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Chaos (stylised in capital letters) is a professional wrestling stable, primarily performing in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion. The group was formed in 2009, when nearly all the members of the Great Bash Heel stable turned on GBH leader Togi Makabe and reformed under new leader Shinsuke Nakamura. Soon after, the new group was named Chaos, with Nakamura as the leader and the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto. As the leader of Chaos, Shinsuke Nakamura was one of NJPW's top wrestlers, winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship as well as the 2011 G1 Climax and the 2014 New Japan Cup. Since its founding, Chaos has added several new members, most notably Kazuchika Okada, who has held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship four times and won the G1 Climax tournament in 2012 and 2014, as well as the 2013 New Japan Cup. Okada became the leader of Chaos after Nakamura's departure from New Japan, and even succeeded Hiroshi Tanahashi as the promotion's "ace," or top star. Rocky Romero has also enjoyed a noteworthy level of success as a member of Chaos, winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship a record eight times: twice with Davey Richards, twice with Alex Koslov as the Forever Hooligans, and four times (plus the 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament) with Trent Barreta as Roppongi Vice.

Chaos originally was the only villainous group in New Japan and they feuded with every group within New Japan. In 2013, Chaos started feuds with two other villainous 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 transition into full fan favorites.

History[edit]

Formation and Shinsuke Nakamura's leadership (2009–2016)[edit]

Shinsuke Nakamura, founder and first leader of Chaos

On April 5, 2009, Toru Yano turned on Great Bash Heel (G.B.H.) leader Togi Makabe, costing Makabe his match against Shinsuke Nakamura.[1] Throughout that month, all members of G.B.H. besides Tomoaki Honma turned their backs on Makabe, joining Nakamura and Yano. On April 23, the group was officially dubbed Chaos, with Nakamura and Yano positioned as its two central figures.[2] Chaos shared the common goal of resurrecting the Strong Style, which Nakamura felt was abandoned after the departures of bearers Antonio Inoki and Shinya Hashimoto.

After 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, received a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but were unable to defeat the defending champions Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon).[3] Also on 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 leaving the stable.[4]

From August 7 to August 16, Bernard, Yano, Iizuka and Nakamura participated at the 2009 G1 Climax (Yano and Bernard participating at block A and Nakamura and Iizuka at block B), at the end of which Yano defeated Bernard, finishing the tournament with six points and Bernard with 5 points while Nakamura defeated Iizuka, finishing his block with 12 points winning every match in his block and advancing to the semifinals (while Iizuka finished the tournament with 2 points), where he defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to advance to finals, but then lost the finals to Togi Makabe.[3]

Championship success[edit]

Toru Yano, the first member of Great Bash Heel to turn on Togi Makabe to join Nakamura

On September 27, Nakamura avenged his G1 loss and defeated Makabe in a decision match to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the third time.[3] 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.[5] On October 12, Nakamura successfully defended the title against Shinjiro Otani.[6] From October 17 to November 1, Chaos participated at the 2009 G1 Tag League, during which new Chaos member Masato Tanaka and Ishii and Yano and Nakamura participated at block A while Anderson and Bernard and Gedo and Jado at block B. Ishii and Tanaka finished their block with 4 points and Yano and Nakamura with 6 points, advancing to the semifinals, while Gedo and Jado finished the tournament with 2 points and Anderson and Bernard with 8 points, also advancing to the semifinals. At the semifinals, Nakamura and Yano lost to Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) while 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 the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against previous champion Hiroshi Tanahashi.[7] On December 5, Nakamura retained the title by defeating Yuji Nagata.[8]

On January 4, 2010 at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome, Bad Intentions received a match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but lost to No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) in a three-way hardcore tag team match also involving Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray). Later that night, Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Yoshihiro Takayama in a rematch of their 2004 Tokyo Dome title unification bout.[9] After defeating Takayama, Nakamura 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.[10] Also on that event, Yano's feud with Tanahashi in which Yano pinned him in tag team match[11] would end in favor of Tanahashi, but after the match was jumped by Yano and Tanaka, who then proceeded to cut off some of his hair.[12] From March 14 to March 22, Anderson, Bernard, Ishii, Tanaka and Yano participated at the 2010 New Japan Cup, but the group all failed to win the tournament, with Bernard, Anderson and Ishii losing at the first round while Yano lost in the second round and Tanaka lost in the semifinals to the tournament winner Hirooki Goto. On April 4, 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.[13] Giant Bernard, who was not present at the show, ended up leaving Chaos alongside his tag team partner.[14] Later that night, Nakamura made his sixth successful title defense against New Japan Cup winner and former teammate Hirooki Goto and afterwards accepted Togi Makabe's challenge for the title.[15] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2010, Yano defeating Tanahashi in a singles match while Naito and Takahashi lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Seigigun (Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata) in a match also involving Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) and Nakamura lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Togi Makabe in the main event.[16] Following the loss, Nakamura was sidelined with a shoulder injury until he returned on June 19 at Dominion 6.19, defeating Daniel Puder and being eyed up by Simon Inoki and Atsushi Sawada of Inoki Genome Federation, who appeared at the show.[17][18] Also at the event, Yano lost to Tanahashi, but Yano and his Chaos ally Takashi Iizuka attacked Tanahashi after the match and went to cut his hair before being stopped by Tajiri, who helped Tanahashi shave Yano's hair to end their feud.[19] Yano then moved on to feuding with Tajiri, who along with 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.[20] On July 19, Yano defeated Tajiri via submission in a singles match.[21]

On July 19, Nakamura received a rematch for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was once again defeated by Makabe.[22] From August 6 to 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.[23] 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[24] The draw with Shiozaki led to a no time limit match at a Pro Wrestling Noah show on August 22, where Nakamura was defeated.[25] Despite losing to Hirooki Goto in a number one contender's match on October 11, Nakamura was hand-picked by new IWGP Heavyweight Champion Satoshi Kojima as his first challenger.[26] The title match took place on December 11 and ended with Kojima retaining the title.[27] On November 13, Jado and Gedo defeated 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.[28] 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 event on December 26, where they were defeated by defending champions Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi).[29]

On January 4, 2011 at the Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, Naito unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but Nakamura avenged his loss to Go Shiozaki by defeating him in a singles match later that night.[30][31] On May 3, Davey Richards and Rocky Romero unsuccessfully challenged Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi, known collectively as Apollo 55, for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[32] Later that night, Nakamura failed in his attempt to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Hiroshi Tanahashi.[33] From May 6 to May 15, Naito, Yano and Takahashi participated in the tournament to crown the first IWGP Intercontinental Championship, but Naito was eliminated at the semifinals by the tournament winner MVP while Takahashi was also eliminated at the semifinals by Yano and Yano was eliminated at the finals to MVP.[34] On May 26, Takahashi turned on Naito and all Chaos members turned on Naito and kicked him out of the group, turning Naito into a fan favorite.[35] From May 26 to June 10, Richards, Jado and Gedo participated at the 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournament in which Jado and Gedo both finished the tournament with 4 points and winning only two matches while 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) and finished second in his block to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.[36][37] On June 10, Richards was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by the eventual winner of the entire tournament, Kota Ibushi.[38] Yano would also fail to win the title in two rematches, first on June 18 in Osaka and then on July 18 in Sapporo.[39][40][41] Also on June 18, Hideo Saito turned on Seigigun and its leader Yuji Nagata, joining Chaos.[42][43] From August 1 to August 14, Yano, Takahashi, Saito and Nakamura participated in the 2011 G1 Climax in which Saito finished with two points when he pick up his first win on the final day of the tournament in a match against his former mentor Yuji Nagata,[44] while Takahashi finished with six points by winning three matches (one them pinning the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi) and Nakamura won seven out of his nine-round robin stage matches, finishing first in his block to advance to the finals of the tournament, which he won by defeating Tetsuya Naito on August 14 and earn another shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[45] On September 19, Saito lost to Nagata in a grudge match, but attacked Nagata after the match.[46] Later that night, Nakamura went on to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but failed to recapture the title from Hiroshi Tanahashi.[47] 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.[48] Later that night, Yano lost to Nagata in a rematch,[48] but later attacked Tanahashi after he had successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito and then accepted Nagata as his next challenger, stealing his championship belt and renaming it the "YWGP Heavyweight Championship".[48][49] Also later that night, Tanaka defeated MVP to win the IWGP Intecontinental Championship.[50]

From October 22 to November 6, Tanaka and Takahashi, Saito and Iiuka, Nakamura and Yano (who named their team "Chaos Top Team") and Ishii with Don Fujii participated at the 2011 G1 Tag League, in which Saito and Iizuka finished with 0 points by losing all block matches, Ishii and Fujii finished with four points by winning two matches, Tanaka and Takahashi who were at block A finished with 6 points by winning three matches and Yano and Nakamura finished with 10 points by winning all five of their group stage matches, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament with a clean sheet.[51] On November 6, Nakamura and Yano were eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki.[52] On November 12 at Power Struggle, Richards and Romero defeated Kushida and Tiger Mask to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.[53] Later that night, Tanaka made his first successful title defense against Hirooki Goto.[54] In the main event, Yano failed to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Tanahashi.[54] As a result of pinning Prince Devitt during the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match, Richards was granted another shot for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on December 4, but failed in his attempt to become a double champion.[55] Also on December 4, Tanaka defeated MVP in a rematch to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship with help from Yujiro Takahashi .[56] That same night, Saito's erratic behaviour and poor match results eventually led the rest of Chaos kicking him out of the stable.[57] On December 28, Yoshi-Hashi joined the stable.

Kazuchika Okada's rise to stardom[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, while new member Yoshi-Hashi was defeated in five minutes by Kazuchika Okada in both men's NJPW return match.[58] Later that night, Chaos Top Team was defeated by Pro Wrestling Noah representatives Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji.[59] At the following day's press conference where his upcoming title match was made official, Kazuchika Okada, who had issued a challenge to Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the end of Wrestle Kingdom, revealed that he had joined Chaos as well, enlisting new stablemate Gedo as his manager and spokesperson.[60] On February 12 at The New Beginning, No Remorse Corps defeated Apollo 55 to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[61] Later that night, Tanaka lost the lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hirooki Goto in his fourth defense.[62] In the main event, Okada defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time.[61] Okada made his first title defense on March 4, defeating Tetsuya Naito in the main event of NJPW's 40th anniversary event.[63] Also on 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.[64] As a result, and due Richards pinning Devitt, he received his third shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on March 10, but was yet again defeated by Devitt.[65] 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.[66] 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 Jyushin Thunder Liger, Prince Devitt, Ryusuke Taguchi and Tiger Mask, with Ki pinning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Devitt for the win.[67] From April 1 to April 8, Hashi, Takahashi, Nakamura and Yano participated at the 2012 New Japan Cup in which Hashi, Takahashi and Yano were eliminated at the first round while 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 Jyushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask.[68][69] On May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2012, Low Ki defeated Prince Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship while Iizuka and Yano defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship, starting Yano's second reign with the title.[70] 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.[71] From May 27 to June 10, Gedo, Jado and Low Ki participated at the 2012 Best of the Super Juniors tournament in which Gedo finished with 4 points, Jado with 4 points and Low Ki with 16 points, winning all of his block matches and advancing to the semifinals, where Low Ki defeated Prince Devitt to advance to the finals in which he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi.[72] 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 by teaming with Gedo and Jado in a six-man tag team match, where they defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger, Kushida and Tiger Mask when Kendrick pinned Kushida with the Sliced Bread #2.[73] Low Ki defeated Taguchi in a rematch to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship while Yano's and Iizuka's first title defense, a rematch against Tenzan and Kojima, ended in a no contest[74] and were stripped of the IWGP Tag Team Championship four days later.[75] In the main event, Okada lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship back to Tanahashi, ending his reign at 125 days.[74] 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.[76] On July 22, Yano and Iizuka were defeated by Tenzan and Kojima in a decision match for the vacant title.[77] Koslov and Romero defeated Jyushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[78] Also at that event, Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time.[78] On July 29, Low Ki lost the title to Kota Ibushi in his second defense.[79][80]

From August 1 to August 12, Okada, Nakamura, Yano and Takahashi participated at the 2012 G1 Climax in which Yano and Takahashi finished with 6 points, Nakamura with 8 points and Okada with 10 points, advancing to the finals. During the tournament, Okada wrestled in the same block as Chaos leader Shinsuke Nakamura and on August 5 was defeated by Nakamura, who effectively solidified his spot as the group's leader in the process.[81] At the finals on August 12, Okada defeated Karl Anderson to win the 2012 G1 Climax.[82] 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 at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Dome.[83] 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.[84][85] However, before January 4 he would have to defend his contract as if it were a championship.[86] On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Forever Hooligans made their second successful title defense by defeating Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida).[87][88] Later that night, Low Ki regained the IWGP Junior Heavyeight title from Kota Ibushi.[89][90] Also on that night, Okada made his first successful defense of the contract against Karl Anderson.[91][92] Later that night, Nakamura successfully defended the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in a rematch against Hirooki Goto.[89][93] On October 21, Jado and Gedo, Koslov and Romero and Kendrick and Low Ki participated at the 2012 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, during which Jado and Gedo and Kendrick and Low Ki were eliminated at the first round while Koslov and Romero were eliminated at the semifinals by Prince 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, Time Splitters, ending their reign at 112 days.[94][95] Later that night, Low Ki lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Prince Devitt in his first title defense.[96][97] Okada made another successful defense of the contract against Hirooki Goto while Nakamura made his third successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Karl Anderson.[96][98] Takahashi received his first shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Hiroshi Tanahashi.[94][99] With his win over Goto, the Tokyo Dome title match between Tanahashi and Okada was made official.[96][98] From November 15 to November 19, Takahashi, Tanaka. Hashi and Ishii participated in a tournament to crown the first NEVER Openweight Championship, but Takahashi was eliminated at the first round, Hashi was eliminated at second round by Ishii and Ishii was eliminated by Tanaka at the semifinals while Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson at the finals to become the inaugural NEVER Openweight Champion.[100] From 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, during which 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.[101][102] His match with Tanahashi from June 16 was also named the Match of the Year.[101][102] At a NJPW event on December 20, Toru Yano announced that Bob Sapp would represent the villainous Chaos on January 4 at the Tokyo Dome.

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.[103] Later that night, Tanaka made his first successful title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion by defeating Shelton Benjamin.[103] Low Ki unsuccessfully challenged Devitt for the title in a three-way match which also included Kota Ibushi[103][104] and Nakamura defeated Kazushi Sakuraba for his fourth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[103][105] In the main event, Okada failed in his title challenge against Hiroshi Tanahashi.[106][105] Also on that event, New Japan removed Low Ki's profile from its official website, signaling the end of his run with the promotion.[107] 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.[108] From January 18 to 19, Nakamura took part in the Fantastica Mania 2013 weekend (co-promoted by New Japan and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) and in the main event of the second night he made his fifth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against La Sombra.[109] On February 9, Yano and Iizuka made an appearance for Pro Wrestling Noah, wrestling Maybach Taniguchi and Maybach Taniguchi Jr. to a double disqualification.[110] 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, but he ended up hitting Kenta with a chair and 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.[110] The following day, Yano and Iizuka were named the number one contenders to the GHC Tag Team Championship.[111] Also in February, Okada led Chaos to a war with NJPW's other villainous stable, Suzuki-gun,[112] which built to a match on February 10 at The New Beginning, where Okada, positioned as the fan favorite, was defeated by the stable's leader Minoru Suzuki following interference from Taichi.[113] Also on that event, Tanaka's second successful title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion took place when he defeated Chaos stablemate Tomohiro Ishii[114] and Koslov and Romero unsuccessfully challenged the Time Splitters for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.[115] On March 3 at New Japan's 41st anniversary event, Nakamura defeated Suzuki-gun's Lance Archer for his sixth successful title defense.[116] On March 10, Yano and Iizuka defeated Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura to become the new GHC Tag Team Champions.[117]

From March 11 to March 23, Okada, Yano, Nakamura, Ishii and Takahashi participated at the 2013 New Japan Cup, during which Ishii and Nakamura were eliminated at the first round and Takahashi was eliminated at the second round, while 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 Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[118] 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.[119][120] In the main event, Okada defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the second time.[121][122][123] At Pro Wrestling Noah from April 13 to April 28, Iizuka and Yano and Takahashi and Maybach Taniguchi participated at the 2013 Global Tag League, at the ed of which Yano and Iizuka and Takahashi and Taniguchi finished the tournament with 4 points (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.[124][125] Later that night, Iizuka and Yano unsuccessfully challenged K.E.S. in a four-way tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship also involving Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man), as the winners ended up being Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) while Tanaka made his third successful title defense against Tomoaki Honma[126] and Nakamura defeated Suzuki-gun's newest member Shelton X Benjamin for his eighth successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[126][127] In the main event, Okada made his first successful title defense against Minoru Suzuki.[126][127] 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.[128] Post-match, Yano named himself the number one contender to the GHC Heavyweight Championship and his status as the next challenger for Kenta's title was made official the following day.[129] In late May, Forever Hooligans took part in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors both in separate block and at end of the tournament they finished 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.[130][131][132][133] On June 2 at Pro Wrestling Noah, Yano received a chance for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, he but ended up losing to the defending champion Kenta.[134][135] 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 Kenta for the win.[136] 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 Time Splitters.[137][138] Later that night, a special three-way match took place for the IWGP Tag Team Championship held by Tencozy, which also included Yano and Iizuka and K.E.S. (both GHC Tag Team and NWA World Tag Team Champions) and which was won by Tencozy, only for Yano to once again stole their championship belts.[139] 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.[140] Later that night, Nakamura regained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from La Sombra, becoming the first two-time holder of the title.[141] Also on that night, Yano and Iizuka were defeated by Tencozy in another IWGP Tag Team Championship match.[142][143]

From August 1 to August 11, Okada, Ishii, Nakamura and Yano participated at the 2013 G1 Climax, during which Ishii finished 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.[144] Later that night, Nakamura defeated Shelton X Benjamin to make the first successful defense of his second reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion.[144] 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.[144][145][146] On October 14 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Koslov and Romero lost the title to Taichi and Taka Michinoku in a rematch.[147] 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[147] while Nakamura defeated Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji to make his second successful title defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[148] 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.[148][149][150] With the win, NJPW claimed that Okada had taken over Tanahashi's spot as the "ace" of the promotion.[148] From October 25 to November 6, Gedo and Jado, Forever Hoolingans and Brian Kendrick and new Chaos member Beretta participated at the 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, during which Kendrick and Beretta were eliminated at the first round by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) while Gedo and Jado were eliminated at the semifinals also by The Young Bucks and Forever Hooligans were eliminated at the finals, again by The Young Bucks. On November 9 at Power Struggle, Nakamura made his third successful title defense against Minoru Suzuki (had Nakamura lost the title, he would have had to join Suzuki-gun) and nominated Hiroshi Tanahashi as his next challenger, setting up the first title match between the two longtime rivals in over two years.[151] Later in the main event, Okada defeated Karl Anderson in a rematch of the 2012 G1 Climax finals for his sixth successful title defense.[151][152][153] From 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, during which Nakamura and Ishii and Tanaka and Takahashi finished with 6 points and Okada and Hashi and Iizuka and Yano finished 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.[154][155] 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.[156][157] That same day, Okada became the first wrestler in 25 years to win back-to-back MVP awards from Tokyo Sports.[158][159]

Yujiro Takahashi defected Chaos to become the first Japanese member of Bullet Club in May 2014

On January 4, 2014 at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Dome, Okada defeated Naito for his seventh successful title defense.[160][161] Later in the main event, Nakamura lost the IWGP Intercontinental Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi.[162][161] On February 9 at The New Beginning in Hiroshima, Nakamura fail in his attempt to regain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[163][164] Two days later at The New Beginning in Osaka, Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the become the third NEVER Openweight Champion, winning his first title in NJPW.[165][166][167] Later in the main event, Okada defeated Hirooki Goto to make his eighth successful title defense.[168][169] From March 15 to March 23, Nakamura, Ishii and Takahashi participated in the 2014 New Japan Cup, during which Ishii and Takahashi ended up being eliminated at the first round while 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.[170] On April 6 at Invasion Attack 2014, Ishii defeated Tetsuya Naito to made his first successful title defense.[171][172][173] Later in the main event, Nakamura defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the third time.[174][175] Also 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.[176][177] 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.[178] 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,[179][180] with whom he had had sporadic heated encounters since the past year's G1 Climax.[181][182] 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.[183][184][185] 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.[186]

Takashi Iizuka, who turned on the stable in May 2014

On May 25 at the Back to the Yokohama Arena, Ishii made his fourth successful title defense against Kota Ibushi, but Ishii was pulled into the rivalry between Chaos and Bullet Club, when he was attacked after the match by former stablemate Yujiro Takahashi, who appointed himself as his next challenger.[187][188][189] Later that night, Nakamura made the first successful defense of his third reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion against Daniel Gracie.[190][191] In the main event, Okada unssucessfully challenged A.J Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[192][191] Also at 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.[190][191] From May 30 to June 8, Koslov and Romero took part in the 2014 Best of the Super Juniors, but after Koslov's first match against Ricochet he dislocate his left shoulder and was forced to pull out of the tournament.[193] Romero ended up finishing the tournament with 6 points being at last on his block while Kazushi Sakuraba joined the stable and formed a partnership with Yano.[194][195] On June 29, Ishii lost the NEVER Openweight Championship to Takahashi in his fifth defense, following outside interference from Bullet Club.[196][197][198] On June 21 at Dominion 6.21, Nakamura lost the title to Bad Luck Fale in his second defense.[199][200]

From July 21 to August 10, Okada, Nakamura, Ishii and Yano participated at the 2014 G1 Climax, during which Ishii finished tied fifth in his block with a record of five wins and five losses,[201][202] working his two final matches with a separated shoulder,[203] while Yano finished with a record of four wins and six losses ( which included a win over Suzuki)[204][205][206] and Okada and Nakamura won their block both with 16 points, with both advancing to the finals won by Okada.[207][208] On September 21 at Destruction in Kobe, Yoshi-Hashi and Okada unsuccessfully challenged Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[209][210] In the main event, Nakamura regained the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Bad Luck Fale.[211][210] Two days later at Destruction in Okayama, Yoshi-Hashi also failed to capture the NEVER Openweight Championship from Yujiro Takahashi.[212] In the main event, Okada successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship number one contender's contract against Karl Anderson.[212][213] 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.[214][215][216] Later that night, Okada made another successful defense of his contract against Tetsuya Naito.[217][218] On November 8 at Power Struggle, Ishii made his first successful title defense of the NEVER Openweight Champion against Hirooki Goto.[219][220] Later in the main event, Nakamura made his first successful title defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Champion against Katsuyori Shibata.[221] From November 22 to December 7, Chaos participated in the World Tag League, having three teams to participate in the tournament, with Okada and Hashi in the block A and Nakamura and Ishii and Sakuraba and Yano in the block B.[222][223] In the block A, Okada and Hashi finished their block with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.[224] 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, while the team of Sakuraba and Yano finished in the middle of their block with a record of three wins, one draw and three losses.[225][226]

On January 4, 2015 at Wrestle Kingdom 9, Tomohiro Ishii lost the Never Openweight Championship to Togi Makabe in his second defense,[227][228][229] Nakamura defeated Kota Ibushi in his second successful defense of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship[230][231] and Okada lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom, failing to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[232][231] 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,[233][234][235] and Nakamura defeated Yuji Nagata, making his third successful title defense.[236] In January 2015, Forever Hooligans broke up when Koslov announced he was taking an indefinite break from professional wrestling, leaving the stable.[237] On March 1, Romero revealed he and Trent Baretta were forming a new tag team named Roppongi Vice. Through March 5 and 15, Toru Yano, Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi took part of the 2015 New Japan Cup.[238] Toru Yano defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the opening round, but lost in the second round to the eventual winner Kota Ibushi while 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, Roppongi Vice lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks in a match also involving ReDRagon Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, while 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.[239][240][241] On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, Roppongi Vice failed to recapture the championship in a three-way match that also included reDRagon, while Nakamura also failed to recapture the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Hirooki Goto[242][243] and Okada defeated AJ Styles to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event, making his third reign.[244][245]

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. Yano finished in the middle of his block with a record of four wins and five losses,[246] 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.[247] Despite missing one match due to an elbow injury,[248] 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.[246] On August 16, Nakamura was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Hiroshi Tanahashi.[249][250] and Ishii finished in the middle of his block with a record of five wins and four losses.[251] Also on August 16, Okada had a staredown with Genichiro Tenryu, who chose him to be his opponent in his retirement match.[252] 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 A.J. Styles, making his first title defense.[253][254][255] During the 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament, Vice achieved big wins over the likes of Jyushin 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[256][257] and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Karl Anderson making his first successful title defense and avenging an earlier loss from the 2015 G1 Climax.[258][259] On November 15, Okada defeated Tenryu in his retirement match.[260][261] On December 7, Okada won his third MVP award from Tokyo Sports, while his match with Tenryu was named the Match of the Year.[262][263] With the win, Okada became only the fifth three-time MVP award winner.[264] On December 19, The Briscoes joined the stable.

Nakamura's departure (2016–present)[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,[265] while Ishii was defeated by Katsuyori Shibata ending his fourth reign of the Never Openweight Championship,[266][267] Nakamura made his second successful defense by defeating A.J. Styles[268] 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.[268] 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.[269][270] Nakamura remained under NJPW contract and was expected to finish off his contracted dates with the promotion before leaving.[271][272] On January 12, NJPW confirmed Nakamura's upcoming departure and announced he would also be stripped of the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[273][274] Nakamura handed in the title on January 25, officially ending his fifth reign.[275][276] Nakamura wrestled his last match under his NJPW contract on January 30, where he, Okada and Ishii defeated Hirooki Goto, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata.[277]

Toru Yano and his new allies The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) made their first successful title defense the following day against another Bullet Club trio of Bad Luck Fale, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson.[278] On February 11 at The New Beginning in Osaka, Yano and The Briscoes lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to the Bullet Club trio 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[279][280] and Kazuchika Okada defeated Hirooki Goto in the main event to make his third successful title defense and invited Goto to join the stable, but he refused.[281] 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 he was turned down each time.[282] 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.[283][284] Ishii made his debut for ROH the following week at their 14th Anniversary Show, successfully defending his title in a three-way match against Strong and Bobby Fish.[285] 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.[286]

Feud with Los Ingobernables de Japon[edit]

In early 2016, Chaos entered a rivalry with the Los Ingobernables de Japon (L.I.J.) stable.[287] 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.[288] 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.[289][290][291] On March 12, Hirooki Goto was defeated by Tetsuya Naito in the finals of the New Japan Cup,[292] 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.[293] On March 20, Ishii made his third successful defense of the ROH World Television Championship against Evil.[294][295] 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,[296] Ospreay failed to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship from Kushida.[297] 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.[298] 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,[299] Okada gained revenge on Sanada by defeating him[300] and failed to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event by losing to Tetsuya Naito.[301][302] Five days later, Ishii lost the ROH World Television Championship to Bobby Fish at the NJPW and ROH co-produced Global Wars show.[303]

From April 21 to May 4, Yano took part in Pro Wrestling Noah's 2016 Global Tag League, where he teamed with Naomichi Marufuji.[304] The two finished second in the single round-robin block, advancing to the finals,[305] where they defeated the reigning GHC Tag Team Champions, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer, to win the tournament.[306][307] 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[308] and Ospreay ended up winning his block in the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, advancing to the finals.[309] 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.[310] 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,[311] and Toru Yano and Marufuji defeated Smith and Archer in a rematch to become the new GHC Tag Team Champions.[312][313] On June 12, Yano and Marufuji defeated Smith and Archer for the third time in a row to make their first successful title defense,[314][315] 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.[314] 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 Loa) 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.[316][317]

Championship dominance[edit]

On July 5, Yano and Marufuji defeated Suzuki-gun Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka for their second successful defense.[318] On July 16, Yano and Marufuji made their third successful title defense against The Aggression (Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya).[319][320] 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.[321] A 30-minute time limit draw against Hiroshi Tanahashi on the final day eliminated both men from advancing to the finals.[322] During the G1 Climax, Okada was defeated by Pro Wrestling Noah representative Naomichi Marufuji, starting a feud between NJPW and Pro Wrestling Noah, while Ishii finished with a record of four wins and five losses.[323] One of Ishii's wins was over Chaos stablemate and reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.[323] Yoshi-Hashi finished the tournament last in his block with a record of three wins and six losses.[324] Despite this, Yoshi-Hashi's opening match win resulted in Omega nominating him as his first challenger for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract after winning the entire tournament.[325] Yano finished tied third in his block with a record of five wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals.[326] 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.[327] On August 14, Goto was defeated in the finals by Kenny Omega.[328]

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,[329] becoming the second team (after Jyushin 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 Loa 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.[330] 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,[331] And Gedo and Will Ospreay were defeated in the first round by David Finlay and Ricochet. Roppongi Vice defeated Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi in the semifinals on October 30,[332] 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, and Roppongi Vice defeated ACH and Taiji Ishimori in the finals of the Super Jr. Tag Tournament.[332] 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.[333][334]

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,[335] 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.[336] 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.[337] On December 24, Jado and Gedo lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships back to Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada.[338] 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,[339] Jado, Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi failed to win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, losing to Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Evil and Sanada) in a four-team gauntlet match,[339][340] Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata to win the NEVER Openweight Championship, and Kazuchika Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kenny Omega.[341] At 46 minutes and 45 seconds, the match was the longest in the history of the January 4 Tokyo Dome Show.[342] 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.[343]

Feud with Suzuki-gun, Bullet Club, and Los Ingobernables de Japon[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.[344][345] 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,[346] 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.[346] 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.[347] 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, The Briscoes and Bully Ray defeated The Kingdom to win the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. 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.[348] 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.[349] In the main event Okada made his fourth title defense defeating 2017 New Japan Cup winner Katsuyori Shibata.[350][351] On April 27 Romero and Berreta regained the IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions. In the main event Goto lost the NEVER Openweight Champion to Minoru Suzuki, after the interference from Suzuki's Suzuki-gun stablemate El Despereado. On June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall Roppongi Vice lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to The Young Bucks.[352] Later on the same event Goto failed to regain the NEVER Openweight Champion from Minoru Suzuki. After the match, Hashi would attack Suzuki and his Suzuki-gun stablemates, thus setting up a feud between the two. In the main event of the show, Okada and Kenny Omega wrestled to a 60-minute time limit draw for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. On June 26, Yoshi-Hashi unsuccessfully challenged Minoru Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship.

On July 1 at first night of the G1 Special in USA, Ishii took part in an eight-man tournament to crown the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, he would defeat Tetsuya Naito to advance to the semifinals. In the main event, Okada successfully defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the seventh time against Cody. On July 2 at the second night of the G1 Special in USA, Roppongi Vice unsuccessfully challenged The Young Bucks for the title in a rematch for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. Afterwards, Romero brought up a five-year plan he and Beretta had made three years earlier, which included them winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship and the Super Jr. Tag Tournament, both of which they had already done, as well as Beretta's eventual transition into the heavyweight division. Having failed to regain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, Romero gave Beretta his blessing to move to the heavyweight division, effectively disbanding Roppongi Vice.[353] In this night night, Ishii made his into finals of the eight-man tournament, before losing to Kenny Omega. Later that month, four members of CHAOS took part in the 2017 G1 Climax; Goto and Ishii in block A and Yano and Okada in block B. Okada almost won his block. However he would fail to advance to the finals due to losing to Kenny Omega in their third match against each other on August 12,[354] finishing with a record of six wins, one draw and two losses. Meanwhile, Goto finished fourth in his block with a record of five wins and four losses and Yano and Ishii finished in the middle of their block with four wins and five losses and Yoshi-Hashi finished second to last in his block with a record of two wins and eight losses.[355] On September 16, 2017, at NJPW's Destruction in Hiroshima show, the Roppongi Vice tag team of Beretta and Rocky Romero had their final match together before amicably splitting up. Later that same show, Romero confronted IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Ricochet and Ryusuke Taguchi, telling Taguchi that he was not the only coach in the game and that he was bringing in a team that was bigger and faster than them, dubbing the new team "Roppongi 3K". This name came from Romero's claim that Roppongi 3K were 3000 times better than Roppongi Vice. Afterwards, while Roppongi 3K were confirmed as the next challengers for Ricochet and Taguchi, the identities of the two wrestlers were kept secret. On October 9 at King of Pro-Wrestling, Roppongi 3K were revealed as the returning Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu, billed as "Sho" and "Yoh", who defeated Ricochet and Taguchi to become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. At the same event Ospreay defeated KUSHIDA to become IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Ishii lost to Tetsuya Naito in a match for the 2018 Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge rights certificate, and Okada successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against EVIL in the main event. On November 5, Sho and Yoh won the 2017 Super Jr. Tag Tournament by defeating Super 69 (ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi), and Ospreay lost his title to Marty Scurll. At Wrestle Kingdom 12 Sho and Yoh lost the IWGP Jr Tag titles to the Young Bucks, Yano, Ishii and Beretta won the Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Titles in a 4 team gauntlet match after defeating Bullet Club which consisted of Bad Luck Fale and the GoD(Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa)later in the night Goto defeated Suzuki to regain the NEVER Openweight Championship which forced Suzuki to cut his hair as per the stipulation. At the event, Ospreay regained the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Title after pinning Scurll in a Fatal 4 Way match also involving Kushida and Hiromu Takahashi. In the main event Okada defeated Tesuya Naito to retain the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship and in doing so surpassed Hiroshi Tanahashi's combined total number of days as champion in just 4 reigns compared to Tanahashi's 7. After Wrestle Kingdom 12, at the New Year's Dash event, Yano, Ishii and Beretta lost the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship to Bad Luck Fale and the GoD. On January 5, Jay White teased joining the Bullet Club, only to attack Omega afterwards. The following day, White joined Chaos saying that he was going to need backup in his war against the Bullet Club and thus he decided to join the stable. But he also said that he joined Chaos only for himself and asked Okada not to get too comfortable. White defeated Kenny Omega to become the second IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. At Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, Ospreay lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to Himoru Takahashi, and Okada lost the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to Kenny Omega in a 2 out of 3 falls no time limit match, ending Okada's title reign at 720 days. In the G1 Climax tournament, Chaos was represented by 6 members with Okada, Jay White and Yoshi-Hashi representing Block A, while Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto represented Block B. Hashi, Goto and Yano each finished with 6 points (3 wins, 6 losses), Ishii finished with 10 points (5 wins and 4 losses), White finished with 12 points (6 wins, 3 losses), and Okada finished with 13 points (6 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw). During the G1 Climax, Yano and Ishii scored major victories against newly crowned IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega in which Omega was on the possibility of going undefeated throughout the G1 Climax tournament. Ishii then challenged Omega for an opportunity for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in a future occasion in which Omega accepted. Also in the G1, White scored a victory against stablemate Okada which was considered an upset and started to cause tension between the two stablemates. White and Okada were fighting for the top spot in Block A, but eventually Block A and the entire G1 tournament was won by their rival Hiroshi Tanahashi. Although Tanahashi had lost to White in one of the Block A matches, Tanahashi wound up having a draw in his match against Okada, which gave Tanahashi an extra point and as a result Tanahashi advanced to the G1 Finals. At the end of the G1 Climax, Okada decided to part ways with his longtime manager/mentor Gedo.

Jay White and Gedo heel turn[edit]

At the Destruction events, it was announced that Kenny Omega would defend his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Against Ishii and that Okada and Tanahashi would battle each other for the right for the contract for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestle Kingdom 13 after Tanahashi expressed dissatisfaction with his match against Okada ending in a draw and felt that a win against Okada would solidify his G1 Tournament victory. In night 1 of the Destruction event which was in Hiroshima, the team of Tanahashi and Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) defeated the team of White, Okada and Yoshi-Hashi, in which more tension was increased between Okada and White. Also in night 1, Omega successfully retained his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Against Ishii. In Night 2 of the Destruction event this time in Beppu, the tension within the Chaos group remained the same after they suffered another loss, this time in an eight-man tag team match against Tanahshi, Great Bash Heel and Juice Robinson. In Night 3 of the Destruction event which was in Kobe, Tanahashi defeated Okada in the main event in which Tanahashi kept his right for a contract match at Wrestle Kingdom 13 for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Jay White went in the ring and attacked both Tanahashi and Okada, as well as Rocky Romero when he refused to give White a chair and Yoshi-Hashi when he tried to intervene. Gedo then came in the ring to try to stop White from attacking Okada, but it turned out to be a ruse as Gedo attacked Okada with a chair and declared on the mic that White was the true winner of the G1 tournament and the G1 briefcase. A week later, Okada said in an interview that he doesn't know where his stance is in the Chaos faction, since he doesn't know if he's been exiled out of the faction or if Gedo and White have left.[356]

On October 2, Will Ospreay tweeted about the current members of the faction, not mentioning the names of White and Gedo. This seemingly confirmed the departure of the duo from the group.[357] On October 8, at King of Pro-Wrestling (2018), Jado, along with White, Gedo and members of Bullet Club OG, attacked Okada, turning heel and leaving Chaos. During the Road to Power Struggle tour, White teased in backstage interviews that there is still another member in Chaos being used as a spy for the Bullet Club. White has yet to reveal who the member is.[358]

Union with NJPW main unit[edit]

At Road to Power Struggle, after Chaos lost to Bullet Club, Hiroshi Tanahashi came out to make the save for Kazuchika Okada and the two shook hands forming a union between the two. At Power Struggle, Hirooki Goto regained the NEVER Openweight Title from Taichi and for the second year in a row Roppongi 3K won the Super Jr. Tag League. Two Chaos teams would compete in the World Tag League, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano would end the tournament with 18 points, while Chuckie T. and Beretta would end the tournament with 14 points, however Chuckie T. would start showing viscous tendencies. Also over the tournament Okada would team up with Tanahashi to take on the Bullet Club, losing all their matches however. On the finals of the tournament, Ospreay would win a #1 Contender's Match for the NEVER Title and in the following match Goto would lose the NEVER Title to Kota Ibushi. On the Wrestle Kingdom 13 pre-show, the Chaos and Taguchi Japan Team of Yano, Makabe, and Taguchi would win a 5-Team gauntlet #1 Contender's Match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Titles. On the main card Ospreay would win the NEVER Title, Roppongi 3K would lose their IWGP Jr. Tag Title match to Shingo Takagi and Bushi, Ishii would lose the RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Title to Zack Sabre Jr, and Okada would lose to Jay White.

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.[359] 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.[360]

Members[edit]

* Founding member
I–II Leader

Current[edit]

Member Duration
Hirooki Goto March 12, 2016–present
Kazuchika Okada II January 4, 2012–present
Mikey Nicholls February 25, 2019–present
Rocky Romero October 12, 2010–present
Sho October 9, 2017–present
Tomohiro Ishii * April 23, 2009–present
Toru Yano * April 23, 2009–present
Will Ospreay March 3, 2016–present
Yoh October 9, 2017–present
Yoshi-Hashi December 28, 2011–present

Former[edit]

Member Duration
Alex Koslov June 10, 2012 – January 5, 2015
Beretta October 15, 2013 – February 7, 2019
Black Tiger (V) * April 23, 2009 – June 20, 2009
Brian Kendrick June 18, 2011 – November 6, 2013
Chuckie T. October 15, 2017 – February 7, 2019
Davey Richards October 12, 2010 – May 2, 2012
Gedo * April 23, 2009 – September 23, 2018
Giant Bernard * April 23, 2009 – April 4, 2010
Hideo Saito June 18, 2011 – December 4, 2011
Jado * April 23, 2009 – October 8, 2018
Jay White January 6, 2018 – September 23, 2018
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)
Bad Intentions Giant Bernard
Karl Anderson
2009–2010 Tag team NJPW
Noah
Best Friends Beretta
Chuckie T.
2017–2019 Tag team NJPW
ROH
Independent circuit
Chaos Invincible Shinsuke Nakamura
Tomohiro Ishii
2012-2016 Tag team NJPW
Chaos Internal Mastermind Jay White
Gedo
2018 Tag team NJPW
Chaos Ride the Lightning Kazuchika Okada
Yoshi-Hashi
2012 Tag team NJPW
Chaos Top Team Shinsuke Nakamura
Toru Yano
2011 Tag team NJPW
Chaos World Wrestling Warriors Low Ki
Brian Kendrick
2012 Tag team NJPW
Complete Players Masato Tanaka
Gedo
Jado
Yujiro Takahashi
2009–2013 Quartet NJPW
Crazy Ichizoku Toru Yano
Takashi Iizuka
2010–2014 Tag team NJPW
Forever Hooligans Alex Koslov
Rocky Romero
2012–2015 Tag team NJPW
Independent circuit
Jado & Gedo Gedo
Jado
2009–2018 Tag team NJPW
No Limit Tetsuya Naito
Yujiro
2010–2011 Tag team NJPW
No Remorse Corps Davey Richards
Rocky Romero
2010–2012 Tag team NJPW
Noah
Roppongi 3K Sho
Yoh
Rocky Romero
2017–present Tag team NJPW
Roppongi Vice Rocky Romero
Beretta
2015–2017 Tag team NJPW
ROH
Independent circuit

Timeline[edit]

Feuds[edit]

As Chaos originally was the only villainous group in New Japan, 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 villainous groups, Suzuki-gun and Bullet Club, which led to the stable being portrayed in a more sympathetic way. During 2014, Chaos finalized its fan favorite 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.[361]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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