New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to TOKYO DOME”, 12/19/2014 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
1,974 Spectators (Overcrowded)
(1) Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu
◆Winner: Komatsu (10:03) with a crab hold.
(2) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Taichi & El Desperado
◆Winner: Desperado (9:30) following the Guitarra de Angel on Liger.
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & BUSHI
◆Winner: Nagata (9:33) with a backdrop hold on Honma.
~ BUSHI was injured during the match. It has been diagnosed as an epidural hematoma and he will be out of action for up to six months.
(4) Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & TAKA Michinoku
◆Winner: Sakuraba (10:39) with the Sakuraba Lock on TAKA.
(5) Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito & Captain New Japan
◆Winner: Goto (13:52) following the Shouten Kai on Captain.
(6) Road to TOKYO DOME Special Elimination Match ~ Jado’s Return Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi & KUSHIDA vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii, Jado & Gedo
◆Winner: Nakamura (29:39) following the Boma Ye on Taguchi.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “Road to TOKYO DOME”, 12/20/2014 [Sat] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
2,015 Spectators (Overcrowded)
(1) Yohei Komatsu vs. El Desperado
◆Winner: Desperado (5:44) following the Guitarra de Angel.
(2) Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. KUSHIDA & Sho Tanaka
◆Winner: Liger (9:43) following a brainbuster on Tanaka.
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan
◆Winner: Taguchi (9:35) with the ankle hold on Captain.
(4) Kazushi Sakuraba, YOSHI-HASHI & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
◆Winner: Taichi (12:23) with the Taichi-style Gedo clutch on Jado.
(5) Toru Yano vs. Takashi Iizuka
◆Winner: Toru Yano (6:15) via foul.
~ Post-match, Yano was assaulted by Suzuki-gun until Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Naomichi Marufuji, Shane Haste, and Mikey Nicholls! His defenders were revealed to be his partners at Wrestle Kingdom.
(6) Special Tag Match: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma
◆Winner: Shibata (13:08) following the PK on Honma.
(7) Road to Tokyo Dome Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Makabe (23:53) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Ishii.
Below is the updated card for Wrestle Kingdom 9 following today’s event…
New Japan Pro Wrestling “Buddy Fight presents WRESTLE KINGDOM 9 in Tokyo Dome”, ¼/2014 [Sun] 16:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
(0) Battle Royal ~ New Japan Rumble: (competitors to be announced during match)
~ Rules: Time difference with 1 minute intervals, over the top rope, competitors will be announced when their theme song plays.
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship 4WAY Match: [39th Champions] “reDragon” Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. [Challengers] “Time Splitters” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] “Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson
~ 1st title defense.
(2) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Jeff Jarrett, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
(3) Toru Yano, Naomichi Marufuji [NOAH], Mikey Nicholls [NOAH] & Shane Haste [NOAH] vs. Takashi Iizuka, Shelton “X” Benjamin Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
(4) Special Single Match ~ Complete Conclusion Rules: Kazushi Sakuraba [FREE] vs. Minoru Suzuki [Pancrase MISSION]
~ No pin fall. Only KO, TKO, submission, or referee can stop the match.
(5) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [5th Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Togi Makabe
~ 2nd title defense.
(6) IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [69th Champion] Ryusuke Taguchi vs. [Challenger] Kenny Omega
~ 3rd title defense.
(7) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [64th Champions] Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. [Challengers / WTL 2014 Winners] Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata
~ 7th title defense.
(8) Special Single Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. AJ Styles
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [10th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi
~ 2nd title defense.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [61st Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. [Challenger / G1 CLIMAX 24 Winner] Kazuchika Okada
~ 1st title defense.