Sakura Genesis 2021 4/4/2021

Updated: Apr 5



Hiromu Takahashi ran out to the ring to kick off the show. He cut a promo and said that he was not ready to return to action, but would be joining the Japanese broadcast team for the show. He previewed the card and called Will Ospreay "a dirty, stinking cat."


Tachi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI defeated Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Jado (10:10)

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The IWGP Heavyweight Tag champs were pinned, setting up Taichi and Sabre as their next challengers. The match was not good. There was energy, but far too much Jado and DOUKI.

The teams began brawling before the bell. They fought around ringside. Jado and DOUKI paired off in the ring and began as the legal men. Jado cut DOUKI off and used a chinlock. There was a long heat segment on DOUKI.

DOUKI came back with a swing DDT to Tama. Taichi got a tag and choked Tama. Tanga broke up the choke. Taichi then began to choke him. Taichi went after Jado on the apron and choked him as well. Tama hit a Tongan Twist to Taichi. Taichi hit a gamengiri into a double down.

Tanga and Sabre got tags. Sabre tried a guillotine, but Tanga powered out. Tanga ate a series of uppercut forearms, but no-sold and backed Sabre into the corner. Sabre got an armbar applied, but Tanga reversed into a crossface. DOUKI broke up the hold.

Jado jumped in wth a kendo stick. Tama entered with the iron fingers. The match broke down, leaving Sabre and Tanga scrambling. Sabre used a European clutch and pinned Tanga.


Chairman Sugabayashi took possession of the iron fingers after the match, angering Taichi.

Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI defeated EVIL, KENTA, Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & Dick Togo (11:37)

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This was another brawl that was heavy on the comedy. The CHAOS side attacked before the opening bell and briefly got some shine. Bullet Club gained the upper hand after Ishimori cut off Goto. Goto managed a tag to YH, but YH was then cut off and worked over. Bullet Club exposed the turnbuckle in their corner and repeatedly sent YH into it. KENTA tagged in and teased hitting YH with YH's bo staff, which KENTA stole earlier in the tour. YH got the staff back. Ishii and Yujiro got tags. Ishii hit a powerslam to Yujiro. The match broke down and everyone jumped in. Yujiro hit an Angle slam on Ishii and tagged EVIL. EVIL sent Ishii into the buckle. Ishii then whipped EVIL into the exposed buckle and tagged out. Yano tagged in and exposed a second buckle. He rolled EVIL up for two. Togo hit Yano from the apron. EVIL sent Yano into one of the exposed buckles. Togo tagged in. Bullet Club went 5-on-1 against Yano. EVIL hit a fisherman buster. Togo choked Yano with his ligature. EVIL took the ref. Yano hit a low blow to Togo and placed a hood over Togo's head, then rolled him up for the pin.