Japanese Wrestling

NJPW – The New Beginning In Sapporo, February 1, 2020 – Full Results and Review

This show was live on February 1, 2020 on njpwworld and is available on-demand. The subscription service costs ¥999 p/m and like most Japanese subscription services, they charge at midnight on the first of the month(Japan time). New subscribers should look to sign up early in the month to get the most out of their subscription.

The commentary team for this show is Kevin Kelly, Chris Charlton and Gino Gambino.

The show opens with a video package recapping the Tokyo Dome shows and previewing the upcoming New Beginning tour, including the retirement of Manabu Nakanishi.

Kevin Kelly welcomes us as Taiji Ishimori’s music plays to start the show.

Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo vs Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura

  • Uemura and ELP start the match and the Young Lions always show a tone of heart as they fight for their lives. ELP and Ishimori use quick tags as ELP finds new ways to rake the back of Uemura. ELP hits a “Frog Rake” as ELP jumps off the top rope and Ishimori holds Uemura. In the fourth minute, Tiger Mask tags in and takes on both ELP and Ishimori. ELP looks to take advantage but Tiger hits a tilt-a-whirl backbraker. Tiger tags Uemura and hits a Tiger Bomb. Uemura gets ELP in a crab but ELP gets to the ropes. Ishimori hits a knee strike on the chin of Uemura and rolls into a Yes Lock for the submission victory. Winners: El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori in 8:14.

Hiroshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi & Yota Tsuji vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare

  • Nakanishi and Toa Henare start the match and Henare is giving it his all but the barely mobile Nakanishi hardly moves. Nakanishi takes some heat for a few minutes. Nakanishi sells his knee until he hits a spear on Honma and Tags Tenzan. Tenzan beats down Honma for a few minutes until Honma hits a diving headbutt and tags Makabe. Tsuji gets Henare in a Crab while Tenzan holds Honma in a Anaconda vice and Nakanishi holds Makabe in a Rack, but Henare, the legal man, gets to the ropes. Henare hits Tsuji with the Toa-Bottom for the win. Winners: Toa Henare, Honma and Togi Makabe in 9:42.

Will Ospreay, Ryusuke Taguchi, SHO & YOH vs DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado & Zack Sabre Jr

  • Suzuki-gun get the jump start, obviously. Kanemaru and YOH are the first legal men in the match. SHO tags in but after a crazed attack, Suzuki-gun beat down SHO for the heat. Will and Zack faced off in a preview of their championship match on the next show, as well as Roppongi 3K facing off with Desperado and Kanemaru, leaving DOUKI and Taguchi to fight. The finish came when Taguchi hit a flap Jack bomb on DOUKI. Winners: Taguchi, SHO, YOH and Will Ospreay in 11:44.

Special Tag Match – Robbie Eagles & Ryu Lee vs BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

  • Ryu Lee and Takahashi charge at each other and chop each other very hard for about thirty seconds to begin the match. After a few minutes they fight to ringside as Hiromu and Eagles are legal. Hiromu tags BUSHI and they stomp down Eagles. Ryu Lee gets angry and shows it in his wrestling as he spits on Hiromu and hits a huge shotgun dropkick in the corner. Ryu Lee hits an incredible dive that was very close to the barrier while Eagles submits BUSHI in the ring. It looks like Robbie Eagles will challenge the winner of Ryu Lee vs Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship. Winners: Robbie Eagles and Ryu Lee in 11:49.

“Switchblade” Jay White & KENTA vs SANADA & Tetsuya Naito

  • This match builds to Jay White facing SANADA, and KENTA challenging for the IWGP Intercontinental & IWGP Heavyweight Championships against Tetsuya Naito. Naito walks to the ring slowly, in true Naito fashion. As the match starts, Switchblade tags KENTA to face Naito. KENTA rolls out of the ring before any physicality to stall. White tries to divert the champs attention but Naito thwarted the attempt and throws KENTA into Switchblade on the apron. Naito then begins to stall. Three and a half minutes in and Naito tags SANADA after doing nothing so far. Switchblade and SANADA begin this match about four minutes in. KENTA and Switchblade get the heat on SANADA for a while. I’m really not a big fan of these stalling style matches that go too long with a whole load of nothing, and that is what the first five or so minutes are here. As this match goes on it is clear that these guys will work hard, but not too hard as most of their big moves either don’t hit or just don’t look good. SANADA gets hit with a chair at the hands of Gedo and is rolled up by Switchblade. Very dull match unfortunately. Winners: “Switchblade” Jay White and KENTA in 18:43

Taichi & Minoru Suzuki vs Kazuchika Okada & Jon Moxley

  • Moxley wears and eye patch due to an attack by Chris Jericho on AEW Dynamite. Pirate Moxley is in Japan. Pirate Moxley meets Okada at ringside and they slide in to fight Suzuki-gun. Moxley and Suzuki trade shots at the beginning, including headbutts, forearms and kicks to the face. Moxley slaps Suzuki and sticks two fingers up at Suzuki. Suzuki trys to pull Moxley’s finger out of his hand. Suzuki slaps Moxley and kicks him in the face then tags out. Suzuki vs Moxley will be great. Okada tags in and now they trade shots. Okada is backdropped on his head by Taichi while Suzuki targets Moxley at ringside. All four brawl into the crowd. Taichi takes his victim, Okada, back to the ring as Moxley and Suzuki battle with barriers in the crowd. Amazing. Suzuki makes his way back to the ring as Suzuki-gun wear down the former IWGP Heavyweight champion, Kazuchika Okada. Moxley tags back in and he goes back to war with Suzuki. Pirate Moxley’s eye patch has basically come off now and he has a white bandage poking out. Moxley sets up a table at ringside but is dragged in the ring with an armbar by Suzuki. Suzuki stomps on Moxley’s Pirate eye in the corner. Moxley and Suzuki trade shots until they both wobble. Moxley goes for his Deathrider DDT but it’s reversed and, after a sleeper, Suzuki hits the Gotch style piledriver on Moxley for the win. Taichi strangled Okada at ringside with a camera cord while Minoru Suzuki walks out. Taichi takes Okada back in the ring to choke him with a mic stand and takes out a ref and a Young Lion. Okada dodges the iron glove a dropkicks Taichi but is attacked by Zack Sabre Jr. Taichi hits Oakda with the iron glove. Ospreay runs down but is laid out with a Zack driver. Taichi and ZSJ stand tall. Winners: Minoru Suzuki and Taichi in 17:49.

Taichi hits a Black mephisto slam on Okada on the stage, followed by a stretch plum hold. Heavy angle there. Taichi goes to the ring and calls for the microphone.

A video package airs for the next match

Special Singles Match – EVIL vs Tomohiro Ishii

  • They trade shoulder tackles to start then just start running st each other. Big power spots early on as fans start to clap. They brawl to ringside and Ishii grabs a chair and wacks away at the back of EVIL. EVIL gets the chair and targets the neck of Ishii when he wraps Ishii’s head with the chair and throws him into the ring post. Back in the ring Ishii gets angry and chops the neck of EVIL but EVIL suplexed Ishii into the corner and on his head. Back at ringside EVIL once again wraps the head of Ishii with a chair and rams him into the ring post. EVIL hits a magic killer with Red Shoes. Ishii fights back and hits a big vertical superplex on EVIL. EVIL trys to fight back but Ishii no sells and powerbombs EVIL high. EVIL runs the ropes but takes a spinning heel kick in the mouth and a hard lariat for a good nearfall. EVIL climbs all the way to the top with Ishii and hits a top rope superplex on Ishii for a two count. EVIL hits Darkness falls and the bell ringer prepares for the finish but Ishii kicks out. EVIL hits a half-and-half suplex on Ishii’s head but Ishii somehow stands up so EVIL hits another. EVIL hits a running lariat but Ishii kicks out again. After trading big shots, Ishii hits an almighty lariat for a great nearfall. Ishii then hits his finisher, the vertical drop brainbuster, for the win. Wonderful match. Winner: Tomohiro Ishii in 21:15.

Never Openweight Championship Match – Hirooki Goto(c) vs Shingo Takagi

  • This main event starts with a hard lock up. They trade shoulder tackles but no one moves. Goto begins to wear down Shingo early. Shingo fights back in the corner and hits a quick combination that takes down Goto. They go back and forth, exchanging a minute or so of hard shots. After about eight minutes of hard hitting action, they begin to trade big slams and reversals. There is no one clearly in the lead, or with an advantage, so they fight on. After many collisions Goto begins to fade and Shingo wants to end it. Shingo hits a massive death valley driver from the top rope but somehow Goto kicks out. Shingo takes Goto to the top rope but Goto reverses and hits a top rope sunset bomb. Shingo reversed a kick, hangs Goto on the ropes and hits a draping GTR. They go back to trading hard shots, and Goto hits a reverse GTR. Shingo hits Made in Japan and folds Goto up. Shingo covers but Goto kicks out at two. Shingo picks Goto up and hits Last of the Dragon on Hirooki Goto and pins him for three. Shingo Takagi in the new Never Openweight champion. I really enjoyed that and wasn’t sure who would win, so the finish was nice to see. I look forward to seeing a Shingo title run now. Shingo cuts a promo after saying he feels like crap but he feels awesome. Shingo says this belt is the start for him. Winner: Shingo Takagi in 20:10.

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