either way, bringing in Makabe who run wild on G.O.D. and Jado too. An exchange of strikes then followed, with Togi seemingly coming out on top until Tanga floored him with a bodyslam. A lariat then put Makabe back on top regardless, with Yano tagging in next and being met in center ring by Tama. He went right to the turnbuckle and used the exposed remains to his advantage until a Jado interference allowed Tonga to fire back.
Things then broke down , with Makabe making the save before Jado's kendo stick shot allowed Tonga to land Gun Stun in an instant. Yano then used his usual misdirections to create chaos but G.O.D came out on top, with Tonga landing a kendo stick shot and closing the show via Gun Stun. Post-match, Tama continued to flurry with the kendo, battering every young lion in his way as well as the ring announcer too. Before leaving, Tonga even pushed the camera-man off the stage.
Winners: Guerrillas Of Destiny