Summer Struggle August 6 Undercard Matches
Some Narratives Add Another Layer
The August 6th Summer Struggle event in Korakuen Hall saw an increased crowd of 698 as New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) allotted more tickets for the event as Japan moves closer towards a return to normalcy when dealing with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019) pandemic.
The fourth of the match event saw the team of Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, and NJPW Noge Dojo Young Lion Yuya Uemura face IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr/Taichi) and Yoshinobu Kanemaru. In what was another even display between Golden Ace (Tanahashi/Ibushi) and Dangerous Tekkers, Kanemaru was able to take of the Young Lion and defeat him at 9 minutes and 27 seconds with Deep Impact.
After the match, Ibushi almost took Dangerous Tekkers up on their offer of attacking Tanahashi but was instead attacked by the champions — bringing more tension between him and his current tag team partner.
The third match saw CHAOS members Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, and Yoshi-Hashi defeat Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe/Tomoaki Honma) and Satoshi Kojima when Goto pinned Makabe at 9 minutes and 12 seconds with his Goto-Nishiki cradle.
The CHAOS team will face Great Bash Heel and Ryusuke Taguchi in the opening round of the NEVER 6-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament. With the teamwork on display by the group, they are the likely favorites going into the match, especially after Goto took the fall from Makabe.
The second match of the event saw Hiroyoshi Tenzan and his kohai Master Wato defeat Ryusuke Taguchi and NJPW Noge Dojo Young Lion Yota Tsuji at the 9 minute 54-second mark when Wato pinned Tsuji after the RPP, giving Wato further momentum going into Summer Struggle in Jingu.
The opening match saw Yuji Nagata defeat NJPW Los Angeles (LA) Dojo Young Lion Gabriel Kidd at the 8 minute 12-second mark with the Nagata Lock II. Kidd continues to look like a future bankable draw for NJPW in the future.