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NJPW New Beginnings in Sapporo Night 2: Jay White Wins U.S. Title

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It was a rough night for Bullet Club fans at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s New Beginnings in Sapporo Night 2 event as Jay White defeated Kenny Omega to win the IWGP United States Championship.

It was a shock to many fans in attendance who watched as White capture his first title in New Japan Pro Wrestling less than a month after he lost the Intercontinental title bout to former champion Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Omega won the U.S. title in July at the G1 Special in USA and held it for 210 with four successful title defenses.

After the match, Bullet Club member Adam “Hangman” Page appeared to challenge White for the title, but Omega asked him to back off. The other Bullet Club members hit the ring, along with Cody who started arguing with Omega and said he wasn’t being a leader. After a quick cool off, Cody, who hit the faction’s leader with the Cross Rhodes.

Page held Omega while Cody grabbed a chair – but before The American Nightmare could clean The Cleaner’s clock, Kota Ibushi ran out to chase off the rest of Bullet Club and save Omega. The former tag team partners embraced before Ibushi helped Omega to the back.

This is the latest development in the saga of Omega and Ibushi. The night after Wrestle Kingdom 12, Omega saved his former tag team partner from a beat down from the Bullet Club following a six-man tag team match.

After the events, Omega posted to social media, only with the words “A new beginning.”

Other than the tweet, there has been no official word as to whether Omega is still with Bullet Club or if Cody is now the new leader of the group.

Omega losing the U.S. title and Cody’s attack is just the tip of the iceberg for what was a rough night for the Bullet Club. In the evening’s co-main event, Roppongi 3K took back the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team titles from the Young Bucks.

Matt and Nick Jackson defeated Sho and Yoh at Wrestle Kingdom 12 to win their seventh IWGP Jr. Heavyweight tag team titles.

Full results for New Beginnings in Sapporo Night Two:

  • Juice Robinson defeated Katsuya Kitamura – Kitmaura is now 0-3 in his Challenge Series
  • El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino, and Tiger Mask IV
  • Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano defeated Leo Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi
  • Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Roa defeated Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, and Tomoyuki Oka
  • Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka defeated Henare and Michael Elgin
  • Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page, and Marty Scurll defeated David Finlay, Kota Ibushi, and KUSHIDA
  • BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, and Tetsuya Naito defeated Gedo, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay, and YOSHI-HASHI
  • Roppongi 3K (SHO and YOH) defeated Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
  • “Switchblade” Jay White defeated Kenny Omega to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship

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Satoshi Kojima Talks Return, ACL Injury

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Legendary Japanese star Satoshi Kojima made his in-ring return at Blue Justice VIII ‘Road To Destruction’, teaming with Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi as they took on, and defeated, the team of Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson and David Finlay.

Following the match, Kojima took the mic and discussed his first in ring action since suffering an ACL injury back in January.

“These last 8 months, which I missed, were very long and tough for me” Kojima said. “But, at the same time there was joy and happiness too. I learned that there are always good things waiting for you if you keep going. For those who are struggling with issues in life, please watch us, and feel alive. Thank you.”

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Kenny Omega Talks Making An Alternative to WWE

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While the rumors of Kenny Omega heading to WWE continue to swirl, the global superstar is busy making a professional wrestling product that is an alternative to WWE programming, and seems proud in doing so for fans.

“Fans, wrestlers, and even the general public have been conditioned to believe that there’s an enormous skill gap between WWE and everyone else,” Omega said, during an interview with Sports Illustrated. “A major league and a minor league. It’s either you’re there or you’re just not good enough.

“While it’s true their collection of talent is undeniable, a small group of us have bet on ourselves and on the unique alternative vision we have for pro wrestling. What they can offer in flash, we can offer in substance. While their writers produce TV for a certain demographic, we’re producing stories for fans that want something a little different.”

Following the success of All-In it’s not clear what the next big thing for Omega may be, but one cannot 100% rule out a run in WWE should all the stars align, which may come down to WWE making concessions on how many limitations they would place on Omega in a WWE ring.

 

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Flip Gordon Discusses Future with ROH

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Ring Of Honor (ROH) star Flip Gordon has some lofty goals with the promotion, and he discussed them, along with his journey to the Ring of Honor promotion, recently during an interview with Wrestling Epicenter.

“It has been a fun journey. I wanted as much as I could and that is kind of what I did very early on. I started just wrestling in the Northeast.

“I’ve always wanted to travel more, I always wanted to go further, I always wanted to wrestle new people. I think while doing that, I got to get into the ring with a lot of good guys probably before I should have had the chance to be in the ring with them.

“But, I did! I was able to learn at a very fast rate and I think that is what caught Ring of Honor’s attention.”

Gordon has his sights set on Bully Ray.

“Well, I want to get this thing with Bully Ray squashed, get that out of the way. And then, you know, I’ve been with Ring of Honor for over a year now, I have just re-signed, maybe it is time for a TV title run?”

Gordon also discussed New Japan Pro Wrestling and ROH’s Supercard of Honor selling out MSG, a huge milestone for any professional wrestling brand.

“It is just insane! Not just from a wrestling standpoint but from an entertainer’s standpoint! Anybody from basketball to comedy to music to wrestling to theater, they want to perform in Madison Square Garden!

“That is the World’s Most Famous Arena! Like you said, it is the Mecca! That is a dream of mine coming true. I can’t wait! I wish it was April already! (laughs)

“For Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling to put on a co-show, the G1 Supercard, and to sell it out that quick is a testament to how popular wrestling is right now and how much of a variety there is. Wrestling fans want something different.

“You can have a WWE show across town and have a non-WWE show sell out in the same city! There’s such a variety and it is cool to see how much wrestling is thriving right now!”

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