David Finlay and Zack Sabre Jr. have secured their places in the second round of NJPW’s World Television Championship Tournament.
At Battle Autumn night one, Finlay defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru with an Irish Curse backbreaker and a Trash Panda neckbreaker. Sabre Jr. beat the always impressive Alex Zayne via submission. It was a crushing loss for Zayne as there were only five seconds left in their match.
Finlay and Sabre Jr. will now face each other in round two. The first ever NJPW’s World Television Champion will be crowned at Wrestle Kingdom on January 4th.
NJPW Battle Autumn Night One Results
Ren Narita and Ryohei Oiwa versus Tomohiro Ishii and Yuto Nakashima
Narita makes Yuto submit to the figure four. Narita has won both of his matches since returning to NJPW.
Winners: Ren Narita and Ryohei Oiwa
Suzuki-Gun (TAKA Michonoku, El Desperado, DOUKI and Taichi) versus Rocky Romero, Master Wato, Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe
Wato makes Taka submit to Vendaval.
Winners: Rocky Romero, Master Wato, Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe
HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi and Dick Togo) versus Jado, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hikuleo and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Jado has Yujiro tapping out. While the official is tied up with Evil, Dick Togo garottes Jado from behind and Sho hits him with his wrench in the head. Yujiro pins Jado with Pimp Juice.
Winners: HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi and Dick Togo)
CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto) versus United Empire (Aaron Henare, Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan)
Yano escapes Henare’s Ultima by grabbing hold of the official and mule-kicking Henare in the “lower abdomen”. Yano rolls up Henare.
Winners: CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto)
Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Titan and BUSHI) versus United Empire (Gideon Grey, Francesco Akira and TJP)
While Bushi has a hold of Grey, Titan hits him with the double stomp for the win.
Winners: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Titan and BUSHI)
Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi and SANADA) versus BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori and KENTA)
Phantasmo pushes Takagi into the official. The official goes down. Phantasmo haymakers him in the “lower abdomen” and rolls him up but there is no official to make the count. Phantasmo throws a chair into Shingo’s hands, falls down and pretends to be hurt. An angry Shingo shoves the referee, hits Phantasmo with the chair and gets himself disqualified.
Winners: BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori and KENTA)
David Finlay versus Yoshinobu Kanemaru – NJPW World Television Championship Tournament
Winner: David Finlay
Zack Sabre Jr. versus Alex Zayne – NJPW World Television Championship Tournament
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.