Pre-Show: Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata def. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Gedo and Jado)
The commentators mentioned that the three matches on the pre-show came together after what happened on Night 1. Most, if not all of these guys, were involved in the New Japan Ranbo and this just felt like an excuse to get them on the card for Night 2 because nothing in particular stood out about this bout. That isn't to say it was bad by any means, but it was fairly basic for the six or seven minutes it lasted.
Pre-Show: Minoru Suzuki, CIMA, Chase Owens and Toru Yano Were the Remaining Four Competitors in the New Japan Ranbo and Advanced to the KOPW Provisional Championship Match on Night 2
I remember when New Japan Pro-Wrestling held last year's installment of the New Japan Ranbo for the KOPW Provisional Championship on the Wrestle Kingdom Night 1 pre-show and this was more of the same. I hardly follow the product, but from what I understand, it's largely been used as a comedy championship since then. With that said, Yano qualifying yet again wasn't surprising, especially after barely doing any thing. Suzuki, CIMA and Owens are all familiar faces to me and thus I was happy to see them advance as well. The rest of this was your typical Gauntlet match, but I was proud of myself for knowing who a majority of the competitors were.
Toru Yano def. Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale and BUSHI in a Four-Way Match to Win the Provisional KOPW 2021 Trophy
These four survived a Ranbo Battle Royal on Night 1 to determine who would fight for the KOPW trophy on this show. Owens and Fale are both Bullet Club members, so they almost did the Finger Poke of Doom early on (almost exactly on the 22nd anniversary of the infamous moment, by the way) before imploding down the stretch because both of them wanted to win. Yano was easily the best part about this, but it wasn't a very memorable four-way on the whole. I was surprised Yano won considering he's a comedy act, but I guess it helps him establish credibility if nothing else.
Pre-Show: Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Bushi and Toru Yano Were the Remaining Four Competitors in the New Japan Ranbo and Advanced to the KOPW Provisional Championship Match on Night 2
I've seen a few NJPW Battle Royals over the years and some are more fun than others, especially depending on who the surprise entrants are. I believe Rocky Romero wasn't previously announced as an entrance, but that was about it as far as the surprises went. It was a pretty tame Battle Royal on the whole that was wisely placed on the pre-show. That isn't to say it was bad, but it didn't feature anything out of the ordinary either, at least except for Toru Yano winning without actually entering. That was pretty funny.