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New Japan Cup Results (3/21/19): Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr

New Japan Cup Results (3/21/19)

New Japan Cup 2019: Night 10
March 21, 2019
Act City Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu, Japan

2019 New Japan Cup Reference Sheet

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Night 1

Night 2

Night 3 

Night 4 

Night 5 

Night 6

Night 7 

Night 8 

Night 9 

Transcription by Josh Lopez 

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

Uemura shoves Tsuji before the bell rings. Uemura and Tsuji will start things off. Quick Forearm/Open Hand Chop Exchange. Tsuji is lighting up Uemura’s chest. Tsuji tells Uemura to bring it. Uemura obliges with the forearm knockdown. Uemura with forearm shivers. Uemura goes for a Bodyslam, Tsuji blocks it. Tsuji bodyslams Uemura. Tsuji knocks Kojima and Tenzan off the ring apron. Tsuji stomps on Uemura’s chest. Tsuji bounces Uemura’s head on the blue turnbuckle pad. Tsuji tags in Nagata. Nagata kicks Uemura in the gut. Nagata applies a wrist lock. Umeura with a Forearm/Chop Combination. Nagata drives his knee into the midsection of Uemura. Following a snap mare takeover, Nagata kicks Uemura in the back. Nagata rams his elbow into Uemura’s neck. Nagata tags in Nakanishi.

Nakanishi drops Uemura with a knife edge chop. Nakanishi with an open hand chop across the sternum. Nakanishi clears the ring. Uemura is throwing forearms at Nakanishi. Uemura targets the neck of Nakanishi. Nakanishi with a forearm knockdown. Nakanishi with a tomahawk chop. Nakanishi tags in Tsuji. Tsuji slaps Uemura in the chest. Tsuji with a Hip Toss for a two count. Tsuji applies a front face lock. Tsuji brings Uemura to the corner. Tsuji tags in Nagata. Nagata with a Helluva Kick to Kojima. Nagata knocks Tenzan off the apron. Nagata bodyslams Uemura. Nagata unloads Three Mid-Kicks. Uemura is displaying his fighting spirit. Uemura dropkicks Nagata. Uemura tags in Tenzan.

Tenzan drops Nagata with a shoulder tackle. Tenzan clears the playing field. Tenzan repeatedly stomps on Nagata’s chest. Tenzan with Two HeadButts. Tenzan sends Nagata across the ring. Tenzan with a Corner Clothesline. Tenzan with a Vertical Brain Buster for a two count. Tenzan kicks Nagata in the chest. Nagata and Tenzan are trading back and forth shots. Tenzan delivers The Mongolian Chop. Nagata responds with a Big Boot. Tenzan HeadButts the chest of Nagata. Nagata hits The Exploder Suplex. Nagata tags in Tenzan. Nakanishi with forearm shivers. Nakanishi goes for The Argentine BackBreaker Rack, but Tenzan lands back on his feet. Tenzan drops Nakanishi with a Spinning Heel Kick. Tenzan tags in Kojima.

Machine Gun Chops. Kojima with a Running Forearm Smash. Kojima plays to the crowd. Nakanishi with a double sledge. Nakanishi with a Running Clothesline for a two count. Nakanishi gets Kojima trapped in The Argentine BackBreaker Rack. Tenzan nails Nagata with Two Mongolian Chops. TenKoji goes for a Double Shoulder Tackle, but Nakanishi counters with a Double Spear. Nakanishi tags in Tsuji. Tsuji dropkicks Kojima. Tsuji sends Uemura crashing into the steel barricade. Tsuji with forearm shivers in the corner. Tsuji with a Diving Forearm Smash. Tsuji drops Kojima with a shoulder tackle. Tsuji locks in The Boston Crab. Tsuji refuses to let go of the hold. Tsuji PowerSlams Uemura. Kojima kicks Tsuji in the gut. Kojima hits The Koji Cutter for a two count. Tenzan and Nagata are brawling on the floor. Kojima connects with The Koji Lariat to pickup the victory.

Winner: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuya Uemura via Pinfall 

Second Match: Will Ospreay & Shota Umino vs. Taichi & Taka Michinoku 

Umino and Michinoku will start things off. Michinoku signals for the test of strength. Michinoku kicks Umino in the gut. Michinoku drives his knee into the midsection of Umino. Michinoku applies a side headlock. Umino reverses the hold. Umino drops Michinoku with a shoulder tackle. Umino with a Hip Toss. Umino is fired up. Michinoku side steps Umino into the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Michinoku with a Jumping Knee Strike. Michinoku kicks Umino in the face. Michinoku goes back to the side headlock. Taichi and Ospreay are brawling on the outside. Taichi sends Ospreay chest first into the steel ring post. Michinoku stomps on Umino’s face. Michinoku is choking Umino with his boot. Michinoku tags in Taichi. Following a snap mare takeover, Taichi kicks Umino in the back for a two count. Taichi stands on Umino’s back. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half.

Taichi drags Umino to the corner. Michinoku continues to attack Umino behind the referee’s back. Taichi tags in Michinoku. Umino with a rapid fire forearm smashes. Michinoku uppercuts Umino. Michinoku tags in Taichi. The referee is trying to calm down Ospreay. Umino goes for a dropkick, but Michinoku holds onto the ropes. Michinoku stomps on Umino’s chest. Michinoku applies a wrist lock. Umino kicks Michinoku in the jaw. Umino goes for a Missile Dropkick, but Michinoku ducks out of the way. Michinoku is putting the boots to Umino. Umino dropkicks Michinoku. Umino tags in Ospreay. Ospreay delivers his combination offense. Ospreay with a HandSpring Back Flip Kick. Ospreay knocks Taichi off the ring apron. Ospreay hits Pip Pip Cheerio for a two count. Ospreay goes for The Storm Breaker, but Michinoku counters with a Jumping Heel Kick. Michinoku tags in Taichi. Taichi paint brushes Ospreay.

Taichi and Ospreay are trading back and forth shots. Taichi with a Spinning Back Kick. Taichi slaps Ospreay in the back of the head. Ospreay dropkicks Taichi in the chest. Ospreay with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ospreay tags in Umino. Umino with forearm shivers. Taichi responds with Two Big Boots. Umino with the forearm knockdown. Umino with a Running Elbow Smash. Umino follows that with a Vertical Suplex. Umino knocks Michinoku off the apron. Ospreay with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Umino delivers a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Umino goes for The Fisherman’s Suplex, but Taichi blocks it. Umino with a Running Forearm Smash. Taichi blasts Umino with The Mid-Kick. Taichi hits The Axe Bomber. Taichi rips off his pants. Taichi drops Umino with a Buzzsaw Kick for a two count. Ospreay dumps Michinoku out of the ring. Taichi with a Hook Kick. Umino avoids The SuperKick from Taichi. Umino uppercuts Taichi. Taichi SuperKicks Umino. Taichi makes Umino tap out to The Stretch Plum.

Winner: Taichi & Taka Michinoku via Submission 

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

Robinson and Fale will start things off. Robinson immediately knocks Owens off the ring apron. Fale attacks Robinson from behind. Robinson goes for two shoulder tackles, but Fale stands still. Robinson ducks a clothesline from Fale. Robinson slides out of the ring. Robinson blocks a SuperKick from Owens. Robinson with a Knee Lift. Robinson sends Owens chest first into the steel barricade. Hikuleo goes for a Running PowerSlam, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Jado nails Robinson with the kendo stick. Fale attacks Nicholls. Owens drives his elbow into Robinson’s neck. Owens and Robinson are brawling in the crowd. Hikuleo with a knife edge chop. Hikuleo rolls Robinson back into the ring. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half.

Fale tags in Hikuleo. Fale and Hikuelo are standing on Robinson’s back. Owens hits The PK. Owens is choking Robinson on the floor. Owens rolls Robinson back into the ring. Hikuleo with the cover for a two count. Hikuleo is wearing down Robinson on the second rope. Hikuleo tags in Owens. Owens whips Robinson to the corner. Owens with a Running Forearm Smash. Owens with a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Owens makes another quick tag to Hikuleo. Hikuleo punches Robinson in the ribs. Hikuleo applies a front face lock. Hikuelo with a clubbing blow to Robinson’s back. Hikuleo goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Robinson kicks Hikuleo in the jaw. Robinson decks Owens with a back elbow smash. Hikuleo bodyslams Robinson. Hikuleo goes for a Running Leg Drop, but Robinson ducks out of the way.

Robinson tags in Nicholls. Nicholls with a corner clothesline. Nicholls clears the ring. Nicholls with a Death Valley Driver. Nicholls with a Sliding Lariat for a two count. Hikuleo negates The Mikey Bomb. Hikuleo applies a front face lock. Hikuleo drops Nicholls with a Swinging NeckBreaker. Hikuleo goes for The GutWrench Suplex, but Nicholls rolls him over for a two count. Nicholls with a chop/forearm combination. Hikuleo creates distance with The Samoan Drop. Hikuleo tags in Owens. Owens mocks Robinson. Chase Jabs. Owens knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Nicholls with a Back Body Drop. Nicholls tags in Narita.

Narita is throwing forearms at Owens. Owens reverses out of the irish whip from Narita. Narita ducks a clothesline from Owens. Narita with a forearm knockdown. Narita with a Baseball Slide Dropkick to Jado. Owens with a knee lift. Narita goes for a dropkick, but Owens holds onto the ropes. Owens goes for a Running Knee Strike, but Narita rolls him over for a two count. Owens with a Rolling Back Elbow Smash. Narita responds with the inside cradle for a two count. Narita applies a waist lock. Narita with an O’Connor Roll for a two count. Jado delivers another kendo stick shot. Owens connects with Jewel Heist for a two count. Fale dumps Robinson out of the ring. Owens plants Narita with The Package PileDriver to pickup the victory.

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

Fourth Match: Michael Elgin, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Toa Henare vs. Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Suzuki Gun attacks Taguchi Japan before the bell rings. Open Hand Chop Exchange. Suzuki drives his knee into the midsection of Taguchi. Barricades are being rattled. Taguchi goes for a Leaping Hip Attack, but Suzuki ducks out of the way. Suzuki stomps on Taguchi’s back. Suzuki with a knee lift. Suzuki repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Taguchi. Taguchi side steps Suzuki into the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Taguchi unloads Two Hip Attacks. Taguchi Japan are double teaming Suzuki. Archer kicks Henare in the back. Archer dumps Henare out of the ring. Suzuki is pissed. Suzuki applies The Sleeper Hold. Suzuki repeatedly stomps on Taguchi’s chest. Suzuki sends Taguchi chest first across the barricade. Suzuki and Taguchi are brawling in the crowd. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half. All hell is breaking loose in Hamamatsu.

Suzuki dumps multiple chairs on top of Taguchi. Suzuki nails Taguchi with a plastic beer bottle. Taguchi gets back in the ring at the count of nineteen. Forearm Exchange. Suzuki tags in Archer. Archer launches Taguchi to the corner. Archer with Three Running Elbow Smashes. Archer with a Seated Senton to the chest for a two count. Archer argues with the referee. Archer tags in Suzuki. Suzuki with a Helluva Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Suzuki hits The PK for a two count. Second Open Hand Chop Exchange. Suzuki kicks Taguchi in the gut. Suzuki talks smack to Taguchi. Taguchi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Suzuki stops Taguchi in his tracks. Taguchi creates distance with a Desperation Hip Attack. Elgin and Smith are tagged in.

Elgin goes for a shoulder tackle, but Smith stands still. Elgin goes for a Bodyslam, but Smith lands back on his feet. Standing Switch Exchange. Smith with a back elbow smash. Elgin ducks a clothesline from Smith. Elgin with a Diving Shoulder Tackle. Elgin knocks Archer off the ring apron. Elgin with Two Corner Clotheslines. Elgin follows that with a Tornado FaceBreaker. Low Enzuigiri for a two count. Elgin goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Smith blocks it. Elgin rocks Smith with a Forearm Smash. Smith responds with a Running Knee Strike. Smith with a Back Drop Driver for a two count. Smith goes for The Bulldog Bomb, but Elgin counters with a Back Body Drop. Elgin punches Archer. Stiff Lariat Exchange. Smith with a Big Boot. Elgin responds with a Release German Suplex. Elgin tags in Henare. Smith fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Smith slaps Henare in the face.

Smith and Henare are trading back and forth shots. Henare kicks Smith in the chest. Smith with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Smith tags in Archer. Henare ducks a clothesline from Archer. Henare with forearm shivers. Henare with a Running Forearm Smash. Henare blocks a boot from Archer. Henare goes for The Samoan Drop, Smith gets in the way. KES connects with The Hart Attack for a two count. Taguchi Japan negates The Magic Killer. Henare with a Diving Shoulder Tackle. Henare goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Archer blocks it. Henare delivers his combination offense. Henare with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Henare lands The Flying Shoulder Tackle for a two count. Archer hits The Black Hole Slam for a two count. Archer puts Henare on the top turnbuckle. Henare HeadButts Archer. Archer catches Henare in mid-air. Archer ChokeSlams Henare for a two count. Archer slaps Henare in the chest. Archer plants Henare with The Blackout to pickup the victory.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, and Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Honma and Bushi will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Honma applies a side headlock. Honma drops Bushi with a shoulder tackle. Honma stomps on Bushi’s back. Makabe and Takagi are tagged in. Makabe is ready to fight. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Takagi applies a side headlock. Takagi goes for two shoulder tackles, but Makabe stands still. Takagi tells Makabe to bring it. Makabe collides into Takagi. Takagi ducks a clothesline from Makabe. Takagi drops Makabe with a shoulder tackle. Takagi punches Makabe in the back. Takagi drives his knee into the midsection of Makabe. Makabe with a shoulder tackle. Makabe bounces Takagi’s head on the red turnbuckle pad. Makabe tags in Yano. Yano kicks Takagi in the gut. Takagi reverses out of the irish whip from Takagi. Yano is playing mind games with Takagi.

Takagi puts Yano down with a shoulder tackle. LIJ clears the ring. Takagi stands on Yano’s back. Takagi applies a rear chin lock. Yano gets back to a vertical base. Takagi hammers down on the left shoulder of Yano. Takagi tags in EVIL. EVIL applies a wrist lock. EVIL tags in Natio. Naito drives his elbow into Yano’s back. Naito works on the left shoulder of Yano. Naito tags in Bushi. Bushi with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Bushi applies a wrist lock. Bushi tags in Takagi. The wrist lock party continues. Takagi with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Takagi HeadButts Yano. Yano applies a waist lock. Takagi with three sharp elbow strikes. Yano tugs on Takagi’s hair. Yano pulls Takagi down to the mat. Ibushi and Naito are tagged in.

Ibushi with a Spinning Back Kick. Bushi and EVIL attacks Ibushi from behind. Ibushi with a Double Back Flip Kick. Ibushi reverses out of the irish whip from Naito. Naito goes for a Sunset Flip, but Ibushi lands back on his feet. Naito dodges The PK. Ibushi with a Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ibushi goes for a German Suplex, but Naito blocks it. Naito with an arm-drag takeover. Naito follows that with an inverted atomic drop. Naito with a Corner Dropkick. Naito sweeps the legs of Ibushi. Naito with a Rebound Dropkick for a two count. Naito goes for a NeckBreaker, but Ibushi blocks it. Naito with clubbing blows to Ibushi’s back. Ibushi negates The Satellite DDT. Naito ducks a clothesline from Ibushi. Naito with The Running Knee. Naito tags in Bushi. Bushi delivers a Missile Dropkick. Bushi goes for a Swinging Reverse NeckBreaker, but Ibushi counters with a High Head Kick. Ibushi tags in Honma.

Honma is throwing forearms at Bushi. Honma with a Leaping Forearm Smash. Honma with a Running Bulldog. Honma goes for The Kokeshi HeadButt, but Bushi ducks out of the way. Bushi tags in EVIL. Takagi knocks Yano off the ring apron. EVIL and Takagi are double teaming Honma. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Honma. Takagi with a Running Lariat. EVIL with The Fisherman’s Buster for a two count. EVIL kicks Makabe in the gut. Makabe with a Double Clothesline. Naito dropkicks the left knee of Makabe. Ibushi with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Ibushi kicks Naito out of the ring. Honma drops EVIL with a Diving Kokeshi HeadButt. Honma goes for a Bodyslam, but EVIL blocks it. Honma negates Darkness Falls. Honma applies a waist lock. EVIL with three sharp elbow strikes. EVIL with a Misdirection Lariat for a two count. EVIL makes Honma tap out to The Scorpion Death Lock.

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

Sixth Match: Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi Hashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto 

Okada and Ishii will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Okada backs Ishii into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Okada pats Ishii on the chest. Ishii responds with a forearm smash. Ishii talks smack to Okada. That leads us to a forearm exchange. Okada drives his knee into the midsection of Ishii. Okada applies a side headlock. Okada goes for two shoulder tackles, but Ishii stands still. Okada with a Big Boot. Ishii responds with a shoulder tackle. Ishii unloads eight knife edge chops. Ishii stomps on Okada’s chest. Ishii tags in Goto. Goto drives his elbow into Okada’s neck. Okada knocks Ishii off the ring apron. Okada tells Ishii to bring it. Ishii and Goto are cutting the ring in half.

Goto is playing peacemaker. Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi kicks Goto in the gut. Hashi applies a side headlock. Shoulder Tackle Exchange. Goto with a Hip Toss. Goto drops Hashi with The Mid-Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Goto kicks Hashi in the back. Goto knocks Okada off the apron. Goto tags in Ishii. Double Shoulder Tackle. Ishii applies a single leg crab. Okada kicks Ishii in the face. Second Forearm Exchange. Ishii HeadButts Okada and Hashi. Ishii is lighting up Hashi’s chest. Ishii continues to bark at Okada. Ishii tags in Goto. Goto kicks Hashi in the chest. Goto punches Hashi in the back. Goto with a back elbow strike for a two count. Goto applies a rear chin lock. Hashi gets back to a vertical base. Goto tags in Ishii. Ishii repeatedly kicks Hashi in the face. Hashi is pissed.

Hashi and Ishii are trading back and forth shots. Hashi kicks Ishii in the jaw. Ishii with a forearm smash. Ishii paint brushes Hashi. Ishii HeadButts Hashi. Hashi responds with three throat chops. Hashi with a Vertical Suplex. Hashi tags in Okada. Okada drops Ishii with a shoulder tackle. Okada knocks Goto off the ring apron. Okada with forearm shivers. Okada ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Okada with a Running Elbow Smash. Okada plays to the crowd. Okada with a Leaping Back Elbow Smash. Okada kicks Ishii in the gut. Okada hits The Spike DDT for a two count. Okada goes for a Reverse NeckBreaker, but Ishii blocks it. Okada applies a waist lock. Ishii with two sharp elbow strikes. Ishii side steps The Big Boot from Okada. Okada uppercuts Ishii. Ishii PowerSlams Okada. Ishii is turning Okada’s chest into hamburger meat.

Ishii slaps Okada in the face. Okada reverses out of the irish whip from Ishii. Okada goes for a FlapJack, but Ishii counters with a HeadButt. Ishii with a waist lock go-behind. Okada negates The Vertical Drop Brain Buster. Ishii dodges The Rain Maker. Ishii with a Spinning Back Drop Driver. Ishii tags in Goto. Goto is throwing forearms at Okada. Okada kicks Goto in the jaw. Okada with a Reverse NeckBreaker. Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi hits The Head Hunter. Hashi knocks Ishii off the apron. Hashi with a Running Chop. Hashi puts Goto on the top rope. Hashi dropkicks the back of Goto for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Hashi slaps Goto in the back of the head. That leads us to a forearm/palm strike fest in the corner.

Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Hashi lands back on his feet. Hashi with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Hashi avoids a SuperKick from Ishii. Ishii with a forearm smash. Okada responds with a Big Boot. Goto clotheslines Okada. Hashi with a knife edge chop. Goto with a Discus Lariat. Goto is fired up. Hashi with a Desperation Lariat for a two count. Hashi with The Fisherman’s Buster for a two count. Okada and Ishii are brawling on the floor. Hashi goes for Karma, but Goto counters with The Reverse GTR. Okada blocks The GTR. Ishii kicks Okada in the gut. Okada reverses out of the irish whip from Ishii. Okada goes for a Dynamic Dropkick, but Ishii holds onto the ropes. Ishii clotheslines Okada. Hashi unloads Two SuperKicks. Goto connects with The Ushigoroshi. Ishii follows that with The Sliding Lariat. Goto plants Hashi with The GTR to pickup the victory.

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Colt Cabana vs. Sanada in a Quarter-Final Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cabana applies a side headlock. Cabana transitions into a hammerlock. Cabana with a snap mare takeover. Sanada applies a wrist lock. Cabana breaks free from the hold. Cabana applies a front face lock. Sanada with a hammerlock reversal. The chain grappling exchange continues in the center of the ring. Sanada with a side headlock takeover. Cabana applies a long headscissors neck lock. Sanada pops back to a vertical base. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Cabana with a waist lock go-behind. Sanada sweeps the legs of Cabana. Cabana goes for a monkey flip, but Sanada blocks it. Cabana negates The Paradise Lock. Cabana with a double leg takedown. Cabana with The SuperMan for a two count. Sanada hyperextends the wish bones of Cabana. Cabana is playing mind games with Sanada. Cabana rolls Sanada over for a two count. Cabana wants Sanada to shake his hand.

Cabana goes for a Hip Toss, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Cabana stops Sanada in his tracks. Sanada reverses out of the irish whip from Cabana. Cabana crawls under Sanada. Sanada with a single leg takedown. Sanada gets Cabana trapped in The Paradise Lock. Sanada plays to the crowd. Sanada with a Basement Dropkick. Cabana is regaining his composure on the outside. Cabana avoids any traps from Sanada. Cabana with an elbow smash. Sanada leapfrogs over Cabana. Sanada dropkicks Cabana to the floor. Sanada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Cabana continues to roll himself out of the ring. Sanada with the cover for a one count. Following a snap mare takeover, Sanada applies a rear chin lock. Cabana gets back to a vertical base. Cabana with a chop/forearm combination. Sanada with a Leaping Hurricanrana. Cabana rocks Sanada with a Forearm Smash. Cabana blocks a boot from Sanada. Cabana unloads a flurry of left jabs.

Cabana dodges The Step Up Enzuigiri. Cabana hits The Boom Boom Elbow Smash. Cabana delivers The Flying Asshole. Cabana flexes his muscles. Cabana with a Double Jump Splash for a two count. Cabana slaps Sanada in the chest. Sanada reverses out of the irish whip from Cabana. Cabana goes for The Quebrada, but Sanada ducks out of the way. Cabana negates Skull End. Cabana drives Sanada back first into the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Sanada decks Cabana with a back elbow smash. Sanada floats over into Skull End. Sanada skins the cat. Sanada fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Cabana locks in The Billy Goat’s Curse. Sanada crawls to the bottom rope to create separation.

Cabana is throwing forearms at Sanada. Cabana puts Sanada on the top turnbuckle. Cabana with a straight right hand. Cabana goes for The FrankenSteiner, but Sanada rolls him over for a two count. Sanada duck a clothesline from Cabana. Cabana goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Sanada counters with a Draping Fisherman’s NeckBreaker. Sanada goes for a MoonSault, but Cabana gets his knees up in the air. Cabana hooks the leg for a two count. Sanada goes for a dropkick, but Cabana holds onto the ropes. Sanada blocks The SuperMan Clutch. Cabana kicks Sanada in the gut. Cabana goes for a Running Splash, but Sanada ducks out of the way. Cabana rolls Sanada over for a two count. Sanada finally makes Cabana tap out to Skull End.

Winner: Sanada via Submission 

Eight Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr in a Quarter-Final Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup

Feeling out process after the bell rings. Sabre grapples around Tanahashi. Tanahashi goes for a side headlock, but Sabre counters with a headscissors neck lock. That leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Tanahashi applies a wrist lock. Sabre escapes the hold. Test Of Strength. Sabre applies a hammerlock. Sabre transitions into multiple submission variations. Sabre applies the cross-arm-breaker. Tanahashi gets back to a vertical base. Sabre is getting flustered. Tanahashi signals for the greco roman knuckle lock. Sabre applies a top wrist lock. Back to the greco roman knuckle lock. Tanahashi with a Northern Lights Suplex. Tanahashi kicks Sabre in the gut. Sleeper Hold Exchange. Sabre steps over into a modified fujiwara arm-bar. Sabre has complete control of the match. Sabre works on his joint manipulation game. Sabre stomps on the left shoulder of Tanahashi.

Sabre bends Tanahashi’s fingers. Sabre with a double arm-bar for a two count. Sabre is toying around with Tanahashi. Sabre uppercuts Tanahashi. Sabre tells Tanahashi to bring it. Tanahashi obliges with three forearm smashes. Uppercut/Forearm Exchange in the corner. Tanahashi kicks the right shoulder of Sabre. Tanahashi with a Running Forearm Smash. Tanahashi continues to throw forearms at Sabre. Tanahashi bodyslams Sabre. Tanahashi follows that with a SomerSault Senton off the second rope for a two count. Tanahashi goes for The SlingBlade, but Sabre counters with Two Big Boots. Sabre locks in The Cobra Twist. Tanahashi reverses the hold. Tanahashi with a PumpHandle Slam.

Tanahashi goes for Twist and Shout, but Sabre blocks it. Sabre dragon screws the left shoulder of Tanahashi. Sabre kicks Tanahashi in the face. Tanahashi launches Sabre to the ring apron. Sabre with a Roped Assisted Cobra Twist. Red Shoes calls for the clean break. Tanahashi dropkicks the right knee of Sabre. Tanahashi with Two Dragon Screw Leg Whips on the second rope. Tanahashi locks in The Texas CloverLeaf. Sabre transitions into a Triangle Choke. Tanahashi is slowly fading away. Tanahashi goes back to The Texas CloverLeaf. Sabre crawls to the bottom rope to create separation.

Tanahashi stomps on the right knee of Sabre. Sabre with a Leaping Double Wrist Lock. Tanahashi with Three Twist and Shouts. Tanahashi hits The SlingBlade for a two count. Full Nelson Lock Exchange. Sabre applies another cobra twist. Sabre kicks the left wrist of Tanahashi. Tanahashi responds with a palm strike. Sabre kicks Tanahashi in the chest. Tanahashi negates The PK. Tanahashi goes for a Dragon Screw Leg Whip, but Sabre counters with The European Clutch for a two count. Sabre hits The PK for a two count. Sabre applies a front face lock.

Sabre goes for The Zack Driver, but Tanahashi lands back on his feet. Tanahashi with a Bridging O’Connor Roll for a two count. Sabre locks in Orienteering With Napalm Death. Tanahashi breaks free from the hold. Tanahashi with an Inverted Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi goes for a Dragon Suplex, but Sabre counters with The European Clutch for a two count. Sabre with two uppercuts. Sabre goes for a backslide cover, but Tanahashi blocks it. Tanahashi paint brushes Sabre. Tanahashi with a Reverse SlingBlade. Tanahashi connects with The Japanese Leg Clutch Hold to pickup the victory.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi via Pinfall 

Semi-Final Matches In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

– Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii

– Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Sanada

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