Invasion Attack

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Invasion Attack is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event has been held since 2013 and aired domestically as a regular pay-per-view (PPV) and internationally as an internet pay-per-view (iPPV).

2013[edit]

Invasion Attack (2013)
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date April 7, 2013[1]
Attendance 8,200[1]
Venue Ryōgoku Kokugikan[1]
City Tokyo, Japan[1]
Pay-per-view chronology
New Japan Cup 2013 Invasion Attack (2013) Wrestling Dontaku 2013
Invasion Attack chronology
Invasion Attack (2013) Invasion Attack 2014

The first Invasion Attack took place on April 7, 2013, in Tokyo at Ryōgoku Kokugikan. The event featured nine matches, five of which were contested for championships.[1][2][3] As part of the "invasion" theme, the event featured title matches involving championships from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) as well as participation from outside workers Akebono and Bob Sapp.[1] The first title match, where Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi), led to a major storyline development, when Devitt turned on Taguchi after the match and joined forces with the returning King Fale, now renamed "Bad Luck Fale".[1] The turn led to the formation of Bullet Club later in the year.[4] In the second title match, NJPW wrestler Tama Tonga and CMLL wrestler El Terrible successfully defended the CMLL World Tag Team Championship against the CMLL duo of La Máscara and Valiente.[1] The sixth match of the event, a tag team grudge match between the teams of Hirooki Goto and Yuji Nagata and Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) had to be ended early, when Sakuraba dislocated his right elbow, which would sideline him for the next three months.[1][5] The event was concluded with what NJPW billed as a "triple main event", featuring three title matches.[1] The third title match of the event featured the NJPW in-ring debut of Rob Conway, who successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Satoshi Kojima.[1] In the fourth title match, Shinsuke Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against IWGP Tag Team Champion Davey Boy Smith, Jr., avenging a first round loss suffered during the 2013 New Japan Cup.[1] In the final match of the evening, the winner of the 2013 New Japan Cup, Kazuchika Okada, defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and start his second reign as the top champion of NJPW.[1] Post-match Okada was challenged by Minoru Suzuki, which led to the main event of Wrestling Dontaku 2013.[1] The main event earned a five-star rating from sports journalist Dave Meltzer and was voted the 2013 Match of the Year by readers of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter.[6][7]

No. Results[1][2][3] Stipulations Times[1]
1 Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) (c) defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 10:42
2 Akebono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi and Super Strong Machine defeated Chaos (Bob Sapp, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi) Eight-man tag team match 10:00
3 Tama Tonga and El Terrible (c) defeated La Máscara and Valiente Tag team match for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship 8:57
4 Complete Players (Masato Tanaka and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) Tag team match 10:41
5 Minoru Suzuki (with Taichi) defeated Toru Yano Singles match 10:09
6 Hirooki Goto and Yuji Nagata defeated Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) by referee stoppage Tag team match 11:32
7 Rob Conway (c) (with Bruce Tharpe and Jax Dane) defeated Satoshi Kojima (with Hiroyoshi Tenzan) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 14:24
8 Shinsuke Nakamura (c) defeated Davey Boy Smith, Jr. (with Lance Archer and Taka Michinoku) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 18:04
9 Kazuchika Okada (with Gedo) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 31:41
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2014[edit]

Invasion Attack 2014
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date April 6, 2014[8]
Attendance 8,500[8]
Venue Ryōgoku Kokugikan[8]
City Tokyo, Japan[8]
Pay-per-view chronology
Road to Invasion Attack 2014 Invasion Attack 2014 Wrestling Dontaku 2014
Invasion Attack chronology
Invasion Attack (2013) Invasion Attack 2014 TBA

The second Invasion Attack took place on April 6, 2014, in Tokyo at Ryōgoku Kokugikan. The event featured nine matches, five of which were contested for championships.[8][9][10] In the first title match, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against El Desperado and Kota Ibushi.[8] El Desperado and Ibushi had faced off in an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match at February's The New Beginning in Osaka, where, following Ibushi's win, he was challenged by Nick Jackson.[11] This led to a singles title match between the two for April 3, where Ibushi was victorious,[12][13] and a tag team title match three days later, where The Young Bucks made their third successful title defense.[8] In the second title match, Tencozy won the NWA World Tag Team Championship for the first time, defeating the returning National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) team of Jax Dane and Rob Conway.[8] The midcard of the event featured a major storyline development involving the Bullet Club stable. One year after the break-up of Apollo 55, Bullet Club leader Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi faced off in a singles grudge match, during which The Young Bucks turned on Devitt, after he told them not to interfere in the match. After Taguchi had won the match, he and Devitt shook hands and ended their storyline rivalry with each other.[14] After the following match, A.J. Styles debuted as the newest member of Bullet Club, attacking IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.[15]

The third title match saw Tomohiro Ishii defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito.[8] Following The New Beginning in Osaka, where Ishii defeated Naito to win the title,[11][16] Naito had avenged the loss by defeating Ishii in both the first round of the 2014 New Japan Cup and a six-man tag team match, which set up the title rematch,[17][18] where Ishii made his first successful defense.[8] Following his win, Ishii was challenged by Kushida.[19] The semi-main event featured Bullet Club representatives Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson defending the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.[8] The two teams previously faced off in a non-title match on March 5 at NJPW's 42nd anniversary event, where Goto and Shibata were victorious.[20] In addition, Goto and Shibata eliminated both Gallows and Anderson from the 2014 New Japan Cup in their first round matches.[21] Anderson and Gallows, however, were victorious in the title match, making their second successful defense.[8] Finally, in the main event, Hiroshi Tanahashi defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against previous champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a rematch of both January's Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome and February's The New Beginning in Hiroshima.[18] Nakamura had earned the right to challenge for either the IWGP Intercontinental or the IWGP Heavyweight Championship after winning the 2014 New Japan Cup, but opted to try to end his two-match losing streak against Tanahashi.[18][22] In the end, Nakamura was victorious, winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the third time.[8] Post-match, Nakamura was challenged by Daniel and Rolles Gracie, while Kazushi Sakuraba offered to form a tag team with him.[8] The day after Invasion Attack 2014, NJPW announced Prince Devitt's resignation from the promotion,[23] while also naming Ryusuke Taguchi and A.J. Styles the number one contenders to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight and Heavyweight Championships, respectively.[24][25]

No. Results[8][9][10] Stipulations Times[8]
1 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Shinsei Tag (El Desperado and Kota Ibushi) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 11:47
2 Kazushi Sakuraba, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata defeated Suzukigun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) Six-man tag team match 9:39
3 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated The Iron Godz (Jax Dane and Rob Conway) (c) (with Bruce Tharpe) Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship 10:36
4 Gracie Ichizoku (Daniel Gracie and Rolles Gracie) defeated Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) Ishu kakutōgi sen rules tag team match 6:56
5 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Prince Devitt Singles match 12:03
6 Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi) defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga) Tag team match 8:43
7 Tomohiro Ishii (c) defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship 17:45
8 Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) (c) defeated Meiyu Tag (Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 18:31
9 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 26:49
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Invasion Attack". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "新日本プロレス「Invasion Attack」". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. April 7, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Caldwell, James (April 7, 2013). "Caldwell's New Japan "Invasion Attack" iPPV report 4/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of new IWGP World champion, U.S. stars in title matches, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "「イッツ・リィィィアル!! 」なんとアンダーソン、トンガとも合体!! デヴィットが外国人軍団"Bullet Club"結成!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). May 11, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "吉野家Presents Kizuna Road 2013". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Meltzer, Dave (April 15, 2013). "Apr 15 2013 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: The absolutely gigantic 2013 WrestleMania weekend issue, packed full of news from all over the world". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California): 22. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  7. ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 27, 2014). "Jan 27 2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2013 Annual awards issue, best in the world in numerous categories, plus all the news in pro-wrestling and MMA over the past week and more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, California): 21. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "新日本プロレス「Invasion Attack 2014」". Sports Navi (in Japanese). Yahoo!. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Caldwell, James (April 6, 2014). "Caldwell's NJPW PPV results 4/6: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of "Invasion Attack 2014" - Nakamura regains IC Title, A.J. Styles big angle, new NWA tag champions, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "The New Beginning in Osaka". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Road to Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "ニックを圧殺!飯伏IWGPジュニアV2". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Invasion Attack 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "38歳石井が第3代NEVER王者に". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). February 12, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "内藤 NEVER王座返り咲き狙う". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "【4.6両国全カード決定!!】棚橋vs中邑! 後藤&柴田がタッグ挑戦! 石井vs内藤! デヴィvs田口! グレイシーvsクレイジー! 桜庭vs鈴木が初遭遇!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "NEVER無差別級王者石井が初防衛". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ "洋央紀&柴田IWGPタッグ挑戦". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ "New Japan Cup 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  22. ^ "NJC初V中邑 大流血の誓い". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "プリンス・デヴィット選手から、新日本プロレス退団の申し入れ". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  24. ^ "5月3日「レスリングどんたく」主要カード!! オカダvsAJスタイルズ!! 中邑&桜庭vsグレイシー!! 飯伏vs田口が決定!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ Caldwell, James (April 7, 2014). "NJPW news: A.J. Styles to challenge for New Japan's top title, Prince Devitt "submits resignation," NWA World Title & Tag Title matches announced for next week". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 

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