By Scott Zaraki
Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7
NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka Results – 2/11/19
Edion Arena Osaka
Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly & Don Callis
SUZUKI-gun vs. JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & TEN-KOJI:
Tenzan tries to convince Iizuka to come to his senses, but he’s not having any of it as gun takes the fight to the floor, Kojima holds him for a Liger Baseball Slide, Liger goes for the Surfboard, but TAKA rips at his mask, Suzuki is grabbing several pieces of guardrail as Iizuka slams a chair into Tenzan’s back, Suzuki with a Juji-Gatame over the rope on Liger, TAKA takes Iizuka’s mask off & he goes to work chewing on Liger & even his old ‘friend’ Tenzan, Suzuki with a Football Kick on Liger for a 2 count, TAKA with a Running Knee for a near fall, Liger with a Shotei, Kojima & Suzuki trade chops, Kojima with Kobashi-Style Machinegun Chops as Suzuki laughs in his face, Suzuki with a Penalty Kick for a 2 count, Rear Naked Choke, but Kojima blocks the Gotch, Suzuki ducks a Lariat, Gotch blocked again, Koji Cutter, Tenzan with a Vertical Suplex on Iizuka for a 2 count, Mountain Bomb for a 2 count, Anaconda Vise, but Suzuki makes the save, TenKoji Cutter on Iizuka, Tenzan grabs his old Friends shirt to try to wake Iizuka up, Suzuki attacks Tenzan, Suzuki grabs a chair, Iizuka stops him, it appears he’s going to help Tenzan, but instead slams it into Tenzan to cause a disqualification.
WINNERS: TEN-KOJI & JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER
Iizuka with the Iron Finger to the throat then one to Liger, Iizuka rips up the Friends shirt before leaving with Suzuki-gun.
LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON vs. ATO YOSHIDA & SHOTA UMINO:
LIJ with a Quartet of Body Slams on Umino for a 2 count, EVIL with the Half Crab, Umino makes it to the rope, Yoshida with a Trifecta of Chops, Big Boot then a Football Kick for a 2 count, EVIL with a Senton for a 2 count, Umino with a Suplex for a 2 count, Umino with a Missile Dropkick on SANADA, but EVIL makes the save, Deadlift Bridging German Suplex for a near fall, SANADA blocks a Fisherman Suplex, SANADA counters he looks for Skull End, Umino with a Small Package for a near fall, La Magistral for a near fall, SANADA with a Back Suplex for a 2 count then LIJ finish Umino with The Magic Killer for the win.
WINNERS: LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON
SUZUKI-gun vs. LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON:
Taichi mocks the tranquilo pose, Kanemaru with a Dropkick & Desperado into a cover for a 2 count, Taichi with the pants rip then the Buzzsaw Kick for a near fall, Naito counters the Powerbomb into a Hurricanrana, Desperado counters the Pumping Bomber with a Spear, gun with a Back Suplex/Dropkick combo for a 2 count, Shingo counters Deep Impact, Pumping Bomber avoided, Pop-Up, but Kanemaru rakes the eyes, Shingo with Deadlift Suplex, Taichi stops a Gloria attempt, BUSHI with a Slingshot Hurricanrana wipes out Desperado, Shingo with the Pumping Bomber then Naito finishes Kanemaru with Destino for the win.
WINNERS: LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON
Naito & Taichi have a stare down before leaving, Naito heads to the back as the Champions pose in the ring, Roppongi 3K grab the titles of BUSHI & Shingo and lay the Champs out before taking the belts, Roppongi 3K says they’re the next challengers & will be the next champions as BUSHI & Shingo take the titles back.
BULLET CLUB W/PIETER vs. YOSHI-HASHI & TOMOAKI HONMA:
Yujiro with a Basement Dropkick on Honma for a 2 count, YOSHI with a Bunker Buster for a 2 count, YOSHI blocks a Fisherman Buster, Yujiro hits it on the second attempt, Chase with a Running Knee on Honma, but YOSHI makes the save, Lariat, but Honma refuses to go down, YOSHI with a Basement Meteora, Kokeshi, but Yujiro makes the save, BC with a Back Suplex/Inverted Neckbreaker combo, Chase with the Final Cut for a near fall then finishes Honma with The Package Piledriver for the win.
WINNERS: BULLET CLUB
Kota Ibushi is here to talk about his neck & head, he’s happy to be here, he’s in New Japan & he’s not going anywhere. Next month he’ll be coming back for The New Japan Cup & try his best (as far as I know Ibushi’s contract situation is the same, he’s not signed by any company, he refuses to sign because he’s a free spirit and will continue to travel from promotion to promotion).
MOST VIOLENT PLAYERS vs. GUERILLAS OF DESTINY W/JADO:
Guerrillas attack the Players from behind on the ramp, Loa taunts Yano, Tama with a Leaping Inverted Neckbreaker, they look for Guerrilla Warfare, but Makabe stops them, Tama assaults Yano with a purse on the floor then dumps out the contents on the floor, Tama taunts the camera then pushes a cameraman down, he sends Yano back in, Knee to the face then a very cocky cover for a 2 count, Yano shoves the ref down then hits Tama with the turnbuckle pad, Jado with a kendo stick shot from the floor, Back Suplex/Inverted Neckbreaker Combo, but Makabe makes the save, they duck a Double Lariat, Jado with a cane shot from the floor, Gun Stun, Yano shoves Tama into the ref, then hits a low blow on Loa, Jado with a Shoulder Block, Tama with a kendo stick shot to the skull then finishes Yano with a Gun Stun for the win.
WINNERS: GUERILLAS OF DESTINY
Tama canes the shit out of the young boys then continues the assault on Yano and some cane shots on Makabe and the ring crew, and throws a cameraman off the stage
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship
RYUSUKE TAGUCHI vs. TAIJI ISHIMORI (C):
Taguchi tries to get under Ishimori’s skin with the Sailor Boy dance, but Ishimori answers back with one of his own, Ishimori with a Neck Backbreaker for a 2 count, Bully Choke, but Taguchi makes it to the rope, Ishimori blocks The Funky Weapon attempt twice, Taguchi with a Springboard Missile Dropkick then a Tope con Hilo, back in the ring for a 2 count, Ishimori blocks The Dodon and hits a Handspring Enzugiri, Baseball Slide into a German Suplex, Taguchi avoids the Running Meteora, he tries the Ankle Lock, but it’s blocked, La Magistral for a 2 count then goes back to The Ankle Lock, Taguchi with a Gourdbuster then a Bomaye for a near fall then back to the Ankle Lock, but Ishimori grabs the rope, Dodon countered into a Victory Roll for a near fall, Ishimori with Tombstone Knees, Bloody Cross blocked, Taguchi with the Ankle Lock in the centre, Ishimori gets back to his feet, but Taguchi converts & hits The Dodon, but only gets a near fall, Burning Hammer blocked, Ishimori with a Lariat, Running Meteora, Death Valley Bomb for a near fall, Bloody Cross blocked, Taguchi with an Enzugiri, Dodon countered into The Bloody Cross for the win & Ishimori retains.
WINNER AND STILL IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: TAIJI ISHIMORI
Ishimori is challenging Liger & the legend is making his way into the ring, Liger says Ishimori will regret this & says he’ll accept Ishimori’s challenge any place, any time.
BAD LUCK FALE W/CHASE OWENS & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA:
Fale goes after a chair to distract Red Shoes while Chase & Yujiro stomps away at Okada, The Rogue General puts his full weight on Okada’s back, Okada tries to Slam Fale, but the weight is too much & Fale falls on top of Okada for a 2 count, Fale tortures Okada, then into another cover for a 2 count, Okada catches Fale when he charges & hits the Body Slam, Okada with a DDT for a 2 count, Fale with a Samoan Drop for a 2 count, Bad Luck Fall countered into a Backdrop, Okada with a nip up, they trade Forearms, Shotgun Dropkick, Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker for a near fall, up top for the Diving Elbow Drop, Rainmaker Pose, Fale blocks The Rainmaker & hits a Lariat for a near fall, Avalanche then a Big Splash for a near fall, Okada uses the ropes to wiggle out of The Bad Luck Fall, up top with a Missile Dropkick, he looks for a Tombstone, Chase is up on the apron, Okada decks him, Red Shoes gets decked as Chase & Yujiro goes to work, but YOSHI makes the save, Fale runs over YOSHI, Fale breaks Okada in half with a Spear, Bad Luck Fall blocked, Okada with a Dropkick, Rainmaker blocked, Grenade countered with a Dropkick, Rolling Rainmaker countered into The Grenade for a near fall, Fale goes up, but Okada meets him with a Dropkick, Superplex, Rolling Rainmaker and finishes Fale with The Rainmaker for the win.
WINNER: KAZUCHIKA OKADA
IWGP Heavyweight Championship
“SWITCHBLADE” JAY WHITE W/GEDO vs. HIROSHI TANAHASHI:
Jay looked to pull Tanahashi into the post but he counters and sends Jay into the post, he sends Jay into the guardrail, Gedo attacks from behind, but it buys Jay time, Jay with a Saito Suplex over the rope all the way to the floor landing knees first, Switchblade rams the back into the ring apron and guardrail repeatedly, Jay slams the knee into the ring apron, Elbow to the knee then a Chop-Block, Rolling European Uppercut then a Head and Arm Suplex into the turnbuckle and wraps the knee around the post, Gourdbuster driving Tanahashi knee first into the announce table, Tanahashi back in at 15, Jay goes right back to the knee, Tanahashi with a Flying Forearm, Body Slam, up to the second for a Somersault Senton for a 2 count, Cloverleaf, but Jay grabs the rope & kicks Tanahashi’s knee, Jay with a Complete Shot then a Deadlift German Suplex, Blade Buster for a near fall, Jay with a barrage of Chops in the ropes then a European Uppercut, Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw in the rope, Frog Crossbody to the floor, Gedo with a distraction, Jay grabs a chair, but Tanahashi sidesteps & sends Jay into Gedo, Blade Runner blocked, Dragon Suplex blocked, Twist & Shout blocked, Head & Arm Suplex blocked, Tanahashi with a Trifecta of Twist & Shouts, Jay retreats to the corner, but Tanahashi with a pair of Dragon Screws, Straightjacket German Suplex, to the apron, Gedo up and knocked down, High Fly Flow to the back, up top, Jay avoids a second one, kick to the back of the knee and a pair of Inverted Dragon Screws then locks in The TTO, but Tanahashi makes it to the rope, Jay drags him up for the Snap Saito Suplex, and a second, DVB for a near fall, Kiwi Krusher for another near fall, he looks for the kill, Tanahashi fights out of the Blade Runner, Jay with a Sleeper Suplex, Blade Runner countered into a Small Package, but only a near fall, Tanahashi with a pair of Inverted Dragon Screws & locks in The Cloverleaf, but Jay finally makes it to the rope, Tanahashi pulls him away & converts into a Styles Clash, but can’t get a cover, Jay blocks the Dragon Suplex, Blade Runner countered into a Slingblade & a second for a near fall, Bridging Dragon Suplex for a near fall, up top, Frog Crossbody, but Jay catches him in mid-air & hits The Blade Runner for the win. Jay White is the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion and the first New Zealander to win it.
WINNER AND NEW IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: JAY WHITE
Osaka. Home, Osaka. About 2 1/2 Years Ago he had his last Young Lions Match at Osaka and at that time he said this was his home, the guys out back & each of the fans were his family. Boy was he wrong. None of them think he deserves the belt or could make it to the top. They didn’t think he could beat Kenny and he beat him. They didn’t think he could beat Tanahashi and he beat him. They didn’t think he could beat Okada and he beat him. And just to put the icing on top so there’s no doubt in anyone’s minds he beat Tanahashi again for the title. He is the champion in spite of every one of them and intends to spit in their face, and that’s what he’s doing metaphorically by holding the belt. He doesn’t play by the rules. He doesn’t show heart & passion like Tana, but no, no it doesn’t matter because he is the real IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He doesn’t do this for any of them, he does this for himself, for Gedo, for the Cut-Throat Era Bullet Club. It is a New Dawn, a New Age, a New Beginning and Tana and all of the fans can only BREATHE WITH THE SWITCHBLADE! WELCOME TO HIS NEW ERA!