NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo Results & Territory Report

NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo 2019 Results & Rankings
NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo 2019 Results & Rankings

NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo featured 2 nights of shows and 3 championship matches. In the main event of night 2 in Sapporo, Tetsuya Naito defeated Taichi for the first title defense of what is his 3rd reign. Naito has now held the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the second most days in history. He has held the title 332 days across 3 reigns with 5 successful title defenses. The only wrestler ahead of him in the days spent as champion category is Shinsuke Nakamura who held the title 901 days across 5 reigns with 17 successful defenses.

The soon-retiring Takashi Iizuka attacked Naito before the match could begin, resulting in a long delay while medical professionals tended to Naito. Taichi celebrated in the ring, assuming he would be given the title via forfeit. Naito was able to make it to the ring, however, and eventually defeated Taichi. After the match, Naito said he plans on being the first person to hold both the IWGP Intercontinental title and the IWGP Heavyweight title. So, it sounds as though Naito could be waiting to challenge whoever wins between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jay White on February 11th.

Los InGobernables Vs Suzuki-Gun

Los InGobernables and Suzuki-Gun battled it out in the other two championship matches in Sapporo as well. LIJ made it a perfect 3-0 against their rival faction in championship matches. Shingo Takagi & BUSHI defeated El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships and EVIL & SANADA retained their heavyweight tag titles against Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.

Bullet Club In Osaka

The rest of the matches on the tour have been setting up 3 key matches in Osaka on February 11th, all of which will involve members of Bullet Club. Jay White will challenge Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Ryusuke Taguchi will challenge Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and Bad Luck Fale will face Kazuchika Okada in a special single’s match at New Beginning in Osaka on February 11th.

Also in Bullet Club news, Tama Tonga seemed very uneasy with the actions of his stablemates all tour. Now a self-described “Good Guy”, Tonga seems hesitant to join in any type of double or triple teaming.

NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo Results & Territory Report

  1. NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo Nights 1 & 2 Results
  2. Previous Results
  3. Upcoming Matches
  4. NJPW Rankings and Championship Landscape  2/1/19

NJPW Territory Report Archives

1. NJPW New Beggining In Sapporo

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 1
2/2/19
Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Hokkai Kitayell

  1. Ren Narita defeated Yuya Uemura
  2. Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
  3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask  defeated Taka Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. Ryusuke Taguchi, YOSHI-HASHI, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma defeated Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club)
  5. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi (Suzuki-Gun) defeated Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (LIJ)
  6. Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-Gun) defeated SANADA (LIJ)
  7. EVIL (LIJ) defeated Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun)
  8. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club) defeated Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 2
2/3/19
Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Hokkai Kitayell

  1. Toa Henare defeated Yota Tsuji
  2. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita defeated Taka Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma defeated Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club)
  5. Jay White, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club) defeated Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Hiroshi Tanahashi
  6. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (c) (LIJ) defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-Gun)
  7. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    SANADA & EVIL (c) (LIJ) defeated Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun)
  8. IWGP Intercontinental Championship
    Tetsuya Naito (c) (LIJ) defeated Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)

2. Previous Results

Road to the New Beginning
January 28th, 2019
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Manabu Nakanishi & Ren Narita defeated Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Toa Henare defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  3. Chase Owens, Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (Bullet Club) defeated Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Toru Yano
  4. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI (CHAOS) defeated Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club)
  5. Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA defeated Gedo & Jay White (Bullet Club)
  6. Elimination Match
    El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-Gun) defeated BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito (LIJ)

Road to the New Beginning
January 29th, 2019
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

  1. Ren Narita defeated Yuya Uemura
  2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
  3. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi& Toa Henare
  4. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Toru Yano defeated Chase Owens, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (Bullet Club)
  5. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale (Bullet Club) defeated Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi (CHAOS)
  6. BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito (LIJ) defeated El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-Gun)
  7. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated KUSHIDA

Road to the New Beginning
January 30th, 2019
Sendai Sun Plaza
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

  1. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino defeat Toa Henare & Yota Tsuji
  2. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask defeat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita
  3. Shingo Takagi defeats Yoshinobu Kanemaru via DQ
  4. BUSHI defeated El Desperado via DQ
  5. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club)
  6. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-Gun) defeated EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito (LIJ)
  7. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title Match
    Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano defeated Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (Bullet Club) (c) – new champions

3. Upcoming Matches

New Beginning In Osaka
2/11/19
Osaka Prefectural Gym
Osaka, Japan

  1. Jushin Liger, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Takashi Iizuka (Suzuki-Gun)
  2. SANADA & EVIL (LIJ) vs. Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida.
  3. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (LIJ) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Taichi (Suzuki-Gun)
  4. YOSHI-HASHI & Tomoaki Honma vs. Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi (Bullet Club)
  5. Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (Bullet Club)
  6. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
    Taiji Ishimori (c) (Bullet Club) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.
  7. Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
  8. IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Jay White

3. NJPW Rankings & Championship Landscape

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Hiroshi Tanahashi
Won: from Kenny Omega (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Title Defenses:
Challengers:

Contenders: Jay White
Title match scheduled for February 11th, 2019.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Champion: Taiji Ishimori
Won: From KUSHIDA (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Title Defenses: 0

Contenders:
Ryusuke Taguchi
Will face champion on February 11th, 2019

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

NEVER Openweight Championship
Champion: Will Ospreay
Won: from Kota Ibushi (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Defenses: None

IWGP United States Championship
Champion: Juice Robinson
Won: from Cody (Wrestle Kingdom 13)
Title Defenses: None

Contenders: Beretta
Will face champion on New Beginning in USA (will update after shows air on NJPWWorld, assuming they do)

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: EVIL & SANADA (LIJ)
Won: from Guerillas of Destiny (Wrestle Kingdom 13) (triple threat match also involving the Young Bucks)
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr. (2/3/19)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Champions: Shingo Takagi & Bushi
Won: from Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-Gun) (Wrestle Kingdom 13) (triple threat match which also involved Roppongi 3K)
Title Defences: 1
Challengers: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (Suzuki-Gun) (2/3/19)

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: 0
Challengers: