It’s been a while since we have had an NJPW show of note. DESTRUCTION in Hiroshima is a real one match card, but what a one match that is as Kenny Omega takes on Tomohiro Ishii:
Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger & KUSHIDA Def. Roppongi 3K (SHO, YOH & Rocky Romero) // Tiger Mask pins Rocky with a Tiger Suplex
Bad Luck Fale def. Toa Henare // Grenade for the pin/squash/murder
Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer) def. Ayato Yoshida & Michael Elgin // Davey Boy pins Yoshida after a Killer Elite Bomb
CHAOS (WIll Ospreay, Chuckie T & Beretta) Defeat Bullet Club Elite (Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi) // Beretta pins Owens after a Strong Zero
Firing Squad (Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa & Taiji Ishimori) defeat Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, David Finlay & Juice Robinson) // Tanga Loa pins David Finlay after hitting Apeshit
CHAOS (Gedo, Jado & Hirooki Goto) defeat Suzuki Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Takeshi lizuka & Taichi) by disqualification // Post Match: Taichi hits a powerbomb on Goto.
LIJ (EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) Defeat Suzuki Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku, El Desperado & Zack Sabre Jr. // EVIL pinned TAKA after a Magic Killer because Suzuki was too busy choking Naito to death.
Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi Defeat CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Jay White & YOSHI-HASHI) // Tanahashi pinned HASHI via Small Package
The Main Event: IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Kenny Omega (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii.
A back and forth start from these two. Omega takes over and sends Ishii outside before hitting his signature Tope Con Giro, in and back out the two trade near the announce tables. Ishii gets Omega up and teases a One-Winged Angel through the announce table. Omega fights him off but Ishii suplexes him on the floor. Omega hits a dropkick and puts Ishii on the announce table. Omega gets in SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMP TO THE OUTSIDE, and the table doesn’t break, ouch! Omega again in control until he pisses Ishii off and gets chopped in the throat for his troubles. AND ISHII POUNCES HIM INTO THE TURNBUCKLE, luckily the turnbuckle was there or Kenny might still be flying. Some back and forth including the start of the V-Trigger onslaught, Kenny drops Ishii on his head and follows up with a series of V-Triggers as Ishii collapses. Omega gets Ishii up top and tries to drop him on his head a few times but Ishii fights him off. One winged Angel attempt REVERSED BY ISHII INTO A HURRICANRANA. ISHII JUST HIT A HURRICANRANA. Ishii hits some clotheslines, signifies that he wants the belt AND HITS A V-TRIGGER! LARIATOOO only 2….. and breathe….. Omega turns the tide and manages to hit a reverse Rana and both are down. More back and forth and attempted One-Winged Angel’s before a sliding lariat for the pinfall. Omega hits a fire thunder driver and lowers the knee pad, OMEGA HITS HIM WITH SO MUCH FORCE HE FALLS OUT OF THE RING. Another V-Trigger but ISHII IS OUT AT 1! More V-Triggers lead to the One Winged Angel as Omega retains.
Insane stuff as usual from these guys and I was buzzing for some of the Ishii teases.
Winner: Kenny Omega Rating: 10 out of 10