The second NJPW New Beginning show took place early today (8am GMT) and was a great show throughout. The show featured a total of five Title matches with the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Titles, RevPro British Heavyweight Title, IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title and IWGP Intercontinental Title all being up for grabs.
The first few matches were good openers for the show but for me it really picked up steam around the six-man tag featuring Suzuki and his old nemesis Okada. These two are just gold when they are together and it didn’t take long for Suzuki to go after the leg of Okada, keeping up their rivalry which I am sure we will see unfold down the line.
After that match we got ourselves some new NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions in the form of Los Ingobernables de Japon which is definitely the right move in my eyes. This stable is just on fire right now and arguably the best stable in the Wrestling World right now.
Moving on to the match which had gaged my interest the most, being a Brit was seeing Shibata put his RevPro Title on the line against the UK”s very own Will Ospreay. I was expecting an absolute beat down from Shibata but Ospreay proved his worth in the ring and put on a true classic with his Japanese opponent. It was a perfect mix of Ospreay’s aerial offence against Shibata’s strong style and it really blended well and made for a fantastic match. The win came when Shibata put Ospreay in a sleeper and then hit a PK to get the three count. Whilst its a shame Ospreay didn’t pick up the win, I am happy that I will probably get to see Shibata in a RevPro ring at least once more which is a winner for me.
Takahashi and Dragon Lee never fail to have a bad match but I honestly think this was one of their craziest encounters and truly has to be seen to be believed. How neither of these men got seriously injured is beyond me. The sunset flip bomb from the apron on Dragon Lee looked to have killed him but seconds later he performed a flying hurricanrana from the ring to the outside. Takahashi was finally able to get the win to defend his Title but please if there is one thing you do after reading this, its to go and watch this match.
Naito and Elgin had a lot to live up to in the main event and like the true professionals they are, they delivered and then some. These two just work together seamlessly and I think that they really turned it up in the main event and arguably put on the best Naito Vs Elgin match we have ever seen. At one stage during the match Naito attempted a tope to the outside but was catch mid-air by Elgin. Yes you read that right, Elgin caught Naigo mid-air like it was nothing. These two told a great story throughout and the end came when Naito hit two Destinos to pick up the victory, retain his Title and put the perfect ending to a fantastic card.
Here are the full results from the show;
TAKA Michinoku defeated Henare
TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated KUSHIDA & YOSHITATSU
Tiger Mask, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Juice Robinson, and Yuji Nagata defeated Hirooki Goto, Jado, Gedo, and YOSHI-HASHI
Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Roppongi Vice & Kazuchika Okada
EVIL, BUSHI, & SANADA defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Ryusuke Taguchi to become the New NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions.
Katsuyori Shibata defeated Will Ospreay to retain the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship.
Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe vs Takashi Iizuka and Davey Boy Smith Jr to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
Hiromu Takahashi defeated Dragon Lee to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Tetsuya Naito defeated Michael Elgin to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship