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New Japan Cup 2018 Results – March 10, 2018

New Japan Cup 2018: Night 2
March 10, 2018
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Aichi, Japan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Night 1 Results: 

First Match: Ren Narita & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 

Narita starts shoving Suzuki Gun before the bell rings. Narita will start things off with Desperado. Narita with a waist lock go-behind to Desperado. Desperado drives his elbow to the back of Narita’s neck. Desperado applies a wrist lock. Narita reverses the hold. Desperado transitions into a hammer lock. Narita with multiple elbow smashes to Desperado. Narita applies a side headlock. Narita drives Desperado back first into the turnbuckle pad. We have quick stale mate in the corner. Narita applies a hammer lock. Desperado whips Narita out of the ring. Desperado launches Narita back first to the steel guard rail.

Kanemaru bodyslams Narita on the floor. Desperado rolls Narita back into the ring. Desperado with the cover for a two count. Desperado applies a front facelock. Desperado tags in Kanemaru. Kanemaru kicks Narita in the gut. Kanemaru bodyslams Narita. Kanemaru knocks Taguchi off the ring apron. Kanemaru follows that with a Back Body Drop. Kanemaru locks in the Boston Crab. Narita crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Narita and Kanemaru are trading back and forth shots.

Narita goes for a dropkick, but Kanemaru holds onto the top rope. Kanemaru sends Narita to the corner. Narita delivers a Running Dropkick. Narita makes the tag to Taguchi. Taguchi is dishing out running hip attacks. Taguchi connects with The Three Amigos for a two count. Kanemaru dropkicks the backside of Taguchi. Kanemaru tags in Desperado. Taguchi kicks Desperado in the face. Taguchi goes for another Running Hip Attack, but Desperado counters with an Atomic Drop. Taguchi responds with a Leaping Hip Attack. Taguchi tags in Narita.

Narita starts brawling with Kanemaru. Narita dropkicks Kanemaru off the ring apron. Taguchi decks Desperado with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Narita follows that with an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Desperado rakes the eyes of Narita. Desperado delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Narita. Narita rolls Desperado over for a two count. Narita with a haymaker to Desperado. Desperado responds with a SpineBuster. Desperado locks in Numero Dos which forces Narita to tap out.

Winner: El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Submission 

Second Match: David Finlay & Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Yuji Nagata & Shota Umino 

Yagi shoves Umino before the bell rings. Yagi will start things off with Umino. Quick grappling exchange. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Yagi backs Umino into the ropes. Yagi with an Open Hand Chop to Umino. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Umino kicks Yagi in the gut. Umino applies a front facelock. Umino brings Yagi to the corner. Umino tags in Nagata. Yagi wants no part of Nagata. Yagi tags in Finlay. Nagata applies a wrist lock. Finlay reverses the hold. Nagata kicks Finlay in the chest. Test of strength in the center of the ring. Nagata applies a side headlock. Nagata drops Finlay with a shoulder tackle. Finlay goes for a dropkick, but Nagata holds onto the top rope. Finlay avoids a roundhouse kick from Nagata. Finlay shakes hands with Nagata.

Nagata starts wrenching the wrist of Finlay. Nagata tags in Umino. Umino repeatedly slaps Finlay in the chest. Umino with Forearm Smashes to Finlay. Finlay creates distance with a Belly to Back Suplex. Finlay knocks Nagata off the ring apron. Stereo Hip Tosses from Yagi and Finlay for a two count. Yagi is putting the boots to Umino. Following a snap mare takeover, Yagi applies a rear chin lock. Umino places his boot on the bottom rope to create separation. Yagi stomps on Umino’s hand. Yagi drops Umino with a Back Elbow Smash for a two count. Yagi bounces Umino head on the turnbuckle pad. Yagi is mauling Umino in the corner.

Umino uppercuts Yagi. Umino lands a Missile Dropkick. Umino tags in Nagata. Nagata with a Big Boot to Yagi. Nagata with a buzzsaw kicks across the back of Yagi. Nagata levels Yagi with a RoundHouse Kick. Nagata follows that with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Yagi dropkicks Nagata. Yagi tags in Finlay. Finlay with Forearm Smashes to Nagata. Finlay delivers a Running European Uppercut. Nagata ducks a clothesline from Finlay. Nagata with an Exploder Suplex.

Nagata tags in Umino. Umino fires up with a series of running back elbow strikes. Umino with another Missile Dropkick for a two count. Nagata throws Yagi out of the ring. Umino locks in the Boston Crab. Finlay crawls to the bottom rope. Following a long forearm exchange, Finlay uppercuts Umino. Umino dropkicks the left knee of Finlay. Umino with The La Magistral for a two count. Umino uppercuts Finlay. Finlay responds with a clothesline. Yagi repeatedly stomps on Nagata’s chest. Finlay plants Umino with a Stunner to pickup the victory.

Winner: David Finlay & Tetsuhiro Yagi via Pinfall 

Third Match: Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Michael Elgin & Tomoyuki Oka 

Yano throws water at Elgin before the bell rings. Ishii gives Elgin a middle finger. Elgin and Ishii starts running into each other. We have ourself a Forearm Shiver Fest in the center of the ring. Elgin is showing his strength. Ishii decks Elgin with a Forearm Smash. Elgin responds with a shoulder tackle. Elgin with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Elgin tags in Oka. Oka is throwing forearms at Ishii. Ishii attacks Elgin behind the referee’s back. Ishii with a shoulder tackle to Oka. Ishii knocks Elgin off the ring apron. Ishii tags in Yano. Yano kicks Oka in the gut. Oka responds with a back elbow smash. Yano is trying to play mind games with Oka. Oka runs through Yano with a Running Shoulder Block. Elgin and Ishii are brawling on the outside.

Yano rips off a turnbuckle pad. Yano hits Oka with the turnbuckle pad. Oka gets back in the ring at the count of ten. Yano kicks Oka in the ribs. Yano whips Oka back first across the exposed steel. Yano tags in Ishii. Ishii hits a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Ishii locks in a Single Leg Crab. Elgin breaks the submission hold. This leads us to another forearm exchange. Ishii drops Elgin with a shoulder tackle. Ishii tags in Yano. Yano with a Hip Toss for a two count. Oka slaps Yano in the chest. Yano rakes the eyes of Oka. Ishii kicks Oka from the ring apron. Oka with a Leaping Shoulder Tackle to Yano. Oka tags in Elgin.

Elgin with a Jumping Enzuigiri to Yano. Elgin follows that with a Sling Shot Splash. Ishii kicks Elgin in the gut. Elgin responds with a PowerSlam. Elgin with a series of corner clotheslines. Elgin connects with a Double Samoan Drop for a two count. Ishii with a Double Axe Handle Strike to Elgin. Elgin rocks Ishii with a Nasty Forearm Smash. Elgin tags in Oka. Oka runs through Yano with a Shoulder Block. Oka with a Body Avalanche to Ishii. Oka is trying to wear down Ishii with more forearm smashes. Oka with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex to Yano. Oka bodyslams Ishii. Oka and Elgin are double teaming Yano. Elgin with a Big Boot to Yano. Oka follows that with a Gut Wrench Suplex Ishii clotheslines Elgin. Oka responds with a SpineBuster. Yano side steps Oka into the exposed steel. Following a standing switch exchange, Yano low blows Oka. Yano rolls Oka over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Davey Boy Smith Jr & Takashi Iizuka vs. Juice Robinson & Toa Henare 

Suzuki Gun attacks Taguchi Japan before the bell rings. Smith throws Robinson out of the ring. Smith wraps his jacket around Robinson’s neck. Henare side steps Iizuka into the turnbuckle pad. Henare goes for a running shoulder block, but Iizuka stands still. Iizuka kicks Henare in the gut. Henare finally takes down Iizuka with a Shoulder Tackle. Henare follows that with a HeadButt. Iizuka is biting the forehead of Henare. Iiuzka tosses Henare out of the ring. Smith bodyslams Henare on the floor. Smith launches Henare back first to the steel guard rail. Iizuka and Henare starts brawling in the crowd. Iizuka repeatedly hits Henare with a chair. Henare gets back in the ring at the count of sixteen.

Iizuka is putting the boots to Henare. Iizuka drives Henare’s head to the right boot of Smith. Iizuka tags in Smith. Smith with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Iizuka knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Smith locks in the Boston Crab. Smith transitions into The Lion Tamer. Smith with a Jumping Elbow Drop. Smith with a disrespectful cover for a two count. Smith is yelling at the referee. Smith delivers a knife edge chop. Smith repeatedly stomps on the shoulder of Henare. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half. Henare is pissed. Henare fires back with a series of forearm smashes. Henare with a Leaping Shoulder Block to Iizuka. Henare tags in Robinson.

Robinson with a Corner Clothesline to Iizuka. Robinson knocks Smith off the ring apron. Iizuka is biting the left foot of Robinson. Robinson with a Belly to Back Suplex. Robinson follows that with a Senton Splash for a two count. Robinson with Juice Jabs to Iizuka. Robinson goes for a Forearm Smash, but Iizuka counters with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Iizuka tags in Smith. Smith PowerSlams Robinson for a two count. Smith goes for a Saito Suplex, but Robinson blocks it. Robinson with a Back Elbow Smash to Smith. Robinson takes down Smith with a Running Lariat.

Robinson tags in Henare. Henare is throwing clubbing forearms at Smith. Henare connects with a Spear. Robinson sends Iizuka crashing to the outside. Taguchi Japan are double teaming Smith. Robinson delivers a Running Cannonball Strike. Henare with a Diving Shoulder Block for a two count. Henare goes for a Samoan Drop, but Smith lands back on his feet. Iizuka drags Robinson out of the ring. Smith drops Henare with a Big Boot. Smith plants Henare with a Bulldog Bomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: Davey Boy Smith Jr & Takashi Iizuka via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, and Taka Michinoku vs. Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, and Bushi in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Bushi and Michinoku will start things off. Bushi is throwing multiple forearms. Michinoku kicks Bushi in the gut. Bushi ducks a clothesline from Michinoku. Bushi with a HeadScissors Takeover. Bushi tags in Sanada. Stereo Hip Tosses from LIJ. Sanada with a Running Basement Dropkick for a two count. Sanada delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Michinoku. Sanada tags in Bushi. Bushi wraps his t-shirt around Michinoku’s neck. Suzuki kicks Bushi behind the referee’s back. Suzuki applies a Roped Assisted Arm-Bar. Sabre clears the ring. A pier six brawl breaks out on the outside. Michinoku throws Bushi back first to the steel guard rail. Sabre applies a Kimura Lock. Sabre uppercuts Naito. Sabre launches Naito over the ringside barricade. Michinoku is trying to rip off Bushi mask. Michinoku tags in Sabre.

Sabre applies an Arm-Trapped Stretch. Sabre tags in Suzuki. Suzuki repeatedly kicks the hamstring of Bushi. Suzuki locks in the Heel Hook. Naito breaks the submission hold. Naito rolls himself out of the ring. Suzuki tags in Sabre. Sabre applies a Cravate. Bushi lands a deep arm-drag. Sabre responds with a uppercut. Bushi decks Sabre with a Leg Lariat. Bushi tags in Naito. Naito knocks Michinoku off the ring apron. Naito dives over Sabre. Naito with a Knee/Neck Breaker Combination. Naito follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Naito does his signature pose in the center of the ring.

Naito runs into a Back Elbow Smash from Sabre. Naito hits the Inverted Atomic Drop. Naito with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Naito applies a Cravate. Naito goes for a German Suplex, but Sabre counters with an Over Head Kick. Sabre HeadButts the chest of Naito. Sabre with a Northern Lights Suplex. Sabre locks in the Cross Arm Breaker. Sabre kicks Naito in the back. Sabre and Naito are trading back and forth shots. Naito goes for a Leaping Clothesline, but Sabre counters with The Octopus Stretch. Sanada is brawling with Suzuki on the floor. Naito heads to the middle rope to create separation.

Naito blocks the Dragon Suplex. Sabre uppercuts Naito. Naito responds with a Satellite DDT. Naito tags in Sanada. Sanada with forearm shivers to Suzuki. Sanada dropkicks the right knee of Suzuki. Sanada goes for The Paradise Lock, but Suzuki counters with a Cross Arm Breaker. Following a forearm exchange, Suzuki wants Sanada to bring it. Sanada with a European Uppercut to Suzuki. Sanada leapfrogs over Suzuki. Suzuki locks in the Rear Naked Choke.

Suzuki tags in Michinoku. Suzuki Gun are triple teaming Sanada. Following a snap mare takeover, Sabre hits The PK. Michinoku SuperKicks Sanada for a two count. Suzuki throws Bushi out of the ring. Michinoku with a Bicycle Kick to Sanada. Sanada responds with Skull End. Suzuki from behind locks in the Rear Naked Choke. Suzuki goes for a PileDriver, but Bushi gets in the way. Bushi decks Suzuki with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Bushi connects with a CodeBreaker. Sanada locks in Skull End which forces Michinoku to tap out.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, Sanada and Bushi via Submission 

Sixth Match: Kota Ibushi, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi, and Chase Owens vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Chuckie T, and Yoshi Hashi in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Ibushi refuses to join Bullet Club. Ibushi and Hashi will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hashi applies a waist lock. Ibushi transitions into a wrist lock. Hashi reverses the hold. Ibushi floats over into a front facelock. The feeling out process continues in the center of the ring. Hashi kicks Ibushi in the gut. Hashi applies a side headlock. Hashi drops Ibushi with a shoulder tackle. Ibushi immediately gets back on his feet. Ibushi leapfrogs over Hashi. Hashi drop toe holds Ibushi to the canvas. Hashi goes for a Basement Dropkick, but Ibushi ducks out of the way. Ibushi misses on the Standing MoonSault. Loa and Taylor are tagged in.

Taylor applies a side headlock. Loa runs through Taylor with a shoulder tackle. Taylor leapfrogs over Loa. Taylor lands a deep arm-drag. Taylor applies an arm-bar. Loa backs Taylor into the turnbuckle pad. Taylor decks Loa with a Back Elbow Smash. Taylor dropkicks Loa. Chaos clears the ring. Chaos are mauling Loa. Chaos does their signature pose. Loa launches Taylor over the top rope. Taylor thrust kicks the midsection of Owens. Loa clotheslines Taylor on the apron. Loa sends the other members of Chaos crashing to the outside. A pier six brawl breaks out in the ringside area.

Ibushi with a Forearm Smash to Hashi. Loa is choking Taylor with his boot. Ibushi and Hashi are brawling in the crowd. Ibushi lands a MoonSault off the second floor. Loa HeadButts Taylor. Loa repeatedly stomps on Taylor’s chest in the corner. Loa drives Taylor back first to the turnbuckle pad. Loa tags in Takahashi. Takahashi is choking Taylor with his boot. Takahashi drops Taylor with a Big Haymaker. Following a snap mare takeover, Takahashi hits the Sliding Leg Drop for a two count. Owens rakes the back of Taylor. Owens with a BackBreaker for a two count. Owens tags in Ibushi. Ibushi with a SpringBoard Double Axe Handle. Ibushi and Taylor are exchanging forearms. Ibushi levels Taylor with a Buzzsaw Kick. Bullet Club continues to cut the ring in half. Takahashi with a Helluva Kick to Taylor. Takahashi goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Taylor lands back on his feet. Taylor with a Jumping Knee Strike to Takahashi. Taylor tags in Goto.

Goto clears the ring. Takahashi kicks Goto in the gut. Goto responds with a running clothesline. Goto sends Owens crashing into Takahashi with a Snap Vertical Suplex. Goto delivers a Spinning Heel Kick in the corner. Goto with a Saito Suplex for a two count. Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Takahashi lands back on his feet. Takahashi sends Goto face firs to the canvas. Takahashi with a Sliding Dropkick. Takahashi tags in Owens. Owens lightly kicks Goto in the face. Goto is pissed. Goto blocks The Big Boot from Owens. Goto takes down Owens with a Knee/Neck Breaker Combination. Goto tags in Okada.

Okada clears the ring. Okada drops Owens with a DDT for a two count. Okada bodyslams Owens. Okada dives over Owens. Owens with a Pendulum Back Breaker to Okada. Owens and Loa hits their Diving Foot Stomp/Fireman’s Carry Slam Combination. Ibushi with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ibushi throws Taylor out of the ring. Owens goes for a Package Pile Driver, but Okada blocks it. Owens thrust kicks the midsection of Hashi. Ibushi lands a SpringBoard Dropkick. Taylor PowerBombs Ibushi. Loa responds with a Blue Thunder Bomb. Goto takes out Loa with The Ushigoroshi. Takahashi with a Reverse DDT to Goto. Takahashi kicks Okada in the gut. Okada responds with a Dropkick. Owens decks Okada with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Owens follows that with a Forearm Smash. Okada dropkicks Owens. Okada locks in The Cobra Clutch which forces Owens to tap out.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Chuckie T, and Yoshi Hashi via Submission 

Seventh Match: Bad Luck Fale vs. Lance Archer in a First Round Match In The 2018 New Japan Cup 

Archer spits water at Fale before the bell rings. We have the running of the bulls in the center of the ring. Fale goes for a ChokeSlam, but Archer blocks it. Archer with a Big Boot to Fale. Archer is teeing off on Fale. Archer transitions into a Corner Mount. Fale PowerBombs Archer. Archer rolls himself out of the ring. Fale with a clubbing blows to the back of Archer. Archer kicks Fale in the gut. Archer follows that with a haymaker. Archer and Fale are brawling in the crowd. Fale launches Archer into a collection of chairs. Fale buries Archer under a steel guard rail.

Archer regains momentum with a stiff bodyshot. Archer is destroying Young Lions. Archer starts yelling at the fans. Fale whips Archer into another collection of chairs. Archer gets back in the ring at the count of nineteen. Fale steps on Archer’s back. Archer wants Fale to bring it. Fale is mauling Archer on the middle rope. Archer side steps Fale into the turnbuckle pad. Archer delivers clubbing haymakers. Archer decks Fale with a Knee Breaker. Fale responds with a Samoan Drop. Fale goes for a Running Splash, but Archer ducks out of the way. Archer runs through Fale with a Big Shoulder Tackle for a two count. Archer kicks Fale in the jaw.

Archer connects with The Old School for a two count. Archer tells the Aichi Crowd to shut up. Fale goes for The Bad Luck Fall, but Archer lands back on his feet. Fale with a Body Avalanche to Archer. Archer goes for a SuperPlex, but Fale counters with a HeadButt. Archer kicks Fale in the gut. Archer clotheslines Fale. Archer ChokeSlams Fale for a two count. Fale responds with a Big Lariat. Fale with a Running Splash for a two count. Archer is talking smack to Fale. Fale clocks Archer with a Big Haymaker. Fale plants Archer with The Grenade to pickup the victory.

Winner: Bad Luck Fale via Pinfall 

Eight Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi in a First Round Match In The 2018 New Japan Cup 

Taichi backs himself in between the ropes. Taichi is trying to play mind games with Tanahashi. Taichi gets back in the ring at the count of seventeen. Tanahashi refuses to shake Taichi’s hand. Tanahashi with a quick bodyshot to Taichi. Taichi rolls himself out of the ring. Tanahashi kicks Taichi in the gut. Taichi is stalling on the outside. Taichi repeatedly stomps on the midsection of Tanahashi. Taichi sends Tanahashi to the corner. Tanahashi creates distance with a back elbow smash. Tanahashi with a Crossbody Block off the second rope. Tanahashi is playing air guitar. Taichi’s Valet hops on the ring apron to distract Tanahashi. Taichi hits Tanahashi with the microphone stand. Taichi and Tanahashi are brawling in the crowd.

Taichi throws Tanahashi into a collection of chairs. Taichi is choking Tanahashi with the steel railing. Taichi throws a water bottle at Yui Nagata. Tanahashi gets back in the ring at the count of seventeen. Taichi rams his boot across Tanahashi face. Tanahashi with rapid fire forearms to Taichi. Taichi drops Tanahashi with a Buzzsaw Kick. Tanahashi kicks Taichi in the jaw. Taichi ducks a clothesline from Tanahashi. Taichi with a Spinning Heel Kick. Taichi kicks Tanahashi in the back for a two count. Taichi lightly kicks Tanahashi in the face. Taichi applies a Sleeper Hold in the corner. Tanahashi regains momentum with a Running Forearm Smash.

Tanahashi brings his lighting quick offense to Taichi. Tanahashi uppercuts Taichi. Taichi tells Tanahashi to bring it. Tanahashi slaps Taichi in the face. Tanahashi bodyslams Taichi. Tanahashi lands a Flying Senton for a two count. Taichi launches Tanahashi over the top rope. Taichi knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi drives Tanahashi back first to the steel guard rail. Taichi and Tanahashi are brawling on the ramp. Taichi goes for a PowerBomb, but Tanahashi counters with a Hurricanrana. Taichi avoids the referee’s twenty count. Tanahashi with a series of Dragon Screw Leg Whips. Tanahashi locks in the Texas CloverLeaf. Taichi crawls to the bottom rope to create separation.

Tanahashi goes for a SlingBlade, but Taichi counters with Two Saito Suplex’s. Taichi rips off his pants. Taichi goes for a SuperKick, but Tanahashi ducks out of the way. Taichi drops Tanahashi with a Leg Lariat for a two count. Taichi connects with a Last Ride for a two count. Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Taichi. Tanahashi goes for a German Suplex, but Taichi counters with a Jumping Enzuigiri. Tanahashi responds with a SlingBlade. Tanahashi follows that with High Fly Flow. Tanahashi starts favoring his injured knee.

Taichi low blows Tanahashi behind the referee’s back. Tanahashi kicks out of the Taichi Clutch. Taichi clotheslines the back of Tanahashi’s neck. Taichi levels Tanahashi with another Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi delivers another Last Ride for a two count. Taichi goes for Black Mephisto, but Tanahashi counters with Three Twist and Shouts. Tanahashi steals the microphone stand from Taichi. Taichi is begging for mercy. Taichi goes for a SuperKick, but Tanahashi counters with Two SlingBlades for a two count. Tanahashi plants Taichi with The High Fly Flow to pickup the victory.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi via Pinfall 

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