Hirooki Goto Defeats Michael Elgin For Title, Full NJPW Kizuna Road Results

Hirooki Goto defeated Michael Elgin for the NEVER Openweight Championship today from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Shortly after doing so, however, he was challenged to a future match by Jeff Cobb. Elgin and Cobb were teammates in the World Tag League last year.

The likely time and date for Cobb vs Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship is July 7th at NJPW’s G1 Special in San Fransisco.

Elgin’s run with the belt was the shortest in history. It lasted only 8 days and did not include a single successful title defense. Goto is now a 3x champion and has defended the title 6x in total.

Kizuna Road Results
June 17th, 2018

  1. Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura – Time Limit Draw
  2. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata defeated Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka
  3. Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita
  4. Jeff Cobb, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare & Togi Makabe defeated Rocky Romero, SHO, Toru Yano, YOH & YOSHI-HASHI
  5. BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito defeated El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  6. Jay White, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii defeated David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson
  7. NEVER Openweight Title
    Hirooki Goto defeated Michael Elgin (c)

Kizuna Road Developments

Jay White and Juice Robinson built up their upcoming title match on today’s show. White attacked Juice after their tag match and attempted to injure his rival’s arm with a chair. Juice fought back and punched the chair into White’s face to end the melee, however.

White also chose to enter the ring separately from his fellow CHAOS stablemates again.

Tetsuya Naito and Hiromu Takahashi had a weird exchange after their match. Takahashi set the Best of the Super Juniors trophy on the mat in front of Naito. Although Naito initially looked like he was going to bow to the trophy, he instead kicked it and broke off a piece. Takahashi was upset by this. He picked up the trophy and walked away from an apologetic Naito. Whenever he is around a title belt or trophy, Naito can’t help but want to destroy it it seems.

Updated G1 Special In San Francisco Card

  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Kenny Omega (c) vs Cody
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    the Young Bucks (c) vs Evil and Sanada
  • IWGP United States Championship
    Jay White (c) vs Juice Robinson
  • Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay vs Tetsuya Naito and Bushi

Likely to be announced soon:

  • NEVER Openweight Championship
    Hirooki Goto (c) vs Jeff Cobb