New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to THE NEW BEGINNING”, 2/3/2013 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & BUSHI vs. Tama Tonga, Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe
◆Winner: BUSHI (8:44) with a Firebird Splash on Watanabe.
(2) Hirooki Goto, Wataru Inoue, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. YOSHI-HASHI, Jado, Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov
◆Winner: Goto (13:23) following the Shouten Kai to HASHI.
~ Goto demanded a match against Katsuyori Shibata. It should be noted than Goto & Shibata have been friends since High School.
(3) Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr.
◆Winner: Smith (11:23) with the Killr Bomb on Captain.
This match was originally scheduled as a 6 man, but Tenzan was forced to sit aside from suspicion of influenza.
(4) Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi
◆Winner: Nakanishi (11:45) via foul, Iizuka.
~ Yujiro attacked Makabe after the match yet again, and verbally assaulted him while he was down on the mat.
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION], Kengo Mashimo [K-DOJO] & Hiro Tonai [K-DOJO]
◆Winner: Suzuki (16:55) following the Gotch Style Piledriver to Gedo.
~ Nakamura could have his next challenger for the IC belt in Mashimo.
~ Okada requested a singles match against Suzuki on February 10th.
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt
◆Winner: Devitt (15:43) following the Bloody Sunday to Tanahashi.
~ Anderson aims to beat Tanahashi on Feb. 10th for the IWGP belt, could this pic be the sign of things to come?
Talk about pulling out a win, Devitt has surely put himself in the sites of the champion now. A champion cannot take a loss no matter what kind of match he is in, and with Tanahashi looking to rectify his loses from the G1. One would have to think that if he can retain over Anderson that Devitt would be open as the next challenge.
Now let’s think of this way, if Devitt somehow loses the IWGP Jr. belt to Taguchi, Devitt still retains a win over the Tanahashi. The momentum would still be there for Devitt to bounce back. Just something to think about following this win from Devitt.
(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [Champion] Masato Tanaka vs. [Challenger] Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Tanaka (23:27) following the Sliding D.
~ 2nd Successful Defense.
NJPW Event Cards for January & February 2013
ZERO1 “Change the World”, 2/3/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) KAMIKAZE & Jo Kyungho vs. Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Travis Banks
◆Winner: Banks (12:17) with a Face Lock on Kyungho.
(2) Ikuto Hidaka, Craig Classic & YO-HEY vs. Takuya Sugawara, Mineo Fujita & Yuki Sato
◆Winner: YO-HEY () with the Bamboo Dragonfly on Mineo.
~ It seems YO-HEY may be in line to face Takuya Sugawara for the Junior Double Crown in the near future.
(3) Single Match: Shinjiro Otani vs. Kazuki Hashimoto
◆Winner: Otani (8:12) via referee stop, with a Sleeper Hold.
(4) Special Single Match: Ryoji Sai vs. KENSO [AJP]
◆Winner: KENSO (17:02) following the Hagakure.
(5) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Atsushi Onita, Masato Tanaka & Sabu vs. Kintaro Kanemura, Leatherface & BADBOY Hido1
◆Winner: Sabu (16:59) following a Triple Jump Moonsault on BADBOY.
(6) NWA Intercontinental Tag Championship Decision Match: Akebono & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kohei Sato & Zeus
◆Winner: Akebono (17:58) with a Big Yokozuna Press on Sato.
~ “ZERO64” Akebono & Sekimoto become the new NWA IC Tag Champions.
~ Next up for ZERO1 will be the Akebono vs. Onita Electic Current Deathmatch in Osaka, Japan on February 8th.
DDT “Into the Fight Series 2013”, 2/3/2013 [Sun] 13:00 @ REINA Arena in Chiba
(1) Antonio Honda & Daisuke Sasaki vs. Masa Takanashi & Tetsuya Endo
◆Winner: Honda (12:56) with a Diving Fist Drop on Endo.
(2) Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Hiroshi Fukuda
◆Winner: Sakaguchi (6:56) via Variant Oklahoma Roll.
(3) Hikaru Sato vs. Michael Nakazawa
◆Winner: Sato (7:59) via Cross Arm.
(4) Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie vs. Sanshiro Takagi & MIKAMI
◆Winner: Ishii (7:09) via Prawn hold on MIKAMI.
(5) HARASHIMA vs. Takao Soma
◆Winner: HARASHIMA (12:31) following the Somato.
(6) Yasu Urano vs. FUMA
◆Winner: Urano (8:13) via Inside cradle.
(7) Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi vs. Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Akito
◆Winner: Oishi (16:45) with a Shooting Star Press on Ihashi.