New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (10/3/18)

Ibushi vs Omega vs Cody
Ibushi vs Omega vs Cody

New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (10/3/18)

  1. News
  2. Results
  3. Upcoming Matches
  4. Championship Landscape

1. News

Triple Threat IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match Booked

Following the main event at Fighting Spirit Unleashed, Kenny Omega again offered Kota Ibushi a shot at his IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Cody interjected himself in the matter, however, leading to a rare triple threat match for the title at King of Pro Wrestling this coming Monday.

Cody Wins IWGP United States Championship

At Fighting Spiritu Unleashed, Cody defeated Juice Robinson to win the IWGP United States Championship. He reversed a super-plex into a pinning combination.

It is the second big loss for Juice to Cody, having lost to him in the Tokyo Dome in 2017 as well. Cody might be one of those obstacles a young up-and-comer like Juice has to learn to beat in order to take his game to the next level. Juice’s title reign ends without a single successful title defense.

Guerrillas of Destiny Win IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships

Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa defeated the Young Bucks to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Fighting Spirit Unleashed. Matt Jackson’s finicky back injury reared its ugly head again as well.

The GOD are 4x champions and have defended the titles twice, making Sunday the 6th win for the brothers in a match with these titles on the line. As for the Bucks, their title reign ends after just the one title defense, against former champions Evil and Sanada.

Tetsuya Naito Teases A New Member

Tetsuya Naito released a video saying LIJ will announce a new member at King of Pro Wrestling. The new member will team with them in their match against CHAOS.

The Elite Contract Negotiations

At the conclusion of their latest Being the Elite episode, Matt Jackson was looking at a timer which was apparently counting down to when their contracts expire. Earlier in the episode, they said they were going to be open about what goes on with their pending free agency over the next few months.

2. Results

Fighting Spirit Unleashed
September 30th, 2018
Long Beach Walter Pyramid
Long Beach, CA

  1. Rocky Romero, SHO & YOH defeated ACH, Jushin Thunder Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi
  2. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian defeated Chase Owens& Hangman Page
  3. Chris Sabin, Flip Gordon & Jeff Cobb defeated Beretta & Hirooki Goto & Chuckie T
  4. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer & Zack Sabre Jr. defeated EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito
  5. Gedo & Jay White defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA
  6. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament
    Semi-Final
    Marty Scurll defeated Will Ospreay
  7. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    the Guerillas of Destiny defeated the Young Bucks (c) – New Champions
  8. IWGP United States Championship
    Cody defeated Juice Robinson (c) – New Champion
  9. The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) defeated Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii

3. Upcoming Matches

King of Pro Wrestling
October 8th, 2018
Ryogoku, Sumo Hall

  •  IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match
    Kenny Omega vs. Cody vs. Kota Ibushi
  • G1 Briefcase
    Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
    KUSHIDA vs. Marty Scurll
  • EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano and Roppongi 3K vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, and a new LIJ member TBD
  • Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, and Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Takashi Iizuka
  • The Young Bucks, Hangman Page and Chase Owens vs. Guerillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale and Taiji Ishimori
  • Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma vs. Juice Robinson and Toa Henare
  • IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title Match
    Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask

Championship Landscape

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Kenny Omega
Won: Dominion in Osaka – from Kazuchika Okada
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: Cody (G1 in SF), Tomohiro Ishii (Destruction in Hiroshima)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Vacated by Hiromu Takahashi due to injury
New champion to be crowned at King of Pro Wrestling October 8th

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Champion: Chris Jericho
Won: Dominion in Osaka – from Tetsuya Naito
Defenses: None

NEVER Openweight Championship
Champion: Taichi
Won: Destruction in Beppu
Defenses: None

IWGP United States Championship
Champion: Cody
Won: from Juice Robinson at NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed (9/30/18)
Title Defenses: None

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: the Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
Won: NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed (9/30/18) from the Young Bucks
Title Defenses: 0
Challengers:

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
Won: 46th Anniversary Show from Roppongi 3K (triple threat also involving Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi)
Title Defences: 3
Challengers: Bushi & Takahashi/Roppongi 3K (triple threat), Bushi & Takahashi, (Road to Dontaku), Roppongi 3K (Dominion)

NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Champions: Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, & Taiji Ishimori
Won: G1 night 19 from the Young Bucks & Marty Scurll
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: David Finlay, Juice Robinson, & Ryusuke Taguchi