New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (October 20th, 2018)

Shingo Takagi
Shingo Takagi

New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (10/20/18)

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

NJPW Territory Report Archives

1. News

Speculation On The Elite Leaving Bullet Club and New Japan Pro Wrestling

We put out a video and special report this week on the possibility of members of the Elite leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling and Bullet Club. The Elite have been dropping hints about leaving and others have accused them of sending negative messages about NJPW management to media.

Will Ospreay Pulled From Road To Power Struggle Tour

Will Ospreay has been pulled from the Road to Power Struggle tour due to a rib injury sustained recently. From NJPW1972.com:

Will Ospreay suffered injury to his rib in Britain and will miss Road to POWER STRUGGLE ~SUPER Jr. TAG LEAGUE 2018~ tour to focus on the Never openweight championship match in Osaka on November 3rd, from October 19th in Hiroshima to November 1st in Shizuoka, it was decided today.

As a result of Ospreay’s absence, Never openweight champion Taichi will be also out of action, from October 19th to November 1st.

Beretta To Challenge Cody For the IWGP United States Championship?

On the first night of the Road to Power Struggle tour, Beretta did a few matches on commentary with Kevin Kelly. He said he wanted a shot against Cody for the IWGP United States Championship. Cody put it up to the fans to decide if he should get a title shot.

Yes was winning with 54% of the vote as of this writing.

Hiroshi Tanahashi Rescued Kazuchika Okada

On the second night of the Road to Power Struggle tour, Bullet Club was DQ’ed when Gedo hit Okada in the face with brass knuckles. This led to a post-match melee but Okada was rescued by his longtime rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Chris Jericho Cuts A Promo On Evil

NJPW posted a video of Chris Jericho cutting a promo on Evil to their YouTube channel. Jericho will defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against EVIL at Power Struggle on November 3rd, 2018.

Kota Ibushi Dissension With Bullet Club Elite?

On the Road to Power Struggle tour, Ibushi has been seen as hesitant to join in double-teams or any type of rule-breaking with his Bullet Club Elite teammates. Kevin Kelly suggested he seemed torn between good and evil. Kelly also speculated that Ibushi could be in line to face the winner between Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi in the Tokyo Dome this year. Instead of “2 Sweet’ing” his stablemates after the match, Ibushi has been just giving them high fives.

2. Results

Road To Power Struggle Night 1
October 16th, 2018
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Toa Henare defeated Ayato Yoshida, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  2. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Chase Owens, Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Bad Luck Fale, Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa defeated Beretta, Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & Chuckie T
  4. Super Junior Tag League 2018
    Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori [2] defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask [0]
  5. Super Junior Tag League 2018
    El Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. [2] defeated ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi [0]
  6. Super Junior Tag League 2018
    El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru [2] defeated Chris Sabin & KUSHIDA [0]
  7. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Match
    BUSHI & Shingo Takagi [2] defeated Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) [0]

Road To Power Struggle Night 2
October 17th, 2018
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Tomoaki Honma defeated Ayato Yoshida, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  2. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toa Henare & Togi Makabe
  3. Beretta, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano) & Chuckie T defeated. Bad Luck Fale, Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa – via DQ
  4. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Match
    Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (2) defeated El Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. (2)
  5. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Match
    Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori (4) defeated ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi (0)
  6. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Match
    BUSHI & Shingo Takagi (4) defeated Chris Sabin & KUSHIDA (0)
  7. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Match
    Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

Super Junior Tag Team Tournament Standings

  1. Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles – 4pts
  2. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi – 4pts
  3. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask – 2pts
  4. Volador Jr. & Soberano Jr. – 2pts
  5. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado – 2pts
  6. KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin – 0pts
  7. ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi – 0pts
  8. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) – 0pts

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

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: 3
Challengers: Cody (G1 in SF), Tomohiro Ishii (Destruction in Hiroshima), vs Cody vs Kota Ibushi (triple-threat, King of Pro Wrestling)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Kushida (6x Champion, 8 total title 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