Super Wrestling Saturday: NJPW Royal Quest Review

What a way to start off Super Wrestling Saturday with an entertaining NJPW Royal Quest show in England. We had surprise title changes, potential stars in the making and rain continued to be made. We are going to run down the entire card, give opinions and talk a little about where some of these feuds will go from here. Don’t forget to read the NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff and AEW All Out reviews as well here on

Let me say something really quick…we here at AEE love to be opinionated but fair with our articles. We are blunt and we tell it how it is so that is what I am going to do for our readers:

This show was supremely ruined for me and many other fans because of FiteTV and their incompetence to have all the technical glitches taken care of before the show took place. Every match was interrupted by a “Waiting For Signal” message. Really devalued the quality of the show but nevertheless, here are the results of NJPW Royal Quest:

Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino, and Ren Narita vs. Rocky Romero, YOH, and SHO of Roppongi 3K

It was your standard six-man lion showcase match. Nothing terribly special. SHO and YOH are great as so is Rocky. Roppongi 3K gets the win. Maybe this will get them back into the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship picture.

Prediction: Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero

Winner: Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero

Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi and Hikuleo

Really decent tag team match. Nothing too special to write home about but Ibushi and Juice wins. Ibushi continues his road to WrestleKingdom 14 and Robinson will more than likely get his rematch for the IWGP United States Championship whenever Jon Moxley is medically cleared to compete.

Prediction: Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi

Winner: Juice Robinson and Kota Ibushi

SANADA and Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White and Chase Owens

This was a good tag team match as well. All these guys were great. Match ended with Sanada tapping out Chase Owens with the Skull End. Afterwards though, Jay White attacked Naito, but Naito got his licks in. These two will compete for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at their first Destruction show next month. Chase will keep being Chase and as for Sanada…we’ll get to him later.

Prediction: Jay White and Chase Owens

Winner: Sanada and Tetsuya Naito

Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay vs. El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori

It was a really good match for the moments I was able to see. Eagles and Ospreay had a great match in Australia and they’re even better as a team. Ospreay and Eagles win. After the match, an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match was foreshadowed between El Phantasmo and Ospreay, mostly like to take place at one of their Destruction shows next month.

Prediction: Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay

Winner: Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay

Guerrillas of Destiny (c) vs. Winners of RPW’s Road to Royal Quest tournament for the IWGP Tag Team Championship

It was determined that the tag team challenging the Guerillas would be Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher, known as Aussie Open in Defiant Wrestling. These guys were so impressive. I am not familiar with their work, but they definitely made a fan out of me and they’re big over there in the UK, so I look forward to possibly seeing these two in NJPW again. Regardless, Guerrillas retain.

Prediction: Guerrillas Of Destiny

Winner: Guerrillas Of Destiny

Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. KENTA for the NEVER Openweight Championship

This match went the way you thought it would go. Hard-hitting. Intense. KENTA was cocky throughout the match and it was a good match in general. Unfortunately for Ishii, G.O.D. got involved, which allowed KENTA to win his first championship in NJPW, the NEVER Openweight Championship.

Prediction: KENTA

Winner: KENTA

Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the British Heavyweight Championship

This was a surprise but honestly, this was a technical matchup. The pace was slow and stagnant. The surprise came as Hiroshi Tanahashi actually became the British Heavyweight Champion for the first time in his 20-year career. This seems like the downfall of ZSJ. He lost many times in the G1 and lost here. I don’t know where ZSJ goes from here.

Prediction: Zack Sabre Jr.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

These two always have great and intense matches throughout their rivalry. They gave each other all they could muster. Suzuki became so close with every move, but the Rainmaker came out on top. After the match, Okada was confronted by Sanada, the only man to pin Okada in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. So it seems like Okada vs Sanada is the next IWGP Heavyweight Championship next month. Sign me up.

Prediction: Kazuchika Okada

Winner: Kazuchika Okada

Overall this was a good show. Wasn’t one of the best shows but definitely not one of the worst. We are on the road to Destruction next month and we are on a very long journey to WrestleKingdom 14 in four months.

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