Here are your quick, editorial-free NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed results, live from the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California. The show included matches for the IWGP United States and Heavyweight Tag Team Championships and a semi-final match for the tournament to fill the vacant Junior Heavyweight Champion position. Make sure to check back here for the complete Best and Worst of Fighting Spirit Unleashed column.
NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed Results:
– Dark Match: About half an hour before the show there was an untelevised match between two Young Lions from the LA Dojo. Clark Connors def. Alex Couglin.
1. ACH, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Jushin Thunder Liger def. Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh, Rocky Romero.) Taguchi pinned Romero for the win.
2. Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels def. Chase Owens and Hangman Page. Daniels and Kazarian hit Best Meltzer Ever on Owens for a pinfall win.
3. Flip Gordon, Chris Sabin, and Jeff Cobb def. Chuckie T, Beretta, and Hirooki Goto. Cobb pinned Chuckie T after a Tour of the Islands.
– Cobb and Goto had a tense exchange after the match during which Cobb held his ROH Television Championship in front of Goto. Backstage, Cobb said he wants another match with Goto, NEVER title or no, and Goto said he doesn’t know what kind of title Cobb has, but he wants a shot at it.
4. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, and Zack Sabre Jr. def. Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, and Evil. ZSJ pinned Evil with a European clutch. He gave Evil a sarcastic thumbs up afterward as Evil stayed in the ring, enraged. KES beat up some Young Lions after the match.
5. Jay White and Gedo def. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kushida. White distracted the ref while Gedo hit Tanahashi with brass knuckles. White then pinned Tanahashi after a Blade Runner.
– Jay White grabbed a microphone and the Tokyo Dome contract briefcase. He yelled at the crowd and cut a promo on Tanahashi not awarding the first shot at the contract and said New Japan was afraid of a Wrestle Kingdom without Tanahashi in the main event, and especially with two foreigners in the main event.
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Final: Marty Scurll def. Will Ospreay. Scurll pinned Ospreay after Graduation.
7. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: The Guerrillas of Destiny def. The Young Bucks (c) after hitting Guerrilla Warfare.
8. IWGP United States Championship Match: Cody def. Juice Robinson (c). Cody pinned Robinson via rollup after a superplex. After the match, Cody held up the U.S. Championship and NWA Championship belts.
9. The Golden Lovers (Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega) def. Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii. The Lovers pinned Ishii after a Golden Trigger.
– After the match, the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, and Marty Scurll joined Omega and Ibushi in the ring. As Omega addressed the situation with he and Ibushi having an IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match, Cody entered the ring and proposed making it a triple threat so the two wouldn’t have to break their promise of never fighting each other again. Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi vs. Cody is now set for King of Pro Wrestling on October 8.