The newly-formed tag team of Francesco Akira and TJP of the United Empire have defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. In the main event match of night two of New Japan Road, Akira dived out of the way as Wato flew off the top rope. Akira rolled Wato over stomping on his stomach. Wato had Akira in a submission, however, TJP broke it up with a splash off the top rope. TJP lifted Wato on his shoulders. Akira drilled Wato with a leaping stunner from the top rope to win the belts.
“This has been a life-long dream. I am the first Italian wrestler to do it! (Pointing to TJP) The first Filipino wrestler to do it! History has been made. Me and TJ Perkins, we did it!” said a jubilant Akira after the show.
“Tonight, we finished the job! Some don’t look far enough ahead to see real goals. We saw this. As I said it before, empires collect treasure and they rule kingdoms,” said TJP.
The second night of the New Japan Road tour also played host to two AEW All Atlantic Championship Qualifier 1st Round matches. In the first, Clark Connors fought Tomoaki Honma and in the second Yoshinobu Kanemaru took on Tomohiro Ishii.
Connors took Honma out of his boots with a pounce off the ropes. Honma caught Connors in a headlock as he went for his spear to finish the match. A jumping kokeshi knocked Connors to the mat. Honma held onto Connors’ wrist so they two began trading forearm smashes in the middle of the ring. Honma won that war. The two tanks then challenged each other to a running clothesline competition. Honma lost that one dropping to one knee. Honma landed a running kokeshi for two count on Connors. Honma knocked Connors silly with a kokeshi to the head and bounced him off the ropes for a kokeshi to his back. Connors speared Honma and got a two count with a powerslam off the ropes. He pinned him with the Trophy Kill.
Before the announcer could finish the introductions in their match, Kanemaru attacked kicking Ishii in the face. Kanemaru tries for a bunch of quick pins. Ishii kicks out of every one. Kanemaru takes the fight outside throwing Ishii into a metal barricade and a steel post. Kanemaru lifts Ishii’s leg slamming his knee into the concrete floor of Korakuen Hall.
Kanemaru continues the quick pins and attacks in the ring keeping Ishii off his game. Ishii eventually takes over catching Kanemaru jumping off the top rope and slamming him to the mat. Kanemaru hits Ishii with a running kick. Ishii shrugs it off.
Kanemaru throws the official into a charging Ishii. The injured official flies, rolls out of the ring to the floor. Kanemaru DDTs Ishii. Kanemaru reaches for his bottle of whiskey. He takes a big swig. Ishii spears him and Kanemaru spits the whiskey out of his mouth. Ishii wins with his Brainbuster.
New Japan Road Night Two Results
Kosei Fujita versus Aaron Henare
Henare makes Fujita submit to his new full-nelson submission.
Winner: Aaron Henare
Chaos (Yoh, Toru Yano, Yoshi Hashi and Hirooki Goto) versus House of Torture (Gedo, Dick Togo, Evil and Yujiro Takahashi)
Evil stops Yano from tearing off a turnbuckle. House of Torture does so on the other side of the ring. Yano gets whipped into the exposed buckle, over and over. Yano gets the crap kicked out of him until he hot tags in Hashi. Yoh has Evil pinned but Togo stops the official from making their count. Evil pins Sho with Everything is Evil.
Winners: House of Torture (Gedo, Dick Togo, Evil and Yujiro Takahashi)
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Sanada, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito) versus Ryohei Oiwa, Yuto Nakashima and Kazuchika Okada
Takagi beats Oiwa with his Pumping Bomber.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (Sanada, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito)
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi) versus House of Torture (Gedo and Taiji Ishimori)
Gedo and Ishimori go after Bushi’s eyes blinding him for much of the match. Gedo clobbers Bushi with the bell hammer but doesn’t get disqualified. Hiromu makes Gedo submit to ‘D’.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japón (Bushi and Hiromu Takahashi)
Clark Connors versus Tomoaki Honma – AEW All Atlantic Championship Qualifier 1st Round
Winner: Clark Connors
Yoshinobu Kanemaru versus Tomohiro Ishii – AEW All Atlantic Championship Qualifier 1st Round
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii
Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato (c) versus The United Empire (Francesco Akira and TJP) – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match
Winners: …and new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions…The United Empire (Francesco Akira and TJP).