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Hiroshi Tanahashi wins Title at Wrestle Kingdom 13

Kenny Omega defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 13. Before the main event, there were seven title matches. In each of them, the title changed hands. So, the stakes for were high for the match.

The two competitors put on a match for the ages, putting their bodies on the line in various brutal spots which also comprised of dives and dragon screws. Neither of them gave up, showing just how important the title meant to them.

However, in the end, The Ace would be victorious with a High Five Flow. Thus he became the new IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

https://twitter.com/totaldivaseps/status/1081157489826193413


  • MT McGee

    Regardless, the proper ending to this story is not old man Tanahashi beats Omega clean. If you are going to have Tana win, then you tell the story where in the middle of the match he realizes that the old ways don’t work and he’s not able to hit his moves so he has to change his style mid match and pull out some new tricks and change with the times.

  • MWDynomite

    Ibushi is sticking around, he just won’t sign an exclusive contract so that’s why they won’t give him the belt. If he had signed he would have won the G1.

  • MT McGee

    I’m not saying Tama Tonga is some great talent, I’m saying that the story was Bullet Club civil war. Tama Tonga was the leader of one faction and as such needed to be elevated so that he would look credible in a match against Omega in a who gets to be Bullet Club match. Instead, he just lost to Omega in a match that basically meant nothing, but for some reason, still got to be Bullet Club. It was really poor booking. And if Ibushi is not sticking around, the finish is you have Omega retain, clean or dirty, and then just leave the company and vacate the title and run a tournament culminating at New Beginning or Honor Rising.

  • MT McGee

    Jay White or Ibushi would have been a better choice. The story was that Tanhashi did nothing to elevate the company and that he was the past. These are facts. This is no different than if WWE had put the title on Nash in ’02: put the title on the champ from your worst period during your best period. The only problem with his reign was the split between the Tongans and the Elite that was very poorly done. It should have elevated Tama Tonga, it did not. It should have led to some sort of match where only one side could be Bullet Club, it did not. Instead, Tama Tonga lost most of his matches in the G1 and the Elite announced via Twitter or something that they were no longer part of Bullet Club.

  • MWDynomite

    Omega’s reign was a dud so they needed to put the belt on somebody credible.

  • Luke

    “Kenny Omega would defend…”

    ^ Please stop using the word “would” like this. There’s nothing grammatically wrong with it, but it’s weird and jarring.

  • Luke

    I would say he’ll get the number 3 rumble spot but EC3 is taking that, obviously

  • MT McGee

    What a garbage way to end the show, even if Omega is leaving. It was bad enough when they killed Bullet Club by having the Elite just up and leave the faction and then adding Gedo and Jado to it, destroying any credibility left in the faction after the departure of the Elite. Now they put the title back on old man Tanahashi. I’m not saying I don’t like Tanahashi, I’m saying this is a step backwards. My guess is Jay White is either taking out Naito next on his way to defeating Tanahashi for the belt or Naito is going to be the one to end White’s win streak against the top names in NJPW.