NJPW Invasion Attack 2015: AJ Styles remains IWGP World Heavyweight Champion

It was time for one of the biggest professional wrestling pay-per-views (PPV) of the year in Japan: NJPW’s Invasion Attack, for the 3rd time since 2013. The event took place on 5th April 2015 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, featuring a total of 9 matches, with 4 of them with championships on the line.

AJ Styles and Kota Ibushi before the match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Over 9,000 spectators witnessed the huge main event with AJ Styles having to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the No. 1 Contender, Kota Ibushi. The distraction by fellow Bullet Club member, Kenny Omega, gave an opening for AJ Styles to deliver the Styles Clash, his signature move, to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. It was a hard-fought battle between the two, as the match lasted over 25 minutes.

Despite Bullet Club’s reigning dominance in NJPW, they failed to gain the IWGP Tag Team Championship after being defeated by the defending champions, The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett).

However, the Bullet Club managed to get back, as Kenny Omega managed to retain his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship after defeating Mascara Dorada, in a match that lasted 13 minutes.

Two new champions were crowned during the event, and both of them are from the tag-team division. Roppongi Vice (Baretta & Rocky Romero) became the new IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions after defeating The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson).

AJ Styles retaining his title as IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

Other matches Results:

 

10-Man Tag Team Match

Alex Shelley, Captain New Japan, Kushida, Yohei Komatsu and Yuji Nagata 

def.

Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Sho Tanaka and Tiger Mask.

 

6-Man Tag Team Match

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Tomoaki Honma

def.

Bullet Club (Cody Hall, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi) with Mao

 

6-Man Tag Team Match

Hirooki Goto, Tetsuya Naito and Togi Makabe

def.

Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi)

The entrance of the IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura before the 6-Man Tag Team Match

 

 

Tag-Team Match

Chaos (Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano)   def.   Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata

 

Singles Match

Kazuchika Okada (with Gedo) def. Bad Luck Fale (with Tama Tonga)

 

At the aftermath of the event, NJPW announces that AJ Styles will defend his IWGP Heavyweight Championship at July’s Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall in 3 months, as well as the main event for the upcoming big event, Wrestling Dontaku 2015, with its main event featuring the IWGP Intercontinental Championship match between the champion, Shinsuke Nakamura and the challenger, Hirooki Goto. The event will be held on May 3, 2015 at Fukuoka Kokusai Centre.

Source & Pictures: NJPW Facebook Page & 411mania

~Shah

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