*Writers Note: This article will be slightly different than my normal recaps as things got a bit hectic on my end.
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15 – Night Two
- Chase Owens vs. Bad Luck Fale vs. Bushi vs. Toru Yano (Match for Provisional KOPW 2021 Trophy- Four Way Match)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Suzuki-gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (champion) vs. One or Eight (Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato)
- Evil vs. Sanada
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (champ) vs. Jeff Cobb
- IGWP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori (champ) vs. Hiromu Takahashi
- IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship Kota Ibushi (champ) vs. Jay White
Toru Yano vs Chase Owens vs Bad Luck Fale vs BUSHI (KOPW 2021 Provisional Title) 7:24
Winner: Toru Yano
This match was pretty quck and lasted 7 minutes and 24 seconds. Toru Yano pinned BUSHI after a low blow. Something to be expected from Yano.
El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato (IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship) (13:20)
Winner: El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
This match was very fast paced and solid all around. I loved it and felt El Desperado and Toshinobu retaining was well deserved.
Shingo Takagi vs Jeff Cobb (NEVER Openweight Championship) (21:11)
Winner: Shingo Takagi
I absolutely loved this match. I am a big big fan of Jeff Cobb and Shingo. Both men delivered, but it was Shingo who would take the win and retain his belt.
EVIL vs SANADA (23:40)
This match was pretty good. Solid, decent and I was okay with SANADA winning this match.
Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship) (25:31)
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi
This happened to be the longest junior match in the Tokyo Dome from what I know. This match was one of my favorites of the night. Very face paced. Hiromu was able to pull the win for this with a Time Bomb.
Kota Jay White (IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Championship Match) (48:05)
Winner: Kota Ibuhsi
This match was amazing. I was stressed and emotional throughout it all. Gedo interfered a few times, but Kota did his thing throughout. However, when Kota did his Kamigoye to win his match, I was ecstatic. Kota Ibushi has officially become the God of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Immediately after, SANADA came to challenge for the belts and Kota accepted.
Over all, Wrestle Kingdom was a success in my book. I enjoyed both nights greatly and considering this was the first major PPV/wrestling event for any wrestling promotion of the year, it delivered. I’m excited for what New Japan has to offer for 2021 and even more excited for what Kota Ibushi does in NJPW.
Photo Credits: NJPW/NJPW World