NJPW “Wrestling Dontaku 2017”, 5/3/2017 [Wed] 17:00 @ Fukuoka International Center
6,126 Spectators (overcrowded)
(0) Yoshitatsu & Hirai Kawato vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura
♦Winner: Yoshitatsu (7:54) with a Figure Four Leg Lock on Kitamura.
(1) YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
♦Winner: YOSHI-HASHI (6:53) with a Butterfly Lock on Owens.
(2) Togi Makabe, Tiger Mask W & Tiger Mask IV vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Thunder Liger
♦Winner: Makabe (7:06) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Nakanishi.
(3) Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado, Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
♦Winner: Goto (12:20) following the GTR on TAKA.
~ Regardless of the loss, Suzuki asserted himseld as the NEVER Champion. That CHAOS will fall together if they try to remove the belt from his grip.
(4) David Finlay vs. Cody
♦Winner: Cody (7:31) following the Cross Rhodes.
~ Cody stated that he needs strong competition after the match.
(5) Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi
♦Winner: Hiromu (9:00) following the TIME BOMB on KUSHIDA.
~ Naito passed off the IC belt to Hiromu as he declared he wants a new belt.
~ New Japan announced that participants for this years “BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. 24”.
Jushin Thunder Liger (21st appearance, ’94 & ’01 Winner)
Ricochet (4th year competing, ’14 Winner)
Dragon Lee (1st appearance) [CMLL]
Will Ospreay (2nd appearance, ’16 Winner)
Marty Scurll (1st appearance) [ROH]
Taichi (7th appearance) [SZKG]
TAKA Michinoku (6th appearance) [K-DOJO/SZKG]
Hiromu Takahashi (4th appearance) [LIJ]
Tiger Mask IV (16th appearance, ’04 & ’05 Winner)
Ryusuke Taguchi (14th appearance, ’12 Winner)
KUSHIDA (8th appearance, ’15 Winner)
Volador Jr. (2nd appearance) [CMLL]
ACH (1st appearance) [ROH]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (1st appearance) [FREE/SZKG]
El Desperado (2nd appearance) [SZKG]
BUSHI (5th appearance) [LIJ]
~ New Japan announced that next years “Wrestling Dontaku” will be held on two back to back days.
(6) IWGP Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [75th Champions] War Machine“ Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. [Challengers] “TenCozy” Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] “G.O.D.” Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
♦Winner: Rowe (11:43) following the Fallout on Tenzan.
~ 1st successful title defense.
~ G.O.D. continued to fight the champions after the match. As they made it known that they want to face the champions alone next time.
(7) NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [12th Champions] Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. [Challengers] SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI
♦Winner: BUSHI (15:48) following the MX on Taguchi.
~ Champions fall on their 1st title defense. L.I.J. become the 13th champions.
(8) Special Single Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega
♦Winner: Omega (23:55) with the Katayoku no Tenshi.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Bad Luck Fale
♦Winner: Okada (21:47) following the Rainmaker.
~ 5th successful title defense.
~ Okada nominated Omega to be his next challenger for the belt.