Bad Luck Fale, Hikuleo, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori of Bullet Club b. Yuya Uemera, Tomoaki Honma & IWGP US Champion Juice Robinson when Ishimori submitted Uemera with a crossface – Fale and Honma started for their respective teams. Honma tried a bodyslam right away, which failed. He then tried a Sunset Flip, which also failed. However, he managed to dodge a vertical splash. Unfortunately, Fale also dodged the Kokeshi attempt. This got Bullet Club on the offensive, and lead them to teaming up on Honma. Juice got the tag and took it to Hikuleo. Uemera begged for a tag. Upon getting tagged in, he put Hikuleo into a Boston Crab. Almost immediately, Hikuleo powered out and tagged in Ishimori. who clamped Uemera in a crossface for a submission.
Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, & Togi Makabe b. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Toa Henare when Makabe pinned Nakanishi with a King Kong Knee Drop – All six men were eliminated in Round One. Henare took the brunt of the offense early on, including Kojima’s Machine Gun Chops. Nagata tagged in and rallied. Makabe had a bit of a hossfight with Nakanishi, who got him up in the Argentine Backbreaker. Tenzan and Kojima made the save, and delivered a 3D to Nakanishi. Henare followed up with a King Kong Knee Drop to get the pin.
Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Natio, BUSHI, & Shingo Takagi) b. Michael Elgin, Shota Umino, & Ren Narita when Takagi pinned Narita with a Noshigami – Takagi and Elgin began, and tested each other’s strength. Umino tagged in and demanded Naito, who obliged. LIJ gained control and worked over Umino. Elgin tagged back in and ran wild before tagging in Narita. LIJ rallied and did a very quick triple team. Amazingly, Takagi kicked out of a Pumping Bomber. Before Narita could counter, Takagi quickly hit a Noshigami and got the win.
EVIL & SANADA of Los Ingobernables De Japon b. Minoru Suzuki & Davey Boy Smith Jr. of Suzuki-Gun when Sanada pinned Smith with an O’Connor Roll – Suzuki-Gun attacked before the bell, taking the match to the floor. They got the heat on Evil, and tortured him for a bit until Sanada got the hot tag. Suzuki avoided the Paradise Lock and tagged out. Smith went back and forth with Sanada, who got a surprise pin with an O’Connor Roll.
After the match, Suzuki-Gun threw a fit and beat up come of the Young Lions at ringside
NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay & Hirooki Goto of CHAOS, & Kota Ibushi b. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Lance Archer, & Taka Michinoku) when Goto pinned Michinoku with a GTR – The heels teamed up on Ospreay. Ibushi got the hot tag and ran wild. Goto tried a GTR on Taka, but Sabre stopped it. A brawl broke out, leaving Goto in the ring with Taka. A GTR later, and it was all over.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Mikey Nicholls, & Colt Cabana b. Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Toru Yano when Nicholls pinned Yano with a Mike Bomb – A match notable for having CHAOS teammates on either side. Cabana and Yano fought each other over who will remove a turnbuckle pad. Taguchi looked to be asking for a tag, but Canaba couldn’t understand him. Taguchi and Tanahashi then went at it, and Taguchi motioned for a fist bump. Of course, he cheapshotted Tanahashi when it was accepted and whipped him into his team’s turnbuckle. Tanahashi managed to knock both opponents to the floor, and tagged in Okada. This gave the Dream Team the momentum, and they worked over Taguchi. Nicholls got the tag and went at it with Okada. Finally, Yano got the tag and managed to remove a turnbuckle pad. A brawl broke out with Okada hitting Nicholls with a dropkick. It wasn’t good enough though, and Nickolls managed to hit a Mike Bomb on Yano for the pin
It seems to be that there will be fewer singles matches that Round One, which is a little disappointing.
YOSHI-HASHI p. Chase Owens with Karma – Owens tried to end it early with a Package Piledriver, but Hashi reversed into a Butterfly Lock. The match went to the floor, and Owens whipped Hashi into the barricade, and then into the ring. The latter was to play off the story of Hashi injuring himself on a ring apron last year. Nicholls then got the heat and worked over Hashi. He used a Sasri-Gatame (Sharpshooter/Scorpion Deathlock), but Hashi got the rope break. Owens tried a Package Piledriver on the apron. Hashi countered with a backdrop. Jado tried to use the kendo stick, and when Red Shoes tried to stop him, he threw the stick to Owens. After using the stick, Owens hit a GTR a knee strike. Hashi kicked out and ducked a Jewel Heist with a lariat. Jado again tried to use the stick. This time, Hashi ducked and Jado hit Owens instead. Hashi got in a Butterfly Lock which Owens broke in the corner. Hashi followed up and got the pin with Karma.
Tomohiro Ishii p. Taichi with a brainbuster – Taichi stalled, and paced around the ring several times. Ishii got fed up and went after him. Taichi used a char to stop Ishii’s momentum. He stalked Ishii for the next several minutes, taunting him with kicks. Ishii made his comeback with strikes and headbutts. A German Suplex by Ishii resulted in a double down. Ishii hit a lariat and a Last Ride Powerbomb for a pair of near falls. Taichi ducked a sliding clothesline, and shived Ishii into Red Shoes. With Red Shoes down, Taichi picked up the microphone. Ishii taunted Taichi, and told him to bring it. Instead of cheating, Taichi threw the mic to the floor and charged. The two kicked each other for another double down. Taichi got a near call with another lariat and hit a Last Ride Powerbomb of his own. Ishii still kicked out. Ishii reversed Black Mephisto into a piledriver. Somehow Taichi no-sold this and shot to his feet. A pair of lariats by Ishii still only got a two count. Taichi hit a low blow unseen by Red Shoes and used a Gedo Clutch. Ishii still kicked out. This time, Ishii connected with the sliding lariat, and finally hit the brainbuster for the pin.
Overall a good show, but it was a bit lame that there were only two tournament matches.