NJPW ‘Fighting Spirit Unleashed New York’ Review

Added by Zack Monday

September 28th 2019

From The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan

Live on NJPWworld.com (Japanese commentary only)

The show starts an hour late due to some technical difficulties. Rocky Romero comes out and thanks the crowd for their patience, saying they are going to blow the roof off the building tonight.

Ren Narita vs TJP

Winner: TJP after Narita fought out of an Indian Deathlock and attempted to pin, TJP kicked loose and powered Ren up for The Detonation Kick and covered, but Ren kicked out, leading to TJP locking The Indian Deathlock/Abdominal Stretch combo, forcing Narita to Tap Out.

‘The American Psycho’ Lance Archer vs Karl Fredericks

Winner: Archer after Archer planted Karl with a BIG Chokeslam and covered, only to pull him up at 2 and scream “Everybody Dies,” before applying The EBD Claw and pushing Karl down for the 3. (Good, hard hitting and exciting sprint. Karl is a god damn star.)

Juice Robinson & Mikey Nicholls vs Clark Connors & Alex Coughlin

 Winners: Robinson & Nicholls after Mikey nailed Alex with a Sliding Lariat and covered, Clark dove in to break it up, closely followed by Juice and they traded hard chops, until Juice rocked Clark with a series of punches and dropped him with The Left Hand to God. Juice fired up and nailed Alex with The Left Hand to God, allowing Nicholls to use The Mikey Bomb to put Alex away.

Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) & Rocky Romero vs Bullet Club (Jado, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)

Winners: Bullet Club after YOH took out Tama with a Superkick, he ducked many Loa Clotheslines, until Jado nailed him with a Kendo Stick to the back. Romero caught Tonga with a Enziguri over the ropes and climbed to the top, diving off, only for Tonga to catch him and throw Rocky to a Gun Stun from Tama, who then pinned.

Referee Tiger Hatori came to the ring to a GREAT RESPONSE

Six Man Tag match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) vs The Rock n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) & “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi

Winners: Tanahashi & Rock n’ Roll after Tanahashi used Slingblade to put BUSHI down, he quickly went to the top and flew off with High Fly Flow to pick up the win.

Hatori was celebrated after the match, with his family brought into the ring to celebrate with him, Tanahashi & RNR!

Six Man Tag match: Amazing Red, “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs Bullet Club (IWGP Intercontinental Champion “Switchblade” Jay White, “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens & Gedo)

Winners: Goto, Ishii & Red after Goto took White out with Ooshi Garoshi, Goto stopped Gedo and used Ooshi Garoshi on him, but pulled Gedo back up and used The GTO to further the punishment and pick up the win.

NEVER Openweight Championship match: KENTA© vs YOSHI-HASHI

With the Referee down, The Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa) attacked YOSHI, until Referee Tiger Hatori came out and forced them out of the ring and to the back!

Winner and STILL Champion: KENTA after HASHI rolled KENTA into The Butterfly Lock and struggled him to the middle of the ring, KENTA fought and got to the ropes. HASHI fired up and leveled KENTA with a Lariat, before planting him with a Fisherman’s Brainbuster and covering, getting a 2. HASHI went for KARMA, but KENTA blocked, HASHI slapped KENTA across the face, leading to KENTA unloading with HARD SLAPS to HASHI’s face and using The Busaiku Knee to pick up a 2. KENTA pulled HASHI to his feet and used Go To Sleep to put HASHI down for the 3.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada & “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The King of Darkness” EVIL & “Cold Skull” SANADA)

Winners: LIJ after Ibushi and EVIL traded vicious strikes, EVIL threw a Spinning Lariat, which Ibushi ducked and dropped EVIL with a Roundhouse Kick to the head. Ibushi went for Kami Goye, but EVIL countered into Everything is Evil, which Ibushi escaped, but ate a Headbutt and then a Short Lariat for a 2. EVIL hit the ropes and leveled Ibushi with a Lariat, before planting him with Everything is Evil and holding on for the 3! (Really good!)