New Japan Cup Results (3/17/19): Minoru Suzuki vs. Sanada

New Japan Cup Results (3/17/19)

New Japan Cup 2019: Night 8
March 17, 2019
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuya Uemura vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Yota Tsuji in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Nagata and Nakanishi throws Tsuji into Tenzan. Nagata kicks Uemura in the gut. Nagata dumps Uemura out of the ring. Tsuji is throwing forearms at Kojima. Kojima drives his knee into the midsection of Tsuji. Tsuji unloads two shoulder tackles. Tsuji bodyslams Uemura. Tsuji is fired up. Kojima bodyslams Tsuji. Kojima stomps on Tsuji’s back. Kojima repeatedly kicks Tsuji in the face. Kojima drops Tsuji with a knife edge chop. Kojima is putting the boots to Tsuji in the corner. Kojima talks smack to Nakanishi. Kojima tags in Tenzan. Tenzan kicks Tsuji in the gut. Tenzan with Two HeadButts. Kojima knocks Nagata and Nakanishi off the ring apron. TenKoji delivers their Mongolian Chop/Forearm Smash Combination. Double Shoulder Tackle for a two count. Tenzan applies a rear chin lock. Tenzan taunts Nakanishi. Tenzan tags in Uemura.

Uemura kicks Tsuji in the chest. Forearm Exchange. Uemura drives his elbow into the back of Tsuji’s neck for a two count. Uemura tags in Kojima. Kojima kicks Tsuji in the ribs. Tsuji and Kojima are trading back and forth shots. Kojima tags in Tenzan. Tsuji is displaying his fighting spirit. Tenzan puts Tsuji down with The Mongolian Chop. Tsuji dropkicks Tenzan. Tsuji tags in Nakanishi. Nakanishi is throwing forearms at Tenzan. Tenzan goes for the irish whip, but Nakanishi blocks it. Nakanishi ducks a clothesline from Tenzan. Tenzan HeadButts Nakanishi in the chest. Tenzan with Two Mongolian Chops. Nakanishi responds with a double sledge. Nakanishi knocks Kojima and Uemura off the ring apron. Nakanishi plays to the crowd. Nakanishi clotheslines Tenzan for a two count. Nakanishi goes for The Argentine BackBreaker Rack, but Uemura gets in the way. Nakanishi with a straight right hand.

Nakanishi tags in Nagata. Nagata with Three Mid-Kicks. Tenzan with an Exploder Suplex. Tenzan tags in Kojima. Kojima kicks Nagata in the gut. Machine Gun Chops. Kojima with a Flying Forearm Smash. Kojima negates The Helluva Kick. Kojima hits The Koji Cutter. Kojima goes for The Western Lariat, but Nagata counters with a Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Pier six brawl on the outside. Kojima blocks a boot from Nagata. Kojima drops Nagata with a DDT. Kojima gets Nagata in position for a Vertical Suplex. Uemura wants a piece of Nagata. Kojima obliges. Forearm Exchange. Uemura with a Forearm Knockdown. Uemura follows that with a corner dropkick. Uemura with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. Uemura locks in The Boston Crab. Uemura refuses to let go of the hold. Uemura dropkicks Tsuji. Nagata drives his knee into the midsection of Uemura. Nagata with The Mid-Kick for a two count. Nagata connects with an Exploder Suplex. Nagata makes Uemura tap out to The Nagata Lock II.

Winner: Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Yota Tsuji via Submission 

Second Match: Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls, and Ren Narita vs. Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Hikuleo in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Robinson and Fale will start things off. Fale taunts Nicholls. Robinson knocks Owens off the ring apron. Robinson with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Robinson transitions into a ground and pound attack on the floor. Robinson is distracted by Jado. Hikuleo attacks Robinson from behind. Hikuleo with a forearm smash. Hikuleo whips Robinson back first across the steel barricade. Hikuleo clotheslines Robinson on the floor. Hikuleo rolls Robinson back into the ring. Fale stomps on Robinson’s chest. Fale tags in Owens. Robinson rocks Owens with a forearm smash. Owens tags in Fale. Fale drags Robinson to the corner. Fale tags in Hikuleo. Fale and Hikuleo stands on Robinson’s back. The Bullet Club are cutting the ring in half.

Hikuleo stomps on Robinson’s back. Hikuleo wraps his leg around Robinson’s neck. Hikuleo argues with the referee. Hikuleo with a knife edge chop. Hikuleo slams Robinson’s head on the right boot of Owens. Hikuleo tags in Owens. Owens stomps on Robinson’s chest. Owens with a fist drop. Owens mocks Robinson. Chase Jabs. Robinson decks Owens with a throat chop. The Bullet Club clears the ring. Fale applies a full nelson lock. Owens is throwing forearms at Robinson. Owens is choking Robinson with his boot. Owens tags in Hikuleo. Hikuleo goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Robinson kicks Hikuleo in the jaw. Robinson dives over Hikuleo. Robinson tags in Nicholls. Nicholls with Three Running Lariats. Nicholls hits The Sliding Clothesline for a two count. Nicholls plays to the crowd. Hikuleo fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Nicholls ducks a clothesline from Hikuleo.

Hikuleo with The Samoan Drop. Hikuleo tags in Owens. Nicholls punches Owens in mid-air. Owens knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Nicholls with a Back Body Drop. Nicholls tags in Narita. Narita punches Fale. Narita dropkicks Fale off the apron. Narita with machine gun forearms. Narita with a Sliding Dropkick to Jado. Narita rolls Owens over for a two count. Narita with a double leg takedown. Owens negates The Boston Crab. Owens drives his knee into the midsection of Narita. Narita dropkicks Owens. Narita locks in The Boston Crab. Robinson and Fale are brawling on the floor. Owens claps the ears of Narita. Narita goes for another dropkick, but Owens holds onto the ropes. Owens with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Owens plants Narita with The Package PileDriver to pickup the victory.

Winner: Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens and Hikuleo via Pinfall 

Third Match: Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe, and Toa Henare vs. The Killer Elite Squad & Taichi in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Makabe shoves Taichi before the bell rings. Henare talks smack to KES. Henare and Archer will start things off. Archer drops Henare with a Big Boot. Archer clotheslines Henare. Massive brawl on the outside. Archer is trying to intimidate the referee. Archer stomps on Henare’s chest. Archer whips Henare back first across the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Archer chops Henare in the chest. Archer bounces Henare’s head on the blue turnbuckle pad. Archer tags in Smith. Smith repeatedly stomps on Henare’s chest. Henare is displaying his fighting spirit. Smith with an open palm strike. Smith with The Mid-Kick. Smith locks in The Lion Tamer. Taichi kicks Makabe out of the ring. Smith is choking Henare with his boot. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half. Taichi continues to choke Henare. Taichi tags in Archer. Archer with an open hand chop. Archer follows that with Two Running Elbow Smashes. Henare side steps Archer into the turnbuckle pad. Henare tags in Elgin.

Elgin is throwing forearms at Archer. Archer reverses out of the irish whip from Elgin. Archer goes for a Big Boot, but Elgin ducks out of the way. Elgin drops Archer with a Flying Shoulder Tackle. Elgin knocks Suzuki Gun off the ring apron. Elgin with Two Corner Clotheslines. Archer fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Elgin with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Elgin with a Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Elgin goes for The Elgin Bomb, but Archer blocks it. Archer goes for The ChokeSlam, but Elgin lands back on his feet. Archer with a Forearm Smash. Elgin responds with a Missile Dropkick off the second rope. Archer hits The Black Hole Slam for a two count. Elgin creates distance with The Falcon Arrow.

Elgin tags in Makabe. Stiff Lariat Exchange. Makabe hooks the leg for a two count. Archer kicks Makabe in the gut. Archer with a leaping knee smash. Archer with a Running Clothesline. Archer tags in Taichi. Taichi toys around with Makabe. Makabe is pissed. Makabe with a Misdirection Lariat. Makabe tags in Henare. Henare with three forearm smashes. Henare side steps The Big Boot from Taichi. Henare with a Flying Shoulder Tackle. Elgin clears the ring. Taichi is on the receiving end of three corner clotheslines. Henare Spears Taichi for a two count. Archer sends Makabe crashing into the steel barricade. KES drops Henare with The Hart Attack. Taichi rips off his pants. Taichi with The Buzzsaw Kick for a two count. Henare delivers his combination offense. Taichi SuperKicks Henare. Taichi makes Henare tap out to The Stretch Plum.

Winner: The Killer Elite Squad & Taichi via Submission 

Fourth Match: Kota Ibushi, Roppongi 3K, and Shota Umino vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Yoh and Takagi will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Yoh backs Takagi into the ropes. Yoh slaps Takagi in the chest. Takagi shoves Yoh. That leads us to a forearm exchange. Yoh uppercuts Takagi. Takagi reverses out of the irish whip from Yoh. Yoh drops Takagi with a forearm knockdown. R3K are double teaming Takagi. Takagi kicks Yoh in the gut. Takagi drives his knee into the midsection of Sho. Yoh drop toe holds Takagi into a Sliding Dropkick from Sho. R3K with Stereo Dropkicks to Bushi. Yoh bounces Takagi’s head on the red turnbuckle pad. Yoh tags in Umino. Umino is throwing forearms at Takagi. Umino with a back elbow strike. Umino with a Basement Dropkick. Umino knocks Naito off the ring apron. Umino tags in Sho. Sho kicks Takagi in the gut. Forearm/Chop Exchange. EVIL trips Sho from the outside. LIJ clears the ring. Takagi with a Running Knee Lift. Takagi with a PumpHandle Slam. Takagi tags in EVIL.

EVIL unloads two knife edge chops. EVIL rakes the eyes of Sho. Naito kicks Umino in the gut. Bushi flips Umino into a low dropkick from Naito. Bushi knocks Ibushi off the ring apron. EVIL hits The Bronco Buster for a two count. EVIL tags in Bushi. Bushi repeatedly stomps on Sho’s back. Bushi drives his elbow into the back of Sho’s neck. Bushi with a Missile Dropkick. Sho goes for a Deadlift Suplex, but Takagi gets in the way. Sho side steps Bushi into the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Sho Spears Takagi. Bushi with a double axe handle strike. Bushi goes for a Rewind Kick, but Sho counters with a Deadlift German Suplex. Naito and Ibushi are tagged in.

Ibushi with a Jumping Mid-Kick. Ibushi delivers his combination offense. Ibushi with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ibushi goes for a German Suplex, but Naito blocks it. Naito decks Ibushi with a back elbow smash. Naito with a Draping NeckBreaker. Naito follows that with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Naito and Ibushi are trading back and forth shots. Naito with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Naito avoids The Pele Kick. Naito with a Pop Up SpineBuster. Naito tags in EVIL. EVIL applies a wrist lock. EVIL goes for Darkness Falls, but Ibushi lands back on his feet. Ibushi dropkicks EVIL. Ibushi tags in Umino. Umino with Running Forearm Smashes. Umino with a Running Back Elbow Smash. Umino with a Vertical Suplex for a two count.

Umino delivers a Missile Dropkick. Umino goes for a German Suplex, but EVIL blocks it. EVIL with a Fisherman’s Buster for a two count. Umino with a waist lock go-behind. Yoh SuperKicks EVIL. Bushi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sho ducks a clothesline from Bushi. Sho hits The BackStabber. Sho kicks Takagi in the gut. Takagi with two back elbow smashes. Takagi clotheslines Sho. Ibushi with a SpringBoard Dropkick. Naito responds with The Flying Knee Strike. Umino is teeing off on EVIL and Naito. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop. EVIL follows that with a Running Lariat for a two count. EVIL plants Umino with Everything Is EVIL to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Shingo Takagi and Bushi via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku 

Tanahashi and Sabre will start things off. Quick feeling out process. Test of strength. Tanahashi with a waist lock go-behind. Sabre transitions into a rear chin lock. Chain grappling exchange in the center fo the ring. Sabre applies a front face lock. Tanahashi reverses the hold. Sabre grabs the bottom rope to force the break. Wrist Lock Exchange. Sabre goes for a european uppercut, but Tanahashi rolls him over for a two count. Honma and Michinoku are tagged in. Michinoku kicks Honma in the gut. Michinoku delivers the eye poke. Shoulder Tackle Exchange. Honma kicks Michinoku in the gut. Honma applies a side headlock. Honma drops Michinoku with a shoulder tackle. Michinoku goes for a Hip Toss, but Honma counters with The Abdominal Stretch. Sabre responds with The Cobra Twist. Tanahashi mocks Sabre.

Tanahashi throws Sabre out of the ring. Honma unloads two knife edge chops. Honma bodyslams Michinoku. Honma goes for The Kokeshi HeadButt, but Michinoku ducks out of the way. Michinoku with a low dropkick. Michinoku rakes the eyes of Honma. Michinoku is choking Honma with his boot. Sabre applies the cravate behind the referee’s back. Michinoku tags in Sabre. Honma kicks Sabre in the gut. Sabre uppercuts Honma. Sabre applies a headscissors neck lock. Sabre gets Tanahashi trapped in The Heel Hook. Sabre tags in Michinoku. Michinoku applies the headscissors neck lock. Michinoku kicks Honma in the chest. Michinoku stomps on Honma’s back. Michinoku is toying around with Honma. Honma fires back with three open hand chops. Michinoku kicks the left knee of Honma. Michinoku tags in Sabre. Honma is throwing forearms at Sabre. Sabre applies a front face lock. Honma creates distance with a Vertical Suplex. Honma tags in Tanahashi.

Tanahashi with a corner dropkick. Sabre reverses out of the irish whip from Tanahashi. Tanahashi dropkicks the left knee of Sabre. Tanahashi bodyslams Sabre. Tanahashi follows that with a Senton Splash for a two count. Tanahashi applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Sabre reverses the hold. Tanahashi rolls Sabre over for a two count. Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi goes for The SlingBlade, but Sabre counters with The Octopus Stretch. Sabre with a Wrist Kick. Sabre hits The PK. Sabre tags in Michinoku. Michinoku whips Tanahashi to the corner. Michinoku with a Jumping Knee Strike. Michinoku with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Michinoku goes for a Pump Kick, but Tanahashi counters with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Sabre with a Flying Cross-Arm-Breaker. Honma lands The Kokeshi HeadButt. Michinoku SuperKicks Honma. Michinoku with a Jumping Side Kick. Tanahashi responds with a nasty palm strike. Honma drops Michinoku with a Diving Kokeshi HeadButt. Tanahashi makes Michinoku tap out to The Texas CloverLeaf.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma via Submission 

Sixth Match: Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi Hashi, and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki Goto in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Hashi and Ishii will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ishii backs Hashi into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Hashi is throwing forearms at Ishii. Ishii wants more punishment. That leads us to a long forearm exchange. Ishii and Hashi are trading back and forth shoulder tackles. Hashi with a back elbow smash. Ishii drops Hashi with a shoulder tackle. Ishii bounces Hashi’s head on the blue turnbuckle pad. Ishii tags in Ospreay. Hashi continues to attack Ishii. Ospreay wants to fight Okada. Hashi tags in Okada. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Okada applies a side headlock. Okada drops Ospreay with a shoulder tackle. Ospreay leapfrogs over Okada. Ospreay goes for a monkey flip, but Okada blocks it. Ospreay ducks a clothesline from Okada. Ospreay with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Ospreay shows off his athleticism. Ospreay with a low dropkick. Ospreay uppercuts Okada. Ospreay dumps Okada on the canvas. Ospreay goes for a SlingShot Senton, but Okada gets his knees up in the air. Okada tags in Taguchi.

Taguchi and Hashi knocks Ishii and Goto off the ring apron. Taguchi Japan are destroying Ospreay in the corner. Hashi and Okada hip tosses Taguchi on top of Ospreay. Taguchi Japan strikes The Chaos Pose. Goto is pissed. Hip Attack Party. Ospreay goes for sunset flip, but Taguchi stands still. Taguchi goes for a leg drop, but Ospreay ducks out of the way. Ospreay tags in Goto. Ishii kicks Hashi in the gut. Chaos are bringing the fight to Taguchi. Ishii and Goto with a double shoulder tackle. Goto kicks Taguchi in the back. Ospreay follows that with a Standing MoonSault. Ishii drops Hashi with a forearm smash. Ishii sends Hashi crashing into the steel barricade. Ishii has no time for celebrations. Goto with a back elbow smash for a two count. Goto bounces Taguchi’s head on the blue turnbuckle pad. Goto tags in Ishii. Ishii unloads three knife edge chops. Ishii talks smack to Hashi. Ishii tags in Ospreay. Ishii and Hashi continue to trade back and forth shots.

Ospreay rolls Taguchi over for a two count. Taguchi with three open hand chops. Ospreay kicks Taguchi in the gut. Taguchi goes for a Leaping Hip Attack, but Ospreay counters with an Atomic Drop. Taguchi decks Ospreay with a back elbow smash. Taguchi dodges The Cheeky Nando’s Kick. Taguchi creates distance with a Leaping Hip Attack. Taguchi tags in Okada. Okada clears the ring. Okada with a series of forearm shivers. Okada ducks a clothesline from Ospreay. Okada with a running elbow strike. Okada follows that with a leaping back elbow smash. Okada kicks Ospreay in the gut. Okada with a Spike DDT for a two count. Okada blocks a boot from Ospreay. Okada with a Big Boot. Ospreay responds with a HandSpring Enzuigiri. Ishii is lighting up Hashi’s chest on the outside. Ospreay goes for Pip Pip Cheerio, but Okada ducks out of the way. Ospreay negates The Rain Maker. Okada avoids The Hook Kick from Ospreay. Okada uppercuts Ospreay. Okada goes for a dropkick, but Ospreay holds onto the ropes. Ospreay with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ospreay goes for The Storm Breaker, but Okada counters with a Reverse NeckBreaker. Ishii and Hashi are tagged in.

Both men are running into each other. Hashi kicks Ishii in the jaw. Hashi with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Hashi drops Ishii with a shoulder tackle. Hashi stomps on Ishii’s chest. Hashi repeatedly kicks Ishii in the back. Hashi is toying around with Ishii. Knife Edge Chop Exchange. Ishii goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Hashi lands back on his feet. Ishii applies a waist lock. Ishii decks Hashi with a back elbow smash. Ishii avoids The SuperKick. Hashi thrust kicks the midsection of Ishii. Ishii hits The Vertical Drop Brain Buster. Ishii tags in Goto. Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Hashi lands back on his feet. Goto blocks a boot from Hashi. Goto with a Discus Lariat. Hashi responds with Two Western Lariats. Hashi tags in Taguchi. Taguchi with Two Flying Hip Attacks.  Taguchi with a SpringBoard Hip Attack. Ospreay with a High Head Kick to Okada. Okada dropkicks Ospreay. Okada kicks Ospreay out of the ring. Taguchi goes for The Bomaye, but Goto blocks it. Taguchi with a Leaping Mid-Kick. Taguchi with another Running Hip Attack. Taguchi goes for The DoDon, but Goto blocks it. Goto goes for The GTR, but Taguchi counters with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Goto connects with The GTR to pickup the victory.

Seventh Match: Colt Cabana vs. Toru Yano in a Second Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cabana grapples around Yano. Cabana with a waist lock go-behind. Cabana and Red Shoes finds two rolls of wrist tape. Yano rolls Cabana over for a one count. Cabana is not happy. Yano is playing mind games with Cabana. Cabana wants Yano to wrestle. Yano is to fixated with the turnbuckle pads. Yano has a present for Cabana. It’s Yano’s DVD. Cabana throws the DVD into the crowd. Cabana rolls Yano over for a two count. Yano and Cabana are brawling on the outside. Cabana continues to roll himself out of the ring.

Yano is catching up to Cabana’s games. Yano goes for an elbow drop, but Cabana ducks out of the way. Cabana with the cover for a two count. Cabana is throwing forearms at Yano. Yano rakes the eyes of Cabana. Cabana kicks Yano in the gut. Cabana mocks Yano. Red Shoes is confused. Cabana and Yano are trading back and forth shots. Cabana with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Yano sends Cabana chest first into the steel barricade. Cabana kicks the tape out of Yano’s hands. Cabana whips Yano back first across the barricade.

Cabana wisely tapes together the red turnbuckle pad. Yano side steps Cabana into the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Yano removes the blue turnbuckle pad. Yano uses Red Shoes as a human shield. Red Shoes gives both men a warning. Cabana and Yano plays hop potato with the neutral turnbuckle pad. Yano with a schoolboy rollup for a two count. Cabana with a flurry of left jabs. Cabana goes for The Bionic Elbow, but Yano counters with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Yano inadvertently hits himself with the turnbuckle pad. Cabana trips Yano over. Cabana connects with The SuperMan to pickup the victory.

Winner: Colt Cabana via Pinfall 

Eight Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Sanada in a Second Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

Feeling out process after the bell rings. Suzuki lightly kicks the right leg of Sanada. Suzuki applies a side headlock. Suzuki transitions into a wrist lock. Sanada reverses the hold. Sanada negates The Sleeper Hold. Sanada applies a wrist lock. Suzuki responds with a hammerlock. Suzuki with a side headlock takeover. Sanada with the headscissors escape. Test of Strength. Sanada with a side headlock takeover. Suzuki applies a headscissors neck lock. Chain grappling exchange continues in the enter of the ring. Sanada hops back on his feet. Suzuki kicks Sanada in the gut. Open Hand Chop Exchange. Suzuki with two forearm smashes. Suzuki goes for a Helluva Kick, but Sanada blocks it. Sanada with a singe leg takedown. Suzuki negates The Paradise Lock. Red Shoes is distracted by Taka Michinoku. Suzuki avoids a Sliding Dropkick from Sanada. Suzuki with a Draping Heel Hook. Suzuki slams the right leg of Sanada into the steel ring post. Suzuki continues to attacks the right leg of Sanada.

Suzuki sends Sanada chest first into the steel barricade. Suzuki wraps the injured leg of Sanada around the barricade. Suzuki with a Running Boot. Suzuki and Sanada are brawling in the crowd. Suzuki delivers multiple chair shots. Suzuki has complete control of the match. Sanada gets back in the ring at the sixteen. Suzuki dumps Sanada out of the ring. Suzuki applies a leg lock on the barricade. Suzuki repeatedly stomps on the right knee of Sanada. Suzuki lays out Yuya Uemura. Suzuki bounces Sanada’s head on the ring apron. Sanada is having a hard time creating any type of separation. Sanada five open hand chops. Suzuki repeatedly kicks the right hamstring of Sanada. Suzuki locks in The Heel Hook. Sanada crawls to the bottom rope to force the break. Suzuki talks smack to Sanada. Suzuki is toying around with Sanada. Sanada is pissed.

Suzuki and Sanada are trading back and forth shots. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Suzuki. Sanada with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Sanada leapfrogs over Suzuki. Sanada dropkicks Suzuki to the floor. Sanada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Sanada rolls Suzuki back into the ring. Sanada dives over Suzuki. Suzuki with a Helluva Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Suzuki hits The PK for a two count. Suzuki repeatedly kicks Sanada in the face. That leads us to a forearm exchange. Sanada uppercuts Suzuki. Suzuki responds with a Big Boot. Sanada decks Suzuki with a back elbow smash. Suzuki ducks a clothesline from Sanada. Suzuki applies The Sleeper Hold. Sanada transitions into Skull End. Suzuki applies The Rear Naked Choke. Suzuki with the cover for a two count. Suzuki goes for The Gotch Style PileDriver, but Sanada counters with a Back Body Drop.

Suzuki fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Sanada with a roll through escape. Sanada locks in Skull End. Sanada dumps Suzuki on the canvas. Sanada goes for a MoonSault, but Suzuki ducks out of the way. Suzuki kicks Sanada in the gut. Sanada skins the chat. Sanada goes for a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick, but Suzuki counters with The Heel Hook. Sanada refuses to quit. Sanada with a jack knife cover for a two count. Suzuki delivers his combination offense. Suzuki is trying to wear down Sanada. Sanada is slowly fading away. Sanada hits The TKO. Second Forearm Exchange. Sanada with a Saito Suplex for a two count. Sanada ascends to the top turnbuckle. Sanada with a Flying Skull End. Suzuki bends the right ankle of Sanada. Stalemate in the center of the ring. Sanada gets Suzuki trapped in Skull End. Will Suzuki tap out? Sanda with the cover for a two count. Sanada lands The MoonSault to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sanada via Pinfall 

Quarter-Final Matches In The 2019 New Japan Cup

– Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yoshi Hashi

– Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada

– Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr

– Colt Cabana vs. Sanada

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