Perhaps signaling what the stipulation will be for their upcoming King of Pro Wrestling Title match, Toru Yano had a surprise for champion Minoru Suzuki and the rest of Suzuki-gun on night three of the New Years Golden Series tour.
Toru Yano came down to the ring dragging a cage/animal crate with him.
“What the hell is this?” asked an incredulous Kevin Kelly.
Suzuki attacked Yano immediately stomping him into the ground and punching him in the face. Suzuki got a two count with his sliding kick.
Looking for some revenge, Suzuki retrieved a pair of handcuffs from Suzuki-gun’s corner. The official attempted to stop Suzuki from introducing them into the match. Suzuki shoved him off.
With a demented smile, Suzuki picked up another pair, handcuffs himself and then tries to attach those cuffs to Yano’s so they are locked together.
“He’ll kill Yano!” Kevin Kelly screamed.
Yano fights off the attempt. A reverse atomic drop allows Yano to tag out.
The two don’t remain separated for long. Minutes later, Suzuki throws Yano into the steel barricade and tries to cuff himself to Yano again but fails.
Taichi ends up winning the match for Suzuki-gun with a Black Mephisto on Kojima.
Once free of Suzuki, Yano throws Taka into the cage and locks him in. Yano shoves the cage towards the ring and just walks off.
“Was this the original concept for Kennel from Hell?” says Kelly in a smart mark reference.
A furious Suzuki kicks the cage as he storms by to chase Yano to the back.
In a hilarious moment, Taichi and Douki leave the ringside area and nobody stops to free poor Taka.
“Taichi! Taka is still in the cage!” yells Kelly to no avail.
The Young Lions aren’t sure what to do or how to unlock the cage so they push Taka, cage and all to the backstage area.
New Years Golden Series Night Three Results
Yuto Nakashima versus Great-O-Khan
Yuto puts up a good fight but a haymaker from Khan knocks him out for the pinfall.
Kosei Fujita and Ryohei Oiwa versus Los Ingobernables de Japón (BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi)
Hiromu is still wearing his lucha mask. I guess the challenge to remove it with a 10,000 Yen reward ($100 USD) is still on. The Young Lions do rip off Hiromu’s mask.
“What are they going to do? Split the money?” asks Kevin Kelly.
Los Ingobernables de Japón notches an easy win with Hiromu’s Boston Crab.
Bushi points out to Hiromu to remind him that he owes the Young Lions some cash. A smiling Hiromu hands over the money in an envelope.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi)
Tomoaki Honma and Tiger Mask versus Bullet Club (Gedo and Yujiro Takahashi)
Yujiro Takahashi pins Honma with Pimp Juice. Yujiro holds Mask so that Gedo can punch him with his brass knuckles.
Winners: Bullet Club (Gedo and Yujiro Takahashi)
Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Toru Yano versus Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, TAKA Michinoku, Taichi and Minoru Suzuki)
Winners: Suzuki-gun (DOUKI, TAKA Michinoku, Taichi and Minoru Suzuki)
Chaos (Tomohiro Ishi, Yoh) versus Bullet Club (Sho and Evil)
Yoh saves Ishii from getting clobbered with Sho’s wrench. Yoh picks up the wrench and after some reflection hits Sho in the head with it. Chaos is disqualified. The crowd cheers their approval. Yoh pummels Sho after the bell. Young Lions have to pull him off.
Winners: Bullet Club (Sho and Evil) via disqualification.
Togi Makabe, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada versus Los Ingobernables de Japón (Shingo Takagi, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito)
Takagi pins Makabe with Last of the Dragon as Naito works over Okada’s knees trying to injure him before their big match.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (Shingo Takagi, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito)
Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato versus Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado
Taguchi and Wato set up Kanemaru for an assisted stunner. Taguchi pins Kanemaru.
Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato