NJPW “NJPW 40th Anniversary Tour Road to DESTRUCTION” 9/7/2012 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Wataru Inoue & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
◆Winner: Yano (6:42) following the Oni Kuroshi to Hiromu.
~ Wataru Inoue put out a challenge to Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata.
(2) Ryusuke Taguchi, Alex Shelley, BUSHI & Mascara Dorada vs. Low Ki, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov & Averno
◆Winner: Averno (12:42) following an Avalanche Style Devil Wings to Dorada.
(3) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Captain New Japan vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI
◆Winner: Yujiro (9:05) following the Tokyo Pimps to Captain.
(4) Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Harry Smith & TAKA Michinoku
◆Winner: Makabe (11:39) via foul, TAKA.
~ TAKA Michinoku’s top student from KAIENTAI DOJO, Kengo Mashimo appeared as a new member of Suzuki-gun, and attacked Makabe. Mashimo’s inclusion is a shocker, but personally I say that it is about time that Mashimo appears on the New Japan stage.
~ Also we might have a new power team of Archer & Smith.
(5) Special Tag Match: Tetsuya Naito & Tama Tonga vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone
◆Winner: Marufuji (17:21) following the Tiger Flowsion to Tonga.
~ Marufuji and Naito continued provoking each other after the match.
~ Marufuji has the next title shot against Tanahashi on 9/23.
(6) Special Tag Match: “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura
◆Winner: Anderson (17:00) following the Gunstun to Nakamura.
~ Following the news that Okada’s “right to face the champion at the Tokyo Dome” has a stipulation attached to it, that if he suffers a loss between here and there, he will lose that right.
~ With that news, Anderson instantly came to a lot of people’s mind, and after today’s show, Anderson stated that he wants to challenge for the IWGP Heavy belt. Okada provoked Anderson after the match, so wouldn’t it be interesting if Anderson would take the contract from Okada.
(7) IWGP Jr. Heavy Championship Match: [64th Champion] Kota Ibushi vs. [Challenger] KUSHIDA
◆Winner: Ibushi (25:10) with the Sit Down Last Ride (Powerbomb).
~ 1st Defense.
~ After the match KUSHIDA refused to shake the champions hand.
~ Ryusuke Taguchi & Low Ki both asserted themselves as the next challengers.