NJPW Royal Quest

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Royal Quest
Royal Quest.jpg
Promotional poster featuring various NJPW wrestlers
PromotionNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
DateAugust 31, 2019
CityLondon, England
VenueCopper Box Arena
Attendance6,119[1]
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Royal Quest was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on August 31, 2019 at the Copper Box Arena in London, England and was streamed live on FITE TV.[2] It was the first-ever event independently promoted by NJPW in the United Kingdom.

Eight matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Kazuchika Okada retained the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Minoru Suzuki. Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Zack Sabre Jr. to win the British Heavyweight Championship, Kenta defeated Tomohiro Ishii to win the NEVER Openweight Championship, and the Guerrillas of Destiny retained the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Aussie Open – the winners of Revolution Pro Wrestling's Road to Royal Quest tournament.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

Royal Quest was the first-ever professional wrestling event independently promoted by NJPW in the United Kingdom. It was the first UK event produced by NJPW after Strong Style Evolved UK on June 30 and July 1, 2018 (in partnership with Revolution Pro Wrestling).

The event was streamed live on FITE TV and made available for on demand viewing on NJPW World in September.[3]

On July 17, Revolution Pro Wrestling announced the Road to Royal Quest tag team tournament, to be held during the month of August. It would include eight teams, with the winners challenging the IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) at Royal Quest.[4] Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) won the tournament, defeating the team of Josh Bodom and Sha Samuels in the final.[5]

Quarterfinals
Live at the Cockpit 44
August 4
Semifinals
Live in Southampton 9
August 11
Final
Summer Sizzler
August 30
         
Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
Pin
The Rascalz
(Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz)
16:05[6]
Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
Pin
Dan Moloney and MK McKinnan 16:59[7]
Dan Moloney and MK McKinnan Pin
Team WhiteWolf
(A-Kid and Carlos Romo)
14:30[6]
Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
Pin
Josh Bodom and Sha Samuels 10:28[8]
Gabriel Kidd and Shaun Jackson Pin
Kenneth Halfpenny and Brendan White 11:57[6]
Gabriel Kidd and Shaun Jackson 7:21[7]
Josh Bodom and Sha Samuels Pin
Josh Bodom and Sha Samuels Pin
Dan Magee and Kurtis Chapman 9:53[6]

Storylines[edit]

Royal Quest featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[9]

Minoru Suzuki, who challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event.

On June 16, at Kizuna Road, the G1 Climax 29 tournament participants were announced and Minoru Suzuki was a notable absence.[10] Suzuki ended up being a prominent part in the undercard matches of each G1 Climax 29 show, stating his anger towards the NJPW management in the press conferences. On August 12, the tournament's last night, Suzuki pinned the IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in a tag team match (also involving Zack Sabre Jr. and Hiroshi Tanahashi) and challenged him to a championship match.

On April 6, at G1 Supercard, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to successfully retain the British Heavyweight Championship. Tanahashi ended up taking a two-month absence due to an injury to his left elbow suffered in the match.[11] When the G1 Climax 29 blocks were announced, Tanahashi and Sabre were drawn in the same block. Their tournament match happened on July 18, the fifth night, where Tanahashi avenged his injury by defeating Sabre. On August 11, Tanahashi would again record a pinfall victory against Sabre – this time in an undercard eight-man tag team match – and therefore is challenging the British Heavyweight Champion at Sabre's request.

On June 9, at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, Katsuyori Shibata came to the ring accompanied by Kenta to announce the latter's inclusion in the G1 Climax 29 tournament at his request.[12] Kenta would finish his block with eight points, failing to advance to the finals and drawing some unfriendly reactions from the Japanese audiences along the way. On August 11, Tama Tonga revealed on Twitter that Bullet Club had recruited a new member.[13] This was followed at the tournament's last night, on August 12, when a Bullet Club team of Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale was scheduled to face Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi and Kenta in a six-man tag team match. Kenta refused to be tagged in and ended up hitting Ishii with the Go 2 Sleep and costing his team the match, officially joining Bullet Club in the process. Shibata would run into the ring to confront Kenta but was attacked instead by the other Bullet Club members.[14] Therefore, Kenta is challenging Ishii for his NEVER Openweight Championship at this event.

Event[edit]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Kevin Kelly
Gino Gambino
Andy Boy Simmonz (ZSJ vs. Tanahashi)
Ring announcer Slick Lombardo
Referees Oscar Harding
Marty Asami
Red Shoes Unno

Royal Quest drew a near sellout crowd at the Copper Box Arena with 6,119 paid in attendance. In the U.K. there is no NJPW on television, so all interest was created online or through word of mouth. It was among the highest attended events for any non-televised promotion in the United Kingdom.[15]

Results[edit]

No. Results[1] Stipulations Times
1 Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, Sho and Yoh) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino and Ren Narita Six-man tag team match 8:19
2 Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson defeated Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi and Hikuleo) Tag team match 8:46
3 Chaos (Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagles) defeated Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo) Tag team match 10:36
4 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito and Sanada) defeated Bullet Club (Jay White and Chase Owens) by submission Tag team match 12:59
5 Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (c) (with Jado) defeated Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 12:56
6 Kenta defeated Tomohiro Ishii (c) Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship 20:16
7 Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Zack Sabre Jr. (c) Singles match for the British Heavyweight Championship 17:39
8 Kazuchika Okada (c) defeated Minoru Suzuki Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 33:25
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NJPW Royal Quest". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "NJPW Royal Quest". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Royal Quest to be broadcast live on FITE TV!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Road To Royal Quest Begins". Revolution Pro Wrestling. July 17, 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Currier, Joseph (August 30, 2019). "IWGP Tag Team title match official for NJPW Royal Quest". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "RevPro Live At The Cockpit 44". CAGEMATCH. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "RevPro Live In Southampton 9". CAGEMATCH. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "RevPro Summer Sizzler 2019". CAGEMATCH. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Rose, Bryan (June 16, 2019). "NJPW reveals G1 Climax 29 participants and blocks". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan both to miss next tour due to injury". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. April 8, 2019. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Renner, Ethan (June 9, 2019). "NJPW Dominion Live Results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Chris Jericho". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  13. ^ @Tama_Tonga (August 11, 2019). "Just recruited a high caliber Athlete into #BulletClub. I got fucking goosebumps" (Tweet). Retrieved August 22, 2019 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Renner, Ethan (August 11, 2019). "NJPW G1 Climax 29 Finals Live Results: Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20190906121216/https://members.f4wonline.com/wrestling-observer-newsletter/september-9-2019-observer-newsletter-aew-all-out-review-chris-jericho

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