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.

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.

Story Synopsis

DESTRUCTION in Beppu Story Synopsis

This is the synopsis for the promos from the DESTRUCTION in Beppu 9/17 show in Oita Beppu B-Con Plaza, Beppu.

Yuya Uemura, Manabu Nakanishi, and Yuji Nagata (O) def. Yota Tsuji (X), Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan via Nagata Lock to submission

Tenzan laments that they haven’t managed any wins since Kojima’s return but they have plento of time to turn it around. Kojima encourages the Young Lions on the tour. Tsuji vows revenge on his opponents.

Uemura prases his mentors. Nakanishi and Nagata offer light criticism.

Ren Narita and David Finlay (O) def. Shota Umino (X) and Toa Henare via Prima Nocta to pinfall

Finlay’s bell was rung by a dropkick. He says Shota will be a star after his excursion.

Henare praises a bloody Narita’s effort. He says he got his ass kicked by Fale every day but he persevered.

You have something on your face there, Shota

Ayato Yoshida def. Takashi Iizuka via disqualification

Ryuske Taguchi, KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask (O), and Jyushin Thunder Liger def. SHO, YOH, Rocky Romero (X), and Will Ospreay via Tombstone Piledriver to pinfall

No it wasn’t baseball, Rocky

Ospreay is saddened because when he saw Taguchi with the rugby ball that he knew he could be the leader of the RPG3K plus one rugby team. He is incredulous that no one in CHAOS knows the rules of rugby. Rocky says he thought they were playing baseball. Ospreay heads to the back to strategize on their next game in the New Japan Rugby Cup. SHO and YOH continue to have no idea whatsoever what Rocky is talking about because they don’t understand any English. YOH notes that SHO is cut and asks if he is angry. SHO assures YOH that he is not because it’s only his body. SHO tells the media they are preparing for upcoming battles including the Junior Tag Tour.

Tiger Mask is happy that he has snagged two wins in three matches since returning from England. He says he is moving forward to Tag League. Taguchi praises his tag partners. He hopes KUSHIDA will take back the Junior Heavyweight Championship. KUSHIDA notes that Ospreay is focused on Ibushi and people seem to be interested but he is facing Ishii in Ireland and suspects it won’t get much coverage.

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

Chuck says “everyone dies my little ass” because clearly they are still alive. Beretta says that they have another match against them coming up. He instructs Archer to take his “long leg, horse hair having self” to Kobe. They say it’s insane that Davey has that haircut.

Archer says that this is that happens when you give KES time off. Tag team gold will be theirs. Smith says they are badder than ever and their time off only made them stew on the situation.

El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Zack Sabre Jr. (O) def. BUSHI, SANADA, and EVIL (X) via Jackknife to pinfall

BUSHI claims he’s worthy of a title shot no matter who questions it. EVIL is impressed with Sabre but says he will pay. He wants a singles match with ZSJ.

El Desperado says they can win in their sleep with Zack. Sabre says that L.I.J. can’t touch them and everyone is bored. He asks what EVIL knows about evil, that Suzuki-gun are the experts on evil. Despy questions BUSHI while Zack signs off “Happy Halloween.”

Juice Robinson (O), Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI (X), Toru Yano, and Kazuchika Okada via Pulp Friction to pinfall

White blames YOSHI-HASHI for White striking him (even though he blamed Okada for the same yesterday). Okada doesn’t care what YOSHI-HASHI wants to do and he can’t be bothered with CHAOS drama and that he will focus on Kobe.

Juice is excited about his win and says that Cody can come get it in Long Beach. Makabe is just excited to see shit pop off. Honma worries he is dragging the team down. Makabe slaps him and tells him to remain confident. Honma says he feels like he threw cold water on Tanahashi but that he will persist. Tanahashi says he will make his desire happen in Kobe. He says his dream is far beyond the match with Okada and that he will grab it.

NEVER Openweight Championship: Taichi def. Hirooki Goto via Black Mephisto to pinfall

Miho and Taichi enter the room together. Taichi pitches the belt in front of the press and instructs the New Japan employees to pick it up. He forces the worker to say “this belt belongs to Taichi, the man who failed to make the G1.” He reiterates that the NJPW executives should apologize to him. He says that Taichi being left out of the G1 was the missed call of the century and that the belt and his fan support prove that. He’s cutting this promo standing on top of the NEVER Openweight belt. He says Goto can do whatever he wants with his life after this, that he doesn’t care. He notes that no one came to challenge him for the belt after the match like usual because the belt is valueless trash. He says he’ll take it home and give it away to someone and it will be over for good.

Tetsuya Naito def. Minoru Suzuki via Destino to pinfall

Naito asks in the ring if everyone enjoyed his first match in a year and a half in Beppu. He asks if the crowd notices someone missing from L.I.J. and says they will be 100% next time they return. He says he’s holding the mic every time they come back to Beppu.

Backstage Naito clearly looks exhausted. Naito has won two matches straight against Suzuki but it means nothing to him. He is intentionally being very vague in his promo and says that change is coming. He says he will see everyone at the show tomorrow and signs off.

Story Synopsis

DESTRUCTION in Hiroshima Story Synopsis

This is the synopsis for the promos from the DESTRUCTION in Hiroshima 9/15 show in Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima.

KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask (O), and Jyushin Thunder Liger def. SHO, YOH, and Rocky Romero (X) via Tiger Suplex Hold to pinfall

Romero cannot believe he was pinned by Tiger Mask. He says that Black Tiger needs to finish the job. He asks SHO and YOH if they knew he was Black Tiger IV. They are basically just yessing and nodding at everything he is saying. Rocky claims that he just got back to Japan the previous night and it still jet lagged. YOH puts his knuckles out and Rocky throws his hands down yelling “we’re not Taguchi Japan!” When Rocky walks away, SHO and YOH say they have no idea what he was talking about.

I know English and have no idea what Rocky is saying

They say that RPG3K is back and that the wind is at their backs. Whether they are in Japan or Britain they are about having fun.

KUSHIDA says he’s happy to be back. He says that BUSHI needs to stop thinking about Hiromu and worry about him first. He says that he hasn’t done anything of note this year but that he will change that by winning the title. He says that Junior Tag League might be overlooked but things are changing and the Juniors are proving their importance to New Japan. He says that Juniors from around the world will come to Japan to challenge him if he wins the title.

Bad Luck Fale def. Toa Henare via Grenade to pinfall

Henare stumbles in and says he’s a loser. He says that he might have lost everywhere but that since he still breathes he still fights.

Fale says that Henare has a long way to go. He says the important thing is that the OGs are still recruiting.

Davey Boy Smith Jr. (O) and Lance Archer def. Ayato Yoshida (X) and Michael Elgin via Killer Bomb to pinfall

Elgin says that the last 10 days haven’t went well and that he only has one win to show for the tour.

Archer says that everyone seems to have forgotten about KES. They’re not giving showers anymore, only pain. “Like the new song says, everybody dies.” Smith says they are better than ever and that they didn’t book KES for G1 because everyone is scared.

Will Ospreay, Chuckie T, and Beretta (O) def. Chase Owens (X), Yujiro Takahashi, and Kota Ibushi via Strong Zero to pinfall

Ibushi says he has sensed that Ospreay has been targeting him (no shit, Kota). He says that he’s a bit aware of Ospreay but only a bit. He wishes Omega luck tonight. He says he will join commentary.

Beretta says that he just got himself a floor water. He says that guys open a water, take one sip and just leave it on the ground so he swoops it up and nothing goes to waste. Chuck exclaims that “Greg is green as hell!” Ospreay tries to get a hug but is rebuffed. He says they are three best friends and the Best Friends tell him to slow down a bit. This one was really funny and you should just watch it.

NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: Taiji Ishimori, Tanga Loa (O) and Tama Tonga def. Ryusuke Taguchi, David Finlay (X), and Juice Robinson via Apeshit to pinfall

Taguchi says unfortunately the team lost but that they want to give it another shot. Juice is happy that at least they got cool rugby jerseys. Taguchi says that the proceeds from the jerseys will to toward making the team stronger. Donations are also welcome. He says that he also wants to play rugby so some of the proceeds from the jerseys will allow him to purchase a book about rugby. Finlay is disappointed that they won’t be drinking celebration beers but “sadness beers.”

Bullet Club reminds the fans that they are recruiting and Ishimori says to look forward to Junior Tag League.

Gedo, Toru Yano, and Hirooki Goto (O) def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (X), Takashi Iizuka, and Taichi via disqualification

Taichi says that Goto finally found something effective, his head. He wonders how Goto’s head could be so large when his dick is so small. He accosts the media guy who he talked to on the previous show about Naito. He then went into a bit that I didn’t entirely understand but I think he was implying that they’d gather the faction rookies from when he and Goto were young (he specifically mentions Yoshitatsu and Nakamura) and have a big battle of old men. He says he went to NJPW brass and did what Naito wanted and asked them to swap the matches but they wouldn’t.

BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL (O), and Tetsuya Naito def. El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku (X), Zack Sabre Jr., and Minoru Suzuki via Magic Killer to pin

EVIL says if Zack wants some he will throw him into hell. Zack says that it’s a month until Halloween but that EVIL is dressed like that all year. He says he hates Halloween. I don’t blame him, have you ever eaten vegan chocolate?

Suzuki laughs at Naito’s accusations at the last show. He says he does whatever is best for himself. He reminds everyone that puroresu is anything goes. Naito is not fighting a monk and that this isn’t a game of chess. He makes his own rules and Naito will have no choice but to worship at his feet. He needs no reasons to fight anyone apart from proving he is stronger.

Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi (O) def. Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI (X), and Kazuchika Okada via Small Package Hold to pinfall

White says that Okada cost them the match when two of them were in against Tanahashi, an old man he beat himself in the G1. If Okada has a problem with him, Okada should bring it to him instead of bullying his stablemates. He says that he hopes CHAOS is watching and that they need to think about who they want as their leader.

Okada asks if YOSHI-HASHI had anything to say (he didn’t). He says he was going full speed toward the contract but now it’s clear that Jay White is also. He says CHAOS is a mess and they keep embarrassing themselves but he needs Jay and YOSHI-HASHI to take CHAOS to the next level.

Tanhashi says that White has always been an outsider in CHAOS and YOSHI-HASHI’s feelings are drifting. He says that now is the chance for YOSHI-HASHI to make a change.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega def. Tomohiro Ishii via One Winged Angel to pinfall

After another banger match, Kenny begins to speak in the ring. He doesn’t yet believe that his business with Ishii is complete. He doesn’t seem to know what to say. He says that he thought being the champion means he is the best, the strongest, the toughest. He says it’s not really like that at all. He says that the reason he is the best is because of Kota. Kota says to remember their promise. Kenny says that’s right and that no matter where they are the Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart. He says the Golden Lovers are more precious than any title. He and Ibushi “Good Bye and Good Night” together Golden Trigger style.

Backstage Omega is so exhausted he can’t even sit in a chair. He says Ishii said that he was a wall that Kenny would have to break. Kenny says that he will say it again, that the belt is a symbol that he represents pro wrestling. He resents Tanahashi’s criticism and says that Tanahashi’s old guard attitude is the only thing wrong with New Japan. He claims that Tanahashi was lucky that A block was so easy. He says he wanted to grab the mic and say “forget Tokyo Dome, let’s do it right now.” He says to be patient though, that they’ll see whose ideology is right.

He then turns to Ibushi and says that he “wanted to scream that I love you.” That’s apparently a reference to a song from Slam Dunk, which is a sports anime. He thanks Ibushi for his help and that they will always stay the Golden Lovers. Kenny says they are a great tag team as Kota drags Kenny to the dressing room.