New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (November 10th, 2018)

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New Japan Pro Wrestling Territory Report (11/10/18)

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

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1. Overview and News

With Power Struggle and the Super Junior Tag League in the books, NJPW moves into their final tournament of the year. Along the way, the promotion’s top stars will be on opposing sides of multi-person tag-team matches building towards their Wrestle Kingdom 13 bouts. Aside from Kenny Omega, however, who will not be on the World Tag League tour. His Wrestle Kingdom opponent made sure to criticize him for this as well.

Omega and Tanahashi have been building their match through the media for the most part. This week, Omega made some comments to Yahoo Sports in Japan regarding his title challenger for the Tokyo Dome. Chris Charlton offered up some translations of his comments which are posted below.

5 matches are now official for the Tokyo Dome this year, although Chris Jericho appears to be disputing the officialness of his match.

Wrestle Kingdom 13 Officially Announced Matches

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Kushida (c) vs Taiji Ishimori
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship
    Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon(Bushi and Shingo Takagi)

Chris Jericho Denies Agreeing To Match With Tetsuya Naito

Chris Jericho said at Power Struggle that he would not face Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom. Despite this, NJPW announced a match between the two as official for the event. Not long after they did so, Chris Jericho posted the following to Instagram:

It seems likely the match will happen, however.

Kenny Omega Comments On Hiroshi Tanahashi Criticizing Him For Missing Upcoming Tour

NJPW commentator Chris Charlton translated some comments Kenny Omega made to Yahoo Sports in Japan regarding his Wrestle Kingdom opponent, Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Omega, who will not be in the World Tag League tour, addressed Tanahashi criticizing him for doing so.

Omega also took a shot at Tanahashi’s draw internationally:

Hiroshi Tanahashi And Kazuchika Okada To Team Together

After the Mega-Powers style handshake on the Road to Power Struggle, Tanahashi and Okada will team together for the first time since Okada was a just young lion. The match will main event the November 29th show from Korakuen Hall. The pair will team with Kushida to take on Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, and Taiji Ishimori. The full show will air on NJPW World.

WWE Offers To NJPW Stars

Tetsuya Naito revealed to Tokyo Sports recently that WWE sent feelers to see if he might be interested in jumping ship. Naito said he immediately turned the offer down.

“I didn’t even give it thought,” Naito said. “This New Japan ring is already the world’s number 1 stage. The fans know this. That’s why I think we should focus on our home crowd before looking international.”

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter then reported this week that feelers from the company have been sent to other top talents as well.

“Naito would be one of the three (at least) Japanese top guys feelers have been sent to,” wrote Dave Meltzer. “The other two that we’re aware of didn’t turn the offers down without thought although one would be a huge surprise and the other would be a great worker who I didn’t see flourishing in the WWE system, but also probably wouldn’t have any reservations about moving to the U.S. like many of the Japanese might.”

Super Junior Tag League

A 3-way tie topped the Super Junior Tag League, leading to a 3-way match in the finals. Roppongi 3K came away with the win over Kanemaru & Desperado and Takagi and Bushi. Despite their win, however, it will be another 3-way match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships between the same teams at Wrestle Kingdom.

This was the first year the tournament followed a round-robin or league-based format. Previously the tournament had been a single-elimination cup-style format.

Super Junior Tag League/Tournament Winners:

  1. El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto (2010)
  2. Time Splitters (Alex Shelly and KUSHIDA) (2012)
  3. The Young Bucks (2013)
  4. Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish (2014)
  5. Matt Sydal and Ricochet (2015)
  6. Rocky Romero & Beretta (2016)
  7. Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) (2017)
  8. Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) (2018) (Tag League Format)

World Tag League Teams, Change Of Format

The World Tag League starts in 8 days (as of press time). The format has changed this year, however. The 14 teams will all be in 1 large bracket, as was the case with the Super Junior Tag League.

Here are the teams this year:

  1. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino (Young Lions)
  2. Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T)
  3. Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano)
  4. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson)
  5. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
  6. Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin
  7. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer)
  8. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA)
  9. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
  10. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka)
  11. Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
  12. TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima)
  13. The Elite (Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi)
  14. Toa Henare & Togi Makabe

Schedule: 

  • bolded dates indicate the full show will air on NJPWWorld
  • bolded and in italics indicates English commentary is available and the full show will air on NJPWWorld.

November 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, December 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9.

Following the tour, there will be two Road to Tokyo Dome shows from Korakuen Hall on December 14th and 15th to close out the year which will air in full on NJPWWorld.com.

The Young Bucks Not On World Tag League Tour

The Young Bucks are not on the World Tag League tour and don’t currently have further dates booked with the company. When asked on Twitter about the tour this week, Matt Jackson had the following to say:

Don Callis Back on Commentary

Don Callis will be back on commentary November 17 and 18th for the first two nights of the World Tag League tour. He is also confirmed for Wrestle Kingdom 13.

Callis following to say on his podcast recently regarding this:

“I am going back to New Japan,” Callis said. “So, for all the people out there who were claiming I’d been fired and that they didn’t want to use me anymore, that sort of thing. There were some people who said that and had all sorts of reasons for it that they would speculate about. As I said before, I’m busy enough that it’s not that I didn’t notice I wasn’t going back but I hadn’t given it a lot of thought because I’d been so busy.”

“They reached out to me and we had a discussion,” he continued. “I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school but they were quite intent on getting me back and I love the company and I love the boys in the back and I like the product. So, once we were able to resolve everything to mutual satisfaction I made a deal to go back.”

Bullet Club Recruiting Katsuya Kitamura?

Bullet Club sent this out on Twitter. Kitamura hasn’t wrestled since February and there were rumors back then that his career might be over because of injuries at just 32.

The Elite No Longer Bullet Club

Members of the Elite confirmed on the Chris Jericho Rock N Rager at Sea recently that they are no longer Bullet Club. Considering things are up in the air at the moment as to what the future holds for several of the members of the group in NJPW, this isn’t too much of a surprise.

The Elite Pending Free Agency Update

There were no concrete developments in terms of the Elite’s pending free agency this week but there was an interesting hint dropped on Being the Elite. It was made very clear that it was Cody who made the promise of the Elite all staying together next year. This could lead to speculation the reason this was made clear is that they might have to break that promise in 2019.

We won’t have any clear answers on this until at least after Wrestle Kingdom.

Taka Michinoku Suspended From Kaientai Dojo

Taka Michinoku has been suspended for one year and will forfeit his pay for the year as a result of a recently revealed scandal. Michinoku was revealed as having an affair on his wife. The board of the dojo/wrestling promotion he founded in 2002 voted to remove him for the year but he is still the organization’s owner.

Cody Vs Beretta – IWGP United States Championship

Cody will attempt to defend the IWGP United States championship he won from Juice Robinson on November 11th. He’ll face Beretta on the Ring of Honor Global Wars: Toronto show.

2. Power Struggle Results

Power Struggle
November 3rd, 2018
EDION Arena
Osaka, Japan

  1. ACH, Chris Sabin, Ryusuke Taguchi & Toa Henare defeat El Soberano Jr., Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Volador Jr.
  2. BULLET CLUB (Robbie Eagles, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeat Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & KUSHIDA
  3. CHAOS (Beretta & Kazuchika Okada) defeat BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale & Jay White)
  4. Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) defeat David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi
  5. Super Junior Tag League 2018 Final Three Way Match
    Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) defeated Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) and Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi)
  6. NEVER Openweight Title Match
    Hirooki Goto defeated Taichi (c) (15:02) – Title Change
  7. RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title Match
    Tomohiro Ishii (c) defeated Minoru Suzuki
  8. Tetsuya Naito defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
  9. IWGP Intercontinental Title Match
    Chris Jericho (c) defeated EVIL

3. Upcoming Matches

Lion’s Break Project 1
November 10th, 2018
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center Hall B

  1. Karl Fredericks vs Alex Coughlin
  2. Rocky Romero vs Ryusuke Taguchi
  3. David Finlay & Jushin Liger vs ACH & Clark Connors
  4. Hirooki Goto vs Jeff Cobb

Lion’s Break Project 1
November 11th, 2018
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center Hall B

  1. ACH vs Karl Fredericks
  2. Jushin Liger vs Clark Connors
  3. Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs Jeff Cobb & Ryusuke Taguchi
  4. Kenny Omega vs David Finlay

World Tag League Night 1
November 17th, 2018
Kanagawa, Japan
Chichibunomiya Memorial Gymnasium

  1. Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin vs Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji
  2. Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma vs Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.
  3. El Desperado, Takahashi Izuka, Minoru Suzuki vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer
  4. World Tag League 2018
    David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs Shota Umino and Ayato Yoshida
  5. World Tag League 2018
    Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
  6. World Tag League 2018
    Chuckie T & Beretta vs Hangman Page vs Yujiro Takahashi
  7. World Tag League 2018
    Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
  8. CHAOS (Okada, Ishii, Yano, Roppingi 3K) vs Los InGobernables (Naito, Evil, Sanada, Bushi, Takagi)

World Tag League Night 2
November 18th, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
Korakuen Hall

  1. David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji
  2. Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma vs Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
  3. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Toa Henare, and Togi Makabe vs Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Shota Umino, and Ayato Yoshida
  4. Chuckie T & Beretta, Hirooki Goto vs Yujiro Takahashi, Hangman Page, and Kota Ibushi
  5. Sho, Yoh, and Kazuchika Okada vs Shingo Takagi, Bushi, and Tetsuya Naito
  6. World Tag League 2018
    Takashi Iizuka and Minoru Suzuki vs Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  7. World Tag League 2018
    Toro Yano and Tomohiro Ishii vs Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.
  8. World Tag League 2018
    Jeff Cobb and Michael Elgin vs Sanada and EVIL

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: 1
Challengers: EVIL (Power Struggle)

NEVER Openweight Championship
Champion: Hirooki Goto
Won: from Taichi at Power Struggle
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: 0
Challengers:

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