Below are complete results of the New Japan Pro Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 9" pay-per-view event, which featured U.S. commentary from Jim Ross and Matt Striker.
Results are from Dave Meltzer and F4WOnline.com.
NEW JAPAN RUMBLE MATCH
We're opening the Rumble with Tiger Mask vs. Yuji Nagata. Guys are coming in every minute. The building is really empty at this point, but then again the advertised start time is 40 minutes away.
Yuji Nagata pinned Yoshi-Hashi with the bridging back suplex in a long Rumble match. It wasn't very good. They are shooting right into the tarped off sections which makes no sense at all. Crowd wasn't that hot for it. There were a few surprises, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Great Kabuki and Hiro Saito. Saito gave everyone sentons and Fujiwara gave everyone head-butts. Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu did some good stuff and Tama Tonga went for a Stinger splash on Yoshi-Hashi when he was one of the last three, Yoshi-Hashi ducked and Tonga flew over the top to the floor. This was a Battle Royal where you could be eliminated by over the top rope, pins (mostly gang up pins) and submissions. Japan has never done Battle Royals well and this was the epitome of a get everyone on the show match.
Great video package to open the show.
BOBBY FISH & KYLE O'REILLY VS. YOUNG BUCKS VS. ALEX SHELLEY & KUSHIDA VS. ROCKY ROMERO & ALEX KOSLOV FOR IWGP JR. TITLE
Fish & O'Reilly won when O'Reilly pinned Koslov after Chasing the Dragon. Great match with all kinds of super moves. Really cool spot where Romero gave a Doomsday Device onto the Young Bucks who did a flip bump and landed on their feet and hit. All the dives, superkick party, Meltzer driver, Forever clothesline and all the stuff you'd expect. Really fun, hurt a little because the juniors have a hard time getting heat in a building this large.
SATOSHI KOJIMA & HIROYOSHI TENZAN & TOMOAKI HONMA VS. JEFF JARRETT & BAD LUCK FALE & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI
Karen Jarrett and Scott D'Amore were at ringside. Surprise ending as Honma pinned Yujiro with a diving head-butt off the top rope after Jarrett went to hit Honma with the guitar, but he moved and it hit Yujiro. Solid match built around Honma. Match was really rushed.
TORU YANO & MIKEY NICHOLLS & SHANE HASTE & NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS. TAKASHI IIZUKA & SHELTON BENJAMIN & DAVEY BOY SMITH JR. & LANCE ARCHER
Another rushed match when Marufuji pinned Iizuka with a Tiger uppercut kneelift. Good athletic action by Nicholls & Haste, who worked a lot with Smith & Archer. Benjamin did a leap to the top and threw overhead belly to belly on Marufji all the way across the ring. Good for what it was.
KAZUSHI SAKURABA VS. MINORU SUZUKI IN UWF RULES
Jim Ross put this match over so big like people have waited a lifetime for this, the best protege of Karl Gotch against the best protege of Billy Robinson.
Suzuki won with a choke after a choke suplex. The story of the match is that Sakuraba may have broken Suzuki's arm with a Kimura on the floor. So Suzuki worked the rest of the match with one arm. There were super hard kicks and slaps back and forth, teased knockdowns, and great early matwork. They played UWFI music for Sakuraba after the match even though he lost. The match would have been better with five more minutes but they are rushing through things. For what they were doing, this was really good.
TOMOHIRO ISHII VS. TOGI MAKABE FOR THE NEVER TITLE
Super match mostly stiff elbows and elbows. Makabe worked on the injured left shoulder, including a German suplex on the shoulder. Makabe won the title after tons of near falls and one count kick outs after a kneedrop off the top right on the bad shoudler that Makabe worked on the entire match. This was the best thing so far.
Next is the announcement of the big shows for the year
2/11 New Beginning in Osaka
2/14 New Beginning in Sendai
3/5 New Japan Cup show final in Tokyo
3/15 New Japan Cup in Hiroshima
4/15 Invasion Attack in Tokyo
4/29 Big show in Kumamoto
5/3 Fukuoka Internatioal Center Wrestling Dontaku
May Ring of Honor tour
6/7 Best of the Super Junior tournament in Tokyo
7/5 Dominion in Osaka Jo Hall
G-1 Climax 25
7/20 opener in Sapporo
8/14 at Sumo Hall
8/15 at Sumo Hall agian
8/16 finals at Sumo Hall
RYUSUKE TAGUCHI VS. KENNY OMEGA FOR JR. TITLE
An excellent match and they had a disadvantage of following Ishii without an intermission. Omega won with the One Winged Angel, an electric chair into a ki krusher. The best spot was Omega going for a power bomb into the buckles and Taguchi turned it into a huracanra sending him into the turnbuckles. The Young Bucks were at ringside interfering and Taguchi did a running flip dive onto all of them.
DOC GALLOWS & KARL ANDERSON DEFEND IWGP TAG TITLES AGAINST HIROOKI GOTO & KATSUYORI SHIBATA
Amber O'Neal was at ringside as the Bullet Club Babe.
Goto & Shibata won the title with a double team GTS and then Shibata pinned him after the penalty kick. This match was rushed, but a really good match, really the best match I've seen these teams have.
A.J. STYLES VS. TETSUYA NAITO
They are putting over the Styles clash as being controversial and using the neck injury to Yoshitatsu to make Styles out to be a killer. Styles won when Naito went for a huracanrana off the top rope but Styles blocked it and gave him a Styles clash off the middle rope for the pin. Excellent match. I've got to think Styles is getting an IWGP title match with this win. Some great struggle spots by Naito, trying desperately to block and then get out of the Styles clash. He also did a great struggle trying to get out of calf killer.
We've got 96 minutes left for just two matches. They eliminated big entrances for time unless they are going to only do them for the last two matches.
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. KOTA IBUSHI FOR THE IC TITLE
Nakamura came out dressed as the statue of liberty. This was a pretty great entrance.
This was a match of the year candidate. Nakamura got the pin in 21:00 with a bom a ye after a falcon arrow. There were moves here that I've never seen before. Ibushi did a bunch of Nakamura's spots during the match like the vibration boot, reverse powerslam and bom a ye and he did a Cesaro like power move standing on the top rope while Nakamura was on the apron and German suplexed him into the ring for a near fall. They did all kinds of vicious kicks to the face like they were in a violent street fight, and Ibushi did great acrobatic moves including a moonsault off the top to the floor. You could argue this was the night to put Ibushi over and I would agree, particularly with how the match was going. Nakamura came across here like he was the best wrestler in the world, both work, charisma, the complete package and maybe it's by a wide margin.
Jim Ross put this over so strong.
There was one hour left when the ring entrance started. They don't have time for a 60 minute draw.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI VS. KAZUCHIKA OKADA FOR THE IWGP TITLE
They have as long as they need. But I have no idea how they can possibly top the previous match. Ross is putting Okada over like crazy.
This was another match of the year candidate. Each man kicked out of the others finisher, with Okada kicking out of the high fly flow and Tanahashi kicked out of the rainmaker. They did everything in their arsenal. Tanahashi did a big plancha off the top rope onto Okada who was over the guard rail. Okada did all of his regular stuff. Okada had his leg draped over the ropes after a reverse dragon screw and a regular dragon screw in the ropes, and Tanahashi gave him the high fly flow. He did two more high fly flows and got the pin. Okada never did the red ink once nor did he debut the new move he promised.
Okada was breaking down crying as he left the ring.
Tanahashi said Okada, I'll tell you one thing, the IWGP title is so far away from you. Tanahashi thanked he fans and now he's doing the air guitar spot.