NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome December 18 Results

The Road to Wrestle Kingdom 15 Continues

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New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) began the Road to TOKYO DOME tour ahead of the two-night Wrestle Kingdom 15 event on January 4th and January 5th at the legendary Tokyo Dome in Miyagi, Japan. The matches continued at the Sendai Sunplaza Hall in Yamanashi, Japan in front of 897 fans. The crowd size was reduced due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019) pandemic.

The non-streamed event began with the Suzuki-Gun team of former IWGP Intercontinental Champion, two-time NEVER Openweight Champion, and Suzuki-Gun leader Minoru Suzuki along with reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions El Desperado/Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeating former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi, “Way to the Grand Master” Master Wato, and NJPW Los Angeles (LA) Dojo Young Lion Gabriel Kidd in 10 minutes and 11 seconds when Suzuki gained the submission fall over Kidd with an Elevated Half Crab.

The second match saw the Bullet Club trio of former IWGP Intercontinental Champion “Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale, former NEVER Openweight Champion Yujiro, and “Crown Jewel” Chase Owens defeat former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe/Tomoaki Honma) [GBH] along with their partner the reigning KOPW (presumably King of Pro Wrestling) titleholder and CHAOS member Toru Yano when Yujiro gained the fall over Honmaat the 7 minutes and 58 seconds mark after using his Pimp Juice technique.

The third match saw the Suzuki-Gun team of reigning IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr/Taichi) and Douki defeat the Bullet Club team of upcoming IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Challengers, World Tag League 2020 (WTL 2020) winners, and former six-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga/Tanga Loa) [GOD], and Jado when Taichi gained the submission fall over Jado with his Seitei Jujiro Stretch Plum technique at the 11 minutes and 15 seconds mark.

The fourth match saw the Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) team of Sanada along with former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Best of the Super Juniors 27 winner “Time Bomb” Hiromu Takahashi, and Bushi defeat the Bullet Club team of former IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Evil, reigning two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori, and “The Spoiler” Dick Togo when Sanada gained the submission fall over Togo with the Skull End technique at the 12 minutes and 6 seconds mark.

The headline match saw the Empire team of reigning Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay, upcoming NEVER Openweight Challenger and former NEVER Openweight Champion Jeff Cobb, and Great-O-Khan defeat CHAOS member former five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada; former eight-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, two-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, and RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Toa Henare in 12 minutes and 26 seconds when Cobb gained the fall over Henare with his Tour of the Islands technique.

The marquee match saw the LIJ team of reigning three-time IWGP Heavyweight and reigning six-time IWGP Intercontinental ‘Double Champion’ Testuya Naito and reigning two-time NEVER Openweight Champion “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi defeat upcoming IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenger, former IWGP Intercontinental Champion, NEVER Openweight Champion, and G1 Climax 29 & 30 winner “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi and CHAOS member Sho in 17 minutes and 4 seconds after Naito used the Destino technique on Sho.

Is the recent string of results for Naito a sign that he will defeat Ibushi on the largest NJPW stage of the year?

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