NJPW “POWER STRUGGLE”, 11/9/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM in Osaka, Japan (Osaka Prefectual Gymnasium)
(0) Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, KUSHIDA & BUSHI vs. Yujiro Takahashi, YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
◆Winner: Koslov (9:50) following the Contract Killer to BUSHI.
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [36th Champions] “Suzuki-gun” TAKA Michinoku & Taichi vs. [Challengers/Super Jr. Tag Winners] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson
◆Winner: Matt (9:22) following the More Bang 4 Your Buck on TAKA.
~ The Champions fall on their 2nd title defense.
~ The Young Bucks become the 37th IWGP Jr. Tag Champs.
~ Rocky Romero, Alex Koslov, and KUSHIDA all came out to challenge the newly crowned champions.
(2) Special Single Match: Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuyori Shibata
◆Winner: Shibata (9:43) following a Shouten.
~ Shibata beats Honma with Hirooki Goto’s maneuver.
(3) Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
◆Winner: Sakuraba (8:08) with a Sakuraba Lock on Iizuka.
(4) IWGP Tag & NWA World Tag Double Championship Irregular 3WAY Match: [62nd IWGP Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [78th NWA Champions] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. [Challengers] Rob Conway & Jax Dane
~ First pinfall is for the IWGP Tag belts, 2nd pinfall is for the NWA belts.
◆Winner: Archer (8:41) following the Killer Bomb on Tenzan.
~ TenCozy fall on their 3rd IWGP title defense.
~ Killer Elite Squad becomes the 63rd IWGP Tag Champions.
◆Winner: Conway (5:41) following the Ego Trip on Kojima.
~ Conway and Dane become the 79th NWA Tag Champs.
~ This also makes Conway the first man to hold the NWA Heavyweight and NWA Tag belts as the same time.
(5) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe & Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
◆Winner: Ibushi (11:15) with a Phoenix Splash on Devitt.
~ Ibushi gets the win over the current IWGP Jr. Champ.
~ Makabe and Fale continued to brawl after the match.
(6) Special Single Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Tanahashi (17:38) with the High Fly Flow.
(7) Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenger Rights Contract & NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Masato Tanaka
◆Winner: Naito (15:46) with the Stardust Press.
~ 2nd successful title defense.
(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [6th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Minoru Suzuki
◆Winner: Nakamura (19:04) following the Boma~Ye.
~ 3rd successful title defense.
~ Nakamura requested that he defends the belt against Tanahashi next.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
◆Winner: Okada (22:49) following the Rainmaker.
~ 6th successful title defense.
~ Next up for Okada will be Naito who finally gets his title opportunity at WK8.
This was New Japan’s final “big” show of the year, next up is WRESTLE KINGDOM 8. Here is what the early “expected” card will look like.
WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 in Tokyo Dome, 1/4/2014 [Sat] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
() IWGP Junior Tag Championship 4WAY Match: [37th Champions] “The Young Bucks” Matt & Nick Jackson vs. [Challengers] Taichi & TAKA Michinoku vs. [Challengers] “Time Splitters” KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. [Challengers] Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov.
~ 1st title defense.
() IWGP Tag Championship Match: [63rd Champions] “KES” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. [Challengers] (WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2013 Winners)
~ 1st title defense.
() Special Single Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
() Special Tag Match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Daniel & Horace Gracie
() IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [66th Champion] Prince Devitt vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi (DDT)
~ 5th title defense.
() IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [6th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ 4th title defense.
() IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger / 2013 G1 CLIMAX Winner] Tetsuya Naito
~ 7th title defense.