New IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions were crowned earlier today on the Road To The New Beginning show at Ota City General Gymnasium.
In a match which featured multiple ref bumps, weapon shots and low blows, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado to become two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
Suzuki-gun almost retained the title in the latter stages after Kanemaru caught ELP with a Moonsault and Brainbuster, but Phantasmo managed to kick out. The two-time Super J-Cup winner then gained the upper hand with a punch to Kanemaru's nether regions and followed up with a loaded Sudden Death for the 1-2-3.
Elsewhere on the show, Hiroyoshi Tenzan stepped inside a New Japan Pro-Wrestling ring for the first time since New Year Dash and teamed with longtime partner Satoshi Kojima against Will Ospreay and Great-O-Khan. The United Empire beat down the four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion on January 6 and Tenzan was able to exact some revenge today as he pummelled Great-O-Khan with repeated shots, drawing the disqualification.
Tomoaki Honma also appears to be Tetsuya Naito's next opponent. In a 10-Man Tag Team Elimination Match featuring the likes of Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, SANADA and Hiromu Takahashi, Honma picked up the win for his team by Clotheslining El Ingobernable over the top rope.
Check out the results for the January 23 Road To The New Beginning show below:
• DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki def. Gedo & Jado
• Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii def. EVIL, Dick Togo & Yujiro Takahashi
• Will Ospreay & Great-O-Khan def. TenCozy by disqualification
• Tomoaki Honma, Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Master Wato & SHO def. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi - 10-Man Tag Team Elimination Match
• El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship