We will be doing live coverage of the English language commentary version of tonight’s NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 event.
Coverage will begin around 2 am for the beginning of the annual NJPW Rumble that opens up the Tokyo Dome pre-show.
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Match 1: New Japan Rumble – On this page
Match 2: IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Roppongi 3K(c) vs. The Young Bucks
Match 3: NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: The Bullet Club(c) vs. Taguchi Japan vs. Chaos vs. Hanson, Raymond Rowe, and Michael Elgin vs. Suzuki Gun.
Match 4: Cody vs. Kota Ibushi
Match 5: IWGP Tag Team Championship: Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) (c) vs. EVIL and SANADA
Match 6: NEVER Openweight Championship (Hair vs. Hair): Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Hirooki Goto
Match 7: IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Marty Scurll (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Kushida vs. Will Ospreay
Match 8: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Jay White
Match 9: IWGP United States Championship Match Kenny Omega (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Match 10: IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito
– Kevin Kelly and Don Callis welcome us to the show and we get right to our first match!
And we are underway at Wrestle Kingdom 12! The first match is the New Japan Rumble, featuring plenty of New Japan stars and surprise athletes battling it out!
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New Japan Rumble
Katsuya Kitamura is in first with BUSHI in next.
Out third, Delirious.
Out fourth is Leo Tonga.
Out fifth, Manabu Nakanishi.
Out sixth, Chase Owens.
Delirious pulls Chase’s shirt up and rakes both his back and stomach. Package piledriver on Delirious, pin, 1-2-3. Nakanishi then sends BUSHI out over the top rop.
– Delirious and BUSHI eliminated.
Out seventh Yuji Nagata.
– Two guys pin Leo Tonga
– a pack of guys pin Nagata
– Owens with a package piledriver and he Kitamura
– Lao Tonga, Nagata, and Nakanishi, Kitamura are all eliminated.
Out eighth, Taka Michinoku.
Out ninth, Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
Out tenth is El Desperado.
Owens has whiskey spit in his face and he’s tossed out and eliminated.
– Chase Owens eliminated.
Out 11th, Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
Coming out 12th, Tiger Mask.
Out 13th, is Gino ‘Juicy’ Gambino.
Desperado’s mask gets taken off and somehow.
– Jushin “Thunder” Liger gets pinned.
Tiger Mask loses his mask
Tiger Mask is pinned.
Lots of eliminations, i’m getting lost. Sorry.
– Taka, Kanemaru, Desperado, Liger, and Tiger Mask are all eliminated.
Out at #14, Tanamare (?)
Out next and 15th is YOSHI-HASHI.
Out in the 16th spot is David Finlay at #16.
Double pin on Gambino, and he’s eliminated.
Henare gets kicked over the top rope.
Finlay counters YOSHI-HASHI and gets the pin.
– YOSHI-HASHI, Gambino, and Henare are eliminated.
Coming out 17th is Yujiro Takahashi.
– David Finlay is almost instantly dumped over the top rope. But he gets back in the ring, and is clotheslined right back out.
Out next and #18 is Cheeseburger.
Next out in #19 spot isSatoshi Kojima.
Coming out 20th is Hiroyoshi Tenzan.
Last wrestler of the match coming out next and 21st is Masahito Kakihara.
– Takahashi is eliminated
Kojima and Tenzan end up going over the top rope.
– Tenzan and Kojima are eliminated.
Final two left in the match are Kakihara and Cheeseburger.
Kakihara locks in the the Kaki Cutter on Cheeseburger to win the match!
Winner: Masahito Kakihara via pinfall