New Japan Pro Wrestling presented two big shows this week, as the Road to Wrestling Dontaku winds down. Wrestling Satsumi No Kuni was presented in Kagoshima on Wednesday & Thursday. The shows were headlined by blindfolds, title defenses, and a homecoming win for the returning Kota Ibushi.
Ibushi returned to active competition on Thursday, humbled by losing his first IWGP World Heavyweight Title defense back at Sakura Genesis. The Golden Star received a modicum of revenge against The United Empire, bloodying Jeff Cobb for the mighty Hawaiian’s post-match attack on April 4th.
Roppongi 3K once again bested El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, cementing YOH’s place as Desperado’s IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title at Wrestling Dontaku, but also putting SHO in place to challenge for the belt again down the road.
The IWGP Tag Team Champions Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa have been driven mad by their over-a-dozen matches against Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi on the Road To Dontaku, seeing both matches in Kagoshima end in wild brawls.
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- Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura def. Tiger Mask & Gabriel Kidd by submission. (8:48)
Yota Tsuji submitted Gabriel Kidd via Boston Crab.
- Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Jado def. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr.& Douki by DQ. (7:53)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato def. Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo by submission. (9:35)
Hiroshi Tanahashi submitted Gedo via Texas Cloverleaf.
- Will Ospreay, Great-O-Khan, Aaron Henare & Jeff Cobb def. Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI by pinfall. (12:15)
Jeff Cobb pinned BUSHI via Tour of the Islands.
- KOPW2021 Provisional Trophy Creation of Darkness Blindfold Match: Toru Yano (c) pinned EVIL via Blindfolded Rollup. (14:58)
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (c) def. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) by pinfall. (27:10)
SHO pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Strong X.
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- SANADA & BUSHI def. Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji by pinfall. (8:28)
BUSHI pinned Yuya Uemura via Terrible.
- Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Tiger Mask, SHO & YOH by submission. (9:14)
El Desperado submitted Tiger Mask via Numero Dos.
- Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Jado wrestled Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & Douki to a No Contest. Match was thrown out before it began due to excessive brawling.
- Toru Yano, Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Yujiro Takahashi, EVIL, Taiji Ishimori & Dick Togo by pinfall. (10:12)
Toru Yano pinned Dick Togo via Rollup.
- Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito def. Will Ospreay & Great-O-Khan by pinfall. (21:52)
Shingo Takagi pinned Great-O-Khan via Last of the Dragon.
- Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare by pinfall. (17:04)
Kota Ibushi pinned Aaron Henare via Kamigoye.
New Japan Pro Wrestling returns on May 3rd at 5am ET for Wrestling Dontaku Night 1