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By Mike Johnson on 2017-01-04 00:54:00

IWGP Tag Team champions The Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Great Bash Heel vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii.

The idea was Yano had stolen the Tag belts and the Tag League tournament trophy.  Some might say he stole his way into this bout too.  The Guerrillas of Destiny attacked immediately. 

Yano took off the buckles and sent Honma into the exposed buckle.  Ishii tagged in and chopped away at him.  He slammed and covered Honma for a two cunt.  The Guerrillas tagged in and worked over Honma.  Yano returned to the ring and tried to whip Honma into the exposed buckles but it was reversed.  Makabe tagged in and started working over everyone with lariats.

Honma and Makabe continued to work over everyone with punches in the corner and stereo Northern Lights suplexes.  Honma continued to assault with headbutts and clotheslines.   Tanga Roa was cursing up a storm, to the point Steve Corino was cracking up.  Lots of action here, too much to follow.

The GOD nailed a powerbomb on Honma, who kicked out at the last second.     They tried to finish him off but Makabe hit the scene.   He wiped them out with a double clothesline.  They nailed a double clothesline and nailed a powerbomb on Road.  Honma came off the top with a diving headbutt but Ishii broke up the pinfall at the very last second.

The battle went back and forth until Tama Tonga nailed a cutter on Honma as he went for a diving headbutt.  Makabe was drilled with Guerrilla Warfare.  Makabe blind tagged himself in.  Ishii nailed a big double clothesline on the Guerrillas on Destiny and Makabe scored the pin.

Your winners and new IWGP Tag Team champions, Tomohiri Ishii & Toru Yano!

Well, I didn't see that coming.  A pretty hectic and fast paced tag bout. Pretty enjoyable.  Surprising finish there.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi.

Big entrance for the former Kamaitachi with all sort of giant balls bouncing on the stage and above the crowd. 

They started with KUSHIDA hitting a big dive off the top far on the floor onto Takahashi.  He brought the challenger into the ring and slammed him, then began working on the arm.  KUSHIDA nailed a big hiptosss and cinched in an arm submission.  Takashashi nailed a big sunset bomb to the floor and they teased KUSHIDA might require a referee's stoppage.

KUSHIDA finally returned to the ring, where Takahashi nailed some stiff kicks and slaps.  He kicked KUSHIDA in the back of the head, sending him down to the mat and covered him for a two count.  KUSHIDA nailed an elbow to the face, catching Takahashi as he charged into the corner, then slammed him facefirst into the buckles.

KUSHIDA unloaded with clotheslines and a cartwheel into a dropkick.   Takahashi took control and a sunset flip powerbomb to the floor and then followed up by nailing a double knee strike off the top into the ring.  Takahashi continued with strikes but KUSHIDA leapt up with a kick.   He went for another sunset flip bomb but KUSHIDA saved himself and locked in an armbar on the floor, trying to hurt Takashi.  They were almost count out but KUSHIDA dumped Takahashi into the ring.

KUSHIDA lined Takahashi up and fired away with kicks.  KUSHIDA cinched in the Hoverboard Lock on Takahashi's arm.  The challenger refused to tap.  He tried to fight his way out, which the crowd was shocked at, but KUSHIDA wrenched it in.  Takahashi almost made it to the ropes but was pulled back.    He finally rolled through and ended up with KUSHIDA on his shoulders but KUSHIDA rolled through with a forward roll for a two count.  KUSHIDA went right back to the Hoverboard Lock and trapped Takahashi.

Takahashi fired back with a big right but was dropped bu KUSHIDA with one of his own  KUSHIDA hurt his wrist and arm from the shot and went down in pain.  KUSHIDA finally charged but was caught with an overhead belly to belly suplex into the buckles.  He drilled Takahash but was nailed and placed on the top rope.  Takahashi followed but was caught in another Hoverboard Lock  attempt.  Takahashi turned it into a forward roll off the ropes, which looked brutal because of how KUSHIDA came down but KUSHIDA kicked up at the last second.

Takahashi picked up KUSHIDA and drilled him hard into the buckles and scored the pin.  Big moment!

Your winner and new IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion, Horimu Takahashi!

Very good match with some awesome striking and submission wrestling.   Really great battle that made Takahashi.

NEVER Openweight champion Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto.

Shibata enters the Tokyo Dome.

NEVER Openweight champion Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto.

Goto was muscled into the ropes.  Shibata broke free and then chopped him across the chest.   They told a story that at times Goto acts as if he may not care and hasn't been able to win major gold.  Shibata controlled him early on and sent Goto to the floor.  Shibata tossed him back in the ring and stomped at his arm, shoulder and chest.  Goto was trapped in a arm submission and held on the mat.

Shibata controlled Goto and nailed a series of kicks to the face.  He followed up with a big forearm smash but Goto caught him with a lariat.  He smashed Goto with a series of forearms and sent him into the corner.  Shibata avoided a charge in the corner and smashed him with strikes.  Shibata was caught with a Saito suplex but Goto took too long to recover.  He nailed a lariat in the corner and ascended to the top with a big elbow for a two count.

Goto followed up with a big knee to the chest but Shibata sat up, furious and focused.  Goto kneed him again but this only pissed off Shibata.  Goto tried over and over but Shibata fired back with strikes.  He whipped Goto into the corner and nailed a stiff knee to the face and stomped the hell out of Goto.  He nailed an awesome leaping dropkick into the corner.

Shibata suplexed Goto over and scored another two count.  He cinched in an abdominal stretch but Goto fought to the ropes/  Shibata snapped him with a belly to back suplex but Goto popped right up and nailed several lariats.  Shibata fired back with kicks but was nailed with a lariat and suplexed over.  They each popped up and returned the brutal suplex on the other until finally both men were down.

They took turns beating the hell out of each other with stiff shots and lariats.  Shibata was caught with an STO.  They battle of attrition continued.  Shibata kept going for the rear naked choke as Goto tried to fight his way out of it.  He was scissored and brought down to the mat.  The announcers acted as if it was just a matter of time.  Goto rolled over and finally was able to hit the ropes, forcing the break.

Shibata shoved the referee, Red Shoes down.  Shibata worked over Goto.  Goto grabbed Shibata and nailed a DVDR dropping the back of his neck across Goto's knee.  He went for a suplex and dropped him down but Shibata kicked up at the last second.  Goto kicked him in the chest.  They got up in each other's face, heated, and exchanged punches and headbutts.  Goto seemed to get the better of it and drilled his head into Goto's knee.  Goto nailed the GTR and scored the pin.

Your winner and new NEVER Openweight champion Hiooki Goto!BRUTAL match.  They told a hell of a story and the idea here was that Goto finally got the big win that he's needed for his career.  I'd hate to be these guys waking up tomorrow as they are going to be sore!

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