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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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Tetsuya Naito Posts Video Aimed at Chris Jericho

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With Chris Jericho set to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13, the trash talk has started.

Naito posted the following video, via New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official YouTube channel, where he mocks the future WWE Hall of Famer.

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WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA

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IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.

The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.

With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.

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Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling

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The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.

Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.

“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”

Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”

“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”

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