Nakamura reclaims IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura has reclaimed the IWGP Intercontinental Championship with a win over Hiroshi Tanahashi at Invasion Attack.
Nakamura pinned Tanahashi after a series of Boma Ye knee strikes to win back the title.
Nakamura had lost the title to Tanahashi in the main event of January 4’s Wrestle Kingdom event at the Tokyo Dome, and was unable to beat Tanahashi in a rematch at February’s The New Beginning in Hiroshima. The King of Strong Style was then afforded his Invasion Attack match against Tanahashi as a result of winning the New Japan Cup.
With two back-to-back losses against the champ, Nakamura was faced with a do or die situation when it came to his title aspirations.
Tanahashi went straight to work picking apart Nakamura’s knee, both as a tactic to win the match and also to neutralise the Boma Ye.
Nakamura was able to fight through the pain and catch Tanahahsi with a Boma Ye after around 20 minutes of action though, and followed up with several more before finally covering Tanahashi to reclaim the title.
Earlier in the evening AJ Styles made an impact when he attacked IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and revealed he was now part of the Bullet Club stable.
Okada had just pinned Tama Tonga in tag team action when he came face to face with Bad Luck Fale, who many had tipped to be Okada’s next challenger to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship after his performance in the New Japan Cup tournament.
As Fale and Okada locked eyes, a hooded figure slid into the ring and began to attack the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
The man then removed his hood to reveal himself as former TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.
“You were a TNA young-boy, and now IWGP champion?” Styles asked an unconscious Okada. “No, [you are] still a young-boy. I want that title.”
Styles then took off his jacket to display a Bullet Club T-shirt underneath, perhaps filling the void left in the group after Prince Devitt lost a “loser leaves town” bout to former tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi earlier in the night.
NJPW Invasion Attack Results:
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship:
The Young Bucks (c) def. El Desperado & Kota Ibushi
- Kazushi Sakuraba, Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata def. Minoru Suzuki, TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
- NWA Tag Team Championship:
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshima Kojima def. Jax Dane & Rob Conway (c) w/ Bruce Tharpe
- Daniel Gracie & Rolles Gracie def. Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano
- Ryusuke Taguchi def. Prince Devitt
- Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga)
- NEVER Openweight Championship:
Tomohiro Ishii (c) def. Tetsuya Naito
- IWGP Tag Team Championship:
Bullet Club (Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson) (c) def. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship:
Shinuske Nakamura def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c)