Wrestling Dontaku 2018

Wrestling Dontaku 2018 was a professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on May 3 and 4, 2018, in Fukuoka, at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center. The first night of the event featured nine matches, with a championship at stake in one of these, while the second night featured two championship matches out of nine overall. The main event of the first night was Kenny Omega against Hangman Page,[5] and the second night's main event was Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi.[5] This was the fifteenth event under the Wrestling Dontaku name.

Wrestling Dontaku 2018
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateMay 3, 2018
May 4, 2018[1]
CityFukuoka, Japan[2]
VenueFukuoka Kokusai Center[1]
Attendance10,373 (total)
Night 1: 4,066[3]
Night 2: 6,307[4]
Event chronology
← Previous
Road to Wrestling Dontaku
Next →
New Japan Road
Wrestling Dontaku chronology
← Previous
2017
Next →
2019

StorylinesEdit

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Don Callis (English-language announcer)
Kevin Kelly (English-language announcer)
Ring announcers Makoto Abe
Referees Kenta Sato
Marty Asami
Red Shoes Unno
Tiger Hattori

Each night of Wrestling Dontaku 2018 featured nine professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[6]

ResultsEdit

Night 1Edit

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Bullet Club (Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Yota Tsuji and Shota Umino Tag team match 05:32
2 Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi and Jyushin Thunder Liger), and Tiger Mask defeated Ren Narita, Tomoyuki Oka and Yuji Nagata Six-man tag team match 07:12
3 Chaos (Sho, Yoh and Rocky Romero) defeated Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) Six-man tag team match 02:04
4 Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Taguchi Japan (Toa Henare, Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe, David Finlay and Juice Robinson) Ten-man tag team match 10:25
5 Super Villains (Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (c) Six-man tag team match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 12:05
6 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Evil, Sanada and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) Ten-man tag team match 13:36
7 Chaos (Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada) defeated Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kushida) Tag team match 16:15
8 Cody defeated Kota Ibushi Singles match 23:36
9 Kenny Omega defeated Hangman Page Singles match 18:23
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Night 2Edit

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi and Jyushin Thunder Liger), and Tiger Mask defeated Ren Narita, Shota Umino and Yuya Uemura Six-man tag team match 06:34
2 Bullet Club (Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Tomoyuki Oka and Yuji Nagata Tag team match 06:11
3 Chaos (Sho, Yoh and Rocky Romero) defeated Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Six-man tag team match 06:00
4 Chaos (Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Toa Henare and Togi Makabe Tag team match 07:12
5 Chaos (Jay White, Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto) defeated Taguchi Japan (Michael Elgin, David Finlay and Juice Robinson) Six-man tag team match 11:04
6 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, Evil, Sanada and Tetsuya Naito) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) Ten-man tag team match 08:31
7 Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) and Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) defeated Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) Ten-man tag team match 08:47
8 Will Ospreay (c) defeated Kushida Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 23:46
9 Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 34:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "HAMAKATSU Presents WRESTLING DONTAKU 2018". New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ 【新日】王者オカダVS棚橋 5・4福岡決戦に向けて火花. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  3. ^ 濵かつ Presents レスリングどんたく 2018. New Japan Pro Wrestling. May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. ^ 濵かつ Presents レスリングどんたく 2018. New Japan Pro Wrestling. May 4, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Currier, Joseph (April 2, 2018). "Okada vs. Tanahashi headlines NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Tour". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved April 10, 2017.

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