Story Synopsis

DESTRUCTION in Kobe Story Synopsis

This is the synopsis for the promos from the DESTRUCTION in Kobe 9/24 show in Kobe World Hall, Kobe.

This is the synopsis for the promos from the DESTRUCTION in Kobe 9/24 show in Kobe World Hall, Kobe.

Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura drew via time limit

SHO and YOH (O) def. Ren Narita (X) and Shota Umino via Falcon Arrow to pinfall

Rocky is hyped for the Super Jr. Tag League tournament. He refers to Roppongi 3K as the gold and silver standard of the division. RPG3K will settle for nothing less than a win. Rocky calls Suzuki-gun “crap” and says they are only keeping the belts warm. RPG3K are body guys but they’re gonna get a little tighter. YOH puts out the fists for Rocky but finally relents and tosses up the 3K salute which he has denied the entirety of the DESTRUCTION tour.

SHO and YOH still clearly don’t understand a word Rocky says.

YOH praises the Young Lions and says they are rising rapidly. Wrestling them takes him back to the spot he was in a short time ago. SHO concurs that the best lies ahead for RPG3K.

Tiger Mask (O) and Jyushin Thunder Liger def. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Clutch Hold to pinfall

After the pinfall, Tiger Mask holds up the belts in the Suzuki-gun juniors’ faces. Liger snatches the mic and ridicules their opponents, saying how frustrating it must be to lose to a couple of old veterans. He sarcastically ponders that they might want to challenge for the titles as Despy and Kanemaru snatch back their belts. Liger says they haven’t worn them in a while so they’re going to do it.

Backstage El Desperado is furious. He spits that they aren’t veterans, just old. Desperado grumbles that it’s ridiculous that one win would be enough to challenge them but that no young ones raised a claim. He urges them to find some heart while they dispatch these old-timers. Kanemaru says they only have dumb luck on their side.

Tiger Mask is grateful for the opportunity. He brags that they beat the champs without cheating or leaving the ring. Tiger says that he doesn’t think of himself as a veteran, just a challenger. He says it’s about time for them and that he also wants to participate in the Junior Tag League with Liger.

Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata (O), Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Ayato Yoshida (X), Ryuske Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma, and Togi Makabe via Back Drop Hold to pinfall

Makabe criticizes his teammates for being too loose although gives the Young Lion Yoshida rare praise for his effort in the loss. Honma is clearly frustrated but optimistic about returning to a full-time schedule. Taguchi plugs “My Dad is a Heel Wrestler.” He says it would be interesting if Ginbae Mask popped up in New Japan (Taguchi’s character from the film). Yoshida is determined in defeat.

Nagata is nostalgic about his third generation teammates. They are willing to prove their power still, they just need a stage. Kojima is getting into the swing of things now and says he is still growing, still unsatisfied at age 48. He wants the New Japan fans to think that if there’s no third generation wrestlers at shows, it’s not even worth going. He thanks the fans for their support over the years but says he’s still healthy and wants to take advantage.

Chuckie T and Beretta (O) def. Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer (X) via Clutch Hold to pinfall

Archer is fuming after his pinfall defeat. Smith growls nothing like that will ever happen again.

Chuck is jacked from the win. Beretta drops a piece of beat poetry to sum up the match: “horse hair, long legs, choke slam, kick out.” Beretta calls himself one of the strongest guys in New Japan at not-even-200-pounds and Chuck suggests he lie about that. He says he’s 250 pounds of prime cut beef. He complains that Beretta wants to stay in the ring for 35 minutes after the match because he’s a glory hound. Beretta explains that’s how you be a wrestler. Chuck says he’s ready to take his pants off and that daddy’s down to clown.

Will Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, and Jay White (O) def. Toa Henare (X), David Finlay, and Juice Robinson via Blade Runner to pinfall

Finlay laments that it’s been a rough tour for Taguchi Japan. Henare is struggling and Juice is sympathetic. “We’ve all tasted the Blade Runner.” Finlay points out that actually Juice hasn’t but that he has a lot. “It’s not fun.” Henare says he’s starving for a win and he promises the Japanese people he will come back stronger. “Haka your ass off,” Juice replies.

Juice turns his attention to the upcoming title bout with Cody in the US. Juice says Cody has everything he doesn’t: “a beautiful wife, a beautiful dog, thousands of dollars worth of suits…” Juice says although Cody might be the American Nightmare, that Juice is the American Dream now, patting the US Championship. Cody was put on this Earth to be a pro wrestler but for Juice to get there everything had to work out exactly. He says he wants his first defense to be against Cody.

White says that every time someone like YOSHI-HASHI or Okada wants to take the lead they end up losing. Ospreay implores White to calm down because they actually won. He says if YOSHI did a few more bicep curls he wouldn’t have a jelly grip and wouldn’t have gotten hit. Ospreay remarks that the tour was great and that he has two big matches coming up. He says that he will win the title and when Hiromu comes back, he’ll see him in the ring.

SANADA, EVIL (O), and Tetsuya Naito def. TAKA Michnoku (X), Zack Sabre Jr., and Minoru Suzuki via Everything is Evil to pinfall

Sabre brags that he’s beaten every member of LIJ this year except the “Captain Halloween Tim Burton prick.”

EVIL says there’s no way Zack will be able to escape him and that he will show him “special darkness world.” Okay bud. Naito thinks that if you want to make a change, you have to take a risk. He’s still being vague as he has all tour but he clearly has plans brewing.

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal: KUSHIDA def BUSHI via Back to the Future to pinfall

BUSHI is frantic backstage. He grumbles that it couldn’t possibly end with another loss to KUSHIDA. It did.

KUSHIDA stumbles backstage, face still blackened by BUSHI’s mist. He says BUSHI is not big enough to carry both the sorrow about Hiromu and the belt. KUSHIDA thinks BUSHI needs to remember who KUSHIDA’s mentor (Tajiri) was and why the green mist doesn’t work on him. He walks away saying he will fight BUSHI again anytime.

Rights to IWGP Championship Match at Wrestle Kingdom: Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Kazuchika Okada via High Fly Flow to pinfall

Tanahashi is triumphant. Red Shoes holds his arm aloft, the IWGP contract briefcase in Tanahashi’s hand. The announcers speak in admiration of him, marveling at his ability to overcome adversity. Instantly, Jay White crashes the ring, delivers a Blade Runner to Tanahashi. The announcers wonder whether this the time for the man who defeated Tanahashi in G1 to make his statement. As quickly as he attacked though, White turns his attention to Okada and begins to stomp him on the mat. Young Lions charge the ring to stop White but are swatted away like flies.

White is back on top of Okada, raining elbows. White leaves the ring, forcing Rocky Romero out of his announcer chair and throwing him through the barrier while Kevin Kelly yells at him. He brings the chair back into the ring. Suddenly YOSHI-HASHI runs down the steep ramp to save Okada and plows face first full speed into the ring apron. A visibly dazed YOSHI rolls into the ring, blood streaming down his face. (New Japan wisely cut this injury out of the replays) YOSHI nobly attacks White pushing him to the corner of the ring. He moves to check on Okada, dripping blood all over Okada’s body. He turns back toward White just in time to catch a flying chair to the face and get pushed out of the ring. Jay rubs a giant handful of YOSHI’s blood on his face like warpaint.

To be fair to YOSHI, the stage was extremely steep.

White picks up the chair menacing Okada when Gedo suddenly runs into the ring and snatches the chair from him. Okada staggers to his feet to confront White, Jay screams that he no longer has time for Okada and gives the throat slash gesture, which signals Gedo to smash the chair into Okada’s back. Well, more like weakly place the chair on Okada’s back but we’re trying to service a story here.

The announcers are incredulous with what they are seeing. They can’t believe Gedo would turn on Okada. Gedo gives the throat slash and White rocks Okada with a Blade Runner. No one understands what’s happening. Is Okada being kicked out of CHAOS? Tanahashi and Okada are splayed out on the canvas unable to move. Gedo picks up the mic and asks “Have you two losers finished fighting yet?” No matter who won, neither of them are worthy of the Tokyo Dome when both of them lost to Jay White. He picks up the case and says it truly belongs to the Switchblade. Gedo says the new era is coming soon while he and White embrace and leave the combatants wrecked in the ring.

Backstage White reminds Okada that the day after New Year’s Dash when he joined CHAOS that he would come for Okada and at the time he just laughed. He wonders if Okada is still laughing. Does Okada still think he is not a threat? Was he laughing during G1? Will he be laughing when Switchblade takes the case from Tanahashi?

He turns his attention to Tanahashi. He says he’s not sure where but that he’s coming for the briefcase. He says Gedo is a smart man and that he’s looking forward to taking over New Japan with Gedo. Gedo says only White deserves to main event the Tokyo Dome.

A gang of Young Lions dumps Tanahashi’s lifeless body on the ground. He screams in frustration, asking if White knows how many years it took him to beat Okada. The cameras cut as Tanahashi limps back to the dressing room.

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