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OKADA VS. TANAHASHI, LETHAL VS. ELGIN, STYLES VS. NAKAMURA, TITLE CHANGES & MORE: COMPLETE NEW JAPAN WRESTLEKINGDOM 2016 COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2016-01-04 07:10:00

IWGP Intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles.

Some nice back and forth wrestling early as they felt the other out.   Styles finally scored with a big dropkick to the face.   Styles went to the ropes but was pulled off leg first by Nakamura.  Nakamura turned his back, allowing Styles to nail him with a running elbow.

Styles worked over Nakamura in the corner.  Styles nailed a big kneedrop.  Styles locked in the MutaLock.  Nakamura made it to the ropes.    Styles tossed Nakamura into the corner and nailed a leaping clothesline.  He drillled Nakamura with an elbow at the base of the neck and drilled him with a forearm.  Nakamura fired back with several of his own and  Styles was nailed with a rude backbreaker.

Styles went to the floor, holding his bad back but was driven into the barricade by Nakamura.  Nakamura cleaned house on him and choked him against the ropes with his boot.  He nailed a number of knee strikes then picked up Styles for. suplex and slammed him down rudely on the mat.  Styles avoided a running kick in the corner but was caught and drilled after being placed across the top turnbuckles.

Styles avoided a charged in the corner, nailed Nakamura and scored with a springboard forearm smash.    Styles went for a suplex but his back wouldn't allow it.  Nakamura went for one but Styles blocked and snap suplexed the champion into the buckles.  Styles locked on the Calf Killer but Nakamura immediately grabbed the ropes.

Nakamura drilled Styles and nailed a back cracker followed by a big suplex that turned Styles inside out.    They each avoided moves but Styles rolled through and caught him in the Calf Killer in the center of the ring.  Nakamura fought out and rolled through into an armbreaker.    Nakamura nailed a Whirly Bird for a two count.

Styles came back with an attempted Styles Clash but Nakamura was able to backdrop him.  Styles rolled through with a sunset flip attempt but Nakamura avoided him and came off the ropes with a Bombaye kick to the chest.    Styles and Nakamura exchanged strikes and kicks.  Styles nailed the Pele Kick but Nakamura drilled him with the running knee strike for another two count.  Great stuff.

Styles scored with the 450 splash and nearly got the three count.  They went back and forth until Styles hit a one armed Styles Clash for another two count.  Nakamura grabbed at his neck.  Styles nailed Bloody Sunday on the champion and went for another Styles Clash.  Styles stomped him in the head when Nakamura blocked the move.  Styles went for another but changed his mind and grabbed Nakamura, dragging him to the corner.     Styles pulled him up, wanting to hit the Clash off the top.  Nakamura battled back and placed Styles on his shoulder, then drove him down to the mat with a Michinoku Driver variation, only to see Styles kick out at the very last second.

Nakamura came back with a pair of Bombaye Kicks and scored the pin.

Your winner and still IWGP Intercontinental champion, Shinsuke Nakamura!

Absolutely brilliant back and forth match.  The rare dream match billing that lives up to the hype.

IWGP champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Tanahashi looked ripped.  They went face to face early.  Okada slapped him.   Some really nice back and forth stuff on the mat early on.   Tanahashi worked on Okada's shoulder and kept him at bay with a side headlock.  He then focused his attack on Okada's knee and leg.

Okada mounted a comeback but was nailed with a back elbow and a reverse bodypress off the ropes.  Okada held on and dropped him to the apron outside, then nailed a springboard dropkick to him, sending the challenger to the floor.   Okada sent him into the barricade.  Okada nailed a big flying bodypress over the guard rail to the floor.

Okada nailed a slingshot senton splash on Tanahashi for a two count.    Tanahashi came back with a senton splash off the ropes.  Okada sent him into the corner and nailed a leaping hip attack.  Okada nailed a DDT and a leaping back elbow for a two count. 

Tanahashi made a comeback and nailed a Dragon Screw Leg Whip.  Okada went to the floor to recover.  Tanahashi ascended to the top but Okada met him there with a series of uppercuts.  They battled on the top but Tanahashi slipped off his shoulders.  He pulled Okada's leg through then buckles and then nailed a Dragon Screw Legwhip on it, hurting Okada's knee.  Tanahashi then nailed another on the leg.  Tanahashi then followed up with Sling Blade on the apron.

Tanahashi then went to the top again and hit a frog splash onto Okada, who was in a standing position.    Okada was almost counted out after he had problems standing on his bad knee, but made it in at the 18 count.  Tanahashi slammed him and went to the ropes, nailing a frog splash with authority.   He set up for the Texas Cloverleaf and fought to turn the champion over.   Okada was able to prevent the move but was stomped into the corner.

Tanahashi placed Okada's leg in the rope and dropkicked it.  Okada nailed White Noise on Tanahashi but his knee was killing him after and he laid there grabbing at it.    They returned to their feet and exchanged forearms.      Okada drilled him with a series of dropkicks to the face and covered him for a two count.  Okada scored with a massive missile dropkick but Tanahashi was able to break the pin with the ropes

Okada slammed him with authority and came off with a leaping elbow.  He called for the Rainmaker.  Tanahashi ducked it and Okada grabbed him for a tombstone.  Tanahashi rolled through for a two count.  He then nailed a dropkick to the knees and scored with another Dragon Screw Leg Whip.     Tanahashi avoided a dropkick and nailed a Dragon Screw Leg Whip on the ankle.  He locked in a variation of the Texas Cloverleaf but didn't have the champion turned all the way over.

Okada fought for the ropes but found himself trapped in the hold.  He finally dragged himself to the ropes to force a break.   Tanahashi caught him with a neckbreaker and The Slingblade before rushing to the top and going for a frog splash.  Okada rolled out of the way, so there was no water in the pool.     Okada muscled Tanahashi up for a tombstone but he slipped out and nailed a rolling neckbreaker, but Okada held on and spiked him with a tombstone.

Okada nailed the Rainmaker clothesline but the challenger kicked out at two.    Okada nailed a frog splash, Tanahashi's finisher but only scored a two count.  Tanahashi came back to nail the Rainmaker, Okada's finisher.    Okada gets to his feet first but is kicked in the bad knee.  Tanahashi kept kicking Okada away.  He went for another kick but was caught for a tombstone.  Tanahashi escaped and nailed the Sling Blade followed by a Dragon Suplex for a two count.

Tanahashi went to the top for another Frog splash and nailed it on Okada's back.  He went to the top again and nailed one more but Okada still kicked out.    The crowd popped huge for that.    He went back for another but this time, Okada dropkicked him in mid-air.  Tanahashi went down and grabbed at his shoulder and ribs.

Okada went for a back suplex but Tanahashi tried to fight his way out.  He nailed a hard slap but was caught with a big dropkick by Okada.    Okada nailed a German suplex but was struck with a hard slap by Tanahashi.  Okada held onto him and nailed a pair of Rainmaker clotheslines.  He scored with a third and made the cover for the pin.

Okada FINALLY beats Tanahashi in the Dome!

Your winner and still IWGP champion, Kazuchika Okada!

A HELL of a main event.

There was a ton of great wrestling on this show.  This was far superior to last year's Dome show.


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