The first New Japan show of the decade and the first two-day WrestleKingdom, who will make history on this history-making night?
Pre-show: Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks, and Toa Henare defeated Yuya Uemura, Yota Tsuji, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe via pinfall
The heated rivalry between the L.A and Japanese dojos kick off WrestleKingdom as Uemura got worked over by the American contingent to open. Makabe eventually gets the tag and GBH gives their team the advantage. It looked all but over when Honma hit the Kokeshi but it was broken up. Toa Henare ran wild, hitting Tsuji with a massive boot, a huge lariat and the Toa Bottom for the win. Really good opener.
Ten-Cozy (Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata via pinfall
Ten-Cozy started off quickly, working over Nakanishi until Nagata made the save which lead to his team taking control. Tenzan got the tag and went toe-to-toe with Nagata and they exchanged big moves. The two teams went blow-for-blow until Kojima hit the big lariat for the win.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Ootani and Naoki Sano defeated Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Tatsumi Fujinami and The Great Sasuke via pinfall
The first of Jushin Thunder Liger’s retirement matches say eight of Liger’s biggest rivals and allies face-off. Sano and Liger kicked things off, followed up by Otani working over Liger with the facewash. This was a showcase, seeing all eight of these all-stars face off. Later on, Tiger Mask rallied and hit a Tiger Driver, bringing in Fujinami who ran wild with submissions and dragon screws. All eight men went back and forth until Taguchi shockingly saw off Liger with the Dodon.
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.) defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, EVIL, and SANADA) via submission
L.I.J got the jump on Suzuki-Gun as all eight men fought one-another around ringside, with EVIL working over Minoru Suzuki. Suzuki snatched EVIL in an armbar to give Suzuki-Gun the edge, hitting him with a chair. Suzuki-Gun worked over EVIL until Taichi got too cocky allowing him to tag in SHINGO who ran wild, as does SANADA. SANADA and Sabre Jr. faced off, but when BUSHI gets in, ZSJ ties BUSHI up in knots for the submission win.
Zack would not relinquish the hold, but SANADA pulls him off with the Cold Skull as Sabre Jr. bails.
YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki Goto defeated Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, and KENTA via pinfall
Toru Yano demands to start, but immediately regrets his decision when he sees it’s against Bad Luck Fale. Fale overpowers Yano, but Yano uses his smarts to escape with his life. YOSHI-HASHI gets worked over by Bullet Club. Iishi and Yano neutralise the B.C efforts, and we get a preview of Goto vs KENTA, with Goto getting the advantage. We saw Iishi hit a massive brainbuster on Fale, and as KENTA watched on Goto dropped Yujiro with a Oshigoroshi and the GTR for the win.
IWGP Tag Team Titles: FinJuice (David Finlay Jr. and Juice Robinson) defeated Champions G.O.D (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) via pinfall to win the titles.
FinJuice try and get the jump on the ramp, but G.O.D threw David Finlay Jr. off the ramp and single out Juice Robinson in the ring. Finlay finds his way back to the ring, but G.O.D keeps cutting him off from Juice. Tanga Loa starts working the repaired shoulder of Finlay until he musters up a huge spear to give him time to tag in Juice Robinson. Juice runs wild with spinebusters and cannonballs. G.O.D hit some of their big moves, but FinJuice keep fighting. The champs go for the superbomb, but Finlay counters that with a hurricanrana. Even a Jado kendo stick shot wasn’t enough, as Juice hits Tanga Loa with Pulp Friction and a Acid Drop later, we have new champions. Really good contest.
IWGP United States Title, Texas Deathmatch: Jon Moxley defeated Champion Lance Archer after he could not answer the ten count to win the title.
These two immediately went to war, big moves and hands to open. Moxley hit a dive to Archer as the match spilt to the outside. Archer launches a chair into Moxley’s face as he works him over with trashcan lids and kendo sticks. Lance lost his footing on his rope walk, so Moxley dropped him with a kendo stick and then a big suplex into a trashcan lid across two chairs. Lance fought back with a big apron chokeslam, and then choked slam a Young Lion onto Moxley. He followed that up with a huge dive onto everybody. Archer hits Blackout into a host of chairs, but Moxley gets up at 8. Moxley countered the EBD Claw into an armbar, but Archer powers out. Archer repeatedly keeps knocking down Moxley, but he won’t stay down. Archer than uses a plastic bag-assisted EBD claw to suffocate him, but even that won’t work. Moxley rallied, hitting a vicious Death Rider through two tables ensuring he is down for the ten count.
Post-match, Moxley grabs a microphone he says he either leaves with everything or nothing, and he will settle the score with Juice Robinson tomorrow night.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title: Hiromu Takahashi defeated Champion Will Ospreay via pinfall to win the title
There’s no way I was going to be able to all any of the moves at the speed these two go, so let’s just say they both went rather fast and with a lot of force. Ospreay hit a vicious rope-hung DDT to take control and worked the repaired neck of Hiromu. Will Ospreay went for the Sasuke Special, but was caught into a german but he flipped out, rolled through a Hiromu throw back into the ring and hit the second Sasuke attempt. Out of this world. Hiromu hit a big top-rope body scissors to fight back, and these two went back and forth, hitting big move after big move. Will Ospreay took Hiromu’s head off with a hidden blade, but he counters the Stormbreaker into a code red for a near fall. Takahashi hits a huge lariat, and the Time Bomb but that’s not enough. Hiromu goes to something we’ve never seen before, a Leg Trap Time Bomb to see off Ospreay and recapture the gold.
IWGP Intercontinental Title: Tetsuya Naito defeated Champion Jay White via pinfall to win the title
Tetsuya Naito starts the mind games early, going after Gedo to lure White into the ring and gain the advantage. Naito works the neck of Jay White until Gedo holds the leg of White, allowing him to take over. Thanks to the interference of Gedo, White worked over the knee of Naito with a chair and continue his offence. These two work each others injured bodyparts throughout the contest, with White viciously dumping Naito over the top with a Saito suplex onto the apron. White locks on the T.T.O but Naito gets to the ropes. Naito rallies, hitting all of his big moves but White threw Naito into the referee, meaning he could hit a low blow and a vicious chair shot. Naito rallies once more, hitting a desperation Destino. Naito hit a second Destino which wasn’t enough, but a third saw off the Switchblade.
IWGP Heavyweight Title: Champion Kazuchika Okada defeated Kota Ibushi via pinfall to retain the title
These two went hold for hold in the early goings, neither man gaining a major advantage. Okada hit a big DDT on the outside to take momentary control, but an Ibushi dropkick slowed Okada down. Ibushi looked in firm control, but an Okada dropkick sent Ibushi flying off the top to the outside. Ibushi then started counteracting all of Okada’s big moves, with a cradle tombstone and a vicious leaping double stomp, ending with the golden triangle moonsault. Okada fought back once again, countering the Bom-ba-ye with a beautiful dropkick and a tombstone. Kota Ibushi suddenly absorbed all of Okada’s strikes, and laid waste with closed fists and slaps, much to the Tokyo Dome’s disgust. Okada fought back, hitting a brutal tombstone on the ring apron, which cause Ibushi to have to take a 19-count on the outside. Okada hits a brutal high-angle german suplex, only for Ibushi to hit a middle rope german of his own, onto the head of the champion. Ibushi hit a rainmaker of his own and even a bomb-ba-bye, which Okada kicked out at one. Even a Kamagoye wasn’t enough at first. Okada rallied once more, hitting a dropkick out of nowhere. The pair exchanged blows, with Kota launching vicious kicks into the champion. Ibushi misses the phoenix splash, and Okada hits a spinning and a traditional rainmaker but Ibushi still kicks out! Okada hits rainmaker after rainmaker, but Ibushi will not die, hitting a running Kamagoye! However, as Ibushi goes for the kill Okada pulls out a sit-down tombstone and a rainmaker for the win. What a damn match.
Post-match, the new Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito made his way down to the ring to cut a promo. He talks about two years ago, and now they are back again. But this time, he will reach his goal and do it by beating Okada. The two pose with their respective belts and Naito leaves.
Okada closes by addressing the Tokyo Dome crowd, thanking Kota Ibushi and says he doesn’t care with Naito wants as he is the strongest IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He thanks the crowd to close the show.