We reviewed Part 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 10 earlier this week. Last night, AXSTV and New Japan Pro Wrestling brought us Part 2 of the January 4, 2016 matches from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The first broadcast was amazing and so this one is expected to be just as good.
The first bout is the first ever Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship featuring Toru Yano, Jay Briscoe, and Mark Briscoe against Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, and Tama Tonga. Before the match starts Yano spits and throws water on his opponents and all six men start brawling with each other. It’s chaos in the early going as The Briscoes double team Takahashi outside the ring. Yano and Tonga finally slow things down as the legal men fighting in the ring with their respective teammates on the apron. Yano is isolated in the corner and Bad Luck Fale is tagged in. He sits on Yano’s chest to try and get the pin, but he kicks out at two. All three Bullet Club members get in the ring and triple-team Yano after taking out The Briscoes. Fale squashes him in the corner and Yano desperately needs to make a tag.
Mark Briscoe gets the tag against Takahashi and puts on a nice series of offense. Takahashi counters with a fisherman’s buster and then tags Tonga in. Jay Briscoe gets the tag and plants Tonga, cover but kick out. Huge neckbreaker by Jay but Tonga again kicks out. Jim Ross and Josh Barnett question the slow count by the ref. Tonga takes control for a moment but Jay battles back. Jay gets Tonga up on his shoulder trying to slam him down, but Tonga holds on to the top rope for dear life. Yano runs over with a steel chair and smashes it down on Tonga’s hands, forcing him to let go. Mark leaps off the top rope and hits Doomsday Device with his brother, planting Tonga. Jay covers for the three count and the team of Jay and Mark Briscoe and Yano are the first ever Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Champions!
The second match of the night is Los Ingobernables de Japon member and villainous heel Tetsuya Naito taking on Hirooki Goto. His fellow Los Ingobernables members, Bushi and EVIL, accompany Naito to the ring which is not good news for his opponent, Goto, who comes out all alone. Naito attacks a camera man before the match for getting too close to him. Before the match starts EVIL and Bushi attack Goto from behind. Naito rolls in and starts fighting Goto as the bell rings. But Goto isn’t staying down for long, he forces Naito to roll out of the ring with his attack. As Goto starts fighting Naito, EVIL attacks from behind and viciously throws Goto into the steel guard rail. Ouch.
EVIL puts a chair on Gotos neck and then whacks it with another chair. Naito sets up a table and gets Goto up on the apron. Naito hits a neckbreaker into the table on Goto. Back in the ring, Goto hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top rope which is really amazing. He covers, but Naito miraculously kicks out at two and we head to commercial. When we return, Naito and Goto battle in the center of the ring. Naito hits a hurricanrana off the top rope and gets a near fall on Goto. The two trade forearms in the middle and work the crowd into a frenzy. Goto picks up Naito and hits a neckbreaker, driving Naito down onto his knee. Goto tries to kick Naito, but Naito grabs his foot and swings it into the ref, knocking him to the mat. Doesn’t take long for EVIL to come in and hold Goto as Bushi spits mist at him.
But Goto moves and the mist hits EVIL. Goto plants Bushi and turns to face Naito. Naito kicks Goto in the groan and covers. The ref has recovered, he counts but only a two count. Goto lifts Naito and hits his Shouten Kai suplex finisher. He covers and that’s the ball game. Goto wins an incredible match! Nice final couple of minutes at the end of that one with lovely back and forth with everyone setting up a strong finish. Really enjoyed that one. Goto stands alone and overcomes incredible odds. After the match, he is interviewed backstage and asked about his victory. He says it was sort of a hollow victory because he was fighting Naito and it wasn’t for a title. He also says he has never wrestled in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom. He says this year he will become the face of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The final match of the night was for the IWGP Tag Team Championship with champs Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows being challenged by Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. Anderson and Honma start things off. Anderson rakes the eyes of Honma and then moves out of the way of Honma’s falling headbutt. Gallows tagged in and he punches Honma in the corner. Anderson gets back in and misses with a running senton. Honma tags in Makabe. He makes easy work of Anderson, forcing him to roll out of the ring and regroup. Honma and Makabe double team Gallows, knocking him outside the ring as well. All four men fight out on the floor. Gallows throws Makabe into the guard rail and then clocks him with a chain, as Anderson distracts the ref.
Back in the ring, Anderson clobbers Makabe with strikes. Gallows tags in and continues attacking Makabe. Honma is outside the ring with blood on the back of his head. Hasn’t stirred much for a few moments. Gallows and Anderson double team Makabe. Anderson covers three times, but Makabe kicks out each time. Makabe with a hard clothesline on Anderson and finally Honma has recovered. Makabe tags him in and he slams Gallows then drops a headbutt on Anderson. Honma chops Anderson in the corner, whips him to the other but Anderson recovers and kicks him away. Gallows trips Honma up and then gets in the ring to help Anderson hit a couple of moves into a cover. Makabe interrupts the count and keeps his team alive.
Gallows and Anderson set up Honma for the Magic Killer but Makabe breaks it up and knocks Gallows out of the ring. Headbutt on Anderson by Honma. He slams Anderson and then hits the top rope. Unfortunately, Gallows runs in and punches him, stunning Honma. Anderson tries to get a Gun Stun off the top rope, but Honma jumps down onto the apron. Back in the ring, Anderson hits a brutal running powerbomb on Honma but the small man kicks out at two and three-quarters. Honma counters two Gun Stuns in the ring and then headbutts Anderson. Both men are down. Both Gallows and Makabe are tagged in. Nelson Powerslam on Makabe and Gallows covers, but only a near fall. Anderson and Gallows try to tag team Makabe, but he knocks them both down with a double clothesline.
Makebe and Gallows collide with each other and Makabe wins that exchange with a clothesline. Makabe and Honma set up Anderson for a Headbutt Doomsday Device off the top rope. Honma slams Gallows and then hits a falling headbutt. Makabe climbs the top rope and hits a King Kong Knee Drop and covers. One. Two. Three! Honma and Makabe win! This is the 39-year-old Honma’s first ever championship in the company! What a moment. Wow, fantastic match. After the match, Honma says it is a dream come true. He thanks Makabe and says this is all because of him. The DVR shows another new episode next Friday so you know we’ll be here with coverage. Maybe some Wrestle Kingdom 10 Part 3?? We can only hope. Just a wonderful program with three great matches.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker
We reviewed an episode a few weeks ago that was the go-home presentation leading us into Wrestle Kingdom 10. Last Friday, we finally got our first glimpse into New Japan Pro Wrestling’s premiere annual event. Without further ado, here’s what you missed from the episode on AXSTV.
These matches occurred at the January 4th, 2016 pay-per-view from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The first match is for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Champ Shinsuke Nakamura defends against AJ Styles. Styles with a headlock to start. Nakamura blocks a Styles Clash and Styles scrambles away from some knees by Nakamura. The two lock up, Nakamura shoves him against the ropes and the two play mind games. Big dropkick by Styles. The two spill out of the ring and Nakamura slams Styles back first into the steel guard rail. Back in the ring, Nakamura goes to work with some swift kicks. Nakamura is dominating the questionably injured Styles. He sets him up on the top rope and runs to knee him in the gut, but Styles counters and hits a springboard forearm off the ropes. The pair trade some devastating blows in the center ring until Styles hits a face buster and covers. Nakamura kicks out at two. Penalty Kick by Styles and then a Shining Wizard by Nakamura. He gets his own nearfall on Styles. Commercial break.
When we return, Nakamura tries a fireman’s carry, but Styles blocks it, gets a near fall and then wallops Nakamura with knee. He climbs the top rope and hits a 450 splash beautifully. He covers and Nakamura barely gets a shoulder up. Crowd in a frenzy. Nakamura reverses a punch into a cross arm breaker submission in the dead center of the ring. He doesn’t quite get it fully locked in and instead switches to a triangle lock. Styles lifts him up into a modified Styles Clash! That was nice. He covers, but Nakamura kicks out! Crowd is even more hyped up now. Styles lifts Nakamura up and hits a Bloody Sunday DDT. Instead of covering, Styles stomps Nakamura on the back of the neck and then tosses him into the corner. Styles goes to the top turnbuckle. He lifts Nakamura up with him. Nakamura counters with a kick to the head. He lifts Styles up into a fireman’s carry and then hits an Avalanche Landslide. He covers, but Styles kicks out. These false finishes are flawless. So well done. Nakamura runs across the ring and hits a knee to the back of Styles’ head. Bomaye finisher and Nakamura covers for the win! Crowd goes wild. He puts his fist out to Styles. Styles bumps it and crowd cheers even louder.
Fantastic first half of the episode. Great match, good strong style but with reserved respect. You cannot lose watching Styles vs Nakamura. The second bout of the broadcast is Kenny Omega defending his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Kushida. Kushida comes out in a Back to the Future theme which is really, really awesome. HaHa. He has a Doc Brown and everything. Kenny Omega appears to come out “trying” to imitate some sort of a Terminator-like entrance, but it doesn’t really work that well. When he gets to the ring, The Young Bucks come down and join him ringside with Bullet Club backup. Before the match can begin, Omega and the Bucks triple superkick Doc Brown and then triple team Kushida, beating him down to the mat. The Young Bucks leave the ring and the ref rings the bell. Unfair start, but typical Bullet Club antics.
Omega goes right after Kushida, unrelenting with his assault. Strikes, kicks, chops. Dropkick by Kushida, but before he can go on the attack, The Young Bucks distract him on the apron and he has to spend time fending them off. The ref holds Kushida back and while he is distracted, Omega sprays Kushida in the face with something. Kushida baseball slides out of the ring and then takes a trash can to the face by one of The Young Bucks. Omega holds a trash can as he moonsaults off the security railing and slams right onto Kushida. This isn’t supposed to be a no holds barred match, but the ref seems unwilling to take action. The Young Bucks start playing the Terminator theme song, drumming it on the bottom of trash cans. Omega flips over the top rope and takes out Kushida.
Back in the ring, Omega hits a face buster and tries the first pinfall. Kushida kicks out at two. He takes the tape off his wrist and starts choking Kushida. Still no interference by the ref. Omega slaps Kushida in the face. Omega tries a vertical suplex, but Kushida knees him and hits a penalty kick. Several more kicks by Kushida then a back elbow off the ropes. He puts in a double wrist lock, but Omega gets his foot on the rope. And now all of a sudden the ref breaks things up. Some back and forth action topped off with Kushida hitting a swan dive off the top rope, landing on Omega outside the ring. Dropkick by Kushida then a moonsault. He covers, but Omega kicks out. Cross arm breaker but Omega reverses it and suplexes him. The action is strong and steady in this one. We head to a commercial break.
Both men are down when we return. Omega on his feet first. He goes to Kushida and lifts him to the top rope. Double wrist lock by Kushida as he reverses and then he just leaps off the top rope dealing terrible damage to Omega’s left arm. Omega then gets kicked in the same arm. Huge windup punch by Kushida. Kushida scrambles up the turnbuckle and tries a corckscrew moonsault. He misses and Omega recovers in the corner. But Kushida is back immediately to kick Omega’s arm. Off the ropes, Omega suplexes Kushida into a bridge cover, but Kushida counters into a wristlock. Beautiful series of offense by both. The Young Bucks interfere, trying to drag Omega to the ropes. Doc Brown runs over and hits the Bucks with trash can shots. Omega lifts Kushida again but it’s reversed. Forearm by Kushida, big kick by Omega. Kushida is down and the crowd is on their feet. Sit up powerbomb by Omega and it looks like it might be over but somehow Kushida kicks out. Knee to the face by Omega. And another. Omega tries a one-winged angel, but Kushida reverses it down and into a cover. Ref counts three and Kushida is the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion. Wow, what a fun match that was to watch. Wonderful in-ring story told between the two. Great bout.
Two outstanding matches presented from Wrestle Kingdom 10. This broadcast said it was Part 1 so we should be seeing many pay-per-view quality matches in the coming weeks on AXSTV. Of course now you can see both Nakamura and Styles with WWE. AJ Styles will defend his WWE World Championship in a triple-threat against John Cena and Dean Ambrose this Sunday at No Mercy.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker