Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One! As New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest event of the year, it will undoubtedly be one of the most noteworthy shows of 2020. The full card of the show is as follows:
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match – Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match – Jay White (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match – Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
- IWGP United States Championship Texas Deathmatch – Lance Archer (c) vs. Jon Moxley
- IWGP Tag Team Championship Match – Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. David Finlay & Juice Robinson
- Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. KENTA, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi
- EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. TAICHI & El Desperado
- Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, Tatsumi Fujinami & The Great Sasuke vs. Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Naoki Sano & Ryusuke Taguchi
- Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
- Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs. Toa Henare, Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match - Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Kota Ibushi
I did not think anything would be able to top the Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi match but this match just might have done it.
If you like storytelling in your wrestling, this is the match for you. This was absolutely phenomenal. The story was that Okada wanted Ibushi to unleash his dark side and finally Okada got his wish. Ibushi was totally vicious throwing punches and palm strikes and kicks. This was a 40 minute match and it came down to the wire. Okada kicked out of the Kamigoye, which I believe makes him the first person to do that. Ibushi missed the Phoenix Splash and Okada hit a series of Rainmakers for the win. A work of art in the ring. You must watch this match.
After the match, Naito came back out and cut a short promo. He said that it has been years but they are back together in the main event. He wants the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and he is going to beat Okada for it. They posed for a while and Naito took his belt and left the ring to Okada.
Okada then thanked Ibushi for the match and declared himself the strongest IWGP Heavyweight Champion of all time. He thanked everyone in attendance and everyone who was watching the best pro wrestling in the world. He promises that you will see the best of Okada tomorrow and he is going to make it rain.
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IWGP Intercontinental Championship - Tetsuya Naito def. Jay White (c)
The commentators were pushing really hard that Tetsuya Naito has failed to win the big one on a couple of big occasions. Kevin Kelly even went so far as to say if he lost here he should consider retirement.
Jay White did a lot to work over Naito’s knee in this match. While not terribly exciting, this match was very well wrestled. Naito ended up having to hit three Destinos to keep Jay White down but he managed to do just that. White and Gedo tried their best to cheat their way to victory but Naito thwarted every attempt. Finally he was able to keep White down for the three and win the Intercontinental Championship once again.
Red Shoes messed up the count at the finish but told them to just ring the bell anyway. It really didn’t matter that much it was just worth noting. That makes four straight title changes and we now know half of the main event for tomorrow’s event.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match - Hiromu Takahashi def. Will Ospreay (c)
Well folks, if you were expecting anything less than a classic I don’t know what to tell you. I could go through every sequence move for move and it wouldn’t do this match justice. Will Ospreay and Hiromu Takahashi had an incredible series of moves based on Ospreay hitting the Sasuke Special. The story was Ospreay trying to work on Hiromu’s surgically repaired neck.
Ospreay was never able to hit Stormbreaker but Hiromu kicked out of the OsCutter and a bunch of other moves. It was truly incredible. Hiromu finally got the upper hand and hit the Time Bomb for a nearfall. He then hit a running clothesline and a new finisher which looked to be something like an inverted package piledriver for the win.
Hiromu celebrated with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship as we head towards the Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White match.
IWGP United States Championship Texas Deathmatch - Jon Moxley def. Lance Archer (c)
This match was insane. Not quite as insane as Moxley’s match with Kenny Omega but still pretty insane. Lance Archer hit a massive Blackout on a bunch of set up chairs and that was early on. Archer grabbed a plastic bag and attempted to suffocate Moxley using the EBD Claw.
As the match was held under essentially Last Man Standing rules, a good portion of this match was the referee counting. Archer set up two tables and Moxley hit the Death Rider through the tables. It was enough to keep Archer down for the ten count and Moxley won the IWGP United States Championship for the second time.
This was a good match but it felt like it could have been a tad longer.
After the match, Moxley got on the mic and said that he is a gambler. He said he came to Tokyo to leave with everything or leave with nothing so tomorrow he and Juice Robinson will settle the score.
IWGP Tag Team Championship Match - David Finlay & Juice Robinson def. Guerrillas of Destiny (c)
David Finlay and Juice Robinson met GoD on the ramp and a brawl broke out. GoD got the better of them and Juice started the match without his partner. Finlay eventually returned to Juice’s aid but was cut off leading to the hot tag from Juice. The whole match broke down again as Tanga Loa hit a powerbomb and Tama Tonga hit a big splash on Finlay.
Jado hit Finlay with the kendo stick which led to a nearfall. Eventually, Juice hit the Left Hand of God on Jado and Tanga Loa before Finlay hit Prima Nocta on Tama Tonga to win the match and the titles.
This match felt really sloppy. Everything just seemed like it was a half-step off and it didn’t help that little of what they did got a reaction from the crowd.
Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI def. KENTA, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi
This match had a ton of comedy in it as Toru Yano wanted nothing to do with wrestling Bad Luck Fale. YOSHI-HASHI and Tomohiro Ishii both got time to shine but the match was focused on Hirooki Goto and KENTA. The match ended right after the peak as Ishii was able to get Fale up for a big suplex and Goto put Yujiro Takahashi down with the GTR.
You could probably miss this one. There were some fun moments but the last eight-man tag was far better.
EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI def. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., TAICHI & El Desperado
This match started off as a brawl before it settled down into a match. Shingo Takagi ran wild on El Desperado and TAICHI and was really something. He is maybe the most crisp man in pro wrestling. SANADA and Zack Sabre Jr. had a nice exchange that was a preview of what is to come tomorrow. BUSHI got in the ring and did the Bushiroonie but Sabre got a submission hold on him and BUSHI submitted.
This was a lot of fun and an excellent way to preview tomorrow’s match between SANADA and Sabre. I would have thought that Takagi and Suzuki would play a bigger role in the match but they clearly had a plan and they stuck with it.
Naoki Sano, Shinjiro Otani, Tatsuhito Takaiwa & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, The Great Sasuke & Tatsumi Fujinami
As one would expect, Jushin Thunder Liger got a tremendous reception upon his entrance.
This was surprisingly good considering only three of the competitors have been working a regular schedule. It helps that everyone involved was great in their day as well. There was no question that Liger was the star of the match as he should be. Tiger Mask and The Great Sasuke both hit big dives to the outside and it allowed Ryusuke Taguchi to hit the Dodon on Liger for the pin.
The crowd didn’t seem to like Liger losing but it was very old school to put the current talent over on the way out. Afterwards, everyone bowed and it appeared a couple of them got emotional. Very good stuff.
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
These four have had some great matches in their careers. This was not one of them. Whenever Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata were in the ring together it was really good but that was brief. Manabu Nakanishi is really not very good anymore and he seemed to be in the ring all the time. Kojima got the pin on Nakanishi with a big lariat.
This was definitely not something you need to go out of your way to see.
Toa Henare, Alex Coughlin, Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks def. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
The Stardom match took place before the broadcast began.
For a good portion of the match this was the veterans taking on the young lions. There was a great spot where Yota Tsuji had Toa Henare in the Boston Crab and Alex Coughlin repeatedly chopped Tsuji. Aside from that moment, this was a very basic match. Henare got the pin on Tsuji after hitting a Uranage.
The L.A. Dojo continued to show their dominance over the New Japan Dojo recruits.
Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of Wrestle Kingdom 14 Night One! The night should feature some fantastic matches and some very newsworthy moments as well. The show kicks off at the top of the hour so stay tuned!