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NJPW Destruction Tour Discussion Thread

The EC

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DESTRUCTION IN BEPPU - SEPT. 15

Main Event

RevPro British Heavyweight Championship
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Guerrillas of Destiny vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

Tetsuya Naito & EVIL vs. Jay White & Chase Owens

Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI

Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. KENTA, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo

Jushin Thunder Liger, YOH & SHO vs. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI

Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Toa Henare, Clark Connors & Michael Richards

Young Lion Cup
Shota Umino vs. Alex Coughlin

Young Lion Cup
Yota Tsuji vs. Karl Fredericks

Tanahashi & ZSJ rematch headlines huge matches signed for Destruction in Beppu!

The full card has been determined for Destruction in Beppu on Sunday September 15, with a huge British Heavyweight Championship match in the main event!

In the main event, Hiroshi Tanahashi faces Zack Sabre Junior for the British Heavyweight Championship. Tanahashi and ZSJ have been at loggerheads throughout the whole year, this marking their fifth singles encounter in 2019. While Sabre could claim an early edge in their rivalry, and took great pride in putting Tanahashi on the shelf in April at Madison Square Garden, this year has seen the Ace with the upper hand, having defeated Sabre in the New Japan Cup, and in the G1 Climax. Then in London on August 31, an emphatic High Fly Flow saw Tanahashi lift the British Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career. ZSJ has been granted a huge opportunity to right perceived wrongs here, and will be desperate to regain his title, but the Ace has shown his prior victories were no fluke, and may be looking to put Sabre in his rear view mirror.

In the semi-main event, a special tag team match will see YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiro Ishii team up to take on the IWGP Tag Team Champions, the Guerrillas of Destiny. GoD have been dominant at the top of the tag ranks, and in their quest for fresh blood to challenge them, came up against Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher, Aussie Open in London at Royal Quest. Aussie Open came up short, but one had to give the assist points to Jado and his kendo stick, which came into play at several points during the match.

Now Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI step up. Ishii will be walking into Beppu furious with GoD, who got heavily involved in his NEVER Openweight Championship match at Royal Quest. He has a score to settle with both Loa and Tonga, and has recruited YOSHI-HASHI to help him settle it. YOSHI-HASHI for his part was strong in preliminary matches during the G1 Climax tour, and will be looking to make a competitive statement going into the autumn.

In other matches, EVIL and Tetsuya Naito will take on Jay White and Chase Owens, as Naito and White are on a collision course for Kobe on September 22. The other three members of Los Ingobernables De Japon will be in six man action against Rocky Romero, Hirooki Goto and SANADA; SANADA has sights set on Okada at King of Pro Wrestling in October, while Goto and Takagi will have a G1 rematch at Kobe on September 22.

A ten man tag sees Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay, the Birds of Prey, combine with Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe and Kota Ibushi against El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori, Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale and KENTA. Two exciting junior tag teams will be part of that bout, and the junior tag division continues to look strong in the fourth match of the night, Roppongi 3K teaming with Jyushin Thunder Liger against DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Minoru Suzuki. DOUKI and Kanemaru could be looking to forge new connections, and could Liger and Suzuki’s ongoing issues rise to the fore again?

The night will start with two Young Lion Cup bouts, as Yota Tsuji takes on Karl Fredericks and Shota Umino faces Alex Coughlin. Then the remaining Young Lions will be in tag action as Yuya Uemura and Ren Narita team with Ryusuke Taguchi and Yuji Nagata to face Michael Richards and Clark Connors, who will team up with Toa Henare and Manabu Nakanishi.



DESTRUCTION IN KAGOSHIMA - SEPT. 16

Main Event
Ibushi's right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 is on the line

Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles

Tetsuya Naito & EVIL vs. Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi

Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Rocky Romero vs. SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI

Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, YOH & SHO vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens

Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Yota Tsuji vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Toa Henare, Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin

Young Lion Cup
Ren Narita vs. Michael Richards

Young Lion Cup
Yuya Uemura vs. Clark Connors

Kota Ibushi vs KENTA headlines huge Destruction in Kagoshima card!

The full card has been announced for Destruction in Kagoshima on Monday, September 16, with Kota Ibushi in the main event before his home town crowd taking on KENTA.

Earlier in August, Kota Ibushi scored the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Jay White to lift the G1 Climax trophy. Ibushi would declare big plans for the future, potentially even wrestling title matches on back to back nights in the Tokyo Dome. Before he gets too far ahead of himself however, Ibushi must defend his Right to Challenge Contract against those who defeated him in the tournament, avenging his losses on the way. No bigger vengeance is needed than against KENTA.

At the start of Ibushi’s G1 campaign in Dallas on July 6, KENTA not only defeated Ibushi in emphatic form, but caused Ibushi an ankle injury that nearly cost the Golden Star his tournament. Ibushi is now doubly eager to take on KENTA and get his win back, especially as the G1 Climax winner returns to his home town of Kagoshima. In front of friends and family, Ibushi will look to take a huge step toward the Tokyo Dome. For KENTA meanwhile, his newfound BULLET CLUB allegiance paid off in London, when Guerrillas of Destiny played a huge role in his victory over Tomohiro Ishii. The new NEVER Openweight Champion could set himself up for even greater glory at Wrestle Kingdom

The semi main event sees the new tag team of Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay take on Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. At Royal Quest, the Birds of Prey were glorious in victory, hitting the Red Wing to defeat Phantasmo and Ishimori in non-title action and secure this championship opportunity. ELP continues to have long standing issues with both Ospreay and Eagles, and personal grudges may well play equally as big a role as teamwork in this championship clash.

Elsewhere on the card, Los Ingobernables De Japon members look forward to respective singles bouts in a pair of tag team encounters. Tetsuya Naito, who faces the challenge of Jay White on September 22, teams with EVIL in Kagoshima against White and Yujiro Takahashi. Shingo Takagi and SANADA will face Kazuchika Okada and Hirooki Goto in the near future, and will be joined by BUSHI and Rocky Romero to round out their trios.

Jyushin Thunder Liger and Minoru Suzuki have been at one another’s throats since Liger’s 30th anniversary back in April, and this issue seems to continue to boil throughout the Destruction tour. Both will lead a four man team to the ring, as Suzuki-Gun will also comprise DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Junior and Liger will be joined by Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe and Hiroshi Tanahashi. How will Tanahashi and ZSJ interact the day after their British Heavyweight Championship match in Beppu?

Also in Beppu, YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiro Ishii will take on the Guerrillas of Destiny. The next night, the two teams will be in eight man action, Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI joined by SHO and YOH, while GoD recruit Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale.

The Young Lion Cup will continue in Kagoshima as well, with Ren Narita versus Michael Richards and Yuya Uemura versus Clark Connors. Then the remaining Young Lions will be in tag action as Yota Tsuji, Shota Umino, Yuji Nagata and Ryusuke Taguchi battle Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, Toa Henare and Manabu Nakanishi.



DESTRUCTION IN KOBE - SEPT. 22

Main Event
IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Jay White

Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi

Kazuchika Okada, SHO & YOH vs. SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI

Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Robbie Eagles vs. KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Rocky Romero vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI

Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens

Young Lion Cup
Ren Narita vs. Clark Connors

Young Lion Cup
Shota Umino vs.Karl Fredericks

Yuji Nagata, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Alex Coughlin & Michael Richards

Full Lineup for Destruction in Kobe! Goto and Shingo to collide!

The full lineup has been finalised for Destruction in Kobe on Sunday September 22, with Hirooki Goto and Shingo Takagi in a huge singles contest underneath Jay White versus Tetsuya Naito in the main event.

The main event has already been determined, as Jay White challenges Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. White defeated Tetsuya Naito to eliminate him from the G1 Climax last month, but it was Naito sitting back after proving his superiority in London at Royal Quest. How will their title match play out?

In the semi-main event, Hirooki Goto takes on Shingo Takagi. Takagi and Goto has an all out war to close their respective G1 Climax campaigns in the Budokan. Ever since, both have been eager for a rematch, and get their wishes granted in Kobe.

Kazuchika Okada and SANADA are on a collision course for Ryogoku Sumo Hall and King of Pro Wrestling on October 14. In Kobe, Okada teams with SHO and YOH against SANADA with EVIL and BUSHI as a preview for that encounter.

Ten man tag team action will see Kota Ibushi team with Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagles against El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga and KENTA. A week removed from their IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship match, the Birds of Prey and ELP and Ishimori will be looking ahead to the Road to Power Struggle in October, and making their cases for entry into the Super Junior Tag League.

Rocky Romero, Tiger Mask, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jyushin Thunder Liger will face DOUKI, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Junior and Minoru Suzuki. Junior heavyweight tag teams are all vying for competitive spots up and down the card, while Liger and Suzuki will continue to be in each other’s faces, and Tanahashi and ZSJ may still have personal issues stemming from their title match one week before.

Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Toa Henare will face Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale, and we will also see the culmination of the Young Lion Cup. The order of the second and third matches of the evening will be determined by league standings, but we do know that Yuya Uemura and Yota Tsuji will team with Yuji Nagata against Michael Richards, Alex Coughlin and Manabu Nakanishi in the opener, before Shota Umino takes on Karl Fredericks, and Ren Narita faces Clark Connors. Who will win the 12th Young Lion Cup?
 
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Kairi HoHo

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Pretty weird they are quickly doing Tana/Sabre JR RevPro Title Rematch so quickly, but I'm down. KENTA vs Ibushi with the WK Title shot on the Line and White vs Naito IC Title on the line. I'll be enjoying all of these shows in the coming weeks.
 

The EC

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Haven't gotten to watching the shows yet. I'll share my thoughts once I see some of the stuff but here are the results for the events from Cageside Seats.

DESTRUCTION IN BEPPU - SEPT. 15

Karl Fredericks over Yota Tsuji (Young Lions Cup)

Shota Umino over Alex Coughlin (Young Lions Cup)

Ren Narita, Ryusuku Taguchi, Yuji Nagata, & Yuya Uemura over Clark Connors, Manabu Nakanishi, Michael Richards, & Toa Henare

Jushin Liger & Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) over Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, Minoru Suzuki, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, KENTA, El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori, & Yujiro Takahashi) over Chaos (Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay), Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), & Kota Ibushi

Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA, & Shingo Takagi) over Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, & Rocky Romero)

Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) over Bullet Club (Chase Owens & “Switchblade” Jay White)

Post-match, LIJ and Bullet Club fought over Gedo’s hat.

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) over Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) to retain the IWGP Tag Team Championship)

Zack Sabre, Jr. over Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) to win the RPW British Heavyweight Championship.
DESTRUCTION IN KAGOSHIMA - SEPT. 16

Yuya Uemura def. Clark Connors (Young Lions Cup)

Ren Narita def. Michael Richards (Young Lions Cup)

Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino, Yota Tsuji, & Yuji Nagata def. Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, Manabu Nakanishi, & Toa Henare

Chaos (SHO, Tomohiro Ishii, YOH, & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa)

Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma), Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Jushin Liger def. Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.)

Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, & Rocky Romero) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA, & Shingo Takagi)

Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) def. Bullet Club (“Switchblade” Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi)

Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) def. Chaos (Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay) to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

Kota Ibushi over KENTA to retain the G1 Climax 29 Winner’s Right to Challenge Briefcase
DESTRUCTION IN KOBE - SEPT. 22

Yota Tsuji, Yuji Nagata, & Yuya Uemura over Alex Coughlin, Manabu Nakanishi, & Michael Richards by submission with a Boston Crab from Tsuji on Coughlin.

Clark Connors over Ren Narita by submission with a Boston Crab. (Young Lions Cup)

Karl Fredericks over Shota Umino by submission with a single-leg Boston Crab. (Young Lions Cup) (With that victory, Fredericks won the Young Lions Cup.)

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, & Yujiro Takahashi) over Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & Toa Henare by pinfall with a package piledriver from Owens on Henare.

Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) over Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger, Rocky Romero, & Tiger Mask IV by disqualification after Suzuki tore Liger’s mask and brought Kishin Liger out, who proceeded to attack Suzuki with spike and mist.

Chaos (SHO, Tomohiro Ishii, Will Ospreay, YOH, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, KENTA, Taiji Ishimori, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa) by pinfall with a flash pin from YOH on Loa.

Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA) over Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles) & Kota Ibushi by submission with Skull End from SANADA on Eagles.

Hirooki Goto over Shingo Takagi by pinfall with GTR.

“Switchblade” Jay White over Tetsuya Naito (c) by pinfall with Blade Runner to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Post-match, Goto came out, attacked Switchblade, and then challenged him.

Main takeaways are the two title changes. Jay White took the Intercontinental Championship from Naito and ZSJ recovered the RevPro British Heavyweight Title from Hiroshi Tanahashi. Now we can probably expect a title match between Switchblade and Hirooki Goto which sounds pretty damn promising. Ibushi also retained his right to face Okada at Wrestle Kingdom, so thank God for that.

And my favorite thing to happen here is the return of Kishin Liger!


It's Jushin Thunder Liger's "demon" alter ego. Only been seen 4 times before. Gonna be a fucking sight to see Kishin take on Minoru Suzuki.
 

Kairi HoHo

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Well that was a long Destruction Tour that had it's ups and downs, but the last few Shows really pulled through. Let's give a big praise to all The Young Lions especially Fredericks and Shooter in the Finals. Both have tremendous futures ahead of them, and I look forward to all The Young Lions and how to come into their own. When you talk about Moments of the Year, how you an not say Kishin Liger returning if not one of the top Moments for NJPW so far. I've seen Kishin unleashing fury in that Muta Match they were talking about during Commentary, and seeing it again made me so happy. Kishin is evil as fuck, and Suzuki has never faced a Man with such evilness. I loved that Suzuki was exiting Stage Left away from Kishin almost like he saw the Devil himself. It's getting to the point where a regular Singles Match wouldn't do those two justice.

Shingo vs Goto 2 might of been a slower paced that went to Volume 11 in a hurry, but damn was this entertaining. Shingo still and continue to have a Chip on his Shoulder because he wants to prove that he's good enough and a Champion in the making. It's one thing to kill it somewhere else, Shingo is doing it in NJPW and more and more he's bringing in fans of his work because of it. I didn't mind Goto winning the Match getting revenge for his G1 Climax to him, but if I have my money who has a better chance to win a Singles Title this Year it would be Shingo...sorry Goto.

Naito vs White was a heck of a Main Event once both guys started getting to business. You can call this Destruction Tour the Bromance of Jay and Naito because in their Tags they were acting as such. So when it carried over to the Match it was no shock to see, but when the importance of the Match to both guys got to them they finally woke up both guys the Match . White has always had great sense of what to do in the Ring and at the right time, and Naito is always going to give you a good showing down the stretch and I was happy with what he got in this. White's antics after the Match and Backstage put the Cherry on top for me watching.