New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to SAKURA GENESIS 2017”, 4/7/2017 [Fri] 18:30 @ Yamagata Big Wing
1,354 Spectators (crowded)
(1) Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & Hirai Kawato vs. Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
♦Winner: TAKA (8:14) with the Just Face Lock on Kawato.
(2) Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
♦Winner: Fale (8:17) following the Grenade on Oka.
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Togi Makabe vs. Raymond Rowe, Hanson & David Finlay
♦Winner: Makabe (7:31) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Finlay.
~ Makabe dedicated today’s win to Honma, as they are in his hometown area. He thanked everyone for their support as he held up a thousand paper cranes that were made for Honma.
(4) Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi
♦Winner: Sabre (11:29) with the Jim Breaks Armbar on HASHI.
(5) Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
♦Winner: Ishii (9:52) following a Vertical Drop style Brainbuster on Yujiro.
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, Ricochet & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
♦Winner: Robinson (11:54) following the Pulp Friction on BUSHI.
(7) Kazuchika Okada & Barreta vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Tiger Mask IV
♦Winner: Shibata (13:44) following a go 2 sleep on Barreta.
~ Shibata claims the final prelude win before the Ryogoku show on April 9. As he claimed that he shall win the IWGP Heavyweight belt.