Chaos (professional wrestling)

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Chaos
Chaos.png
The logo of Chaos
Stable
Members Beretta[1]
Gedo[2]
Hirooki Goto[3]
Jado[2]
Jay Briscoe[4]
Kazuchika Okada[2]
Mark Briscoe[4]
Rocky Romero[5]
Tomohiro Ishii[2]
Toru Yano[2]
Will Ospreay[6]
Yoshi-Hashi[2]
Name(s) Chaos
Former
member(s)
Alex Koslov[7]
Black Tiger (V)[8]
Brian Kendrick[9]
Davey Richards[10]
Giant Bernard[11]
Hideo Saito[12]
Karl Anderson[11]
Kazushi Sakuraba[2]
Low Ki[9]
Masato Tanaka[13]
Shinsuke Nakamura (first leader)[2]
Takashi Iizuka[14]
Tetsuya Naito[15]
Yujiro Takahashi[16]
Debut April 23, 2009[17]
Promotions NJPW
Noah
RPW
ROH

Chaos is a professional wrestling stable, primarily performing in the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. The group was formed in 2009, when members of the Great Bash Heel stable turned on their leader Togi Makabe and reformed under new leader Shinsuke Nakamura. Soon later the all members of GBH, with the exception of Honma, turned their backs on Makabe, joining Nakamura and Yano. Soon after, the new group was named Chaos, with Nakamura as the leader, with the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto. The stable as accomplished every thing in NJPW. Chaos has since added several new members, most notably Kazuchika Okada who brought to the stable the IWGP Heavyweight Championship four times and won the G1 Climax of 2012 and 2014 and the 2013 New Japan Cup, Rocky Romero winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship seven times with Davey Richards, Alex Koslov and Beretta and also won the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament with Beretta. The leader of Chaos Shinsuke Nakamura was one of NJPW's top wrestlers winnig the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and also won the 2011 G1 Climax and the 2013 New Japan Cup.

Chaos originally was the only heel group in New Japan Pro Wrestling, they feuded with every group within New Japan. In 2013, Chaos started feuds with two other heel groups, Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, which led to the stable being portrayed in a more sympathetic way. After Takashi Iizuka and Yujiro Takahashi jumped to Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, Chaos finalized its face turn.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

On April 5, 2009, Toru Yano turned on Great Bash Heel (G.B.H.) leader Togi Makabe, costing Makabe his match against Shinsuke Nakamura.[18] Throughout that month, all members of G.B.H., with the exception of Tomoaki Honma, turned their backs on Makabe, joining Nakamura and Yano. On April 23, the new group was officially dubbed Chaos with Nakamura and Yano positioned as its two central figures.[17] The group shared the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto.

Shinsuke Nakamura leadership (2009-2016)[edit]

2009[edit]

After the Chaos was formed Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson, collective known as Bad Intentions, who were also part of the stable when it was formed on June 20 the two of them received a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were unable to defeat the defending champions Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon).[19] Also in that day Black Tiger V was defeated by Tiger Mask in a mask vs. mask match and afterwards it was revealed to be Tatsuhito Takaiwa by removing his mask and after that day Takaiwa left the stable.[20] On August 7 to August 16 Bernard, Yano, Iizuka and Nakamura participated at the 2009 G1 Climax with Yano and Bernard participating at Block A and Nakamura at Block B. At the end of tournament Yano and Bernard faced each other were Yano victorius, Yano finished the tournament with six points and Bernard with 5 points and also Nakamura and Iizuka also faced each other were Yano victorius, Iizuka finished the tournament with 2 points and Nakamura ended finishing his block with 12 points winning every match in his block and advancing to the semifinals. At the semifinals Nakamura defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to advance to finals, but Nakamura ended up losing in the finals to Togi Makabe.[19] On September 27, 2009, Nakamura avenged his G1 loss and defeated Makabe in a decision match to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the third time.[19] Upon winning the title, Nakamura drew the ire of the likes of Antonio Inoki by announcing his plan of wanting to restore the "Strong Style" of New Japan by capturing the original IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt from Inoki to replace the fourth generation title belt Nakamura himself has.[21] On October 12, he successfully defended the title against Shinjiro Otani.[22] On October 17 through November 1 Chaos participated at the 2009 G1 Tag League and also during the G1 Tag League Masato Tanaka joined the stable. At the G1 Tag League Tanaka and Ishii and Yano and Nakamura participated at block A and Anderson and Bernard and Gedo and Jado at block B. At the end of the tournament Ishii and Tanaka finished their block with 4 Points and Yano and Nakamura with 6 Points, advancing to the semifinals. At block B Gedo and Jado finished the tournament with 2 Points and Anderson and Bernard with 8 Points advancing to the semifinals. At the semifinals, Nakamura and Yano lost to Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) and Anderson and Bernard defeated Wild Child (Takao Omori and Manabu Nakanishi) to advance to the finals. At the finals, Anderson and Bernard defeated Devitt and Taguchi to win the tournament. On November 8 at Destruction '09 Nakamura successfully defended his title against previous champion Hiroshi Tanahashi.[23] On December 5, Nakamura retained the title by defeating Yuji Nagata.[24]

2010[edit]

On January 4, 2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome Bad Intentions received a match for the IWGP Tag Team Champions but failed to win the titles losing to No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro) and the match also included Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) and it was also a Three-way hardcore Tag Team match. Later that night Nakamura successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Yoshihiro Takayama in a rematch of their 2004 Tokyo Dome title unification bout.[25] After defeating Takayama he was challenged by Manabu Nakanishi, whom he would pin on February 14 at New Japan's ISM show in Sumo Hall, making his fifth defense.[26] Also in that event Yano continued feuding with Hiroshi Tanahashi but the feud started when Yano pinned Tanahashi in tag team match.[27] Tanahashi would avenge his loss in singles match in the same event on February 14, but was after the match jumped by Yano and Tanaka, who then proceeded to cut off some of his hair.[28] On March 14 to March 22 Anderson, Bernard, Ishii, Tanaka and Yano participated at the 2010 New Japan Cup. The group all failed to win the tournament with Bernard, Anderson and Ishii losing at the first round and Yano lost in the second round and Tanaka lost in the semifinals to the tournament winner Hirooki Goto. On April 4 On April 4, 2010, Yano and Iizuka turned on Anderson and kicked him out of the stable with help from Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi, who joined the stable in the process.[29] Giant Bernard, who wasn't present at the show, ended up leaving Chaos alongside his tag team partner.[30] Later that night Nakamura made his sixth successful title defense against the 2010 New Japan Cup winner and former teammate Hirooki Goto and afterwards accepted Togi Makabe's challenge for the title.[31] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2010 Yano took arguably the biggest victory of his career by defeating the former four-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in a singles match. Later that night Naito and Takahashi lost the IWGP Tag Team Champions to Seigigun (Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata) the match also included Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson). In the main event Nakamura lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Togi Makabe.[32] Following the loss, Nakamura was sidelined with a shoulder injury, until he returned on June 19 at Dominion 6.19, defeating Daniel Puder. Simon Inoki and Atsushi Sawada of IGF appeared at the show and seemed to eye up Nakamura after the match.[33][34] Also in the event Tanahashi defeated Yano, but despite his loss, Yano and his Chaos ally Takashi Iizuka attacked Tanahashi after the match and went to cut his hair, before being stopped by Tajiri, who took care of Iizuka and helped Tanahashi shave Yano's hair to end their feud.[35] Yano then moved on to feuding with Tajiri. Tajiri, Kushida and Tanahashi eliminated Yano and his Chaos partners Iizuka and Gedo from the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament on June 28, 2010, but on July 19 Yano defeated Tajiri via submission in singles match in less than six minutes to seemingly end their feud.[36][37] On July 19 Nakamura received a rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was once again defeated by Togi Makabe.[38] On August 6 and August 15 Yano, Naito, Takahashi and Nakamura participated at the 2010 G1 Climax, where Yano and Naito participated at block A with Yano finishing with 8 points and Naito finished with 7 points when Naito's match with Hiroshi Tanahashi ended in a 30-minute time-limit draw. At block B Takahashi finished the tournament with 4 points with only two victories and Nakamura won four out of his seven-round robin stage matches, including one over eventual winner Satoshi Kojima, and was leading his block heading to the final day, where he wrestled Pro Wrestling Noah's Go Shiozaki to a 30-minute time limit draw and thus missed the finals of the tournament by a single point.[39][40] The draw with Shiozaki led to a No Time Limit match at a Pro Wrestling Noah show on August 22, where Shiozaki was victorious.[41] Despite losing to Hirooki Goto in a number one contender's match on October 11, Nakamura was hand–picked by the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Satoshi Kojima, as his first challenger.[42] The title match took place on December 11 and ended with Kojima retaining his title.[43] On November 13, 2010, Jado and Gedo returned to the top of New Japan's Junior Tag Team division by defeating their Chaos teammates Davey Richards and Rocky Romero in the finals of a five-day-long tournament to win the 2010 Super J Tag League.[44] As a result of their victory, Gedo and Jado received a match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, which took place at a Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) event on December 26, 2010, where they were defeated by the defending champions, the Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi).[45]

2011[edit]

On January 4, 2011, at the Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome Naito unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Later that night Nakamura avenged his loss to Go Shiozaki by defeating him in a singles match.[46][47] On May 3, Richards and Rocky Romero unsuccessfully challenged PPrince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi, known collectively as Apollo 55, for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[48] Later that night Nakamura failed in his attempt to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Hiroshi Tanahashi.[49] On May 6 to May 15 Naito, Yano and Takahashi particpated in the tournament to crown the first IWGP Intercontinental Championship Naito was eliminated at the semifinals by the tournament winner MVP Takahashi was also eliminated at the semifinals by Yano and Yano was eliminated at the finals to MVP.[50] On May 26 Takahashi turned on Naito and all Chaos members turned on Naito and kicked him out of the group and Naito turned face.[51] Also on May 26 to June 10 Richards, Jado and Gedo participated at the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. At the end of the Jado and Gedo both finished the tournament with 4 points winning only two matches and Richards finished the tournament winning six out of his eight round robin stage matches, which included a win over the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Prince Devitt, Richards finished second in his block and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.[52][53] On June 10, Richards was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by the eventual winner of the entire tournament, Kota Ibushi.[54] Yano would also fail to win the title in two rematches, first on June 18 in Osaka and then on July 18 in Sapporo.[55][56][57] Also in June 18 Hideo Saito turned on on Seigigun and its leader Yuji Nagata, joining Chaos.[58][59] On August 1 to August 14 Yano, Takahashi, Saito and Nakamura participated in the 2011 G1 Climax. At the end of the tournament Saito finished the tournament with two points only to pick up his opening win on the final day of the tournament in a match against former mentor, Yuji Nagata,[60] Takahashi finished with six points only winning three matches one them pinning the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and Nakamura after winning seven out of his nine-round robin stage matches, finished first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament. On August 14, Nakamura defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the 2011 G1 Climax and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[61] On September 19, Yuji Nagata defeated Saito in a grudge match. After the match Yano attacked Nagata.[62] Later that night Nakamura went on to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but failed to recapture the title from Hiroshi Tanahashi.[63] On October 10 at Destruction '11 Richards and Romero defeated Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the first time.[64] Later that night Yano faced Yuji Nagata where Nagata was able to pick up a pinfall win.[64] Later that same event, Yano attacked Hiroshi Tanahashi, after he had successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito and then accepted Nagata as his next challenger, and stole his championship belt, renaming it the "YWGP Heavyweight Championship".[64][65] Also later that night Tanaka defeated MVP to win the IWGP Intecontinental Championship.becoming only the second champion in the title's history.[66] On October 22 to November 6 Tanaka and Takahashi, Saito and Iiuka, Nakamura and Yano and Ishii with Don Fujii participated at the 2011 G1 Tag League. Nakamura and Yano named their team "Chaos Top Team". At the end of the G1 Tag League Saito and Iizuka finished the tournament with 0 points losing all block matches, Ishii and Fujii finished the tournament with four points winning only two matches, Tanaka and Takahashi who were at block A finished the tournament with 6 points winning three matches and Yano and Nakamura with 10 points winning all five of their group stage matches, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament with a clean sheet.[67] On November 6, Nakamura and Yano were eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by the team of Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer.[68] On November 12 at Power Struggle Richards and Romero defeated defeating the team of Kushida and Tiger Mask to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.[69] Later that night Tanaka made his first successful title defense against Hirooki Goto.[70] In the main event Yano failed to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Hiroshi Tanahashi.[71] As a result of pinning Prince Devitt in the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match, Richards was granted another shot at his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on December 4, but failed in his attempt to become a double champion.[72] Also in December 4 Tanaka defeated MVP in a rematch, with help from Yujiro Takahashi, to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[73] In that night due to Saito's erratic behaviour and poor match results eventually led to the rest of Chaos kicking him out of the stable.[74] On December 28 Yoshi-Hashi joined the stable.

2012[edit]

On January 4, 2012, at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome Richards and Romero lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship back to Devitt and Taguchi.[75] Later that night the Chaos Top Team was defeated by Pro Wrestling Noah representatives, Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji.[76] At the following day's press conference, where the title match was made official, Kazuchika Okada revealed that he had joined Chaos, NJPW's top villainous stable, enlisting new stablemate Gedo as his manager and spokesperson.[77] On February 12 at The New Beginning, the No Remorse Corps defeated Apollo 55 to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[78] Later that night Tanaka lost the lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hirooki Goto in his fourth defense.[79] Later in the main event Okada defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time.[78] Okada made his first title defense on March 4, defeating Tetsuya Naito in the main event of NJPW's 40th anniversary event.[80] Also in that event Yano and Iizuka defeated IWGP Tag Team Champions, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima, in a non-title match, with Yano pinning Kojima for the win.[81] As a result for the Richards pinning Devitt, Richards received his third shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on March 10, but was yet again defeated by Prince Devitt.[82] On March 18, Yano and Iizuka attacked Tenzan and Kojima, after they had successfully defended their title against Lance Archer and Yoshihiro Takayama, and stole their championship belts.[83] On April 21, Low Ki returned to NJPW, aligning himself with the Chaos and teaming with Gedo, Jado and Rocky Romero in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tiger Mask, with Ki pinning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Devitt for the win.[84] On April 1 to April 8 Hashi, Takahashi, Nakamura and Yano participated at the 2012 New Japan Cup Hashi, Takahashi and Yano were eliminated at the first round, and Nakamura was eliminated at the second round by Karl Anderson. On May 2, Richards and Romero were stripped of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, after a car accident forced Richards to miss his flight to Japan and the following day's Wrestling Dontaku 2012 event, where the two were scheduled to defend the title against Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask.[85][86] One day later at Wrestling Dontaku 2012 Low Ki defeated Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Later that night Iizuka and Yano defeated defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, starting Yano's second reign with the title.[87] In the main event Okada defeated 2012 New Japan Cup winner and reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hirooki Goto to make his second successful title defense.[88] On May 27 to June 10 Gedo, Jado and Low Ki participated at the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors tournament Gedo finished the tournament with 4 points, Jado with 4 Points and Low Ki with 16 points winning all of his block matches and advanced to the semifinals. At the semifinals Low Ki defeated Prince Devitt to advance to the finals. At the finals Low Ki lost to Ryusuke Taguchi.[89] Also at the last day of the Best of the Super Juniors Alex Koslov joined the stable and formed Forever Hooligans with his former AAA partner Rocky Romero. On June 16 at Dominion 6.16 Brian Kendrick joined the stable teaming with Gedo and Jado in a six-man tag team match, where they defeated Jushin Thunder Liger, Kushida and Tiger Mask, when Kendrick pinned Kushida with the Sliced Bread #2.[90] Low Ki defeated Taguchi in a rematch to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Later that night Yano's and Iizuka's first title defense, a rematch against Tenzan and Kojima, ended in a no contest.[91] In the main event Okada lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship back to Hiroshi Tanahashi, ending his reign at 125 days.[92] As a result, four days later Yano and Iizuka were stripped of the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[93] Three days later Kendrick, Gedo and Jado were eliminated from the J Sports Crown Openweight 6 Man Tag Tournament in the first round by the team of IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida and Máscara Dorada.[94] On July 22, Yano and Iizuka were defeated by Tenzan and Kojima in a decision match for the vacant title.[95] Koslov and Romero defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[96] Also in that event Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time.[96] On July 29, Low Ki lost the title to Kota Ibushi in his second defense.[97][98] On August 1 to August 12 Okada, Nakamura, Yano and Takahashi participated at the 2012 G1 Climax. At the end of the tournament Yano and Takahashi finished the tournament with 6 points, Nakamura with 8 points and Okada with 10 points advancing to the finals. Also in the tournament, Okada wrestled in the same block as Chaos leader Shinsuke Nakamura and, on August 5, Okada was defeated by Nakamura, who effectively solidified his spot as the group's leader in the process.[99] In the finals on August 12, Okada defeated Karl Anderson to win the 2012 G1 Climax.[100][101] Breaking Masahiro Chono's record for the youngest G1 Climax winner in history, Okada announced that he wanted his shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome.[102] Okada signed a contract for the Tokyo Dome match on September 6, making him the official number one contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at NJPW's biggest event of the year.[103][104] However, before January 4, Okada would have to defend his contract as if it were a championship.[105] On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling Forever Hooligans made their second successful title defense defeating the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida).[106][107] Later that night Low Ki regained the IWGP Junior Heavyeight title from Kota Ibushi.[108][109] Also in that night Okada made his first successful defense of the contract against Karl Anderson.[110][111] Later that night Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in a rematch against Hirooki Goto.[112][113] On October 21 Jado and Gedo, Koslov and Romero and Kendrick and Low Ki participated at the 2012 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. At the end of the tournament Jado and Gedo and Kendrick and Low Ki were eliminated at the first round. Koslov and Romero were eliminated at the semifinals by Proce Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi. On November 12 at Power Struggle, Forever Hooligans lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to the winners of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, the Time Splitters, ending their reign at 112 days.[114][115] Later that night lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Prince Devitt in his first title defense.[116][117] Okada made another successful defense of the contract against Hirooki Goto. Nakamura made his third successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Karl Anderson.[118][119] Takahashi received his first shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi.[120][121] After the match the Tokyo Dome title match between Tanahashi and Okada was made official.[122][123] On November 15 to November 19 Takahashi, Tanaka. Hashi and Ishii participated in a tournament to crown the first NEVER Openweight Championship. Takahashi was eliminated at the first round, Hashi was eliminated at second round by Ishii and Ishii was eliminated by Tanaka at the semifinals. At the finals Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson to become the inaugural NEVER Openweight Champion.[124] On November 20 to December 2 Okada and Hashi, Nakamura and Ishii, Iizuka and Yano and Takahashi and Tanaka participated at the 2012 World Tag League. Okada and Hashi, Nakamura and Ishii, Iizuka and Yano and Takahashi and Tanaka all finished the tournament with six points three victories and three losses. On December 10, Tokyo Sports named Okada the 2012 MVP in all of puroresu.[125][126] His match with Hiroshi Tanahashi from June 16 was also named the Match of the Year.[125][126] At a NJPW event on December 20, 2012, Toru Yano announced that Bob Sapp would represent the villainous Chaos on January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome.

2013[edit]

On January 4, 2013 at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome Sapp, Yano, Iizuka and Takahshi lost to Akebono, Manabu Nakanishi, MVP and Strong Man.[127] Later that night made his first successful title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion by defeating Shelton Benjamin.[128] ow Ki unsuccessfully challenged Devitt for the title in a three-way match, which also included Kota Ibushi.[129][130] and Nakamura defeated Kazushi Sakuraba for his fourth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[131][132] In the main event Okada failed in his title challenge against Hiroshi Tanahashi.[133][134] Also in that event New Japan removed Low Ki's profile from its official website, signaling the end of his run with the promotion.[135] On January 15, Okada publicly dismissed rumors that he was going to be signing with WWE and instead announced that he had just signed a contract extension with NJPW.[136] From January 18 to 19, Nakamura took part in the Fantastica Mania 2013 weekend, co-promoted by New Japan and CMLL. In the main event of the second night, he made his fifth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against La Sombra.[137] On February 9, Yano and Iizuka made an appearance for Pro Wrestling Noah, wrestling Maybach Taniguchi and Maybach Taniguchi Jr. to a double disqualification.[138] Later, Yano and Iizuka attacked No Mercy leader Kenta after the main event, which led to Maybach Taniguchi coming out to seemingly save his stablemate, however, he ended up hitting Kenta with a chair. Yano then grabbed Naomichi Marufuji's and Takashi Sugiura's GHC Tag Team Championship belts from ringside, before handing Taniguchi Kenta's GHC Heavyweight Championship belt.[138] The following day, Yano and Iizuka were named the number one contenders to the GHC Tag Team Championship.[139] Also in February, Okada led Chaos to a war with NJPW's other heel stable, Suzuki-gun,[140] which built to a match on February 10 at The New Beginning, where Okada, positioned as the face, was defeated by the stable's leader Minoru Suzuki, following interference from Taichi.[141] Also in that event Tanaka's second successful title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion took place when he defeated Chaos stablemate Tomohiro Ishii[142] and Koslov and Romero unsuccessfully challenged the Time Splitters for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[143] On March 3 at New Japan's 41st anniversary event, Nakamura defeated Suzuki-gun's Lance Archer for his sixth successful title defense.[144] On March 10, Yano and Iizuka defeated Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura to become the new GHC Tag Team Champions.[145] On March 11 to March 23 Okada, Yano, Nakamura, Ishii and Takahashi participated at the 2013 New Japan Cup. Ishii and Nakamura were eliminated at the first round and Takahashi was eliminated at the second round. Yano was eliminated at the semifinals by Okada and Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to win the 2013 New Japan Cup. On April 5, Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii unsuccessfully challenged Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr., K.E.S., for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[146] Two days later at Invasion Attack Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Smith, avenging the previous loss from the first round of the New Japan Cup.[147][148] In the main event Okada defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the second time.[149][150][151] At Pro Wrestling Noah on April 13 to April 28 Iizuka and Yano and Takahashi and Maybach Taniguchi participated at the 2013 Global Tag League. At the end of the tournament Yano and Iizuka and Takahashi and Taniguchi ended up finishing the tournament with 4 points with two wins and two losses. On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2013, Koslov and Romero regained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship from the Time Splitters.[152][153] Later that night Iizuka and Yano unsucessfully challenged K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a Four-way tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship the winners ended up being Tencozy winning IWGP Tag Team Championship and the match also inclued Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man). Later that night Tanaka made his third successful title defense against Tomoaki Honma[154] and Nakamura defeated Suzuki-gun's newest member Shelton X Benjamin for his eighth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[155][156] In the main event Okada made his first successful title defense against Minoru Suzuki.[157][158] Yano and Iizuka made their first successful defense of the GHC Tag Team Championship on May 12 against TMDK (Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste), who had defeated them during the Global Tag League.[159] Post-match, Yano named himself the number one contender to the GHC Heavyweight Championship. His status as the next challenger for Kenta's title was made official the following day.[160] In late May Forever Hoolingans took part in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors both in separate block. At end of the tournament Koslov and Romero finished the tournament with 8 points. On May 31 Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to La Sombra in a CMLL event., ending his reign at 313 days and eight successful title defenses.[161][162][163][164] On June 2 at Pro Wrestling Noah Yano received a chance for the GHC Heavyweight Championship but ended up losing to the defending champion KENTA.[165][166] This led to a GHC Tag Team Championship match on June 8, where Yano and Iizuka successfully defended their title against Kenta and Yoshihiro Takayama, with Yano pinning the GHC Heavyweight Champion for the win.[167] On June 22 at Dominion 6.22 Koslov and Romero made their first successful defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in a rematch against the Time Splitters. [168][169] Later that night a special three-way match took place for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, held by Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima, which also included Yano and Iizuka, the GHC Tag Team Champions, and the NWA World Tag Team Champions, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer. After Tenzan and Kojima had managed to win the match and retain their title, Yano once again stole their championship belts.[170] In the main event Okada made his second successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Togi Makabe. On July 20, Tanaka made his fourth successful title defense against Tetsuya Naito.[171] Later that night Nakamura regained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from La Sombra, becoming the first two-time holder of the title.[172] Also in that night Yano and Iizuka were defeated by Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in another IWGP Tag Team Championship match between the two teams.[173][174] On August 1 to August 11 Okada, Ishii, Nakamura and Yano participated at the 2013 G1 Climax Ishii finished the tournament with 6 points, Yano with 8 points, Okada with 9 points and Nakamura with 10 points. On September 29 at Destruction Tanaka lost the NEVER Openweight Championship in a rematch with Naito, ending his reign at 314 days.[175] Later that night Nakamura defeated Shelton X Benjamin to make the first successful defense of his second reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion.[176] In the main event Okada avenged the loss from G1 Climax by defeating Satoshi Kojima for his fourth successful defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[177][178][179] On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling Koslov and Romero lost the titlSe to Taichi and Taka Michinoku in a rematch.[180] Later that night Takahashi unsuccessfully challenged former partner Tetsuya Naito for the NEVER Openweight Championship and the number one contendership to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[181] Also Nakamura defeated defeated Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji to make his second sucessfull title defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[182] In the main event Okada made his fifth successful title defense against Hiroshi Tanahashi in what Tanahashi claimed would be his final challenge for the title.[183][184][185] With the win, NJPW claimed that Okada had taken over Tanahashi's spot as the "ace" of the promotion.[183] On October 25 to November 6 Gedo and Jado and Forever Hoolingans, Brian Kendrick and Beretta participated at the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament. Also on October 25 Beretta joined the stable. Kendrick and Berreta were eliminated at the first round by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). Gedo and Jado were eliminated at the semifinals by The Young Bucks and Forever Hooligans were also eliminated at the finals by The Young Bucks. On November 9 at Power Struggle, Nakamura made his third successful title defense against Minoru Suzuki in a match, which had the added stipulation that Nakamura would have had to join Suzuki-gun had he lost the title. Post-match Nakamura nominated Hiroshi Tanahashi as his next challenger, setting up the first title match between the two longtime rivals in over two years.[186] Later in the main event Okada defeated Karl Anderson in a rematch of the 2012 G1 Climax finals for his sixth successful title defense.[187][188][189] On November 23 to December 8 Nakamura and Ishii, Okada and Hashi, Tanaka and Takahashi and Iizuka and Yano participated at the 2013 World Tag League Nakamura and Ishii and Tanaka and Takahashi finished the tourament with 6 points and Okada and Hashi and Iizuka and Yano finished the tournament with 4 points. Following a disappointing fan reaction to a confrontation between Okada and Naito, NJPW announced that fans would get to vote whether they or Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship would be the true main event of the Tokyo Dome show.[190][191] When the results were released on December 9, Okada and Naito had gotten only half the votes Nakamura and Tanahashi had gotten and, as a result, lost their main event spot for NJPW's biggest show of the year.[192][193] That same day, Okada became the first wrestler in 25 years to win back-to-back MVP awards from Tokyo Sports.[194][195]

2014[edit]

On January 4, 2014 at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome Okada defeated Naito for his seventh successful title defense.[196][197] Later in the main event Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi.[198][199] On February 9 at The New Beginning in Hiroshima Nakamura fail in his attempt to regain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[200][201] Two days later at the The New Beginning in Osaka Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the become the third NEVER Openweight Champion, winning his first title in NJPW.[202][203][204] Later in the main event Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to make his eighth successful title defense.[205][206] On March 15 to March 23 Nakamura, Ishii and Takahashi participated in the 2014 New Japan Cup. Ishii and Takahashi ended up being eliminated at the first round and Nakamura went on defeating Bad Luck Fale in the finals on March 23, and afterwards challenged Tanahashi to another rematch for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[207] On April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014 Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito to made his first successful title defense.[208][209][210] Later in the main event Nakamura defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the third time.[211][212] Also in that night Okada found himself a new challenger in Bullet Club's newest member, the debuting A.J. Styles, who claimed that Okada was still the same "young boy" (rookie) he had known in TNA.[213][214] Ishii's second successful defense of the NEVER Openweight Championship took place just six days later during NJPW's trip to Taiwan, when he defeated Kushida.[215] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014, Ishii made his third successful title defense against Tomoaki Honma and was afterwards challenged by IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi,[216][217] with whom he had had sporadic heated encounters since the past year's G1 Climax.[218][219] In the main event Okada thirteen-month reign as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion came to an end, when he lost the title to Styles in his ninth defense, after Yujiro Takahashi turned on him and Chaos and joined Bullet Club.[220][221][222] In May, Okada took part in NJPW's North American tour, during which he received a rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On May 17 at War of the Worlds in New York City, Okada unsuccessfully challenged Styles for the title in a three-way match, which also included Michael Elgin, whom Styles pinned for the win.[223] On May 25 at the Back to the Yokohama Arena Ishii made his fourth successful title defense against Kota Ibushi. After the match, Ishii was pulled into the rivalry between Chaos and Bullet Club, when he was attacked by former stablemate Yujiro Takahashi, who appointed himself as his next challenger.[224][225][226] Later that night Nakamura made the first successful defense of his third reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion against Daniel Gracie.[227][228] In the main event Okada unssucessfully challenged A.J Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[229][230] Also in that event Yano and Iizuka faced off against Minoru Suzuki and Shelton X Benjamin in a tag team match, during which Iizuka turned on Yano and Chaos, helping Suzuki pin him for the win and joining Suzuki-gun.[231][232] On May 30 and June 8 Koslov and Romero took part in the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors but Koslov after his first match against Ricochet, Koslov dislocate his left shoulder and he was forced to pull out of the tournament.[233] Romero ended up finishing the tournament with 6 points being at last on his block. Also at the last day of the tournament Kazushi Sakuraba joined the stable and formed a partnership with Yano.[234][235] On June 29, Ishii lost the NEVER Openweight Championship to Takahashi in his fifth defense, following outside interference from Bullet Club.[236][237][238] On June 21 at Dominion 6.21, Nakamura lost the title to Bad Luck Fale in his second defense.[239][240] On July 21 to August 10 Okada, Nakamura, Ishii and Yano participated at the 2014 G1 Climax finished tied fifth in his block with a record of five wins and five losses,[241][242] working his two final matches with a separated shoulder.[243], Yano finished with a record of four wins and six losses, which included a win over Suzuki.[244][245][246] and Okada and Nakamura won their block both with 16 points with both advancing to the finals. At the finals Okada defeated Chaos stablemate Shinsuke Nakamura to win the 2014 G1 Climax.[247][248] On September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Yoshi-Hashi and Okada unsuccessfully challenged Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[249][250] In the main event Nakamura regained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Bad Luck Fale.[251][252] Two days later at Destruction in Okayama, Yoshi-Hashi also failed to capture the NEVER Openweight Championship from Yujiro Takahashi.[253] In the main event Okada successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship number one contender's contract against Karl Anderson.[254][255] On October 13 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Ishii regained the NEVER Openweight Championship from Yujiro Takahashi, becoming the first two-time holder of the title.[256][257][258] Later that night Okada made another successful defense of his contract against Tetsuya Naito.[259][260] On November 8 at Power Struggle Ishii made his first sucessfull title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion against Hirooki Goto.[261][262] Later in the main event Nakamura made his first sucessfull title defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Champion against Katsuyori Shibata.[263] From November 22 to December 7 Chaos participated in the World Tag League, having three teams to participate in the tournament, in the block A the team of Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi and in the block B the teams of Shinsuke Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii, and the team of Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano.[264][265] In the block A the team of Okada and Yoshi-Hashi finished their block with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[266] and in the block B the team of Nakamura and Ishii finished second in their block with a record of four wins and three losses, narrowly missing the finals of the tournament due to losing to Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata on the final day and the team of Sakuraba and Yano finished in the middle of their block with a record of three wins, one draw and three losses.[267][268]

2015[edit]

On January 4, 2015 at Wrestle Kingdom 9 Tomohiro Ishii lost the Never Openweight Championship to Togi Makabe in his second defense[269][270][271], Nakamura defeated Kota Ibushi making his second successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship[272][273] and Okada lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom, failing to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[274][275] On February 14 at The New Beginning in Sendai, Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma, a late replacement for an ill Togi Makabe, to win the now vacant NEVER Openweight Championship for the third time,[276][277][278] and Nakamura defeated Yuji Nagata, making his third sucessfull title defense.[279] On January 2015 Forever Hooligans broke up when Koslov announced he was taking an indefinite break from professional wrestling, leaving the stable.[280] On March 1, Romero revealed he and Trent Baretta were forming a new tag team named Roppongi Vice. Trough March 5 and 15 Toru Yano, Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi took part of the 2015 New Japan Cup.[281] Toru Yano defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the opening round, but lost in the second round to the eventual winner Kota Ibushi, Okada and Yoshi-Hashi also lost in the opening round, with Okada being defeated by Bad Luck Fale and Yoshi-Hashi being defeated by Yujiro Takahashi. At Invasion Attack 2015 on April 5, Roppongi Vice defeated The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. At Wrestling Dontaku 2015 on May 3, 2015 Roppongi Vice lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to the Young Bucks, also involving ReDRagon Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly and Shinsuke Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hirooki Goto in the main event. On April 29 at Wrestling Hinokuni Tomohiro Ishii lost the Never Openweight Championship to Togi Makabe for a second time.[282][283][284] On July 5, 2015 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall Roppongi Vice received another shot at the championship in a three-way match that also included reDRagon, but failed to recapture the title, Shinsuke Nakamura in his rematch failed to recapture the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Hirooki Goto [285][286] and Kazuchika Okada defeated AJ Styles to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event, making his third reign. [287][288] From July 20 and August 16, Chaos participated in the G1 Climax 2015 with Toru Yano in the block A and Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii in the block B. Toru Yano finished in the middle of his block with a record of four wins and five losses,[289] Okada finished in the second of his block with a record of seven wins and two losses, losing to stablemate Shinsuke Nakamura costing him a spot in the finals,[290] Despite missing one match due to an elbow injury,[291] Nakamura won his block and advanced to the finals by defeating reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Chaos stablemate Kazuchika Okada in his last round-robin match, giving him a record of seven wins and two losses.[292] On August 16, Nakamura was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Hiroshi Tanahashi.[293][294] and Ishii finished in the middle of his block with a record of five wins and four losses.[295] Also on August 16, Okada had a staredown with Genichiro Tenryu, who chose him to be his opponent in his retirement match.[296] On September 27 at Destruction in Kobe, immediately after reDRagon defended their titles, Roppongi would viciously assault them in order to attain a championship match, and Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the fifth time. On October 12 at King of Pro-Wrestling Roppongi Vice failed again to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, losing to ReDragon Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, Ishii defeated Makabe to win the NEVER Openweight Championship for the fourth time, and Okada defeated AJ Styles, making his first title defense.[297][298][299] During the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, Vice achieved big wins over the likes of Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask as well as the reigning champions; reDRagon. On November 7 at Power Struggle Roppongi Vice, were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Matt Sydal and Ricochet, but along with The Young Bucks, still challenged for the title after the match, Ishii defeated Tomoaki Honma making his first successful title defense,[300][301] and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Karl Anderson making his first successful title defense and avenging an earlier loss from the 2015 G1 Climax.[302][303] On November 15, Okada defeated Tenryu in his retirement match.[304][305] On December 7, Okada won his third MVP award from Tokyo Sports, while his match with Tenryu was named the Match of the Year.[306][307] With the win, Okada became only the fifth three-time MVP award winner.[308] On December 19 The Briscoe's joined the stable.

2016[edit]

On January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome Roppongi Vice failed for the third time to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, Toru Yano teamed with the Ring of Honor (ROH) tag team of Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe to defeat Bullet Club's Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi to become the inaugural NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions,[309] Ishii was defeated by Katsuyori Shibata ending his fourth reign of the Never Openweight Championship,[310][311] Nakamura made his second successful defense by defeating A.J. Styles, after the match, the both of them showed respect to each other,[312] and Okada defeated 2015 G1 Climax winner Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[313] Hours after the event, it was reported that Nakamura had given his notice to NJPW on the morning of January 4, announcing that he was leaving the promotion for WWE.[314][315] Nakamura remained under NJPW contract and was expected to finish off his contracted dates with the promotion before leaving.[316][317] On January 12, NJPW confirmed Nakamura's upcoming departure, announcing he would also be stripped of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[318][319] Nakamura handed in the title on January 25, officially ending his fifth reign.[320][321] Nakamura wrestled his last match under his NJPW contract on January 30, where he, Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata.[322]

2016-Present[edit]

Toru Yano and The Briscoes made their first successful title defense the following day against another Bullet Club trio of Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson.[323] On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka The Briscoe Brothers Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe and Toru Yano lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to the trio of Bullet Club of Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Yujiro Takahashi, Tomohiro Ishii failed to capture the NEVER Openweight Championship, when he was defeated by Katsuyori Shibata,[324][325] and Kazuchika Okada defeated Hirooki Goto in the main event, making his third successful title defense, after the match Okada invited Goto to join the stable but he refused.[326] Yano and the Briscoes regained the title three days later at The New Beginning in Niigata. Over the next several events, Okada tried to shake hands with Goto and get him to join Chaos on multiple occasions, but was turned down each time.[327] On February 19, at the NJPW and Ring of Honor (ROH) co-produced Honor Rising: Japan 2016 Yano and the Briscoes lost the title to Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson, and Ishii defeating Roderick Strong for the ROH World Television Championship in the main event.[328][329] A week later, Ishii made his debut for ROH at their 14th Anniversary Show, successfully defending his title in a three-way match against Strong and Bobby Fish.[330] At the following day's Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, Ishii successfully defended the title against Cedric Alexander to return to Japan as the reigning champion.[331]

Feud with Los Ingobernables de Japon[edit]

In early 2016, Chaos entered a rivalry with the Los Ingobernables de Japon (L.I.J.) stable.[332] From March 3 and 12 Toru Yano and Yoshi-Hashi took part of the 2016 New Japan Cup. Toru Yano defeated Yujiro Takahashi in the first round. On March 3 it was announced on NJPW's youtube channel that Will Ospreay joined Chaos.[333] Yano defeated Satoshi Kojima in the second round, but he lost in the semifinals to the winner Tetsuya Naito, Naito also defeated Yoshi-Hashi in the first round of the tournament. Also during the New Japan Cup Ishii faced two L.I.J. members, first defeating Evil in the round and then losing to the stable's leader Tetsuya Naito in the quarterfinals, after which he was attacked by Evil.[334][335][336] On March 12, Hirooki Goto was defeated by Tetsuya Naito in the finals of the New Japan Cup,[337] After the final match, Goto finally agreed to shake hands with Okada, after he saved him from a post-match assault by Naito and his Los Ingobernables de Japon stable, and joined Chaos.[338] On March 20, Ishii made his third successful defense of the ROH World Television Championship against Evil.[339][340] During that feud Chaos were always defeating L.I.J. in their matches until the 2016 Invasion Attack. On 10 April, at Invasion Attack 2016 Hirooki Goto made his first match in Chaos alongside Tomohiro Ishii defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Evil), Roppongi Vice Beretta and Rocky Romero defeated Matt Sydal and Ricochet to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time,[341] Ospreay failed to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship from Kushida.[342], in the main event Okada lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to 2016 New Japan Cup winner Tetsuya Naito, following outside interference from Naito's Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemates Bushi, Evil and the debuting Sanada, After the match Ishii confronted the new champion, which led to NJPW granting him his first-ever shot at the promotion's top title. [343] On April 29, at Wrestling Hinokuni Roppongi Vice defeated Matt Sydal and Ricochet in their rematch. On May 3, at Wretling Dontaku Roppongi Vice lost the titles back to Matt Sydal and Ricochet,[344] Okada gained revenge on Sanada by defeating him,[345] and failed to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event by losing to Tetsuya Naito.[346][347] Five days later, Ishii lost the ROH World Television Championship to Bobby Fish at the NJPW and ROH co-produced Global Wars show.[348] From April 21 to May 4, Yano took part in Pro Wrestling Noah's 2016 Global Tag League, where he teamed with Naomichi Marufuji.[349] The two finished second in the single round-robin block, advancing to the finals,[350] where they defeated the reigning GHC Tag Team Champions, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer, to win the tournament.[351][352] From May 21 and June 7 Chaos participated in the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors (XXIII - twenty-third) with Rocky Romero and Gedo in the block A and Will Ospreay and Beretta in the block B. In the block A Romero finished with a record of four wins and three losses and Gedo finished with a record of one win and six losses, in the block B Beretta finished with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals of the tournament[353] and Ospreay ended up winning his block in the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, advancing to the finals.[354] On 7 June, Ospreay defeated Ryusuke Taguchi in the finals to win the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament as well as the first English and the fifth gaijin wrestler to win tournament.[355] On May 28, Gedo and Jado made a surprise appearance for Pro Wrestling Noah, challenging Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada to a match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship,[356] and Toru Yano and Marufuji defeated Smith and Archer in a rematch to become the new GHC Tag Team Champions.[357][358] On June 12, Yano and Marufuji defeated Smith and Archer for the third time in a row to make their first successful title defense,[359][360] Jado and Gedo received their title shot on June 12, but were defeated by Kotoge and Harada in a three-way match, also involving Taichi and Taka Michinoku.[361] On June 19, Roppongi Vice failed to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships a four way match including the winners The Young Bucks Matt and Nick Jackson, Matt Sydal and Ricochet and ReDRagon Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, Ospreay was defeated by Kushida and failed to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship,The Brsicoes defeated Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, Okada won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time, ending their feud with Los Ingobernables de Japon.[362][363]

Championship dominance[edit]

On July 5 Yano and Marufuji defeated Suzuki-gun Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka for their second successful defense.[364] On July 16, Yano and Marufuji made their third successful title defense against The Aggression (Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya).[365][366] On July 20, Chaos participated in the 2016 Super J-Cup with Will Ospreay representing the stable, he defeated Titán in the first day. From July 22 to August 13, Chaos took participated in the G1 Climax 2016 with Goto, Okada and Ishii in the block A and Yoshi-Hashi in the block B. Okada finished tied second in his block with a record of five wins, one draw and three losses.[367] A 30-minute time limit draw against Hiroshi Tanahashi on the final day eliminated both men from advancing to the finals.[368] During the G1 Climax, Okada was defeated by Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji starting a feud between NJPW and Pro Wrestling NOAH, Ishii finished with a record of four wins and five losses,[369] One of Ishii's wins was over Chaos stablemate and reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.[369] Yoshi-Hashi finished the tournament last in his block with a record of three wins and six losses.[370] Despite this, Yoshi-Hashi's opening match win resulted in Omega, after winning the entire tournament, nominating him as his first challenger for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract.[371] Yano finished tied third in his block with a record of five wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals.[372] and Goto won his block, besting both Hiroshi Tanahashi and reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, with a record of six wins and three losses, advancing to the finals.[373] On August 14, Goto was defeated in the finals by Kenny Omega.[374] On August 21 in the second day of the Super J-Cup Will Ospreay was defeated by Matt Sydal losing in the second round. On October 8, Gedo and Jado defeated Kotoge and Harada to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship,[375] becoming the second team (after Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask) to hold both the IWGP and GHC titles. On October 10, at the 2016 King of Pro-Wrestling Hirooki Goto was defeated Kenny Omega failing to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge right certificate, and NOAH and beat NJPW in their feud to 3-2 by Yano and Marufuji defeating Okada and Yoshi-Hashi, The Briscoes lost the titles back to Tonga and Roa and in the main event Okada retained the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Marufuji, thus setting up the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome between Okada and the 2016 G1 Climax winner Kenny Omega, and ending NJPW feud with Noah.[376] From October 21 to November 5, Chaos participated in the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament with Roppongi Vice, and Gedo and Will Ospreay representing the stable. defeated the representatives of CMLL, Ángel de Oro and Titán, in the first round,[377] And Gedo and Will Ospreay were defeated in a the first round by David Finlay and Ricochet. Roppongi Vice defeated Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi in the semifinals on October 30,[378] On November 5, at the Power Struggle 2016 Ishii and Yano failed to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship when they were defeated by Guerrillas of Destiny Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa, and Roppongi Vice defeated ACH and Taiji Ishimori in the finals of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament.[379] On November 23, Yano and Marufuji lost the GHC Tag Team Championship back to Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer in their seventh defense.[380][381] From November 18 through December 10 Chaos participated in the 2016 World Tag League with Okada and Yoshi-Hashi, and Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto representing Chaos in the block B. Okada and Yoshi-Hashi finished third in their block with a record of four wins and three losses,[382] and Ishii and Goto finished the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals due to losing to block winners Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in their final round-robin match.[383] On December 14, Okada became the second wrestler to win three consecutive Match of the Year awards from Tokyo Sports for his 2016 G1 Climax opener against Naomichi Marufuji.[384] On December 24, Jado and Gedo lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships back to Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada.[385] On January 4, 2017 at the Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome Roppongi Vice defeated The Young Bucks to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships for their third time,[386] Jado, Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi failed to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships losing to Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Sanada), the champions David Finlay, Ricochet and Satoshi Kojima, and Bullet Club Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi in a Gauntlet match, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano defeated the champions Guerrillas of Destiny Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa, and G.B.H. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship in a Three-way tag team match,[387][388] Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata to win the NEVER Openweight Championship, and successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome.[389] At 46 minutes and 45 seconds, the match was the longest in the history of the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show.[390] Wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, gave the match a six-star rating. He added that Okada and Omega "may have put on the greatest match in pro wrestling history" and that it was the best match he had ever seen.[391]

Feud with Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club[edit]

On the next day Suzuki-gun made its return to NJPW after two years away with all eight members attacking the ring following a ten-man tag team match between the Chaos and NJPW's main army. The attack saw K.E.S. target IWGP Tag Team Champions Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano and concluded with Minoru Suzuki laying out IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada with the Gotch-Style Piledriver.[392][393] The angle led to multiple title matches the following month. On February 5 at The New Beginning in Sapporo Chaos retained all of their championships, with Roppongi Vice Beretta and Rocky Romero defeating Taka Michinoku and Taichi to retain their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships,[394] Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano defeated K.E.S. in a three-way match, also involving G.B.H. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma to retain their IWGP Tag Team Championships, and in the main event Okada defeated Minoru Suzuki to retain his IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[394] Six days later, Ishii and Yano successfully defended the title in another three-way match against G.B.H. and the team of Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Takashi Iizuka.[395] On March Roppongi Vice lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions to Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) later on that night Ishii and Yano lost the IWGP Tag Team Champions to Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan and later on the event Okada defeated Tiger Mask W. On March 11, 2017, The Briscoes and Bully Ray defeated The Kingdom to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship.[396] On April 9 at Sakura Genesis 2017 Gedo and Jado unsuccessfully challenged Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship due to the interference of Taichi and Kanemaru's Suzuki-gun stablemate El Desperado. Afterwards Beretta and Romero challenged Taichi and Kanemaru into a rematch for the titles.[397] Later that night Goto made his third successful defense against Zack Sabre Jr., despite outside interference from Sabre's Suzuki-gun stablemates Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado. Afterwards, Goto brawled with Suzuki, setting up his next title defense.[398] In the main event Okada made his fourth title defense defeating 2017 New Japan Cup winner Katsuyori Shibata.[399][400] On April 13, 2017, Ospreay lost the British Cruiserweight Championship to interim British Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom.

Feuds[edit]

As Chaos originally was the only villainous group in New Japan Pro Wrestling, they feuded with every group within New Japan. Some of their feuds include Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask, and Togi Makabe. In 2013, Chaos started feuds with two other villanious groups, Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, which led to the stable being portrayed in a more sympathetic way. During 2014, Chaos finalized its face turn, when the stable's two last villainous members, Takashi Iizuka and Yujiro Takahashi, jumped to Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, respectively.

Associates[edit]

Chaos also has some allies from different promotions, including Masato Tanaka from Pro Wrestling Zero1, who had history with Jado and Gedo from their days in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) and together they wrestle under the team name "The Complete Players". NJPW wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Kazushi Sakuraba formed a tag team with Yano in mid-2014 and frequently teamed with other members as an associate throughout 2015, but became officially recognised as part of the faction when he joined other official Chaos members in bidding Shinsuke Nakamura farewell at his final NJPW match at Korakuen Hall on January 30, 2016.[2]

Other media[edit]

During their run in the stable together, Okada and Nakamura were featured in the Japanese music video for Pharrell Williams' song "Happy", released in May 2014.[401] In January 2017, it was announced that the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution video game would feature a Chaos shirt as an alternate outfit for all characters.[402]

In wrestling[edit]

Members[edit]

* Founding member
I First leader

Current[edit]

Member Duration
Beretta October 15, 2013–present
Gedo * April 23, 2009–present
Hirooki Goto March 12, 2016–present
Jado * April 23, 2009–present
Jay Briscoe December 19, 2015–present
Kazuchika Okada January 5, 2012–present
Mark Briscoe December 19, 2015–present
Rocky Romero October 12, 2010–present
Tomohiro Ishii * April 23, 2009–present
Toru Yano * April 23, 2009–present
Will Ospreay March 3, 2016–present
Yoshi-Hashi December 28, 2011–present

Former[edit]

Member Duration
Alex Koslov June 10, 2012–January 5, 2015
Black Tiger (V) * April 23, 2009–June 20, 2009
Brian Kendrick June 18, 2011–November 6, 2013
Davey Richards October 12, 2010–May 2, 2012
Giant Bernard * April 23, 2009–April 4, 2010
Hideo Saito June 18, 2011–December 4, 2011
Karl Anderson * April 23, 2009–April 4, 2010
Kazushi Sakuraba June 8, 2014–July 3, 2016
Low Ki April 21, 2012–January 4, 2013
Masato Tanaka August 16, 2009–December 8, 2013
Shinsuke Nakamura I * April 23, 2009–January 30, 2016
Takashi Iizuka * April 23, 2009–May 25, 2014
Tetsuya Naito April 4, 2010–May 26, 2011
Yujiro Takahashi April 4, 2010–May 3, 2014


Sub-groups[edit]

Affiliate Members Tenure Type Promotion(s)
Roppongi Vice Rocky Romero
Beretta
2015-present Tag Team NJPW
ROH
The World Class Tag Team Gedo
Jado
2015–present Tag Team NJPW
Chaos Ride the Lightning Kazuchika Okada
Yoshi-Hashi
2012 Tag team NJPW
Chaos Invincible Shinsuke Nakamura
Tomohiro Ishii
2012-2016 Tag team NJPW
Chaos Top Team Shinsuke Nakamura
Toru Yano
2011 Tag team NJPW
The Briscoe Brothers Jay Briscoe
Mark Briscoe
2015-present NJPW
ROH
No Remorse Corps Davey Richards
Rocky Romero
2010–2012 Tag team NJPW
Forever Hooligans Alex Koslov
Rocky Romero
2012–2015 Tag team NJPW
Crazy Ichizoku Toru Yano
Takashi Iizuka
2010–2014 Tag team NJPW
No Limit Tetsuya Naito
Yujiro
2010–2011 Tag team NJPW
ACW
CMLL
NOAH
ROH
TNA
Bad Intentions Giant Bernard
Karl Anderson
2008–2010 Tag team NJPW
NOAH
Riki Pro
Complete Players Masato Tanaka
Gedo
Jado
Yujiro Takahashi
Kaori Nakayama
2001 - 2013 Quartet AJPW
FMW
MPW
NJPW
Zero1

Timeline[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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