New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (October 12th, 2018)

Jay White and Bullet Club
Jay White and Bullet Club

New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (10/12/18)

  1. News
  2. Results
  3. Upcoming Matches
  4. Current Champions and Statistics

1. News

Report Of Low Morale In NJPW And Backlash Against Management

A report went out this week in the Wrestling Observer, stating there are some unhappy wrestlers in NJPW. We put out two videos on it this week:

And then Tama Tonga responded:

Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi Retain

With both Kenny Omega and Tanahashi winning at King of Pro Wrestling, the main event for WrestleKingdom has been confirmed. It will be the first time in 5 years Kazuchika Okada has not main event’ed the show.

A New Bullet Club Era Begins

Jay White, Gedo, and Jado joined Bullet Club at King of Pro Wrestling. White explained why he originally turned down the group when offered a spot by Kenny Omega during a backstage interview after KOPW. I through up a YouTube video on it for our new YouTube channel:

Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White w/Gedo

With Jay White joining Bullet Club, it’s possible/likely we get Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada at WrestleKingdom. It’ll be the second big match at the event in a row for White, who debuted his Switchblade character at WrestleKingdom last year in a loss to Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Chris Jericho Returns, Attacks EVIL

Chris Jericho returned to NJPW at King of Pro Wrestling as well. He attacked EVIL before his match with Zack Sabre Jr, leading to a no-contest ruling. Evil challenged Jericho in a promo in September. They will meet for the title at Power Struggle.

Kushida Wins IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and His Place In History

Kushida defeated Marty Scurll in the finals of the Junior Heavyweight title tournament. It is his 6th reign as champion, tying him for second place all time.

New LIJ Member

Longtime Dragon Gate wrestler, Shingo Takagi, was named as the newest member of LIJ. He will team with Bushi in the upcoming Super Junior Tag Tournament.

British Heavyweight Championship Match At RevPro October 14th

Not only are CHAOS and Suzuki-Gun feuding in NJPW, but they also have a big feud in RevPro too. Minoru Suzuki and Tomohiro Ishii will clash for the British Heavyweight Championship on Sunday. Suzuki defeated Ishii for the title on July 1st. Previously, Ishii won the title by defeating Zack Sabre Jr.

Will Ospreay To Challenge For NEVER Openweight Championship?

Will Ospreay pinned the NEVER Openweight Champion, Taichi, held up the belt and said: “I’m next”. That’s a pretty solid indicator Ospreay will be the next challenger for the title. The match has now been made official for Power Struggle.

Taiji Ishimori’s Tag Partner For Super Junior Tournament

Robbie Eagles has been announced as the newest Bullet Club member. He will team with Taiji Ishimori in the upcoming Super Junior Tag Tournament

Super Junior Tag Team Tournament

The Super Junior tournament will take place in the lead up to Power Struggle on November 3rd, with the finals being held that night.

  1. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi
  2. Jyushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask
  3. KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin
  4. Super 69 (ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi)
  5. Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr.
  6. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
  7. Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles
  8. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado

Shows on: October 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, and November 1st.

2. Results

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

  •  IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match
    Kenny Omega defeated Kota Ibushi and Cody
  • G1 Briefcase
    Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Jay White
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
    KUSHIDA defeated Marty Scurll
  • EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – No Contest
  • Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, and a new LIJ member TBD defeated Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano and Roppongi 3K
  • Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, and Will Ospreay defeated Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Takashi Iizuka
  • The Guerillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale and Taiji Ishimori defeated The Young Bucks, Hangman Page and Chase Owens
  • Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma defeated Juice Robinson and Toa Henare
  • IWGP Jr. Tag Team Title Match
    Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask

3. Upcoming Matches

NJPW Power Struggle
November 3rd, 2018
Osaka, Japan

  • The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) (Bullet Club Elite) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi and David Finlay
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship
    Chris Jericho (c) vs EVIL (LIJ)
  • NEVER Openweight Championship
    Taichi (Suzuki-Gun) (c) vs Will Ospreay (CHAOS)
  • Tetsuya Naito (LIJ) vs Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-Gun)
  • Kazuchika Okada and Beretta (CHAOS) vs Bad Luck Fale and Jay White (BCOG)
  • Finals of the Super Junior Tag Tournament

4. 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
Champion: Kushida (6x Champion, ___ total defenses)
Won: King of Pro Wrestling from vacant (defeated Marty Scurll in tournament final)
Title Defenses (Current Reign): 0

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: 1
Challengers: Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger (KOPW)

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