Chris Jericho

NJPW – Power Struggle – Super Jr Tag League – November 3rd, 2018 – Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling return to Osaka for Power Struggle. This show is one of the last big shows to hype the Wrestlekingdom show in January, in which Kenny Omega is defending his IWGP Heavyweight championship against Tanahashi. Will Ospreay was supposed to be facing Taichi for the Never Openweight Championship but he is out injured so Goto will replace him. Chris Jericho will also defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship on this show. The English commentary team on this show is Kevin Kelly and Chuckie T.

Taguchi, ACH, Chris Sabin & Toa Henare vs Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Soberano Jr & Volador Jr

  • ACH starts with the legend Tiger Mask after an attempt at a shoulder tackle, ACH put a scrum cap on and took Tiger mask out with a ball, a trip and a stomp. Sabin tags in but is taken out but Liger, Liger tags in Volador Jr quick and after a slight comeback by Sabin, he tags in Henare. Soberano Jr tags in and nearly slipped on the ropes but managed to flip out and hit a few big spots but after a quick Taguchi-Japan spot where Volador, Soberano, Tiger Mask and Liger was thrown into each other, in the middle of the ring. Moments later Taguchi and ACH hit a wheelbarrow-X factor double team move on Soberano Jr for the win. After the match they all stood in the ring and raised their arms. Quick match but decent opener, not much else. Winners: Taguchi, ACH, Chris Sabin and Toa Henare.

Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & KUSHIDA vs Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Robbie Eagles w/ Jado & Ishimori

  • Jado starts the chaos with the air horn as the B.C.O.Gs jump their opponents before the bell. Eagles starts the match with Honma after the bell and when Honma makes a comeback and goes for his signature headbutt, Jado hits Honma with a kendo stick. The B.C.O.Gs make quick tags as they wear down Honma until Honma hits a backdrop on Tama Tonga and Makabe makes a tag. KUSHIDA tags in and they all start to beat up the Bullet Club in the corners. Everyone is all over the place with double teams until we get KUSHIDA and Tama Tonga in the ring. Jado hits KUSHIDA with the cane but KUSHIDA kicks out. When the ref hold Jado out, Taiji Ishimori comes in with his crutches and breaks one over the back of KUSHIDA. Tama hits the Gun Stun on KUSHIDA for the win. After, Taiji Ishimori stood on KUSHIDA and held his IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship up. Winners: Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Robbie Eagles.

Switchblade Jay White & Bad Luck Fale w/ Gedo vs Kazuchika Okada & Beretta

  • This is chaotic as Okada and Jay White go after each other from the beginning. They brawl all through the crowd and on the chairs. Beretta and Fale are in the ring as Jay White runs across the ring and takes out Okada. Okada and Jay White fight at ringside for the entire match as this one doesn’t go long. Most of this match is heat on Beretta until Gedo holds the leg of Okada as watches Beretta take a Bad Luck Fall but Beretta gets out and rolls up Fale for the win. They all brawl immediately after the bell. Okada and White won’t stop fighting and even Okada attacks Young Lions to break free. Switchblade grabs a microphone and says to Okada “Any time, Anywhere” and when Okada replies with right now, Jay White beats up some Young Lions and leaves. Winners: Kazuchika Okada and Beretta.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay vs Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega

  • This kicks off with Kenny and Tanahashi forearming each other, they both go for big strikes early but both dodge. They both tag out. Finlay goes up against Ibushi but Ibushi quickly wins the striking battle. Omega tags in and after a few minutes, Tanahashi comes in to break up a pin, Omega trows Tanahashi out of the ring and into the barrier. Tanahashi tags in eventually and goes after the knee of Omega, they have a good few minutes and Tanahashi turns a One Winged Angel into a twist and shout, then they tag out. Finlay hits a Judo throw on Kota who land right on his head. Tanahashi stops a Golden Trigger with a crossbody but moments later, The Golden Lovers hit their finisher, the Golden Trigger for the win. Kota pins David Finlay. Winners: Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi

Super Jr Tag League 2018 Final – Roppongi 3K, SHO & YOH vs Los Ingobernables De Japon, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs Suzuki-gun, El Desperado & Kanemaru

  • This is the first year that the Super Jr Tag League is a block format and that has led to the first ever three way final match. Suzuki-gun get the jump start as the bell rings but SHO and YOH take over quickly. Shingo tags in and he and BUSHI works over SHO. SHO tags YOH and YOH runs wild on BUSHI and Shingo, until Kanemaru tags himself in. Desperado and Kanemaru work over YOH . BUSHI hits an insane dive, sending him into the announcers. Shingo and Kanemaru are legal as Shingo hits a death valley driver that looked great. SHO tags himself in and he and Shingo go one-on-one for a moment. Shingo goes for Pumping Bomber but takes two knees for Roppongi 3K. Shingo hits the Pumping Bomber on SHO but SHO kicks out, great near fall. Roppongi 3K hit the 3K but the ref is pulled out of the ring at 2. SHO hits El Desperado with a last ride to the knees for a two count but Desperado kicks out, SHO then hits his piledriver finisher for the win as he pins El Desperado. Winners: Roppongi 3K, SHO and YOH.

Never Openweight Championship match – Taichi(c) vs Hirooki Goto

  • In the video recap we are reminded that this match is happening because Will Ospreay was injured and unable to compete here for the title. Taichi attacks Goto before the bell with a brutal looking suplex onto Goto’s head. Taichi refuses to pin Goto as he kicks Goto around the ring as the ref tries to check on Goto. The announcers play it up like this match should be stopped as Taichi drags Goto the the outside and throws him into the chairs. Taichi hits Goto in the face with a chair and gets in the ring. The referee starts the count and Goto gets back in the ring at nineteen. Taichi doesn’t go for the win and toys with Goto as Goto tries to make a comeback. Goto seems to wake up a bit, kicking Taichi to the floor  and continuing to mount a comeback with a suplex. They start a striking battle and Taichi shows off some kicks of his own but even with Goto down, Taichi doesn’t go for a pin. Taichi takes Goto down with a kick the head and finally goes for a pin but only gets a two, Taich i then takes his tights off to reveal child’s sized trunks. Goto starts to fight back and goes for a GTR but Taichi pushes the ref down, thumbs Goto in the eyes and low blows him. Taichi hits a last ride powerbomb for a good near fall. Taichi picks up the Never belt but Goto headbutts Taichi and takes the belt. Goto gives the belt to the ref and after a few moments, Goto hits the GTR for the win. Winner: and new Never Openweight Champion, Hirooki Goto.

Revolution Pro Wrestling’s British Heavyweight Championship Match – Minoru Suzuki vs Tomohiro Ishii

  • As soon as the bell rings, they both run at each other. Suzuki takes Ishii down with a kick, who jumps up and takes down Suzuki down with a shoulder tackle. They forearm each other over and over. Suzuki gets the upper hand with kicks to the ribs. While Ishii is down, Suzuki kicks him in the face and head. Ishii gets up and chops Suzuki in the throat and kicks Suzuki in the face and head while he’s down. They then trade huge strikes to the head and neck. They are both very wobbly while trying to stand. Suzuki’s strikes sound like gunshots but Ishii takes them and fires up. Finally Suzuki takes down Ishii with a forearm around the ten minute mark. Suzuki hits a PK on Ishii but Ishii no sells it and when Suzuki kicks Ishii in the back, Ishii gets up. Ishii puts Suzuki on the top rope but Suzuki fights back. Ishii powerbombs Suzuki off the ropes. Ishii punts Suzuki in the head and Suzuki gets up. They trade palm strikes and Ishii hits a brainbuster, Suzuki almost immediately hits a dropkick to Ishii’s face. As Suzuki gets up, we can see blood coming from his mouth. They beat the hell out of each other with huge lariats and sleeper holds but in the end Ishii hits the brainbuster on Suzuki for the win. After the match, Ishii doesn’t take his title belt and just walks off. Winner: Tomohiro Ishii.

Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr

  • This starts off very technical which Zack gets the better of. Naito makes a comeback and a low dropkick then Naito does his pose. Zack wraps up Naito out of his pose and continues to target the arm. Zack takes naito to the ramp and locks in all sorts of leg and knee locks then bangs the knee on the ramp. Naito gets back in the ring at nineteen. Zack ties up Naito, really going to work on the knee of Naito. Naito makes a comeback again with some kicks and another low dropkick. NAito hits a reverse DDT for a two count but he’s still selling the knee. Zack captures Naito into a Rings Of Saturn type move with the leg trapped from a rana. Zack stomps the leg and twist the arm of Naito as Zack starts to look even more vicious. After a few strikes Zack is in the corner and Naito lands a sliding dropkick to the neck of Zack. NAito hits a satellite DDT as Zack sells the neck and shaking his hands. Zack catches Naito from a diving clothesline into an Octopus but Zack can’t hold on. Zack is trying different submissions but can’t hold them in as he sells the neck and Naito is fighting back. After a hell of a fight, Naito reverses the Zack driver and hits a Zack driver to ZSJ and a second Destino for the win. Really good match here, this is one to go back to watch if you haven’t already. Winner: Tetsuya Naito.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match – Chris Jericho(c) vs EVIL

  • Jericho comes down with a black mask on and when he’s in the ring, he takes it off to reveal a white mask. EVIL attacks Jericho before he could take the second mask off. EVIL takes Jericho through the crowd and back to ringside, where EVIL suplexs Jericho. Jericho makes a comeback with a backdrop and throws EVIL onto the announce tables. Jericho DDTs EVIL onto the tables and throws the tables onto the ref. Back in the ring Jericho works over Naito while showing no respect as he kicks EVIL in the head and slaps hims around. EVIL clotheslines Jericho over the ropes and on the outside EVIL throws Jericho into the railings hard. EVIL wraps the head of Jericho with a chair and hits him into the corner post. EVIL hits the chair off Jericho’s head with another chair, which looked brutal. Back in the ring EVIL hits a Fisherman’s Buster for a two count. EVIL stomps down Jericho in the corner but Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but EVIL escapes. EVIL tries to suplex Jericho out of the ring and through a table but ends up putting Jericho through the table with an STO from the apron. EVIL throws Jericho in at sixteen and hits a senton from the top rope but Jericho kicks out at two. Jericho reverses Darkness Falls into a Walls of Jericho for the first time in the match. EVIL gets to the ropes but Jericho says “he tapped out” and shoves the ref down. EVIL hits a Darkness Falls after rolling out of the way of a second lionsault. Out of a change of direction, Jericho hits the codebreaker but EVIL kicks out. EVIL hits an Everything is EVIL for a very good near fall. Jericho rolls out of a sunset flip and gets another Walls of Jericho, which Jericho turned into a Lion Tamer for a moment and gets a submission win. After the match, Jericho puts the Walls back on but Naito came down to save EVIL and cut a promo declaring he will be next to face Chris Jericho, I’m assuming at Wrestlekingdom. Winner: Chris Jericho.

Post Match Comment By Jericho

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