NJPW “DESTRUCTION ’11″, 10/10/2011 (Mon) 17:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo [PPV/TV]
(1) Schwartz & Weiss [BUSHIROAD], Tiger Mask IV, KUSHIDA & Killer Rabbit vs. Takashi Iizuka, Jado, Gedo, Tomohiro Ishii & Hideo Saito
(2) Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi
~ On 9/19, Yujiro could not manage to defeat his old tag team partner Tetsuya Naito in a singles match. Now Naito is in the title scene and Yujiro is back down at the bottom. Though it is not that bad as Yujiro is facing off against Naito’s tag team partner in the G1 TAG LEAGUE Tomoaki Honma. This could be the time for Yujiro to get some momentum in his favor and carry it into the G1 TAG, or will Honma being able to use his experience to pick up the win?
(3) Wataru Inoue vs. Lance Archer
~ Inoue has had a tough road since jumping to Heavyweight, granted he has won the tag belts on a few separate occasions, but he has yet to stake claim as a true top contender. He couldn’t get the job done against Suzuki at the show on 9/19, but now he gets yet another challenge as he faces the biggest member of “Suzuki’s Army” in Lance Archer. Archer has proved himself to be a strong challenger in NJPW from a descent showing in his first ever G1 CLIMAX performance and his size alone is going to keep giving him second looks. Inoue though is looking to regain some footing in his path to being called a key player. This match will also seem to be a lead in to the G1 TAG LEAGUE that starts on 10/22 as both have proven to be more solid in the tag scene and could give one the higher edge to do more.
(4) Hirooki Goto & Tama Tonga vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Ultimo Guerrero [CMLL]
~ Goto and Nakamura are far from strangers in the ring and with the mix of the ever growing Tama Tonga and the former CMLL Heavyweight Champion, Ultimo Guerrero. Nakamura has just come off winning the G1 CLIMAX, but did not find himself as lucky in regards to the IWGP Heavy belt on 9/19. This will be a coming back point for Nakamura, unless that is to say that Goto picks up the victory for the night. Goto is still vying for his spot up the rankings and he could indeed put his name back in the listings with a win. That is not to leave out Ultimo though as he could finally throw his power around in NJPW and rank himself up as well.
(5) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Rocky Romero & Davey Richards
~ Eighth Title Defense
Apollo 55 may be the reigning champions, but they are going to have the toughest challenge to date as Richards and Romero are not going to be pushovers in the slightest. Both Devitt and Taguchi know first hand that Richards and Romero can get the job done with solid team work and their intensity. Richards has laid claim to making a name for himself in Japan and has been right on the verge of getting an IWGP belt around his waist. Romero on the other hand has held IWGP gold in the past as Black Tiger IV and has usually fared well in NJPW.
Outside of the Tag Belts, Devitt is currently the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Davey Richards of course is the reigning ROH Champion coming into the event. Both are no strangers of having to step up to their fullest when they need to do just that. This match is going to be hard to call, but Richards and Romero picked up their last solid win over Taguchi and Devitt at the 9/19 event. So if that is any indication what can happen, we may have new champs walking up the ramp when it is all said and done.
(6) Kojima’s Return Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima
Satoshi Kojima is coming back from an eye injury that he suffered by the hands of Hiroyoshi Tenzan back on the Final day of the G1 Climax on 8/14. Kojima appeared at the 9/19 “G1 CLIMAX SPECIAL 2011” PPV and has announced that is officially a member of NJPW once again. Both of these two have been the best of friends and bitter enemies throughout their career. Regarded as one of the most popular tag teams as “TenKoji” they were thought of as a perfect duo. They both know each other in and out and this could be an explosive match to say the least.
A few have been hoping for a real TenKoji reunion since Kojima’s latest run in NJPW. Could this still be a possibility down the road? Or will there be too much bad blood for these two to make a real amends?
(7) Yuji Nagata vs. Toru Yano
Nagata has found himself as the next victim for “Barber” Yano, or how he calls himself as of late with his fascination with taking his opponents hair. Yano tried to strike at Nagata at the 9/19 show after Nagata got done facing Hideo Saito. Yano attacked Nagata and had him setup for the strike at his hair with his scissors, but young lion Hiromu Takahashi made the save and put himself over Nagata. It seemed to be all for nothing as Hiromu found his hair butchered instead. These two faced off in a tag bout on 10/3 that saw Yano picking up the win over Nagata.
Yano’s stock in NJPW has been rising in the last year and it is just a matter of time before he eventually gets his shot in the main event scene. Can Nagata show that he is still one of the best in NJPW or will the young and hungry drive of Yano prove to be the ultimate factor in this match?
(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] MVP vs. Masato Tanaka [ZERO1]
Third Title Defense
Tanaka has made MVP his target as of late and this could be the hardest challenge that MVP has had to face since coming to Japan. Tanaka has gotten the last laugh in the last several months, but at the 9/19 show MVP finally gained some momentum in his favor.
Tanaka is known as a hard hitter and a one of the toughest wrestlers around, but MVP is carrying his ever adapting style and the belt into the match. This will be proving time for MVP and his claim to the Intercontinental Championship and a victory will definitely solidify his position in Japan.
(9) Special Single Match: Togi Makabe vs. Minoru Suzuki
“The Unchained” Gorilla Togi Makabe and “The Psychopathic & Unorthodox” Minoru Suzuki, A feud that has been building since Suzuki made an appearance in NJPW early this Summer. Suzuki has been under the skin of Makabe as well as Satoshi Kojima the most since his appearance and does seem to have the early advantage going into the event. This match will be as hard hitting and impactful as you can get and you can expect going in that both men will be aiming to leave the other laying unconscious on the mat. Also could the winner of this match will be the next in line to face off against the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion at the 11/12 Event “Power Struggle”? Early appearances seem to be pointing that these two are the next possible in line.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
~ Eighth Defense.
“The High Fly Star” vs. “The New Generation Genius” is what this match is coming down to at this time. The established ace of the promotion Hiroshi Tanahashi verses the new generation ace Tetsuya Naito. Both can be noted to being very similar in the sense that they both hold similarities to one Keiji Mutoh. As Hiroshi Tanahashi was once called “Baby Mutoh” even more so in a way can Naito be called “The New Baby Mutoh”. Naito holds a lot of skill in being a high flyer, but as of late has adapted many powerful and technical based moves into his normal repertoire. Naito has a strong showing in the G1 CLIMAX and it has gotten him where he is today, so it will be interesting to see if he can prove himself as ace material. A win over Tanahashi is not an easy feat though as Tana has been successfully defending the IWGP belt against all the big names in the promotion. No one has yet to find a way to defeat the champion, as he is sitting at 7 successful defenses at this time, but Naito has a lot to prove and the most to gain. This match is looking to come down to the High Fly Flow or the Stardust Press as the finishing factor. So with that said this match is sure to be one to not miss.