Battle Autumn Night 1 (October 14) Full card, preview

Battle Autumn series gets underway free!



Live action returns to NJPW World Friday October 14 with a free event to start the Battle Autumn series!


Main event: NJPW World Television Championship Tournament- Alex Zayne vs Zack Sabre Jr

The main event sees Alex Zayne return to NJPW rings as he battles for the NJPW World Television Championship against Zack Sabre Jr. in the tournament first round main event. Zayne’s dynamic, high flying style certainly is at odds with Zack Sabre Jr.’s scientific submission grappling. Yet both approaches could set themselves up for fast results. With 15 minutes on the clock, could it be a sudden KO, or flash pins and submissions that see one of these two men into the second round?

7th Match: NJPW World Television Championship Tournament- David Finlay vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru

David Finlay seeks to bounce back from a hard fought narrow loss over the IWGP United States title in Kobe two weeks ago by setting his sights onmaking the NJPW WOrld TV Championship his first singles title in NJPW. IN his way will be the crafty Yoshinobu Kanemaru, making for another in triguing lcash in styles. Finlay is renowned for his explosiveness and pace, while Kanemaru’s tactical wiles have seen him to many a win over all sorts of opposition. Who advances in this openweight clash?

6th Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA) vs BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, Taiji Ishimori & KENTA)

Declaration of Power Monday night saw Shingo Takagi vanquish El Phantasmo, finally earning acknowledgement from ELP that he is the ‘daddy’ in their strange relationship. Yet moments after the humiliation of Phantasmo was complete, a low blow from the Headbanga was followed by the destruction of the KOPW 2022 trophy. It would seem as is Phantasmo and Takagi’s issues are only set to escalate, and that may be the case in this six man tag team match. Meanwhile, as Taiji Ishimori now puts his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on the line in a scheduled four way defence at Wrestle Kingdom, his last challenger from way back in June will have something to say about the Bone Soldier shirking his defence duties.

5th Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Titan & BUSHI) vs United Empire (Gideon Grey, Francesco Akira & TJP)

One of the biggest surprises of Declaration of Power was the addition of Titan into Los Ingobernables De Japon. CMLL’s El Immortal declared that he was seeking new opportunities and wanted to find them in NJPW’s biggest faction. He certainly made his mark early by serving up a victory for BUSHI against the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championship team of Francesco Akira and TJP. Now he’ll look to make a further statement at the United Empire’s expense, while Gideon Grey is in danger of being involved in a dramatic mismatch. 

4th Match: CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano & Hirooki Goto) vs United Empire (Aaron Henare, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan)

Declaration of Power saw Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb pick up a hard fought tag team win over Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI, solidifying their spot as the number one contenders to the IWGP Tag Team Championships. While they still await their shot though, Bishamon want a measure of revenge for the United Empire’s actions, and combine with Toru Yano in an attempt to get it.

3rd Match: Jado, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hikuleo & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo)

Hikuleo is currently on track to face Karl Anderson for the NEVER Openweight Championship at Battle Autumn in Osaka on November 5, but the newest addition to Hontai may not be content with just holding singles gold. After making a huge play with a chokeslam center ring on SHO, Hikuleo put Ryusuke Taguchi on top of one third of the NEVER 6 Man Champions in order to score a big win for his team. Now, with a title match against H.O.T set for October 23 in Aomori, a chance for a follow up in this eight man tag awaits as the giant could be on track for double gold.

2nd Match: Rocky Romero, Master Wato, Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs Suzuki-Gun (TAKA Michonoku, El Desperado, DOUKI & Taichi)

Master Wato is just days removed from the biggest win of his career over Taiji Ishimori in Ryogoku, but rather than counting down the days to a singles championship opportunity, he now has to share his spot at the Tokyo Dome with Hiromu Takahashi and El Desperado, who he opposes tonight, as junior heavyweight competition continues to heat up.

1st Match: Ren Narita & Ryohei Oiwa vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuto Nakashima

Starting off the night, the “Son of Strong Style” Ren Narita is in action once more, in a preview of October 26’s NJPW World TV title tournament match with Tomohiro Ishii. As both Narita and Ishii lead a Young Lion to action, the night will kick off with a no nonsense, hard hitting war to start Battle Autumn!