New Japan Pro Wrestling’s event King Of Pro Wrestling took place earlier today emanating from the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
King Of Pro Wrestling Results
Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (c) defeated Jushin “Thunder” Liger & Tiger Mask IV via pinfall.
Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) defeated Juice Robinson & Toa Henare via pinfall.
Makabe landed his signature move, the King Kong Knee Drop onto Henara to secure the victory for the GBH team.
Firing Squad (Bad Luck Fale, Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa) defeated Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Hangman Page, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) via pinfall.
Tama Tonga hit an impactful Gun Stun onto Owens with a flapjack assist from Tanga Loa.
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, & Will Ospreay) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, & Takashi Iizuka) via pinfall.
Will Ospreay was able to hit Taichi with the Storm Breaker to gain the pinfall victory. Afterwards, Ospreay picked up the Never Openweight Championship, hinting towards a future encounter between himself and Taichi.
The entirety of Los Ingobernables de Japon enter the ring before their match, with Naito taking to the mic in order to introduce the newest member to the collection: Shingo Takagi.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito) defeat CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO, Toru Yano, & YOH) via pinfall.
Tagaki hit his finisher, Last Falconry, on SHO in an impressive debut.
EVIL vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. is declared a no contest due to Chris Jericho’s surprise assault on EVIL during his entrance.
KUSHIDA defeats Marty Scurll via pinfall with Back To The Future to win the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats “Switchblade” Jay White via pinfall.
As Jay White was readying himself to hit his finisher, Blade Runner, Tanahashi is able to roll White into a small package. The Ace retains the G1 Climax 28 Winner’s Contract, guaranteeing his spot at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
Kenny Omega (c) defeats both Cody Rhodes and Kota Ibushi via pinfall after hitting the One-Winged Angel on Ibushi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
With King Of Pro Wrestling done, the table is set for our Wrestle Kingdom 13 main event, with Tanahashi and Omega both coming out victorious despite steep competition.
A War Of Ideologies
Post-match, Kenny gets on the mic and declares that he won’t leave until Ibushi and Cody are standing with him. He speaks briefly on Wrestle Kingdom and makes specific mention that today’s main event may not have been what the fans were expecting. He also tells Cody, Kota, The Young Bucks, and even Cody’s dog, Pharoh, that he loves them all.
As he winds down, ready to say goodbye (and goodnight), Tanahashi appears.
Tanahashi confronts Kenny, making sure to highlight that this is New Japan. It looks like they’re doubling down on Tanahashi not respecting Omega’s in-ring style and attitude for their feud.
It’s deeper than just wanting a title shot – it’s a core difference of ideology and in-ring principles, which makes their inevitable clash all the more intriguing – and personal – come January 4th.