Wrestle Kingdom 9 PPV Results – 1/4/15 (Tanahashi/Okada)

New Japan Wrestlekingdom 9 PPV
January 4, 2015
Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Dome)
Recap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.com

Pre-Show, New Japan Rumble (Eliminations can occur by pin, submission, over-the-top rope)

Entrant #1 is Tiger Mask IV, Entrant #2 is Yuji Nagata, Entrant #3 is Taichi. Entrant #4 is TAKA. Entrant #5 is El Desperado. Entrant #6 is Jushin Liger. Entrant #7 is Sho Tanaka. Entrant #8 is NJPW Legend Hiro Saito. Entrant #9 is Yohei Komatsu. Entrant #10 is Captain New Japan. Entrant #11 is Tama Tonga. Desperado eliminated over the top. Captain New Japan eliminated over the top. Entrant #12 is YOSHI-HASHI. Liger eliminated over the top. Liger & Desperado brawl around ringside. Entrant #13 is Manabu Nakanishi. Entrant 14 is NJPW Legend Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Entrant #15 is the legendary Great Kabuki. Action stops to a halt in the ring. TAKA submits. Fujiwara pinned. Taichi pinned. Kabuki pinned. Saito pinned. Komtasu submits. Nakanishi pinned. Tanaka pinned. Tonga eliminated over-the-top, down to YOSHI-HASHI and Nagata.

Backdrop Hold wins it for Nagata.

Winner of the New Japan Rumble: “Blue Justice” Yuji Nagata

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Intro video welcomes us to the show highlighting the matches on tonight’s PPV.

IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) vs. Time-Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) vs. ROH Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c’s)

KUSHIDA & Fish start. Chain wrestling early. KUSHIDA has advantage. Both go for dropkicks, KUSHIDA hits one. O’Reilly hits KUSHIDA from behind. Double team by Time-Splitters. Bucks take over on Time-Splitters. Double backdrop from Time-Splitters to the Bucks. Frequent tags by Time-Splitters working over Fish’s arm. Shelley knocked off the apron. Koslov blind tags in on KUSHIDA. Spinning headscissors, dropkick by Koslov to Fish. Russian Beret comes out. Kodak Kicks by Koslov to Fish, double stomp gets 2. O’Reilly in, Koslov fights back. Snap kneedrop by O’Reilly to Koslov. O’Reilly mocks Koslov’s Kodak Kicks. Fish in, flying elbow gets 2. Matt blind tags in on Koslov, Bucks knock everyone off the apron. Matt superkicks Shelley. Koslov slips out of Bucks double team, Matt sent outside. Nick accidentally PK’s Matt from the apron. Spinning back elbow by Nick to Koslov, crotch chops Romero. Windmill Kick by Koslov to Nick. Romero in, springboard dropkick to reDRagon. Back heel kick to Matt. Forever Clotheslines by Romero to reDRagon and the Bucks in 4 separate corners. Double clotheslines by Romero to reDRagon & Bucks. Hooligans double team Matt. Matt slips out of a double team, alley oops Romero into corner. KUSHIDA in, tilt-a-whirl DDT to Nick. Double Koppo Kick knocks reDRagon off the apron. Shelley wipes out Romero with a flying knee off the apron. Stereo Kicks by Time-Splitters to Nick. Fish drives Shelley into barricade. Shelley catches O’Reilly leaping off the apron with a savate kick. Romero wipes out Fish & Shelley with a tope suicida! Flip dive by Koslov, through-the ropes dropkick by Matt, Corkscrew Plancha by Nick, Somersault Plancha by KUSHIDA! Neckbreaker/Moonsault combo by Time-Splitters gets 2. Camel Clutch/Cartwheel Dropkick combo by Time-Splitters to Nick. Sandwich Kick combo in corner by Time-Splitters to Matt. Romero stops a double team by Time-Splitters. Superkick by Matt to Koslov. Series of strikes by O’Reilly to Matt. Superkicks by Nick to O’Reilly and Romero. Romero catches a running knee by Nick. Enziguri by Shelley to Matt. Bucks flip out of a Double Doomsday Device, SUPERKICK PARTY TO EVERYONE!! MELTZER DRIVER TO KOSLOV!! reDRagon breaks up the pin. Double springboard back elbow by KUSHIDA to reDRagon. Superkick by Matt to KUSHIDA. Buckle Bomb/Enziguri combo by the Bucks to Koslov. reDRagon stops More Bang for your Buck. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker/2nd Rope Knee Drop combo by reDRagon to Shelley. Double Arm DDT/Wheelbarrow German combo by reDRagon to Matt. Fish DOES THE DEAL TO NICK!! Koslov counters Chasing the Dragon, inside cradle gets 2. Axe & Smash by O’Reilly, T-Bone by Fish to Koslov.

CHASING THE DRAGON!! 1-2-3!

Winners and STILL IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions: reDRagon by pinfall (Chasing the Dragon)

The Bullet Club (“The King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett, “The Underboss” Bad Luck Fale & “Mr. Rated R” Yujiro Takahashi) w/Karen Jarrett vs. TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Tomoaki Honma)

Karen shoves Honma before the bell, Bullet Club then attacks the babyfaces as the bell sounds. TenCozy sends Fale & Yujiro into each other. Double suplex by TenCozy to Fale. Jarrett sends Honma into the ringpost. Slingshot elbow/headbutt combo by TenCozy to Fale. Rapid-fire chops by Kojima to Yujiro. Running elbow, but Fale with an avalanche. Jarrett in, stomps away at Kojima. Clothesline gets 2. Fale in, big gut shot. Tenzan knocked off the apron, Kojima fights back, Fale with a big forearm. Yujiro in, kicks at Kojima. Yujiro slaps at Kojima, rakes the eyes. Kojima comes back with the Koji Cutter. Honma in, knocks Fale & Jarrett off the apron. Slam and chops to Yujiro. Crazy forearm in the corner, running bulldog, but misses the falling headbutt. Fisherman’s Buster by Yujiro gets 2. Honma gets out of Miami Shine, flying headbutt connects. Jarrett gets handed the guitar, but Honma stops the guitar shot. Yujiro holds Honma, but Honma ducks and Jarrett accidentally hits Yujiro with the guitar! Double back suplex by TenCozy to Jarrett. Kojima with the Lariat sends Fale to the outside. 3-D by TenCozy to Yujiro.

Honma heads up top, KOKESHI!!! 1-2-3!

Winners: TenCozy & Tomoaki Honma by pinfall (Kokeshi)

Suzuki-Gun (Shelton “X” Benjamin, “The Canadian Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith Jr., “The American Psycho” Lance Archer & Takashi Iizuka) vs. Toru Yano, TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste) & Naomchi Marufuji)

Suzuki-Gun attacks the babyfaces as the bell sounds. Yano with an inverted atomic drop to Iizuka. Iizuka stops Yano from doing his taunt. Yano grabs Iizuka by his beard. Yano removes the turnbuckle padding, Iizuka hits him with it. Benjamin in, Dragon Whip to Yano. Archer in, KES knocks babyfaces off the apron. Hart Attack to Yano by KES. Yano pulls down Archer by the hair. Archer stops Yano from doing his taunt. Yano sends Archer into the exposed turnbuckles. Haste in, dropkick to Archer. Nicholls with a corner clothesline, powerslam to Smith. Cannonball by Haste to Archer. Smith stops a TMDK double team, chest kick to Nicholls. Powerbomb to Nicholls by Smith. Haste with a dropkick to Smith. Archer with a chokeslam to Haste. Iizuka & Marufuji in, enziguri and a series of kicks by Marufuji gets 2. Iizuka blocks the Shiranui, Benjamin leaps onto the turnbuckles, Super Belly-to-Belly to Marufuji! Iizuka has the Iron Fingers, Marufuji avoids it, superkick to Iizuka. Iizuka chokes Marufuji, Yano with a low blow. Double Gorilla Slam by TMDK to Iizuka.

Shining Wizard by Marufuji gets the win.

Winners: Toru Yano, TMDK & Naomchi Marufuji by pinfall (Shining Wizard)

UWF Rules, must win by Knockout, TKO or Submission: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazushi Sakaruba

Suzuki comes out in his old-school white attire, with his mohawk dyed white and white eyebrows. Series of reversals early, stalemate. Suzuki goes for the arm, avoids a leaping stomp by Sakaruba. Suzuki goes for the leg, Sakaruba locks in a Sharpshooter, Suzuki quickly rolls to the ropes. Sakaruba kicks Suzuki, who is on the apron. Exchange of strikes, cross armbreaker in the ropes by Suzuki. They go outside and go up the ramp. Snapmare, Suzuki runs up the ramp, but Sakaruba follows him. More strikes, Sakaruba with chest kicks. Kimura applied, ref tells him to break since they are outside. Sakaruba argues with the ref. Suzuki is clutching his arm, Sakaruba yells for him to get back in. Sakaruba throws Suzuki back in. Sakaruba with kicks to the injured arm. Big chest kick doubles over Suzuki. Ref begins his 10 count. Suzuki back up at 8. More kicks by Sakaruba. Suzuki avoids one, begins peppering Sakaruba with slaps and big right hands. Sakaruba back up at 2 count. More kicks by Sakaruba to the injured arm, Suzuki yells at him to bring it. Sakaruba goes for a cross armbreaker, Suzuki blocks it by gripping his hands. Sakaruba releases the grip, has the hold applied. Suzuki gets to the ropes. More kicks by Sakaruba to the arm, followed by stomps. Another 10 count by the ref. Suzuki up at 9. More kicks by Sakaruba, Suzuki fires back with slaps. Suzuki yells at Sakaruba to give him some more. Big slaps by Suzuki, followed by a running boot.

Saka Otoshi applied, Sakaruba passes out.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki by submission (Saka Otoshi)

Suzuki gets an ice pack for his injured arm afterwards. Suzuki & Sakaruba shake hands and embrace. Sakaruba raises Suzuki’s hand.

NEVER Title: “The Unchained Gorilla” Togi Makabe vs. “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii (c)

Stereo clotheslines by both men early. Strike exchange, shoulderblock exchange, Ishii with a powerslam, Makabe pops right up! Makabe with a powerslam, ISHII pops right up! Another stereo clothesline, stalemate. Chop exchange, big one by Ishii catches Makabe in the throat! Headbutts by Ishii, trash talks Makabe. Ishii kicks at Makabe, Makabe yells at him to bring it. Chops don’t faze Makabe. Forearms and chops by Ishii, Makabe comes back with right hands. 2 corner clotheslines by Makabe, 10 punches in the corner. Ishii comes back with a slap. Slap exchange, clothesline shot exchange, Northern Lights by Makabe gets 2. More right hands by Makabe in the corner, Ishii fires out and in Makabe’s face after every shot. Ishii with a big forearm and a corner clothesline. They head up top, delayed superplex by Ishii. Powerbomb by Ishii gets 2. Ishii blocks Makabe’s left-arm lariat, Makabe gets it on the second try. Powerbomb by Makabe gets 2. High-Angle German gets Makabe another 2. Northern Corner Lariat by Makabe, Ishii placed up top. Ishii blocks the Spider German, clotheslines Makabe into a Tree of Woe. Makabe pops right up, SUPER DVD!!!! 1-2…ISHII KICKS OUT!! Clotheslines by Makabe, Ishii does not go down. Makabe blocks an enziguri, clothesline, ISHII KICKS OUT AT ONE!! Makabe misses a clothesline, German, Makabe pops right up! Clothesline by Ishii, MAKABE KICKS OUT AT ONE!! Stereo clotheslines, clothesline shot exchange, Makabe with chops to the head, headbutt by Ishii to the neck! Sliding Lariat gets Ishii 2. Makabe blocks the Brainbuster, enziguri by Ishii gets 2. Northern Lariat, Clothesline by Ishii, Dragon by Makabe gets 2. Another strike exchange, Ishii yells at Makabe to bring it. Rapid-fire forearms, headbutt by Ishii. Makabe with a headbutt, series of Polish Hammers, ISHII KICKS OUT AT ONE AGAIN!! Another clothesline by Makabe, ISHII KICKS OUT AGAIN!!

KING KONG KNEE DROP!! 1-2-3!

Winner and NEW NEVER Champion: “The Unchained Gorilla” Togi Makabe by pinfall (King Kong Knee Drop)

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IWGP Jr. Title: “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega vs. “The Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi (c)

Omega slaps Taguchi early. Taguchi mocks Omega. Series of evasions, lucha armdrag by Taguchi, followed by a Butt-Butt. More hip attacks by Taguchi. Omega sent off the turnbuckles, Taguchi blocks a rana, Ankle Lock applied, Omega kicks him off. Armdrags by Taguchi, clothesline sends Omega outside. Young Bucks come out to distract Taguchi. Omega sprays Taguchi in the eyes with hairspray. Series of chops by Omega. Flying back elbow in the corner by Omega gets 2. Taguchi fights back, Omega rakes the eyes. Front kick by Omega, chokes Taguchi in the corner. Taguchi blocks a suplex, Omega holds on and eventually hits the suplex. Chainsaw attack by Omega. Omega misses a spin kick, Bucks grab Taguchi’s leg, Taguchi backdrops Omega onto the Bucks on the outside. Flip dive by Taguchi wipes out Omega & the Bucks! Back in, springboard dropkick by Taguchi gets 2. Taguchi with 2 suplexes, Omega gets out of a third. Dropkick to the knees, leapfrog bulldog gets 2. Taguchi blocks the Snap Dragon, counters a powerbomb with a rana sending Omega into the corner. Blue Thunder Bomb gets Taguchi 2. They fight up top, Taguchi blocks a superplex, knocks Omega off. Omega heads back up top, Taguchi knocks him back down. Taguchi leaps off, Omega catches him in mid-air with a dropkick. Deadlift Gutwrench Sit-Out Powerbomb gets Omega 2. Taguchi slips out of the One Winged Angel, victory roll by Omega gets 2. Taguchi with an enziguri, Dodon gets a close 2. Ankle Lock re-applied, Taguchi drags Omega to the center. Bucks hop up on the apron, Taguchi knocks Nick off. Matt holds Taguchi, Omega accidentally hits Matt with the Bicycle Knee. Another Dodon, but OMEGA KICKS OUT!! Taguchi again mocks Omega, Omega blocks the swinging Dodon. Omega catches another Butt-Butt attempt, hits a Snap Dragon, followed by the Bicycle Knee.

ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! 1-2-3!

Winner and NEW IWGP Jr. Champion: “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega by pinfall (One Winged Angel)

IWGP Tag Team Titles: Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto & “The Mad Dog” Katsuyori Shibata) vs. Gallows & Gun (“The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & “The Outlaw” Doc Gallows) w/”The Bullet Babe” Amber O’Neal (c’s)

Chain wrestling early between Anderson & Goto. Gallows gets a cheapshot in. Shibata grabs Anderson in a choke. Goto accidentally clotheslines Shibata off the apron. Anderson knocks down Goto. Back senton by Goto, big splash by Gallows gets Anderson 2. Forearms from the mount by Anderson. Chinlock applied. Anderson gets a series of 2 counts. Shibata knocked off the apron. Gallows in, headbutt to Goto. Gallows distracts the ref, O’Neal slaps Goto. Series of gut shots, throat thrust by Gallows in the corner. Goto sidesteps a backdrop attempt, Gallows blocks a slam. Stereo clotheslines, Goto with a blind-side clothesline. Shibata in, boot knocks Anderson off the apron. Gallows with a big forearm, Shibata comes back, raining down elbows to Gallows in the corner. Gallows comes back with a body block. Gallows misses a clothesline, flying kick by Shibata. Anderson comes in, Shibata with an abdominal stretch, Gallows breaks it up. Goto & Anderson with stereo elbows to Gallows & Gun in separate corner. Spin kick by Goto to Anderson in the corner. Shibata with hesitation dropkicks to both Gallows & Anderson. Double suplex by Meiyu Tag to Gallows gets 2. Anderson stops a double team with a bicycle kick to Goto. Avalanche by Gallows, flying kick by Anderson to Shibata. Backbreaker/elbow drop combo by Gallows & Gun to Shibata, Goto breaks up the pin. Flying kick/flapjack combo by Gallows & Gun to Goto. Reverse 3-D to Shibata gets Gallows a close 2. Goto stops the Magic Killer on Shibata, clotheslines Gallows to the outside. Goto blocks the Gun Stun by Anderson, Ushikoroshi, PK by Shibata to Anderson, Gallows breaks up the pin. 12th Step to Shibata gets 2. Gallows heads up top, Goto stops him. Double Ushikoroshi by Meiyu Tag to Gallows. Gallows blocks a double team, Goto with a headbutt. Clothesline by Goto, Shibata with a choke. Double Team GTS by Meiyu Tag to Gallows.

PK!! 1-2-3!

Winners and NEW IWGP Tag Team Champions: Meiyu Tag by pinfall (PK)

“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “The Stardust Genius” Tetsuya Naito

Styles attacks Naito before the bell. Styles goes quickly for the Styles Clash. Naito blocks it. Styles backdrops Naito to the outside. Naito avoids a Styles moonsault, hits him with a dropkick off the apron. Back in, missile dropkick by Naito, kick combo, Styles catches the slingshot kick, hits a Dragon Screw. Elbows to the leg by Styles. Kneebreaker, wrapped leg kneedrop by Styles. Naito fights back, leg kick by Styles. Indian Deathlock, Naito gets to the ropes. Naito kicks Styles off, strike exchange, Styles goes back to the leg. Naito comes back with a Tornado DDT, walking up the ropes as a springboard. Naito blocks another kneebreaker, hiptoss, followed by a sliding dropkick. Snapmare, followed by a running senton. Naito catches Styles’s boots in the corner, draping neckbreaker gets 2. They fight up top, Styles knocks Naito off. Styles goes to the apron, springboard forearm. Naito blocks a suplex, Styles comes back with a neckbreaker for 2. Naito blocks a German, Styles hits on the second try. Naito counters a back suplex, wheelbarrow victory roll gets 2. German by Naito gets 2. Styles with the KENTA series, Naito avoids the discus clothesline with an enziguri. Flying forearm, slam, Naito heads up top, Styles crotches him. Naito lands on his feet off a super back suplex, clutches his leg. Calf Killer applied by Styles, Naito thinks about tapping, but gets to the ropes. Naito fights off Styles, hits another enziguri. Styles goes for a Discus Clothesline, Naito counters with a Urnangi. Dragon gets Naito a close 2. Styles blocks Gloria, hits the Pele, followed by Bloody Sunday. Styles makes his killshot. Naito counters the Styles Clash, backdrops Styles to the outside. Ref begins his 20 count, Styles just barely gets back in. Naito hits the slingshot kick in the corner. They head back up top.

Styles blocks a Super Rana, SUPER STYLES CLASH!! 1-2-3!

Winner: “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles by pinfall (Super Styles Clash)

Video package on how we got to Nakamura vs. Ibushi.

IWGP Intercontinental Title: “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi vs. “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura (c)

Nakamura comes out with a crown and cape, ala a Triple H Mania entrance. Attempts at kicks by both early leads to a stalemate. Nakamura applauds Ibushi. Nakamura extends his hand, but draws Ibushi into a knee and a big kick. Ibushi avoids the Boma-Ye, hits a dropkick. Ibushi mocks Nakamura’s shaky boot in the corner, tells Nakamura to bring it. Nakamura sends Ibushi to the corner, does the shaky boot back to him. Nakamura drapes Ibushi across the top rope, running knee to the ribs. Nakamura drapes Ibushi across the apron, another running knee to the ribs. Kneedrop off the apron by Nakamura to the back of Ibushi’s head. Ref begins his 20 count, Ibushi back in at 10. Cravate applied by Nakamura, leaping kneedrop gets 2. Abdominal stretch facelock applied by Nakamura, gets a couple 2 counts. Ibushi gets to the ropes. Ibushi fights back with chest clubs, Nakamura brushes it off, hits a series of forearms, paintbrushes Ibushi. Ibushi avoids a head kick, series of slaps. Nakamura avoids another one, hits a backstabber. Ibushi slips out of the reverse suplex, hits a rana. Dropkick sends Nakamura to the outside. Orihara Moonsault by Ibushi to the outside wipes out Nakamura! Back in, springboard dropkick by Ibushi. Spinning back kick, chest kick, Standing Shooting Star gets 2. Ibushi counters being suplexed into the ring, Nakamura catches Ibushi off a springboard with a one-legged kick. Back heel kick, gourdbuster, Pride-style knees by Nakamura. Ibushi again avoids the Boma-Ye, stops Nakamura on the 2nd rope. They fight up top, Ibushi goes to the apron. Springboard Super Rana by Ibushi gets 2. Nakamura blocks a Dragon, Ibushi hits a Snap Dragon. Nakamura avoids a head kick, Standing Corkscrew Moonsault by Ibushi gets 2. Sunset Flip by Ibushi gets 2. Big head kick by Ibushi, Last-Ride Powerbomb gets a close 2. Nakamura avoids the Phoenix Splash, BOMA-YE!!! Nakamura can’t make the cover! Nakamura stomps away at Ibushi, Ibushi comes back with a series of palm strikes and right hands. Nakamura shoves down the ref, hits a big right hand. Ibushi goes for a clothesline, Nakamura counters it with a flying armbar! Ibushi blocks it by grasping his hands. Ibushi stomps his way out. Ibushi with more stomps to Nakamura’s head, hits Nakamura’s own reverse suplex. Ibushi then mocks Nakamura’s pose and hits own BOMA-YE, NAKAMURA KICKS OUT AT ONE!!! Ibushi with more right hands and kicks to Nakamura. Nakamura fights back with forearms and a front kick, then kicks at Ibushi in the corner. Ibushi avoids slaps by Nakamura, hits one of his own. Slap exchange, Ibushi with a leaping Curb Stomp to a charging Nakamura! Ibushi springboards while Nakamura is on the apron, DEADLIFT SUPER GERMAN!!! 1-2……..NAKAMURA KICKS OUT!!! Nakamura blocks the Phoenix-Plex with headbutts, MMA elbows from the mount, followed by a big right hand. 2nd Rope BOMA-YE to the back of Ibushi’s head, IBUSHI POPS RIGHT UP! DEATH VALLEY BOMB BY NAKAMURA!!

ANOTHER BOMA-YE!! 1-2-3!

Winner and STILL IWGP Intercontinental Champion: “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura by pinfall (Boma-Ye)

Video package on the Okada-Tanahashi main event.

Main Event for the IWGP Title: “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada w/Gedo vs. “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi (c)

Chain wrestling early, exchange of shoulderblocks, stalemate. Okada with a big forearm. Strike exchange, then an uppercut exchange, Tanahashi gains advantage. Slam, Okada knocks Tanahashi off the middle rope to the outside with an uppercut. Tanahashi sent into the barricade, running boot sends Tanahashi over it. Draping DDT by Okada on the outside. They fight on the rampway, Tanahashi blocks a Tombstone. Strike exchange, jawbreaker by Tanahashi. Tanahashi runs up the ramp, but Okada catches him. HEAVY RAIN ON THE RAMPWAY!! Back in, sliding dropkick by Okada, poses standing on Tanahashi’s chest. Back elbows by Okada in the corner. Front slam, Tanahashi avoids the back senton. Flying forearm, slam, 2nd Rope Senton Bomb gets Tanahashi 2. Flapjack by Okada. Okada avoids the 2nd Rope Crossbody on Tanahashi, D.I.D. applied. Tanahashi gets to the ropes. Front slam, slingshot senton by Okada gets 2. Okada kicks and paintbrushes Tanahashi, then yells at him to bring it. Tanahashi fights back, Okada with a big forearm, gets right back in Tanahashi’s face. Another strike exchange, Okada yells at Tanahashi to bring it, then Tanahashi does the same. Uppercuts by Okada, Tanahashi with a shot to the leg. Running dropkick by Okada. Tanahashi counters Heavy Rain with the Slingblade for 2. Okada stops Tanahashi up top, Tanahashi blocks Super Heavy Rain. Okada knocked off the ropes, but avoids High Fly Flow. Running Sliding Uppercut by Okada gets 2. Air Raid Crash across the knee by Okada gets 2. Slam, Top Rope Elbow by Okada. Okada calls for the Rainmaker and goes for it, Tanahashi counters with a roll-up for 2. Dragon Screw by Tanahashi. Dropkick to the knees by Tanahashi, Okada rolls outside. Tanahashi sent intoi the barricade, dropkick to the knees sends Okada over the barricade. Back in, Tanahashi heads up top. HIGH FLY FLOW CROSSBODY OVER THE BARRICADE WIPES OUT OKADA!! Tanahashi is favoring his leg. Back in, Tanahashi heads back up top. Okada avoids him, but Tanahashi with another Slingblade. Tanahashi heads back up top, HIGH FLY FLOW CROSSBODY, but Okada rolls through and holds on! Tanahashi counters the Tombstone with one of his own! Tanahashi back up top, HIGH FLY FLOW to Okada’s back! Tanahashi again up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! 1-2…….OKADA KICKS OUT!!! Okada kicks Tanahashi off going for a Cloverleaf. Uppercut by Okada, but it has little effect on Tanahashi. Another Slingblade, Tanahashi mocks Okada’s Rainmaker Pose. Okada avoids Tanahashi’s attempt at his own Rainmaker, RAINMAKERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! 1-2……….TANAHASHI KICKS OUT!!! OKADA CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Ref begins his 10 count, both back up at 8. Strike exchange from their knees, then on their feet. Uppercut by Okada, but Tanahashi counters the Tombstone with a victory roll for 2. Dropkick to the knees, slaps by Tanahashi, backslide by Okada gets 2. Tanahashi avoids the Rainmaker, Straight Jacket German gets a close 2. Okada avoids the Dragon, High-Angle German gets 2. Okada holds on, Tanahashi avoids another Rainmaker, Dragon gets a close 2. Too Awesome Dropkick by Okada, fires up. Tanahashi again avoids the Rainmaker, Dragon Screw while Okada held onto the ropes. Another Dragon Screw, this time in the ropes. Tanahashi heads up top, DRAPING HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Grounded Dragon Screw by Tanahashi. Tanahashi heads up top, ANOTHER HIGH FLY FLOW!!!

Tanahashi back up top, ANOTHER HIGH FLY FLOW!!! 1-2-3!

Winner and STILL IWGP Champion: “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall (High Fly Flow)

Okada in tears as he leaves while Tanahashi celebrates his title retention. Tanahashi says that the IWGP Title is so far away from Okada while Okada leaves. Tanahashi does his air-guitar routine to close the show.

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