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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 Review: Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Wrestle Kingdom 13

  • Show: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13
  • Location: Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan
  • Date: Friday January 4, 2019 

Will Ospreay def. Kota Ibushi to win the NEVER Openweight Title – Ibushi and Ospreay worked at a crazy pace to start the match. Ibushi delivered a dropkick went for the Golden Triangle but Ospreay countered with a kick to the midsection and followed up with a Tiger Drop. Ospreay delivered chops and followed up with a backbreaker for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a hurricanrana and followed up with a reverse corkscrew moonsault to the floor. Ibushi delivered a springboard dropkick and followed up with a German suplex for a near fall. Ospreay made a comeback by delivering rolling kick. Ibushi delivered a powerslam but Ospreay delivered a Cheeky Nandos kick for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a head kick but Ospreay countered with a Spanish Fly. Ibushi countered the Storm Breaker into a reverse hurricanrana for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a German suplex but Ibushi bounced up and delivered a Bomb Ye knee strike. Ibushi delivered a Last Ride for a near fall. They battled on the top turnbuckle as Ibushi delivered a double stomp to the back of Ospreay. Ibushi went for a German suplex from the ring apron but Ospreay landed on his feet and delivered the Robinson Special. Ibushi countered the OzCutter and delivered a Straight Jacket German suplex for a near fall. There was a nice back-and-forth exchange reversals as Ibushi delivered a Crunchy for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a running back elbow to the back of Ibushi who looked out. Ospreay delivered the Storm Breaker to Ibushi for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match as both Ibushi and Ospreay worked really hard. There were some great spots and transitions as both Ibushi and Ospreay are great wrestlers)

BUSHI & Shingo Takagi def. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & SHO & YOH in a Triple-Threat Match to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles SHO and YOH delivered stereo flip dives to BUSHI and Takagi. Desperado and Kanemaru delivered a combo backdrop/running dropkick to YOH for a near fall. YOH delivered a dragon screw to Desperado and a superkick to Kanemaru. SHO delivered a double German suplex to Kanemaru and Shingo. BUSHI delivered a spear to YOH. Desperado delivered a spine buster to SHO. SHO and YOH delivered a combo backbreaker/jumping knee to Shingo for a near fall. Shingo delivered the Pumping Bomber to YOH for a near fall. BUSHI delivered a tope to SHO. Shingo delivered Last of the Dragon to YOH for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

(Amin’s Analysis: This was fun fast paced match as everyone worked really hard. Shingo was the star of the match as he showed some great intensity)

Zack Sabre Jr. def. Tomohiro Ishii via Submission to win the RPW British Heavyweight Title  Sabre applied a cross arm breaker but Ishii grabbed the ropes. Sabre delivered a Norther Lights suplex and then applied an ankle lock. Ishii countered by applying an ankle lock but Sabre broke free. Ishii delivered chops, a running clothesline and an overhead suplex. Ishii delivered a Superplex but Sabre held on and stomped on Ishii’s wrist. Sabre applied an octopus and then transitioned into a Code Red for a near fall. Sabre delivered a PK. Ishii delivered a Powerbomb for a near fall. Ishii delivered a lariat for a near fall. Sabre delivered an overhead kick. Sabre applied the Napoleon of Orienteering and got the submission win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was another good match as both Ishii and Sabre worked hard. Ishii showed some great intensity but Sabre was the star of the match is just a master at his craft of submission holds)

EVIL & SANADA def. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) to win the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles – EVIL scoop slammed Matt on the entrance ramp. Loa delivered a powerslam to EVIL for a near fall. Matt and Nick delivered a backbreaker/rolling twist to EVIL. Matt placed EVIL in a Sharpshooter. Matt and Nick delivered a tope to Tonga. SANADA delivered a sliding dropkick to Matt and then placed Nick in the Paradise Lock. SANADA delivered a plancha to Tonga, a plancha to Matt and a plancha to The Young Bucks. Tonga delivered Togan Twist to Matt. EVIL and Loa delivered a Magic Killer to Tonga. Loa delivered a German suplex to EVIL. Matt delivered a spear to Loa. There was a Tower of Doom superplex spot as Nick followed up with a 450 Splash to EVIL. The Bucks welcomed Jado to the Super Kick Party. Bad Luck Fale delivered a double shoulder tackle to The Bucks. Nick delivered a top rope hurricanrana to Tonga and then welcomed EVIL to the Super Kick Party. The Bucks went for the Meltzer Driver but Tonga countered by delivering the Gun Stun to Nick. EVIL delivered Everything is EVIL to Tonga. SANADA placed Matt in the Skull End. EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer to Matt. SANADA delivered a reverse moonsault for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: It felt rushed but this much delivered enough Bang for your Buck and was really fun to watch as everyone worked really hard)

Juice Robinson def. Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes) to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Juice delivered a flying crossbody. Juice climbed the turnbuckle but Brandi covered Cody. Cody distracted the referee as Brandi speared Juice. Cody delivered Cross Rhodes for a near fall. Juice delivered Cross Rhodes for a near fall. Cody delivered a Disaster Kick and followed with Pulp Fiction for a near fall. Cody whipped Juice with his belt. Cody delivered a Superkick. Cody went for a disaster kick but Juice countered with a jab. Juice delivered back-to-back Pulp Fictions for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as the story was Cody and Juice using each other’s moves against each other. A nice win for Juice as he looked strong in the win. Looks like Cody is done with NJPW as he looks to start All Elite Wrestling)

Taiji Ishimori def. KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title KUSHIDA has a special Back to the Future entrance as mini KUSHIDA came out. KUSHIDA delivered a hip toss into a cartwheel dropkick. Ishimori applied the LeBell Lock but KUSHIDA placed his foot on the rope. Ishimori delivered a Springboard seated senton and then delivered a sliding German suplex. KUSHIDA avoided a 450 Splash and applied a cross arm-breaker. KUSHIDA applied a triangle hold and transitioned into a Kimura but Ishimori broke free. KUSHIDA blocked a jumping lung blower and delivered a PK. Ishimori delivered a jumping lung blower, went for the Bloody Cross but KUSHIDA countered into the Hover Board. Ishimori countered by deadlifting KUSHIDA and delivered a jackhammer. Ishimori delivered a double running knees in the corner, went for the Bloody Cross but KUSHIDA countered with Back-to-the-Future. Ishimori delivered a Tombstone into a jumping lung blower and then delivered the Bloody Cross for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good professional wrestling match as both Ishimori and KUSHIDA worked hard. Ishimori is great as the power house and looked strong in the win. KUSHIDA has been the one of the highlights of the Junior Heavyweight division in NJPW. The question is what’s NeXT for KUSHIDA)

Jay White def. Kazuchika Okada Okada got a huge mega superstar reaction when he came out. Okada delivered a sliding dropkick. White delivered a Saito suplex sending Okada to the floor. White rammed Okada into the barricade and the ring apron. White delivered a running back elbow and a Saito suplex for a near fall. Okada delivered a DDT for a near fall. Okada placed White on the top turnbuckle and delivered a standing dropkick. Okada delivered running boot sending White over the barricade. Gedo tried to interfere but Okada no-sold it. Okada delivered a great looking running crossbody over the barricade to Gedo and White. Okada delivered a scoop slam, a diving elbow drop and did his Rainmaker pose which got a big reaction. White countered with a German suplex and delivered a Uranage for a near fall. Gedo brought a chair into the ring. White went to use the chair but Okada sent him into Gedo who went into the barricade. Okada delivered back-to-back dropkicks. White countered the Rainmaker, delivered a snap Dragon suplex and a Kiwi Crusher for near fall. Okada countered the Blade Runner and delivered a Tombstone. There was a great exchange of counters with Okada delivering a spinning Rainmaker to White. Okada went for a second Rainmaker but White countered by delivering the Blade Runner for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

(Amin’s AnalysisThis was a terrific match. There was so many great counters and the finishing sequence was awesome. Okada is the best wrestler in the world and is so fun to watch. I liked White winning the match as this will elevate him as the top heel and put him in contention for the IWGP Heavyweight Title)

Tetsuya Naito def. Chris Jericho to win the IWGP Intercontinental Title Naito attacked Jericho before the match started. Naito delivered a piledriver on the entrance ramp and then delivered hurricanrana. Naito charged but Jericho attacked him with a Kendo stick. Jericho delivered a Springboard dropkick and then delivered a snap suplex on the floor. Jericho delivered a Spike DDT on top of the announcers table. Jericho delivered a flying crossbody for a near fall. Jericho delivered a Lionsault for another near fall. Naito delivered sliding dropkick to the back of Jericho and then delivered back-to-back neck breakers for a near fall. Jericho countered a Slingshot dropkick into the Walls of Jericho. Jericho delivered a step-up enzuigiri but Naito delivered a tornado DDT. Naito delivered Gloria for a near fall. Naito went for the Destino but Jericho countered into the Walls of Jericho. Naito broke free of the hold by whacking Jericho with a Kendo stick. Naito swung the Kendo stick but Jericho moved and delivered a Code Breaker for a near fall. Jericho attacked Naito with chairs. Jericho went for a Powerbomb but Naito countered with DDT onto the stack of chairs and then delivered a Code Breaker for a near fall. Jericho threw a chair at Naito. Naito delivered a German suplex for near fall. Jericho delivered a low blow and a Codebreaker but Naito kicked out. Jericho grabbed the IWGP Intercontinental Title. Jericho charged but Naito sent him into the exposed turnbuckle and then delivered the Destino for a near fall. Naito attacked Jericho with the IWGP Intercontinental Title and then delivered a Destino for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was an awesome street fight as both Jericho and Naito worked really hard and the finishing sequence was superb)

Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Kenny Omega to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title Omega and Tanahashi felt like mega superstars when they came out. Tanahashi worked over the knee of Omega. Omega and Tanahashi exchanged slaps. Omega delivered a running backbreaker to Tanahashi for a near fall. Omega delivered strikes to the back, slaps, a back suplex and a back suplex on the ring apron. Omega charged but Tanahashi countered with a dropkick. Omega scoop slammed Tanahashi over the barricade on the announcers table. Omega delivered reverse moonsault over the barricade and then sat up a table. Omega charged but Tanahashi countered with a dragon screw and followed up with a running dropkick. Tanahashi delivered a middle rope somersault senton for a near fall. Omega delivered a Guitaro Crusher but Tanahashi with a dropkick. Omega delivered a hurricanrana and followed up with a nice looking Terminator Dive. Omega delivered a missile dropkick, delivered  back-to-back Snap Dragon suplex and followed up with a V-Trigger. Omega delivered a rolling senton but tweaked his knee as Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw. Tanahashi delivered a Twist-&-Shout, applied a Cloverleaf and then transitioned into the Styles Clash for an awesome sequence. Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow but Omega got his knees up. Omega went for the V-Trigger but ran right into the turnbuckle as Tanahashi moved and followed up with a dragon screw in-between the ropes. Tanahashi delivered a Sling Blade on the ring apron and then placed Omega on the table. Tanahashi went for High Fly Flow but Omega moved as Tanahashi went crashing through the table. Tanahashi was placed in-between the ropes as Omega delivered a double stomp and followed up with a powerbomb for a near fall. Omega delivered a back-to-back powerbomb for another near fall. Omega went for the V-Trigger but Tanahashi countered with a Sling Blade. There was a nice back-and-forth strike exchange. Omega delivered a German suplex but Tanahashi no sold it. Omega delivered a Sling Blade of his own and followed up with a High Fly Flow but Tanahashi kicked out at one for a huge pop. Omega delivered a V-Trigger. Tanahashi countered a knee strike and delivered a dropkick to the other knee of Omega. Omega made a comeback by delivering a reverse hurricanrana. Omega delivered a running V-Trigger went for the One Winged Angel but Tanahashi countered with a reverse hurricanrana for a huge reaction. Tanahashi delivered a Dragon Suplex for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a standing High Fly Flow to Omega. Tanahashi delivered a second High Fly Flow but Omega kicked out for a great near fall. Tanahashi climbed the turnbuckle but Omega caught him with a V-Trigger. Omega delivered a top rope reverse Dragon Suplex which looked crazy. Omega delivered a running V-Trigger, went for the One Winged Angel but Tanahashi countered by delivering back-to-back Sling Blades. Tanahashi climbed the turnbuckle and then delivered the High Fly Flow for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This match was just sensational and the storytelling was awesome. There were so many great sequences and the finishing moments of the match was just awesome. Was really nice to see Tanahashi win the IWGP Heavyweight Title because he’s a legend and is an amazing wrestler. Kenny Omega was just awesome in this match as he’s just a smooth wrestler and everything he does looks great)

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