NJPW Road To Power Struggle 23rd October, 2016: Results and Review
We’re now officially on the road to Power Struggle, the last stop before Wrestle Kingdom 11 in January next year. With Power Struggle 2017 less than to weeks away, let’s take a look at the results from last night’s Road To Power Struggle event which took place in the Togane Arena in Chigane,Japan.
Last night’s show was a tribute to New Japan stalwart Yuji Nagata and his faction ‘Blue Justice’. Read on for complete results and analysis.
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Hirai Kawato vs Bone Soldier
Bone Soldier, the man formerly known as Captain New Japan, is the latest recruit for the Bullet Club. He turned his back on New Japan Pro Wrestling a few weeks ago, taking out Yoshitatsu after the latter fired him from Hunter Club (the Bullet Club hunters), to align with the Bullet Club.
Bone Soldier lost the match after getting intentionally disqualified, in what is becoming a recurring trend for him.
Hirai Kawato def. Bone Soldier
Jushin Thunder Liger and Titan vs ACH and Tajiri Ishimori (first round match of the Super Juniors Tag-Team Tournament)
Ring of Honor star, ACH, got a spot on last night’s show and he took his chance to impress. Teaming up with Tajiri Ishimori, they took on Japanese legend Jushin Thunder Liger and his partner for the night, Titan.
ACH and Ishimori put on an impressive show and have great chemistry with each other. They picked up the win near the 8-minute mark with ACH hitting Titan with a Midnight Star (450 Splash).
ACH and Tajiri Ishimori def. Jushin Thunder Liger and Titan
Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Angel De Oro & Tiger Mask IV
We had two CMLL talents team up with a partner from NJPW each in the next match. The match itself was surprisingly good, with Fuego and Taguchi looking like a proper tag-team.
Fuego picked up the win for his team after pinning Angel De Oro following a La Magistral.
Fuego & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Angel De Oro & Tiger Mask IV
Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
We had an 8-tag match between the men from Chaos and the Bullet Club next. Will Ospreay looked impressive as usual pulling off an array of high-flying moves while Tomohiro Ishii showed us once again that he’s Japanese wrestling’s answer to Brock Lesnar.
Ospreay is one of the most popular gaijin’s in New Japan right now and the crowd were hot for almost everything he did. The match ended with Tomohiro Ishii delivering a devastating brainbuster to Chase Owens to pick up the win.
Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI defeat Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens