NJPW Destruction in Fukushima Report; 3 Championship Matches

NJPW
Destruction in Fukushima
September 10th, 2017
Fukushima, Japan

Preliminaries

  1. Yuji Nagata & Hirai Kawato defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Shota Umino

  2. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka

  3. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens defeated Baretta & Jado

  4. Juice Robinson & David Finlay defeated Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga

  5. Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Ricochet & Togi Makabe defeated Takashi Iizuka, Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi & Taka Michinoku

Main Card

6. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
War Machine (c) (2nd title defense) defeated Guerillas of Destiny (Bullet Club) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Suzuki-Gun)

  • War Machine picked up the title defense here. They pinned Tanga Loa for the win.
  • This was the 1st of 3 triple threat matches involving these teams scheduled for September. Next match takes place next Saturday (16th) and the following Sunday (24th).
  • This was War Machine’s 2nd title defense. The record is 10, held by Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard (Albert/Matt Bloom).

7. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi (LIJ) defeated Will Ospreay & Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS)

  • This match was building up Naito defense of the briefcase against Ishii.
  • Naito pinned Ospreay with the Destino.

8. NEVER 6-Man Tag Team Championship
EVIL, Bushi & SANADA (LIJ) (c) (3rd title defense) defeated Rocky Romero, Toru Yano & Kazuchika Okada (CHAOS)

  • In addition to being a title match, this was also a preview for Okada vs. Evil at King of Pro Wrestling next month.
  • At the end of the match, EVIL hit his STO finish on Okada at the end of the match while Bushi pinned Romero.
  • Sanada also wrapped Yano up in the ropes so tightly he couldn’t get out. As Yano has been doing a lot of that to others lately, though so has Sanada.
  • With this match, Los InGobernables set the record for the most title defenses¬†ever (3) of the NEVER 6-Man tag titles. The previous record of 2 title defenses had been held by the Elite (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks).

9. NEVER Openweight Championship
Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-Gun) (c) (3rd title defense)  defeated Michael Elgin

  • There was a high degree of shenanigans in this match. There was near constant interference from the members of Suzuki Gun.
  • Even the members of Taguchi Japan (Kushida, Tanahashi, Ricochet, Taguchi) weren’t able to stop the faction from costing Elgin the title here.
  • This was Suzuki’s 3rd straight title defense. One more and he ties the record for the championship (est.2012)
  • At the post-match press conference, he poured a beer on the title belt, I’m not sure why.
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