Results: NJPW Destruction in Kobe 2018 Review & Match Ratings

September 23, 2018

 

Here are the full results for NJPW's Destruction in Kobe 2018, which took place Sunday September 23rd at the Kobe World Hall arena in Kobe, Japan.

 

Yota Tsuji drew with Yuya Uemura – The two Young Lions went to a ten minute time limit draw. This was a good back and forth opener, that played well off of their previous matches. Tsuji showed tremendous aggression and fire here. (***)

 

Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) b. Ren Narita & Shota Umino – YOH won by pinfall on Narita after a Falcon Arrow. This was another good back and forth match with the lions showing a lot before eventually losing. Umino & Narita are only 20 and 21, and so very good already. (***)

 

Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger b. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado – Tiger Mask won by pinfall after a crucifix on Kanemaru. This was good, with the heel champions pulling out all the tricks, but the legends pulling out the win to get some revenge ahead of the junior tag tournament. (***)

 

Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan b. Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ayato Yoshida – Nagata pinned Yoshida with a High-Angle Suplex. This was another good match, with the dads having fun and Yoshida continuing to look great in his opportunities on this tour. (***)

 

The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Beretta) b. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer – Beretta won by pinfall on Archer with a crucifix. This was very good, with the teams splitting the series as expected, and the Best Friends putting in a great babyface performance. (***1/2)

 

CHAOS (Switchblade Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay) b. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, Toa Henare & David Finlay) – Jay White won by pinfall after a Blade Runner on Henare. The CHAOS angle continues, as White takes full credit for the win, while Ospreay & HASHI did all the heavy lifting. White is a spectacular asshole. What does the future hold for HASHI? Henare continues to keep getting better and better. (***)

 

Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & SANADA) b. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. & TAKA Michinoku) – EVIL picked up the pinfall victory after hitting Everything is EVIL on Michinoku. I haven’t been a fan of their recent tags, but this was good and played off of the recent matches well. (***)

 

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament Semifinal: KUSHIDA b. BUSHI – KUSHIDA won by pinfall after hitting BUSHI with two Back to the Futures. This played well off of their past matches, but started slow. The work was clean, the pacing was really good, there were creative counter sequences, the crowd was invested, and the final few minutes really put it over the top for me as the tease of BUSHI winning after the misting was pretty awesome. This was great stuff. KUSHIDA remains the junior ace, constantly delivering. (****)

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi b. Kazuchika Okada – Hiroshi Tanahashi won by pinfall after hitting a High Fly Flow. I have said it before and will say it again, the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada feud will go down as one of the greatest in history. these two have delivered some absolutely amazing matches, and this one is up there as one of their very best. This one not only felt special, but it had a completely different sense of urgency to it with Okada battling to get back to the WrestleKingdom main event juxtaposed against Tanahashi’s desire and obsession to defeat Okada after around four years. You take that story, and add it into the work and story that they told in the ring (great layout, pacing, structure, selling, fire up spots, callbacks, just everything) in front of an absolutely molten crowd, and they once again created magic. This was another absolute classic from two guys who almost seem to do it with ease, with Tanahashi doing it once again, proving why he’s a legit legend and why he’s the ace of NJPW, even at a roughed up 41 years old; the man is amazing. (*****)

 

Aftermath: Jay White, who defeated Tanahashi in the G1, arrives and lays him out with the blade runner, and we have our next challenger for Tanahashi. White beats down Okada and lays out some young lions as well. White then attacks Romero and takes his chair. HASHI arrives and slips and falls on his way to the ring that (poor bastard) and busted himself open as well. He then attacks White, but White lays him out. White looks to attack Okada with the chair, Gedo arrives and turns on Okada with a chair shot! He tells White to finish him and White lays out Okada with blade runner. THIS IS JAY WHITE’S CHAOS NOW FUCKERS! Gedo makes the official challenge for Tanahashi’s case for White. He also promised a “new era… coming soon.”

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