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Wrestling Dontaku 2018
Wrestling Dontaku 2018
Promotional poster for the event, featuring caricatures of several NJPW wrestlers
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Sponsor(s) Hamakatsu
Date May 3, 2018
May 4, 2018
Attendance Night 1:
4,066
Night 2:
6,307
Venue Fukuoka Kokusai Center
City Fukuoka, Japan
Event chronology

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Wrestling Dontaku 2018 was a professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on two nights May 3 and 4, 2018, in Fukuoka, Fukuoka at Fukuoka Kokusai Center. Both nights featured nine matches, one of which were contested for championships in the first night and the second two of were contested for championships. The first night was headlined by Kenny Omega defeating Hangman Page and the second night was headlined by Kazuchika Okada after defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. This was the fifteenth event under the Wrestling Dontaku name.

ProductionEdit

StorylinesEdit

Both nights of Wrestling Dontaku 2018 featured nine professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.

KennyOmega

Kenny Omega, who faced Hangman Page on the first night in the main event of Wrestling Dontaku 2018

The first night of Wrestling Dontaku 2018 was headlined by Kenny Omega facing Hangman Page. On January 28 at The New Beginning in Sapporo Kenny Omega lost the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to Jay White. After the match, Omega's Bullet Club stablemate Hangman Page assert himself as the next challenger, after taking White's belt away from him. Omega took the belt from Page and gave it back to the White, leading to an argument between Omega and Page. This led Cody, The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll coming to the ring to calm things, but this ended up in an argument between Omega and Cody. This led Omega acidently shoving Matt Jackson, which led The Young Bucks walking out of the ring. Apparently, when things calmed down, Cody turned on Omega and when Page went to assist Cody to further attack Omega, Kota Ibushi returned to the ring to save his former tag team partner. Omega and Ibushi then embraced in the ring, reuniting the Golden☆Lovers and leaving the status of Bullet Club in question. After this, at Strong Style Evolved, Page unsuccessfully challenged White for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. At the main event, the Golden☆Lovers defeated The Young Bucks. On April 1, at Sakura Genesis, the Golden☆Lovers faced Cody and Page in a losing effort. Afterwards, the match between the two was made official the following day.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi, who challenged for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on the second night in the main event of Wrestling Dontaku 2018

The second night of Wrestling Dontaku 2018 was headlined by Kazuchika Okada making his twelveth defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. On April 1, at Sakura Genesis, after Kazuchika Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Zack Sabre Jr., Okada was challenged by his longtime rival Hiroshi Tanahashi, who Okada tied the record for most successful defenses, with eleven. The title match was announced the following day. If Okada defeats Tanahashi, he will break the record for most successful defenses, with twelve. Since Okada defeated Tanahashi at main event of the Wrestle Kingdom 10, he has been defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but only lost the title to Tetsuya Naito at Invasion Attack, before regained it at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall, while also main eventing Wrestle Kingdom. During this time, Okada became the longest reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion, surpassing Shinya Hashimoto reign of 489 days and his four combined reigns hold the record of most days as champion, surpassing Tanahashi record of most days as champion. After losing to Okada, Tanahashi has been persuing the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, after failing to defeat Kenny Omega for the vacant title at The New Beginning in Niigata and then failling to winning it from Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in the semi main event, before defeating him at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall to win the title. Tanahashi then focused on defending the title, until he lost it to Minoru Suzuki at The New Beginning in Sapporo. Tanahashi then entered in the New Japan Cup in a chance to get a championship opportunity, however he would lose at the finals to Zack Sabre Jr., before challenging Okada at Sakura Genesis who tied his record of most successful defenses, with eleven. This marks the eighth IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Okada and Tanahashi with Okada having won four of the previous matches.

KotaIbushi

Kota Ibushi, who faced Cody on the first night in the semi main event of Wrestling Dontaku 2018

On January 4, 2018 at Wrestle Kingdom 12, Kota Ibushi defeated Cody. The following night, at New Years Dash, a Bullet Club group led by Cody won a tag team match over a group including Omega's former tag team partner Kota Ibushi, who had defeated Cody at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Cody had teased Ibushi about his history with Omega during the Wrestle Kingdom match and went to attack Ibushi, but was stopped by an enraged Omega. On January 28, The New Beginning in Sapporo, Cody turned on Omega and when Hangman Page went to assist Cody to further attack Omega, Ibushi returned to the ring to save his former tag team partner. Omega and Ibushi then embraced in the ring, reuniting the Golden☆Lovers and leaving the status of Bullet Club in question. Then at Honor Rising: Japan on the Golden☆Lovers made their tag team return defeating Cody and Marty Scurll. The Golden☆Lovers faced Cody and Page in a losing effort on April 1 at Sakura Genesis, Afterwards, the match between the two was made official the following day.

KUSHIDA

KUSHIDA, who challenged for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on the second night in the semi main event of Wrestling Dontaku 2018

On April 1, at Sakura Genesis, Will Ospreay defeated Marty Scurll to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Ospreay challenged KUSHIDA to a match or his title, which KUSHIDA (who was on commentary) accepted. Ospreay wanted to prove that the victory over KUSHIDA "wasn't a fluke", "[he] also wanted to prove that [he] is the best junior heavyweight in the world". Ospreay's previous losses against KUSHIDA included the finals of the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors and What Culture Pro Wrestling's 2017 Pro Wrestling World Cup tournaments, as well as two IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship matches, which took place on April 10, 2016, at Invasion Attack 2016 and June 19, 2016, at Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall. Ospreay was finally able to defeat KUSHIDA on October 9, 2017 at King of Pro-Wrestling. Ospreay quickly lost the title to Marty Scurll on November 5 at Power Struggle. Ospreay and KUSHIDA would then take part of a four-way match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, which Ospreay ended up winning it, becoming a two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

The event also featured another title match include Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) defending the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship against their Bullet Club stablemates The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and Marty Scurll. The event also featured the Suzuki-gun and Los Ingobernables de Japon angle resulted in Wrestling Dontaku 2018 also featuring other prominent matches featuring the stable.

ResultsEdit

Night 1Edit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1 Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens) defeated Shota Umino and Ren Narita Tag team match 05:32
2 Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Yuji Nagata, Tomoyuki Oka and Tetsuhiro Yagi Six-man tag team match 07:12
3 Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh and Rocky Romero) defeated Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Takashi Iizuka) Eight-man tag team match 02:04
4 CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Jay White, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin and Toa Henare) Eight-man tag team match 10:25
5 Super Villans (Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson and Marty Scurll) defeated Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale) (c) Six-man tag team match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship 12:05
6 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) Ten-man tag team match 13:36
7 CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay) defeated Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi and KUSHIDA) Tag team match 23:36
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
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Night 2Edit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1 Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Tomoyuki Oka, Shota Umino and Ren Narita Six-man tag team match 06:34
2 Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens) defeated Yuji Nagata and Tetsuhiro Yagi Tag team match 06:11
3 Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh and Rocky Romero) defeated Suzuki-gun (Taka Michinoku, Taichi and Takashi Iizuka) Six-man tag team match 06:00
4 CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) defeated Togi Makabe and Toa Henare Tag team match 07:12
5 CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Jay White and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson, David Finlay and Michael Elgin) Six-man tag team match 11:04
6 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) Ten-man tag team match 08:31
7 Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa defeated Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson and Marty Scurll) 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
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

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