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Kizuna Road 2012
Kizuna Road 2012
Promotional poster featuring NJPW wrestlers
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date July 7, 2012
July 8, 2012
July 10, 2012
July 11, 2012
July 13, 2012
July 15, 2012
July 16, 2012
July 18, 2012
July 19, 2012
July 22, 2012
Attendance 1,300 (July 7)
1,900 (July 8)
700 (July 10)
900 (July 11)
1,300 (July 13)
1,000 (July 15,16)
1,300 (July 18)
1,450 (July 19)
3,500 (July 22)
Venue Sunpia Takasaki (July 7)
Korakuen Hall (July 8)
Wakayanagi Townsman Gymnasium (July 10)
Furusato Village Dome Theater (July 11)
City Gymnasium (July 13-15)
Citizen Gymnasium (July 16)
Teisen Hall(July 18-19)
General Sports Center (July 22)
City Takasaki, Gunma, Japan (July 7)
Tokyo, Japan (July 8)
Kurihara, Miyagi, Japan (July 10)
Akita, Japan (July 11)
Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan (July 13-15)
Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan (July 16)
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (July 18-19)
Yamagata, Japan (July 22)
Event chronology

Dominion 6.16 Kizuna Road 2012 G1 Climax 22
Kizuna Road chronology

First Kizuna Road 2012 Kizuna Road 2013

Kizuna Road 2012 was a professional wrestling tour, produced by the Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. The tour took place between July 7 and 22, 2012, with shows taking place in Takasaki, Gunma, Tokyo, Kurihara, Miyagi, Akita, Muroran, Hokkaido, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, Sapporo, Hokkaido, and Yamagata. The tour celebrated NJPW's 40th Anniversary. This was the first tour under the Kizuna Road name. The tour featured six title matches one for CMLL's NWA Historic Middleweight Championship and five for NJPW's IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team, Tag Team, Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships.

ProductionEdit

StorylinesEdit

The Kizuna Road 2012 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.

In the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Hiroshi Tanahashi defended his title against Masato Tanaka. On June 16, 2012 at Dominion 6.16 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the sixth time. After the match, Tanahashi was challenged by Okada CHAOS stablemate Masato Tanaka and Togi Makabe. In New Japan and All Japan Pro Wrestling 40th Anniversary Tanahashi defeated Makabe to retain the title, thus making the match official at Kizuna Road.

In the IWGP Tag Team Championship, Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) faced Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) for the vacant titles. On March 4, 2012, Yano and Iizuka defeated Tenzan and Kojima, in a non-title match, with Yano pinning Kojima for the win. On March 18 Tencozy defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Suzuki-gun's Lance Archer and Yoshihiro Takayama. After the match, Tencozy was attacked by Iizuka and Yano and Yano proceeded to steal their belts. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku Yano and Iizuka defeated Tencozy to become the new champions. On June 16 at Dominion 6.16, Yano's and Iizuka's first title defense, a rematch against Tenzan and Kojima, ended in a no contest. As a result, four days later Yano and Iizuka were stripped of the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

Another title matches included Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask defending the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) and Hirooki Goto defending the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.

ResultsEdit

July 7Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 5:52
2 KUSHIDA and Máximo defeated Gedo and Jado Tag Team match 10:17
3 CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Low Ki and Rocky Romero) defeated BUSHI, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 12:16
4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Captain New Japan vs. CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii) ended in a double countout Six-man tag team match 9:35
5 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Eight-man tag team match 15:43
6 CHAOS Ride the Lightning (Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga Six-man tag team match 13:44
7 CHAOS (Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) defeated Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tetsuya Naito Tag Team match 18:03

July 8Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, KUSHIDA and Máximo defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado, Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) Eight-man tag team match 9:38
2 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Captain New Japan vs. CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) ended in a double countout Six-man tag team match 11:40
3 Low Ki defeated BUSHI Singles match 7:36
4 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki and Taka Michinoku) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Six-man tag team match 11:11
5 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Taichi Singles match for the NWA Historic Middleweight Championship 17:42
6 Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi) Six-man tag team match 16:04
7 CHAOS (Shinsuke Nakamura and Masato Tanaka) defeated Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi Tag Team match 18:20

July 10Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 8:33
2 CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Low Ki and Rocky Romero) defeated Máximo, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 13:19
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Captain New Japan defeated CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii) by disqualification Six-man tag team match 9:34
4 BUSHI, KUSHIDA, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki and Taka Michinoku) Eight-man tag team match 14:42
5 Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Karl Anderson defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado and Kazuchika Okada) Six-man tag team match 15:50
6 Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tama Tonga and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Shinsuke Nakamura, Yoshi-Hashi, Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) Eight-man tag team match 17:10

July 11Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 7:58
2 BUSHI, Máximo and Captain New Japan defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado and Tomohiro Ishii) Six-man tag team match 10:14
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and KUSHIDA defeated CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Taichi, Toru Yano and Low Ki) by disqualification Six-man tag team match 12:43
4 Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Eight-man tag team match 12:43
5 Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Yoshi-Hashi, Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) Six-man tag team match 13:41
6 CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) defeated Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga Six-man tag team match 17:15

July 13Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 7:17
2 Captain New Japan and Máximo defeated CHAOS (Jado and Yoshi-Hashi) Tag Team match 11:28
3 Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask defeated CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Gedo, Low Ki and Rocky Romero) Eight-man tag team match 15:29
4 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated BUSHI, KUSHIDA, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Eight-man tag team match 14:00
5 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Hirooki Goto defeated CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Shinsuke Nakamura) Six-man tag team match 14:19
6 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) Eight-man tag team match 17:23

July 15Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 7:56
2 Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Máximo defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado and Low Ki) Six-man tag team match 10:51
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask defeated CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano, Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) by disqualification Eight-man tag team match 12:10
4 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated BUSHI, KUSHIDA, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Eight-man tag team match 11:37
5 CHAOS Ride the Lightning (Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Captain New Japan and Tetsuya Naito Tag Team match 12:44
6 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) Eight-man tag team match 16:53

July 16Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Wataru Inoue defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 8:07
2 BUSHI, KUSHIDA, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and Máximo defeated CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, Gedo, Jado and Low Ki) Ten-man tag team match 14:12
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Captain New Japan defeated CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii) by disqualification Six-man tag team match 10:47
4 Karl Anderson and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Yoshi-Hashi and Yujiro Takahashi) Tag Team match 10:39
5 Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Eight-man tag team match 12:34
6 Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto and Tama Tonga defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura and Masato Tanaka) Eight-man tag team match 16:28

July 18Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) defeated BUSHI and KUSHIDA Tag Team match 8:56
2 CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, Jado and Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Captain New Japan, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and Máximo Eight-man tag team match 10:01
3 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Takashi Iizuka Singles match 10:39
4 Satoshi Kojima defeated Toru Yano Singles match 7:23
5 Daisuke Sasaki and Kota Ibushi defeated CHAOS (Gedo and Low Ki) Tag Team match 12:18
6 Wataru Inoue, Akebono, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Eight-man tag team match 11:45
7 CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Karl Anderson, Hirooki Goto and Tama Tonga Tag Team match 11:19
8 CHAOS (Yujiro Takahashi and Masato Tanaka) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito Tag Team match 16:37

July 19Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 BUSHI, KUSHIDA and Tama Tonga defeated Wataru Inoue, Hiromu Takahashi and Takaaki Watanabe Six-man tag team match 10:12
2 Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and Máximo defeated CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero and Gedo) Six-man tag team match 9:49
3 Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) Tag Team match 12:26
4 CHAOS (Jado and Low Ki) defeated Daisuke Sasaki and Kota Ibushi Tag Team match 12:29
5 Captain New Japan, Karl Anderson and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Yujiro Takahashi and Yoshi-Hashi) Six-man tag team match 14:43
6 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Eight-man tag team match 12:43
7 Akebono, Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Shinsuke Nakamura and Masato Tanaka) Six-man tag team match 16:37

July 22Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 BUSHI, Captain New Japan, Maximo and Tama Tonga defeated CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, Jado and Gedo) Eight-man tag team match 7:48
2 KUSHIDA defeated Low Ki Singles match 7:10
3 Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask (c) Tag Team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:44
4 Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Eight-man elimination tag team match 16:46
5 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) Tag Team match for the vacant IWGP Tag Team Championship 13:43
6 Karl Anderson and Tetsuya Naito defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada and Yujiro Takahashi) Tag Team match 15:30
7 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 16:37
8 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Masato Tanaka Singles match or the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 16:37

Eight-man elimination tag team matchEdit

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Time
1 Taichi Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Togi Makabe 09:23
2 Taka Michinoku Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata Togi Makabe 09:39
3 Togi Makabe Suzuki-gun Lance Archer 10:41
4 Yuji Nagata Suzuki-gun Minoru Suzuki 14:15
4 Ryusuke Taguchi Suzuki-gun Lance Archer 16:46
Winners: Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
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