NJPW Results for January 28, 2018


NJPW “The New Beginning in Sapporo” 1/28/18 [Sun] 15:00 @ the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center Hokkai Kitayell
5,140 spectators

~ It was announced that Hiroshi Tanahashi is out due to osteoarthritis. He was replaced by Toa Henare.

(1) Katsuya Kitamura 7 Match Trial Series: Juice Robinson vs Katsuya Kitamura
Winner: Juice (9:16) with the Pulp Friction
(2) Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku
Winner: Taichi (8:32) following a Super Kick to Umino
(3) Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs Yujiro Takahashi & Hikuleo
Winner: Yano (6:16) with a Schoolboy on Hikuleo
(4) Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi & Tomoyuki Oka vs Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Leo Tonga & Chase Owens
Winner: Owens (9:04) with the Package Piledriver on Oka
(5) Michael Elgin & Toa Henare vs Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
Winner: Suzuki (8:18) with a Heel Hold on Henare
~ Suzuki & Iizuka continued to attack Elgin & Henare after the match, until Togi Makabe rushed to the ring and fought them off, before helping Henare to the back.

(6) Kota Ibushi, David Finlay & KUSHIDA vs Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scurll
Winner: Page (10:30) with the Rite of Passage on KUSHIDA
(7) Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Gedo vs SANADA, EVIL, Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
Winner: SANADA (12:19) with the Skull End on Gedo
~ YOSHI-HASHI tried to attack Naito after the match, and had to be held back by his CHAOS teammates.

(8) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [55th Champions] Matt & Nick Jackson vs [Challenger] YOH & SHO
Winner: YOH (22:34) with a Small Package on Matt
~ Champions fall on their 1st defense. Roppongi 3K become the 56th champions.

(9) IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Kenny Omega vs [Challenger] Jay White
Winner: White (29:54) with the Blade Runner
~ Champion falls on his 5th defense. Jay White becomes the 2nd champion.
~ Hangman Page took the title belt away from Jay and tried to assert himself as the next challenger. However, Omega took the belt from him and gave it back to the new champion, leading to an argument between Omega and Page. Cody, the Young Bucks and Marty Scurll came out to talk them down. Eventually tensions seemed to die down, until Cody ambushed Kenny with the Cross Rhodes just as the Cleaner was about to exit the ring. Kota Ibushi then ran to the ring to Kenny’s rescue. The two hugged in the ring after the rest of the Bullet Club members were gone.

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