Power Struggle (2013)

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Power Struggle (2013)
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Promotional poster for the event, featuring Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito and Shinsuke Nakamura
Promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date November 9, 2013[1]
City Osaka, Japan[1]
Venue Bodymaker Colosseum[1]
Attendance 6,400[1]
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Power Struggle (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on November 9, 2013, in Osaka, Osaka, at the Bodymaker Colosseum and featured ten matches (including one dark match), five of which were contested for championships.[1][2][3] It was the third event under the Power Struggle name.

Storylines[edit]

Power Struggle featured ten 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.[4]

Event[edit]

The opening match of the event saw The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), who had made their NJPW debuts just the previous month by winning the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, defeat Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[1] The fourth match was a two-fall three-way match for both the IWGP and the NWA World Tag Team Championship, pitting IWGP champions Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) against NWA champions K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) team The IronGodz, made up of the debuting Jax Dane and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway, who made his fourth NJPW appearance at the event. Tencozy was defeated in both falls, with The IronGodz taking the first to win the NWA title and K.E.S. the second to regain the IWGP title.[5]

The event also featured former rivals Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata teaming up for the first time to defeat Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano en route to a match against Daniel and Rolles Gracie at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, Hiroshi Tanahashi defeating Tomohiro Ishii in a rematch from the 2013 G1 Climax and Shinsuke Nakamura making his third successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Minoru Suzuki in a match,[1] which had the added stipulation that Nakamura would have had to join Suzuki-gun had he lost the title.[6] Post-match, Nakamura nominated Tanahashi as his next challenger, setting up the first main event match for Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome.[1][7][8][9] Two of the top matches of the event saw Tetsuya Naito successfully defend the NEVER Openweight Championship and his certificate for an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match against previous champion Masato Tanaka and Kazuchika Okada successfully defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Karl Anderson in a rematch of the finals of the 2012 G1 Climax, setting up the second of a double main event for Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome between Okada and Naito.[1][7][8][9]

Results[edit]

No. Results[1][2][3] Stipulations Times[1]
1D Chaos (Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, Yoshi-Hashi and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Bushi, Captain New Japan, Kushida and Manabu Nakanishi Eight-man tag team match 09:50
2 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 09:22
3 Katsuyori Shibata defeated Tomoaki Honma Singles match 09:43
4 Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata defeated Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) Tag team match 08:08
5 The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway) (with Bruce Tharpe) defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) (c) and Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) (c) and The IronGodz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway) (with Bruce Tharpe)
Three-way tornado tag team match; first fall for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, second for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 05:41[5]
03:00
6 Kota Ibushi and Togi Makabe defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Prince Devitt) Tag team match 11:15
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Tomohiro Ishii Singles match 17:38
8 Tetsuya Naito (c) defeated Masato Tanaka Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship and Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate 15:46
9 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship; had Nakamura lost, he would have had to join Suzuki-gun 19:04
10 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) defeated Karl Anderson (with Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Prince Devitt) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 22:49
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Power Struggle". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "新日本プロレス「Power Struggle」". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. November 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Namako, Jason (November 11, 2013). "11/9 NJPW iPPV Results: Osaka, Japan (Okada/Anderson)". Wrestleview. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Power Struggle". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "【11月9日(土)大阪大会の全カード決定!!】Taka&タイチvsヤングバックスのIWGPジュニアタッグ戦が追加! 防衛戦を行わなければタイトル剥奪!!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). November 7, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "【WK8】オカダと内藤、中邑と棚橋、デヴィットと飯伏が、タイトルマッチに向けてコメント!【1・4東京ドーム対戦カード発表記者会見】". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). November 11, 2013. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b 新日本プロレスが1・4東京ドーム大会の第一弾カードを発表!オカダ×内藤と中邑×棚橋の試合順はファン投票で決めることに!. Battle News (in Japanese). November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b 新日1・4“大トリ”はファン投票で決定へ. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 

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