Styles dethrones Okada at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku
AJ Styles defeated Kazuchika Okada to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at last night’s Wrestling Dontaku event in Fukuoka, Japan.
Styles, the new Bullet Club leader, pinned Okada following interference from Yujiro Takahashi, the latest member of the New Japan roster to join Bullet Club.
His win makes Styles the 60th IWGP Heavyweight Champion and the first non-Japanese titleholder since Brock Lesnar won the belt in 2005.
Styles will now defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin at the co-promoted ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds event in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on May 18.
Bullet Club members now hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the IWGP Tag Team Championship, and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
The Young Bucks successfully defended their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship earlier in the evening when they defeated Forever Hooligans following More Bang For Your Buck.
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku is available on Ustream until May 24. The event costs $25 USD (approximately $28.85 NZD).
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Results:
- BUSHI, Captain New Japan, El Desperado & Mascara Dorada def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask & Yohei Komatsu
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship:
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson (c) def. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero)
- Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano def. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton “X” Benjamin via disqualification
- NWA World Heavyweight Championship:
Satoshi Kojima (c) def. Wes Brisco
- Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata def. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship:
Kota Ibushi (c) def. Ryusuke Taguchi
- NEVER Openweight Championship:
Tomohiro Ishii (c) def. Tomoaki Honma
- Elimination Match:
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tetsuya Naito & Togi Makabe def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga)
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship:
AJ Styles def. Kazuchika Okada (c)