Destruction in Kobe
September 24th, 2017
Kobe Super Arena
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hirai Kawato defeated Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka (Monster Rage)
- The two heavyweight young lions took on a junior heavyweight young lion and a former IWGP heavyweight champion.
- In the end, it was Tenzan who was able to make Kitamura tap out to the Anaconda Vice.
Togi Makabe, Jushin Liger, Ricochet, Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask defeated El Desperado, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
- This was basically a 10-man brawl with little adherence to the rules.
- Kevin Kelly commented that Suzuki-Gun’s actions during Minoru Suzuki’s title defense against Elgin was something many fans will want to forget.
- Lots of dirty heelish tactics by Suzuki-Gun, including Taichi using what appeared to be a hammer at one point…
- After everyone else spilled to the floor, Togi Makabe hit the King Kong Knee Drop on Taka for the win.
Yoshi-Hashi and Hirooki Goto (CHAOS) defeated Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens (Bullet Club
- Yoshi-Hashi hit Karma on Owens for the win.
- For the second week in a row, Yoshi-Hashi picked up the win for his team. It’s the 3rd week in a row that Goto and Yoshi-Hashi have been on the same team together, which could be a sign they will be a team in the World Tag League later in the year.
Beretta (CHAOS) defeated Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club)
- Beretta wore a shirt that just said “Heavyweight” on it. Pretty clear.
- At about 5 minutes in Takahashi hit Beretta with a cane and then proceeded to hit him with several big moves after, including a fisherman buster from the top-rope.
- I believe the story they were telling was that Beretta can take the kind of punishment heavyweights dish out and still battle back.
- He made a comeback and won the match with the Dudebuster.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Killer Elite Squad (Suzuki-Gun) defeated War Machine (c) and Guerillas of Destiny (Bullet Club) (new champions)
- A lot of brawling in this match, and a few table spots as well.
- War Machine had won the first two of these matches on the tour and looked to have the 3rd won as well after hitting Fallout but Killer Elite Squad pulled the ref out of the ring.
- With his partner having been put through a table, Ray Rowe was unable to fend off both members of KES. They hit Killer Bomb and Archer pinned Rowe for the win.
- This was Killer Elite’s squad’s 3rd time winning the titles and first since 2014. They have defended them a total of 5x throughout their previous 2 reigns.
David Finlay and Kota Ibushi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin
- Elgin pinned Finlay as this match previewed the next Intercontinental championship match between champion, Tanahashi, and Kota Ibushi.
Rocky Romero, Tomohiro Ishii, and Toru Yano (CHAOS) vs. Bushi, Sanada and Tetsuya Naito (LIJ)
- Ishii pinned Bushi with a brainbuster as they built towards Ishii vs. Naito for the G1 briefcase at King of Pro-Wrestling on October 9th.
Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay (CHAOS) vs. Evil and Hiromu Takahashi (LIJ)
- Ospreay pinned Takahashi with the Ozcutter
- Evil continued to work on Okada’s shoulder, which he injured in the G1 by slamming Okada onto a pile of chairs. We will see how Okada’s injury plays into their IWGP Heavyweight championship match on October 9th.
IWGP United States Championship
Kenny Omega (Bullet Club) (c) defeated Juice Robinson (1st title defense)
- Early in the match, Juice had a chance to go for Kenny’s injured knee but chose not to.
- Later in the match, after Kenny attempted a 1-Winged Angel, Juice chop blocked the knee to gain the advantage.
- Juice took the advantage of Kenny’s injured knee for a period until Kenny countered by suplex’ing Juice from the apron down to the floor.
- Juice was able to get back on offense and eventually hit Pulp Friction for a near-count. Omega became the first person in NJPW to kick out of Juice’s finisher.
- Juice must have figured he’d have to give Omega a super-Pulp Friction from the top rope in order to beat him. Omega countered the move into a super 1-Winged Angel, however, and pinned Juice to retain his title.
- After the match, Omega thanked Juice for the great effort and then said goodbye and goodnight.
- At the post-match presser, Yoshi-Hashi showed up and appeared to challenge Omega for a shot at the IWGP United States championship.
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