NEVER (professional wrestling)

NEVER was a series of professional wrestling events held by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) between August 2010 and November 2012. On July 12, 2010, NJPW officially announced the NEVER project, which was to highlight younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.[1][2] It was explained that the name of the project was an acronym of the terms "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal" and "Radical".[1] For the events, NJPW recruited several freelancers as well as wrestlers signed to promotions such as DDT Pro-Wrestling and Kaientai Dojo. Some outsiders who became NEVER regulars included Daisuke Sasaki, Kaji Tomato, Madoka, Ryuichi Sekine and Shinobu. Kushida, who entered NEVER as a representative of the Smash promotion in February 2011, signed a NJPW contract the following month and returned to the project the following September, now representing NJPW.[3] Three NJPW trainees; Hiromu Takahashi, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu, made their professional wrestling debuts at NEVER events. Takahashi, who debuted at NEVER.1, was the only wrestler who wrestled on all thirteen NEVER events.

NEVER
NEVER.png
Logo of the NEVER events
Promotion(s)New Japan Pro-Wrestling
First eventNEVER.1
Last eventNEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final
Event gimmickShowcase for new and younger talent

On October 5, 2012, NJPW announced that NEVER was going to get its own championship, the NEVER Openweight Championship.[2][4][5] The title was originally scheduled to be defended exclusively at NEVER events, but this plan was quickly changed and since its foundation, the title has been defended on the undercards of NJPW events.[4][6] NJPW has not held a single NEVER event since the tournament, which crowned the first NEVER Openweight Champion on November 19, 2012.[7] A second NEVER title, the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, was announced on December 21, 2015, with the first champions crowned on January 4, 2016.[8]

On July 18, 2015, NJPW announced "Lion's Gate", a project with a theme similar to NEVER,[9] which held its first show on February 25, 2016.[10]

NEVER championshipsEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Ref.
NEVER Openweight Championship Hirooki Goto 5 January 5, 2020 13+ Tokyo Dome, Tokyo [11]
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship Los Ingobernables de Japon
(Bushi, Evil, and Shingo Takagi)
4
(4,4,1)
January 5, 2020 13+ Tokyo Dome, Tokyo [11]

EventsEdit

NEVER.1Edit

NEVER.1
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateAugust 24, 2010[12]
CityTokyo, Japan[12]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[12]
Attendance300[12]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.2

The first NEVER event was held on August 24, 2010, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[12] The event featured five matches, which involved six outsiders; Taishi Takizawa from Kaientai Dojo, Kazuhiro Tamura from Style-E, Yusuke Kodama from Smash, Shinobu from 666 and freelancers Osamu Namiguchi and Madoka.[12] The opening match of the event featured the professional wrestling debut of Hiromu Takahashi.[12]

No. Results[12] Stipulations Times[12]
1 Kyosuke Mikami defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 08:28
2 Taishi Takizawa defeated King Fale Singles match 11:23
3 Ryusuke Taguchi and Taichi defeated Kazuhiro Tamura and Yusuke Kodama Tag team match 10:50
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Osamu Namiguchi Singles match 11:01
5 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Madoka and Shinobu Tag team match 18:04

NEVER.2Edit

NEVER.2
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateSeptember 16, 2010[13]
CityOsaka, Japan[13]
VenueSekaikan[13]
Attendance200[13]
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NEVER.1
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NEVER.3

The second NEVER event was held on September 16, 2010, in Osaka at the Sekaikan theater.[13] The event featured five matches, which involved five outsiders; Takuya Tomakomai from Dragon Gate, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke from Osaka Pro Wrestling and freelancers Yohei Nakajima and Yosuke Takii.[13]

No. Results[13] Stipulations Times[13]
1 Kyosuke Mikami defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 06:59
2 Tama Tonga defeated King Fale Singles match 08:12
3 Taichi and Tomoaki Honma defeated Takuya Tomakomai and Yohei Nakajima Tag team match 12:04
4 Hirooki Goto defeated Daisuke Harada Singles match 08:28
5 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Tadasuke and Yosuke Takii Tag team match 14:24

NEVER.3Edit

NEVER.3
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateOctober 8, 2010[14]
CityTokyo, Japan[14]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[14]
Attendance250[14]
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NEVER.2
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NEVER.4

The third NEVER event was held on October 8, 2010, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[14] The event featured six matches, which involved seven outsiders; Keisuke Ishii from DDT Pro-Wrestling, Keita Yano from Battlarts, Shinobu from 666, Kaji Tomato and Taishi Takizawa from Kaientai Dojo and freelancers Daisuke Sasaki and Madoka.[14]

No. Results[14] Stipulations Times[14]
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 06:43
2 Tomoaki Honma defeated King Fale Singles match 08:12
3 Tama Tonga defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 11:12
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Keita Yano Singles match 13:29
5 Madoka and Shinobu defeated Kyosuke Mikami and Ryusuke Taguchi Tag team match 17:39
6 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Kaji Tomato and Taishi Takizawa Tag team match 16:47

NEVER.4Edit

NEVER.4
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateNovember 18, 2010[15]
CityTokyo, Japan[15]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[15]
Attendance450[15]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.3
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NEVER.5

The fourth NEVER event was held on November 18, 2010, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[15][16] The event featured six matches, which involved six outsiders; Keisuke Ishii from DDT Pro-Wrestling, Jun Ogawauchi from Secret Base, Shinobu from 666 and freelancers Antonio Honda, Madoka and Daisuke Sasaki.[15] The event featured Hiroyoshi Tenzan's return match, after being sidelined for fifteen months with a back injury.[15][16]

No. Results[15][16] Stipulations Times[15]
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 07:04
2 Tama Tonga defeated King Fale Singles match 07:53
3 Tomoaki Honma defeated Jun Ogawauchi Singles match 10:40
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 11:56
5 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Antonio Honda Singles match 13:07
6 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Madoka and Shinobu Tag team match 16:01

NEVER.5Edit

NEVER.5
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateFebruary 24, 2011[17]
CityTokyo, Japan[17]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[17]
Attendance350[17]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.4
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NEVER.6: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament

The fifth NEVER event was held on February 24, 2011, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[17] The event featured seven matches, which involved six outsiders; Kazuki Hirata from DDT Pro-Wrestling, Shigehiro Irie from Team Dera, Shinobu from 666, Kushida from Smash and freelancers Daisuke Sasaki and Madoka.[17] In the opening match, Hiromu Takahashi, six months after his debut match, picked up his first professional wrestling win over Hirata.[17]

No. Results[17] Stipulations Times[17]
1 Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kazuki Hirata Singles match 06:48
2 King Fale defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match 09:12
3 Tomoaki Honma defeated Shigehiro Irie Singles match 09:37
4 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 13:28
5 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Shinobu Singles match 09:02
6 Madoka defeated Taichi Singles match 09:44
7 Tetsuya Naito defeated Kushida Singles match 17:30

NEVER.6: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days TournamentEdit

NEVER.6: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateApril 7, 2011[18]
April 8, 2011[19]
CityTokyo, Japan[18][19]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[18][19]
Attendance(April 7) 250[18]
(April 8) 300[19]
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NEVER.5
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NEVER.7: Go to the Next Level

The sixth NEVER event, subtitled "Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament", was held over two days on April 7 and 8, 2011, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[18][19] During the events, NJPW held two single-elimination tournaments, with both winners earning spots in the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.[18][19] Both events featured eight matches and thirteen outsiders; Kazuki Hirata, Keisuke Ishii, Ken Ohka and Shinichiro Tominaga from DDT Pro-Wrestling / Union Pro Wrestling, Kaji Tomato, Marines Mask and Ryuichi Sekine from Kaientai Dojo, Shinobu from 666, Kazuhiro Tamura from Style-E and freelancers Daisuke Sasaki, Madoka, Osamu Namiguchi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi.[18][19]

April 7
No. Results[18][20] Stipulations Times[18]
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:18
2 Ryuichi Sekine defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 08:56
3 Shinobu defeated Kaji Tomato Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:32
4 Madoka defeated Kazuki Hirata Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:53
5 Kazuhiro Tamura defeated Marines Mask Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 04:21
6 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Shinichiro Tominaga Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 10:08
7 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Ken Ohka Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 08:18
8 Taichi defeated Osamu Namiguchi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:48
April 8
No. Results[19][21] Stipulations Times[19]
1 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 05:52
2 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Kazuhiro Tamura Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 07:14
3 Taichi defeated Keisuke Ishii Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 04:15
4 Madoka defeated Shinobu Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 09:13
5 Hiromu Takahashi and Kyosuke Mikami defeated Kazuki Hirata and Shinichiro Tominaga Tag team match 10:11
6 Chaos (Gedo, Jado, Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Kaji Tomato, Ken Ohka, Marines Mask and Osamu Namiguchi Eight-man tag team match 15:50
7 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 14:26
8 Taichi defeated Madoka Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 17:45
Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A
First round Semifinals Finals
         
Kyosuke Mikami Pin
Ryuichi Sekine 08:56[18]
Ryuichi Sekine Pin
Daisuke Sasaki 05:52[19]
Daisuke Sasaki Pin
Shinichiro Tominaga 10:08[18]
Daisuke Sasaki Pin
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 14:26[19]
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin
Ken Ohka 08:18[18]
Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin
Kazuhiro Tamura 07:14[19]
Kazuhiro Tamura Pin
Marines Mask 04:21[18]
Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B
First round Semifinals Finals
         
Hiromu Takahashi Pin
Keisuke Ishii 08:18[18]
Keisuke Ishii Sub
Taichi 04:15[19]
Taichi Pin
Osamu Namiguchi 08:48[18]
Taichi Pin
Madoka 17:45[19]
Madoka Pin
Kazuki Hirata 08:53[18]
Madoka Pin
Shinobu 09:13[19]
Shinobu Pin
Kaji Tomato 08:32[18]

NEVER.7: Go to the Next LevelEdit

NEVER.7: Go to the Next Level
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateSeptember 21, 2011[22]
CityOsaka, Japan[22]
VenueSekaikan[22]
Attendance200[22]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.6: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament
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NEVER.8: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament

The seventh NEVER event, subtitled "Go to the Next Level", was held on September 21, 2011, in Osaka at the Sekaikan theater.[22] The event featured six matches and for the first time included no outsiders.[22]

No. Results[22] Stipulations Times[22]
1 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 10:26
2 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match 08:37
3 Hideo Saito defeated King Fale Singles match 08:19
4 Toru Yano defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 08:53
5 Hirooki Goto defeated Tama Tonga Singles match 10:32
6 Tetsuya Naito defeated Kushida Singles match 12:35

NEVER.8: Go to the Next LevelEdit

NEVER.8: Go to the Next Level
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateFebruary 10, 2012[23]
CityOsaka, Japan[23]
VenueSekaikan[23]
Attendance220[23]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.7: Go to the Next Level
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NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st.

The eighth NEVER event, also subtitled "Go to the Next Level", was held on February 10, 2012, in Osaka at the Sekaikan theater.[23] The event featured seven matches, which involved one outsider; freelancer Shoichi Uchida.[23] The event featured King Fale's farewell match, before going on an overseas learning excursion.[23]

No. Results[23] Stipulations Times[23]
1 Kushida defeated Shoichi Uchida Singles match 08:32
2 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 08:08
3 Captain New Japan defeated Gedo Singles match 07:46
4 Toru Yano defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 06:54
5 Karl Anderson defeated Tama Tonga Singles match 09:59
6 Yuji Nagata defeated King Fale Singles match 08:14
7 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Tomoaki Honma Singles match 11:48

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st.Edit

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st.
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateApril 13, 2012[24]
CityTokyo, Japan[24]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[24]
Attendance250[24]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.8: Go to the Next Level
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NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament Final

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st. was held on April 13, 2012, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[24] The event saw the start of a single-elimination tournament, where the winner would earn a spot in the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.[24] The event featured six matches, which involved six outsiders; Hiro Tonai, Kaji Tomato and Ryuichi Sekine from Kaientai Dojo, Yusuke Kodama from Wrestling New Classic (WNC) and freelancers Black Tiger and Madoka.[24]

No. Results[24] Stipulations Times[24]
1 Ryuichi Sekine defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 07:45
2 Black Tiger defeated Yusuke Kodama Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 08:23
3 Hiro Tonai defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 07:48
4 Madoka defeated Kaji Tomato Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 09:38
5 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Gedo and Jado Tag team match 12:50
6 Chaos (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) defeated Captain New Japan and Tetsuya Naito Tag team match 09:29

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament FinalEdit

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament Final
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateApril 15, 2012[25]
CityTokyo, Japan[25]
VenueShin-Kiba 1st Ring[25]
Attendance250[25]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st.
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NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st Round

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament Final was held on April 15, 2012, in Tokyo at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.[25] The event featured the semifinals and finals of a single-elimination tournament, where the winner would earn a spot in the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.[25] The event featured six matches, which involved six outsiders; Hiro Tonai, Kaji Tomato and Ryuichi Sekine from Kaientai Dojo, Yusuke Kodama from Wrestling New Classic (WNC) and freelancers Black Tiger and Madoka.[25] The winner of the tournament, Black Tiger, never entered the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors, as on May 25 NJPW publicly fired the character's performer Kazushige Nosawa, a day after he had been arrested under suspicion of smuggling cannabis.[26]

No. Results[25] Stipulations Times[25]
1 Madoka defeated Hiro Tonai Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 08:49
2 Black Tiger defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 06:29
3 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 09:05
4 Chaos (Gedo, Jado and Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Captain New Japan, Kaji Tomato and Yusuke Kodama Six-man tag team match 15:02
5 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Hiromu Takahashi and Kushida Tag team match 14:08
6 Black Tiger defeated Madoka Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 09:56
Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament
First round Semifinals Finals
         
Hiromu Takahashi Sub
Hiro Tonai 07:48[24]
Hiro Tonai Pin
Madoka 08:49[25]
Madoka Pin
Kaji Tomato 09:38[24]
Madoka Pin
Black Tiger 09:56[25]
Takaaki Watanabe Pin
Ryuichi Sekine 07:45[24]
Ryuichi Sekine Pin
Black Tiger 06:29[25]
Yusuke Kodama Pin
Black Tiger 08:23[24]

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st RoundEdit

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st Round
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateNovember 15, 2012[27]
CityTokyo, Japan[27]
VenueShibuya-Ax[27]
Attendance250[27]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament Final
Next →
NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st Round ("First Generation NEVER Openweight Championship Determination Tournament 1st Round") was held on November 15, 2012, in Tokyo at Shibuya-Ax.[27][28] The event featured the start of a tournament to determine the inaugural NEVER Openweight Champion.[27] The event featured nine matches, which involved six outsiders; Hiro Tonai, Kengo Mashimo, Ryuichi Sekine, Shiori Asahi and Taishi Takizawa from Kaientai Dojo and freelancer Daisuke Sasaki.[27] Technically, Masato Tanaka was an outsider, being signed to Pro Wrestling Zero1, but due to having been a regular for NJPW for several years, he was co-billed as a representative of the NJPW stable Chaos.[29] The opening match of the event saw the professional wrestling debut of Sho Tanaka.[29]

No. Results[27][28] Stipulations Times[27]
1 Takaaki Watanabe defeated Sho Tanaka Singles match 04:53
2 Shiori Asahi defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:14
3 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:14
4 Taishi Takizawa defeated Captain New Japan Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:22
5 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Hiro Tonai Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:19
6 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:39
7 Kengo Mashimo defeated Bushi Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:02
8 Karl Anderson defeated Yujiro Takahashi Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 11:12
9 Masato Tanaka defeated Kushida Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 13:02

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament FinalEdit

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateNovember 19, 2012[29]
CityTokyo, Japan[29]
VenueShibuya-Ax[29]
Attendance300[29]
NEVER chronology
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NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st Round
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NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final ("First Generation NEVER Openweight Championship Determination Tournament Final") was held on November 19, 2012, in Tokyo at Shibuya-Ax.[29][30] The event featured the second round, semifinals and finals of a tournament to determine the inaugural NEVER Openweight Champion.[29] The event featured ten matches, involving the same wrestlers who had taken part in the "1st Round" event four days earlier.[29] The opening match of the event saw the professional wrestling debut of Yohei Komatsu.[29] In the main event of the show, Masato Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson to win the tournament and become the first NEVER Openweight Champion.[29][31][32] NJPW has not held a single NEVER event since.[7]

No. Results[29][30] Stipulations Times[29]
1 Takaaki Watanabe defeated Yohei Komatsu Singles match 06:48
2 Kengo Mashimo defeated Ryusuke Taguchi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:54
3 Karl Anderson defeated Shiori Asahi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 03:59
4 Masato Tanaka defeated Taishi Takizawa Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 04:28
5 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yoshi-Hashi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:57
6 Karl Anderson defeated Kengo Mashimo Singles match; semifinals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:14
7 Masato Tanaka defeated Tomohiro Ishii Singles match; semifinals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 10:47
8 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Captain New Japan Singles match 05:55
9 Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi and Kushida defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Hiro Tonai and Ryuichi Sekine Six-man tag team match 11:12
10 Masato Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson Singles match; finals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 14:11
NEVER Openweight Championship tournament
First round Second round Semifinals Finals
        
Karl Anderson Pin
Yujiro Takahashi 11:12[27]
Karl Anderson Pin
Shiori Asahi 03:59[29]
Hiromu Takahashi Pin
Shiori Asahi 06:14[27]
Karl Anderson Pin
Kengo Mashimo 06:14[29]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Hiro Tonai 08:19[27]
Ryusuke Taguchi Sub
Kengo Mashimo 07:54[29]
Bushi Pin
Kengo Mashimo 08:02[27]
Karl Anderson Pin
Masato Tanaka 15:12[29]
Kushida Pin
Masato Tanaka 13:02[27]
Masato Tanaka Pin
Taishi Takizawa 04:28[29]
Captain New Japan Pin
Taishi Takizawa 07:22[27]
Masato Tanaka Pin
Tomohiro Ishii 10:47[29]
Tomohiro Ishii Pin
Daisuke Sasaki 08:39[27]
Tomohiro Ishii Pin
Yoshi-Hashi 06:57[29]
Yoshi-Hashi Pin
Ryuichi Sekine 07:14[27]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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