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The New Beginning (2011) was a series of two professional wrestling pay-per-views (PPV) promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The events took place on February 15 and 20, 2011. The first was held in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall and the second in Sendai, Miyagi, at the Sendai Sun Plaza Hall.[1][2][3] They were the first events held under the New Beginning name.

ProductionEdit

StorylinesEdit

Both of the New Beginning events featured nine 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 culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[4]

February 15Edit

The New Beginning (2011)
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Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 15, 2011[1]
Attendance 1,500[1]
Venue Korakuen Hall[1]
City Tokyo, Japan[1]
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The first event, which mainly built to matches on the second event, featured nine matches. During the event, the IWGP Tag Team Champions Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson defeated their upcoming challengers Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man in singles matches. In the main event, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt defeated their upcoming challengers, Kojima-gun representatives Satoshi Kojima and Taka Michinoku.[1]

ResultsEdit

# Results[1] Stipulations Times
1 CHAOS (Tetsuya Naito, Tomohiro Ishii and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Hirooki Goto, Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Six-man tag team match 08:49
2 Kota Ibushi and KUSHIDA defeated The World Class Tag Team (Gedo and Jado) Tag team match 12:24
3 Karl Anderson defeated Manabu Nakanishi Singles match 10:27
4 Giant Bernard defeated Strong Man Singles match 06:06
5 Ryusuke Taguchi and Togi Makabe defeated Kojima-gun (Nosawa Rongai and Taichi) Tag team match 07:09
6 Wataru Inoue defeated Toru Yano Singles match 09:37
7 Yuji Nagata defeated Takashi Iizuka by disqualification Singles match 13:24
8 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan Singles match 08:24
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt defeated Kojima-gun (Satoshi Kojima and Taka Michinoku) Tag team match 15:47

February 20Edit

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Promotional poster for the event
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Promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling
Date February 20, 2011[2]
Attendance 3,200[2]
Venue Sendai Sun Plaza Hall[2]
City Sendai, Japan[2]
Pay-per-view chronology

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The third match of the event saw Tiger Mask and Tomohiro Ishii conclude their storyline rivalry in a Mask vs. Mask match; for the match, Ishii donned a Black Tiger mask.[2] All three champions retained their titles during the event; Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Championship against Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man), Prince Devitt successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Taka Michinoku and Hiroshi Tanahashi successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against previous champion Satoshi Kojima.[2] The event saw the NJPW debut of former WWE wrestler MVP. He was originally scheduled to team with Nosawa Rongai, however, just prior to the event, Nosawa was arrested for stealing a taxi and later announced he was taking a break from professional wrestling.[5][6]

ResultsEdit

# Results[2][3] Stipulations Times
1 Tama Tonga defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 05:20
2 Jushin Thunder Liger, KUSHIDA and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated CHAOS (Gedo, Jado and Killer Rabbit) Six-man tag team match 08:45
3 Tiger Mask defeated Tomohiro Ishii Mask vs. Mask match 08:45
4 Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, King Fale, Wataru Inoue and Yuji Nagata Eight-man elimination tag team match 21:41
5 Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) (c) defeated Muscle Orchestra (Manabu Nakanishi and Strong Man) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 18:28
6 Prince Devitt (c) defeated Taka Michinoku Singles match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 13:17
7 Kojima-gun (MVP and Taichi) defeated G.B.H. (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) Tag team match 11:29
8 Hirooki Goto defeated Tetsuya Naito Singles match 17:36
9 Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) defeated Satoshi Kojima Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 22:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

ReferencesEdit

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