AJ Styles retains IWGP title in Japan
May 25, 2014 - by Steve Gerweck
New Japan Pro-Wrestling “BACK TO THE YOKOHAMA ARENA”, 5/25/2014 [Sun] 15:00 @ Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa
credit: Puroresu Spirit
(1) Road to BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. XXI: Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, El Desperado & Mascara Dorada vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, BUSHI, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley
◆Winner: BUSHI (8:25) with the M/X on Desperado.
(2) Special 8 Man Tag Match: Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. “BULLET CLUB” Yujiro Takahashi, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
◆Winner: Yujiro (9:03) with the Miami Shine on Captain.
(3) NWA World Tag Championship 3WAY Match: [Champions] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. [Challengers] Rob Conway & Wes Brisco vs. [Challengers] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
◆Winner: Tenzan (11:38) with a Moonsault Press on Brisco.
~ 2nd successful defense.
(4) Special Tag Match: Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin
◆Winner: Suzuki (:08) following a Gotch style Piledriver on Yano.
~ Iizuka betrayed Yano setting up Suzuki to claim the victory. Iizuka then dawned a Suzuki-gun t-shirt.
~ Yano was carried out on a stretcher as Gedo & Jado appeared to be stunned by the fact that yet another person has left CHAOS. Following Yujiro’s dissension earlier this month as he joined BULLET CLUB.
~ What does this mean for CHAOS’ current state as a whole?
(5) Special Single Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale
◆Winner: Fale (12:05) following the Bad Luck Fall.
(6) Pro-Wrestling vs. Jiu Jitsu Mixed Match: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rolles Gracie
◆Winner: Sakuraba (5:33) with the Sakuraba Lock.
(7) NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [3rd Champion] Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challenger] Kota Ibushi
◆Winner: Ishii (19:22) following a Vertical Drop style Brainbuster.
~ 4th successful title defense.
~ Yujiro Takahashi attacked Ishii after the match and in the process set himself up as the next challenge for the belt.
(8) IWGP Tag Contendership Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata
◆Winner: Makabe (17:22) following the King Kong Knee Drop on Goto.
~ King Ace become the next contenders for the IWGP Tag belts.
(9) IWGP Intercontinental Championship ~ Pro-Wrestling vs. Jiu Jitsu Mixed Match: [8th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Daniel Gracie
~ Standard wrestling rules, but punches are legal with the use of open-finger gloves. Gi use is legal as well as use of the Gi for holds.
◆Winner: Nakamura (10:24) following a BomaYe.
~ 1st successful title defense.
~ Bad Luck Fale made the next challenge against Nakamura. Rematch from the finals of the NEW JAPAN CUP.
(10) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [60th Champion] AJ Styles vs. [Challenger] Kazuchika Okada
◆Winner: Styles (26:05) following the Styles Clash.
~ 2nd successful title defense.
~ Styles received primarily boo’s for retaining and as BULLET CLUB were celebrating in the ring.