NJPW kicked off its Super Jr. Tag League tournament with three matches on the Summer Struggle card today.
In the first match, it was the high-flying team of Tiger Mask and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Robbie Eagles, against Bullet Club’s Dick Togo and Gedo.
While Tiger Mask took Togo out of the equation on the floor, Eagles made Gedo submit to the Robinson Special.
Suzuki-gun’s Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado defeated Master Wato and Ryusuke Taguchi when Kanemaru caught Taguchi in a clever roll-up.
The 2019 winners, Sho and Yoh, lost their first match in the tournament to rivals Bullet Club – El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Ishimori pinned Yoh with a Bloody Cross.
“You guys are an embarrassment to yourselves and you are making everybody in our tag division look stupid by being around you two,” said El Phantasmo to a despondent Sho and Yoh accusing them of not even wanting to be in the industry any more.
“Sho, you want to be an MMA fighter but you suck. Yoh, you want to be a fashion musician creator but you suck even more then he does,” explained Phantasmo telling both of them to take a long, hard look at themselves and their careers.
NJPW Summer Struggle 2021 – Night 11 Results
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano versus Bullet Club (Jado, Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi)
A sneaky style win from Yano who punches Jado in the “lower abdomen” and rolls him up for the pin. Yano and the provisional KOPW 2021 Champion, Chase Owens, had some words after the bell.
Winners: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano
Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, Hirooki Goto versus Los Ingobernables de Japón (Sanada, Bushi, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito)
Honma submits to Sanada’s Cold Skull. Naito won’t let go of the leg lock he has on Goto. Ishii stomps on Naito to free Goto. Sanada and Ishii end up brawling.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (Sanada, Bushi, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito)
Tiger Mask, Robbie Eagles versus Dick Togo, Gedo – Super Jr. Tag League Match
Winners: Tiger Mask, Robbie Eagles
Master Wato and Ryusuke Taguchi versus Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado – Super Jr. Tag League Match
Winners: Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado)
Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) versus Bullet Club (El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori)
Winners: El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori