New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) are back again and we’re headed on the road to Wrestle Kingdom 13 now that the G1 Climax 28 is in our rear view, folks. Seeing as it’s September, we’re coming up on New Japan’s now-standard trifecta of Destruction shows, starting with Destruction in Hiroshima on Saturday (Sept. 15), then Destruction in Beppu today, and finishing up with Destruction in Kobe next Sunday (Sept. 23). Like all of New Japan’s other major events, these shows will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
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Today’s action takes place in Oita’s Beppu B-Con Plaza, kicking off at a brisk 5AM Eastern / 2AM Pacific, and features a main event of Minoru Suzuki vs. Tetsuya Naito which, judging by the brawl they had in their tag match in Hiroshima, should be real violent.
Plus Hirooki Goto defends the NEVER Openweight Championship against Taichi and Ayato Yoshida gets a special challenge match against Chaos’ pet wild man, Takashi Iizuka.
Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, & Yuya Uemura over TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Yota Tsuji by submission with the Nagata Lock II from Nagata on Tsuji.
David Finlay & Ren Narita over Shota Umino & Toa Henare by pinfall with a Stunner from Finlay on Umino.
Ayato Yoshida over Takashi Iizuka by disqualification after Iizuka hit him in the throat with the Iron Finger.
Jushin Liger, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Tiger Mask IV over Chaos (Rocky Romero, SHO, Will Ospreay, & YOH) by pinfall with a Tombstone piledriver from Tiger Dad on Romero.
Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) over Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) by pinfall with Killer Bomb on Beretta.
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA) by pinfall with the European Clutch from Sabre on EVIL.
Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Juice Robinson over Chaos (“Switchblade” Jay White, Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) by pinfall with the Left Hand of God and Pulp Friction on YOSHI-HASHI after some miscommunication again lead White to blast Tacos in the head.
Taichi over Hirooki Goto (c) by pinfall with an Air Raid Crash to win the NEVER Openweight Championship.
Tetsuya Naito over Minoru Suzuki by pinfall with Destino.
Enjoy the show!