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New Japan Cup Results (3/23/19): The Final Four

New Japan Cup Results (3/23/19)

New Japan Cup 2019: Night 11
March 23, 2019
Ao-Re Nagaoka
Niigata, Japan

2019 New Japan Cup Reference Sheet

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Night 10 

Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Michael Elgin, Colt Cabana, Yota Tsuji, and Yuya Meura vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Cabana and Nagata will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cabana applies a waist lock. Nagata reverses the hold. Nagata signals for the test of strength. Cabana applies another wrist lock. Nagata ducks a clothesline from Cabana. Cabana misfires on the elbow drop. Cabana dodges The PK. That leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Uemura and Nakanishi are tagged in. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nakanishi shoves Uemura to the mat. Nakanishi backs Uemura into the ropes. Nakanishi puts Uemura on the chest. Uemura responds with a forearm smash. Uemura dropkicks the back of Nakanishi. Uemura is throwing haymakers/forearms at Nakanishi. Nakanishi floors Uemura with a straight right hand. Uemura goes for the irish whip, but Nakanishi blocks it. Nakanishi grabs Uemura by his neck. Tsuji with forearm shivers. Nakanishi with a knife edge chop. Tsuji dropkicks Nakanishi. Nakanishi with a Double Northern Lights Suplex.

Nakanishi knocks Cabana and Elgin off the ring apron. Nakanishi tags in Tenzan. Tenzan HeadButts Uemura. Tenzan drops Uemura with The Mongolian Chops. Tenzan repeatedly stomps on Uemura’s chest. Tenzan with a clubbing headbutt to Uemura. Tenzan is mauling Uemura in the corner. Tenzan with a corner clothesline. Tenzan follows that with a Vertical Brain Buster for a two count. Tenzan tags in Kojima. Kojima repeatedly stomps on Uemura’s back. TenKoji are double teaming Uemura. Double Shoulder Tackle. Machine Gun Chops. Kojima with a Running Forearm Smash. Kojima plays to the crowd. Kojima with a Flying Elbow Drop for a two count. Kojima with forearm shivers. Uemura dropkicks Kojima. Uemura tags in Elgin.

Elgin is throwing forearms at Kojima. Elgin with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Elgin with a Leaping Forearm Smash. Kojima ducks a clothesline from Elgin. Kojima with a waist lock go-behind. Elgin with three sharp elbow strikes. Elgin with a Vertical Suplex. Elgin follows that with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Elgin with a corner clothesline. Elgin mocks Kojima. Kojima fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Elgin rocks Kojima with a forearm smash. Kojima blocks a lariat from Elgin. Kojima kicks Elgin in the gut. Kojima hits The Koji Cutter. Kojima tags in Tenzan. Tenzan unloads Two Mongolian Chops. Elgin PowerSlams Tenzan. Elgin tags in Cabana.

Mongolian Chop Exchange. Cabana with The Bionic Elbow. Cabana with a Double Jump Splash for a two count. Tenzan responds with a Spinning Heel Kick. Tenzan tags in Nagata. Cabana avoids The Big Boot. Cabana with an elbow smash to Nagata. Cabana creates distance with a Reverse STO. Cabana tags in Tsuji. Tsuji clears the ring. Nagata with a Big Boot. Tsuji drops Nagata with a shoulder tackle. Tsuji PowerSlams Nagata for a two count. Tsuji locks in The Boston Crab. Tsuji refuses to let go of the hold. Tsuji and Nakanishi are trading back and forth shots. Tsuji bodyslams Nakanishi. Nagata with a Running Knee Lift. Nagata hits The Mid-Kick for a two count. Pier six brawl on the outside. Nagata connects with The Exploder Suplex. Nagata makes Tsuji tap out to The Nagata Lock II.

Winner: Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan via Submission 

Second Match: Shingo Takagi & Bushi vs. Shota Umino & Ren Narita 

Bushi and Umino will start things off. Quick feeling out process. Test of Strength. Standing Switch Exchange. Bushi kicks Umino in the gut. Bushi is throwing forearms at Umino. Umino with a running elbow smash. Umino with the forearm knockdown. Umino stomps on Bushi’s chest. Umino tags in Narita. Narita goes for a bodyslam, but Bushi blocks it. Narita with forearm shivers. Narita bodyslams Bushi for a two count. Open Hand Chop Exchange. Bushi kicks Narita in the gut. Bushi clotheslines Narita. Takagi knocks Umino off the ring apron. Takagi drives Umino back first into the edge of the ring frame. Takagi hits The Spike DDT on the floor. Bushi repeatedly stomps on the back of Narita. Bushi brings Narita to the blue corner. Bushi tags in Takagi.

LIJ are cutting the ring in half. Takagi unloads a knife edge chop. Takagi drives his knee into the midsection of Narita. Takagi with a Running Knee Lift. Takagi locks in The Abdominal Stretch. Takagi with a PumpHandle PowerSlam for a two count. Takagi tags in Bushi. Bushi and Takagi are double teaming Narita. Bushi bodyslams Takagi. Bushi locks in The Boston Crab. Takagi blocks Umino from entering the ring. Narita crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Bushi with shots to the midsection of Narita. Bushi goes for another bodyslam, but Narita lands back on his feet. Narita dropkicks Bushi. Narita tags in Umino.

Umino knocks Takagi off the ring apron. Umino with forearm smashes. Umino with a running elbow strike. Umino follows that with a basement dropkick. Umino whips Bushi to the corner. Umino with two running back elbow strikes. Umino with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Umino goes for a Fisherman’s Buster, but Bushi counters with a Swinging Fisherman’s NeckBreaker. Bushi tags in Takagi. Takagi kicks Umino in the face. Umino kicks Takagi in the jaw. Umino decks Bushi with a back elbow smash. Umino delivers a Double Missile Dropkick. Umino tags in Narita. Narita with rapid fire forearm shivers. Narita dodges The Pumping Bomber. Narita puts Takagi down with the forearm knockdown. Narita knocks Bushi off the ring apron.

The Young Lions are double teaming Takagi. Narita with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. Narita is fired up. Narita kicks Takagi in the chest. Takagi kicks Narita in the jaw. Takagi ducks a lariat from Narita. Bushi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Takagi follows that with a Back Drop Driver for a two count. Bushi dumps Umino out of the ring. Takagi goes for Noshigami, but Narita rolls him over for a two count. Narita slaps Takagi in the chest. Takagi responds with a charging lariat. Narita with another rollup for a two count. Takagi hits The Pumping Bomber for a two count. Takagi plants Narita with Noshigami to pickup the victory.

Winner: Shingo Takagi & Bushi via Pinfall 

Third Match: Togi Makabe, Toa Henare, and Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Right on cue Suzuki Gun attacks Makabe, Henare and Yano before the bell rings. Makabe sends Suzuki chest first into the steel barricade. Archer and Yano are brawling in the crowd. Henare with a Running Tomahawk Chop for a one count. Smith fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Smith kicks Henare in the chest. Henare decks Smith with a back elbow smash. Smith throws Henare off the top turnbuckle. Smith flexes his muscles. Smith stomps on Henare’s chest. Suzuki and Makabe are brawling in press row. All hell is breaking loose in Niigata. Smith with a Snap Vertical Suplex on the floor. Suzuki sends Makabe crashing into a collection of chairs. Suzuki buries Makabe under a steel guard rail. Smith tags in Archer. KES with a Double Bodyslams. Suzuki continues to wear out Makabe on the outside.

Archer with a short-arm clothesline. Archer bounces Henare’s head on the white and orange turnbuckle pad. Archer unloads two open hand chops. Henare fires back with knife edge chops. Archer whips Henare back first across the turnbuckle pad. Archer dumps Henare out of the ring. Suzuki slams Henare’s head on the japanese announce table. Smith kicks Henare in the chest. Smith rolls Henare back into the ring. Archer tags in Suzuki. Suzuki toys around with Henare. Henare is throwing forearms at Suzuki. Henare with two knife edge chops. Suzuki likes the punishment. Suzuki with nasty elbow strikes. Henare hits The Samoan Drop. Henare tags in Makabe.

Makabe clears the ring. Smith headbutts Makabe in the back of the head. Makabe with a running lariat. Makabe follows that with three corner clotheslines. Makabe transitions into The Corner Mount. Makabe goes for a Northern Lights Suplex, but Suzuki blocks it. Suzuki drives his knee into the midsection of Makabe. Suzuki with a Helluva Kick. Following a snap mare takeover, Suzuki hits The PK for a two count. Suzuki talks smack to Makabe. Suzuki with clubbing knee strikes. That leads us to a forearm exchange. Suzuki applies The Sleeper Hold. Suzuki goes for The Gotch Style PileDriver, but Makabe counters with a Back Body Drop. Suzuki kicks Makabe in the chest. Suzuki with a knee lift. Makabe responds with a Misdirection Lariat. Makabe tags in Yano. Yano starts removing turnbuckle pads. Suzuki drops Yano with a Big Boot. Suzuki tags in Archer.

Archer with a Running Elbow Smash. Yano begs for mercy. Archer negates the low blow from Yano. Yano with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Yano ducks a clothesline from Archer. Yano pulls Archer down to the mat. Yano tags in Henare. Archer goes for a ChokeSlam, but Henare bocks it. Henare is throwing haymakers at Archer. Henare with a Flying Shoulder Tackle for a two count. Makabe whips Archer into the exposed steel. Makabe with a corner clothesline. Henare Spears Archer for a two count. Smith throws Henare into a PowerSlam from Archer for a two count. KES goes for The Killer Bomb, but Henare blocks it. Henare with a back elbow smash. Henare delivers his combination offense. Archer with a Big Boot. Henare responds with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Archer hits The Pounce. Archer plants Henare with The Blackout to pickup the victory.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki & The Killer Elite Squad via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Will Ospreay & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi 

Ospreay and Taichi will start things off. Taichi runs away from Ospreay. Sabre attacks Ospreay from behind. Ospreay with a Hurricanrana. Taichi kicks Ospreay in the gut. Ospreay dropkicks Taichi. Ospreay with a straight right hand. Ospreay tags in Taguchi. Taguchi is calling the plays. Ospreay with four running elbow smashes. Taguchi drops Taichi with a Corner Hip Attack. The Hip Attack Party continues. Taichi dumps Ospreay out of the ring. Sabre applies a double wrist lock on the top turnbuckle. Taichi sends Ospreay chest first into the steel barricade. Sabre wrenches the right shoulder of Taguchi. The referee finally gets Sabre out of the ring. Taichi with Kawada Kicks. Taichi chokes Taguchi. Suzuki Gun are cutting the ring in half.

Taichi tags in Sabre. Sabre is choking Taguchi with his boot. Sabre applies the cravate. Sabre with a snap mare takeover. Sabre cranks on Taguchi’s neck. Sabre tags in Taichi. Taichi goes back to the cravate. Taichi taunts Ospreay. Taichi paint brushes Taguchi. Taguchi with two open hand chops. Taichi rakes the eyes of Taguchi. Taguchi goes for a Hip Attack, but Taichi ducks out of the way. Taichi kicks Taguchi in the back. Taichi tells Taguchi to bring it. Taguchi creates distance with The Leaping Hip Attack. Taguchi tags in Ospreay. Ospreay knocks Sabre off the ring apron. Ospreay blocks a boot from Taichi. Ospreay with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ospreay hits Pip Pip Cheerio for a two count. Ospreay with a straight right hand. Taichi reverses out of the irish whip from Ospreay. Ospreay kicks Taichi in the jaw. Taichi responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi rips off his pants.

Ospreay dodges The SuperKick. Ospreay with a RoundHouse Kick. Ospreay drills Taichi with The Cheeky Nando’s Kick. Taichi fights out of the electric chair position. Taichi responds with a Spinning Back Kick. Ospreay dropkicks Taichi in the chest. Taichi with a Desperation Enzuigiri. Sabre and Taguchi are tagged in. Sabre uppercuts Taguchi. Taguchi with a Roll Through Hip Attack. Taguchi plays to the crowd. Taguchi connects with The Bomaye for a two count. Taguchi applies The Ankle Lock. Sabre reverses the hold. Taguchi rolls Sabre over for a two count. Sabre uppercuts Taichi. Sabre dodges The Hip Attack. Sabre goes for The PK, but Taguchi rolls him over for a two count. Taguchi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taguchi goes for Dodon, but Sabre blocks it. Sabre makes Taguchi tap out to The Heel Hook. After the match, Sabre won’t let go of the hold. Ospreay is trying to save his tag team partner. Taichi drills Ospreay with the microphone stand. Taichi locks in The Stretch Plum. Taichi has his eyes set on the NEVER OpenWeight Title.

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr & Taichi via Submission 

Fifth Match: Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tetsuya Naito & EVIL 

Ibushi and Naito will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Ibushi backs Naito into the ropes. Ibushi pats Naito on the chest. Naito spits at Ibushi. Naito kicks Ibsuhi in the gut. 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 Mid-Kick. Naito with an arm-drag takeover. Ibushi with the headscissors escape. Naito does his signature tranquilo pose. EVIL and Honma are tagged in. EVIL kicks Honma in the gut. EVIL applies a side headlock. EVIL goes for a shoulder tackle, but Honma stands still. Honma flexes his muscles. Honma ducks a clothesline from EVIL. Honma drops EVIL with a shoulder tackle. Double Shoulder Tackle. Honma and Ibushi follows that with Stereo Kokeshi HeadButts.

Honma unloads three knife edge chops. Naito trips Honma from the outside. EVIL drop toe holds Ibushi into a Sliding Dropkick from Naito. The action spills to the outside. EVIL whips Honma chest first to the steel barricade. EVIL with a knife edge chop. Naito bounces Ibushi’s head on the ring apron. EVIL drives his elbow into the back of Honma’s neck. EVIL tags in Naito. Naito repeatedly stomps on Honma’s back. LIJ are cutting the ring in half. EVIL applies the cravate. EVIL delivers another knife edge chop. Honma is throwing forearms at Naito. Naito with clubbing elbow smashes. Naito goes for a NeckBreaker, but Honma blocks it. Honma goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Naito lands back on his feet. Naito kicks Honma in the gut. Honma drops Naito with a back elbow strike. Honma creates distance with The Kokeshi HeadButt. Honma tags in Ibushi.

Ibushi knocks EVIL off the ring apron. Ibushi with a Jumping Knee Strike. Ibushi dives over Naito. Ibushi PowerSlams Naito. Ibushi with a MoonSault off the second rope for a two count. Standing Switch Exchange. Ibushi with three sharp elbow strikes. Naito with a Hip Toss. Naito dropkicks Ibushi in the back of the head. Naito with a NeckBreaker. LIJ are double teaming Ibushi. EVIL with a Corner Clothesline. Naito follows that with The Running Knee for a two count. Naito goes for Gloria, but Ibushi blocks it. Naito goes for a German Suplex, but Ibushi lands back on his feet. Ibushi with a Spinning Back Kick. Naito responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ibushi wraps this sequence with an Inside Out Lariat. EVIL and Honma are tagged in.

Stiff Lariat Exchange. EVIL with a double hand chop. Honma clotheslines EVIL. Honma is fired up. Honma with a Diving Kokeshi HeadButt for a two count. Honma goes for a Falling Kokeshi HeadButt off the second rope, but EVIL ducks out of the way. EVIL throws the right leg of Honma at the referee. EVIL thrust kicks the midsection of Honma. EVIL hits Darkness Falls for a two count. Naito and Ibushi are brawling on the floor. EVIL goes for Everything Is EVIL, but Ibushi gets in the way. EVIL uses the referee as a human shield. Naito delivers a Pop Up Low Blow. Naito connects with The Destino. Honma is fighting for his life. Naito with an Inverted Atomic Drop. EVIL with a Running Lariat for a two count. EVIL makes Honma tap out to The Scorpion Death Lock.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito & EVIL via Submission 

Sixth Match: Juice Robinson, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi Hashi, and Mikey Nicholls vs. Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, and Hikuleo w/Jado in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Robinson with a double leg takedown to Owens before the bell rings. Robinson transitions into a ground and pound attack. Massive brawl on the outside. Fale stomps on Robinson’s back. White and Fale are double teaming Robinson. Owens with a ground and pound attack of his own. Owens goes for Juice Box, but Robinson lands back on his feet. Owens dodges The Leg Lariat. Owens with a double leg takedown. Robinson fights out of the SharpShooter. Robinson blasts Owens with a heavy chop. Owens negates Pulp Friction. White and Hashi are tagged in. Owens knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Owens SuperKicks Robinson. That spot picker runs away. Goto and Nicholls are pissed. Fale attacks Hashi from behind. Fale punches Hashi in the gut. Fale whips Hashi to the corner. Fale goes for a Body Avalanche, but Hashi ducks out of the way. Hashi with Two Corner Clothesline. White kicks Hashi in the gut. White punches Hashi in the back. Hashi ducks a clothesline from White. Hashi hits The Head Hunter.

Chaos clears the ring. Double Shoulder Tackle. Goto and Hashi hip tosses Nicholls on top of White. Chaos strikes their signature pose in the center of the ring. Hashi pulls White back to the vertical base. Hashi unloads three knife edge chops. Jado nails Hashi with the kendo stick. That leads to a massive brawl on the outside. Hikuleo slings Nicholls back first across the barricade. White and Hashi are brawling in the crowd. White flexes his muscles. Hashi gets back in the ring at the count of eighteen. White stomps on Hashi’s back. White rips off Hashi’s medical tape. White applies a hammerlock. White drives Hashi shoulder first into the blue turnbuckle pad. White tags in Hikuleo. Hikuleo unloads two knife edge chops. Hikuleo tags in Fale. Fale and Hikuleo stands on Hashi’s back. Hashi is throwing forearms at Fale. Hashi stomps on the right foot of Fale. Hashi slaps Fale in the face. Fale clotheslines Hashi. Fale tags in Owens.

Owens punches Hashi in the back of the neck. Owens with a Running Forearm Smash. Owens clotheslines Hashi for a two count. Owens goes for Pulp Friction, but Hashi blocks it. Robinson is begging for the tag. Hashi creates distance with The Vertical NeckBreaker. Owens tags in White. Hashi with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Hashi tags in Nicholls. Nicholls with two corner clotheslines. Nicholls with a SpineBuster. Nicholls follows that with The Sliding Lariat for a two count. White negates The Mikey Bomb. Nicholls decks White with a back elbow smash. White fights out of the fireman’s carry position. White with a Snap Saito Suplex. White tags in Hikuleo. Hikuleo knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Hikuleo hits The Samoan Drop. Hikuleo with a Running Leg Drop for a two count. Nicholls drops Hikuleo with a DDT. Nicholls tags in Goto.

Goto whips Hikuleo to the corner. Goto with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Hikuleo with clubbing shots to Goto’s back. Stiff Lariat Exchange. Goto with a Running Lariat. Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Hikuleo lands back on his feet. Hikuleo drops Goto with a Big Boot. Bullet Club clears the ring. Fale sends Goto to the corner. Owens with a Running Forearm Smash. White with a Running European Uppercut. Fale levels Goto with The Body Avalanche. Hikuleo with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Owens goes for The Package PileDriver, but Robinson counters with a Back Body Drop. Owens avoids The Left Hand Of God. Robinson with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Goto with a waist lock go-behind. Goto shoves Hikuleo into Jado. Goto connects with The GTR to pickup the victory.

Winner: Juice Robinson, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi Hashi, and Mikey Nicholls via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii in a Semi-Final Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Okada backs Ishii into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Quick Forearm Exchange. Okada kicks Ishii in the gut. Okada applies a side headlock. Okada goes for two shoulder tackles, but Ishii stands still. Ishii with a forearm smash. Ishii side steps The Big Boot from Okada. Okada ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Okada drops Ishii with a shoulder tackle. Okada attacks the back of Ishii’s neck. Following a snap mare takeover, Okada repeatedly kicks Ishii in the back of the head. Ishii is pissed. Ishii with machine gun forearms. Ishii tells Okada to bring it. Okada with forearm shivers. Okada uppercuts Ishii. Okada drops Ishii with a shoulder tackle. Ishii kicks Okada in the face. Uppercut/Forearm Exchange. Okada dumps Ishii out of the ring. Ishii PowerSlams Okada on the floor. Ishii rolls Okada back into the ring. Ishii unloads eighteen knife edge chops.

Ishii slaps Okada in the face. Ishii paint brushes Okada. Okada wants more punishment. Ishii is lighting up Okada’s chest. Okada with three forearm smashes. Ishii drops Okada with a throat chop. Ishii goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Okada blocks it. Okada kicks Ishii in the gut. Okada drops Ishii with a Spike DDT. Okada with three running elbow strikes. Okada is fired up. Okada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Okada bodyslams Ishii. Okada dives over Ishii. Ishii kicks Okada in the jaw. Okada responds with a running elbow smash in the corner. Okada with clubbing forearm smashes. Ishii spits at Okada. Ishii walks into forearms from Okada. Ishii kicks the right leg of Okada. Okada is displaying his fighting spirit. Forearm Concert in Niigata.

Okada goes for a dropkick, but Ishii holds onto the ropes. Okada ducks a lariat from Ishii. Okada with a waist lock go-behind. Ishii decks Okada with a back elbow smash. Okada dodges The Step Up Enzuigiri. Okada goes for a Senton Splash, but Ishii ducks out of the way. Okada side steps The Sliding Lariat. Okada hits The Reverse NeckBreaker. Okada bodyslams Ishii. Okada with a Flying Elbow Drop. Okada does his signature rain maker pose. Ishii pops back on his feet. Okada with a Big Boot. Okada drops Ishii with The FlapJack. Okada delivers a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Okada goes for a TombStone PileDriver, but Ishii lands back on his feet. Ishii shoves Okada to the corner. Ishii PowerBombs Okada for a two count. Okada kicks Ishii in the chest. Okada uppercuts Ishii. Ishii responds with a Release German Suplex. Ishii with a Running Lariat for a two count. Okada dropkicks Ishii. Stalemate in the center of the ring.

Okada hits The TombStone PileDriver. Okada goes for The Rain Maker, but Ishii blocks it. Ishii HeadButts Okada. Ishii with a Thunderous Lariat. Ishii with a Corner Clothesline. Ishii puts Okada on the top turnbuckle. Ishii with an Avalanche Brain Buster for a two count. Ishii with The Sliding Lariat for a two count. Ishii goes for The Vertical Drop Brain Buster, but Okada counters with a High Knee Strike. Ishii blocks a boot from Okada. Ishii with a forearm smash. Okada responds with The Dynamic Dropkick. Okada with a short-arm clothesline. Okada maintains wrist control. Ishii fires back with three clubbing headbutts. Okada ducks a clothesline from Ishii. Okada with a High Angle German Suplex.

Okada goes for The Rain Maker, but Ishii counters with a Hip Lock TakeOver. Ishii locks in The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Okada crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Ishii works on the left shoulder of Okada. Ishii dodges The Spinning Rain Maker. Ishii with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Okada dropkicks Ishii in the back of the head. Okada follows that with a ShotGun Dropkick. Ishii with Two Clotheslines for a two count. Ishii goes for The Vertical Drop Brain Buster, but Okada blocks it. Ishii HeadButts Okada. Okada dropkicks Ishii. Ishii and Okada are trading back and forth shots. Ishii goes for The Vertical Drop Brain Buster, but Okada counters with The Spinning TombStone PileDriver. Okada connects with The Rain Maker to pickup the victory.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada via Pinfall 

Eight Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Sanada in a Semi-Final Round Match In The 2019 New Japan Cup 

Dueling chants! Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sanada backs Tanahashi into the ropes. Sanada pats Tanahashi on the chest. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Standing Switch Exchange. Sananda with a full arm dragon twist. Tanahashi applies a wrist lock. Sanada with a unique takeover. Tanahashi applies a headscissors neck lock. Sanada escapes the hold. Sanada applies a toe and ankle hold. Tanahashi responds with a side headlock. Tanahashi goes for a snap mare takeover, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Sanada ducks two clotheslines from Tanahashi. Double Dropkick leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Sanada blocks a boot from Tanahashi. Sanada with a single leg takedown. Sanada goes for The Paradise Lock, but Tanahashi rolls him over for a two count. Tanahashi picks the left ankle of Sanada. Tanahashi targets the left leg of Sanada. Sanada repeatedly slaps Tanahashi in the chest. Tanahashi applies a deep leg lock. Sanada grabs the bottom rope to create separation.

Tanahashi stomps on the left knee of Sanada. Sanada reverses out of the irish whip from Tanahashi. Sanada leapfrogs over Tanahashi. Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi to the floor. Sanada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Sanada plays to the crowd. Tanahashi with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip on the middle rope. Tanahashi bodyslams Sanada. Tanahashi follows that with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Sanada dodges The SlingBlade. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Tanahashi. Dragon Screw Leg Whip Exchange. Tanahashi reverses out of the irish whip from Sanada. Tanahashi side steps The SpringBoard Dropkick. Tanahashi with an Inverted Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Sanada fights out of The Texas CloverLeaf. Tanahashi with shots to the midsection of Sanada. Sanada goes for a Hurricanrana, but Tanahashi counters with The Texas CloverLeaf. Sanada refuses to quit.

Sanada and Tanahashi are trading back and forth shots. Tanahashi dropkicks the right knee of Sanada. Uppercut Exchange. Sanada with forearm shivers. Sanada goes for a Discus Forearm Smash, but Tanahashi counters with a Palm Strike. Sanada negates The Tiger Suplex. Sanada locks in Skull End. Tanahashi with Two Twist and Shouts. Sanada responds with a Draping Fisherman’s NeckBreaker. Sanada with a Bridging Tiger Suplex for a two count. Sanada goes back to Skull End. Sanada lands The MoonSault. Sanada goes for another MoonSault, but Tanahashi gets his knees up in the air. Tanahashi with an inside cradle for a two count. Tanahashi with an open palm strike.

Tanahashi goes for The SlingBlade, but Sanada blocks it. Tanahashi fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Skull End Exchange. Sanada rolls Tanahashi over for a two count. Tanahashi ducks a clothesline from Sanada. Tanahashi goes for a Dragon Suplex, but Sanada blocks it. Sanada with a Swinging Skull End. Tanahashi responds with a Standing Elbow Drop to the chest. Tanahashi hits The SlingBlade for a two count. Tanahashi goes for a Snap Dragon Suplex, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Sanada with the O’Connor Roll for a two count. Tanahashi with The Japanese Leg Clutch Hold. Sanada finally makes Tanahashi tap out to Skull End.

Winner: Sanada via Submission 

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