Wrestle Kingdom 10 Live Coverage – Kazuchika Okada Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Wrestle Kingdom 10

Hang out with us while we try and stay up to watch Wrestle Kingdom 10.

I can’t promise how long I’m going to be able to stay awake for the entire show, but I’m going to do my best. Right now, the New Japan Rumble is going on and we’ll be back at its conclusion.


Jado won the New Japan Rumble, entering last. Haku, fresh off the Rock giving him his truck was there, wearing a Bullet Club shirt. Sakuraba was in the match, only a few days after losing to Aoki on Rizin, and had mist blown into his eyes by the Great Kabuki. ROH’s Cheeseburger was in the match the longest.

The Young Bucks Vs Roppongi Vice Vs Matt Sydal and Ricochet Vs reDRagon

It was about to be dive time after Matt Jackson and Matt Sydal both did big dives. Ricochet was about to do a dive and Cody Hall tripped him and then did a running Razor’s Edge with him and tossed him over the top rope on onto the rest of the wrestlers.

Ricochet and Sydal went for the stereo shooting presses on the Young Bucks, but reDragon broke it up. Cody Hall interfered again but reDragon took him out. There was a five on four suplex spot that was fun, but completely ridiculous.

Sydal and Ricochet hit the stereo shooting presses on Roppongi Vice, but the Young Bucks interfered and tried to steal the pin.

They were able to hit the More Bang For Your Buck to win the match. They’re the new Junior Heavyweight tag champs.

Winners: The Young Bucks

This match was laid out well. I seemed to remember last year’s match to be more spot-festy, but this was good.

Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi Vs Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano

This is for the inaugural NEVER Openweight 6-Man tag straps.

The Briscoes and Yano won the first ever NEVER 6-man champs. Jay Briscoe had Tonga on his shoulders and Tonga kept grabbing the top rope so the Briscoes couldn’t pull off the Doomsday Device. Yano threw a chair to knock Tonga’s hands off the top rope, which set up the finisher.

Winner: Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano

Michael Elgin Vs Jay Lethal

This is for Lethal’s ROH strap. As much as I find Elgin just decent in ROH, I love him in New Japan.

Elgin had Lethal up for a press slam and then used one arm to show his power. Lethal dove outside on Elgin and Elgin didn’t catch him so it looked like he slammed his ribs on the rail.

Lethal hit the Lethal Combination and then the big elbow from the top. Striker did a bad Macho Man impersonation. He went for the Lethal Injection, but Big Mike turned it into a German Suplex. He did a deadlift middle rope driver, hit a buckle bomb, and set up Lethal for his finisher. Truth Martini came in to take a bump and drop the Book of Truth so that Lethal could pick it up, hit Elgin, and then hit the Lethal Injection for the pin.

Winner: Jay Lethal

Kushida Vs Kenny Omega

We had a Back To The Future theme to Kushida’s entrance. The Young Bucks are in Omega’s corner. Omega did a moonsault off the top of the rail on the outside with a trash can in his hand on Kushida. Omega also hit a sweet Tope Con Hijo.

They were on the top rope and Kushida locked in a kimura and then jumped off the top rope with it. That was awesome. He punched Omega right in the face and hurt his hand. He went to the top and missed a twisting moonsault.

Omega caught Kushida and turned it into a German Suplex, but Kushida grabbed the kimura. Omega tried to turn it into the One Winged Angel, but Kushida dropped off and threw another right hand, and then ate a big knee. Omega landed another big knee. Omega got a near fall. He went for the One Winged Angel again and Kushida cradled him for the victory.

Winner: Kushida

Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma Vs Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson

During his entrance, Anderson said this was his 8th Wrestle Kingdom in a row and said it was “Undertaker style”.

Honma has such tremendous charisma. The match was setup so that Honma could do all his headbutt spots, but after selling all the power moves from Gallows and Anderson. Makabe was tagged in and cleaned house, slapped Honma to wake him up from his multiple beatings and they did the Doomsday Device headbutt on Anderson. Then they did a headbutt off the top rope by Honma followed with a flying knee drop from the top by Makabe for the win. Really fun finish. New tag champs.

Winner: Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma

Tetsuya Naito Vs Hirooki Goto

Naito’s faction jumped Goto before the bell, which caused Matt Striker to say that it’s a theme of the show to have the “antagonists” jump the babyface before the match. He also said the referee is sometimes the dumbest person. Heel Naito was on a mission early including this neck breaker onto a table.

Goto got the win. Naito’s heel buddies came in and Goto took them both out. Naito got a near fall, but then Goto won with the Shouten Kai.

Winner: Hirooki Goto

Katsuyori Shibata Vs Tomohiro Ishii

They each sat down and allowed the other to kick their back as a sign of toughness. Shibata then dared Ishii to chop him, going down to his knees. He went down, but then kipped up and busted Ishii with a forearm.

Lots of no-selling including German Suplexes and clotheslines. Shibata no-sold a drop kick to the back, then ate a clothesline and kicked out before two. Shibata hit a DVD on Ishii for a two count. He then got his back and put on a rear naked choke. Shibata couldn’t really get his legs around him so it turned to a side choke. He caught Shibata’s leg, got up, and rammed his head into his chest.

Shibata finally got the win with the Penalty Kick. This was brutal stuff. I didn’t even mention the brutal double headbutt spots.

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata

AJ Styles Vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura’s entrance was tame for him.

AJ Styles pulled a Bret Hart and sold his back, since everyone knows that his back is hurt. Nakamura allowed him to get back up and instead he rushed him. He gold-bricked him.

There was an amazing sequence where AJ had the calf killer on (and Striker said that he couldn’t see Nakamura tapping) and then Nakamura turned it into a submission.

They traded the Boma-ye a few times and AJ then hit a 450 after for a near fall. Nakamura also had his arm trapped in an armbar which Styles turned into a one-armed Styles Clash for a near fall. Nakamura hit a Boma-ye to the back of Styles’ neck. Then followed up with another and won the match. It started slowly, but ended perfectly.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs Kazuchika Okada

Tanahashi took out Okada’s legs out early with dragon screws and a Texas cloverleaf. Okada came back slowly with his offense. He hit a nasty drop kick and then the big elbow from the top to set up the Rainmaker, which he missed, but countered into a Tombstone, but Tanahashi rolled through and got a two count.

Okada went for another drop kick, but Tanahashi caught his leg and then did the dragon screw with Okada on his back. He then went for another Texas cloverleaf. Okada back up and is on fire now. Hits the Tombstone, then the Rainmaker for a two count. He hits a High Fly Flow as well. But Tanahashi then hits a Rainmaker. Okada’s still having trouble with his knee.

Tanahashi was back on the offense and did two High Fly Flows, one to the back and one to the chest and Okada kicked out. He went for another one, but Okada was up and hit a dropkick. Okada went for the Rainmaker, but didn’t get it. He hit a German and tried to do a second, but Tanahashi slapped him. He hit a Rainmaker and held it so he could hit a second. Tanahashi went down. Okada hit another and he finally beat Okada at the Tokyo Dome.

This was fantastic. It’s a must-see match.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada

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