NJPW begins again in Sapporo!
And with a truly hard hitting contest in the main event! Can Hirooki Goto hold onto the NEVER Openweight title?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Jon Moxley & Kazuchika Okada VS Minoru Suzuki & Taichi; Suzuki & Taichi win.
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
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Jon Moxley & Kazuchika Okada VS Minoru Suzuki & Taichi!
Suzuki-Gun is targeting some big game, and that forces the unlikeliest of team-ups! The Maniac and the Rainmaker fight against the meanest and the sliest, can they make it out of this in one piece?
For those unfamiliar with AEW, Moxley has that eye patch because Chris Jericho jammed a spike into that eye! But Moxley can still see clearly enough to fight, so will he get to see his hand raised alongside the former Heavyweight Champion?
Speaking of, Moxley and Okada stand side-by-side outside the ring and throw off their jackets. And then together, they rush the ring! Moxley brawls with Suzuki while Okada is after Taichi! The referee rings the bell so that this is on the record, and does his best to restore order. Taichi rakes Okada’s eyes and throws him out. Moxley and Suzuki throw more forearms and even SLAPS as Taichi sends Okada into railing. Suzuki knees low, throws more forearms, then eggs Moxley on. But Moxley puts his hands down to egg Suzuki on. Suzuki accepts and ROCKS Moxley. Moxley throws forearms back and Suzuki dares him to keep going. Moxley throws forearms from all sides, then headbutts! Suzuki staggers but then laughs!
Suzuki throws a forearm, Moxley returns it, and they’re brawling again. Back and forth, back and forth, neither man backing down. Suzuki headbutts, Moxley gives one back! Moxley then sits down and turns around to mock Suzuki. “You think I’m scared of you, mother f*cker?!” Suzuki boots, Moxley boots, and back again! Moxley spins to forearm but Suzuki keeps hitting back. Suzuki forearms, Moxley CHOPS, Suzuki rocks Moxley with big shots! Moxley staggers about but stays standing. He winds up and Suzuki waits, only for Moxley to SLAP him. And then give double dirty birds. Fans cheer the guts from Moxley, but Suzuki takes on finger to bend it! The ref counts but Suzuki brings Moxley to ropes. The ref reprimands Suzuki and counts but Suzuki lets go at 4.
Suzuki rocks Moxley and SLAPS him back! Then knees him down! Tag to Taichi and he toys with Moxley. Taichi clubs Moxley but Moxley powers him to the corner! Moxley rolls back to ram in a shoulder, then tag to Okada. Moxley makes sure to hit Suzuki first before helping Okada double whip. They double elbow Taichi down, then drop and elboe and a basement dropkick! Quick teamwork already, and Okada drags Taichi up. Suzuki’s temper can be heard as he kicks railing while Okada drops Taichi with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his cool. Okada clamps on with a chinlock and Taichi endures. Fans cheer as Taichi works against the hold. Suzuki has found chairs from somewhere and has them on stand-by. Taichi gets a ropebreak with a leg and Okada lets up.
Suzuki and Moxley bark at each other on the outside but the ref gets them to return to their corners. Okada returns to Taichi with a scoop and slam, then a slingshot. Taichi avoids the senton and boots him, but Okada fires forearms. Taichi kicks but Okada forearms, and repeat. Now these two get to go back and forth, but Taichi pie faces Okada. Okada just shrugs off the kicks and gives forearms back. They keep going back and forth but Okada gets an edge to uppercut. But Taichi snap back suplexes! Suzuki throws chairs at Moxley! And then whips Moxley into railing! Then JAMS the chair in! Then SMACKS Moxley on the back! The ref can’t do anything about those two as Taichi throws Okada out.
Suzuki brings Moxley into the crowd and gives him a seat. Suzuki throws forearms on Moxley while Taichi whips Okada into railings! Taichi copies Suzuki as he rips railing down.
Fans get clear as Taichi brings Okada over to bowl into chairs! Suzuki keeps kicking Moxley and then uses railing as a weapon! Suzuki buries Moxley with the railing and chairs! Taichi uses a chair on Okada and then stalks up behind him. Young Lions keep close to each of these brawls as the 20 count begins. The count reaches 10 but Suzuki has brought Moxley to back production. Taichi brings Okada back to the ring at 16 so that the match can continue. You can hear the brawling of Suzuki and Moxley by production, and Moxley rakes eyes! Taichi clamps onto Okada with a mounted neck wrench but Okada endures. Taichi cranks hard and grinds Okada inot the mat. Back to Moxley and Suzuki, they joust with railing! Suzuki kicks low to then boot Moxley in the head.
Taichi meanwhile shifts to a cobra twist to bend and stretch Okada. Okada continues to endure as Taichi thrashes him around in that hold. Suzuki returns to ringside just to kick at commentary. Taichi stands on Okada and mocks him about not having Moxley to tag to. Taichi drags Okada up and over to bump off the buckle pad. Suzuki tags in and now he gets to club Okada down. Suzuki drags Okada back up for another chinlock, trapping an arm. Okada endures as Suzuki cranks harder. Fans rally and Okada fights, but Suzuki shifts to a headscissor squeeze. Okada still endures, so Suzuki lets up to tag Taichi. Taichi gives toying kicks while Moxley can be heard dragging himself back to ringside.
Taichi cranks Okada’s neck again and then gets forehead to forehead. Okada throws big forearms back, and blocks the kick! Okada whips Taichi to a corner but misses the big elbow, Taichi enziguris! Suzuki runs over to BOOT Moxley down! Off come Taichi’s tearaway pants! Taichi swings a kick but misses, and Okada Alabama lifts. Taichi fights out of it, to powerbomb, only for Okada to huricanrana out of it! Okada runs corner to corner but misses again, only to get Taichi up! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Both men are down and fans rally up.
Okada crawls and so does Taichi, hot tags to Moxley and Suzuki! Moxley fires off on Suzuki but Suzuki fires back! MOxley knees low then puts Suzuki in a corner. Suzuki reverses the whip but Moxley comes back with a clothesline! Moxley hurries to get Suzuki up, spin-out backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Suzuki survives and Moxley’s eye bandage is coming loose. Moxley ignores it as he puts Suzuki in a Cloverleaf, to a Figure Four! Suzuki endures the modified hold and reaches for the ropes. Moxley rolls him away, shifts to an STF! Moxley is showing he can be just as technical as anyone, but Suzuki powers up. Suzuki BITES Moxley’s arm! Moxley shoves and bites Suzuki’s FACE! The ref reprimands, Moxley backs off to REGAL KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives but Moxley decks Taichi.