After the pre-show ceremony, the action got underway with the first match of the night with a 10-man tag match featuring Marty Skrull, The Young Bucks, Yujiro Takahashi and Bad Luck Fale taking on Will Ospreay, The Briscoes, Rocky Romero and former WWE jobber, Trent Beretta.
It definitely felt like a crowded ring, but this was New Japan's way of getting as many talents screen time as it could.
While this might have been too frenetic for some, it helped get the show off to a good start with a lot of exciting action.
This almost felt like a fight between the lucha libre and strong style forms of wrestling at first, but as time went on, everyone meshed to make this a more well-paced performance than the previous bout.
It felt like either man could win at any time with the number of near falls we witnessed, but when the dust settled, Ishii hit a brainbuster to get the pin and advance to the next round of the tourney.