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NJPW New Beginning in Sapporo 2018
Saturday, Week 1, February 2018
Hokkaido Sports Center, Sapporo
6,200 Attendance
Show Rating 89 A




Yuji Nagata defeated Shota Umino in 4:43 when Nagata used a Backdrop Hold 63 C



David Finlay & Hirai Kawato defeated Ren Narita & Tomoyuki Oka in 7:12 when Finlay used Prima Nocta on Narita 59 C
Post-match David Finlay told the media that he's had enough of being stuck in early matches with young lions so he's going away for a while to the UK and promised to return later in the year.



Daichi Hashimoto, Takuya Nomura, Naoya Nomura & Jake Lee defeated Rocky Romero, Toru Yano, Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI in 9:53 when Naoya Nomura used a Death Valley bomb on Rocky Romero 81 B



EVIL, BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, WHIRO & Tetsuya Naito defeated Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi in 12:43 when Young Bucks hit a Meltzer Driver on BUSHI 76 B-



Kento Miyahara defeated Katsuya Kitamura in 5:53 when Kento used a Shutdown German Suplex Hold 77 B




Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson defeated Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii in 18:26 when Hiroshi Tanahashi used a High Fly Flow on Goto 89 A
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson make defense number 1 of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles



As the young lions from ringside were helping Goto and Ishii to the back, two men in street clothes ran through the crowd and slid into the ring and started attacking Juice and Tanahashi, they were revealed as KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji. KENTA took to the mic and cut a promo about how he had wasted too much of his career in the time he's spent in America and that he knew he had to make an immediate impact upon arrival and that there is nobody better to attack than the man he's wanted to face for so many years and his goofy friend that's holding him back.



KUSHIDA defeated Kazuchika Okada in 29:04 when KUSHIDA used Back to the Future 96 A*
Backstage after the match, Gedo took all questions on behalf of the Rainmaker while Okada sat there staring at the ground.
Gedo voiced his disapproval with his main man in losing two high profile singles matches in a row and told Okada that next up is the New Japan Cup, which is a must win tournament for Chaos.





Kenny Omega defeated SANADA in 34:43 to retain the IWGP Intercontinental & United States Titles when Omega used the One Winged Angel 90 A


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