New Japan Kizuna Road Results 6/27

Here are the results for New Japan’s final Kizuna Road show, emanating from Korakuen Hall on June 27th, 2017.

Shota Umino d. Tetsuhiro Yagi in a 10 minute time limit draw.  A rematch from the previous night between the two Young Lions. Fisticuffs to start things off. Yagi gained control after a hip toss. Umino countered with grounding Yagi and working on his leg. Camel Clutch on Yagi, but Yagi made it to the ropes. Umino stomped Yagi, showing frustration. Yagi started his comeback. Boston Crab on Umino, but he escaped by making it to the ropes. Dropkick by Umino, followed by several running elbows to the corner, and a Boston Crab on Yagi. However, the time limit expired before Yagi submitted.

After the match, the two traded a couple slaps, but didn’t truly come to blows.

Suzuki-Gun’s Taka Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru b. Tiger Mask IV & Hirai Kawato when Michinoku submitted Kawato with a crossface. For once Suzuki-Gun members came out alone, without help. They stomped Kawato as soon as he got in the ring. The heels went to town on the babyfaces outside the ring. Double teaming on Kawato in the ring until Tiger got the hot tag and ran wild. Kawato tagged back in. Tiger Driver on Taka, followed by a missile dropkick by Kawato. Kawato scored several near falls, but Taka eventually locked in his crossface to get the submission victory.
Jushin Thunder Liger, Satoshi Kojima, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan b. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Tomoyuki Oka when Kojima pinned Oka with a Lariat. There seemed to be tension between Liger and Nakanishi before the bell. Kojima and Oka started out, with Oka actually getting the upper hand out of the gate. Kojima quickly rallied and tagged in Liger, who squared off against Nakanishi. Liger hit a Superplex on Nakanishi! Think about that for a moment… Kojima hit his rapid fire chops on Nagata, to which Nagata countered with an Exploder Suplex. Oka tagged in and powerslammed Nagata. Triple Submission spot with Nagata putting Tenzan in the crossface, Oka putting Kojima in a Boston Crab, and Nakanishi racking Liger. Brief brawl saw all six men in the ring. Oka kicked out of a Koji Cutter, so Kojima finished him off with a Lariat.

CHAOS’s Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano b. Togi Makabe & Katsuya Kitamura when Ishii pinned Kitamura with a Lariat. A brawl broke out before the bell. Yano leveled Makabe with a chair on the outside. Back in the ring, Ishii and Kitamura exchanged chops.  Makabe tagged in and traded running lariats with Ishii. Kitamura tagged back in and tried trading blows with Ishii, but it didn’t go as well. Makabe broke a pin attempt after a back suplex. Ishii tried a suplex, but Kitamura reversed it for a brief comeback. However, Ishii cut him off and hit a Lariat for the pin.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & EVIL)  b. Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, & David Finlay)  when Sanada submitted Finlay with the Skull End. The faces used Hip Attacks and corner splashes on Sanada, then got confused on how to tie him up in his own hold. This allowed the heels to rally and get heat on Juice. Hot tag to Taguchi, who traded blows with Takahashi. Evil tagged in and squared off with Tanahashi. Naito and Evil double teamed Tanahashi until Finlay got the tag. Finlay and Sanada went at it. Sanada went for the Skull End, but Finlay reversed it into a Small Package for a two count. Finlay went for a Cutter, but it got reversed into the Skull End, causing Finlay to tap out.

After the match, Taguchi held up a Taguchi Japan banner to Sanada, like he was offering him to join. The heels beat down Taguchi in response.

Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Taichi, & El Desperado)  b. CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Gedo) when Desperado pinned Gedo with the Pinche Loco.  Suzuki attacked during ring introduction and brawled with him on the outside. Smith and Goto started the actual match for their teams. CHAOS worked over Smith and had him on the ropes before SG struck to trigger a multi-man brawl on the outside. Taichi used the bell hammer on Hashi. Heat on Hashi as the heels cut him off and toyed with him. Hashi rallied by decking Suzuki with kicks, and tagged in Okada. Okada ran wild, decking all of Suzuki-Gun before squaring off with Suzuki himself. They went back and forth until Suzuki put Okada in a sleeper. Suzuki went for the Gotch Piledriver, but Goto made the save. Okada hit the Too Awesome Dropkick and tagged in Gedo, while Suzuki tagged in Desperado. Gedo had Desperado pinned, but Suzuki broke it up. Multi-Man brawl ensued with Okada missing the dropkick. Suzuki kicked Gedo, who stumbled into Desperado’s Pinche Loco for the pinfall.

A video package aired recapping Kushida’s Best Of Super Juniors Tournament win, and capturing of the Junior Heavyweight Championship. It looks like they have four wins apiece between all of their matches with each other.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA p. BUSHI with a Back To The Future to retain the championship.  Ryusuke Taguchi accompanied Kushida to the ring. Kushida gained control early by grounding Bushi and applying submissions. Bushi responded by choking Kushida with his shirt, and hitting a dive to the outside. Then it was Bushi’s turn to apply submissions. Kushida made his comeback with kicks. They battled to the top turnbuckle where Kushida hit his top rope armdrag into a Hoiverboard Lock. Hiromu Takahashi came to ringside to distract Red Shoes, so if there was a submission, it was missed. Kushida hit a dive to the outside, but started selling his leg. However, he kept the momentum going with dropkicks. Bushi escaped the Back To The Future. Kushida went for a DDT, but Bushi tossed him into Red Shoes for the ref bump. Takahashi ran back out. Kushida hit the Back To The Future, but Takahashi made the count. Kushida, thinking he’d just won the match, let go of Bushi. This is when Takahashi struck and sunset flipped Kushida to the floor. Kushida sold it like he was dead (as he should). Taguchi pleaded with Kushida to get back in the ring. Kushida barely made the 20 count. Bushi hit a Canadian Destroyer for a near fall. Kushida reversed the MX into a side slam. Dueling strikes spot lead to Bushi using the Mist. Kushida amazingly kicked out of the MX. Bushi went for another MX, but Kushida rolled through it and reversed it into a Back To The Future for the win. Amazing finish to a great match!

After the match, Taguchi got in the ring to hand Kushida the belt. He was so happy that his friend retained his title. When Taguchi left, El Desperado came to the ring with a guitar. He cracked the guitar over Kushida’s heat Honky Tonk Man style. He then took the belt and cut a promo, presumably challenging Kushida.

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