February 15, 2015 by mrlahhh
After an explosive night in Osaka where Bullet Club took home no less than 5 individual championship belts, we move onto Osaka when there were three more belts on the line. Let’s take a look at what happened in Sendai.
First and foremost it must be mentioned that there were some slight changes to the card; Togi Makabe was unable to defend his NEVER Openweight Title against Tomohiro Ishii and therefore vacated the title, leading to Honma v. Ishii for the vacant belt.
– Captain New Japan & Manabu Nakanishi def. Satoshi Kojima & Yohei Komatsu
A fairly standard opener which was finished up by Nakanishi, who hit a spear then a Hercules Cutter to Komatsu for the victory.
– reDragon def. Tiger Mask & Jay White
Jay White looked incredible in this match, showing strength against both members of reDragon (often simultaneously), ultimately though reDragon prevailed with Chasing The Dragon to win by pinfall. A really solid match with White doing a lot of the work.
– Mascara Dorada & Timesplitters def. Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks)
Another really good match, some awesome spots involving Dorada; a sunset flip over the top rope to powerbomb Omega off the apron to the outside being the highlight. Dorada had to pin Omega really if they’re to feud for the title and thats exactly what happened; Dorada rolling up a One-Wing Angel for the 3 count.
– Jushin Liger def. Chase Owens to retain the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title
A lot of back and forth between both wrestlers with some punishing strikes, Liger hit a Shotai palm strike and was on the receiving end of a big gutbuster from Owens. Ultimately though Liger came out victorious with a reverse double leg clutch pin for 3. After the match Liger challenged Tiger Mask to a match for the title, which Tiger Mask graciously accepted.
– Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Rob Conway to become new NWA World Heavyweight Champion
Tenzan absolutely worked his ass off in this one and had Kojima ringside to counter Bruce Tharpe, who looked like Dr. Eggman. All kinds of offence from Tenzan; top rope bulldog, kimora lock, diving headbutt and a rope hung Ego Trip (Conways finisher); ultimately being victorious with a big moonsault off the top rope, after destroying Tharpe with headbutts. Both NWA title matches were much more than I was anticipating, the Tenzan one being particularly enjoyable. After the match, Kojima – Tenzans tag partner – challenged Tenzan to a match for the title.
– Kota Ibushi & Tetsuya Naito def. Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano
Yano did his usual comedy bit before unstrapping a turnbuckle pad and using this, and a steel chair in some vicious offence which left Naito needing a 19 count to get back in the ring. Some absolutely brutal MMA-style strike exchanges from Ibushi & Sakuraba, adding another string to Ibushi’s evergrowing skills list. Naito picked up the win, pinning Yano with a roll up.
– Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI def. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
Okada shone again in this match and we’re starting to see him back to his old ways; his rivalry with Bad Luck Fale being furthered. Okada now has two successive wins against Bullet Club but hasn’t managed to pin Fale in the process. Okada picked up the win here with a magnificent drop-kick and Rainmaker on Takahashi.
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto def. Bullet Club (Gallows, Anderson & Tama Tonga)
Bullet Club worked Tanahashi’s wound hard, digging fingers in and peppering it with strikes and elbows. Not a lot going on otherwise; we saw the usual Shibata corner drop-kicks & figure-four and a big spinebuster from Anderson to Goto. It was Tanahashi though, who would reply to his title loss with the win here; pinning Tonga after a Slingblade & High Fly Flow.
– Tomohiro Ishii def. Tomoaki Honma for the vacant NEVER Openweight Title
I’ll try and keep this as short as I can, because I could easily write for hours on this one: this was my ‘Match of the Year 2015′ so far, it was incredible. This match had everything, making me question human nature on more than one occasion. There were lots and lots of brutal strikes, one back and forth lasting 60+ chops, leaving both mens’ chests a mess. There were Kokeshi’s galore including a monster from the top rope to Ishii, lying outside the ring on the mat. Deadlift suplexes & brainbusters, flying headbutts and a HUGE superplex by Ishii also featured. Honma’s kick-outs, despite the crowd constantly chanting his name, were becoming increasinly weary though and Ishii eventually put him away with a brainbuster. This is the third time Ishii has won the NEVER title and made his intentions clear after the match; saying he wanted a rematch with Makabe.
Just go and watch this match, I’m a huge Honma & Ishii mark and expected big things. This surpassed every single one of them, the top rope Kokeshi was brutally majestic.
– Shinsuke Nakamura def. Yuji Nagata to retain the IWGP Intercontintal Title
Swagsuke v Mr. IWGP and don’t get me wrong, this match was great; it had all the usual Nakamura fare, including Boma Ye’s, knees, strikes, kicks and more. Nagata seemed intent on teaching the young pretender a lesson, locking him in the Nagatalock in the middle of the ring and dishing out more than his fair share of strikes back. The match suffered slightly for having to follow Honma v. Ishii, which stole the show, but this has everything there for a really good Nakamura match – the intensity was incredible. Nagata countered a Boma Ye with an overhead belly-to-belly but Nakamura got straight up after a German to deliver one that did hit home, albeit slightly sloppy. The two man traded enziguris in the middle of the ring before, seemingly out of nowhere, Nakamura hits Nagata with a huge standing kick/knee to pick up the win.
This event was awesome; Honma v. Ishii stole the show but there was more than enough on the rest of the card backing it up. Nakamura & Nagata put on a hell of a show and excellent cameos from Jay White, Mascara Dorada & almost everyone else on the card.