NJPW Results for January 4, 2018

NJPW “Wrestle Kingdom 12” 1/4/18 [Thur] 17:00 @ Tokyo Dome in Tokyo
34,995 spectators

(0) New Japan Rumble
~ Order of elimination: Delirious, BUSHI, Leo Tonga, Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Katsuya Kitamura, Chase Owens, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, El Desperado, Tiger Mask, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Gino Gambino, Toa Henare, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay, Yujiro Takahashi, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Winner: Masahito Kakihara () with the Kaki Cutter on Cheeseburger
Kakihara said he’s back from beating cancer, and thanked the crowd. He also asked that people continue to send support to Yoshihiro Takayama so he can stand in the Tokyo Dome again someday. Takayama’s music played as Kakihara made his exit.

(1) IWGP Jr. Tag Championship Match: [54th Champions] SHO & YOH vs [Challengers] Matt & Nick Jackson
Winner: Nick (18:49) with the Sharpshooter on YOH
~ Champions fall on their 1st defense. The Young Bucks become the 55th champions.

(2) NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship Gauntlet Match: [14th Champions] Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs [Challengers] Togi Makabe, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi vs [Challengers] Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berreta vs [Challengers] Michael Elgin, Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs [Challengers] Zack Sabre Jr., Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
~ Two teams compete at a time, winning teams moves on against the next team, until only one team remains.
~ Sabre Jr. eliminated Rowe (6:05) via referee stop, Triangle Choke
~ Yano eliminated Taichi (0:41) with a Schoolboy
~ Yano eliminated Taguchi (3:29) with a Schoolboy
Winner: Berreta (6:48) with the Dudebuster on Tonga
Champions fall on their 1st defense. Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Berreta become the 15th champions.

(3) Special Singles Match: Cody vs Kota Ibushi
Winner: Ibushi (15:08) with the Phoenix Splash

(4) IWGP Tag Championship Match: [78th Champions] Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs [Challengers/World Tag League Winners] EVIL & SANADA
Winner: SANADA (14:14) with the Rounding Body Press on Smith Jr.
Champions fall on their 2nd defense. EVIL & SANADA become the 79th champions.

(5) NEVER Openweight Championship Hair vs Hair Match: [16th Champion] Minoru Suzuki vs [Challenger] Hirooki Goto
Winner: Goto (18:04) with the GTR
Champion falls on his 5th defense. Hirooki Goto becomes the 17th champion.
~ Despite both factions being banned from ringside, Suzuki-gun tried to interfere during the match, but were stopped by YOSHI-HASHI.
~ After the match, Suzuki-gun initially tried to hurry Suzuki away so he could avoid having his head shaved. But then Suzuki walked back to the ring, accepted his defeat and shaved his head himself.

~ The New Beginning will be held in Sapporo on January 27 & 28, and in Osaka on 2/10.

~ The New Japan Cup will begin on 3/21 in Niigata.

~ Strong Style Evolved will be held on 3/25 in Los Angeles.

~ Sakura Genesis will be held on 4/1 in Ryogoku Kokugikan

~ Wrestling Hinokoku 2018 will be held in Grand Messe Kumamoto on 4/29.

~ Pro Wrestling Dontaku will he held on 5/3 at the Fukuoka Convention Center.

~ BEST OF THE SUPER Jr. 25 will begin on 5/18.

~ DOMINION will take place in OSAKA-JO HALL on 6/9.

~ KIZUNA ROAD 2018 will be held on 6/15.

~ The first two days of the G1 CLIMAX 28 will take place on 7/14 & 15 at the Ota Gymnasium in Tokyo, and Day 3 will be held at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo.

~ The final three days of the G1 CLIMAX 28 will take place on 8/10, 11 & 12 at Nippon Budokan.

(6) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship 4WAY Match: [79th Champion] Marty Scurll vs [Challenger] Will Ospreay vs [Challenger] KUSHIDA vs [Challenger] Hiromu Takahashi
Winner: Ospreay (21:18) with the Oscutter on Scurll
~ Champion falls on his 1st defense. Will Ospreay becomes the 80th champion.

(7) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [16th Champion] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs [Challenger] Jay White
Winner: Tanahashi (19:43) with the High Fly Flow
~4th successful defense

(8) IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship No DQ Match: [1st Champion] Kenny Omega vs [Challenger] Chris Jericho
Winner: Omega (34:36) with the Katayoku no Tenshi onto a steel chair
~ 4th successful defense

(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs [Challenger/G1 CLIMAX 27 Winner] Tetsuya Naito
Winner: Okada (34:26) with the Rainmaker
~ 9th successful defense

~ Okada said he believes he and Naito will likely cross paths in the Tokyo Dome main event again someday, and that he wants to make it rain not just cash, but emotions, pride and happiness in the wrestling world.

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