Roppongi 3K Splits Up As SHO Betrays YOH During 8/16 NJPW Summer Struggle Event

It's the end for Roppongi 3K.

During the fourth night of NJPW Super Junior Tag League action taking place at the NJPW Summer Struggle series of events, one of the most decorated tag teams in the Junior-Heavyweight division would suddenly break up as SHO turned on YOH during the main event of the August 16 event.

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From NJPW:

As SHO and YOH were completely dominated by the Suzuki-Gun duo, both Roppongi 3K members found their knees under vicious attack. YOH would muster a Drgaon Screw to Kanemaru and dropkick to Desperado though, and willed himself to tag in SHO, who powered through pain to deliver blows to both his opponents. With a swinging DDT, Kanemaru put SHO to the mat and looked for Deep Impact, stopped with a kick and repeated arm breakers from SHO, but an attempt at a spear was met with a basement dropkick and Kanemaru Figure Four.

SHO managed to endure long enough to find his feet and suplex Kanemaru before landing a spear that brought time to tag in YOH. On adrenaline and the will of the fans, YOH connected with a Falcon Arrow to Desperado and looked to follow in the corner but was again slowed long enough for the assault on his surgically repaired knee to continue. SHO tried to support his partner, but YOH’s knee was too badly hurt to connect with a double team, and Desperado locked in Numero Dos.

SHO went to break up the hold, but decided instead to leave the ring, and watched as YOH was left alone. SHO watched as his partner was driven with Guitarra Del Angel and then Pinche Loco. Post match, SHO waved the winners away, mockingly congratulating them on the two points, before shockingly hitting his now former partner with Shock Arrow. Declaring backstage that ‘(YOH) is of no use to me anymore’, it seems a nine year brotherhood has been put to an end.

During their 9 years together as a team, Roppongi 3K captured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships a total of 5 times and they also won the Super Junior Tag League tournament 3 years in a row between 2017-2019.

To check out full results from the August 16 event, click here.

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