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13:07PM – A great main event there, which had us thinking that maybe, just maybe Hiromu may have been walking out a triple champion. Thank you for joining Wrestling Travel for the LIVE blog, and enjoy your weekend!
13:05PM – Naito wants his titles back..
13:03PM – Ishimori takes out an already beaten Hiromu after the match. Tetsuya Naito comes down to the ring and goes face to face with EVIL. Are we seeing our next challenger?
13:01PM – EVIL defeats Hiromu Takahashi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles in a match full of shenanigans and the nearest of nearfalls for Hiromu. Great main event!
13:01PM – A low blow by EVIL, and Dick Togo is now choking Hiromu, and then sends the referee back in the ring, as EVIL hits the power bomb and signals the end.
12:59PM – HIROMU ON THE VERGE OF WINNING, BUT DICK TOGO PULLS THE REFEREE OUTSIDE OF THE RING!
12:58PM – The referee is back and ALMOST. I THOUGHT THAT WAS IT. ANOTHER NEARFALL!
12:56PM – There’s STILL life in Hiromu, he sends EVIL crashing into the corner of the ring, where Dick Togo was on the top rope. Dick falls and is now taken out outside of the ring.
12:55PM – The referee is out, Dick Togo makes his way into the ring and beats up Hiromu, just as he was on the verge of winning this match.
12:54PM – AND AGAIN, THE NEAREST OF NEAR FALLS! Hiromu then takes out Dick Togo who was on the apron. Hiromu firmly in control now!
12:53PM – Hiromu so close to picking up the victory here, EVIL kicks out in the nick of time. Fantastic main event!
12:51PM – but no, again, Hiromu digging very deep and pushes EVIL into the corner and then locks EVIL into a submission, followed by a pinfall which EVIL kicks out!
12:49PM – For a moment here, EVIL has turned into Brock Lesnar delivering a number of German Suplexes. Hiromu struggling here, he’s lifeless.
12:47PM – But no, Hiromu digging deep here and delivers a number of German Suplexes to EVIL, but then EVIL follows up with a German of his own!
12:46PM – The tide is turning, a superplex from the top rope by EVIL to Hiromu!
12:44PM – Chris Charlton thinks Hiromu may be on the cusp of a victory toinght..
12:42PM – Holysh*t!
12:41PM – A Death Valley driver on the ring apron by Takahashi on EVIL!
12:38PM – Dick doing his best to get involved to help EVIL..
12:32PM – Back in the ring and EVIL focusing on the injured neck of Takahashi, which he injured outside of the ring using the steel chair.
12:30PM – Takahashi sent out of the ring by EVIL, and Dick Togo takes his shots stamping on him. EVIL makes his way out of the ring, grabs a chair and uses it as weapon to take out Takahashi.
12:27PM – Takahashi wasting little time and goes straight on the attack as the bell rings!
12:25PM – And here comes ‘The Spoiler’ Dick Togo, and now the double champion, EVIL.
12:23PM – Hiromu Takahashi out first looking sensational with his multi coloured large feathers. Is tonight his night to become a triple champ?
12:19PM – Suzuki knows. Wear a mask. Save lives.
12:14PM – This will be EVIL’s first defense of the IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental titles. Pumped for this one following the events of the last few weeks.
12:12PM – It’s main event time! EVIL (c) vs Hiromu Takahashi – IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Championships, but the ring is being cleaned and disinfected before it begins.
12:09PM – Shingo Takagi def El Desperado to retain the NEVER Openweight TItle. That could have gone either way. Great match. Takagi has been super (dare I say it) impressive this year.
12:00PM – Takagi takes control, and delivers a devastating double-leg dragon screw from the top rope!
11:57AM – Back in the ring with El Desperado taking control. The new mask is incredibly terrifying.
11:55AM – The fight is outside of the ring as Takagi smashes El Desperado into the guard rail.
11:48AM – Next up; Shingo Takagi (c) vs El Desperado – NEVER Openweight Championship
11:45AM – It’s over! Okada defeats Yujiro Takahashi via submission
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11:40AM – And WOW, Okada just delivered an INCREDIBLE dropkick to Yujiro!
11:39AM – Chris Charlton weighs in on this clash..
11:37AM – Man. Perfection.
11:34AM – I’m very intrigued to see how Yujiro Takahashi performs here against one of the very best in the world in Okada.
11:28AM – Next up, Kazuchika Okada vs Yujiro Takahashi. Yujiro still without Pieter..
11:25AM – Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata def. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Junior, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI) as Kota Ibushi pins DOUKI.
11:22AM – Poor Zack..
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11:18AM – As expected this one has been absolute chaos so far, but very entertaining. No, i’m not going to say anyone has been impressive because they’ll lose..
11:09AM – And we’re back from the small break with a HUGE tag team match; Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata vs Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Junior, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI)
10:59AM – There is a small intermission as the ring is cleaned and disinfected.
10:57AM – NJPW presents the end of their Summer Struggle series on 29th August with a tournament at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, an outdoor open air event.
10:55AM – LIJ take out their frustrations on the referee after the match. How dare they put ther hands on an official!
10:54AM – There certainly isn’t..
10:53AM – Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI) def. CHAOS (SHO, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto) as SANADA forces SHO to submit. I think I need to stop saying someone is impressive, it isn’t working in their favour at all!
10:50AM – SHO impressing here in this 6-man tag team match.
10:46AM – An update from English commentator, Chris Charlton..
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10:45AM – Lovely team work..
10:38AM – Next up; CHAOS (SHO, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto) vs Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI)
10:35AM – Gabriel Kidd isn’t happy here and grabs the throat of Makabe, who appears to signal he wants to face him.
10:33AM – And as I say that, Togi Makabe, Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & Gabriel Kidd by pinning Gabriel Kidd following a German Suplex by Makabe.
10:31AM – Help from Toru Yano, and Gabriel Kidd locks in the ‘Walls of Jericho’ in the middle of the ring. Oh, and a roll out of the move and into a pin fall by Kidd. He’s very impressive.
10:30AM – So good..
10:21AM – The transformation and rise of Gabriel Kidd has been great to see, and he’s certainly getting better and better working with some of the best in Japan.
10:19AM – Our next contenst was schduled to be Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Satoshi Kojima vs Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Yota Tsuji & Gabriel Kidd. The match will now be; Togi Makabe, Satoshi Kojima & Ryusuke Taguchi vs Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & Gabriel Kidd
10:17AM – Taiji Ishimori defeats Yuya Uemura by submission.
10:15AM – A great opener here full of everything from technical wrestling to showcasing incredible athleticism.
10:10AM – Tomoaki Homma and Yota Tsuji miss Aichi tournament due to Covid-19 health safety precautions.
10:09AM – Jushin Liger on commentary, as we get under way!
10:07AM – Yuya Uemura makes his way to the ring and we’re ready for the opening contest. Plenty of fans in attendance, again which is great to see. All social distancing and wearing face coverings.
10:02AM – And we’re live in Nagoya. An introduction in Japanese, which I unfortunately cannot translate, it’s Japanese commentary only on NJPW World again. A video package is now playing highlighting today’s matches.
09:55AM – We’re just five minutes away of the action kicking off at Sengoku Lord. NJPW will be on, on regularly following this event on NJPW World, as their Summer Struggle events take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo over the next week or so.
09:45AM – Sengoku Lord in Nagoya is taking place from the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya, the capital of the Japanese prefecture, Aichi. Nagoya is located in between Osaka and Tokyo.