New Japan Pro-Wrestling continued their Summer Struggle tour on Sunday, crowning new NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Champions in the process. Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI battled their own stablemates for nearly 25-minutes, and are now the 21st NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Champions. The win is an important one for YOSHI-HASHI, as it is his first championship in his 12-year career.
After the match, Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Toru Yano took their loss in stride to celebrate their stablemate’s big moment. Okada strapped the belt around YOSHI-HASHI’s waist, as commentator Milano Collection AT wept with joy. There are very few underdogs quite like YOSHI-HASHI, and his 12-year journey to his first title is finally at an emotional end.
Elsewhere on the card, Hiromu Takahashi returned from shoulder injury to get a measure of revenge on Taiji Ishimori, even at the expense of Naito & BUSHI’s match. Plus Suzuki & Takagi’s rivalry continued, and Tanahashi & Ibushi continue to find their balance as a team again.
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NJPW Summer Struggle
- Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo) def. Yuya Uemura & Gabriel Kidd by pinfall. (8:33)
Yujiro Takahashi pinned Yuya Uemura via Pimp Juice.
- Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Yota Tsuji by pinfall. (9:50)
Satoshi Kojima pinned Yota Tsuji via Lariat.
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Shingo Takagi) def. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & DOUKI) by pinfall. (12:09)
SANADA pinned DOUKI via Japanese Clutch Pin.
After the match, Suzuki continued to challenged Takagi for the NEVER Championship.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Master Wato def. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) by pinfall. (12:45)
Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru via High Fly Flow.
- Bullet Club (EVIL & Taiji Ishimori) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI) by disqualification. (10:45)
Hiromu Takahashi attacked Ishimori, causing the disqualification.
- NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Championship Match: CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, SHO & Toru Yano) by pinfall to win the vacant title. (24:21)
Tomohiro Ishii pinned SHO via Vertical Drop Brainbuster.
After the match, all of CHAOS congratulated YOSHI-HASHI on his first title win ever. Okada strapped the belt on YOSHI-HASHI, and all 6-men posed for a picture together.
#AndNew Along with Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii,
after over 12 years and on the 1260th time to answer the bell…
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) August 9, 2020