5/3 New Japan Results
New Japan’s annual WRESTLING DONTAKU event is in the books, results from the major event at Fukuoka International Center:
They claimed 6500 paid (a Full House).
Tomoaki Honma, Hiromu Takahashi & Manabu Nakanishi beat Killer Rabbit, Jado & Gedo in 4:36. Nakanishi pinned Rabbit after Argentine Backbreaker.
Taichi & TAKA Michinoku beat KUSHIDA & Tiger Mask 4 in 6:43. Taichi pinned KUSHIDA.
Tomohiro Ishii, Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano beat King Fale, Wataru Inoue & Hiroyohsi Tenzan in 7:57. Yano pinned Fale after Oni Koroshi.
CMLL Middleweight Champion Jushin Liger beat Mascara Dorada in 10:04 to retain the title. V3 for Liger.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt beat Rocky Romero & Davey Richards in 17:41 to retain the titles. Devitt pinned Romero after Bloody Sunday. V4 for the champs.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Karl Anderson & Giant Bernard beat Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro Takahashi in 19:49 to retain the titles. Bernard pinned Naito after Bernard Driver. V7 for the champs. With this win, Anderson & Bernard have now tied the all-time record for must successful defenses.
At this point in the event, the 21st annual G1 CLIMAX tournament was announced for later this year. The first matches will be held at Fukuoka International Center.
Hirooki Goto Return Match: Tama Tonga & Hirooki Goto beat Makoto Hashi (Independent/Freelancer) & Takashi Sugiura (NOAH) in 7:43. Goto pinned Hashi after Shouten.
Yuji Nagata beat Masato Tanaka in 14:53.
Makabe beat Satoshi Kojima in 11:51. May have been the rubber match of 3 in this recent series, Makabe has won the last 2 and leads 2-1.
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Shinsuke Nakamura in 20:17 to retain the title. V3 for Tanahashi.
Next event is tomorrow in Okayama.