NJPW – Destruction In Hiroshima – September 15th, 2018 – Results

This show comes from the Hiroshima Sun Plaza in Hiroshima on September 15th, 2018 and is fourth in the series. This nine match card is headlined by Kenny Omega defending his IWGP heavyweight Championship against Tomohiro Ishii. This match comes after Ishii beat the Heavyweight Champion in the G1 Climax on August 4th. Also on this show is build for the Okada vs Tanahashi match later in this series as Hiroshi Tanahashi faces Kazuchika Okada in one of six, six man tag matches. The final build for the Special singles match between Tetsuya Naito and Minoru Suzuki is on this show in form of an eight man tag match with Los Ingobernables De Japon facing Suzuki-gun. 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)

KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask, Jyushin Thunder Liger vs SHO, YOH & Rocky Romero

  • Rocky shouts at Kevin Kelly for getting a replacement for him on the commentary both but Kevin says “but you’re too busy wrestling” as YOH starts with with Liger. This was a fun match that got the legends out in front of the crowd for the happy win for the fans, Roppongi 3K wrestled as heels, getting the heat on Liger. The fan favorites had KUSHIDA to make the hot tag and run wild while Tiger Mask got the win over Rocky Romero with the Tiger Suplex. good match to get the crowd warmed up for a long night of tags. Winners: Roppongi 3K.

Toa Henare vs Bad Luck Fale

  • This is one of the two singles matches on this show and is an ongoing story between these two as Henare will slowly earn the respect of Bad Luck Fale and proving that he his no longer a Young Lion. This match lasted a lot longer than the first match but with the same result in the end. Toa Henare showed heart and gave it his all but after escaping the Bad Luck Fall, Toa Henare with hit the the Grenade for the finish. Winner: Bad Luck Fale

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr vs Michael Elgin & Ayato Yoshida

  • This is a big man’s match, with Ayato Yoshida on Elgin’s team. Yoshida is reasonably new to the njpwworld audience but has been put in a good place to show his toughness and heart to the fans of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Killer Elite Squad have been gone for nearly 5 months, as noted by Kevin Kelly and have some pent up anger as they get the heat on Ayato. When Elgin got the hot tag he had a good run with some power moves but when Ayato was tagged back in, you knew it was close to being over. KES finished off Ayato with the Killer Elite Bomb. Winners: Killer Elite Squad, Archer and Smith.

Will Ospreay, Beretta & Chuckie T vs Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi

  • This match sees the return of the Best Friends who team with Will Ospreay to face the Bullet Club and Kota Ibushi. Will Ospreay has recently been teamed against Kota Ibushi and has had some blow away moments already, I cannot wait for the eventual singles match between these two. The Best Friends were just getting started when Beretta got injured so New Japan kept both off until the team were ready to return, and just in time for the Tag League. The Best Friends get the win here with their assisted reverse tombstone, as Beretta holds Chase Owens in position and Chuckie T lands a double stomp on Owens to hit the move. Winners: Best Friends and Will Ospreay.

Six-Man Tag Championship Match – Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimore vs Taguchi, David Finlay & Juice Robinson

  • Being a championship match I was pretty sure going into this that the BC OGs would retain here, in one way or another. When I saw Taguchi Japan make their way to the ring with a skull cap from rugby i assumed this would be mostly comedy, and I was right. With the wrestlers and commentators playing up that the skull cap was some sort of “Helmet”, which it is not. Tanga Loa hits his sit down piledriver named Ape Shit on Finlay for the win. Winners: The OG BC, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimore to retain.

Taichi, Iizuka & Kanemaru vs Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano & Gedo

  • This match was the final build up to the Never Openweight Championship match on September 17th between Goto and Taichi. This had all the classic bitting spots from Iizuka as Gedo tags Goto. When Goto was tagged in we saw that he was cut on the forehead after brawling with Taichi on the outside of the ring. Taichi got the heat on Goto in the ring until Taichi tagged Kanemaru, Goto nearly finished Kanemaru but Taichi interfered by hitting the ref with a microphone stand, causing a disqualification. Winners by DQ: Goto, Yano and Gedo.

El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku, Zack Sabre Jr & Minoru Suzuki vs BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito

  • This Match was the final build for the Suzuki/Naito match on September 17th as Suzuki-gun takes on LIJ. Suzuki-gun kick this off with a jump start, as usual and Suzuki targets Naito. This was a fun tag match with lots of different styles meeting in one match, with the main focus being Naito vs Suzuki as Suzuki seems obsessed with punishing Naito. A Magic Killer on TAKA got EVIL the victory for Los Ingobernables De Japon while Suzuki choked out Naito on the outside. Winners: LIJ, BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL and Tetsuya Naito.

Switchblade Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • In this match, the CHAOS faction never really got on the same page with Jay White tagging himself in to face Tanahashi at the start. The divide between CHAOS feels real as Jay white tries assert his leadership after Okada lost his IWGP Heavyweight championship then continued to lose going into the G1, in the meantime, Jay White beat Tanahashi and Okada in the G1 and has beat the current IWGP Heavyweight champion and then US Champion, Kenny Omega. At one point in this match Jay White stops working with Okada completely and wouldn’t tag him at all. This match ends when Okada tries to help YOSHI-HASHI against Tanahashi but ends up kicking YOSHI-HASHI in the face and Tanahashi rolled him up while Togi Makabe held Okada. Winners: Makabe, Honma and Tanahashi.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – Kenny Omega (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii

  • Early on in this match, Ishii shows Omega that he will not go down easily as Ishii stops multiple attempts at a shoulder tackle and even after racking the eyes of Ishii, he still wouldn’t got down. When Omega finally gets Ishii down, Omega works over Ishii with kicks and submissions but Ishii doesn’t like to show weakness or pain and when Omega slams Ishii’s head into the buckle, Ishii reers back and yells. Omega hits a really good “Rise of the Terminator” dive and even calls for his own replay, which they do. Back on the outside moments later both wrestlers fight with chops and Kenny even warns the English commentators to move from the table as Kenny Omega places Ishii on the commentary table then gets back in the ring. Back in the ring, Omega eyed Tomohiro Ishii laying on the table, past the railing and within a crowd of workers and commentators. Kenny Omega places his hands on the top rope and springboards to the outside, over the railing, into the commentary area and delivers a double stomp onto Ishii, breaking the table. Omega looks to get a countout win from this but Ishii managed to get back in at eighteen. Back in the ring, Omega tried to capitalise on the damage caused but Ishii fights back with suplexs and chops. The crowd would chant for Ishii, also yell and shout when Ishii would fight back and fire up, they really wanted Ishii to win. Omega hit a brainbuster on Ishii and after the two count Omega continued to pummel Ishii with V-Triggers at the twenty minute mark. Ishii reversed a One Winged Angel from the second rope into a hurricanrana which was just awesome. Ishii got the crowd believing he could win by gesturing to the crowd at his waist, pointing at Omega with his hand shaped like a gun and hitting a V-Trigger followed by a signature lariat for a very believable nearfall. Kenny Omega hit multiple V-Triggers on Ishii but Ishii would not give up, hitting multiple lariats of his own but after just over thirty minutes Kenny Omega hit the One Winged Angel on Ishii for the win. What a fight, what an insane battle between these the incredible wrestlers. if you have not seen this show, or this match, head over to njpwworld and see this as soon as you can. This match should be remembered at the end of the year for Match Of The Year contention, maybe not the best all year but an incredible match the could win MOTY in other years. Winner: Kenny Omega.

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