NJPW The New Beginning

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The New Beginning is an annual professional wrestling event promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The event has been held since 2011 as a pay-per-view (PPV). Since 2013, viewers outside of Japan have also been able to view the event as an internet pay-per-view (iPPV). The event is held in February, the month following NJPW's biggest annual event, the January 4 Dome Show, usually the culmination point of major storylines. As the name of the event suggests, it marks the beginning of a new year for the promotion.

2011[edit]

February 15[edit]

The New Beginning (2011): February 15
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Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 15, 2011[1]
Attendance 1,500[1]
Venue Korakuen Hall[1]
City Tokyo, Japan[1]
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning (2011): February 15 The New Beginning (2011): February 20

The first New Beginning events were held on February 15 and 20, 2011. The first was held in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall and the second in Sendai, Miyagi, at the Sendai Sun Plaza Hall.[1][2] The first event, which mainly built to matches on the second event, featured nine matches.[1]

No. Results[1] Stipulations Times[1]
1 Chaos (Tetsuya Naito, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Hirooki Goto, Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 8:49
2 Kota Ibushi and Kushida defeated The World Class Tag Team (Gedo and Jado) Tag team match 12:24
3 Karl Anderson defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match 10:27
4 Giant Bernard defeated Strong Man Singles match 6:06
5 Ryusuke Taguchi and Togi Makabe defeated Kojimagun (Nosawa Rongai and Taichi) Tag team match 7:09
6 Wataru Inoue defeated Toru Yano Singles match 9:37
7 Yuji Nagata defeated Takashi Iizuka by disqualification Singles match 13:24
8 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan Singles match 8:24
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt defeated Kojimagun (Satoshi Kojima and Taka Michinoku) Tag team match 15:47

February 20[edit]

The New Beginning (2011): February 20
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 20, 2011[2]
Attendance 3,200[2]
Venue Sendai Sun Plaza Hall[2]
City Sendai, Japan[2]
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome The New Beginning (2011): February 20 New Japan Cup 2011
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning (2011): February 15 The New Beginning (2011): February 20 The New Beginning (2012)

The second New Beginning of 2011 also featured nine matches, three of which were contested for championships.[2] The third match of the event saw Tiger Mask and Tomohiro Ishii conclude their storyline rivalry in a Mask vs. Mask match; for the match, Ishii donned a Black Tiger mask.[2] All three champions retained their titles during the event; Bad Intentions successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Muscle Orchestra, Prince Devitt successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Taka Michinoku and Hiroshi Tanahashi successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against previous champion Satoshi Kojima.[2] The event saw the NJPW debut of former WWE wrestler MVP. He was originally scheduled to team with Nosawa Rongai, however, just prior to the event, Nosawa was arrested for stealing a taxi and later announced he was taking a break from professional wrestling.[3][4]

No. Results[2] Stipulations Times[2]
1 Tama Tonga defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 5:20
2 Jushin Liger, Kushida and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Chaos (Gedo, Jado and Killer Rabbit) Six-man tag team match 8:45
3 Tiger Mask defeated Tomohiro Ishii Mask vs. Mask match 8:45
4 Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, King Fale, Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata Eight-man elimination tag team match 21:41
5 Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) (c) defeated Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 18:28
6 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Taka Michinoku Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 13:17
7 Kojimagun (MVP and Taichi) defeated G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) Tag team match 11:29
8 Hirooki Goto defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match 17:36
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 22:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2012[edit]

The New Beginning (2012)
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 12, 2012[5]
Attendance 6,200[5]
Venue Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium[5]
City Osaka, Japan[5]
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome The New Beginning (2012) All Together: Moikkai, Hitotsu ni Naroze
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning (2011): February 20 The New Beginning (2012) The New Beginning (2013)

The second annual New Beginning took place on February 12, 2012, in Osaka, Osaka, at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. The event featured eight matches, four of which were contested for championships.[5][6] The event was the first major event held by NJPW after the promotion had been sold to Bushiroad.[7] In the third match of the event, the No Remorse Corps recaptured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from Apollo 55, while Tencozy successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against previous champions Bad Intentions.[5] This would turn out to be the final match of Bad Intentions, the longest reigning IWGP Tag Team Champions in history, as the following month, Giant Bernard returned to WWE as "Lord Tensai".[8] The event featured two title changes; in the first Hirooki Goto captured the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Masato Tanaka, while in the main event Kazuchika Okada, who had just the previous month returned from a twenty-month American excursion, defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time.[5] NJPW called the result of the main event the "upset of the century".[5]

No. Results[5][6] Stipulations Times[5]
1 Chaos (Yoshi-Hashi and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated King Fale and Tomoaki Honma Tag team match 7:51
2 Chaos (Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) defeated Captain New Japan, Jushin Liger and Tama Tonga Six-man tag team match 8:35
3 No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards and Rocky Romero) defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 15:10
4 Suzukigun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Yoshihiro Takayama) defeated Kushida, Tiger Mask, Togi Makabe, Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata Ten-man elimination tag team match 23:08
5 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) (c) defeated Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 17:47
6 Hirooki Goto defeated Masato Tanaka (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 13:26
7 Tetsuya Naito defeated Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match 17:38
8 Kazuchika Okada (with Gedo) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 23:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2013[edit]

The New Beginning (2013)
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 10, 2013[9]
Attendance 4,780[9]
Venue Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall[9]
City Hiroshima, Japan[9]
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome The New Beginning (2013) New Japan Cup 2013
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning (2012) The New Beginning (2013) The New Beginning in Hiroshima

The third annual New Beginning took place on February 10, 2013, in Hiroshima, Hiroshima, at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall. The event featured nine matches, four of which were contested for championships.[9][10][11] All four champions were successful in their defenses. Time Splitters successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against the previous champions, Forever Hooligans, Prince Devitt successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Apollo 55 partner Ryusuke Taguchi, K.E.S. successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against previous champions, Tencozy, and Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Karl Anderson for his seventh successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[9]

No. Results[9][10][11] Stipulations Times[9]
1 Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Tama Tonga, Tiger Mask and Yuji Nagata defeated Chaos (Jado, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi) Ten-man tag team match 8:20
2 Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) (c) defeated Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 11:26
3 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 14:01
4 K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) (c) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 14:16
5 Togi Makabe defeated Yujiro Takahashi Singles match 8:00
6 Laughter7 (Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba) defeated Hirooki Goto and Wataru Inoue Tag team match 11:07
7 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kengo Mashimo Singles match 11:21
8 Minoru Suzuki (with Taichi) defeated Kazuchika Okada (with Gedo) Singles match 15:59
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Karl Anderson Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 25:10
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

2014[edit]

For the first time since 2011, NJPW produced two New Beginning events in 2014. "The New Beginning in Hiroshima" took place on February 9 in Hiroshima and "The New Beginning in Osaka" two days later in Osaka.[12]

The New Beginning in Hiroshima[edit]

The New Beginning in Hiroshima
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 9, 2014[13]
Attendance 5,040[13]
Venue Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall[13]
City Hiroshima, Japan[13]
Pay-per-view chronology
Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome The New Beginning in Hiroshima The New Beginning in Osaka
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning (2013) The New Beginning in Hiroshima The New Beginning in Osaka

The New Beginning in Hiroshima took place on February 9, 2014, in Hiroshima, Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall. The event featured ten matches, three of which were contested for championships.[13][14][15][16] Several matches also built to matches taking place at the following event two days later. The event also featured the NJPW debuts of National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) representatives Michael Tarver and Big Daddy Yum-Yum,[17] who unsuccessfully challenged Satoshi Kojima for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the first title match of the event.[13] The two other title matches were rematches from January 4's Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome event; in the first Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson made their first successful defense of the IWGP Tag Team Championship against K.E.S. and in the main event Hiroshi Tanahashi made his first successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura.[13]

No. Results[13][14][15][16] Stipulations Times[13]
1 El Desperado and Jushin Liger defeated Bushi and Kota Ibushi Tag team match 8:46
2 Minoru Suzuki (with Taichi) defeated Tama Tonga Singles match 5:32
3 Crazy Ichizoku (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) defeated Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata by disqualification Tag team match 9:16
4 Michael Tarver defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan Singles match 9:15
5 Satoshi Kojima (c) defeated Big Daddy Yum-Yum (with Bruce Tharpe) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 11:04
6 Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Tetsuya Naito and Tomoaki Honma Tag team match 11:27
7 Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Prince Devitt) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) and Togi Makabe Eight-man tag team match 11:28
8 Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata defeated Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi) Tag team match 14:38
9 Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) (c) (with Tama Tonga) defeated K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) (with Taka Michinoku) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 12:08
10 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 22:32
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

The New Beginning in Osaka[edit]

The New Beginning in Osaka
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 11, 2014[18]
Attendance 6,400[18]
Venue Bodymaker Colosseum[18]
City Osaka, Japan[18]
Pay-per-view chronology
The New Beginning in Hiroshima The New Beginning in Osaka Hataage Kinenbi (2014)
The New Beginning chronology
The New Beginning in Hiroshima The New Beginning in Osaka TBA

The New Beginning in Osaka took place on February 11, 2014, in Osaka, Osaka at the Bodymaker Colosseum. The event featured ten matches, four of which were contested for championships.[18][19][20] In the opening match, The Young Bucks made their second successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against former champions, the Time Splitters.[18] In the fourth match, Ryusuke Taguchi picked up his first win since returning from an eight-month injury break at the beginning of the month by pinning former Apollo 55 partner and Bullet Club leader Prince Devitt in a tag team match.[18] The working relationship between NJPW and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) continued in the fifth match, where Tencozy defeated Big Daddy Yum-Yum and Michael Tarver, with Tenzan submitting Tarver to avenge a loss suffered two days earlier. As a result, Tencozy earned another shot at the NWA World Tag Team Championship, held by Jax Dane and Rob Conway.[18] The sixth match of the event featured the returns of mixed martial artists Daniel and Rolles Gracie to take on Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata in a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome after the original match ended in a disqualification.[17] After the Gracies had won, Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano came out to challenge them.[18] In the second title match of the event, Kota Ibushi made his first successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against El Desperado, who had made his debut appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome.[18] Following the match, Nick Jackson, one half of The Young Bucks, challenged Ibushi to a title match.[18] The ninth match saw Tomohiro Ishii win his first title in NJPW, eight years after starting to work regularly for the promotion,[21] as he defeated Tetsuya Naito to become the third NEVER Openweight Champion.[18] Finally, in the main event of the evening, Kazuchika Okada made his eighth successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Hirooki Goto.[18] Post-match, Goto's tag team partner Katsuyori Shibata expressed interest in challenging Okada, but Okada instead told him to first win the New Japan Cup.[18]

No. Results[18][19][20] Stipulations Times[18]
1 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:05
2 Katsuyori Shibata defeated Yoshi-Hashi Singles match 5:21
3 Suzukigun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki) (with Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson and Tama Tonga) Six-man tag team match 7:53
4 Ryusuke Taguchi and Togi Makabe defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Prince Devitt) Tag team match 9:53
5 Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) defeated Big Daddy Yum-Yum and Michael Tarver (with Bruce Tharpe) Tag team match for the #1 contendership to the NWA World Tag Team Championship 12:54
6 Gracie Ichizoku (Daniel Gracie and Rolles Gracie) defeated Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuji Nagata Ishu kakutōgi sen rules tag team match 9:28
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Liger defeated Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura and Yujiro Takahashi) Tag team match 12:43
8 Kota Ibushi (c) defeated El Desperado Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 13:34
9 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito (c) Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship 23:41
10 Kazuchika Okada (c) (with Gedo) defeated Hirooki Goto (with Katsuyori Shibata) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 22:51
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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