With the full cards now set for the Road to Power Struggle, NJPW live action returns Wednesday night with a big card from Korakuen Hall, as the Super Junior Tag League kicks off.
Main event: Birds of Prey (Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay) (0-0) vs BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori) (0-0)
Direct tag record: 1-1
In the main event, a rematch from Destruction in Kagoshima as B.O.P and BULLET CLUB collide. Ospreay and Eagles defeated Ishimori and ELP back in London at Royal Quest with the Red Wing, earning their way into a title match the next month. In a spectacular affair however, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions showed their immense worth, coming out on top.
Then, at King of Pro Wrestling in Ryogoku Monday, Ospreay and ELP had an intense war, both men literally flying all over Ryogoku Sumo Hall. Ishimori tried to interfere on Phantasmo’s behalf, but Eagles came to the aid, with Ospreay eventually emerging on top still the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Which team will assert their superiority early in the Super Junior Tag League?
6th Match: Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (0-0) vs Suzuki-Gun (El desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (0-0)
Direct tag record: 3-2 Suzuki-Gun
Suzuki-Gun in 2 three way victories to 1 across four three way matches.
In the semi-main event, Roppongi 3K take on Yoshinobu Kanermaru and the returning El Desperado. ‘Despe’ and ‘Nobu’ returned as a team Monday night at King of Pro Wrestling, and picked up right where they left off. The Suntory Surprise came to Kanemaru’s aid before Pinche Loco sealed the deal and ensured the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions picked up the win over RPG3K. Last year, these two teams were two-thirds of a three way final in the Super Junior Tag League; how will the teams match up in Korakuen Hall Wednesday?
5th Match: Rocky Romero & Ryusuke Taguchi (0-0) vs Clark Connors & TJP (0-0)
First tag meeting.
In another Super Junior Tag League match, The Coach Connection of Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero combine to take on a senpai kohai pairing of TJP and Clark Connors. Connors has earned TJP’s respect as the two have faced each other several times on New Japan’s August and September American tours. The LA Dojo original and new now face another original LA Dojo graduate Romero and his NJPW co-coach, Ryusuke Taguchi. Can the coaches show TJP and Connors how its done? Or will the Fil-Am Flash be inspired by his first Japanese appearance in over five years to lead Connors to victory?
4th Match: Yuya Uemura & Tiger Mask vs Titan & Volador Junior
First tag meeting.
While TJP and Clark Connors represent a senpai kohai combination from the LA Dojo, Tiger Mask and Yuya Uemura do the same for the Noge Dojo in the Super Junior Tag League. In their first match of the tournament, they face Volador Junior and Titan. CMLL teams have had a difficult time in the past in Super Junior tournaments; can Volador Junior and Titan get off to a strong start this year?
3rd Match: Karl Fredericks, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs BULLET CLUB (Yujiro Takahashi, KENTA & Jay White)
In the third match of the evening, Young Lion Cup winner Karl Fredericks joins a CHAOS team of Goto and Ishii to take on a BULLET CLUB trio of Takahashi, KENTA and White. Goto and Ishii will be gunning for their respective opponents on November 3 in White and KENTA, and this should be a violent clash after KENTA and Ishii brawled all the way backstage at Ryogoku Monday.
Meanwhile Fredericks will be looking to show that he can hang with big name opposition, as he will have to work hard to keep up with his partners and opponents.
2nd Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, SANADA, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) vs Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI, Zack Sabre Junior, Minoru Suzuki & Taichi)
In the second match of the evening, Los Ingobernables De Japon and Suzuki-Gun resume their long standing rivalry. This time, Taichi is the impetus, as he destroyed Naito in a vicious assault at King of Pro Wrestling, before he declared that he would do what Naito couldn’t in regards to securing glory in the Tokyo Dome. Taichi has the full backing of Minoru Suzuki, who will look to quickly move past his rare show of emotion and respect after defeating Jyushin Thunder Liger Monday night, as well as the now arrived in Japan Zack Sabre Junior and DOUKI.
1st Match: Yota Tsuji & Jyushin Thunder Liger vs Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma
In the opening bout of the evening, Jyushin Thunder Liger must reset after his emotional loss to Suzuki Monday, as he teams with Young Lion Tsuji to take on Toa Henare and Tomoaki Honma. Henare will look to get a statement win after being beaten by Shingo Takagi in Korakuen last week, while Tsuji will want to impress as the now lead member of the New Japan Dojo.