New Japan Dontaku Report – Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page, Cody vs. Kota Ibushi

John Pollock goes through the first of two Dontaku cards from New Japan Pro Wrestling in Fukuoka with Kenny Omega taking on Hangman Page and a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom between Cody and Kota Ibushi.

SHOTA UMINO & YOTA TSUJI VS YUJIRO & CHASE OWENS

Tsuji hit two huge overhand chops to Yujiro.

Kevin Kelly noted Dontaku is the event where The Bullet Club formed in 2013.

Umino received the hot tag and landed a missile dropkick onto Owens. Umino has a lot of fire.

Owens hit a superkick and double-knee gut buster to Umino. He finished Umino with the package piledriver.

WINNERS: CHASE OWENS (pinned Shota Umino) & YUJIRO AT 5:34

YUJI NAGATA, REN NARITA & TOMOYUKI OKA VS RYUSUKE TAGUCHI, JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & TIGER MASK

Tetsuhiro Yagi was supposed to be in this match but recently broke his arm.

Nagata was tagged in after several minutes and delivered an exploder to Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask came back with a Tiger Driver.

Kelly mentioned Nagata just turned 50 and is hoping to wrestle until he is 70, which is quite the goal.

Narita entered and applied a Boston Crab to Taguchi. Tiger Mask broke the hold with a running boot. Taguchi was left with Narita and hit a hip attack and finished Narita with the Dodon.

WINNERS: RYUSUKE TAGUCHI (pinned Ren Narita), JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & TIGER MASK AT 7:14

ROPPONGI 3K & ROCKY ROMERO VS DAVEY BOY SMITH JR., LANCE ARCHER & TAKASHI IIZUKA

The six brawled on the floor around the ring. Don Callis was screaming about how crazy Davey Boy Smith Jr. is but the camera wasn’t on him.

SHO and Iizuka returned to the ring. Iizuka was biting SHO’s arm and then got into Tiger Hattori’s face. SHO rolled up Iizuka from behind and got the pin out of nowhere.

WINNERS: ROPPONGI 3K & ROCKY ROMERO AT 2:05

I had no issue having a quick fall out of nowhere and do something different.

Lance Archer chokeslammed Yuya Uemaru in the ring before leaving.

JAY WHITE, HIROOKI GOTO, TOMOHIRO ISHII, YOSHI-HASHI, TORU YANO VS JUICE ROBINSON, TOGI MAKABE, MICHAEL ELGIN, TOA HENARE & DAVID FINLAY

Kelly notes Jay White is 10-1 in singles matches against David Finlay after their latest match at Korakuen Hall last week.

Michael Elgin recently challenged Hirooki Goto for a future NEVER Openweight title match.

Yano removed the turnbuckle padding and Finlay was run into the exposed buckle. CHAOS had control of Finlay in their corner. This lasted until he made the tag to Robinson.

Henare hit a flying shoulder tackle off the top to White. Henare got a near fall after a big double-leg takedown. Henare avoided the Blade Runner but White came back with a release German suplex and then hit the Blade Runner for the win.

WINNERS: JAY WHITE (pinned Toa Henare), HIROOKI GOTO, TOMOHIRO ISHII, YOSHI-HASHI & TORU YANO AT 10:27

BAD LUCK FALE & THE GUERRILLAS OF DESTINY VS THE YOUNG BUCKS & MARTY SCURLL FOR THE NEVER SIX-MAN TAG TITLES

They shook hands before the match began.

Scurll and the Bucks worked to get Fale off his feet.

Fale ran Matt into the ring post in front of Kelly and Callis.

The Bucks applied simultaneous sharpshooters to Tonga and Loa.

Scurll prevented a Grenade by Fale by snapping the fingers.

Matt lifted Loa, but Tonga stopped Nick from executing the Meltzer Driver from the apron.

The Guerrillas hit the Magic Killer followed by a splash from Fale and Scurll saved.

Nick scaled the top turnbuckle and took out Tonga and Fale on the floor with a beautiful dive. Nick immediately joined in on More Bang For Your Buck and Matt pinned Loa and won the titles.

WINNERS: THE YOUNG BUCKS & MARTY SCURLL AT 10:02 TO WIN THE NEVER SIX-MAN TAG TITLES

Fale and The Guerrillas grabbed the titles and handed them over and left despondent.

There was a promo that ran promoting Bone Soldier’s pending return.

TETSUYA NAITO, EVIL, SANADA, HIROMU TAKAHASHI & BUSHI VS MINORU SUZUKI, ZACK SABRE JR., YOSHINOBU KANEMARU, EL DESPERADO & TAICHI

They quickly went to the floor and Suzuki used the guardrail to attack Naito and he is favoring his right knee as he rolled into the ring.

Suzuki, Sabre and Kanemaru triple-teamed Naito in the corner. They targeted the knee and beat Naito down. Naito was in the match for a long time until tagging Sanada in.

Suzuki-gun ganged up and attacked Bushi in the ring.

LIJ regained control with the numbers advantage on Kanemaru. EVIL hit Everything is Evil and pinned Kanemaru.

WINNERS: EVIL (pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru), TETSUYA NAITO, SANADA, HIROMU TAKAHASHI & BUSHI AT 13:36

Suzuki attacked the young boys on his way to the back.

The Young Bucks came out and challenged EVIL and Sanada for the IWGP tag titles. They hit superkicks to both and then retreated from the ring.

KAZUCHIKA OKADA & WILL OSPREAY VS HIROSHI TANAHASHI & KUSHIDA

The audience was heated for the start with Okada and Tanahashi starting the match.

Okada sent Tanahashi into the guardrail on the floor and sent him over with a running boot.

Okada went for a tombstone onto the floor but Tanahashi blocked it and hit a dragon screw leg whip.

Tanahashi applied a cloverleaf while KUSHIDA applied the Hoverboard Lock at the same time. Ospreay broke free and attacked Tanahashi for the break.

KUSHIDA applied a triangle to Ospreay as Tanahashi kept Okada on the floor. Ospreay caught him with a standing Spanish Fly. Okada knocked Tanahashi off the apron to prevent KUSHIDA’s tag.

Okada landed a top rope elbow drop onto KUSHIDA and called for the Rainmaker.

KUSHIDA blocked the Storm Breaker, which is Ospreay’s new move.

KUSHIDA kicked at Okada’s arm, he applied the Hoverboard Lock, but that is countered with a tombstone. Okada sends Tanahashi to the floor and lands the Rainmaker onto KUSHIDA

WINNERS: KAZUCHIKA OKADA (pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi) & KUSHIDA AT 16:16

Okada and Tanahashi had a faceoff inside the ring.

CODY VS KOTA IBUSHI

Cody was on the floor and threw a chair into the ring. There was lots of stalling from Cody at the beginning.

Ibushi ran him into the corner, Cody grabbed the back of his head and bailed to the floor. He played possum and snapped Ibushi’s neck on the rope and hit a Gord buster onto the edge of the apron. Cody took over with repeated stomps and started doing push-ups.

Cody applied a figure-four with Ibushi getting to the rope.

Ibushi landed the Golden Triangle after sending Cody to the floor. They returned to the ring and Cody hit the Disaster kick. Ibushi fired back with a huge clothesline and both were down.

Cody missed Ibushi in the corner and splashed Red Shoes. This led to Cody setting up a table in the corner. They fought on the turnbuckle, Cody lay down on the table and Ibushi landed a double foot stomp, but the table didn’t break. Ibushi went back up and hit another with the middle of the table caving in from the stomp. This opened a cut on Cody’s back.

Cody kicked out of the Last Ride powerbomb. Cody ate a head kick but avoided the Kamigoye.

Cody was behind the barricade on the floor, Ibushi hit a springboard crossbody over the barricade. They returned to the ring, Cody hit Cross Rhodes and Ibushi kicked out. Cody followed with the vertebreaker, which he has named Din’s Fire, and pinned Ibushi.

WINNER: CODY AT 23:38

KENNY OMEGA VS HANGMAN PAGE

Cody and Page jumped Omega before the match began. Omega dropkicked a table into Cody and landed a snap Dragon suplex onto Page as the bell rang. Omega took out Cody with the Terminator dive to the floor.

Page had his left leg taped.

Page connected with a top rope moonsault to Omega on the floor. The table was flat on the floor and Page hit Omega with the Rites of Passage on top of it. Omega has a cut on the top of his head.

Page hit the slingshot lariat over the barricade on the floor.

The audience was chanting “Omega”, he hit You Can’t Escape and Page kicked out.

Page hit a package tombstone that Omega kicked out of.

They went to the top and Page connected with a reverse neck breaker off the turnbuckle.

Omega connected with two V-Triggers, Page blocked the One-Winged Angel and then Omega hit the snap Dragon suplex.

Page attempted a slingshot lariat and was caught with a V-Trigger after the flip into the ring.

Omega hit another V-Trigger and hit the One-Winged Angel

WINNER: KENNY OMEGA AT 18:14

The final two matches were good but were not the high-end main events that you would expect.

Omega thanked the audience and encouraged them to come back Friday for the second Dontaku show.

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