By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Japan Pro Wrestling returned to the United States on Sunday with Strong Style Evolved from the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The show was aired live on AXS TV in North America and NJPW World, as well.
Chaos opened the show with a win as Rocky Romero, SHO & YOH defeated SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky). SHO got the pin on Sky for the win.
Kazarian appeared to injure his knee in the match.
David Finlay & Juice Robinson defeated Chaos’ Gedo and Hirooki Goto. Finlay pinned Gedo after a Stunner.
The Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) defeated the third Chaos team (Chuckie T & Toru Yano) when the K.E.S. hit the Killer Bomb on Chuckie T for the win.
The American Nightmare Cody cut a promo suggests that the two Bullet Club teams should not fight each other. Tanga Loa suggested otherwise and said the teams would fight each other.
Bullet Club (Cody & Marty Scurll) defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa). Cody hit Loa with the Cross Rhodes for the win.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Dragon Lee, Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, and Ryusuke Taguchi. Naito hit the Destino on Taguchi for the win.
Prior to the Jushin Tiger Liger match, Rey Mysterio Jr. – who was supposed to be his appointment before suffering a torn biceps injury – and addressed the NJPW crowd. He said he would be wrestling for the company in the future after suffering the injury two weeks ago.
Will Ospreay, Mysterio Jr.’s replacement, defeated Tiger Liger. He’s now 4-0 all-time against the 53-year-old legend.
Following the match, Ospreay was doing a promo, where he was putting Liger over with the fans. He thanked Liger for what he’s done for the wrestling business.
Ospreay also said he wanted to make a legacy for himself as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. He said he wanted to compete against the best – and even challenged Mysterio Jr. to a future match down the road.
However, Scurll attacked Ospreay after the match. Mysterio attempted to save Ospreay when he was attacked – and Scurll took off his mask.
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.) defeated Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii). Sabre Jr. got the win over Ishii when he was in a submission, but the referee forced the ending, as Ishii could not tap out.
NJPW announced that they will return for G1 Special: Fighting Spirit Unleashed in San Francisco, Calif. On July 7.
Jay White then retained his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship over Hangman Page. White hit the Blade Runner on Page for the win.
Finlay attacked White following the match. He then challenged White to a match on April 24th at the Korakuen Hall.
The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson). The tag team hit the Golden Trigger on Matt to get the win.
Cody came out to the ring, where he berated The Young Bucks for losing the match. However, that caused The Golden Lovers to rush back to the ring in an attempt to aid The Young Bucks.
Omega then offered a handshake of friendship to The Young Bucks. However, while Nick accepted the offer, Matt rejected it, then rolled out of the ring.
Omega ended the show by cutting a promo suggesting that The Golden Lovers are going to be around for a long-time.
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