NJPW 47th Anniversary Results & Territory Report


NJPW 47th Anniversary Results & Territory Report

Table of Contents:

  1. News and Notes
  2. NJPW 47th Anniversary Results
  3. Upcoming Matches: New Japan Cup 2019
  4. Rankings
  5. Championship Landscape

News and Notes

  • Following the main event, White went to continue the beat down on Jay White with a chair. Kota Ibushi hit the ring from the announce table to make the save, however. Several members of Bullet Club attempted to intervene but were then intercepted by members of CHAOS. With that, White will wait to see who wins the 32-man New Japan Cup to see who he defends his title against in Madison Square Garden.
  • Roppongi 3K won the IWGP junior heavyweight tag-team championships for the 3rd time. They’ve never defended the titles successfully.
  • BUSHI and Shingo Takagi’s reign first reign ends after 1 title defense (Kanemaru and Desperado) and 62 days as champions.
  • After Ishimori defeated Liger, Dragon Lee hit the ring and made it clear he will be the next person to challenge Taiji Ishimori. As a result, a title match between the two has been scheduled for the G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden.
  • Following NJPW’s Anniversary show, Jushin Liger announced he will retire after Wrestle Kingdom 14 next year on January 4th.
  • Hirooki Goto pinned Sanada in the semi-main event. Those two will meet on 3/11 in the 1st round of the New Japan Cup.
  • Next up is the New Japan Cup which begins on March 8th. The lineup for the 1st round matches are listed below.


NJPW 47th Anniversary Show
Ota City General Gymnasium
Tokyo, Japan

  1. HIKULEO, Chase Owens, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club) defeated Ren Narita, Shota Umino, Ayato Yoshida, Toru Yano, & Togi Makabe
  2. YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS) defeated Toa Henare & Yuji Nagata
  3. Dragon Lee, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima defeated TAKA Michinoku, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Gun)
  4. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Sho & Yoh (Roppongi Vice) (CHAOS) defeated Bushi & Shingo Takagi (LIJ) (c) – new champions
  5. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club) (c) defeated Jushin “Thunder” Liger
  6. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, & Hirooki Goto defeated EVIL, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito (LIJ)
  7. Champion vs Champion Non-Title
    IWGP Heavyweight Champion: Jay White (Bullet Club) defeated NEVER Openweight Champion: Will Ospreay (CHAOS)

Upcoming Matches: New Japan Cup 2019

New Japan Cup night 1
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Tournament Matches:

  • Manabu Nakanishi vs YOSHI-HASHI (CHAOS)
  • Tomoaki Honma (GBH) vs Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)
  • Juice Robinson (Lifeblood) vs Chase Owens (Bullet Club)
  • Yuji Nagata vs Tomohiro Ishii (CHAOS)

New Japan Cup night 2
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Naka-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

  • Mikey Nicholls (CHAOS) vs HIKULEO (Bullet Club)
  • Kazuchika Okada (CHAOS) vs Michael Elgin
  • Will Ospreay (CHAOS) vs Bad Luck Fale
  • Toa Henare vs Lance Archer (Suzuki Gun)

New Japan Cup night 3
Baycom Gymnasium
Nishinagasucho, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo

  • Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito (LIJ)
  • EVIL (LIJ) vs Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki Gun)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shota Umino
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs David Finlay (Lifeblood)

New Japan Cup night 4
Takamatsu City General Gymnasium #1
Kagawa, Japan

  • Togi Makabe (GBH) vs Colt Cabana
  • Hirooki Goto (CHAOS) vs SANADA (LIJ)
  • Satoshi Kojima vs Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Gun)
  • Toru Yano (CHAOS) vs Davey Boy Smith Jr. (Suzuki Gun)

The 2nd round of the tournament is scheduled to begin on March 13th.

ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Jay White (c) (Bullet Club) vs Winner of 2019 New Japan Cup
  • ROH/NJPW Tag Team Championship vs Championship
    Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (Bullet Club) (c) vs Mark & Jay Briscoe (the Briscoe Brothers) (c)
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Taiji Ishimori (c) (Bullet Club) vs Dragon Lee


  • The only change in the rankings was in the IWGP junior heavyweight tag-team division, where Roppongi 3K won the titles. As a result, the LIJ team of Bushi and Shingo Takagi were bumped down to the #1 spot.

NJPW Rankings 3/7/19

IWGP Heavyweight Champion: Jay White
IWGP Intercontinental Champion: Tetsuya Naito
NEVER Openweight Champion: Will Ospreay

  1. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  2. Kazuchika Okada
  3. Kota Ibushi
  4. Zack Sabre Jr.
  5. Minoru Suzuki
  6. EVIL
  7. Bad Luck Fale
  8. Sanada
  9. Juice Robinson
  10. Hirooki Goto

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion: Taiji Ishimori

  1. Bushi
  2. Ryusuke Taguchi
  3. El Desperado
  4. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  5. Jushin Liger
  6. Tiger Mask IV

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (Guerillas of Destiny – Bullet Club)

  1. Evil & Sanada (LIJ)
  2. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (CHAOS)
  3. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (Killer Elite Squad – Suzuki-Gun)
  4. David Finlay & Juice Robinson (Fin Juice)
  5. Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-Gun)
  6. Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: Sho & Yoh (Roppongi 3K – CHAOS)

  1. Shingo Takagi & Bushi (LIJ)
  2. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-Gun)
  3. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask

NJPW Championship Landscape 3/7/19

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Jay White
Won: from Hiroshi Tanahashi (Osaka 2/11/19)
Title Defenses:
Upcoming Challengers: Will defend against the winner of the New Japan Cup on 4/6/19

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Taiji Ishimori
Won: From KUSHIDA (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: Ryusuke Taguchi (Osaka 2/11/19) defeated Jushin Liger (3/6/19)
Upcoming Challengers:

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Champion: Tetsuya Naito
Won: from Chris Jericho (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Defenses: 1
Challengers: Taichi (2/3/19)
Upcoming Challengers:

NEVER Openweight Championship
Champion: Will Ospreay
Won: from Kota Ibushi (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Defenses: 1
Challengers: Dalton Castle (2/22/19)

IWGP United States Championship
Champion: Juice Robinson
Won: from Cody (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: defeated Beretta (2/1/19)

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (Guerillas of Destiny) (5x)
Won: from Evil & Sanada (Honor Rising 2/23/19)
Title Defenses: 0 (2 all-time)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: Roppongi 3K (Sho & Yoh) (3x)
Won: defeated Bushi & Shingo Takagi (LIJ) (3/6/19)
Title Defences: 0 (0 all-time)

NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Champions: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
Won: from Tonga/Loa/Ishimori 1/30/19 (Road to New Beginning)
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: Cheeseburger, Delirious, & Colt Cabana (2/22/19)