New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS (06.12.15)


New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS
June 12, 2015

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett.

  • Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata (Dominion 6.21.14)

Nagata wears his GHC heavyweight title to the ring here. He’s nearing the end of his reign as Naomichi Marufuji will put an end to his run on July 5. Honma pearl harbors (which MIGHT not be the best analogy to use here) Shibata to start. When that starts to turn south on Honma, Nagata comes in and shows Shibata some respect with some nasty elbow strikes. Back to Honma, he and Shibata get into a staredown where Shibata knocks him out cold with a forearm strike. Ranallo mentions how Shibata wants to pattern his career after Akira Maeda who was known for his so-called cheap shots. Tag to Goto, he messes around with Nagata for a bit. Half crab to Honma. Shibata tags back inside to abuse Honma some more. To get some payback for what Nagata did to him earlier, Shibata catches him snoozing and boots him off the apron. Honma fires back with a series of slaps to the face and lariats Shibata down. Hot tag to Nagata, he gets into a mid-ring exchange with Shibata and executes an Exploder Suplex, but Shibata shows some FIGHTING SPIRIT and hops up to hit a weak German suplex on Nagata. Not enough spirit in Shibata, I suppose. Tag to Goto, he’s quickly taken down into the Shirome by Nagata. Shibata makes the save, but Honma knocks him out to the floor and hits the silly Diving Headbutt on Goto. Nagata helps out with some double-team stuff on Goto in the corner. He hits an Exploder Suplex and staggers Goto into the SHALIMAR TEA (blockbuster) from Honma for 1-2-NO! He of course really wants the KOKESHI, but Goto sits up. Goto hits a spinning heel kick in the corner on Honma and ends a slugfest with a headbutt. While Shibata and Nagata brawl to the floor and into the crowd, Goto lands the Ushikoroshi on Honma. He looks for the SHOUTEN, but Honma has it scouted and small packages Goto for 1-2-NO! Goto shuts down Honma with a lariat and delivers the Reverse Ushikoroshi for the win. (11:20) Nagata and Shibata continue to brawl backstage as the Japanese media dudes get super stoked. Really fun match as both sides just trying to show off how alpha they are. Well, Shibata and Nagata were definitely playing that game. ***¼

  • IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale (w/Tama Tonga) (Dominion 6.21.14)

Rematch from the New Japan Cup finals from three months prior where Nakamura came out on the winning end. This match feels like 1993 Diesel versus 1995 Shawn Michaels. You have no idea if this pairing would be a good matchup or not. During an early tie-up, Nakamura pushes Bad Luck to a corner and sniffs his belly button. After he gives Bad Luck a series of knees, Bad Luck throws the boot choke away and runs him down with a shoulderblock. On the floor, Nakamura fights off Tama Tonga and whips Bad Luck into the guardrail, which he sort of NO-SELLS and runs down Nakamura. More ringside brawling ensues as they work the count. Ranallo points out how anemic the refs are here in New Japan. Bad Luck wrenches on Nakamura’s neck on the mat, but Nakamura fights up and kicks him in the head. Nakamura does the shaky boot choke in the corner and lays the big guy up in the corner for another series of knee strikes, but Bad Luck has other plans. He avoids the charge and looks for a suplex from the apron, but Nakamura knees him away and hits a draping DDT through the ropes. VINTAGE ORTON~! More knee strikes to the head from Nakamura. He grabs a front facelock, but Bad Luck counters with a vertical suplex. Bad Luck avalanches Nakamura and delivers a Samoan Drop for two. Couple more splashes and the champ kicks out at two. Nakamura avoids the GRENADE and kicks Bad Luck down. Over in the corner, Nakamura delivers his series of knee strikes to the ribs. Could be Boma Ye time, but Bad Luck cuts him off with a lariat. GRENADE hits, but Nakamura kicks out at two! Nakamura slips away from the Bad Luck Fall and then stops Bad Luck up top for a superplex. Backcracker puts Bad Luck down to grab a sleeperhold, which weakens Bad Luck for the Inverted Powerslam (!!). BOMA YE! How about one more. Cover, 1-2-NO! He tries for a third, but Bad Luck cuts him off with a spear. They get into an elbow exchange. Bad Luck looks for a Tree Slam, but Nakamura counters with a headscissors, only for Bad Luck to put the brakes on that for a powerbomb! Cover, 1-2-NO! Samoan Drop by Bad Luck sets up a Flying Splash for 1-2-NO! When that doesn’t end things, the BAD LUCK FALL does. Bad Luck Fale gets the pinfall and secures his first IWGP IC title. (17:56) Well, that’s easily the biggest win of Bad Luck Fale’s career to date. I liked it better the second time around, but it’s a total carry job by Nakamura. Afterwards, the Bullet Club come out to celebrate and gloat over how much gold they have right now. Typical Bullet Club. ***¼

NEXT WEEK: G1 CLIMAX 24 STUFF from Block A. Tanahashi vs. Honma, Okada vs. Styles, and Nakamura vs. Shibata

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