For the last week, New Japan has decided to make some of their Summer Struggle tour actually important. They decided to vacate the former NEVER Openweight 6-Man Trios Championship due to the heel turn of Evil. For this past week, there’s been an 8-Team Tournament featuring all of the factions within New Japan. Suzuki-Gun, CHAOS, LIJ, and Bullet Club. Including small stories forming with Minoru Suzuki & Shingo Takagi and the possible heel turn for Kota Ibushi. But today, champions were crowned.’
For context: In this 8 Team Tournament, 2 Teams were CHAOS. In the first round, both CHAOS factions would win, with Okada’s group with Sho/ Toru Yano defeating Bullet Club. While the other Hirooki Goto’s group with Yoshi-Hashi and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Rysuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma. In the second round, Team Goto would pull off a major upset, defeating the Dream Team of Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Master Wato in a must-see match. On the other hand, Okada’s group would defeat LIJ to advance to the finals due to Yano’s dirty tactics.
In the main event of today’s show, it was CHAOS vs. CHAOS. A show that was major for one person in particular and that name is Yoshi-Hashi. In the end, CHAOS ended up winning the trios championship. Because the team of Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, and Yoshi-Hashi would gain the NEVER Openweight Trios Championships for the first time in their career. What makes this major however is that this is the first championship that Yoshi-Hashi has ever held in New Japan in his over 10+ year career for the company. This is also Hirooki Goto’s first time with this championship, while it is the second time that Ishii has held this champion. This tournament truly gave a meaning to a championship that many don’t acknowledge and they produced a very gripping moment with Hashi finally getting his big win.
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