NJPW “The New Beginning in Osaka” 2/10/18 Results

NJPW “The New Beginning in Osaka” 2/10/18 [Sat] 17:00 @ the Osaka Prefectural Gym (Edion Arena Osaka)

(1) Katsuya Kitamura 7 Match Trial Series: Yuji Nagata vs Katsuya Kitamura
♦Winner: Nagata (10:58) with the Backdrop Hold
(2) YOH & SHO vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
♦Winner: Kanemaru (10:22) with a Boston Crab on SHO
~ The Suzuki-gun duo repeatedly targeted the injured back of SHO, leading to the submission to defeat the reigning IWGP Jr. Tag Champions.
~ El Desperado held the Jr. Tag titles up, making it clear he and Kanemaru want a title match.

(3) Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku
♦Winner: Makabe (11:52) with the King Kong Knee Drop on TAKA
~ Makabe once again demanded Suzuki put the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on the line against him
~ Suzuki finally accepted the challenge, and the two brawled until they were separated.

(4) Juice Robinbon, David Finlay & Toa Henare vs Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
♦Winner: White (7:33) via referee stop, Henare
~ Rey Mysterio appeared in a video in which he challenged Jushin “Thunder” Liger to a match at Strong Style Evolved in Los Angeles on 3/25. Liger, who was on commentary, accepted the challenge.
(5) Special Singles Match: Gedo vs BUSHI
♦Winner: BUSHI (10:07) with the MX

(6) Special Singles Match: YOSHI-HASHI vs Tetsuya Naito
♦Winner: Naito (16:46) with the Destino
~ Taichi ambushed Naito while he was making his exit.
(7) IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: [80th Champion] Will Ospreay vs [Challenger] Hiromu Takahashi
♦Winner: Ospreay (20:05) with the Oscutter
~ 1st successful title defense
(8) NEVER Openweight Championship:[17th Champion] Hirooki Goto vs [Challenger] EVIL
♦Winner: Goto (20:19) with the GTR
~ 1st successful title defense
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship:[65th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs [Challenger] SANADA
♦Winner: Okada (32:12) with the Rainmaker
~ 10th successful title defense
~ Okada stated that because the New Japan Cup is next, he wants to have a Champion vs Champion match against IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay.