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Road to Power Struggle night 8 preview

IWGP Tag Team Championships, last statements before Osaka and big news to come November 2

 

We are running out of road on the journey toward Power Struggle, and November 2 will see the last event on NJPW World before a huge event in EDION Arena on November 7. A tag team championship main event sits atop what will be a memorable evening. 

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Power Struggle with LIVE English commentary November 7!

Main event: IWGP Tag Team Championships: CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto) vs Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi)

IWGP Tag Team Champions Dangerous Tekkers defend the titles for the second time in our main event against YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto. 

Taichi and ZSJ might be young in their first reign together as IWGP Tag Team Champions, but their dominant form against stiff competition have linked them strongly to the gold. At Dominion in Osaka back in July, the two tore at Hiroshi Tanahashi’s knee and all but cruised to victory against a team in Golden☆Ace many had assumed would be unstoppable. Continuing their dominance over Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi through the summer, Dangerous Tekkers put a rubber stamp on their reign with superior tag team work securing victory in a rematch at Summer Struggle in Jingu, before separating to compete in the G1 Climax. 

Their G1 campaigns may have been unsuccessful, but they were impressive, with strong performances from start to end, and significant victories over the biggest of names. Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI impressed in their own right however, with the Headhunter especially pushing every one of his opponents to the limit even in defeat. 

YOSHI-HASHI seems to be a changed man ever since he, Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii picked up the CHAOS member’s first career championship in the form of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships. When he led his team in fine form last week to victory over DOUKI, ZSJ and Taichi in their second title defense, YOSHI-HASHI was brimming with confidence, enough to demand a title shot, which comes tonight.

Since then, the Road to Power Struggle has seen great success for the Goto/YOSHI-HASHI combination, with a convincing pinfall victory over DOUKI with the innovative GYW most recent. Can the year of YOSHI-HASHI bring more gold to he and Goto? Or will it be Dangerous Tekkers that’s the team to beat as World Tag League looms large?

5th Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) vs BULLET CLUB (EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

While the Road to Power Struggle will make some more live stops during the coming week, this will be the last chance for EVIL to make a statement to the NJPW World audience before his showdown with Tetsuya Naito for the double IWGP titles November 7. Last night, Dick Togo and the ‘Spoiler’s Choke’ made its presence felt, leading to a DQ victory for Naito, but after EVIL laid the double champion out with the IWGP Heavyweight title and EVIL, he certainly didn’t seem like the victor. What will the BULLET CLUB dup have up their sleeves? Plus, from the G1 Climax final just two weeks ago to not factoring into the equation at Power Struggle, what steps will SANADA make as time ticks down to Wrestle Kingdom?

4th Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Kota Ibushi vs BULLET CLUB (Jay White, Chase Owens & KENTA)

Freshly furnished with his Tokyo Dome double IWGP Championship briefcase, Kota Ibushi heads into a six man tag team rematch from the night prior, alongside Honma and Hiroshi Tanahashi, who is looking to pick up his own briefcase (used, slight denting, buyer beware) from KENTA Saturday November 7 in Osaka. Chase Owens added considerable vitality to the BULLET CLUB side when he returned to Japanese action last night, landing a Package Piledriver to Tomoaki Honma and allowing KENTA and Jay White to stand tall over their Osaka opponents for November 7. With time running out before Power Struggle, who will make their presence in this struggle for power felt the strongest?

Get ready for huge news to drop after the third match of the evening Monday as the Best of the Super Jr. 27 lineup will be officially announced! Who will be part of the elite few to compete in this year’s tournament?

3rd Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI) vs Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

LIJ take on Suzuki-Gun in the third match of the evening, with a different dynamic to this six man action likely at play. Just 24 hours removed from Hiromu and BUSHI falling short in another challenge to Desperado and Kanemaru, ‘Despe’ has said he doesn’t want to face a pitiful team feeling sorry for themselves. For the LIJ duo, now comes a hard reset, as all four men hope to be part of the BoSJ 27 cut. Meanwhile Suzuki and Shingo will continue to collide less than a week away from what will be a war over the NEVER Openweight Championship at Power Struggle!

2nd Match: Kazuchika Okada & Yuya Uemura vs The Empire (Will Ospreay & Great-O-Khan)

The second match of the evening again sees Kazuchika Okada join forces with a Young Lion in Yuya Uemura as they face The Empire of Ospreay and O-Khan. Uemura made a strong impression to open in Korakuen last night when he used his Overhook suplex to defeat Yota Tsuji, but the fact remains Okada’s Young Lion partners have not fared well on the Road to Power Struggle tour, most recently with Gabriel Kidd falling prey to O-Khan’s Eliminator last night. Nevertheless, will Okada make a powerful statement to Great O-Khan ahead of their November 7 clash tonight, or will he still be blinded by anger toward Ospreay?

1st Match: Gabriel Kidd vs Yota Tsuji

Singles record: 7-4 Tsuji

Yots Tsuji and Gabriel Kidd get the action kicked off in Korakuen Hall tonight. As both of these Young Lions seem on the precipice of graduation, and doubtless great things to come, the struggle for power in NJPW’s undercard seems just as fierce as at the top of the billing. Who comes out on top tonight?

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