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John Pollock & Wai Ting review both nights of NJPW’s New Beginning in Hiroshima 2021 shows headlined by Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA for the Double Championship and Hiromu Takahashi vs. SHO for the Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
Also on the show, a pair of controversial finishes leaves several talking points as Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. seek to regain the “Iron Fingers from Hell” (and the IWGP Tag Titles) from G.O.D., and Kazuchika Okada continues to goad EVIL to agree to a 1-on-1 encounter.
We also discuss New Japan’s propensity for longer match durations and its effect on the overall quality of the show, the possible unification of the IWGP Double Championship and the man trying to prevent it, Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, AEW Dynamite footage appearing on NJPW World, and more.
NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima – Night 1
February 10, 2021
Hiroshima Sun Plaza
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. SHO
- IWGP Tag Team Titles: Guerrillas Of Destiny (c) vs. Dangerous Tekkers
- Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma vs. SANADA & Tetsuya Naito
- Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI vs. El Phantasmo, EVIL, Jay White, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi
- BUSHI vs. Master Wato
- Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
NJPW New Beginning in Hiroshima – Night 2
February 11, 2021
Hiroshima Sun Plaza
- IWGP Double Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs. SANADA
- NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Titles: Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI (c) vs. Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa
- Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano vs. Dick Togo & EVIL
- El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi vs. BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito
- Master Wato, SHO & Tomoaki Honma vs. El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. DOUKI, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.