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IWGP Heavyweight Title Match
Kazuchika Okada def. Tetsuya Naito to retain the title
IWGP United States Title Match
No DQ Match
Kenny Omega def. Chris Jericho to retain the title
IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
Hiroshi Tanashashi def. Jay White to retain the title
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Fatal 4 Way Match
Will Ospreay def. Marty Scurll, Kushida & Hiromu Takahashi to win the title
IWGP NEVER Openweight Title Match
Hair vs. Hair Match
Suzuki-Gun & Chaos Barred From Ringside
Hirooki Goto def. Minoru Suzuki to win the title
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
Los Ingobernables (Evil & Sanada) def. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) to win the titles
IWGP NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title Match
Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta) def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa), Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Togi Makabe), Michael Elgin & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) & Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Zack Sabre Jr.) to win the titles
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) to win the titles
Special Single Match
Kota Ibushi def. Cody w/Brandi Rhodes
21 Man NJPW Rumble
Masahito Kakihara wins the match
21 Man NJPW Rumble
The match begins with #1 Katsuya Kitamura and #2 Bushi, Kitamura strikes some poses to try snd intimidate Bushi. Bushi attacks Kitamura from behind and he chokes him with his shirt, #3 is Delirious and Buhi continues working over Kitamura. Delirious attacks Bushi and Kitamura with clotheslines, Delirious attacks Kitamura with chops until Kitamura drops him with a shoulder block. #4 is Leo Tonga and Kitamura is double teamed by everybody in the ring. Tonga immediately nails a charging Bushi with a slam, Kitamura goes after Tonga before Tonga catches him with a flat liner for a near fall. #5 is Manabu Nakanishi as Delirious gets a near fall on Bushi, Nakanishi jumps Delirious from behind and then Bushi attacks him.
#6 is Chase Owens and he immediately attacks Kitamura, Delirious attacks Owens by raking his front and back. Owens nails Delirious with a package pile driver to get a three count (Eliminated: Delirious), #7 is Yuji Nagata and Nakanishi eliminates Bushi by tossing him out of the ring (Eliminated: Bushi). Nagata attacks Tonga until Owens attacks him from behind, Nakanishi and Nagata get into a striking exchange. Nakanishi nails a charging Nagata with a spear, #8 is Taka Michinoku as Nakanishi and Nagata double pin Toga to eliminate him (Eliminated: Leo Tonga). Nagata catches Nakanishi in a roll up to eliminate him (Eliminated:Manabu Nakanishi), Owens and Kitamura double pin Nagata to eliminate him (Eliminated: Yuji Nagata).
Owens then hits Kitamura with a package pile driver to pin and eliminate him (Eliminated: Katsuya Kitamura), #9 is Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Kanemaru and Michinoku work over Owens in the ring. #10 is El Desparado and all three Suzuki-Gun members work over Owens, Owens fights back until Kanemaru spits beer in his face. Suzuki-Gun triple teams Owens and throws him over the top rope for the elimination (Eliminated: Chase Owens), #11 is Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Liger nails all the Suzuki-Gun members with palm strikes and tilt-a-whirl back breakers, Liger gets Desparado in the Romero special until all of Suzuki-Gun attacks him. #12 is Tiger Mask IV and Suzuki-Gun is trying to unmask Liger. Mask IV and Desparado immediately go after each other, Desparado drops Mask IV and he tries unmasking him as well.
Mask IV changes things up and he tries unmasking Desparado, #13 is Gino Gambino and Mask IV nails Desparado with a tiger driver for a near fall. Kanemaru and Liger get eliminated simultaneously with roll ups (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Jushin Liger), #14 is Henare as Mask IV, El Desparado and Michinoku get eliminated (Eliminated: Taka Michinoku, El Desparado and Tiger Mask IV). Gambino and Henare battle as Hidori catches him with a Samoan drop, #15 is Yoshi-Hashi and he immediately attacks everybody in the ring. Yoshi-Hashi drops Henare with some chops, #16 is David Finlay and Henare attacks everybody with some chops. Finlay nails Gambino with a stunner for a three count (Eliminated: Gino Gambino), Yoshi-Hashi uses a drop kick to get Henare over the top rope (Eliminated: Henare).
Finlay catches Yoshi-Hashi with a roll up for the three count (Eliminated: Yoshi-Hashi), #17 is Yujiro Takahashi and he battles Finlay. Takahashi quickly clotheslines Finlay over the top rope to eliminate him (Eliminated: David Finlay), #18 is Cheeseburger and Takahashi attacks him on the arena floor. Takahashi gets Cheeseburger in the ring to get into a striking exchange, Cheeseburger catches Takahashi with a bulldog for a near fall. #19 is Satoshi Kojima and Takahashi catches Cheeseburger with a suplex, Kojima and Takahashi go right at at in the ring. Kojima nails Takahashi with a Koji Cutter, Takahashi quickly recover and nails Kojima with a fisherman buster suplex. #20 is Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Takahashi works over everybody in the ring, Takahashi jumps Tenzan as he enters the ring.
Tenzan quickly recovers and he attacks Takahashi with some Mongolian chops, Takahashi drops Tenzan before nailing him with a basement drop kick. #21 is Masahito Kakihara and Takahashi goes right after him, Tenzan and Kojima nail Takahashi with a 3-D before Kojima lands the Cozy Lariat for the three count (Eliminated: Yujiro Takahashi). Cheeseburger attacks Kojima and Kakihara goes after Tenzan, Kojima crushes Cheeseburger with machine gun chops. Kakihara goes after Tenzan and Kojima. Kakihara and Cheeseburger send Kojima into Tenzan, Cheeseburger and Kakihara send a charging Kojima and Tenzan over the top rope for a double elimination (Eliminated: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan). Nakihara nails Cheeseburger with an STO for the three count (Eliminated: Cheeseburger).
Winner: Masahito Kakihara
After the match, Masahito Kakihara gives a post-match victory speech.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match: Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) (C) w/Rocky Romero vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
The match begins with Matt taunting Yoh before applying a headlock, Matt then drops Yoh with a shoulder tackle. Matt goes for a sharp shooter and Yoh counters with one of his own against Matt, Yoh then locks an interfering Nick in a sharp shooter while Matt locks an interfering Sho in a sharp shooter. Sho and Yoh then hit the Bucks with a series of double team moves, Matt gets trapped in the corner as Sho propels Yoh into him. The Bucks try and take a break on the arena floor until Roppongi 3K takes them out with suicide dives, Yoh gets hurt on the dive and the Bucks take advantage to attack them. Nick grabs Yoh to nail him with a German suplex on the ring apron, the Bucks then lay out Romero on the entrance ramp with super kicks and a running power bomb.
Matt gets Yoh back into the ring before tagging Nick in, Nick decides to just stomp away on the injured back of Yoh. Matt drags Yoh out of the ring to power bomb him on the ring apron, Nick waits for Yoh to get tossed back into the ring to get a near fall on him. Matt tags in and he drops Yoh with an Irish whip into the corner, Yoh fights back and he sends a charging Matt out of the ring. Nick attacks Yoh until Matt gets back in the ring, Nick tags in and he attacks the injured back of Yoh. Nick slams Yoh before stomping away on his injured back, Matt tags in and he strikes the injured back of Yoh. Matt nails Yoh with a back breaker before Sho interferes, Nick comes in as the referee deals with Sho to nail Yoh with a back breaker.
Nick tosses Yoh out of the ring before attacking Sho, Matt drags Yoh to the entrance way and Yoh winds up back body dropping him on the ramp. Yoh gets back to the ring apron and Nick nails him with a springboard drop kick, Nick then goes for a suicide dive and he accidentally takes Matt out. Sho tags in and he immediately attacks Nick with a hurricarana, Matt hits the ring and Sho nails him with a suplex. Sho gets Nick to his knees before assaulting him with a series of kicks for a near fall, Nick fight back and he nails Sho with a spinning elbow strike. Sho recovers and he nails a tagged in Matt with German suplexes, Nick hits the ring and Sho nails both Bucks with a double German suplex. Roppongi 3K nail Nick with an elevated cutter for a near fall, Matt hits the ring and Roppongi 3K nail him with double knee strikes.
Nick returns and he takes out his opponents with super kicks, Nick then counters 3K to nail Sho with a spinning enzaguri. Sho recovers and he clobbers Nick with a lariat, Matt tags in and Yoh get the tag before getting into a striking exchange. Matt and Yoh also exchange strikes to their injured backs, Matt then hits Yoh with a buckle bomb into an enzaguri from Nick. The Bucks then hit Yoh with a swanton bomb rope assisted DDT for a near fall, Matt applies the sharp shooter to Yoh. Nick takes out Sho with a dive after attacking Yoh, Yoh eventually gets to the ropes to break the hold from Matt. The Buck go for More Bang For You Buck and Sho breaks it up, Yoh catches Matt with a roll up for a near fall.
Yoh applies the single leg crab to Matt and Sho does the same to Nick, Nick breaks free and he sends Sho into Yoh. Nick and Sho get into a striking exchange in the middle of the ring, Nick and Yoh also attack the others tag team partner with kicks to their injured backs. Nick then crushes a charging Sho with a super kick that knocks him out of the ring, Nick then takes out Sho with a suicide dive. Matt and Yoh start swinging away at each other, Matt then nails Yoh with a super kick that further causes harm to his back. The Bucks hit Yoh with a Meltzer Driver, Nick then applies the sharp shooter and Yoh taps out.
Winners: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), your new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
IWGP NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title Match - Gauntlet Match: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa) (C) vs. Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Togi Makabe) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta) vs. Michael Elgin & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Zack Sabre Jr.)
Part 1: Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs. Michael Elgin & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)
The match begins with Suzuki-Gun jumping the opposing team before the bell sounds, Suzuki-Gun triple teams Elgin in the ring while other members attack Hanson and Rowe on the arena floor. Elgin quickly uses his power to clear the ring of Suzuki-Gun, Elgin slams Iizuka before nailing him with a slingshot splash. Elgin then hits Iizuka with a delayed verticle suplex, Hanson tags in and he rubs his beard into the face of Iizuka. Taichi kicks Hanson from behind and that allows Iizuka to bite him, Taichi then attacks Hanson with the ring bell hammer while the referee was distracted. Iizuka traps Hanson in the ropes while mauling him with strikes, Hanson recovers and drops Iizuka with a clothesline.
Rowe tags in and Sabre Jr gets the tag in as well, Rowe crushes Sabre Jr with a forearm strike and a shotgun knee strike. Sabre Jr recovers and nails the arm of Rowe with a pele kick, Rowe recovers and he nails Sabre Jr with a back breaker into a gut buster. Taichi interferes and that leads to everybody from both teams hitting the ring, Hanson goes for a moonsault and misses. Sabre Jr then hits Hanson with a penalty kick before Rowe nails him with a knee strike, Taichi gets the referee out of the ring. Suzuki-Gun members stop War Machine from hitting Fallout, Iizuka attacks the opposing team with the iron claw. Sabre Jr catches Rowe in a triangle choke and Rowe goes out cold.
Eliminated: Michael Elgin & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)
Part 2: Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta)
The match begins with an all out brawl on the arena floor between both teams, Taichi gets Yano in the ring and he works him over. Taichi gets Yano in the corner before nailing him with an enzaguri, Taichi misses a kick and Yano low blows him while the referee was distracted. Yano shoves Taichi into Iizuka before rolling him up for the three count.
Eliminated: Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Zack Sabre Jr.)
Part 3: Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta) vs. Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Togi Makabe)
The match begins with an all out brawl in the ring between both teams, Chaos eventually triple teams Robinson in the ring. Robinson fights back by nailing Chaos with his patented jabs, Yano throws a turnbuckle pad at Robinson and Robinon drops him with a clothesline. Makabe tags in and he nails Yano with a shoulder tackle, Ishii interferes and Makabe takes him out alongside Yano. Makabe traps Yano in the corner before assaulting him with punches, Makabe then hits Yano with a clothesline for a near fall. Berretta hits the ring and Makabe nails him with a power slam, Taguchi Japan then attacks Yano with some triple team moves. Robinson clobbers Yano with a left before Taguchi lands a springboard hip attack for a near fall, Ishii and Berretta hit the ring to eat a double clothesline from Makabe. Robinson eventually takes out Ishii and Berretta with a dive on the arena floor, Yano surprises Taguchi with a roll up for a three count.
Eliminated: Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Togi Makabe)
Part 4: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa) vs. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta)
The match begins with Bullet Club attacking Chaos, Loa nails Berretta with an Attitude Adjustment on the ring apron. Fale works over Yano with some strikes in the corner, Yano then sends a charging Fale into the exposed corner. Ishii tags in and he gets worked over by Bullet Club, Ishii drops Tama with some clotheslines before nailing Loa with a shoulder tackle. Ishii looks for a German suplex and Fale backs him into the exposed corner, Fale then catches Ishii with an avalanche. Fale misses a follow up splash and Ishii eventually nails him with a headbutt followed by a suplex, Berretta tags in and Fale drops him with a boot to the face before catching Ishii with a Samoan drop.
Tama tags in and he double teams Berretta alongside Loa, Tama and Loa nail Berretta with Guerilla Warfare. Loa and Tama double team Berretta in the ring while Fale attacks Yano on the arena floor, Tama follows Berretta to the top rope and Berretta quickly knocks him off. Loa gets to the top rope with Berretta while landing a few strikes, Berretta knocks Loa off the ropes. Berretta looks for a moonsault and Tama appears out of nowhere to nail him with a Gun Stun for a near fall, Yano hits the ring and Fale knocks him right out of it. Tama goes for another Gun Stun and Berretta counters with a Dude Buster for the three count.
Eliminated: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)
Winners: Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berretta), your new IWGP NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champions
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