New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Cup 2018 Results – March 15, 2018

New Japan Cup 2018: Night 6
March 15, 2018
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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First Match: Tomoyuki Oka & Shota Umino vs. David Finlay & Ren Narita 

Oka and Narita will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Oka backs Narita into the ropes. We have a quick stale mate in the corner. Narita slaps Oka in the chest. Narita with a Fireman’s Carry TakeOver. Narita applies a side headlock. Oka responds with a head scissors leg lock. This leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Umino tags himself in. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Finlay applies a wrist lock. Umino kicks Finlay in the gut. Following a wrist lock exchange, Umino applies a side headlock. Umino goes for two shoulder tackles, but Finlay stands still. Finlay kicks Umino in the gut. Umino responds with a shoulder tackle. Umino with Forearm Smashes to Finlay. Finlay hits a Belly to a Back Suplex for a two count. Finlay bounces Umino head on the turnbuckle pad. Finlay tags in Narita.

Narita is putting the boots to Umino in the corner. Narita bodyslams Umino. Narita and Finlay are cutting the ring in half. Finlay with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Finlay gives Oka the middle finger. Finlay bodyslams Narita on top of Umino. Narita follows that with a Back Body Drop for a two count. Narita repeatedly stomps on Umino’s back. Narita tags in Finlay. Narita knocks Oka off the ring apron. Umino side steps Finlay into the turnbuckle pad. Umino with a Running Forearm Smash to Narita. Umino dropkicks Finlay. Umino finally tags in Oka.

Oka is dishing out multiple shoulder blocks. Oka lands a Stinger Splash. Oka goes for a BodySlam, but Finlay lands back on his feet. Finlay decks Oka with a Back Elbow Smash. Finlay goes for a Flying European Uppercut, but Oka counters with an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Oka delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Narita. Oka kicks Narita out of the ring. Oka locks in the Boston Crab. Umino and Narita are brawling on the outside. Following a long forearm exchange, Finlay connects with a Uranage Back Breaker for a two count. Finlay follows that with a Running Lariat for a two count. Finlay plants Oka with The Stunner to pickup the victory.

Winner: David Finlay & Ren Narita via Pinfall 

Second Match: Yoshi Hashi & Hirooki Goto vs. Togi Makabe & Toa Henare 

Hashi and Makabe will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hashi applies a side headlock. Hashi goes for a shoulder tackle, but Makabe stands still. Hashi with a Back Elbow Strike to Makabe. Makabe responds with a shoulder tackle. Makabe tags in Henare. Stereo Shoulder Blocks to Hashi. Henare applies a front facelock. Hashi drives Henare to the corner. Hashi tags in Goto. Henare and Goto are exchanging forearms. Henare applies a side headlock. Henare ducks a clothesline from Goto. Henare runs through Goto with a shoulder tackle. Henare HeadButts Goto. Goto responds with a clothesline. Stereo Shoulder Blocks to Henare. Goto kicks Henare in the back. Goto hip tosses Hashi on top of Henare. Hashi knocks Makabe off the ring apron. Hashi sends Makabe to the steel guard rail.

Goto applies a rear chin lock on the middle rope. Following a snap mare takeover, Goto backs to the rear chin lock. Goto drives his elbow to the chest of Henare. Goto tags in Hashi. Hashi delivers a stiff knife edge chop. Chaos are cutting the ring in half. Henare crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Goto with a clubbing blow to the back of Henare. Goto with a Back Elbow Smash for a two count. Goto locks in the Boston Crab. Henare regains momentum with a Vertical Suplex. Henare tags in Makabe.

Makabe clears the ring. Makabe with two corner clotheslines to Goto. Makabe transitions into a ground and pound attack. Makabe goes for a Northern Lights Suplex, but Goto blocks it. Goto dishing out forearm smashes to Makabe. Makabe clotheslines Goto for a two count. Goto connects with the Ushigoroshi. Henare and Hashi are tagged in. Henare ducks a clothesline from Hashi. Henare hits a Leaping Shoulder Block. Henare follows that with a Flying Shoulder Block. Henare goes for a Body Avalanche, but Hashi ducks out of the way.

Hashi thrust kicks the midsection of Henare. Chaos are double teaming Henare. Goto goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Henare lands back on his feet. Makabe clotheslines Goto. Makabe with a Western Lariat to Hashi. Makabe and Henare are double teaming Hashi in the corner. Henare Spears Hashi for a two count. Henare goes for a Samoan Drop, but Hashi counters with a Knife Edge Chop. Henare connects with a SpineBuster for a two count. Goto and Makabe are brawling on the floor. Hashi delivers a Western Lariat for a two count. Hashi applies the Butterfly Lock which forces Henare to tap out.

Winner: Hirooki Goto and Yoshi Hashi via Submission 

Third Match: The Killer Elite Squad, Takashi Iizuka, and Taichi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi in a 8-Man Tag Team Match

Suzuki Gun attacks Bullet Club before the bell rings. A pier six brawl breaks out in Korakuen Hall. Archer is choking Fale with his boot. Takahashi applies a side headlock. Takahashi sends Taichi sternum first to the steel ring post. Archer wraps a chair around Fale’s neck. Archer with a stiff knife edge chop to Owens. Archer and Fale are brawling in the crowd. Loa with Forearm Smashes to Smith. Smith responds with a Big Boot. KES goes for a Killer Bomb, but Loa blocks it. Loa with a Waist Lock German Suplex to Smith. Loa lowers the top rope which sends Archer crashing to the outside.

Loa tells Smith to bring it. Iizuka swings a chair at Loa’s back. Smith with a Snap Vertical Suplex to Loa. Smith transitions into a ground and pound attack. Owens and Taichi are exchanging blows in the entrance area. Smith is mauling Loa in the center of the ring. Smith connects with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Smith applies a rear chin lock. Loa gets back to a vertical base. Smith delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Loa. Smith drives Loa’s head into Archer’s boot. Smith tags in Iizuka. Iizuka is choking Loa with a rope. Iizuka kicks Loa in the back. Owens attacks Iizuka from behind. Iizuka tags in Taichi.

Taichi knocks Fale off the ring apron. Taichi slaps Loa in the face. Loa dodges a leg lariat from Taichi. Loa creates distance with a Back Breaker. Loa tags in  Takahashi. Takahashi levels Taichi with a Big Boot. Takahashi follows that with a Running Bulldog. Takahashi takes out the legs of Iizuka. Takahashi with a Sliding Dropkick. Takahashi lands Two Suicide Dives. Takahashi goes for a Helluva Kick, but Taichi counters with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi with a Leg Lariat for a two count. Taichi rips off his pants. Takahashi blocks the SuperKick. Takahashi connects with a Reverse DDT. Takahashi tags in Fale.

Fale and Archer running into each other. Archer takes down with a Running Clothesline. Archer goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Fale counters with a Samoan Drop. Bullet Club are triple teaming Archer. Following a snap mare takeover, Owens lands a Shining Wizard for a two count. Suzuki Gun clears the ring. Archer tells Owens to bring it. Owens SuperKicks Archer. Owens goes for a Package PileDriver, but Archer counters with a Back Body Drop. Owens blocks the ChokeSlam Back Breaker. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline. KES plants Owens with The Killer Bomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Killer Elite Squad, Takashi Iizuka and Yujiro Takahashi via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, and Bushi vs. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Naito and Suzuki will start things off. Suzuki repeatedly kicks the hamstring of Naito. Naito spits at Suzuki. Naito rolls himself out of the ring. Suzuki is pissed. Naito continues to wander around the ringside area. Bushi and Kanemaru are tagged in. Desperado attacks Bushi from behind. Bushi drops Desperado with a Running Forearm Smash. Kanemaru rakes the eyes of Bushi. Double Leapfrog from Bushi and Takahashi. LIJ delivers a Double Cutter. Bushi stomps on the midsection of Kanemaru. Bushi applies a rear chin lock. Bushi tags in Takahashi. Takahashi with multiple knife edge chops to Kanemaru. Following a snap mare takeover, Takahashi kicks Kanemaru in the back. Kanemaru uppercuts Takahashi. Takahashi rakes the eyes of Kanemaru. Takahashi follows that with a Double Axe Handle Strike. Desperado kicks Takahashi behind the referee’s back. Suzuki knocks Naito off the ring apron.

Suzuki launches Naito over the steel guard rail. Suzuki dumps a stack of chairs on the back of Naito. Desperado and Bushi are brawling in the crowd. Suzuki applies a Single Leg Boston Crab. Kanemaru brings Takahashi back to the ringside area. Kanemaru with a Running Boot to Takahashi. Suzuki repeatedly slaps Takahashi in the chest. Desperado with the cover for a one count. Desperado tags in Suzuki. Suzuki kicks Takahashi in the gut. Suzuki follows that with a Buzzsaw Kick. Suzuki slaps Takahashi in the face. Takahashi responds with Open Hand Chops. Suzuki applies a Kimura Lock. Naito breaks the submission hold. Suzuki gets Naito trapped in the Heel Hook. Suzuki Gun continues to cut the ring in half.

Desperado applies a rear chin lock. Takahashi places Desperado boot on the bottom rope to create separation. Takahashi explodes out of the corner with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Desperado stomps on the back of Takahashi. Takahashi slaps Desperado in the chest. Takahashi goes for a SuperKick, but Desperado counters with a knife edge chop. Takahashi sends Desperado crashing into the turnbuckle pad with an Over Head Belly to Belly Suplex. Takahashi tags in Naito.

Naito knocks Suzuki off the ring apron. Naito arm-drags Kanemaru out of the ring. Naito follows that with a Hip Toss to Desperado. Naito drops Desperado with a leg sweep. Naito lands a Rebound Dropkick for a two count. Suzuki stares at Naito. Naito decks Desperado with a Back Elbow Smash. Kanemaru responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Desperado with a Running European Uppercut to Naito. Desperado tags in Suzuki. Suzuki with multiple forearm smashes. Suzuki levels Naito with a Helluva Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Naito blocks The PK. Naito spits at Suzuki.

Suzuki responds with a series of haymakers. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop to Suzuki. Naito follows that with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Naito tags in Bushi. Bushi lands a Missile Dropkick. LIJ are double teaming Suzuki. Stereo Basement Dropkicks for a two count. Takahashi throws Kanemaru out of the ring. Bushi goes for MX, but Suzuki ducks out of the way. Kanemaru dropkicks the left knee of Bushi. Desperado Spears Takahashi. Naito drops Desperado with a Neck Breaker. Naito kicks Suzuki in the gut. Suzuki responds with a Knee Lift. Suzuki locks in the Sleeper Hold. Suzuki plants Bushi with The Gotch Style PileDriver to pickup the victory.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru via Submission 

Fifth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, and Chuckie T in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Robinson and Okada will start things off. Okada knocks Tanahashi off the ring apron. Robinson attacks Okada from behind. Robinson goes for Pulp Friction, but the referee is distracted by a perturbed Tanahashi. Tanahashi inadvertently hits Robinson with a Forearm Smash. Robinson and Tanahashi takes down Okada with Stereo Dropkicks. Robinson bodyslams Okada. Robinson follows that with a Running Frog Splash for a two count. Tanahashi tags himself in. Okada tags in Taylor. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Taylor applies a side headlock. Tanahashi reverses the hold. Tanahashi drops Taylor with a shoulder tackle. Tanahashi drives his elbow into the back of Taylor. Tanahashi with a Back Elbow Smash. Tanahashi follows that with a Flying Crossbody Block. Tanahashi tags in Elgin.

Elgin kicks Taylor in the gut. Elgin with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Robinson goes for a Splash, but Taylor gets his knees up in the air. Chaos clears the ring. Taylor repeatedly stomps on Robinson’s chest. Taylor is mauling Robinson on the middle rope. Okada and Tanahashi are brawling in the crowd. Taylor tags in Ishii. Ishii dishes out Clubbing HeadButts. Ishii is talking smack to Robinson. Robinson responds with a knife edge chop. Robinson and Ishii are trading forearm smashes. Ishii drives Robinson head into Okada’s boot. Ishii tags in Okada. Okada dumps Robinson on the canvas. Okada with a SlingShot Senton for a two count. Okada delivers a clubbing blow to the back of Robinson. Okada tags in Taylor. Chaos are cutting the ring in half.

Taylor dropkicks Robinson. Taylor knocks Elgin off the ring apron. Taylor with the cover for a two count. Ishii tags himself in. Ishii slaps Robinson in the face. Robinson is showing his fighting spirit. Ishii drops Robinson with a Stiff HeadButt. Ishii is lighting up Robinson chest int he corner. Robinson shoves Ishii. Ishii dodges a leg lariat. Robinson thrust kicks the midsection of Ishii. Ishii staggers Robinson with another forearm. Robinson creates distance with a SpineBuster. Robinson tags in Elgin. Elgin with multiple back elbow strikes to Ishii. Elgin levels Ishii with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Elgin bodyslams Ishii. Elgin fires off Two German Suplex’s. Ishii kicks Elgin in the gut. Elgin responds with an Elevated PowerSlam for a two count. Ishii with a Delayed Vertical Suplex to Elgin. Elgin immediately stands up. Elgin lands a Bicycle Kick. Ishii responds with a Running Lariat. Elgin SuperKicks Ishii. Ishii takes down Elgin with a Western Lariat. Tanahashi and Okada are tagged in.

Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Okada. Tanahashi and Okada are trading uppercuts in the center of the ring. Okada goes for a Big Boot, but Tanahashi counters with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi bodyslams Okada. Tanahashi follows that with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Okada responds with a Flap Jack. Okada rocks Tanahashi with a Running Back Elbow Strike. Okada with a DDT for a two count. Okada bodyslams Tanahashi. Okada dives over Tanahashi. Tanahashi decks Okada with a palm strike. Okada responds with a dropkick. Okada locks in the Camel Clutch. Okada uppercuts Tanahashi. Robinson makes the blind tag.

Okada shoves Robinson into Tanahashi. Robinson connects with a Double Knee GutBuster for a two count. Robinson drops Okada with a Corner Clothesline. Robinson goes for a Cannonball Strike, but Okada counters with a Reverse Neck Breaker. Okada tags in Taylor. Taylor with a Corner Clothesline to Robinson. Taylor goes for Sole Food, but Robinson counters with Juice Jabs. Taylor rocks Robinson with a Sole Food. Robinson responds with a Running Lariat. Robinson hits the Cannonball Strike. Robinson with a Full Nelson Bomb for a two count. Taylor rolls Robinson over for a two count. Taylor with a Jumping Knee Strike to Robinson. Taylor goes for Awful Waffle, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Robinson with a Leg Lariat to Taylor. Robinson follows that with a Forearm Smash. Robinson plants Taylor with Pulp Friction to pickup the victory.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, and Juice Robinson via Pinfall 

Sixth Match: Sanada vs. Toru Yano in a Quarterfinal Round Match In The 2018 New Japan Cup Tournament 

Sanada ducks a clothesline from Yano. Sanada kicks Yano in the gut. Sanada blinds Yano with his t-shirt. Sanada connects with the Rolling Cradle for a two count. Sanada applies a Paradise Lock on the bottom rope. Sanada delivers a Sliding Dropkick. Sanada is clubbing haymakers to Yano. Sanada whips Yano back first to the steel guard rail. Yano blocks the Paradise Lock. Yano launches Sanada over the steel guard rail. Sanada gets back in the ring at the count of nineteen.

Yano chokes Sanada with his t-shirt. Yano is trying to play mind games with Sanada. Sanada connects with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Sanada follows that with a SlingShot Plancha. Sanada talks smack to the referee. Sanada rakes the back of Yano. Yano whips Sanada shoulder first to the steel ring post. Sanada with a Knee Lift to Yano who’s holding a folding chair. Yano breaks the referee’s twenty count. Sanada and Yano are trading back and forth shots. Yano drives Sanada head to the canvas. Yano with the cover for a two count.

Yano rips off a turnbuckle pad. Sanada side steps Yano into the exposed steel. Yano locks in Skull End. Sanada reverse the hold. Yano with an inside cradle for a two count. Yano hits the Inverted Atomic Drop. Yano catapults Sanada into the exposed steel. Yano goes for a Last Ride PowerBomb, but Sanada counters with a Sunset Flip for a two count. Yano mule kicks Sanada behind the referee’s back. Sanada prevents the referee from making the three count. Sanada low blows Yano. Sanada locks in Skull End which forces Yano to tap out. After the match, Sanada puts Yano, The Referee, and Tetsuhiro Yagi in Three Paradise Locks.

Winner: Sanada via Submission 

Seventh Match: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Kota Ibushi in a Quarterfinal Round Match In The 2018 New Japan Cup Tournament 

Quick test of strength in the center of the ring. Sabre applies a front facelock. Sabre transitions into a rear chin lock. Sabre with the quick cover for a one count. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sabre backs Ibushi into the ropes. Sabre pie faces Ibushi. We have a long stale mate in the corner. Sabre dodges a leg lariat from Ibushi. Sabre applies a side head lock. Sabre with an Arm-Trapped Head Scissors. Ibushi places his boot on the bottom rope to create separation. Sabre applies a half nelson wrist lock. Sabre has Ibushi in a Bow and Arrow Stretch. Ibushi reverses the hold. Sabre uppercuts Ibushi. Ibushi responds with a Forearm Smashes. Ibushi repeatedly kicks the hamstring of Sabre. Sabre applies a Knee Bar.

Ibushi breaks the hold. Sabre is wrenching the right ankle of Ibushi. Ibushi kicks Sabre in the chest. Following a snap mare takeover, Ibushi kicks Sabre in the back. Sabre responds with two neck twists. Sabre applies an Arm Trapped Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Sabre transitions into a deep Kimura Lock. Sabre levels Ibsuhi with multiple uppercuts in the corner. Ibushi regains momentum with a Head Scissors TakeOver. Ibushi follows that with a Buzzsaw Kick. Ibushi brings his lighting quick offense to Sabre. Ibushi with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Standing switch exchange leads us to an Abdominal Stretch from Sabre. Sabre and Ibushi are trading back and forth shots.

Ibushi with a Half and Half Suplex for a two count. Sabre crawls under Ibushi. Sabre with the Bridging European Clutch for a two count. Sabre locks in the STF. Finally Ibushi’s hand reaches the bottom rope. Ibushi fights out of the Full Nelson. Sabre uppercuts Ibushi. Ibushi responds with a Pele Kick. Ibushi goes for a Last Ride PowerBomb, but Sabre counters with a Triangle Choke. Ibushi breaks the hold with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Sabre blocks the Kamigoye. Following a pinning exchange, we have a super long striking fest. Sabre with an Over Head Kick to the left shoulder of Ibushi. Ibushi decks Sabre with a Leg Lariat. Ibushi follows that with an Inside Out Lariat.

Ibushi goes for a RoundHouse Kick, but Sabre counters with a Leg Sweep. Sabres hits The PK. Sabre repeatedly slaps Ibushi in the face. Ibushi puts Sabre with a Big Open Hand Chop. Ibushi with a Rotation PowerSlam to Sabre. Ibushi lands a MoonSault. Sabre responds with a Triangle Choke. Ibushi drives his elbow across the dome of Ibushi. Ibushi goes for the Last Ride PowerBomb, but this time Sabre counters with the Octopus Stretch. Sabre blocks the Lawn Dart. Ibushi catches Sabre off guard with the backslide cover. Ibushi with a Double Wrist German Suplex for a two count. Ibushi goes for Kamigoye, but Sabre counters with The Arm Trapped Octopus Stretch which forces the referee to call for the bell.

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr via Submission 

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