During the pre-show, the New Japan Rumble took place with Masahito Kakihara winning the Rumble, last eliminating CHEESEBURGER. Featured in the Rumble were such names as Jushin Liger, Delirious, YOSHI-HASHI, BUSHI, Yujiro Takahashi, Tiger Mask IV, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemuru, Katsuya Kitamura, Satoshi Kojima, Henare, Chase Owens, Hiroyoshi Tenzao and Gino Gambino.
Kakihara cut a promo after, giving support to his friend, NOAH legend Yoshihiro Takayama, who was seriously injured last year and is still away from wrestling.
Opening video showcases the card for tonight.
We go to the opening match.
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles: Roppongi 3K (SHO and YOH) (c’s) w/Rocky Romero vs. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
Bucks make fun of Roppongi 3K early, calling them “young boys.” Yoh locks Matt in a Sharpshooter early, but he quickly gets to the ropes. Matt and Yoh then put the other team’s partner in Sharpshooters until they exchange strikes. Roppongi 3K take down the Bucks with stereo dropkicks, then begin double teaming Nick, including hitting the old Rocky Romero Battering Knees double-team. Roppongi 3K then wipe out the Bucks outside with stereo flip dives. Yoh hurt his back, however, on the dive, clutching at it when getting back in. This allows the Bucks to take over, with Nick hitting a Deadlift Apron German to Yoh. The Bucks then lay out Romero on the ramp, hitting a running powerbomb. Matt then with an Apron Powerbomb to Yoh and Nick gets a close 2. Bucks begin taking control, working over Yoh’s back. Yoh avoids Matt, who takes a splat outside. Nick continues to work over Yoh. Matt brings Yoh to the rampway and goes for another powerbomb, but Yoh blocks it and backdrops Matt on the rampway. Nick goes for a dive, but Yoh moves and Nick takes out his brother. Sho finally tags in and begins making a comeback. Nick comes back with a spinning back elbow. Matt now in, but Sho hits him with Rolling Germans. Nick comes in, but Sho Germans both Bucks at the same time! Dominator/Cutter Combo by Roppongi 3K for 2. Matt stops the 3K on Nick, but Roppongi 3K hit Stereo Jumping Knees. Everyone begins hitting superkicks on one another, then Nick counters the 3K with a Tornado DDT on Yoh, but then Sho turns Nick inside out with a Lariat! Matt and Yoh in and both take shots to each other’s injured backs. Bucks hit the Buckle Bomb/Enziguri Combo on Yoh, followed by the Assisted Swanton to the injured back for a close 2. Matt locks Yoh in the Sharpshooter, then Nick takes out Sho outside with an Apron Moonsault! Yoh is able to crawl and reach the ropes. Bucks go for More Bang for Your Buck, but Yoh counters it with a roll-up for a close 2. Yoh with a Half Crab on Matt, but Nick breaks it up. Sho then takes down Nick in his own Half Crab. Nick stops Matt from tapping, then kicks Sho into Yoh to break up the submission. Nick and Sho then begin trading kicks to their opponent’s injured backs. Nick with a superkick, then wipes Sho out outside with a Cancun Tornado! Matt and Yoh trade shots until Matt with a superkick. Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver on Yoh, then Nick with a Sharpshooter on Yoh, who has no choice but to tap.
Winners and NEW IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks by submission (Sharpshooter)