I have spoken about New Japan on the website since the fall and they have been one of the many victims of the change in activity on the site. However, seeing as though we now have a new IWGP Junior heavyweight champion it is worth sharing the results. In a match consisting of Bushi, El Despardo and El Phantasmo we have the newest champion that being El Despardo who is now a double champion in New Japan holding both the IWGP junior heavyweight and tag team championships. Despardo becomes the first person since Kushida to hold both titles from the division at the same time and it caps off a seven year long journey for the mask man to reach the top of the division. Let's get to the keep the dive into the match:
"Yet the road to victory was a trying one for Suzuki-Gun’s masked agitator. Desperado started strong, sending BUSHI into El Phantasmo before suplexing the LIJ member, nominated for the bout by Hiromu Takahashi, onto ELP. Yet crotched by Phantasmo on the top strand, Desperado was subject to a top corner stomp, leading to two. Moments later, it was Desperado crotching ELP, but when he tried to follow up, BUSHI would intervene, landing his apron DDT before a top rope Frankensteiner got a nearfall."
"With the match now a one on one affair, ELP set to work on BUSHI, but the jet black death mask was just as hungry for his second IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. A slingshot headscissors over the top to the floor connected, but BUSHI’s momentum was soon stopped by ELP, who humiliated BUSHI by standing on his crotch in the corner. A beautiful quebrada demonstrated Phantasmo’s effortless athleticism, and the Thunder Kiss ’86 splash was equally effective. BUSHI kicked out of both moves however, prompting ELP to load his boot for Sudden Death."
"Desperado, with a new mask and an intense anger intervened however, and tore into the Canadian, and sent him to the floor where he was met with a tope suicida con giro. Desperado would place ELP on the top rope and looked for a superplex, but BUSHI would return to the ring, to his the Tower of Doom, getting near falls on both of his opponents."
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