*New Japan currently has a Japanese drumming ceremony going on to welcome everyone to the tour and bless the tour. The drum corp, New Jersey Bi Wa N Ko, featured ten children doing traditional drumming from Nagano, Japan.
*Several of the talents are doing a pre-show meet and greet with VIP ticketholders right now.
*Visiting at the show are Jay Lethal, Steve Mack, Sumie Sakai, ECWA champion Papadon and others.
*Ronnie Lang's Atlas Security are in the house handling crowd control.
*The officials tonight will be Tiger Hatori, Matt Bennett and Red Shoes Uno.The NJPW East Coast Invasion tour opened with a great video package on the tour.
Stephen DeAngelis is handling the ring introductions.
Low Ki & Homicide vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
They all shook hands before the bell. The crowd went nuts as Homicide and Liger faced off. They went back and forth and went face to face. Liger used a single leg takedown and turned Homicide over into a bow and arrow, then cinched in a chinlock.
Liger scissored Homicide and held him to the mat. Homicide grabbed the ropes to break the hold. The crowd began clapping in unision. Liger took him back to the mat and used a triangle like choke. Homicide was able to slip out of it and grab a front facelock. He went for a suplex but Liger grabbed the ropes.
Tiger Mask and Low Ki both tagged in. They faced off. Mask kicked Ki and sent him into the corner. Ki leapt up and used a back kick to nail Tiger. Ki drilled him with stiff chops. Mask came back but was shoulderblocked down hard. Ki advanced on Mask but he kept evading him.
Ki kicked Mask hard in the chest. Mask retaliated with several of his own, snapmared him and drilled him with another. Liger tagged in. Ki tagged out to Homicide, who was worked over in the corner with chops. Liger went to the corner but Hoimicide pulled him off for a two count. Ki and Homicide worked over Liger.
The Strong Style Thugz controlled Liger. Homicide tied up Liger on the mat but Mask came in and kicked him to break it up. Kitagged in. He and Liger went back and forth with stiff chiops and kicks. Liger stopped a backdrop attempt and went for a powerbomb. Ki escaped and hit a springboard kick to the head for a two count.
Homicide entered the fray. Liger sent Ki into Homicide. He nailed Ki with the palm thrust and nailed the tiltowhirl backbreaker on Homicide. Mask tagged in and then tagged Homicide with a reverse kick. He then nailed Ki with a kick to the head in the corner and hit a double arm sitdown Tiger Driver for a two count.
Mask went for a moonsault but landed on his feet when he saw Ki. Ki went for a pinning combination. Liger broke it up. He nailed a powerbomb. Mask came off with a flying headbutt for a two count.
Ki muscled Tiger into the corner. Liger charged but Ki evaded it and he nailed his own partner. Homicide went for a Cop Killa on Mask but he slipped out. Ki was going to come off the top but changed his trajectory. Mask kicked him and went for a tombstone but Ki kicked out. Ki hit a springboard double stomp on Mask and nailed the Ki Krusher for the pin.
Your winners, Low Ki and Homicide!
Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenny Omega
Kojima went right after the arm, then used a headlock takedown. Omega slipped out and they faced off. They locked up again, this time with Omega grabbing a headlock. Kojima sent him into the ropes. Omega came back with a shoulderblock. No effect. Rinse, repeat. Omega went for it a third time. Kojima went for a clothesline but Omega ducked and hit a dropsault.
Kojima went to the outside. Omega went for a plancha but Kojima moved. Kojima worked him over on the outside before tossing him back into the ring. Kojima controlled Omega when he returned to the ring, then nailed him with a DDT.
Omega started to fire back with several punches but was kicked off. They battled over a suplex with Omega finally nailing it. Kojima began to fire himself up as Omega chopped away at him. Kojima nailed a series of strikes but was dropkicked in the knee. Omega nailed a bulldog for a two count.
Kojima came back with rapid fire chops in the corner, destroying Omega. Kojima nailed a leaping forearm into the corner. He went to the top rope and came off with a top rope elbowdrop for a two count.
Omega came back with a leaping rana and then a rolling Samoan Drop, then a standing moonsault press for a two count. He went for a full nelson suplex but Kojima escaped and nailed a roaring elbow. Omega nailed a knee to the face but was nailed with an Ace Crusher.
Kojima nailed a big suplex and covered Omega for a two count but Omega kicked up at the last second. Omega came back and went for the Electric Chair but Kojima slipped out, nailed Omega in the back of the head and killed him with a LARIATTTTTTTTTTO for the pin.
Your winner, Satoshi Kojima!
Another very good match.
IWGP Tag Team champions Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson, IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Davey Richards, Jado & Gedo
There was a chant for Devitt. Bernard aka Albert in WWE and Nakamura started off. Bernard forced him into the corner. Nakamura slipped out and drilled several kicks and puinches but Bernard came back with several shots and a big shoulderblock. Nakamura fought back but Bernard reversed an irish whip into the corner and drilled him.
Anderson tagged in. Gedo tagged in and they went back and forth. Richards tagged in and nailed several kicks. Taguchi tagged in but Anderson caught him with a knee to the gut. Taguchi nailed a dropkick off the ropes and locked on an arm wringer.
He brought Anderson over to their corner. Taguchi's team all worked on him, tagging in and out. Richards tried to interfere but was sent out of the ring. Taguchi then nailed him off the apron to the floor. Richards charged the ring but was thrown over the top to the floor.
As five minutes expired, it broke down with everyone battling around and in the ring. When it settled down, Nakamura set up Taguchi in the corner and nailed a running kick to the gut. He began drilling him with knees while down on the mat but only received a two count for his efforts.
Richards tagged in and caught Taguchi with a spinning kick, then drilled him with a charging forearm in the corner. He suplexed Taguchi over and ascended to the top, coming off with a top rope headbutt. He went for a powerbomb but Taguchi rolled through for a sunset flip, Richards went for a clothesline but Taguchi caught him with a kick to the head.
Richards tagged Nakamura but Taguchi caught him with a dropkick and tagged in Bernard. Jado tried to interfere and weas tossed into the ring. Bernard threw him in the corner. Gedo tried to interfere but was caught and whipped into his partner. Bernard splashed Jado and drilled Gedo with a shoulderblock.
The Tag champs began dishing out all sorts of double team punishment on Nakamura. Nakamura came back with a kick and made the hot tag. Gedo and Jado faced off with Devitt and Taguchi. They nailed stereo dropkicks.
Devitt went for a dive but Nakamura cut him off. Bernard steamrolled Nakamura. Nakamura came back with a kick to the back of the head. Anderson drilled him with a cutter. Richards hit the Cactus Clothesline over the top on Anderson. Everyone battled on the outside. Devitt hit a SICK dive to the outside.
Devitt nailed Jado with a spinning kick (he missed) and then nailed a brainbuster for the pin.
Your winners, Devitt & Bernard & Anderson & Taguchi!
Another really good match.
Bernard battled to the back with Nakamura. Low Ki and Homicide attacked Devitt and Taguchi, who they are challenging for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team belt. Ki said that he once held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title and tomorrow he is going to challenge Devitt tomorrow and he is going to hold it again. He promised they are going to bring all the precious metal back to NYC.
Still to come:
*IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Round 1: Hideo Saito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
*IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Round 1: Tetsuya Naito vs. Josh Daniels
*IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Round 1: Toru Yano vs. Dan Maff
*IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Round 1: MVP vs. Kazuchika Okada
*IWGP Heavyweight champiom Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Rhino & Charlie Haas
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