NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2017 Results

King of Pro Wrestling 
October 9th, 2017
Ryōgoku Sumo Hall
Tokyo, Japan

1. Bad Luck Fale, Leo Tonga, and Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club) vs. Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi and Sanada (LIJ)

  • Darryl Takahashi (the toy cat) got some revenge on Bad Luck Fale, who had seemingly destroyed him during the G1.
  • The finish of the match came when Takahashi brought out Darryl to distract Bad Luck Fale. Takahashi then distracted the ref by straight up grabbing onto him and pulling him into the ropes. This allowed Bushi to hit the poison spray on Bad Luck Fale and roll him up for the win.

Winners: Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi, and Sanada

2. Hirooki Goto and Toru Yano (CHAOS) vs. Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-Gun)

  • This whole match was about Suzuki-Gun teaching Yano a lesson. Yano had defeated Suzuki in the G1, so he and ZSJ were stretching Yano all match.
  • The end of the match came when Suzuki took Yano to the outside and began tying him up with rope. Yano had done similar things to his opponents all G1 long. Then Yano hit a low blow on Suzuki and got back in the ring at a count of 18. Suzuki couldn’t make it back in and Yano and Goto won by count-out.
  • After the match, Yano grabbed the NEVER Openweight title, celebrated with it and then ran to the back with it.
  • Suzuki went wild with a chair on several of the young lions at ringside and ZSJ hit the ref. They were not pleased with the result, in other words.
  • Looks like Yano vs. Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship could be up next.

Winners: Yano and Goto (via count-out)

3. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu) (CHAOS)

  • Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu were revealed as the Roppongi 3K with Rocky Romero serving as a director of sorts. Perhaps a 6-man team is also in the works.
  • They used to have fantastic matches against each other as young lions, then went on excursion to CMLL and ROH where they wrestled as the Tempura Boyz.
  • They won the titles in their return match, hitting a double lifted flatliner (sort of a 3-D into a flatliner) on Ricochet for the win. I believe they are calling that move 3K.

Winners: Roppongi 3K (new champions)

4. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Killer Elite Squad (Suzuki-Gun) vs. War Machine vs. the Guerillas of Destiny (Bullet Club)

  • This was conducted under elimination rules.
  • Each team kicked out of a finisher from another team. Then they broke out weapons.
  • Tanga Loa was pinned after hitting a chair wedged in the turnbuckle, followed by a Killer Bomb from KES.
  • Tama Tonga came back into the match after having been eliminated and hit Rowe with a trash can several times.
  • KES then put Rowe through a table with a Killer Bomb and pinned him for the win.

Winners: Killer Elite Squad (1st title defense)

5. Cody, Kenny Omega, and Marty Scurll (Bullet Club) vs. Beretta, Jado, and Yoshi-Hashi (CHAOS)

  • Scurll got the chicken-wing on Jado after having broken his fingers.
  • There was no real dissension exhibited amongst members of Bullet Club, even though Omega and Cody have been hinting at that on YouTube. Kelly mentioned there were problems in Bullet Club but there was nothing indicating that here. It could be a YouTube only angle, we will just have to see.
  • Yoshi-Hashi got up in Omega’s face after the match. Omega will defend the IWGP US championship against him at the upcoming Ring of Honor Global Wars tour.

Winners: Marty Scurll, Cody, and Kenny Omega

6. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe vs. Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi

  • Togi Makabe missed the King Kong knee drop which allowed Juice Robinson to hit Pulp Friction and pick up the win for his team.
  • Ibushi and Tanahashi paired off for most of the match as Ibushi will be the next to challenge for Tanahashi’s Intercontinental Championship.
  • Tanahashi and Ibushi had a staredown in the middle of the ring after the match. They are 1-1 against each other in singles matches, Ibushi defeated Tanahashi this year in the G1 and Tanahashi defeated Ibushi in 2015.

Winners: Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi

7. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Kushida (c) vs. Will Ospreay (CHAOS)

  • Ospreay finally defeated Kushida by delivering the Oz Cutter.
  • Previously Kushida had defeated him 4x in a row.
  • This is Ospreay’s first single’s title in NJPW, though he did win the Best of the Super Juniors in 2016. He had challenged for this title twice before unsuccessfully.
  • Takahashi hit the ring almost immediately after the match concluded to challenge Ospreay.
  • Just before Takahashi could issue the challenge, however, Marty Scurll hit the ring and broke Takahashi’s finger.
  • Ospreay had previously prevented Takahashi from issuing a challenge to Kushida on September 16th.
  • Scurll then challenged Ospreay to a title shot and Takahashi just rolled around in the ring in pain.

Winner: Will Ospreay (new champion)

8. G1 Title Shot Briefcase On the Line
Tetsuya Naito (holder) (LIJ) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS)

  • Naito hit Destino on Ishii and got the pin to retain.
  • Their all-time series in singles matches is now tied at 4.
  • Ishii had won their previous 2 bouts.
  • Last year Naito defeated Ishii at Wrestling Dontaku 2016 to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito

9. IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Kazuchika Okada (c) (CHAOS) vs. EVIL (LIJ)

  • Evil really went all out with his entrance for this match. He rode atop a very evil looking throne to the ring.
  • Evil worked Okada’s injured back and shoulder for much of the match, including wrapping his head in a chair and swinging another one at it baseball style
  • Okada ended up coming back and winning it with the Rainmaker, however.
  • Okada’s 477 day reign with the title will surely pass Shinya Hashimota’s record of 489 days from 1996-1997.
  • This was his 8th title defence of his current reign and 21st all time. Tanahashi holds the record in each of those categories with 11 title defences from 2011-12 and 28 totle defenses with the title.
  • After the match Naito came out from the back and our Tokyo Dome main event is set, Kazuchika Okada defending against Tetsuya Naito.