The Suzuki-Gun tandem of El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru became IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions for the second time after defeating Hiromu Takahashi and Bushi of Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) in the finals of a mini-tournament for the vacant titles.
Former champions Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yo) were forced to vacate the belts with Yo, having suffered a significant knee injury, facing an unspecified period of time in recovery.
The round-robin tournament also featured Bullet Club representatives Taiji Ishimori (the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion) and Gedo, as well the veteran/rookie combo of Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato.
Having played out across several New Japan Roadshows, the final standings were as follows:
The two finalists met at the historic Korakuen Hall, a mere 48 hours after battling each other in the first round.
After some close-fought action, Suzuki-Gun were able to employ their usual range of dastardly tactics en route to victory, with Hiromu eventually succumbing to a closed fist strike from Desperado, followed by the masked man’s trademark Pinche Loco finisher.
In his post-match victory speech, Desperado hinted at offering a rematch before turning on the fans and vowing never to defend the belts against LIJ again.
This statement was followed by a belt shot to Takahashi’s skull, punctuating a good night’s work for Suzuki-Gun and confirming their status as the 62nd team to hold New Japan‘s junior tag belts.