Happy Birthday, Bullet Club. It wouldn’t be Wrestling Dontaku weekend without a bit of Bullet Club shenanigans, and this year’s edition was no exception. After Kazuchika Okada defeated Tetsuya Naito in the main event of Sunday’s show, he was attacked and overcome by the returning “Switchblade” Jay White, and a reunited Bullet Club. The ending capped a big night for BC in Fukuoka.
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) May 1, 2022
Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens, and Bad Luck Fale all left Wrestling Dontaku with championship gold, Ishimori now the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, and Owens & Fale the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. The new champions alongside returning Bullet Club members Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows, as well as new Bullet Club member Juice Robinson, stood tall over Okada, as Jay White taunted the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
While Bullet Club stood tall at Wrestling Dontaku, House of Torture was not so lucky. Tokyo Pimp Yujiro Takahashi fell to Tanga Loa, and Tama Tonga wrenched the NEVER Openweight Championship out of EVIL’s vise-like grip.
Elsewhere on the show, the Jr. Tag Champions were able to overcome Suzuki-gun, thanks to Taguchi’s bare backside, Hiromu Takahashi crushed YOH in a Best of Super Juniors preview, and inaugural IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Shiro Koshinaka teamed up with LIJ to replace the ill Tatsumi Fujinami.
Here are the full results:
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- Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) def. Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Shiro Koshinaka by pinfall. (10:15)
Taichi pinned Shingo Takagi via Clutch Pin.
- Hiromu Takahashi def. YOH by pinfall via Time Bomb II. (9:59)
- Tanga Loa def. Yujiro Takahashi by pinfall via Ape Shit. (11:33)
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Six or Nine (Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) def. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI) by pinfall. (9:10)
Ryusuke Taguchi pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru via bare-assed Clutch Pin.
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match: Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale) def. United Empire (Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb) (c) and CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto) by pinfall. (9:42)
Chase Owens pinned Hirooki Goto via Rocket Launcher.
- NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Tama Tonga def. EVIL (c) by pinfall via Gun Stun. (13:25)
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match: Taiji Ishimori def. El Desperado (c) by submission via Bone Lock. (14:40)
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Tomohiro Ishii by pinfall via High Fly Flow. (23:20)
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Tetsuya Naito by pinfall via Rainmaker. (34:12)
New Japan Pro Wrestling will return for Best of Super Juniors 29: Night 1 on May 15th at 4am ET on NJPWWorld.com