Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of NJPW Power Struggle 2019! This is New Japan Pro Wrestling’s final major show before Wrestle Kingdom 14. The lineup for the show is as follows:
- Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuya Uemura vs. Volador Jr., Titan, TJP & Clark Connors
- Robbie Eagles & Rocky Romero vs. El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
- EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., & Lance Archer
- Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi
- Tetsuya Naito vs. TAICHI
- Super Junior Tag League Final Match – El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. SHO & YOH
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match – KENTA (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match – Will Ospreay vs. BUSHI
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match – Jay White (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match - Jay White (c) def. Hirooki Goto
After a ton of interference, Jay White retained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Hirooki Goto by hitting the Bladerunner.
The match was really good but it was hard to follow the Ospreay vs. BUSHI match and the emotion of the Hiromu Takahashi return. Still, this was a very good main event and the crowd was going crazy by the end.
Just when Goto had the match won, Gedo pulled the ref out of the ring. Gedo was then apprehended by Katsuyori Shibata but KENTA ran in and hit Goto with a Go To Sleep. KENTA then fought off Shibata and White hit the Bladerunner to win the match.
After the match, White cut a promo saying that Goto is finished and he is challenging the winner of the Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi match. He wants the winner on the January 5th Wrestle Kingdom event. He invites both men down to the ring but Tetsuya Naito emerges instead.
Naito said that it is about time White gave him his Intercontinental Championship back. At this point, Ibushi comes to the ring. All three men want to be dual champions. Kazuchika Okada comes out. He tries to poll the crowd on what they want to see. Jay White then tells everyone else to leave so he can have his confetti.
It would appear that the main events of the January 4th show will be Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Whoever the champions are after the first night will likely face each other on the January 5th show.
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Hiromu Takahashi Return
Finally, after a year and a half on the shelf, Hiromu Takahashi has returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
He suffered a broken neck in his match with Dragon Lee at G1 Special in San Francisco in 2018 and has not wrestled since.
Following Will Ospreay’s title defence against BUSHI, Ospreay said there is no one left to challenge him. At this point Hiromu Takahashi made his entrance, complete with a countdown clock set to expire on January 4th.
Hiromu and Ospreay staredown in the ring and Hiromu got on the mic and thanked the fans for waiting for him. He said he is going to make the junior division more fun. He said people are saying he will work a safer style but then who will be able to beat this champion.
He took a bunch of bumps before congratulating Will Ospreay and challenging him to a match at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match - Will Ospreay (c) def. BUSHI
Holy smokes what a match. Will Ospreay retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship by hitting the Hidden Blade, Super OsCutter and Stormbreaker in a row.
There were a number of great moments in this match including Ospreay kissing the black mist out of BUSHI’s mouth and blowing it in BUSHI’s face. It was a fantastic match that you must go out of your way to see. Will Ospreay is incredible and this was maybe BUSHI’s best match ever.
NEVER Openweight Championship Match - KENTA (c) def. Tomohiro Ishii
KENTA retained his NEVER Openweight Championship after hitting two Go To Sleeps in a row on Tomohiro Ishii.
This was obviously much better than their last match and KENTA was on his game. His strikes and his personality were on point this time and Ishii is one of the best workers in the world. This match was well over 20 minutes long and it felt like it at times but it was a good match that you should try and see.
Super Junior Tag Leagu Final Match - SHO & YOH def. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
SHO & YOH have won the Super Junior Tag League tournament for the third year in a row. They will now challenge El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at Wrestle Kingdom 14.
The match was a fine battle but again the crowd has not really into it. Desperado and Kanemaru attacked SHO & YOH as they made their entrance and they worked on SHO’s back for the rest of the match. SHO really is on another level and should be a major star someday soon.
After the match, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori attacked SHO & YOH, laying them out with the titles. The Bullet Club guys them stole SHO & YOH’s trophies.
Tetsuya Naito def. TAICHI
After hitting an Air Raid Crash and two Destinos, Tetsuya Naito defeated TAICHI.
This match was a mixed bag for me. In a vacuum it was really good but this is the third singles match these two have had this year and there was not much of a reason given as to why they were feuding besides their recent interactions. The crowd also did not get super into the match and it showed when the nearfalls came.
Naito looked a lot healthier than he has for much of this year, which is a big plus. TAICHI has improved greatly over the last year. He may not be one of New Japan’s top performers but he has gotten to the point where he can hold his own.
Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI + Chris Jericho Promo
Hiroshi Tanahashi got the pin on YOSHI-HASHI after hitting his High Fly Flow.
This was a very good little match. There was a lot of play on the upcoming Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi match but it climaxed with YOSHI-HASHI squaring off with Tanahashi. It looked for a moment that YOSHI-HASHI may pull off the upset but Tanahashi powered through and got the win.
After the match, Chris Jericho appeared on the big screen and challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi to a match on January 5th in the Tokyo Dome. This was Jericho’s first appearance in New Japan Pro Wrestling since his match against Kazuchika Okada at Dominion. Tanahashi then got on the mic and accepted.
EVIL, SANADA & Shingo Takagi def. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Lance Archer
SANADA got the win for Los Ingobernables de Japon when he rolled up Zack Sabre Jr. and pinned him.
There was a lot of hard-hitting action in this match, particularly between Shingo Takagi and Minoru Suzuki. As we approach Wrestle Kingdom 14, you have to wonder if these matches will take place in the Tokyo Dome.
After the match, Lance Archer challenged David Finlay to a IWGP United States Championship match when New Japan goes to San Jose later this month.
El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. Rocky Romero & Robbie Eagles
El Phantasmo got the pin on Rocky Romero after hitting CR2, securing the win for their team.
This was a very well wrestled match but do not go into it expecting to see the recent ELP & Taiji Ishimori vs. Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay match. This was the second match on the card and it showed. Good match, but nothing special.
Volador Jr., Titan, TJP & Clark Connors def. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuya Uemura
The foreign team got the win in the opener as TJP pinned Yuya Uemura.
This match was a fine opener with plenty of excitement and dives but it was nothing that anyone would need to go out of their way to see. A bit odd that the non-New Japan guys got the win here but it does not matter much in the grand scheme of things.
Welcome to our live coverage of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Power Struggle event. It is the company’s last major show before their Wrestle Kingdom 14 show.