I apologize for the lateness of this report. Due to an illness I was not able to get to it until now. Wanted to get it posted for our readers so they did not miss any of the action.
We open with the usual talking segment with a NJPW star, once again its Kazuchika Okada.
We are welcomed in by Mauro Ranallo with Josh Barnett. The first match takes place July 20, 2013 from Akita Municipal Gymnasium. El Terrible. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club make their way to the ring. Their opponents are Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tougi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Ranallo calls Tanahashi the John Cena of Japan.
El Terrible. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, &Karl Anderson vs. Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tougi Makabe, & Hiroshi Tanahashi
Karl Anderson starts with Tanahashi in the ring. They lock up as they get into the ropes and the referee breaks it up. Tonga holds Tanahashi by the waste and Anderson hits a knee to the mid section. Anderson bites Tanahashi in the corner but Tanahashi catches him with an elbow.
Due to time restraints we jump ahead in the match
Makabe is in the ring with Tonga and has the upper hand. They mention Tonga is the son of former WWE wrestler Haiku. Jushin Liger takes out Tonga with a baseball slide on the outside as Captain New Japan holds him. He then hits another baseball slide and takes out El Terrible as Bad luck Fale comes into the ring. Fale throws Liger to the outside. Fale holds Liger outside the ring and Anderson attempts a baseball slide but takes out Fale when Liger moves out of the way. Liger then hits a rolling senton on Anderson outside the ring. Back in the ring Liger slams Toga onto the mat and goes to the top turnbuckle but Toga catches him with a drop kick knocking him to the outside. Back in the ring all four members of the Bullet Club take their shot at Captain New Japan in the corner. Captain New Japan is slammed to the mat by El Terrible, Anderson, and Toga as the other members come in to save Captain New Japan from the pin attempt. Anderson hits the Swivel Gun Stun but Captain New Japan kicks out at two. Barnett calls Captain New Japan the Japanese Santa Claus. Captain New Japan hits a shoulder tackle on Anderson and goes for a tag but is stopped by El Terrible. Captain New Japan catches him with a slam and tags Tanahashi. Tanahashi hits a flying shoulder tackle but El Terrible slaps him across the face. Tanahashi hits a dragon screw leg whip. Tanahashi goes to bounce of the ropes but Fale catches him in the back. Fale then comes in the ring and hold him but Tanahashi moves and El Terrible slaps Fale in the face. Makabe hits a lariat on El Terrible then Anderson and Tonga come in and he hits them with a double clothesline. Fale hits a big boot to Makabe as captain New Japan uppercuts Fale. Makabe charges in and knocks Fale to the outside. El Terrible assaults Tanahashi with a series of knife edge chops. Tanahashi gets a go behind and hits a German suplex for a two count. Tanahashi goes to the tope turnbuckle and hits the high fly flow and gets a three count.
Winners: Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tougi Makabe, & Hiroshi Tanahashi
Back from the break we have Kazuchika Okada talking about the Bullet Club and their heel reaction by the NJPW fans.
Prince Devitt makes his way to the ring. They say if he wins he will be the first wrestler in history to hold the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the same time. Barnett talks about his win against Tanahashi. Kazuchika “Rainmaker” Okada is out next with Gedo as we go to a break
Back from the break both men are in the ring as the fans chant “Okada”.
Prince Devitt vs. Kazuchika “Rainmaker” Okada
We start with a lock up which Devitt turns into an arm bar and Okada reverses which Devitt reverses back. After some back and forth Okada gets a hammer lock on Devitt. Devitt gets a takedown into a head lock. Both men get back to their feet as Devitt makes a gun hand gesture towards Okada. Okada takes Devitt down with a shoulder tackle, Okada misses the lariat then Devitt misses the dream cast as both men smile at each other and the crowd cheers. Devitt comes for a kick but Okada catches him and elbows him in the thigh. Okada goes for a basement kick but Devitt Moves and Bad news Fale grabs onto Okada as Devitt hits a springboard double stomp. Devitt sets Okada in a chair against a steel post and Devitt runs and drop kicks him. Devitt unties the turnbuckle as we got to a break.
Back from the break Devitt is in control. Devitt throws Okada into the unpadded turnbuckle. Devitt puts Okada into the abdominal stretch which Barnett calls the Cobra Twist. Devitt rolls Okada up and gets a two count. Devitt applies a chin lock on Okada in the center of the ring. Okada fights back to his feet but Devitt hits a drop kick and then strikes the Rainmaker pose as Gedo gets on the ring apron and unintentionally distracts the referee. Outside the ring Anderson power bombs Okada off the ring apron and Devitt gets a two count, he goes for another cover and gets another two count. Devitt puts Okada into a modified camel clutch. Okada fights back and slams Devitt hard into the exposed turnbuckle. Okada hits some uppercuts followed by a running elbow and a boot to the gut and a DDT to finish it off. Okada hits a running sliding drop kick and gets a two count. Okada hits the straight jacket neck breaker and gets a two count. Okada slams him down into the mat and hits a diving elbow as we go to a break.
Back from the break Okada goes for the lariat but Devitt counters with a roll up and gets a two count. Devitt hits a springboard double stomp as Okada rolls to the outside. Devitt runs and flips to the outside onto Okada. Ranallo talks about lightweights that have become heavyweight champions and how uncommon it is for foreigners to do so. He makes a Bulldogs and Chris Benoit reference. Devitt hits a double stomp to the back of the head of Okada from the top rope and gets a two count. Devitt then hits the reverse Bloody Sunday and gets another two count. Devitt goes to the top turnbuckle and misses the double stomp, Devitt rushes into the corner but Okada catches him and hits the reverse neck breaker. They exchange uppercuts in the ring and Okada catches Devitt with an elbow. Okada hits Devitt with a huge drop kick knocking him from the top turnbuckle to the outside. Okada takes flight to the outside taking out Devitt and the members of the Bullet Club. Back in the ring Okada hits Heavy Rain and gets a two count. Okada throws Devitt of the ropes and hits a huge drop kick then applies the Red Ink submission hold onto Devitt. Devitt fights to get to the ropes and breaks the hold as we go to a break.
Back from the break Okada misses a drop kick but rams Devitt into the exposed turn buckle, he backs up to run at him again but Devitt moves and Okada takes out the referee. The Bullet Club throws in a chair and Devitt hits Okada in the mid section with it. Devitt goes to strike Okada in the head but Okada ducks and kicks the chair into the face of Devitt. Toga and Anderson get in the ring and beat down Okada. Toga gets thrown out of the ring and then Okada hits the Flapjack on Anderson. Bad news Fale comes in and grabs Okada by the throat and goes for the grenade but Gedo comes of the top rope and distracts Fale who catches Gedo by the throat. Okada hits a huge drop kick on Fale. Devitt reverses a pile driver and hits one of his own. He places the chair on the chest of Okada and hits the double foot stomp on Okada as Devitt gets a two count. Devitt hits a spinning kick to the back of the head of Okada. After some back and forth Okada hits a huge standing drop kick he picks up Devitt and hits the tombstone pile driver. Okada hits the Rainmaker for the pin and the win.
Winner: Kazuchika “Rainmaker” Okada
Ranallo says on this night the Bullet Club fired blanks in their pursuit of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as Gedo celebrates with Okada. After the match we see Devitt in the back. He says a he will have his revenge. Back in the ring Okada continues to celebrate. Okada is interviewed in Japanese. Okada says he feels normal even though he got supported by the fans. He says facing four men is tough and then thanks Gedo. He said he was on a different level than Devitt. The fans chant Okada and he says good luck brining him down in the G1 Climax competition because if no one can he will have the title for another year. Gedo speaks and says Okada is on a different level and then says “it will Rain on us”. They interview Okada in the back as we go off the air.
My View: This was another great choice of matches for NJPW to show American fans. Clearly they are following the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Ranallo and Barnett are great announcers one of the best duos in the business they don’t need cheap jokes like others. The only real problem I see is American fans are going to wonder why Devitt now known as Finn Balor is not doing the same move set in WWE. They are going to want more form him but that’s not NJPW’s problem. The references to the Bulldogs and Benoit surprised me a bit. This is the second Wrestling Promotion to mention Benoit in the past few weeks and this surprises me.