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Logo of the NEVER events

NEVER was a series of events held by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) between August 2010 and November 2012. On July 12, 2010, NJPW officially announced the NEVER project, which was to highlight younger up-and-coming talent and outside wrestlers not signed to the promotion.[1][2] It was explained that the name of the project was an acronym of the terms "New Blood", "Evolution", "Valiantly", "Eternal" and "Radical".[1] For the events, NJPW recruited several freelancers as well as wrestlers signed to promotions such as DDT Pro-Wrestling and Kaientai Dojo. Some outsiders who became NEVER regulars included Daisuke Sasaki, Kaji Tomato, Madoka, Ryuichi Sekine and Shinobu. KUSHIDA, who entered NEVER as a representative of the SMASH promotion in February 2011, signed a NJPW contract the following month and returned to the project the following September, now representing NJPW.[3] Three NJPW trainees; Hiromu Takahashi, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu, made their professional wrestling debuts at NEVER events. Takahashi, who debuted at NEVER.1, was the only wrestler who wrestled on all thirteen NEVER events.

On October 5, 2012, NJPW announced that NEVER was going to get its own championship, the NEVER Openweight Championship.[2][4][5] The title was originally scheduled to be defended exclusively at NEVER events, but this plan was quickly changed and since its foundation, the title has been defended on the undercards of NJPW events.[4][6] NJPW has not held a single NEVER event since the tournament, which crowned the first NEVER Openweight Champion on November 19, 2012.[7] A second NEVER title, the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, was announced on December 21, 2015, with the first champions crowned on January 4, 2016.[8]

On July 18, 2015, NJPW announced "Lion's Gate", a project with a theme similar to NEVER,[9] which held its first show on February 25, 2016.[10]

NEVER.1Edit

Date: August 24, 2010
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 300

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Kyosuke Mikami defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles Match 08:28
2 Taishi Takizawa defeated King Fale Singles Match 11:23
3 Ryusuke Taguchi and Taichi defeated Kazuhiro Tamura and Yusuke Kodama Tag Team Match 10:50
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Osamu Namiguchi Singles Match 11:01
5 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Madoka and Shinobu Tag Team Match 18:04

NEVER.2Edit

Date: September 16, 2010
Venue: Sekaikan theater - Osaka, Japan
Attendance: 200

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Kyosuke Mikami defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles Match 06:59
2 Tama Tonga defeated King Fale Singles Match 08:12
3 Taichi and Tomoaki Honma defeated Takuya Tomakomai and Yohei Nakajima Tag Team Match 12:04
4 Hirooki Goto defeated Daisuke Harada Singles Match 08:28
5 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Tadasuke and Yosuke Takii Tag Team Match 14:24

NEVER.3Edit

Date: October 8, 2010
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 06:43
2 Tomoaki Honma defeated King Fale Singles match 08:12
3 Tama Tonga defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 11:12
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Keita Yano Singles match 13:29
5 Madoka and Shinobu defeated Kyosuke Mikami and Ryusuke Taguchi Tag team match 17:39
6 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Kaji Tomato and Taishi Takizawa Tag team match 16:47

NEVER.4Edit

Date: November 18, 2010
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 07:04
2 Tama Tonga defeated King Fale Singles match 07:53
3 Tomoaki Honma defeated Jun Ogawauchi Singles match 10:40
4 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 11:56
5 Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Antonio Honda Singles match 13:07
6 No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Madoka and Shinobu Tag team match 16:01

NEVER.5Edit

Date: February 24, 2011
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 350

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kazuki Hirata Singles match 06:48
2 King Fale defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match 09:12
3 Tomoaki Honma defeated Shigehiro Irie Singles match 09:37
4 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match 13:28
5 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Shinobu Singles match 09:02
6 Madoka defeated Taichi Singles match 09:44
7 Tetsuya Naito defeated KUSHIDA Singles match 17:30

NEVER.6: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days TournamentEdit

Date: April 7, 2011
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250 (Day 1)
Date: April 8, 2011
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 300 (Day 2)

April 7
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Keisuke Ishii defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:18
2 Ryuichi Sekine defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 08:56
3 Shinobu defeated Kaji Tomato Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:32
4 Madoka defeated Kazuki Hirata Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 13:28
5 Kazuhiro Tamura defeated Marines Mask Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 04:21
6 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Shinichiro Tominaga Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 08:18
7 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Ken Ohka Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:48
8 Taichi defeated Osamu Namiguchi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 08:48
April 8
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 05:52
2 Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Kazuhiro Tamura Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 07:14
3 Taichi defeated Keisuke Ishii Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 04:15
4 Madoka defeated Shinobu Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 09:13
5 Hiromu Takahashi and Kyosuke Mikami defeated Kazuki Hirata and Shinichiro Tominaga Tag team match 10:11
6 CHAOS (Gedo, Jado, Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Kaji Tomato, Ken Ohka, Marines Mask and Osamu Namiguchi Eight-man tag team match 15:50
7 Daisuke Sasaki defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A 14:26
8 Taichi defeated Madoka Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B 17:45
Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament A
  First round Semifinals Finals
                           
   Kyosuke Mikami Pin  
 Ryuichi Sekine 08:56[11]  
   Ryuichi Sekine Pin  
   Daisuke Sasaki 05:52[12]  
 Daisuke Sasaki Pin
   Shinichiro Tominaga 10:08[11]  
     Daisuke Sasaki Pin
   Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 14:26[12]
   Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin  
 Ken Ohka 08:18[11]  
   Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Pin
   Kazuhiro Tamura 07:14[12]  
 Kazuhiro Tamura Pin
   Marines Mask 04:21[11]  


Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament B
  First round Semifinals Finals
                           
   Hiromu Takahashi Pin  
 Keisuke Ishii 08:18[11]  
   Keisuke Ishii Sub  
   Taichi 04:15[12]  
 Taichi Pin
   Osamu Namiguchi 08:48[11]  
     Taichi Pin
   Madoka 17:45[12]
   Madoka Pin  
 Kazuki Hirata 08:53[11]  
   Madoka Pin
   Shinobu 09:13[12]  
 Shinobu Pin
   Kaji Tomato 08:32[11]  


NEVER.7: Go to the Next LevelEdit

Date: September 21, 2011
Venue: Sekaikan theater - Osaka, Japan
Attendance: 200

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 10:26
2 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Kyosuke Mikami Singles match 08:37
3 Hideo Saito defeated King Fale Singles match 08:19
4 Toru Yano defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 08:53
5 Hirooki Goto defeated Tama Tonga Singles match 10:32
6 Tetsuya Naito defeated KUSHIDA Singles match 12:35

NEVER.8: Go to the Next LevelEdit

Date: February 10, 2012
Venue: Sekaikan theater - Osaka, Japan
Attendance: 220

# Results Stipulations Times
1 KUSHIDA defeated Shoichi Uchida Singles match 08:32
2 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 08:08
3 Captain New Japan defeated Gedo Singles match 07:46
4 Toru Yano defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 06:54
5 Karl Anderson defeated Tama Tonga Singles match 09:59
6 Yuji Nagata defeated King Fale Singles match 08:14
7 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Tomoaki Honma Singles match 11:48

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 1st.Edit

Date: April 13, 2012
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Ryuichi Sekine defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 07:45
2 Black Tiger defeated Yusuke Kodama Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 08:23
3 Hiro Tonai defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 07:48
4 Madoka defeated Kaji Tomato Singles match; first round in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 09:38
5 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated The World Class Tag Team (Gedo and Jado) Tag team match 12:50
6 CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka and Toru Yano) defeated Captain New Japan and Tetsuya Naito Tag team match 09:29

NEVER.9: Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament FinalEdit

Date: April 13, 2012
Venue: Shin-Kiba 1st Ring - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Madoka defeated Hiro Tonai Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 08:49
2 Black Tiger defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; semifinals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 06:29
3 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Takaaki Watanabe Singles match 09:05
4 CHAOS (Gedo, Jado and Tomohiro Ishii) defeated Captain New Japan, Kaji Tomato and Yusuke Kodama Six-man tag team match 15:02
5 Suzuki-gun (Taichi and Taka Michinoku) defeated Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA Tag team match 14:08
6 Black Tiger defeated Madoka Singles match; finals in the Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament 09:56
Road to the Super Jr. 2Days Tournament
  First round Semifinals Finals
                           
   Hiromu Takahashi Sub  
 Hiro Tonai 07:48[13]  
   Hiro Tonai Pin  
   Madoka 08:49[14]  
 Madoka Pin
   Kaji Tomato 09:38[13]  
     Madoka Pin
   Black Tiger 09:56[14]
   Takaaki Watanabe Pin  
 Ryuichi Sekine 07:45[13]  
   Ryuichi Sekine Pin
   Black Tiger 06:29[14]  
 Yusuke Kodama Pin
   Black Tiger 08:23[13]  


NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament 1st RoundEdit

Date: November 15, 2012
Venue: Shibuya-Ax - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 250

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Takaaki Watanabe defeated Sho Tanaka Singles match 04:53
2 Shiori Asahi defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:14
3 Yoshi-Hashi defeated Ryuichi Sekine Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:14
4 Taishi Takizawa defeated Captain New Japan Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:22
5 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Hiro Tonai Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:19
6 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Daisuke Sasaki Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:39
7 Kengo Mashimo defeated BUSHI Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 08:02
8 Karl Anderson defeated Yujiro Takahashi Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 11:12
9 Masato Tanaka defeated KUSHIDA Singles match; first round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 13:02

NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament FinalEdit

Date: November 19, 2012
Venue: Shibuya-Ax - Tokyo, Japan
Attendance: 300

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Takaaki Watanabe defeated Yohei Komatsu Singles match 06:48
2 Kengo Mashimo defeated Ryusuke Taguchi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 07:54
3 Karl Anderson defeated Shiori Asahi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 03:59
4 Masato Tanaka defeated Taishi Takizawa Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 04:28
5 Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yoshi-Hashi Singles match; second round in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:57
6 Karl Anderson defeated Kengo Mashimo Singles match; semifinals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 06:14
7 Masato Tanaka defeated Tomohiro Ishii Singles match; semifinals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 10:47
8 Yujiro Takahashi defeated Captain New Japan Singles match 05:55
9 BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi and KUSHIDA defeated Daisuke Sasaki, Hiro Tonai and Ryuichi Sekine Six-man tag team match 11:12
10 Masato Tanaka defeated Karl Anderson Singles match; finals in the NEVER Openweight Championship tournament 14:11
NEVER Openweight Championship tournament
  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                             
 Karl Anderson Pin  
 Yujiro Takahashi 11:12[15]  
   Karl Anderson Pin  
 
   Shiori Asahi 03:59[16]  
 Hiromu Takahashi Pin
 Shiori Asahi 06:14[15]  
   Karl Anderson Pin  
   Kengo Mashimo 06:14[16]  
 Ryusuke Taguchi Pin  
 Hiro Tonai 08:19[15]  
   Ryusuke Taguchi Sub
 
   Kengo Mashimo 07:54[16]  
 BUSHI Pin
 Kengo Mashimo 08:02[15]  
   Karl Anderson Pin
   Masato Tanaka 15:12[16]
 KUSHIDA Pin  
 Masato Tanaka 13:02[15]  
   Masato Tanaka Pin
 
   Taishi Takizawa 04:28[16]  
 Captain New Japan Pin
 Taishi Takizawa 07:22[15]  
   Masato Tanaka Pin
   Tomohiro Ishii 10:47[16]  
 Tomohiro Ishii Pin  
 Daisuke Sasaki 08:39[15]  
   Tomohiro Ishii Pin
 
   Yoshi-Hashi 06:57[16]  
 Yoshi-Hashi Pin
 Ryuichi Sekine 07:14[15]  


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nextジェネレーション育成 新プロジェクト「NEVER」シリーズがスタート!!" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. July 12, 2010. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20101228091940/http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=28. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Caldwell, James (October 5, 2012). "News items: Velvet Sky launches clothing line, Details on Nash's next int'l tour, NJPW introducing new title". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_65739.shtml. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  3. "Kushidaの“新日本入団会見”にTajiri&酒井代表も出席! 3.18Smash後楽園には棚橋が来場!!" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. March 8, 2011. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=5343. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "あの『NEVER』がリニューアル!! "無差別級王座"も新設!! 11.15&11.19Shibuya AXで再出発!!" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. October 5, 2012. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=8296. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  5. (in Japanese) Nikkan Sports. October 5, 2012. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/news/f-bt-tp0-20121005-1028133.html. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  6. (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. May 24, 2013. http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/144973/. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
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  8. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. December 21, 2015. Archived from the original on December 21, 2015. http://www.webcitation.org/6dw3hVs1V. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  9. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro Wrestling. July 18, 2015. http://www.njpw.co.jp/news/detail.php?nid=14468. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  10. Rose, Bryan (February 25, 2016). "Lion's Gate Project 1 results: Nagata vs. Kitamiya; NJPW and Noah rookies shine". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. http://www.f4wonline.com/japan/lions-gate-project-1-nagata-vs-kitamiya-njpw-and-noah-rookies-shine-208226. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
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