New Japan Cup Quarter Finals – Review

New Japan Cup Night Two, Korakuen Hall, March 4th:

Jay White defeated David Finlay

This was yet another great, crisp, high energy match from the young lions.  Finlay & White are always evolving and bettering themselves, which can be seen here as they tried a few things they don’t normally do.  Finlay hit a really nice belly to belly at one point.  White got the win when he turned a Boston Crab into a Liontamer to make Finlay submit.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson defeated Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi

This was just a match designed to give Tanahashi a win back. Bullet Club worked over Robinson.  Hall hit some impressive power moves.  He’s really starting to master how to wrestle as a big guy.  He hit a nice splash as he stepped over the top rope and slingshot himself into the ring.  Tanahashi & Robinson hit a double flapjack on Hall, Robinson took out Yujiro with a crossbody over the top and Tanahashi made Hall submit with a Texas Cloverleaf.

Katsuyori Shibata, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV

This was a fun tag match with a story of Shibata vs the NJPW 3rd Generation. There was lots of nice back and forth here for the entirety of the match with plenty of interesting match ups.  Taguchi & Tiger had a fun exchange, as did Honma & Makabe.  Later on Tenzan, Nakanishi & Nagata all got into it with Shibata.  Shibata fought back and ended up in Nakanishi’s Argentine Backbreaker.  He turned that into a choke and after some help form a Kokeshi, he hit Nakanishi with a PK to win.  After the match Nagata and Shibata had a brief stare down as if a title match might be coming between the.  Shibata vs Nagata, Tenzan & Kojima in NEVER title matches would make for lots of great matches and would give the veterans something of importance to do.

Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI defeated BUSHI & EVIL

This was a good match with some really fresh pairings.  YOSHI fell victim to EVIL’s chair attack and was worked over by Los Ingobernables.  Okada got the tag.  He and EVIL had some good exchanges with EVIL hitting a nice fireman’s carry into a spinebuster.  BUSHI hit a couple of Codebreakers on Okada, but when he came off the top he was met by YOSHI.  YOSHI & Okada took EVIL out with a slingshot into a DDT and Okada finished BUSHI with a Rainmaker.

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Toru Yano defeated Satoshi Kojima

This was a fun tournament match with Yano frustrating the hell out of Kojima as he stole the win.  Kojima controlled the majority of the match and hit all hit usual moves.  Yano didn’t get up to too many of his antics until the end where he low blowed Kojima.  As he did Kojima hit a lariat to the back of the head.  Yano then pulled the hair of Kojima as he went for another lariat and rolled him up to sneak into the semi finals.

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Hirooki Goto defeated Tama Tonga

This turned into a real good match, continuing the story of Goto’s slump.  Tonga jumped Goto with a dropkick before the bell and controlled the match, not allowing Goto to get any run of momentum going.  Goto did eventually get a run of moves together with his heel kick and back drop out of the corner, but he was always a step behind.  There was one incredible sequence here with Tonga going for a Gun Stun on Goto, with Goto countering as he would with Karl Anderson, only Tonga added his own twist to it.  It ended with Tonga countering and Ushikoroshi into the Gun Stun.  Goto managed to win when he hit a kick to Tonga and barely pinning him as Tonga kicked out just on three.  It was a less than impressive victory for Goto to continue his story, but a very good match.

After the match Okada came out and offered his hand to Goto as he still wants Goto to joint CHAOS.  Goto declined and walked away.

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Michael Elgin defeated Bad Luck Fale

This was a hell of a battle that told a great story of the power of Elgin trying to overcome the size of Fale.  The first half of the match was about Elgin trying to suplex Fale.  When he eventually did, the crowd went nuts for it.  Then the match turned into Elgin trying to Elgin Bomb Fale.  Fale got a couple of good near falls after a spear and the Grenade.  Fale went to the top, which was his undoing as Elgin was able to powerbomb Fale out of the corner to win the match.  Elgin will meet Hirooki Goto in the semi finals.

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Tetsuya Naito defeated Tomohiro Ishii

This was awesome! Naito & Ishii have always had incredible chemistry together dating back to their feud in 2014, so I had high hopes for this and it lived up to them.  There were lots of sizeable Naito chants here too.  This was just one hell of a match. Naito was dropped on the apron after a lariat.  Both guys hit big German suplexes, one of which Naito got a big near fall from. Ishii hit some incredibly stiff lariats that turned Naito inside out.  There were some incredible counters too, as both guys know the other so well.  Naito hit a Rana from the middle rope and hit Ishii with a really stiff slap. The finish of this was so hot as the crowd went wild for every counter and reversal.  Ishii counted Destino into a driver.  Naito then countered a Brainbuster into Destino to win the matcch and move on to face Toru Yano in the semi finals.  This is worth your time.

After the match EVIL & BUSHI attacked Ishii, with EVIL hitting Ishii with the STO.

This was a fun show with the main event being the must see match of the show. Tonga vs Goto & Elgin vs Fale were both fun too.  The show is available on NJPWWorld.com now.

The Finals take place on March 12 with:

Jay White vs. David Finlay
Jushin Thunder Liger & Juice Robinson vs. Tiger Mask IV & Captain New Japan
Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI Vs. EVIL & BUSHI

New Japan Cup Semi-finals:
Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hirooki Goto vs. Michael Elgin

Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Kazushi Sakuraba
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi

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Not a boxer but a pro wrestling fan. If there’s a ring I’ll watch it, so naturally I have a lot of opinions (complaints).

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