From Yamagata Big Wing, May 18th 2019
1) NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi & DOUKI vs Bandido & Yota Tsuji
Winners: Taichi & DOUKI after Yota side-stepped a Superkick from Taichi and hit the ropes, Spearing Taichi to the mat and folding him up for a 2. Yota it the ropes again, only Taichi caught him with an Axe Bomber and quickly applied The Stretch Plum, forcing Yota to Tap Out!
2) Bullet Club (“The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Mireno & Jado) vs Bullet Club (British Cruiserweight Champion El Phantasmo & Gedo)
Winners: Phantasmo & Gedo after Gedo took Jado’s Kendo Stick, as Eagles distracted the Referee, Eagles chased after Gedo, as Phantasmo used a School Boy on Jado to get the victory.
3) Six Man Tag match: IWGP Junior Tag Champion YOH, Rocky Romero & Shota Umino vs IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson, “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay & Ren Narita
Winners: Juice, Will & Ren after Umino took Juice over with a Cross Arm Breaker and looked to put him away, only for Juice to get to the ropes, Shota looked for a Fisherman’s Buster, but Juice escaped, hit a hard chop and then ate some elbows from Shota, before putting him to the mat with a Flapjack. Juice followed up with a vicious Lariat and the cover, getting a 2, before locking in The Tenzan Crab, forcing Shota to Tap Out.
4) Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) vs Ryusuke Taguchi & Toa Henare
Winners: LIJ after Toa blocked a Tornado DDT from Naito, powering him up for a Suplex, Taguchi ran across to take out BUSHI, allowing Henare to score with The Shot Put Slam and cover for a 2. Henare hooked for a Uranage, but Naito escaped, just as BUSHI slid in and nailed Toa with a Dropkick to the knee, Taguchi slid in and hooked BUSHI for Dodon, but he escaped and took out Taguchi with a Rolling Fisherman’s Neckbreaker. Naito sent Toa into the corner, where BUSHI charged with a kick and then pushed Toa into a One Footed Dropkick from Tetsuya, who covered for a 2. Naito hooked for Destino, but Toa fought back, until Naito used a Manhattan Drop to set up an Enziguri, allowing him to put Toa down with Destino and get the pin.
5) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: TAKA Michinoku (0) vs IWGP Junior Tag Champion SHO (0)
Winner: SHO (2) after SHO punished TAKA with elbow strikes, they traded Jumping Knee Strikes, until TAKA dropped SHO with a Superkick and covered for a 2. SHO got up and nailed TAKA with a Lariat, which TAKA fired up from, but SHO stayed on him with 3 more Lariats and covered, but, TAKA kicked out. SHO called for the end and used The Shock Arrow to put TAKA down for the 3.
6) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Villain” Marty Scurll (2) w/Brody King vs Tiger Mask (4)
Winner: Scurll (2) after Marty locked in The Crossface Chickenwing, Tiger rolled back for a close 2, before nailing Marty with a Solebutt and throwing a High Kick, which Marty ducked, but Tiger caught him with a Backslide for 2. Marty popped up and drilled Tiger with an elbow, before putting him down with The Black Plague and covering for the 3.
7) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori (4) vs Titan (2)
Winner: Taiji (2) after Ishimori was locked up in The Titan-X, but as Titan went for the cradle, Taiji escaped, ducked a Lariat and blasted Titan with a Jumping Knee to the chin, before hitting the ropes and leveling him with a Lariat, following with the cover, Titan kicked out at 2. Taiji, with a little urgency in his step, picked up Titan and hit The Bloody Cross to get out of there with a win. (Good match for Titan. He’s got a Running Lariat in the corner, where he projects his body to the floor and quickly follows up with a springboard attack, nice!)
8) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham (2) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee (2)
Winner: Dragon Lee (2) after Gresham countered Dragon’s German Suplex into a Prawn Hold for a 2, Dragon came right back with a vicious Knee Strike to the face, before hitting the ropes and UNLOADING on Gresham with a Running Knee to the face. Dragon Lee fired up, pulled Gresham to his feet and scored with Desnucadora to put a hard-fought victory away. (Jonathan Gresham is the best technical wrestler on the planet right now, the incredible sequences and nuanced flows he has are really untouchable. With the right opponent, Gresham will put on the best match on any show he is on. Dragon Lee is a special kind of athlete and the use of his knee strikes to go along with his power and speed, incredible champion. RECOMMENDED!)
9) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (4) vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0)
Winner: Shingo (2) after using a Chair to block The Sontori Surprise, Shingo laid Kanemaru out with a Lariat and regained some energy, before grabbing the Sontori whiskey, taking a swig and spitting it in Kanemaru’s eye, immediately following with Noshigami! Shingo regained some energy, as Red Shoes came to and Kanemaru staggered to his feet, Shingo scored with The Pumping Bomber and covered, but Kanemaru kicked out! Taichi attempted to slide into the ring, but the Young Lions stopped him, allowing Shingo to put Kanemaru into the mat with The Last of the Dragon and hold on for the 3! (Great performance from both! Kanemaru’s brutal, intelligent strategy made Shingo look more vulnerable than any other time in NJPW. Great crowd heat, Shingo is in that master class and every match of his is worth watching. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)