01-24-2018, 05:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2015
NJPW Power Struggle 2018
Saturday, Week 1, November 2018
EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka
Show Rating 85 B+
Pre-show: Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Takashi Yamaguchi in 3:49 54 D
Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Shota Umino & Tetsuhiro Yagi defeated Dragon Lee, Mistico, Kurtis Chapman & Ren Narita in 7:00 when Motor City Machine Guns used Made in Detroit on Narita 72 B-
Kota Ibushi & Juice Robinson defeated Guerrillas of Destiny in 12:41 when Juice used Pulp Friction on Tanga Roa 79 B
Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay & Toru Yano defeated Hirooki Goto, Hanson & Raymond Rowe in 10:49 when Ospreay used the OsCutter on Raymond Rowe 83 B+
After the match Okada & Goto had to be seperated by their teammates and young lions. Okada was handed a mic by Gedo while Goto was escorted to the back and told him that their unfinished business needs to be settled and challenged Goto to a fight at Wrestle Kingdom.
Okada was conducting a backstage interview after the match and threatened to embarrass Goto when he was ambushed by him. Goto accepted his challenge as he stood above Okada's prone body.
Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, WHIRO & Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kento Miyahara, Daichi Hashimoto, Jake Lee, Naoya Nomura & Takuya Nomura in 14:22 when SANADA used Skull End on Takuya 91 A
BUSHI & Volador Jr defeated Roppongi 3K in 17:31 when BUSHI used MX on YOH 78 B
BUSHI & Volador Jr win the 2018 Super Jr. Tag Tournament
Immediately after BUSHI challenged Roppongi 3K to a rematch for the Jr tag titles at Wrestle Kingdom.
KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji defeated Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI in 13:31 when Marufuji used Tiger Flowsion on YOSHI-HASHI 79 B
KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji makes defence number 5 of the IWGP Tag Team Titles
Kenny Omega defeated KUSHIDA in 24:25 when Kenny used the One Winged Angel 88 B+
Kenny Omega makes defence number 5 of the IWGP Intercontinental Title
Post-match Kenny asked for a microphone from ringside and stood in the center of the ring backed by the Young Bucks.
Kenny talked about how leading up to this match he'd thought a lot about KUSHIDA's comments saying that he hadn't been defending his title enough and he agreed with him. Kenny said that he truly believes he's the best in the world and that he wants to prove that and make the Intercontinental Title mean more than any other title in the world.
Omega went on to say that he was going to carry on what had become a running theme throughout this show and call out an opponent as all good things come in threes. Kenny called out a man that he said he has a ton of respect for, Kento Miyahara. He said he wanted to go into Wrestle Kingdom and have the match that the fans will be talking the most about afterwards and that Kento was the man to push him to that.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and WALTER went to a 60 minute time limit draw 86 B+
WALTER makes defence number 2 of the IWGP United States Title
Immediately after the end of the match while young lions were applying ice packs to WALTER & Tanahashi they were ambushed and attacked by EVIL & Tetsuya Naito. The two LIJ members took chairs and used them on the young lions before moving on to the others as Naito embraced the usual hostile Osaka crowd.
Naito laid out his Wrestle Kingdom opponent before resting his left boot on the side of Tanahashi's head while shouting his usual show end promo to loud boos while EVIL had WALTER trapped in the Banshee Muzzle.
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