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NJPW ‘Road to the New Beginning’ (2.9.19) Results & Review

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New Japan makes their final stop on the road to The New Beginning before Monday’s climax that’ll see both the IWGP Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight titles defended. Tonight’s main event was a 10-man elimination match featuring key opponents for Monday’s show. Let’s get started!

Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yota Tsuji @ 9:48 via Umino Fisherman Suplex Hold on Tsuji – **
Umino looked to prove his growth to Tenzan, wanting nothing to do with Tsuji. This would fire Tsuji up and give him the motivation to lock Umino in the Boston Crab. He’d eat a PK from Yoshida in the process but his statement was made. Yoshida landed a headkick and Umino a bridging Fisherman to take the win.

YOSHI-HASHI def. Ren Narita @ 9:59 via Butterfly Lock – **1/4
Narita has been out to prove himself of late, winning matches via a bridging belly-to-belly. He took it to Y-H before the bell, laying in shots across the chest and jaw. Y-H took him down and wore the young lion out by stretching him with a single arm Camal Clutch. Narita escaped a Fisherman by cradling Y-H and went into a backslide when that didn’t work. Y-H gave him a kick, neckbreaker and forced Narita to tap to the Butterfly Lock. Good fire from the young lion as always but Y-H wore him down and gave Narita little to work with.

Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi def. Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare @ 11:38 via Owens Package Piledriver on Henare – **1/2
Bullet Club spent the majority of the match wearing down their opponents with underhanded eye pokes, chokes and sneaky double teams. It didn’t look good for Honma and Henare but Henare was able to duck a couple of elbows, land a shoulder and put knees into Owens chest in the corner. Great intensity from Owens and Henare in the closing stretch. They fought out of each other’s finishers with the help of their partners but it was Yujiro cutting off Henare that allowed Owens to drop him with the piledriver. After the match Owens continues the attack on Henare. A singles between the two should be something we see soon.

EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI def. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado @ 12:01 via Magic Killer on Kanemaru – **1/2
Another fiery performance by BUSHI. He came out with some speed before being trapped in a draping armbar over the top rope by Suzuki. From there on, Suzuki-Gun smelled blood in the water. Everyone went after BUSHI’s arm until he turned a small by Desperado to a spinning neckbreaker. SANADA too found himself at the mercy of armbars when he tried the Paradise Lock on Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun had the match in hand, even Kanemaru managed Deep Impact on EVIL. BUSHI broke up the pin and Kanemaru missed the Moonsault. From there, LIJ began to use their speed. Suzuki ate a dropkick from SANADA, BUSHI dove to the outside to take out Desperado and the heavyweights finished Kanemaru with Magic Killer. Suzuki attacks young lions on his way to the back.

Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi def. Taichi & TAKA Michinoku @ 12:41 via Shingo Last of the Dragon on TAKA – **1/4
Naito gouges TAKA’s eyes and asks for Taichi to be tagged in. They have a pose-off before both Naito and Shingo double on TAKA. Taichi pulls Naito out, throws him over the rails and kicks at Y-H on commentary for good measure. He takes Naito out with a Buzzsaw kick and Suzuki-Gun isolate Shingo. After a suplex and pop-up spinebuster from Shingo, Taichi cuts off Last of the Dragon but Naito is back in to dump Taichi outside which gives Shingo the space for a Pumping Bomber and wins with Last of the Dragon.

Elimination Match
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Taiji Ishimori @ 29:17 – **1/4

Makabe Eliminated via Over the Top @ 12:35
Loa Eliminated via Yano Schoolboy @ 14:05
Tama Eliminated via DQ @ 14:57
Yano Eliminated via White Blade Runner @ 16:38
Fale Eliminated via Over the Top @ 23:37
Okada Eliminated via Over the Top @ 23:38
Ishimori Eliminated via Over the Top @ 25:07
Taguchi Eliminated via Over the Top @ 25:07
White Eliminated via Over the Top @ 29:17

Bullet Club struggle trying to get Tama on their side. Loa throws his brother into their opponents and Jado hands Tama the cane. Gedo pushes Makabe off the top back into the ring and Jado holds Makabe for Tama but he refuses to take part. Loa instead dumps Makabe over and argues with his brother. The argument leads to Loa being rolled up by Yano. Now, Tama has had enough. He goes off on Yano, killing him with the cane well past the bell that signifies his disqualification. He’s taken to the back. White picks apart the pieces of Yano by way of the Blade Runner. Bullet Club turn their attention to Tanahashi’s knee, prompting Okada to make the save. Both he and Fale battle back and forth until Fale sets up to powerbomb Okada over the top. Okada hooks his legs under the arms and takes Fale over the top with him for the double elimination. Taguchi and Ishimori meet with a similar fate, both finding themselves on the apron. Taguchi sets up for Dodon, Ishimori tries a Bloody Cross but ultimately it’s a hip attack that sends both to the floor and out of the match.

The match is now down to Tanahashi and White. They go back and forth, countering out of counters, signatures into signatures, the chemistry couldn’t be better. It’s an attack to the knee that brings Tanahashi down. White follows with a Uranage and DVD combo. They block signatures again, the battle breaks out onto the apron where Tanahashi lands a Slingblade causing White to fall to the floor and ending the match in Tanahashi’s favor.

White is quick to rush back in and attack the knee. He sets up for the TTO but the young lions stop him. On the mic, White says Tanahashi has two more days with the title. The young lions do their best to hold Tanahashi back but he breaks free and charges after White on his way backstage. No celebration from Tanahashi. Instead, this is how the show goes off air.

Probably the most house show show to ever exist. Everything was perfectly fine but there’s nothing that needs to be seen here. There was an underwhelming payoff to Tama Tonga’s ‘Good Guy’ persona and the highlight was the short flurry between Owens and Henare. Overall this wasn’t anything special. Not bad, not great, everything was just there.

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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