This is the synopsis for the promos from the Road to DESTRUCTION 9/8 show in Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
Yuya Uemura and Shota Umino (O) def. Yota Tsuji (X) and Ren Narita via Boston Crab to submission
Chase Owens def. Ayato Yoshida via Package Driver to pinfall
Chase admits he’s not used to singles but that New Japan sees what he can do. Goto or Taichi need to watch their backs.
Taiji Ishimori, Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga (O), and Bad Luck Fale def. Toa Henare (X), David Finlay, Michael Elgin, and Togi Makabe via Gun Stun to pinfall
Makabe says he’s coming for Bullet Club. Finlay says that Bullet Club’s days are numbered. There’s no way Taguchi Japan is leaving Hiroshima without the trios belts and they’re gonna beat Bullet Club with their asses. Henare speaks Maori again and they aren’t yet translating it. He claims that he will be where Tama Tonga is soon.
Fale says to make sure the cameras get his good side. Tama Tonga says that the OGs are recruiting and they need names of guys who are worthy to be in Bullet Club. Fale reminds any prospects that they only recruit those who follow them on Instagram and Twitter. Tama says that the info is a secret and not to tell anyone.
YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto (O) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (X) and Taichi via disqualification
BUSHI (O), SANADA, EVIL, and Tetsuya Naito def. TAKA Michinoku (X), El Desperado, Takashi Iizuka, and Minoru Suzuki via MX to pinfall
Naito calls Suzuki out in the ring and says if he’s so upset to come back and grab the mic and speak his heart to everyone. He baits Suzuki with the mic like a fishing line when he comes back ringside. Suzuki hits the mic with a chair then lays waste to all Young Lions in sight.
Suzuki then intimidates and attacks media backstage.
BUSHI is disappointed that all the New Japan Juniors are in England. He says he’s awaiting KUSHIDA’s return. EVIL states that he has not forgotten Jericho and wonders if there’s a time limit for sitting on a belt.
Will Ospreay, Toru Yano (O), and Tomohiro Ishii def. Yujiro Takahashi (X), Kota Ibushi, and Kenny Omega via Schoolboy to pinfall
Yujiro tells Pieter that his dick is broken basically. Hopping in a ring with Yano will make that happen. Kenny yells that he warned the ref that Yano always cheats, how can he possibly miss everything. He says Ishii and he keep turning up the heat and things will explode in Hiroshima. Kenny asks Ibushi what he thinks of Ospreay. Ibushi says his opinion is the same. Kenny says that William is a nice guy and a good high flyer but he’s not ready for the heavyweights. He says that the Golden Lovers are down to give him a try but that Ibushi is far beyond his level.
Ospreay claims that he respects the past but that he is the future. He says that his eyes are still on the Junior Heavyweight belt and he will win it back for Hiromu. He will hold the belt while Hiromu is gone but when he comes back, he won’t be able to take it.
Juice Robinson (O) and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Trent Beretta (X) and Kazuchika Okada via Pulp Friction to pinfall
Juice addresses the crowd in the ring. He tries his hand at some Japanese banter. He talks about the IWGP US Championship being on the line at Long Beach. Tanahashi tries to leave but Juice urges him to pick up the guitar. The crowd chants for the Ace and someone screams “you’re the greatest” and Tanahashi replies “I know.” Tana assures the crowd he will retain the contract and save his dream of main eventing the Tokyo Dome again.
Backstage, Trent says he wanted to face Juice yesterday and today he was pinned. Okada asserts that it’s no big deal, it’s just a tag match. Okada says Trent only needs to pin him next time. Okada says that everyone is sick of Tanahashi v Okada but that this time is different and he’s ready to explode. He says he is a new man while Tanahashi is always hurt.
Tanahashi holds up the briefcase and says that all eyes will be on that case leading up to Wrestle Kingdom. Juice informs Cody that he’s doing big boy things now and that he’s a new wrestler. He says that his dad might not have put on cowboy boots and trunks but that he was also a bad “motherbeeper.” He assures that the match isn’t personal, it’s only about proving how good he is and that he’s an ascendant talent in New Japan. He says he wants all eyes on him and Wrestle Kingdom and has to go through Cody to do it.