NJPW The New Beginning In Sapporo Results (1/27/18): IWGP Intercontinental Title On The Line

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The two night New Beginning In Sapporo show from NJPW began today from Hokkaido’s Prefectural Sports Center Hokkai Kitayell. The show aired live on NJPW World and had both Japanese and English commentary streams, so there was something for everyone.

Satoshi Kojima has tore his ACL during the FantasticaMania tour and won’t be a part of The New Beginning shows.

The main event for today’s show was Hiroshi Tanahashi defending his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Minoru Suzuki.

The New Beginning In Sapporo Results

Michael Elgin defeated Katsuya Kitamura.

I really didn’t want to see scum Elgin start this show, and I could only hope that Kitamura would rip his throat out with his teeth. But Monster Young Lion wasn’t able to do that. He’s still learning, after all.

Kitamura is getting better each match, but he’s still got a lot of green on him. I just worry he’s going to hurt someone someday…especially with his chops. This was just two big guys beating on each other. Not a great technical match at all, and Elgin won after an Elgin Bomb. I am not happy. Not at all.

KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated TAKA Michonoku, El Desperado, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Takashi Iizuka.

First scum Elgin then Taichi (the only tolerable thing about Taichi is Miho…she needs to find her a less yucky man). How much does a girl have to take at 4 in the morning. At least I had Ornery Uncle Nakanishi and Iizuka (who holds a special place in my cold, black heart) to offset their sliminess. This was crazy from the start, but that was to be expected.

Iizuka beat everyone with guardrails, which is part of his charm. Taichi plied his hammer shtick, which needs to go away. Iizuka tried to eat Liger’s foot and Tenzan’s head; one day, someone is going to figure out he needs a snack before matches. KUSHIDA got beat on by everyone, then Nakanishi beat on every one of his opponents. Kanemaru spit whiskey in TAKA’s face, allowing KUSHIDA to lock in the Hoverboard Lock for the submission win.

Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi.

I still think Chase Owens looks stupid in that mask; someone needs to tell him it’s not a good look. But, Yano and Ishii always put me in a good mood, even on no sleep at 4:30 in the morning…and I still need to get Yano’s latest DVD. Yujiro tried to beat Ishii down, but Ishii was in his normal bad mood and was having none of it. Then, it came down to the comedy of Chase and Yano.

Poor Yano always gets the worst of the beatings in his matches; it’s not fair. People need to be nicer to him. Fun match with these four, but then again, I love anything with Ishii and Yano. Ishii got the Brain Buster on Owens for the pin and the win.

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NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Title
Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, & Bad Luck Fale defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Toa Henare, & Togi Makabe.

I am just going to say from the outset that I did not care one bit about this match nor anyone in it…except maybe Gooch. These titles mean nothing. The wrestlers in this match are basically filler wrestlers, and this was just a filler match for titles that no one, not even the promotion cares about. I still wonder, though, when Henare went from Young Lion to main roster. It’s just odd. Tama got the submission win on Henare.

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Cody, Hangman Page, & Marty Scurll defeated David Finlay, Juice Robinson, & Kota Ibushi.

Bleach blond Cody still isn’t doing it for me, but Marty and Page make up for him. Just like Ibushi makes up for Finlay and Juice. Good to like at least one person on each team. And, thank’s to an Elite Q&A on Twitch earlier, we now know Ibushi smells like clean clothes and women’s perfume. Good information to have on hand.

Ibushi and Page had some great interactions, probably the best of the match. Cody finally got in the ring with Ibushi towards the end of the match for about 2 minutes before both men tagged out; I still think this is leading to The Elite breaking off from Bullet Club proper, and Kenny killing Cody. Both teams ended up hitting moves on their teammates at the end of the match, but Page got the pin on Finlay and the win for his team. Cody and Ibushi had words after the match…just more fuel on the fire.

Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito defeated YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay.

I so wanted to see Hiromu rip Willie limb from limb, but I didn’t get my hopes up. He did, however, cuddle one of his bears that a fan in the crowd had. Tacos finally has normal hair again, but Will’s is purple. Boy is strange in more ways than one. Naito beat Tacos and Hiromu beat Will outside the ring to start the match. Then the roles reversed, and LIJ were the one getting beat on.

Ospreay’s flippy-dippy shit is finally getting on my nerves, and I wish he’d grow up and be a real wrestler. Yes, flash is good on occasion, but it doesn’t need to be 90% of your repertoire. The match was good. Tacos and Naito work well together, and Will and Hiromu have enough chemistry to make their interactions exciting (plus, Hiromu doesn’t flip around like an idiot). Naito got the pin on Will and the win for his team. Really good match from these four. And, a good brawl between Tacos and Naito after the match, too.

Gedo, Hirooki Goto, & Kazuchika Okada defeated BUSHI, EVIL, & SANADA.

We were blessed with two LIJ matches on tonight’s show, but this one was hindered by the presence of Goto. Why do I have to put up with Elgin, Taichi, Ospreay, and Goto all in the same show? It’s just not fair. Then there’s Okada and his stupid pants, and I’m not even going there. And poor BUSHI. He deserves so much better than taking punishment from Gedo, of all people.

Gedo tried to remove BUSHI’s mask; SANADA tried to remove Gedo’s beard. This was actually a really good match. Very intense and physical. I don’t know who is going to challenge Okada next, but SANADA looks like a good choice to me after this match. He did, however, pin BUSHI to get the win for his team in this one. And with the beat down Okada gave SANADA after the match, this could be the next IWGP Heavyweight Championship program.

The Elite defeated Roppongi 3K & Jay White.

On tomorrow’s Sapporo show, Jay challenges Kenny for the IWGP US Title and RPG 3K challenges The Bucks for the IWGP Junior Tag Titles, so that what what this match was all about. I’m still not sure what they are doing with Jay White. Tana beat him decisively at WrestleKingdom 12, and I don’t see Kenny dropping the title to him without something bigger to go on to (he and Tana never did have that program last year, though, now that I think about it….). And, Sho and Yo really need to win the titles back; hell, they never should have lost them in the first place.

As for this match, Jay was vicious, attacking The Elite before the bell even rang. It seemed like Jay and RPG 3K were on their game while The Elite were just a quarter step off for some of the match. They got their rhythm back, and this turned into a really good match. After watching Kenny and Jay interact, I am expecting a really good match tomorrow. This was fun and entertaining and built the two matches for tomorrow’s Sapporo show really well. Kenny got the pin on Yo for the win. After the match, Jay attacked Kenny, leaving him laying in the middle of the ring.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Minoru Suzuki defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi.

And of course, all of SZKG comes out with MiSu for this one. I really wanted Tana to have the ponytail weave he had at WK, but he only had one side of his hair in braids. I wanted the ponytail so I could watch MiSu yank it out and cackle from my couch like a witch. It would have been glorious. MiSu has some hair again, so he’s still terrifying, but not quite as scary as he was when he was completely bald.

Both men focused on the other’s legs and knees during the match, trying to keep them grounded. MiSu worked on Tana’s “injured” arm, as well. MiSu brought the chairs out on the outside and bounced Tana off the ring apron. This was a rather a slow, methodical match: more MiSu’s style than Tana’s. Tana went back to the leg, locking MiSu in the Cloverhold, but MiSu made it to the ropes. Tana finally picked up the speed, hit the HFF, but the leg that MiSu had worked on during the match gave out on him and he couldn’t follow up.

He went up for another one, but MiSu countered with a leg lock in the center of the ring. Tana finally made it to the ropes to break the hold, but MiSu just locked him in a Figure Four right after. Once again, Tana made it to the rope. At this rate, the man is going to have only one arm an one leg to work with. MiSu went for the Gotch Style Piledriver but Tana countered into the Cloverhold again. MiSu escaped, and the two traded offense, both exhausted at this point. Tana’s knee gave out on him again, and MiSu locked him in another leg lock. MiSu abused Tana’s leg and knee relentlessly, hit the Gotch Style Piledriver, and locked in that leg lock one more time. Tana has more guts than brains and refused to tap out and give up. Red Shoes finally stopped the match (I think), and MiSu became the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.