Battle Autumn night 8 (October 23) Preview

Aomori sees NEVER 6 Man titles on the line



The Battle Autumn series moves on to Aomori on October 23. The NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag team Championships will be on top of a big time card, as NJPW counts down to November 5 in Osaka!

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Main event: NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Championships: Taguchi Japan (Hikuleo, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi) vs HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi)

In the main event in Aomori, Ryusuke Taguchi resumes his coaching carerer to get a Taguchi Japan band back together in the face of HOUSE OF TORTURE. By Declaration of Power, Hikuleo already had a NEVER Openweight Championship shot in his back pocket for the tour closer November 5 in Osaka, but when a non title six man match with the current champs ended with Hikuleo putting SHO in the lights, and then rolling Taguchi on top for the pin, it became quite clear that the Young Gun, along with the Ace and Ass Connection was a more than worthy challenging trio. Could Hikuleo end this tour with double NEVER gold? Will H.O.T’s reign of terror be coming to an end? Find out Sunday in Aomori!

7th Match: Los Ingobernables De Japon (Titan, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) vs United Empire (Francesco Akira, TJP & Gideon Grey)

Six man action will see Los Ingobernables De Japon tie up with the United Empire once more. A pair of wins for BUSHI and Titan in Korakuen to start the Battle Autumn series were followed with a big victory for the two masked men directly over TJP in Nagaoka on October 16, a moment that secured Titan and BUSHI’s right to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. With less than a fortnight separatoing these two teams from their title matchup, can Akira and TJP finally find an answer for their challengers?

6th Match: Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma vs Los Ingobernables De Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA)

As November 5’s ‘Incredible Tag Match’ approaches, potential Osaka opponents, or potential Osaka partners will be opposite one another in this tag preview. After  initial resistance, Hiromu has come around on the random tag match idea, but can he be convinced of the joys of teaming with Wato tonight?

5th Match: Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) vs BULLET CLUB (Gedo, Taiji Ishimori & KENTA)

The other half of Osaka’s Incredible Tag Match in the form of El Desperado and Taiji Ishimori will square off in Aomori. Both men have yet to be convinced of the merits of November 5’s unique matchup, but this interaction may shed some light on the issue for both men. Ishimori and KENTA are both getting set for their trips to New Zealand and Australia in November, and BULLET CLUB will be making a show of force ahead of TAMASHII. 

4th Match: Ren Narita, Tiger Mask & David Finlay vs CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)

As Ren Narita and Tomohiro Ishii prepare to do first round battle in the NJPW World TV Championship tournament, they will continue to do violent battle in Aomori. Can anything keep these two men apart before a violent collision in Korakuen October 26?

3rd Match: Ryohei Oiwa, Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs United Empire (Aaron Henare, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan)

After hard losses for Aaron Henare and Jeff Cobb to EVIL and YOSHI-HASHI respectively in the NJPW World TV title tournament, Great-O-Khan is the last tournament hope for United Empire. Before their October 26 Korakuen clash, can O-Khan set the pace against a man he has a turbulent history with in Yano?

2nd Match: Yuto Nakashima & Alex Zayne vs Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr.)

Alex Zayne and Yoshinobu Kanemaru have also both had to deal with first round exits in the NJPW World TV title tournament, and want to reset on the road to Osaka and beyond. With ZSJ set to face David Finlay on October 27 in the tournament quarterfinals, the Rebel is sure to keep a watching brief in this second match of the evening.

1st Match: Kosei Fujita vs DOUKI

Singles action will kick things off in Aomori as DOUKI goes head to head with Kosei Fujita. As Fujita continues to make progress, he has expressed frustration at not being a part of the TV title tournament, a frustration DOUKI likely shares. Both men will do battle with chips on their shoulders as the night’s matches get underway.