Following up on the amazing G1 Climax tournament, New Japan presents the Destruction Tour. Although this is not the biggest event in the NJPW calendar, this year’s tour is full of interesting and potentially spectacular matches, as well as some big in-ring returns. If you signed up to New Japan this year, this is a good first Destruction Tour to experience.
Why You Should Watch It
- In my opinion, when it comes to in-ring action, no promotion in the world can rival New Japan Pro Wrestling right now.
- NJPW has some of the best wrestlers in the world signed to its roster, and with fewer restrictions and more time for matches and builds than WWE, the quality of their matches is the best in the world. If you love professional wrestling, you owe it to yourself to at least attempt to watch this promotion once or twice.
- If you signed up to NJPW World to watch the G1 Climax, this will be a good first sampler of what typical non-tournament New Japan shows are like.
- If their match at Destruction in Hiroshima is even half as good as their G1 Climax brawl, Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii is a can’t miss.
- Beretta and Satoshi Kojima will be returning from injury.
Live Start Times for Every Show (Use a Converter for Your Time Zone if not Listed)
Weekend shows are in red as they are the ones most people will be able to watch live
Road to Shows
The purpose of Road To shows is to hype upcoming events and build stories and rivalries through tag team matches. Although these shows rarely ever have championship or even singles matches, they can have a few fun matches and are still worth your time.
- Friday September 7th – 10:30am (UK), 2:30am (Pacific), 5:30am (Eastern), 6:30pm (Japan) – Japanese Commentary Only
- Saturday September 8th – 10:30am (UK), 2:30am (Pacific), 5:30am (Eastern), 6:30pm (Japan) – Japanese Commentary Only
- Sunday September 9th – 9am (UK), 1am (Pacific), 4am (Eastern), 5pm (Japan) – Japanese Commentary Only
- Saturday September 15th: Destruction in Hiroshima – 10:00am (UK), 2:00am (Pacfiic), 5:00am (Eastern), 6pm (Japan) – English and Japanese Commentary Available
- Monday September 17th: Destruction in Beppu – 10:00am (UK), 2:00am (Pacfiic), 5:00am (Eastern), 6pm (Japan) – English and Japanese Commentary Available
- Sunday September 23rd: Destruction in Kobe – 8:00am (UK), 12:00am (Pacfiic), 3:00am (Eastern), 4pm (Japan) – English and Japanese Commentary Available
How to Watch it
- The only way to watch any Destruction show is through the company’s streaming service – NJPW World. – CLICK HERE FOR MY GUIDE ON USING AND GETTING THE MOST OUT OF NJPW WORLD
- NJPW World can be accessed through an official app on Amazon Fire Sticks, as well as through on laptops, phones and tablets with Chromecast support.
- Not only does it work out at slightly cheaper than WWE Network every month, it offers regular live shows, as well as access to previous events from decades past, matches from select indie promotions such as Ring of Honor and RevPro, the full ALL IN show, and exclusive documentaries that follow the lives of both their Japanese and English speaking roster members.
- Please note that there is no free trial period available, so you will need to purchase the service in order to watch.
- Regardless of when you sign up, the billing date for NJPW World is the first day of every month for every user (so you could be charged 2 days in a row if you signed up on the last day of a month) – IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON SIGNING UP, DO IT AS CLOSE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH AS POSSIBLE.
- Once you cancel your subscription, you immediately cannot use your account, even if you have weeks left until your next billing date – IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON CANCELLING, DO IT AS CLOSE TO THE END OF THE MONTH AS POSSIBLE.
- Live shows are available to watch in full usually within thirty minutes after they’ve been broadcast.
- IF YOU HAVE AXS TV - The channel will be showing a selection of matches from Destruction in the coming weeks following the event, so if you’re unsure of whether you want to subscribe or not, watching on AXS TV first could be a good way of testing the waters first.
- Personally I’d recommend watching on NJPW World in order to enjoy the excitement of the full show without having to wait or watching edited versions of matches (editing is bound to happen with longer matches).
- Also, the NJPW World English commentary team is almost universally considered to be superior to AXS TV’s, and will provide new fans with far more information to explain wrestler and story line backgrounds, so it could be a far better way to introduce yourself to the product.
How to Avoid Streaming Issues
- Although not many users experience these anymore, NJPW World has been known in the past for having some streaming issues
- Streaming issues are very uncommon these days
- BEST WAY TO AVOID ISSUES: NJPW World has two different servers for streaming – one for Fire TV and browsers, and one for mobile and tablet devices. The Fire TV and browser stream is the one that’s known to experience issues, so if you are having troubles, I would recommend switching to watching on a mobile or tablet device
List of Must-Watch Matches, When They’re Happening and Why They’re Interesting
Tomohiro Ishii and Will Ospreay vs. Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi – Road to Destruction Friday September 7th
Will Ospreay in the same ring as Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi? Yes please.
In preparation for their upcoming IWGP Heavyweight Championship match, Kenny Omega and Tomohiro Ishii will be facing each other in three tag team matches featured in the Road to Destruction shows. For me, the prospect of these four men battling in the same ring on the first show of the tour is too good to miss.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada and Beretta – Road to Destruction Saturday September 8th
The rivalry between Tanahashi and Okada is personal, passionate, violent, and legendary. Another chapter will be added into the book of their historic feud on the final show of the Destruction Tour, but while you wait, make sure you check out this tag team match from the second Road To show. Also, this is the first time Beretta and Little Kazu will be teaming again in New Japan since Big Greg came back from injury, and that is something you will not want to miss.
Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata and Satoshi Kojima vs. David Finlay, Juice Robinson, Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe – Road to Destruction Sunday September 9th
The general of Bread Club is back. Former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Satoshi Kojima makes his in-ring return in this main-event bout. Make sure you check this one just to hear the crowd’s reaction when this legend walks through the curtain.
Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale – Destruction in Hiroshima: Saturday September 15th
Student vs. teacher. The former pupil of Bad Luck Fale has made a challenge to his senpai in an effort to prove how far he has come since graduating from the Young Lion program. Will Henare get an upset victory? Will Fale bring out his Firing Squad buddies to decimate the young rookie? Or maybe, will the BC OG’s find a new recruit?…
Will Ospreay, Chuckie T and Beretta vs. Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens – Destruction in Hiroshima: Saturday September 15th
The Best Friends are back! It’s about time we had some platonic hand holding in New Japan again, and I cannot wait to see what kind of reaction these Chaos buddies get upon their return. Oh, and they’ll be in the ring some absolutely fantastic wrestlers too, which is always a bonus.
Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Destruction in Hiroshima: Saturday September 15th
Kenny Omega and Tomohiro Ishii have an undeniable chemistry together that cannot be taught or constructed. Some performers are able to connect with each other in captivating ways, and there’s just something about the way Omega and Ishii absolutely destroy each other that always peaks my interest.
Following on from an MVP performance in this year’s G1 Climax, Ishii earned an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match by defeating Omega in one of the best and most brutal matches of the entire tournament. Whenever these two warriors have clashed in the past, they have near enough obliterated each other with incredible results. When these two face each other again in Hiroshima, you are practically guaranteed to see a physical, violent, and spectacular match of the year candidate.
Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi for the NEVER Openweight Championship – Destruction in Beppu: Monday September 17th
So, Taichi is a bit of a polarising figure in New Japan. Some absolutely love the newest addition to the heavyweight division, and some people’s opinions towards this Suzuki-Gun member is simply…..fuck Taichi. Regardless of what you think, this is Taichi’s first one-on-one championship opportunity since moving away from the junior division, so it will be interesting to see what kind of performance he will exhibit. Plus, if Goto can keep up the momentum from his fantastic G1 run, expect a great match from the current NEVER Openweight Champion.
Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki – Destruction in Beppu: Monday September 17th
Earlier this year, Tetsuya Naito and Minoru Suzuki faced off in a fantastic match for the Intercontinental Championship. On the final night of the G1 Climax tournament this year, tempers flared between the two stable leaders in an eight-man tag match, so much so that a rare main-event singles, non-title match has been scheduled for Destruction in Beppu. It will be violent, it will be physical, and it will be brilliant.
KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match – Destruction in Kobe: Sunday September 23rd
With the horrific news that Hiromu Takahashi has a broken neck and had to relinquish his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship because of it, a four-man mini tournament is taking place to crown a new champion, starting at Destruction in Kobe. The always impressive KUSHIDA, one of the best junior wrestlers of the last decade, takes on the sneaky BUSHI in Kobe, and if it’s as good as the two matches they had in 2017, it will be a joy to watch.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship Tokyo Dome Briefcase – Destruction in Kobe: Sunday September 23rd
Tanahashi vs. Okada is one of the biggest rivalries in Japanese history. These two have battled many times on some of the biggest stages possible, producing a string of critically acclaimed bouts. Their most recent encounter came at the G1, where neither man was capable of defeating the other within the 30 minute time limit, much to the frustration of them both.
Once Tanahashi won this year’s tournament, he didn’t waste time in challenging Okada to a match with his Wrestle Kingdom title shot on the line in order to prove he can beat his biggest rival before he moves on to his main-event opportunity. With a 60 minute time limit, expect these two to push each other up until the very last seconds.
It will be long, it will be epic, and it will be amazing – do not miss this.
Where do I go From After Destruction?
- We are on the road to Wrestle Kingdom, so you will want to stick around.
- If you haven’t already, catch up on the fantastic G1 Climax tournament, the best matches of which you can find here.
- Following Destruction, Fighting Spirit Unleashed from the USA takes place on September 30th.
- King of Pro Wrestling, one of the biggest shows of the year, will happen in October.
- November and December will include the World Tag League tournament, all leading up to the biggest show of the year, Wrestle Kingdom on January 4th.
What if I want to Sample Some NJPW Matches First for Free?
- Check out New Japan’s English language YouTube channel. They regularly upload past matches featuring full English commentary, including world title matches. They will be uploading some of the best past Destruction matches every Monday during September.
- Also, they now upload press conferences and interviews with English subtitles.
- If you have AXS TV, you can watch their New Japan highlight show every Friday night, however the Destruction shows won’t be covered until several weeks after they’ve aired live.
List of Recommend Matches with Links
- Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii – G1 Climax 2018
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – G1 Climax 2018
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Tetsuya Naito – Wrestling Hinokuni 2018
- KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI – BOSJ 2017
Hopefully this guide has helped you out, and I hope you enjoy the shows.
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