NJPW “POWER STRUGGLE”, 11/12/2011 [Sat] 18:00 @ Osaka Prefecture Gymnasium
(1) Tama Tonga & Killer Rabbit vs. Gedo & Jado
◆Winner: Gedo (4:32) following the Complete Dust to Rabbit.
(2) Wataru Inoue & Tomoaki Honma vs. Takashi Iizuka & Hideo Saito
◆Winner: Honma (3:42) following a Lariat to Iizuka.
(3) Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Nagata (9:53) with a Backdrop Hold.
(4) Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Taichi
◆Winner: Takayama (8:39) with an Everest German Suplex Hold to Taguchi.
(5) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] Davey Richards & Rocky Romero vs. [Challengers] Tiger Mask IV & KUSHIDA
◆Winner: Richards (12:43) following the Contract Killer to KUSHIDA.
~ 1st Successful defense.
(6) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] TAKA Michinoku
◆Winner: Devitt (12:13) following the Bloody Sunday.
~ 1st Successful Defense.
(7) Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & MVP vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi
◆Winner: MVP (12:18) with the Irreversible Crisis to Takahashi.
~ Naito and Nakamura kept the fight going backstage. These two have a lot of history and you go to think that they will now be set up to face off one on one on 12/4.
(8) Special Singles Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Satoshi Kojima
◆Winner: Tenzan (15:49) with a Moonsault Press.
Iizuka came out and attacked Tenzan following the match. Kojima though fought Iizuka off of Tenzan and landed a Koji Cutter to Iizuka. Then both Tenzan and Kojima stared at each with a look of mutual agreement. It seems these two are could be finally be in the process of putting all hostility aside and who knows, could we see a possible TenKoji reunion? I have personally been waiting for the TenKoji reunion since Kojima first appeared back in the NJPW ring last year. It seems something could definitely be on the horizon more than ever.
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
◆Winner: Tanaka (9:51) following the Sliding D.
~ 1st Successful Defense.
~ MVP appeared and asked for a rematch for the belt. Though this didn’t turn out well for MVP as Yujiro Takahashi appeared and the Complete Players overwhelmed MVP.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: [Champions] “Bad Intentions” Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. [Challengers] “Suzuki Army” Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer
~ 10th Defense.
◆Winner: Anderson (17:15) following a Giant Stungun to Archer.
~ Bad Intentions continue on with their record setting reign, but the hostility between Bernard and Suzuki seems far from finished.
(11) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger] Toru Yano
◆Winner: Tanahashi (22:01) with a Texas Cloverleaf Hold.
~ 9th Successful Defense.
~ Tanahashi appeared in his “half face” facepaint.
~ Yano tried to steal the belt once again following the match, but he was met on his way out by Nagata. Yano was forced to drop the belt and Nagata handed the belt back to the rightful champion.
~ So next up is the V10 and Tanahashi will face Yuji Nagata on 12/4, NEW JAPAN ALIVE 2011 PPV in Aichi! Nagata currently holds the most defenses for any IWGP Champion in history at 10 defenses. Tanahashi is currently in the record books with being in the top 3 defenders with the belt, with another successful defense he will be #1 right along with Nagata.
This will also be the determining match to see who ultimately goes on to the main event for WRESTLE KINGDOM VI!
You can see the card for the Nov. 13th show in the NJPW Event Cards for November & December 2011.