NJPW “Raising an Army ~ 45th Anniversary”, 3/6/2017 [Mon] 19:00 @ Ota Ward General Gymnasium in Tokyo
An update on Honma… He did suffer from an injury to his spinal cord with swelling that caused the numbness to his entire body. He is slowly regaining limited mobility in his arms and legs. The initial injury did hamper his speech, but it came back when they arrived at the hospital. As the head trainer of New Japan stated that he is improving every day. He still remains in the ICU (Intensive Care Unity) in Okinawa.
Right now they are focused on the swelling on his spinal cord to subside. Surgery is not being discussed at the moment as the spinal cord is at risk. As for if he will be able to return to the ring that is uncertain at this time, though Honma stated that he will return to the ring.
(0) Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka
♦Winner: Nakanishi (7:11) with an Argentine Backbreaker.
(1) Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
♦Winner: YOSHI-HASHI (8:47) with a Butterfly Lock on TAKA.
(2) Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & David Finlay vs. Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
♦Winner: Fale (11:16) following the Grenade on Finlay.
(3) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [49th Champions] Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. [Challengers] Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi
♦Winner: Kanemaru (12:32) following the High Ball W on Barreta.
~ Champions fall on their 2nd title defense. Kanemaru & Taichi become the 50th champions.
~ Jado and Gedo confronted the new champions.
(4) British Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Katsuyori Shibata vs. [Challenger] Zack Sabre Jr.
♦Winner: Sabre (12:36) following a PK.
~ Shibata fails on his defense. Sabre becomes the new champion.
~ Minoru Suzuki was present as his presence at ringside as he tried to keep the match from being in Shibata’s favor. Even delivering a Gotch Piledriver which led to Sabre claiming the win.
~ Sabre accepted the offer to join Suzuki-gun after the match, as he dawned their t-shirt after the match.
(5) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [73rd Champions] Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii vs. [Challengers] Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
♦Winner: Kojima (12:28) following a Lariat on Yano.
~ Champions fall on their 3rd title defense. TenCozy becomes the 74th champions.
(6) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI
♦Winner: Naito (11:44) following the Destino on Robinson.
~ EVIL asserted himself over a fallen Tanahashi after the match. Signaling that will be Tana’s fate come the 1st round of the New Japan Cup on 3/11.
(7) IWGP Junior Championship Match: [76th Champion] Hiromu Takahashi vs. [Challenger] Ryusuke Taguchi
♦Winner: Hiromu (17:42) following the TIME BOMB.
~ 2nd successful title defense.
~ KUSHIDA came forward as he finally wants his rematch for the belt.
(8) NJPW 45th Anniversary Commemorative Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tiger Mask W
♦Winner: Okada (27:03) following the Rainmaker.
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