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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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NJPW’s Harold Meij Comments on Departing Talent

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With the departures of Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, and the likely forthcoming departure of Kenny Omega, New Japan Pro Wrestling has been reeling.

New Japan Pro Wrestling president Harold Meij commented on the departures of the The Elite members, and other talent, most of whom are moving to either WWE or AEW.

Meij: ‘Talent will come & go. That’s life. Half of Japanese people have had more than one occupation. More overseas. There are different life stages, priorities change. What counts is that while here, ppl shine as bright as possible & produce the best product possible for us’— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 9, 2019

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Chase Owens Re-Signs With NJPW

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NJPW is expected to lose Kenny Omega at the end of the month, who announced he would be leaving when his contract expires at the end of the month, but they will not be losing Chase Owens.

“The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens has also officially re-signed with NJPW, making the official announcement on Twitter.

Happy to announce I have signed contract with njpw. #packagedrivereveryone2019— chase owens (@realchaseowens) January 7, 2019

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Chris Jericho Vows to End Tetsuya Naito’s Career

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IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho is gearing up for his title defense against Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4th, and he is vowing to end Naito’s career when the two finally meet in the ring.

My message to @s_d_naito#WrestleKingdom13 will be the LAST MATCH of your great career! @njpwworld @njpw1972 pic.twitter.com/n6w3qaxvT5— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 21, 2018

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