Wrestle Kingdom is on the horizon and NJPW is boosting all of the match-ups and all of the angles at its four Road to Tokyo Dome events before the big three day show in January.
The match between Kosei Fujita and Toru Yano versus Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Douki) tonight was used though to promote the upcoming KOPW match between Yano and Kanemaru. The two meet in the final KOPW 2021 match, an End of Year Party Rules bout at the final Road to Tokyo Dome event on Christmas Eve.
The KOPW title is a provisional one with the yearly champion only being declared after the last KOPW defence of the year. The End of the Year Party Rules match will be Yano’s final defence of 2021. In that match, both wrestlers are required to take a drink at two minute intervals. After beverages have been downed both wrestlers will have to respond to the referee’s 20 count. Should a competitor fail to respond they will lose the match, in addition to victory earned via pinfall, submission, disqualification, etc.
In tonight’s tag match while Douki tied up the official in a corner arguing nonsense Kanemaru took a swing at Yano with his whiskey bottle. Kanemaru missed and was thrown into a corner missing its turnbuckle pad courtesy of Yano.
Yano picked up the whiskey bottle, smiled and threw it away. Yano took Kanemaru to the floor, heaved him into the barricade and pulled out his own bottle of booze from under the ring. Yano poured booze all over Kanemaru and down his throat.
Back in the ring, Yano took the top off the bottle again. The official gave Yano a warning. Yano shoved him away. Yano poured more down Kanemaru’s throat. Yano was in for a big surprise though. When Kanemaru got to his feet he spit booze into Yano’s face and eyes blinding him. Douki made Fujita submit to his Italian Stretch #36 submission to notch the victory for Suzuki-gun.
NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome Night One Results
Yuto Nakashima and Yuji Nagata versus Bullet Club (Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale)
Owens pins Nakashima with a high knee strike.
Winners: Bullet Club (Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale)
Kosei Fujita and Toru Yano versus Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Douki)
Winners: Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Douki)
Ryohei Oiwa, Yoh and Tomohiro Ishii versus Bullet Club’s House of Torture (Yujiro Takahashi, Sho and Evil)
Evil bashes Oiwa in the head with Ishii’s NEVER Openweight Championship belt. Yujiro pins him easily. After the match Sho choked Yoh out on the floor and Evil attacked Ishii some more.
Winners: Bullet Club’s House of Torture (Yujiro Takahashi, Sho and Evil)
Tiger Mask, YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto versus Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi)
Taka proves to be the weak link again. He is pinned by Hashi and Goto’s Shoto.
Winners: Tiger Mask, YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto
Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi and Hiroshi Tanahashi versus Bullet Club (El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori and Goto)
Taguchi pulls down his trunks to reveal red underwear and a new weapon: Mega Funky Weapon. Tanahashi makes Goto tap out to the cloverleaf. Taguchi gives Goto a taste of the Mega Funky Weapon at the end of the match.
Winners: Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi and Hiroshi Tanahashi
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Sanada, Bushi and Tetsuya Naito) versus The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Aaron Henare and Great-O-Khan)
Khan pins Bushi. Cobb mocks Naito on the floor.
Winners: The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Aaron Henare and Great-O-Khan)
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Hiromu Takahashi and Shingo Takagi) versus Chaos (Robbie Eagles and Kazuchika Okada)
Shingo gets the win by putting Eagles away.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (Hiromu Takahashi and Shingo Takagi)