NJPW Strong #39 – “Collision 2021”
May 7th, 2021
Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California
Commentary: Kevin Kelly & Alex Koslov
The DKC & Kevin Knight vs. Adrian Quest & Barrett Brown
The story going on here with Barrett Brown is that he easily gets upset as losing his matches as he was told could affect his time here, and he even gets upset when his team wins and he’s not the one who gets the pinfall. Brown and DKC start the match with each man trying to take the other down, after a pin attempt from DKC, Knight and Quest get tagged in with Brown being reluctant to make the tag. They also try to take each other down and dodge leapfrogs, until Quest hits an arm drag followed by a 360 cross body for a 2 count. Brown tags in and they hit a drop toe hold/dropkick combo. Knight gets tossed to the outside and Brown tries to dive on him but Knight quickly runs in and hits a dropkick. DKC comes in and applies a rear chin lock on Brown. Quest comes in and hits a hurricanrana and a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on DKC. Quest gets distracted by Brown shouting ringside, so DKC and Knight double team and take advantage of Quest. DKC hits a bunch of kicks on Quest, but the last one gets caught into a German Suplex and Quest tags Brown in who goes at it on Knight who also comes in. Brown reverses Knight into a spinning DDT, but the pin gets broken up by DKC. All four men battle in the ring, but Brown is able to take DKC out of the ring. As Brown has the upper hand on Knight, Quest tags himself in, hits a running shooting star press, and gets the pin on Knight.
Winners: Adrian Quest & Barrett Brown by pinfall at 8:32
Right away, Brown gets in Quest’s face and is upset that Quest got the pin. They shove a little but end up bumping fists. As they start leaving to the back though, Brown attacks Quest and throws him back into the ring and mounts him with punches, and hits a spinning back fist to take out Quest.
Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson vs. Jordan Clearwater & Misterioso
Nelson and Isaacs, known as the West Coast Wrecking Crew, are making their NJPW Strong debut after teaming up for a handful of matches earlier this year on AEW Dark. Isaacs and Clearwater make their debut and very quickly Isaacs is able to take him down a couple of times. Couple of pin and arm drag attempts, but Isaacs ended up getting whipped into the corner and Clearwater hits a splash and a bulldog for a 2 count before tagging in Misterioso. Misterioso gets attacked from behind by Nelson and comes in with a blind tag. Misterioso chops and strikes back and hits a springboard back elbow and rolling dropkick for a 2 count. Clearwater tags back in and hits a suplex and kicks Nelson in the corner. With Nelson distracting the referee, Isaacs takes out Clearwater while he’s on the apron that Nelson gets a 1 count for. Isaacs tags in and stomps Clearwater in the corner. Nelson and Isaacs trade-off tags as they keep Clearwater in their corner. Nelson and Clearwater battle it out with punches in the middle of the ring, until Clearwater hits a jumping neck breaker and tags in Misterioso. Misterioso takes both Isaacs and Nelson outside and dives onto them. Back inside, Misterioso hits running knees to Isaacs followed by a springboard senton for a 2 count. Misterioso hits a moonsault off the second rope for a 2 count that gets broken up by Nelson. Clearwater comes in as he and Misterioso double team Isaacs until Isaacs ducks and Clearwater takes out Misterioso. Nelson comes in and he and Isaacs hit a powerbomb/running neckbreaker to take Clearwater to the outside. Misterioso tries to fight back but gets suplexed outside by Isaacs, followed by a tope suicida from Nelson. Isaacs puts Clearwater in a fireman’s carry position, but Nelson jumps off of Clearwater onto Misterioso with a flying elbow drop, as Isaacs hits a Death Valley Driver to Clearwater onto the knees of Nelson and Isaacs gets the pin.
Winners: Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson by pinfall at 10:21
Isaacs and Nelson do a backstage interview where Isaacs calls himself the Mile High Samurai and Nelson is Superman’s Daddy. You are looking at the West Coast Wrecking Crew, and their resume is already in their name. Nelson says you know who they are, but you’ve never seen them there. When they are here they only care about a few things; beating people up, winning matches and winning championships. Isaacs closes it with “Best in the game, the rest are just lame. The West Coast Wrecking Crew, get used to the name.” Bars.
Ren Narita & Yuji Nagata vs. Chris Dickinson & Jon Moxley
Nagata is making his NJPW Strong debut, on this preview before Moxley defends the IWGP United States Championship against Nagata on AEW Dynamite, May 12th. Nagata and Moxley start the match and waste no time hitting each other with forearms. Moxley tries to go for the Death Rider, but Nagata reverses the attack on Moxley’s arm and tags in Narita as they double team on Moxley who quickly tags out to Dickinson. Narita tries to take Dickinson down, but they start hitting hard chops and forearms before Narita takes down both Dickinson and Moxley off the apron. Moxley pulls Narita out of the ring and throws him against the barricade. Back inside, Dickinson hits a snap suplex and gets a two-count on Narita, before tagging Moxley back in. Moxley hits a backbreaker for a 2 count of his own, right into a submission cranking on Narita’s neck, that he breaks up and hits a running kick to. Moxley tags Dickinson in who splashes Narita gets a two count right into a single leg Crab into an STF but Narita grabs the rope. Moxley tags in and chops Narita against the ropes, but Narita comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex as both Dickinson and Nagata tag back in. Nagata hits kicks and a big boot and a butterfly suplex for a 2 count. Nagata tries to go for another suplex, but Dickinson gets out and they trade forearms with Dickinson screaming for more, followed by chops and a dragon screw leg whip. Moxley tags in as he and Nagata starts trading forearms. Nagata hits an Enziguri, but Moxley hits a lariat for a 2 count into the Bully Choke. Nagata breaks out and hits an Exploder Suplex and tags Narita in. Narita takes out Dickinson and he and Nagata attacks Moxley in the corner, Narita hits a spinning kick but the pin attempt gets broken up by Dickinson. Dickinson and Nagata take it out the outside, as Narita hits a pair of suplexes for a 2 count on Moxley. Narita tries to go for another one, but Moxley headbutts his way out, hits a German suplex, and takes Nagata off the apron who falls into Dickinson ready to pounce on him. Moxley hits the Death Rider to Narita and gets the pin.
Winners: Chris Dickinson & Jon Moxley by pinfall at 9:18
Moxley and Nagata go face to face in the ring and then start slapping each other, which turns into Nagata applying the Nagata Lock on Moxley, and Dickinson and the young lions try their hardest to pull Nagata off who eventually does get off.