by Scott Zaraki
Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom XIII Results – 1/4/19
Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and Don
NEVER Openweight Championship:
WILL OSPREAY vs. KOTA IBUSHI (c)
Ospreay avoids The Kamigoye, Ibushi blocks The OsCutter, Kota goes for the Golden Triangle Moonsault, but Will counters with a Roundhouse Kick then follows with a No-Hands Space Flying Tiger Drop, back in the ring for a 2 count, Ospreay with a Pendulum Backbreaker for a 2 count, Ibushi with a Springboard Corkscrew Moonsault on the floor, back in the ring, Springboard Missile Dropkick, Rollup into a Bridging German Suplex for a 2 count, Powerbomb, but Ospreay counters into a flash pin for a 2 count, Cheeky Nandos Kick for a 2 count, Ospreay counters numerous Golden Star Powerbomb attempts and hits a C-4, Stormbreaker countered into a Hurricanrana for a near fall, Will blocks a Lawn Dart attempt, Kota with a Running Knee to the face, Golden Star Powerbomb for a near fall, Kota goes up top, but Ospreay ties Kota to the Tree of Woe, they trade slaps, then Ospreay with kicks to the face, he hauls Ibushi back up to the top, Avalanche Storm Breaker blocked & Ibushi hits a Double Stomp to Ospreay’s head, Deadlift German Suplex from the apron, but Will lands on his feet, & Kota’s busted open, Ospreay with The Robinson Special, Oscutter blocked, Straight Jacket German Suplex for a near fall, Kamigoye side-stepped, Storm Breaker blocked, Ibushi with Brain Damage for a near fall, Kamigoye blocked, Superkick to the back of the head then a Uraken to the back of the head, Ospreay powers Ibushi up & hits Storm Breaker to win the NEVER Openweight Title.
WINNER and NEW NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION: WILL OSPREAY
IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship:
ROPPONGI 3K (c) vs. LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON’S SHINGO TAKAGI & BUSHI vs. SUZUKI-gun’s YOSHINOBU KANEMARU & EL DESPERADO:
gun with a Back Suplex/Running Knee Strike on YOH for a 2 count, SHO with a Double German Suplex on Shingo & Kanemaru, Roppongi with a Cuban Missile Crisis on Shingo for a near fall, they look for 3K, but Desperado & BUSHI in, they avoid both Satoru & Black Mist, Shingo with a Pumping Bomber, Noshigame, then 2 more Pumping Bombers for a near fall then finishes SHO with Last of the Dragon & LIJ win the Jr Tag Team Titles.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP JR TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: SHINGO TAKAGI & BUSHI
Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship:
ZACK SABRE JR. w/TAKA MICHINOKU vs. TOMOHIRO ISHII (c):
Ishii with a Backdrop Driver, Lariat, but Zack counters into a Juji-Gatame, Ishii makes it to the rope, Zack goes after the arm, Fujiwara Armbar then switches to a Triangle Choke & also grabs the other arm, but Ishii makes it to the rope, Zack ducks a Lariat, Northern Lights Suplex then a take down into an Ankle Lock, but Ishii reverses it, Zack fights out, Ishii charges him, Zack with a Front Guillotine Choke, but Ishii counters into an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, Stalling Suplex, but Zack grabs the arm upon impact & twists it, Arm Breaker, Artful Dodger then locks in a Manji-Gatame, Yoshi Tonic, but only gets a near fall, Penalty Kick, Ishii blocks a Zack Driver, Zack with a barrage of Mid-Kicks, but Ishii answers with a Chop then hits a Folding Powerbomb for a near fall, he blocks Roundhouse Kicks, Straight Headbutt then a Lariat for a near fall, Brainbuster attempt blocked, Sliding D avoided, European Clutch for a near fall, Sliding Knee, Brainbuster blocked, Zack with a Front Guillotine Choke, Ishii fights out, Zack with a Manji-Gatame then grabs the other one & locks in the move that may have longest name in history: Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness & Ishii submits, ZSJ wins the British Heavyweight Title.
WINNER and NEW UNDISPUTED BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: ZACK SABRE JR.
IWGP Tag Team Championship:
THE YOUNG BUCKS VS EVIL & SANADA VS THE GUERILLAS OF DESTINY (c) w/BAD LUCK FALE and JADO
EVIL slams Matt on the ramp then hits a Lariat from the top of the stage and sends Matt back in, Loa with a Powerslam on EVIL for a 2 count, Loa with a Samoan Splash, Bucks take down Tama, Corkscrew Neckbreaker on EVIL on Nick’s knee for a 2 count, Sunset Flip then locks in a Sharpshooter, Loa wants to break it up, but Tama encourages his brother to play by the rules, EVIL blocks a Superkick & hits a Lariat, SANADA traps Nick in The Paradise Lock, then wipes out both the Bucks & the Guerrillas with Slingshot Planchas, one for each of them, Matt tries Shiranui, but SANADA looks for Skull End, Nick with a Superkick, Tama with a Tongan Twist, Magic Killer on Tama, Tower of Doom, Nick still up top & hits a 450 on SANADA, but Nick rolls to the floor, Jado in the ring with the cane, Fale catches one of the Bucks, for a Grenade, but Superkick to Jado, Bucks send Fale to the floor, Magic Killer on Loa, but Tama blocks, Guerrillas look for The Superbomb, but the Bucks with Superkicks, they look for The Metlzer Driver, Gun Stun on Nick, Skull End then SANADA passes Tama off to EVIL, Everything is Evil on Tama, SANADA with the Muta-Style Moonsault on Matt for the win, LIJ win the IWGP Tag Titles.
WINNERS and NEW IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: EVIL & SANADA
IWGP US Championship:
JUICE ROBINSON vs. CODY W/BRANDI RHODES (c)
Cody and Brandi are in Jacksonville Jaguar colors tonight
Juice ducks a title shot before the bell, Back Suplex, Cody grabs his knee then hits an Uppercut, Brandi with a distraction, Juice with a Spinebuster, Diving Crossbody, but Cody rolls through, Figure 4 blocked, Juice Box, up top, Brandi rolls in and covers Cody to protect him, she’s daring Juice to hit him, Juice blocks Cross Rhodes on the apron, Pulp Friction blocked, Cody sends Juice into the post and goes after the shoulder, Juice sends Cody into the ref, Cody keeps the ref distracted, Brandi with a Bionic Spear, but the ref catches her & ejects Brandi, Cross Rhodes, but only a near fall, Juice blocks Din’s Fire, Cody blocks Pulp Friction, Cross Rhodes blocked & he hits Cody with a Cross Rhodes of his own for a near fall, Left Hand of God countered, Disaster Kick, Cody hits an ugly looking Pulp Friction on Juice for a near fall, Cody takes his weightlifting belt off & goes Hollywood Hogan on Juice before tossing the belt to the floor, Left Hand of God countered with a Superkick, Disaster Kick countered with a Left Hand of God, another Left Hand of God then hits Pulp Friction, but he doesn’t go for the pin & hits a second Pulp Friction to win the US Title.
WINNER and NEW IWGP US CHAMPION: JUICE ROBINSON
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship:
TAIJI ISHIMORI vs. KUSHIDA (c)
Ishimori with a LeBell Lock, but KUSHIDA escapes, Sliding German Suplex, he goes for a 450, but KUSHIDA counters into a Juji-Gatame, Triangle Choke, but Ishimori makes it to his feet, KUSHIDA goes after the arm, Ishimori goes From Dusk Till Dawn into a LeBell Lock, KUSHIDA escapes, Handspring, but Ishimori counters Tombstone Knees, KUSHIDA blocks & uses the ref for an assist to deliver a running kick, Back to the Future blocked, Tombstone Knees for a near fall, Bloody Cross, but KUSHIDA counters into The Hoverboard Lock, Ishimori rolls through & hits Death Valley Bomb for a near fall, Running Meteora in the corner, Bloody Cross countered into Back to the Future, he looks for a second, but Ishimori blocks, KUSIDA with a Right Hand, he charges, but Ishimori with a Leaping Mushroom Stomp then hits Bloody Cross to win the IWGP Jr Title.
WINNER and NEW IWGP JR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: TAIJI ISHIMORI
“SWITCHBLADE” JAY WHITE w/GEDO vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA:
Okada is back to The Rainmaker, the red hair, the remixed theme are, the long tights are all gone, he’s back to the man that dominated as the IWGP Champion
Jay with a Saito Suplex for a 2 count, another cover for a 2 count, Okada with a DDT for a 2 count, Okada sends Jay over the barricade, Gedo attacks Okada on the floor, Okada blasts Gedo & sends him into Jay, Running Crossbody over the guardrail on Gedo & Jay, back in the ring, bodyslam, Diving Elbow Drop, Rainmaker pose, Jay blocks a Rainmaker, Complete Shot then a Release German Suplex, Ura-Nage for a 2 count, Blade Runner blocked, Lariat, he signals to Gedo, Jay grabs his eye to distract the ref, Gedo up on the apron, Jay grabs the chair, but Okada sends Jay into Gedo, Dropkick, Rainmaker ducked, Head & Arm Suplex, Kiwi Crusher for a near fall, Blade Runner blocked, Okada with a Tombstone, Blade Runner countered into a Backslide, but Jay rolls to his feet, Okada with a Dropkick, Rainmaker ducked, Head & Arm Suplex blocked, Tombstone blocked, Rainmaker ducked, Blade Runner blocked, Rolling Rainmaker, he looks for another, but Jay hits The Blade Runner for the win.
WINNER: “SWITCHBLADE” JAY
IWGP Intercontinental Championship:
TETSUYA NAITO vs. CHRIS JERICHO (c)
Naito goes right after Jericho, like Chris did at Dominion, Red Shoes is calling for the bell since it’s no DQ they have a license to maim, Naito with a Jumping Piledriver on the entrance ramp, Naito goes after the corner pad & slams it on Jericho, Running Hurricanrana, he looks for a Tope Suicida, but Jericho with a kendo stick to the side of the head, he canes Naito then mocks the Tranquilo pose & delivers a flying cane shot, Jericho with a Triangle Dropkick, sends Naito to the floor then grabs a TV camera and flips Naito the bird, they fight to the English announce table, Jericho with a Spike DDT on the table, it doesn’t break because nothing is tougher then the fighting spirit of Japanese tables, Jericho orders them to ring the bell, he raises his hand, but Red Shoes shakes his head no, he sends Naito back in, Diving Crossbody for a 2 count, Lionsault for a near fall, Naito with a Flying Forearm, he dares Jericho to kick him in the face then spits on Jericho, Swingout Neckbreaker for a 2 count, tranquilo pose with his foot on Jericho’s throat, Slingshot, but Jericho counters into The Walls of Jericho, but Naito fights out, Jericho with a Step-Up Enzugiri, Codebreaker blocked, Naito with a Swinging DDT for a 2 count, Gloria for a 2 count, Destino countered back into The Walls of Jericho, Naito tries to make it to the rope, but Jericho takes him back to the centre, Naito grabs the cane & wails away at the back of Jericho to break the hold, Naito with a baseball swing style shot with the cane then a running cane shot, he’s calling his shot & looking for the homerun, but Jericho ducks & hits a Codebreaker, but only gets a near fall, Jericho grabs the cane then throws it down, instead throwing in numerous chairs in the ring, Jericho with a chair to the ribs then a shot to the back, he stacks up the chairs on the floor, he looks for a Powerbomb, but Naito counters into a DDT on the chair, Naito with a Codebreaker for a near fall, Naito up top with the cane, but Jericho with a Sabu-style chair toss, he looks for a Suplex, but Naito counters into a German Suplex on the chairs, Destino blocked, Jericho shoves Red Shoes, Mule Kick to the nuts of Naito, Codebreaker, but only a near fall, Jericho throws the chair down & grabs the IC Title, Naito counters with a Flapjack into the exposed turnbuckle, Destino, but only gets a near fall, Naito grabs the title, running title shot then he tosses the title to the floor & hits Destino to win the IWGP IC Title.
WINNER and NEW IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: TETSUYA NAITO
There have been 7 title matches & 7 title changes thus far, either Omega will be the only Champion to retain or it’s time for The Ace to take his title back.
IWGP World Championship:
HIROSHI TANAHASHI vs. KENNY OMEGA (c)
Omega brought out the Sephiroth cape, gauntlets & Masamune (though Sephiroth’s sword is much longer, probably the longest one he could find) Bucks take Kenny’s entrance gear for him
One Winged Angel blocked, Tanahashi with a Cobra Twist, Victory Roll for a 2 count, they trade open-handed slaps, Omega with a Pendulum Backbreaker for a 2 count, barrage of Football Kicks, Back Suplex, a second one on the ring apron, Omega slams Tanahashi on the Japanese table then hits a Moonsault off the guardrail, Kenny brings out a table, Tanahashi considers using the table then throws Kenny back in the ring, Omega lights out Tanahashi with Chops, Omega looks for a Pump Kick, but Tanahashi counters with a Dragon Screw, Shotgun Dropkick, he slams Omega down, up to the 2nd rope & hits a Somersault Senton for a 2 count, Slingblade countered with a Chop, Omega with a Kotaro Crusher, Tanahashi rolls to the floor, Omega was looking for The Rise of the Terminator, but Tanahashi with a Dropkick, Omega with a Leaping Hurricanrana, Tanahashi rolls to the floor, Omega hits The Rise of the Terminator, Kenny sends Tanahashi back in & goes up, Missile Dropkick to the back, Dragon Rush, Tanahashi back up, another Dragon Rush, Hiroshi back up & Kenny decks him with a V-Trigger, One Winged Angel blocked, Twist & Shout blocked, You Can’t Escape, Tanahashi catches him before the Moonsault & hits an Elevated Inverted Dragon Screw, Twist & Shout, Cloverleaf, Kenny crawls to the rope, but Tanahashi sits in deep, then switches & hits a Styles Clash, up top, High Fly Flow, but Omega gets his knees up, Tanahashi avoids the V-Trigger & Kenny hits the turnbuckle pad hard, Tanahashi with an Elevated Dragon Screw, Sling Blade on the ring apron, Tanahashi sets Omega on the table, High Fly Flow, Omega avoids it & Hiroshi crashes right through the table, Kenny thinks about taking the count out, but he doesn’t want to win that way, Double Stomp to the back, Folding Powerbomb for a near fall, a second one for another near fall, Doctor Wily Bomb for a near fall, he’s choking out Tanahashi, V-Trigger countered with a Slingblade, Omega with a barrage of Slaps & Tanahashi answers back, Kenny with Ultimate Knee Strikes, Omega with a Deadlift Release German Suplex, Omega hits Tanahashi with a Slingblade of his own, Omega up top & hits Tanahashi with a High Fly Flow, but only a 1 count, V-Trigger, V-Trigger, he goes for a third, but Tanahashi Dropkicks the knee, Omega with a Poisoned Frankensteiner, V-Trigger, V-Trigger, One Winged Angel, but Tanahashi counters into a Poisoned Frankensteiner, Bridging Dragon Suplex for a near fall, Frog Crossbody, up top, High Fly Flow, but only a near fall, back up top, but Omega with a V-Trigger, Omega up top, Avalanche Dragon Rush, V-Trigger, One Winged Angel countered into a Rocker dropper, Slingblade, up top, High Fly Flow & Tanahashi wins the IWGP Title for the 8th Time & the first man to win the G1 Climax to convert it into a Wrestle Kingdom main event title win.
WINNER and NEW IWGP CHAMPION: HIROSHI TANAHASHI