New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) are back again and we’re into the next cycle of shows with Destruction in Hiroshima. The Destruction tour is headlined by three major shows, with Fukushima (Sept. 10) already past (check out match recommendations here if you missed them) and Kobe (Sept. 24) forthcoming. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
We'll have open threads & results for each show as well as the standard match recommendation posts for each of them, so why not watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet?
Today’s action takes place in Hiroshima's Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall, kicking off at a ripe 5AM Eastern / 2AM Pacific, and features the IWGP Intercontinental, IWGP Junior Heavyweight, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team, and IWGP Tag Team Championships on the line, as well as Roppongi Vice’s last match as a tag team and what will surely be a top-shelf Los Ingobernables de Japon vs. Chaos tag featuring Will Ospreay doing cat things.
Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Jado, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Liger, & Tiger Mask IV by submission with the Butterfly Lock from YOSHI-HASHI on Tiger Mask.
David Finlay & Juice Robinson over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Leo Tonga) by pinfall with Pulp Friction from Robinson on Tonga.
Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero) over Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) by pinfall with Strong Zero on Owens.
Yujiro cuts a promo (in English... mostly) after, telling Beretta that the heavyweight division is too hard for him and he should go back to the juniors unless he wants to get beat in a singles match.
Rocky offers up one last jumping high five and RPG Vice hug to close out their run as a tag team.
Kota Ibushi, Michael Elgin, & Togi Makabe over Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku, & Takashi Iizuka) by pinfall with the wristlock knee strike from Ibushi on Iizuka.
Post-match, some young lions escort Suzuki away from the ring to keep him from going nuts with a chair and get walloped for their trouble.
Funky Future (Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) over Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) by submission with a shooting star press-assisted Oh My & Garankle on Kanemaru, retaining the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Rocky Romero comes out to cut a promo about how tonight Roppongi Vice died, but the next generation of Roppongi is born, and he’s bringing a team that is bigger, stronger, faster, three thousand times better. Roppongi 3K are coming for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Ricochet fires back saying he doesn’t know what Roppongi 3K are, but they’re not Taguchi Japan, so bring ‘em on, because they’re gonna be champions... forever.
Again with the vignette of the dude with the knife and the papers tacked to the wall.
War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) (c) over Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) and Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) by pinfall with Fallout on Smith, retaining the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito) over Chaos (Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & Will "the Cat" Ospreay) by pinfall with MX from BUSHI on Gedo.
After the match, Naito destroys Ishii’s knee with kicks for good measure before EVIL goes to work on Okada, hitting Darkness Falls onto a stack of chairs.
KUSHIDA (c) over El Desperado by pinfall with Back to the Future, retaining the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Will “Every Day is Caturday” Ospreay comes to the ring after to congratulate KUSHIDA on his victory and say that he’s being defined as a man that can’t beat him when he wants to be defined as a man who always gets right back up no matter how many times he’s beaten. KUSHIDA can beat him, but he cannot defeat him, and he’s here to change the junior division and New Japan, and in order to make that change he has to go through the champ. He makes the challenge for King of Pro-Wrestling!
...except Hiromu Takahashi shows up. He goes to speak but Mr. Whiskers knocks him out with a punch to the neck! Everybody leaves and Hiromu throws a tantrum when he wakes up.
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) over Zack Sabre, Jr. by pinfall with High Fly Flow, retaining the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
Post-match, Tanahashi calls Kota Ibushi out as his next challenger and the Golden Star appears! Ibushi accepts the challenge with a nod! Hiroshi then continues, saying he missed being in the main event, before taking his leave with the obligatory air guitar session.
Enjoy the show!