NJPW New Beginning in Osaka Review! Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
- Show: NJPW New Beginning in Osaka
- Location: Edion Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan
- Date: Monday February 11, 2019
- Review by: Amin Ajani
Jushin Liger, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku & Takahashi Iizuka
- Rating: ⭐️ 1/4
The match began with a wild brawl as Iizuka sent Tenzan into the guardrails. Tenzan delivered a shoulder tackle to Iizuka. Liger tagged in and delivered a baseball slide to Iizuka. Another brawl broke out as Iizuka attacked Tenzan with a chair on the floor. Suzuki applied a triangle hold in-between the ropes to Liger. Iizuka bit Liger’s arm and then bit both Kojima’s and Tenzan’s head. Taka delivered a running knee to Liger in the corner and then followed up with a PK for a near fall. Liger delivered a shote to Taka. Kojima tagged in and exchanged slaps with Suzuki. Suzuki delivered a PK to Kojima for a near fall. Kojima delivered a Koji Cutter to Iizuka. Tenzan made the tag, delivered a suplex to Iizuka for a near fall. Tenzan applied an Anaconda Vice on Iizuka but Suzuki and Taka broke the hold. Kojima and Tenzan delivered a 3D to Iizuka. Suzuki went to attack Tenzan with a chair but Iizuka stopped him as the crowd cheered. Iizuka immediately turned heel as he attacked Tenzan with a chair for the DQ.
- Winners: Jushin Liger, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
(Amin’s Analysis: This was an average match but the finish was beyond dull.)
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions EVIL & SANADA vs. Ayoto Yoshida & Shota Umino
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Yoshida delivered a shoulder tackle to EVIL as Umino followed up by delivering a scoop slam. EVIL and SANADA delivered back-to-back scoop slams to Umino for a near fall. EVIL applied a half crab on Umino who grabbed the ropes to force a break. Umino delivered a missile dropkick to EVIL. Yoshida delivered a running boot to SANADA and then followed up with a big boot to EVIL for a near fall. Umino delivered a missile dropkick to SANADA but EVIL broke up the count. Umino delivered a German suplex into a bridge to SANADA for another near fall. Umino countered the Skull End and applied an inside cradle for a near fall. EVIL returned, delivered a running clothesline to Umino in the corner as SANADA followed up with a back suplex for a near fall. The finish came when EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer to Umino for the win.
- Winner: EVIL & SANADA
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match and felt like a showcase match for Umino and Yoshida who were the standouts as they worked well as team.)
Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs. El Desperado, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Taichi attacked Naito with a mic stand and with a chair before the match started. Naito was draped in the middle turnbuckle as Kanemaru delivered a running dropkick from the floor. Taichi delivered a buzzsaw kick to Naito for a near fall. Taichi went for a powerbomb but Naito countered by delivering a hurricanrana and then followed up with a dropkick. BUSHI tagged in, delivered a hurricanrana to Desperado and then followed up with a missile dropkick. BUSHI delivered a double hurricanrana to Desperado and Kanemaru. Desperado delivered a spine buster to BUSHI. Desperado delivered a spear to Takagi. Desperado and Kanamaru delivered a combo back suplex/running dropkick to Takagi for a near fall. Kanemaru leaped off the turnbuckle as Takagi caught him and delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Naito tagged in, delivered a slingshot dropkick to Kanemaru in the corner and then followed up by delivering a step-up enzuigiri to Taichi. BUSHI leaped over the ring and delivered a flying head scissors to Desperado on the floor. The finish came when Takagi delivered the Pumping Bomber to Kanemaru as Naito followed up by delivering the Destino for the win.
- Winners: Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as everyone worked hard. A good win for Naito as he looked strong as the IWPG Intercontinental Champion. Kevin Kelly and Don Callis teased that Naito would be competing in the New Japan Cup.)
Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomoaki Honma & YOSHI-HASHI
- Rating: ⭐️
Takahashi delivered a sliding dropkick to Honma for a near fall. Honma delivered a vertical suplex to Takahashi. YOSHI delivered a running blockbuster to Takahashi for a near fall. Takahashi delivered a Fisherman’s Buster to YOSHI. Honma tagged in, delivered a running bulldog to Owens and then followed up with a kokeshi but Takahashi broke up the count. Owens and Takahashi delivered a double team neck breaker to Honma. The finish came when Owens delivered a Package Piledriver to Honma for the win.
- Winners: Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a really dull and slow paced match.)
–In-Ring: Kota Ibushi came out, got a huge reaction and felt like mega star. Ibushi thanked the fans for concerns regarding his concussion at Wrestle Kingdom 13. Ibushi mentioned that he will remain in New Japan Pro Wrestling which got a huge reaction as the fans chanted his name. Ibushi mentioned that he will return and compete in the upcoming New Japan Cup.
(Amin’s Analysis: It was great to see Ibushi come out as he felt like a huge mega star. Ibushi should be elevated to main event status because he’s a fantastic wrestler and NJPW needs a superstar after Kenny Omega’s departure.)
Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. Togi Makabe & Toru Yano
- Rating: ⭐️ 1/4
Loa and Tonga attacked Makabe and Yano on the entrance ramp before the match began. Tonga attacked Makabe with a purse on the floor. Makabe delivered a powerslam to Tonga. Loa delivered a powerslam to Makabe. Loa and Tonga delivered a double team neck breaker to Yano but Makabe broke up the count. Jado attacked Makabe with a kendo stick as Tonga followed up by delivering the Gun Stun. Yano attacked Tonga with the turnbuckle. The referee took a bump as Yano delivered a low blow to Tonga. Tonga whacked Yano with a kendo stick and then followed up by delivering the Gun Stun for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was just another average tag team match on the show.)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
The match started with some mat wrestling. Taguchi sent Ishimori to the floor and then danced. Ishimori tossed Taguchi to the floor. Ishimori did Taguchi’s same dance moves which got a big reaction. Taguchi delivered a dropkick and then followed up with a springboard plancha to Ishimori on the floor. Taguchi delivered a springboard dropkick and then followed up with a flip dive to Ishimori on the floor. Taguchi delivered the triple amigos suplex for a near fall. Taguchi went for the Dodon but Ishimori countered by delivering a handstand spinning kick and then followed up with a sliding German suplex. Ishimori missed a double knees into the turnbuckle as Taguchi applied an Ankle Lock. Ishimori grabbed the ropes to force a break. Taguchi delivered a shin breaker and then followed up with a Bomb Ye for a near fall. Taguchi went for the Dodon but Ishimori countered by applying a Victory Roll for a near fall. Ishimori delivered a delivered a jumping lung blower, went for the Bloody Cross but Taguchi countered by applying an Ankle Lock. Taguchi transitioned from the Ankle Lock into the Dodon but Ishimori kicked out for a close near fall. Taguchi went for the Burning Hammer but Ishimori countered by delivering a clothesline. Ishimori delivered a running double knees into the turnbuckle and then followed up with a DVD for a near fall. Taguchi delivered a step-up enzuirigi, went for the Dodon but Ishimori countered by delivering the Bloody Cross for the win.
- Winner: Taiji Ishimori retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
(Amin’s Analysis: It started slow but this turned into a really good match as both Ishimori and Taguchi worked hard. There were some great counters and transitions. Ishimori is just so fun to watch and has really impressed since returning to NJPW as the Bone Soldier.)
Bad Luck Fale vs. Kazuchika Okada
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4
Okada came out to a big reaction and felt like a mega star. Okada delivered a plancha to Fale on the floor. Owens caused a distraction as Fale delivered a shoulder tackle to Okada on the floor. The match slowed down as Fale worked over the back of Okada. Okada made a comeback by delivering a running back elbow, a huge body slam and then followed up with a Shining Wizard. Okada delivered a DDT for a near fall. Okada leaped off the turnbuckle but Fale moved and delivered a Samoan drop for a near fall. Fale and Okada exchanged forearm strikes. Okada delivered a Woo dropkick and then followed with a shoulder breaker for a near fall. Okada delivered a diving elbow drop and then did his Rainmaker pose which got a big reaction. Fale delivered a running splash to Okada in the corner and followed up with a big splash for a near fall. Okada avoided the Bad Luck Fall and delivered a missile dropkick. Okada went for the Tombstone but Owens jumped on the ring apron. Fale pulled Red Shoes in-front as Okada delivered a forearm. The referee took a bump as Takahashi delivered a Fisherman’s Buster to Okada. Owens was setting up for the Package Piledriver but YOSHI-HASHI made the save. Fale delivered a spear to Okada. Okada delivered back-to-back dropkicks to Fale. Okada went for the Spinning Rainmaker but Fale countered by delivering the Grenade for a close near fall. Fale went to climb the turnbuckle but Okada stopped him by delivering a standing dropkick. They battled on the turnbuckle as Okada delivered a Superplex. The finish came when Okada delivered a Spinning Rainmaker and then followed up with a traditional Rainmaker for the win.
- Winner: Kazuchika Okada
(Amin’s Analysis: It started slow but this turned into great match as the sequence was great. Okada is such an amazing wrestler is just so fun to watch. Would be nice to see Okada compete in the New Japan Cup.)
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Tanahashi came out to a huge reaction as the match began with some mat wrestling. Tanahashi sent White into the guardrail. Gedo tried to cause a distraction but Tanahashi stopped him. White delivered a Saito suplex dropping Tanahashi to the floor. White delivered a chop block, a running European uppercut and then suplex Tanahashi into the turnbuckle. White slammed Tanahashi on the announcers table. Tanahashi made a comeback by delivering a scoop slam and then followed up with a middle rope senton for a near fall. White delivered a flatliner and then followed up with a German suplex. White delivered a Blade Buster but Tanahashi kicked out. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw in-between the ropes and then followed up with an awesome looking High Fly Flow to White on the floor. Gedo jumped on the ring apron as White grabbed a chair. Tanahashi rammed White into Gedo who fell to the floor. There was an awesome sequence as Tanahashi and White countered each other’s signature spots. Tanahashi delivered a triple Twist-&-Shouts and then followed up with back-to-back dragon screws. Tanahashi delivered a German suplex for a near fall. Gedo tried to cause a distraction but Tanahashi knocked him off the ring apron. Tanahashi delivered a High Fly Flow to the back of White. Tanahashi went for a second High Fly Flow but White moved and delivered back-to-back dragon screws. White applied an inverted Figure-4-Leg Lock but Tanahashi refused to quit as he grabbed the ropes to force a break. White delivered back-to-back Saito suplex and followed up with a DVD for a near fall. White delivered the Kiwi Crusher but Tanahashi kicked out. White delivered a Sleeper suplex, went for the Blade Runner but Tanahashi countered by applying an inside cradle for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a dropkick to the knee of White and followed up with back-to-back reverse dragon screws. Tanahashi applied a Cloverleaf but White grabbed the ropes to force a break. Tanahashi applied another Cloverleaf but then transitioned as he planted White with the Styles Clash. White went for the Blade Runner but Tanahashi countered by delivering back-to-back sling blades for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a Dragon suplex into a bridge for near fall. The finish came when Tanahashi climbed the turnbuckle, went for the High Fly Flow but White caught him and delivered the Blade Runner for the win.
- Winner: Jay White wins the IWGP Heavyweight Title
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a terrific match as both Tanahashi and White worked hard. The finishing sequence was just awesome. Tanahashi is a legend, is an awesome wrestler and has amazing charisma. The finish was surprising but will give NJPW credit as they turned White into the top heel of the promotion and a main event star.)
–Overall: NJPW New Beginning in Osaka was a good show as the last three matches on the show were great all in a different way. NJPW did a great job in creating a main event star in Jay White. Will be interesting to see who will compete in the upcoming New Japan Cup and challenge White for the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
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