Japanese Wrestling

NJPW – Destruction in Kobe – September 23rd, 2018

This show is the final show in the Destruction Tour, finishing with the main event of Wrestlekingdom on the line as Hiroshi Tanahashi battles Kazuchika Okada. Tanahashi and Okada faced off in the G1 A Block Finals which was a draw. Also on this show is the beginning of a four person tournament for the Jr Heavyweight Championship as Hiromu Takahashi was injured and unable to defend his title within six months. The four wrestlers picked for this tournament are the last four champions, KUSHIDA, BUSHI, Will Ospreay & Marty Scurll. Will Ospreay will face Marty Scurll at Fighting Spirit Unleashed, Friday October 5th, 2018 in the Walter Pyramid. This show has English and Japanese commentary available on njpwworld.

The shows on this tour are;

  1. Road To Destruction in Tokyo, Korakuen Hall. (Sept, 7th)
  2. Road To Destruction in Tokyo, Korakuen Hall. (Sept, 8th)
  3. Road To Destruction in Chiba, Togane Arena. (Sept, 9th)
  4. Destruction In Hiroshima, Hiroshima Sun Plaza. (Sept, 15th)
  5. Destruction In Beppu, Beppu B-Con Plaza. (Sept, 17th)
  6. Destruction In Kobe, Kobe World Hall. (Sept, 23rd)

The line-up for this show in Kobe will be;

  • Yota Tsuji vs Yuya Uemura
  • Ren Narita & Shota Umino vs SHO & YOH
  • Tiger Mask & Jyushin Thunder Liger vs El Desperado & Kanemaru
  • Ayato Yoshida, Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata Satoshi Kojima & Tenzan
  • Beretta & Chuckie T vs Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer
  • Toa Henare, David Finlay & Juice Robinson vs Will Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI & Switchblade Jay White
  • SANADA, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito vs TAKA Michinoku, Zack Sabre Jr & Minoru Suzuki
  • IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match – KUSHIDA vs BUSHI
  • For the IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match At Tokyo Dome – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada

Thoughts leading into this show

This show looks fun, I’m looking forward to some of the tag matches even with these shows often being filled with multiman match ups. The Best Friends vs Killer Elite Squad match will be very fun and it’s always good to see Minoru Suzuki take on Naito, in a singles match or tag match. After the G1 Tournament it feels good to get a potpourri of different match ups, like the Jr Heavyweight match. I’m really sad Hiromu Takahashi was injured and unable to defend his title, he really is one of the most talented wrestlers today, but this leads us to a mini championship tournament. This four man tournament will span three shows and will conclude at the King Of Pro Wrestling show on Monday, October 8th in Tokyo. The main event of this show is Hiroshi Tanahashi defending his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlekingdom in the Tokyo Dome, January 4th. Tanahashi hasn’t been able to defeat Okada in recent years but if he cannot defeat him here, Okada will once again main event the biggest NJPW show of the year. This looks to be a fun show and I will be sure to watch this.

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