This is the synopsis for the promos from the Road to DESTRUCTION 9/7 show in Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
Chase Owens (O) and Yujiro Takahashi def. Ren Narita (X) and Shota Umino via Package Driver to pinfall
Taiji Ishimori, Tanga Loa (O), Tama Tonga, and Bad Luck Fale def. Ayato Yoshida (X), David Finlay, Michael Elgin, and Juice Robinson via Apeshit to pinfall
Juice addresses the upcoming 6-man NEVER challenge by saying that Bullet Club may have the “boner soldier” but they have the coach and Taguchi has been strategizing. Finlay states that the C-block trophy represents Taguchi Japan and they’ll be leaving Hiroshima with the thumbs up. Juice teases that once they leave with the belts Finlay will have a real championship and not a pretend one. Juice then addresses Cody, congratulates him for his NWA title win, but says he’s not leaving Long Beach with the US Championship. He says it’s nothing personal but he has to show everyone he’s a different Juice than when he and Cody squared off at Wrestle Kingdom two years ago.
Fale sits waiting for the rest of the Bullet Club to arrive and does some finger stretching while resting. Tama confidently says Taguchi Japan is a circus act and has no chance at taking the NEVER belts. Ishimori wants to know why he isn’t involved in the Junior Heavyweight tournament. He says it’s no matter, it’s his destiny to have that belt around his waist. He previews that despite being the OGs only Junior, he has found a tag partner for the upcoming Junior Tag League.
Notes: Ishimori has a good point, he was runner-up in the BOSJ but not invited to the tournament. As far as his partner, who does he mean? BUSHI is missing a partner too but my guess is he’s pulling from outside New Japan. Petey Williams? Who knows.
Trent Beretta def. Toa Henare via Dudebuster to pinfall
Henare complements Beretta’s power and says he knows what it’s like to come back from injury. He claims he won’t be upset though because he’s getting the singles matches.
Beretta recalls his feeling while sitting out six months for injury and suggests that has his eye on Juice Robinson’s US Championship.
Hirooki Goto (O) and Gedo def. TAKA Michinoku (X) and Taichi via GTR to pinfall
Goto grumbles that Taichi has done nothing since becoming a heavyweight but still gets a title shot so he should be grateful. He says he already knows the outcome of the match.
Taichi is pissed that CHAOS did the Sushi Zanmai taunt. He claims Goto lowered the value of the title which is why he’s not in the main event. He says Harold Meij better apologize for not putting him in G1. If he loses to Goto, Taichi with his luscious hair will apologize to Meij. He teases that Goto should join Taguchi and focus on making people laugh.
BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL (O), and Tetsuya Naito def. El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Takashi Iizuka (X), and Minoru Suzuki via Magic Killer to pinfall
Suzuki makes murder faces at the media. Nothing to say.
EVIL starts to cut a promo on Chris Jericho but stops and says today is not the day. I guess just wanted to remind everyone that match was still happening. BUSHI says glumly that he doesn’t know if he’s going to be part of Junior Tag League because he doesn’t have a partner. He finishes by saying can’t wait to face KUSHIDA. Naito reminds the media that Suzuki was upset by being the semi-main event for the Intercontinental belt but he has nothing to say about being the main event in a special singles match against Naito. He asks the media to ask Suzuki about that tomorrow. Good luck with that. He mocks Goto in being a poor champion and taken lightly, and that’s why New Japan won’t put him in the main event.
YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano (O), and Kazuchika Okada def. Tomoaki Honma (X), Togi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi via Schoolboy to pinfall
Makabe grumbles that the ref wasn’t paying attention and Yano only won by cheating (duh). Honma is pissed about being pinned. Tanahashi says that he wants the part of Okada that he’s never seen before. He intones that just beating Okada won’t be enough and that he wants it all in Tokyo.
Okada claims the Tokyo Dome and the IWGP belt need him. He says the title and the Tokyo Dome is no longer Tanahashi’s place. He will draw everything out of Tanahashi during the preview matches and finish him in Kobe.
Kota Ibushi (O) and Kenny Omega def. Will Ospreay (X) and Tomohiro Ishii via Golden Trigger to pinfall
Omega takes the mic in the ring and says he’s excited about his match with Ishii. He declares that many say that his match with Ishii was the best of the G1 but that Kenny thinks that all of Ibushi’s matches were the best. He asks Ibushi if he has anything to say, Ibushi walks slowly to the mic and comically says that he doesn’t.
Backstage, Ospreay says he’s coming for Ibushi. Ishii claims he will destroy whatever Kenny’s vision is in Hiroshima.
Omega says no one should ever doubt the Golden Lovers as the best tag team in New Japan. He states that they share stories about love, kindness, and change. He says that Ishii is one of the few people he respects because he cares about the quality of his matches. Ibushi expresses the Golden Lovers were awesome today. Kenny says that watching Ibushi against Ospreay was incredible and Ibushi states he wants to face him in the future. Kenny says he isn’t sure because Ospreay is still a Junior. He says Ibushi had to win the New Japan Cup, the Junior Heavyweight belt 4 times, and the Junior Tag belts before he moved up from Junior whereas Ospreay gains a little weight and wants to roll with the big boys. Omega claims that it’s too early and Ibushi seems to agree.