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NJPW Kizuna Road Results (6/17) Who Is The NEVER Openweight Champion?

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The show aired at 5:30am EDT.

FIRST MATCH: Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura

Yota runs circles around Uemura to start. A chain wrestling exchange sees Yota get a nearfall. Both men lock up. Tsuji powers out of a waistlock but ends up in a wrist lock. Uemura transitions to a hammerlock.  Tsuji fights to his feet and trips up Uemura with a takedown. Tsuji works a leg hold but Uemura counters with an armbar attempt. Tsuji breaks free and counters with a toe hold. Uemura fights to the ropes.

Tsuji stomps and slams Uemura’s leg. He locks in a leglock, goes back to assaulting the limb with strikes, and then locks a leg lock back in. Tsuji transitions into a toe hold. Tsuji comes close to snapping Uemura’s leg. Tsuji transitions to a grapevine leg lock. Uemura fights to the ropes.

Tsuji corners Uemura and works over his leg more. Uemura fights back with a back elbow. Uemura covers for two.

Uemura bodyslams Tsuji for two. Uemura locks in a Fujiwara Armbar. Tsuji fights to the ropes.

Uemura works over the arm. Tsuji comes back with a dropkick. Tsuji bodyslams Uemura for two. Tsuji bodyslams Uemura for two.

Tsuji locks in a Single Leg Crab. Uemura fights to the ropes. Tsuji chops Uemura’s chest and then goes back to assaulting the injured leg. Uemura fights back with a dropkick for two. Uemura locks in an armbar. Tsuji counters with a Boston Crab attempt, but Uemura locks the armbar back in. Tsuji fights to the ropes. Uemura covers but time expires.

WINNER: Time Limit Draw.

SECOND MATCH: Manabu NakanishiYuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino & Tomoyuki Oka

Oka starts the match by peppering Nakanishi with forearms. Nakanishi and Oka trade shoulder blocks. Nakanishi drops Oka with a shoulder tackle. Umino tags in. Nagata tags in.

They lock up. Umino gets Nagata on the ropes but refuses to break. The ref separates them. Umino and Nagata trade vicious kicks. Umino drops Nagata with a dropkick. Umino covers for two.

Umino locks in a sleeper, but Nagata breaks the hold. Nagata bodyslams Umino. Nagata locks in a single leg crab. Oka tries to break it up but gets tossed from the ring.

Nakanishi tags in and hits a double shoulder tackle on Umino. Nakanishi chops away on Umino. Nagata tags in.

Nagata beats on Umino in the corner. Nagata hits a snapmare and back kick. Nagata clears the apron. Nakanishi tags in.

Nakanishi hits huge forearm across Umino’s back. Nakanishi locks in a Torture Rack but breaks it up to throw Oka from the ring. Nakanishi hits a bodyslam. Umino rolls out of the way of a knee drop. Umino fights back with forearms but is staggered by a stiff strike. Umino hits a dropkick. Oka tags in.

Oka hits a shoulder tackle. Oka clears the apron. Oka corners Nakanishi and hits forever forearms. Oka hits a slam for two.

Nakanishi hits a series of headbutts. Nakanishi goes for a brainbuster but Oka hits one of his own. Nakanishi hits a spear. Nagata tags in.

Nagata hits a series of stiff kicks to Oka’s body. Oka hits a belly to belly suplex. Umino tags in. Umino clears the apron.

Umino floors Nagata with a back elbow. Umino hits a Top Rope Missile Dropkick for two. Umino locks in an armbar. Nakanishi breaks it up, but Oka sends him to the outside. Umino and Nagata exchange strikes. Nagata hits a Kitchen Sink Knee. Nagata gets a nearfall on Umino. Nagata hits an Exploder Suplex. Nagata locks in Nagata Lock II. Umino submits.

WINNERS: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata

THIRD MATCH: Ren NaritaHiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori)

Takahashi and Tenzan lock up. Tenzan locks in a side headlock but Takahashi counters with a hair pull. Tenzan fights off Takahashi strike attempts and hits a gut chop and a lariat. Tenzan hits Mongolian Chops. Takahashi hits Mongolian Chops. Tenzan floors Yujiro. Ishimori and Narita tag in.

Narita pummels Ishimori in the corner. Ishimori counters a whip by sliding under the ropes and hitting a springboard seated senton. Yujiro tags in and maintains dominance over Narita. Yujiro bodyslams Narita. Yujiro sends Narita to the canvas with a huge strike. Yujiro hits a Spinebuster. Yujiro locks in a Boston Crab. Narita fights to the ropes.

Yujiro hits a Yakuza Kick. Narita hits a dropkick. Tenzan tags in and hits Mongolian Chops. Tenzan hits a headbutt. Tenzan hits a corner lariat. Tenzan hits a brainbuster for two.

Yujiro fights back and hits a sliding dropkick. Yujiro hits a Fisherman Buster. Yujiro hits Yakuza Kick. Tenzan hits a rolling kick. Narita tags in. Ishimori tags in.

Narita hits a hiptoss for two. Narita locks in a Boston Crab. Ishimori fights to the ropes.

Ishimori hits a handspring enziguri. Ishimori covers for two. Ishimori hits a Tombstone Double Knee Facebuster for two. Ishimori locks in a Yes Lock and Narita taps.

WINNERS: Bullet Club