NJPW Wrestling Hinokuni 2015: Togi Makabe becomes NEVER Openweight Champion

April 29th will be remembered as the night that Togi Makabe made history by winning the NEVER Openweight Championship for the 2nd time this year, and it was much better than when the two faced off at Wrestling Kingdom 9. Tomohiro Ishii wanted to avenge the defeat in January but it was not enough to put down Makabe, losing in a match that lasted over 25 minutes.


Over 2400 fans in Grandmesse Kumamoto that were in attendance witnessed 9 unbelievably great matches, with 3 championship titles on the line. Besides the NEVER Openweight Championship, the titles represented by NWA were also on the line, the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship as well as the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

It was the revenge match for the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship between the challenger Jushin “Thunder” Liger and the champion Steve Anthony who defeated Liger at a pay-per-view in Last Vegas earlier last month. In the end, it was too much for Liger to withstand and Anthony walks out victorious and defended his title in a match that lasted over 12 minutes.

In another championship match, it was for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the championship that was held by wrestling legends such as Ric Flair, Colt Cabana and Sting. The champion, Hiroyoshi Tenzan successfully defended the championship against Big Daddy YumYum.

Here are the full results for Wrestling Hinokuni:

  1. Gedo, Beretta & Rocky Romero def. Jay White, Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka
  1. Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi def. Captain New Japan & Satoshi Kojima
  1. KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Manabu Nakanishi def. Mascara Dorada, Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata
  1. NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship

Steve Anthony (C) def. Jushin Thunder Liger

  1. NWA World Heavyweight Championship

Hiroshi Tenzan (C) def. Big Daddy Yum Yum

  1. Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Alex Shelley, Tomoaki Honma & Tetsuya Naito
  1. YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada def. Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale
  1. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura def. Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto

Main Event:

NEVER Openweight Championship Match


Togi Makabe def. Tomohiro Ishii

(Togi Makabe becomes the 8th recipient of the NEVER Openweight Championship Title, and his 2nd of his career)

 Source: NJPW Official Website


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