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NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima Review: Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii

NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima

  • Show: NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima 
  • Location: Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Date: Saturday September 15, 2018
  • Review by: Amin Ajani

Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger & KUSHIDA def. Roppongi 3K

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 1/4

Liger delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to YOH and then applied a surfboard but Rocky Romero broke the hold. Rocky and SHO delivered a stereo dropkick to Liger for a near fall. KUSHIDA delivered a hip toss and followed up with a cartwheel into a dropkick. KUSHIDA applied a cross arm breaker and then transitioned into a Hover-Board Lock. SHO broke free by deadlifting KUSHIDA and slamming him to the mat.  Roppongi 3K delivered a stereo knee lift to Tiger Mask. YOH delivered a back cracker and SHO followed up with a dropkick but Liger broke the count. KUSHIDA delivered a handspring elbow to both SHO and YOH. Liger delivered a palm strike and Tiger Mask followed up with Tiger Driver but Rocky kicked out for a close near fall. Finish came when Tiger Mask delivered a Tiger Suplex for the win 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine opening match as everyone worked hard but it didn’t reach that next level considering the level of talent in the ring.)

Bad Luck Fale def. Toa Henare 

  • Rating: ⭐️

Henare attacked Fale before the bell rang. Henare delivered a flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Henare delivered a running chop for a near fall. Fale delivered a running splash into the turnbuckle. Fale went for the Bad Luck Fall but Henare escaped. Fale delivered a lariat and followed up with the Grenade for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a showcase match for Fale.)

Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) def. Ayato Yoshida & Michael Elgin 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Smith delivered a high angle suplex to Ayato. Smith delivered a standing stalling suplex to Ayato for a near fall. Elgin delivered a middle rope dropkick to Archer and followed with a release German suplex. Elgin delivered a Falcon Arrow to Archer for a near fall. Archer delivered a Black Hole Slam to Elgin as Ayato tagged in. Ayato delivered a PK to Smith for a near fall. Smith delivered a running powerslam but Elgin broke the count. Smith delivered a running powerslam to Elgin. Archer delivered a choke slam to Ayato. Finish came when Archer and Smith delivered the Killer Bomb to Ayato for the win.

(Amin’s Analysis: This was an average match as the focus was on Ayato as he looked fine. Archer and Smith are a fun team to watch.)

Beretta, Chuckie T & Will Ospreay def. Chase Owens, Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ospreay leaped off Chuckie and delivered a corkscrew splash to Takahashi for a near fall. Takahashi delivered a running boot to Chuckie for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a standing moonsault as Owens delivered a knee drop to Chuckie for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a standing shooting star press to Ibushi for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a snap power slam and followed up with a middle rope reverse moonsault for a near fall. There was a great spot as Ibushi and Ospreay countered each other’s moves. Owens delivered a face plant to Ospreay for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a cutter to Owens as Berreta tagged in. Beretta delivered a running back elbow, a tornado DDT and followed up with a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Owens delivered a backbreaker for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a springboard dropkick to Chuckie. Ospreay delivered a great looking Saske Special to Ibushi and Takahashi on the floor. Finish of the match came when Beretta and Chuckie delivered the Dude Buster to Owens for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as everyone worked hard. Ibushi and Ospreay were the stars of the match as the match turned up a gear.) 

Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga & Taiji Ishimori def. David Finlay, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi to retain the Six-Man NEVER Openweight Tag Team Titles 

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Juice delivered an axe handle smash and followed up with a spine buster to Loa. Juice delivered a running cannonball to Loa. Taguchi delivered running hip attacks to Ishimori, Loa and Tonga. Juice delivered a flying crossbody to Loa. Ishi delivering a leaping senton to Juice. Taguchi delivered a hip attack to Ishimori. Tonga delivered a gun stun to Taguchi. Finlay delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to Tonga. Finish came when Loa delivered the “Ape Sh*t” to Finlay for the win. 

(Amin’s Analysis: The closing sequence was fun but this was a pretty basic match. It also doesn’t help as the commentators are talking about how G.O.D having been causing havoc while Taguchi was wearing a Rugby helmet on the opposite side.)

Hirooki Goto, Gedo & Toru Yano def. Taichi, Takashi Iizuka & Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Disqualification 

  • Rating: ⭐️

Taichi attacked Goto with a mic stand before the bell rang. Iizuka bit everyone in the match. Goto was bleeding. Goto delivered a running wheel kick in the corner and followed up with Saito suplex to Taichi for a near fall. Goto delivered a GTR to Kanemaru but Taichi ran in and attacked both the referee and Goto with the mic stand.

  • Post-Match: Taichi attacked Goto with a mic stand. Taichi delivered a Last Ride and counted a visionary fall on Goto.

(Amin’s Analysis: A really dull match with the objective to build up Taichi for his NEVER Openweight Championship match against Goto at the NJPW Destruction show in Beppu on Monday.)

Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI) def. Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.)

  • Rating⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Naito got the first big reaction of the night. SANADA placed TAKA in the Paradise Lock. Naito delivered a low dropkick to Desperado for a near fall. Suzuki applied a triangle against the ropes on BUSHI. Suzuki delivered a running PK to Naito on the entrance ramp and then attacked him with a chair. Suzuki sat on a chair and mocked Naito. Suzuki applied a cross arm breaker on BUSHI but Naito returned to break the hold. Suzuki choked Naito on the ring apron. Sabre applied an Ankle Lock on BUSHI. EVIL tagged in, delivered a sidewalk slam to Sabre for a near fall. Sabre delivered an overhead kick to EVIL and followed up with a PK. Sabre applied an Octopus hold but EVIL grabbed the ropes to break the hold. Suzuki-Gun delivered running corner attacks to EVIL as Naito returned for the save. Suzuki applied rear-naked choke on Naito on the floor. BUSHI delivered a running Codebreaker to Desperado. BUSHI delivered a tope to Sabre. Finish came when EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer to TAKA for the win. 

  • Post-Match: Suzuki kept the rear-naked choke on Naito and then continued to attack him. Naito refused a stretcher job as BUSHI helped him to the back.

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as everyone worked hard. The interaction between Naito and Suzuki was very well done as it set up the match for Monday.)

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma def. CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Jay White & Kazuchika Okada)

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Both Okada and Tanahashi got big reactions when they came out. Okada wanted to start the match against Tanahashi but White tagged himself in as the crowd booed. Tanahashi delivered a middle rope crossbody as Honma tagged in and got a big reaction. White rammed Tanahashi into the barricade and ring apron as Okada looked on. Okada wanted the tag but White tagged in YOSHI. Okada eventually tagged in and delivered a slingshot senton to Honma. Makabe tagged in, delivered a power slam to YOSHI as White tagged Okada in. Okada delivered a running back elbow into the turnbuckle and followed up with a DDT for a near fall. Tanahashi tagged in, delivered a Twist & Shout and followed up with a sling blade to Okada but YOSHI broke the count. Okada delivered a running dropkick and followed up with a standing dropkick to Tanahashi as YOSHI tagged in. White grabbed a chair, jumped on the apron but YOSHI refused to use it. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw to YOSHI. Finish of the match came when Okada accidentally delivered a running boot to YOSHI. Tanahashi then applied an inside cradle for the win.

  • Post-Match: YOSHI got mad at Okada and then walked away. White asked the commentators what happened. Okada and White argued in the ring.  

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match but didn’t reach that next level. Story of the match was the furthering the ongoing storylines and disfunction in CHAOS.)

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kenny Omega def. Tomohiro Ishii to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Title

  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4

The crowd cheered before the match began. Ibushi came out with Omega and joined the Japanese announcers for commentary. Omega delivered a rolling senton but missed a middle rope moonsault. Omega delivered a hurricanrana and followed up with a nice looking Terminator Dive on the floor. Omega delivered a guitar crusher, followed up with a boot but Ishii bounced up and clotheslined Omega to the floor. Ishii and Omega exchanged chops and strikes on the floor. Ishii delivered a snap suplex to Omega on the floor. Omega delivered a running dropkick as Ishii went into the barricade. Omega then placed Ishii on the barricade. Omega climbed the turnbuckle, jumped over the barricade and delivered a double stomp to Ishii on a table. Omega delivered a shoulder breaker but Ishii delivered a Saito suplex. Ishii delivered a running shoulder tackle into the turnbuckle and followed up with a Last Ride for a near fall. Omega climbed the turnbuckle but Ishii stopped him. Ishii delivered a head butt and followed up with a superplex for another near fall. Ishii and Omega exchanged German suplex. Ishii went for another German suplex but Omega landed on his feet and delivered his first of many V-Triggers of the match. Omega delivered a snap dragon, a V-Trigger and followed up with a brain buster for a close near fall. Omega delivered back-to-back knee strikes, went for a third but Ishii fell. Omega delivered another knee strike and followed up with a running V-Trigger into the turnbuckle. There was a spot where Omega teased a super J-Driler and snap dragon from the turnbuckle. Ishii was sitting on the turnbuckle as Omega delivered a running V-Trigger. Omega went for a super One Winged Angle but Ishii countered by delivering a top rope head scissors. and followed up with a head butt. Ishii delivered his own V-Trigger and follow up with a lariat for a close near fall. They exchanged counters as Omega delivered a snap hurricanrana. After another strike exchange, Omega delivered a snap dragon and followed up with V-Trigger for a near fall. Ishii stopped a One Winged Angel but Omega transitioned by delivering a straight German suplex and followed up with a running V-Trigger into the ropes. Ishii bounced up, delivered a lariat and followed with a sliding lariat for a near fall. Omega delivered a V-Trigger but Ishii delivered back-to-back lariats. Omega delivered a Falcon Arrow as Ishii was dropped on his head for a near fall. Omega delivered two more V-Triggers but Ishii kicked out at one. Omega delivered a pile driver but Ishii kicked out. Finish of the match came when Omega delivered another V-Trigger and followed up with the One Winged Angel for the win. 

  • Post-Match: Omega then cut a promo after the match and mentioned that he will always be with his Golden Lover Kota Ibushi. They both did Omega’s “Goodbye and Goodnight pose” as streamers came out to end the show.

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match as both Ishii and Omega worked really hard. The closing 10 minutes of the match was just awesome. This won’t cut my top 10 list but that’s not a knock as NJPW had an awesome year filled with terrific matches.)

-Overall: NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima was an average show. Watch the main event because it was terrific. Everything else you can skip out on. 

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