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    NJPW NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Destruction In Hiroshima: September 15, 2018

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    Seki-Gun (KUSHIDA, Jushin 'Thunder' Liger, Tiger Mask IV vs Roppongi 3K (SHO, YOH, Rocky Romero)
    Bad Luck Fale vs Toa Tenare
    Ayato Yoshida & Michael Elgin vs K.E.S (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr)
    CHAOS (Will Ospeay, Chuckie T & Beretta) vs Bullet Club (Chaos Owens, Yujiro Takahashi) & Kota Ibushi
    GoD (Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa) & 'Bone Soilder' Taiji Ishimori vs Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi (NEVER Openwight Six Man Tag Team Title Match)
    CHAOS (Gedo, Toru Yano & Hirooki Goto) vs Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Takashi Iizuka & Taichi)
    LIJ (BUSHI, SANADA, “King of Darkness” EVIL, Tetsuya Naito) vs Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku, ZSJ & Minoru Suzuki)
    Seki -Gun (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Jay White)
    Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii (IWGP Heavyweight Title Match)


    Destruction In Beppu: September 17, 2018

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    Hiryoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yota Tsuji vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Yuya Uemura
    David Finlay & Ren Narita vs. Shota Umino & Toa Henare
    Ayato Yoshida vs. Takashi Iizuka
    Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi vs.CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero, YOH & SHO)
    Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Beretta) vs. K.E.S (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr)
    LIJ (BUSHI, SANADA, “King of Darkness” EVIL) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado)
    Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Juice Robinson vs. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI & Jay White)
    Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi (NEVER Openwight Title Match)
    Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki



    Destruction In Kobe: September 23, 2018

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    Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
    Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH)
    Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado)
    Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ayato Yoshida vs. Hiyroshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
    Chuck Taylor & Beretta vs. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr)
    Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Toa Henare vs. CHAOS (Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay)
    LIJ (SANADA, “King of Darkness” EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku)
    IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament - KUSHIDA vs BUSH
    Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada (Contract Defense)



    Notable Matches On The Road To Destruction:

    Korakuen Hall - 07/09
    Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi

    Korakuen Hall - 08/09
    Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Beretta

    Togane Arena - 09/09
    Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson & David Finlay (Satoshi Kojima Return Match)

    Kyoto City Gymnasium - 12/09
    Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada & Beretta
    Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens ( Elimination Match)

    Osaka City Central Gymnasium Sub Arena - 13/09
    Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi


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    There has been a tournament announced to determine the new IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion. The participants are KUSHIDA, Will Ospreay, BUSHI & Marty Scurll. Marty Scurll will face off against Will Ospreay at the Fight Spirit Unleashed Show on the 30th of September.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    So good main events and a whole load of nothing else. That’s a destruction card alright!

    in what universe does Ishimori, BOSJ runner up, not get entered into the tournament, but fucking BUSHI does.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    So good main events and a whole load of nothing else. That’s a destruction card alright!

    in what universe does Ishimori, BOSJ runner up, not get entered into the tournament, but fucking BUSHI does.
    Can only imagine that this is protect Ishimori from a loss. They clearly wanted to do another Scurll vs Ospreay at the US show and they can't have Ishimori lose at a Destruction show, even to KUSHIDA.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Or they just want to have Ishimori be the first challenger to champ


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Hmm, still not great.

    Didn’t spot this until now but what’s the King of Pro Wrestling main if both Ishii/Omega And Tanahashi/Okada are on this tour? Omega/Ibushi i’d Guess and maybe Jericho shows up for a title defence.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Tanahashi vs Ibushi could be the KOPW main event, assuming Omega doesn't have another title defence.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Omega vs Ibushi is likely ME with Omega getting his heat back.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    So good main events and a whole load of nothing else. That’s a destruction card alright!

    in what universe does Ishimori, BOSJ runner up, not get entered into the tournament, but fucking BUSHI does.
    You mean Ishimori the ACE of the Juniors


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Hes the G1 MVP, get it right Mitch


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    I think the tournament participants are those chosen cause they are the last 4 Jr Title holders.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    To me Omega/Ibushi at a show that's already sold out would be incredibly short sighted. I think there's a better reasoning behind Yano getting a shot at KOPW than Ibushi from a business perspective.

    The Jr. Tournament is more evidence of what I've been saying all along that there are no stars in the division & the title is basically worthless. The most over & freshest one of the 4 is a comedy character. The others just don't mean anything and none of this will matter by the Dome. Ishimori's been horribly booked & doesn't mean anything either even though he'd have the best matches. Sho & Yoh? Shit booking, One of them (Sho) would probably be my choice if I had to pick any of the Jrs because they'd at least have a chance to have a fresh run and make it their own. I feel strongly Hiromu should return as a heavyweight rather than with these geeks.

    I've gone back & forth on this Okada/Tana match, that result could go either way & is the highlight of the tour from a booking perspective.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    KUSHIDA is great but is very stale in terms of booking and as a character. He desperately needs a change of scene - needs to move up to the Heavyweight division or at least challenge for the NEVER Openwight title. Ospreay was just champion and whilst he isn't a terrible choice, he isn't the right one either. BUSHI and Scurll ugh. Out of the four, I think the best scenario should be KUSHIDA wins despite my thoughts and have him drop the title to Ishimori at WM 13. That's the right choice than start to rebuild the Junior Division. The Junior Division is in desperate need of some new blood now. Sho is a great shout.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    It looks like they are stacking the Destruction tour this year with big matches such as Omega vs Ishii, Tanahashi vs Okada and Naito vs Suzuki. Certainly better main events then last year. New Japan doing Suzuki vs Naito again is interesting. Glad they are starting to do more feuds outside of title matches. Adds some freshness to the shows.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Nothing says fresh like three main events we've already seen this year

    Ishii/Ospreay Vs Kenny/Ibushi sounds delightful.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    By fresh I meant the idea of having non title centred feuds.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Just a few extra thoughts on the tour:

    - It's to see Ayato Yoshida getting more and more spots on shows. Don't know if anyone else has watched him (except Zero obvs) but he is really good and is a total stand out on the K-Dojo shows. He had a great performance at Fourtune 5 in the Yoshida/Kiyomiya vs Nomura/Toru Sugiura match as well as having a real good match against Shota Umino on a NJPW Lion's Gate Project Show.

    - Kojima's return is awesome news. Shame that he missed half the year, thought he was truly missed in the G1 personally and offers something to every card he is on so it's good to have him back.

    - I only just realized that The Young Bucks aren't on the Destruction tour at all which is a shame. Just means there is no build between them and Guerrillas Of Destiny for Fighting Spirit. Unleashed. And speaking of the tag titles, there seems to be no indication for who are the next challengers for the IWGP Junior Tag titles.

    - The Best Friends being back is good news in my opinion. Beretta was hitting his stride before being sidelines (By Chuck funny enough). Hope they do more after the tour.

    - What is Jericho doing next? He is the IWGP Intercontinental Champion, will he show up and start his next feud? Will he go back to the Naito feud (Please no)? No clue what's happening regarding the IC title.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Great to see Kojima back.

    The challengers for the Jr tag titles will just be Sho and Yoh because they've got no-one else I would not be against going for Tiger Mask and Liger having a one off shot but it might be time to ask CMLL yo give us two dudes for a tour. Gonna be interesting to see what they come up with for the Jr Tag tournament now they don't have Bucks, Kawato and Taichi for various reasons and Hiromu is injured.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Golden Lovers Vs Ishii and Ospreay was fucking glorious. Get it watched.

    Got a feeling they're testing the waters to put Will Ospreay in the heavyweight division next year.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Will Ospreay can get a lot of grief (a lot of me) and deservedly so at times, but put him in a tag setting and he can set the world a lite. Give me more Billy The Tag Guy please! I do like what he did in the Swords of Essex from what I seen but he has grown since then and for the better. Of course, I thought Ospreay was the star of the match but the rest were great as well. The match went at a great pace, there was hardly any downtime and using the constant changing of who was in the ring very effectively, allowing great single and tag interactions. Short doses of greatness and moving on and it left me wanting more and more, especially as far as Ospreay and Ibushi are concerned. With Ospreay not being quiet about wanting to be a heavyweight, I guess this is New Japan testing the waters as Ed already said.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Looks like Tanahashi has been grooming YOSHI-HASHI and others to create a stable and he wants Okada to put YOSHI-HASHI on the line when they have their match Tanahashi has been wanting to create a stable for a while now. IIRC, he hasn't been in a stable since Swing Lows (unless you count Taguchi Japan) so will be interesting to see a proper stable. KUSHIDA being added to the potential stable would be neat too. Okada and YOSHI-HASHI have great chemistry as a tag team so it would be a shame if they are broken apart but YOSHI-HASHI having a change of scenery is needed.
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