New Japan Cup Results (6/22/20): Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi

New Japan Cup Results 6/22/20
Night 3
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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Night 1 

Night 2

Transcription by Josh Lopez

First Match: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Douki vs. Yuji Nagata, Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura, and Gabriel Kidd in a 8-Man Tag Team Match 

Traditional pre-match attack from Suzuki Gun. Pier six brawl ensues. Douki slams Kidd’s head on the turnbuckle pad. Nagata with forearm shivers. Suzuki delivers a gut punch. Suzuki drives his knee into the midsection of Nagata. Forearm Exchange on the floor. Kidd decks Douki with a back elbow smash. Kidd drops Douki with a shoulder tackle. Kidd punches Douki in the back. Kidd with forearm shivers. Kidd goes for a Bodyslam, but Douki blocks it. Douki with clubbing blows to Kidd’s back. Kidd scores the elbow knockdown. Kidd bodyslams Douki for a two count. Kidd slams Douki’s head on the red turnbuckle pad. Kidd tags in Uemura. Uemura with a forearm smash. Uemura repeatedly stomps on Douki’s chest. Uemura kicks Douki in the gut. Uemura with forearm shivers. Douki kicks Uemura in the face. Douki sends Uemura tumbling to the floor. Suzuki Gun clears the ring.

Suzuki sends Nagata back first into the steel barricade. Douki is choking Uemura with a stick. Suzuki wraps a cable chord around Nagata’s neck. Suzuki applies a Figure Four Head Lock. Douki tags in Kanemaru. Kanemaru with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Kanemaru tags in Desperado. Desperado with Two Bodyslams. Desperado tags in Douki. Douki repeatedly stomps on Uemura’s back. Douki with a Pendulum BackBreaker for a two count. Douki tags in Suzuki. Suzuki toys around with Uemura. Uemura with forearm shivers. It takes Suzuki one forearm smash to put Uemura down for a two count. Suzuki is choking Uemura with his boot. Suzuki tags in Kanemaru. Suzuki Gun abusing the referee’s five count. Kanemaru stomps on Uemura’s back. Kanemaru hammers down on the back of Uemura’s neck. Uemura is displaying his fighting spirit. Kanemaru attacks Uemura from behind. Kanemaru with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Suzuki slaps Uemura in the face. Suzuki Gun gangs up on Uemura. Suzuki kicks Uemura in the back of the head. Kanemaru with the irish whip. Kanemaru delivers The Helluva Kick. Uemura decks Kanemaru with a back elbow smash. Kanemaru tugs on Uemura’s hair. Uemura creates distance with a Vertical Suplex.

Suzuki and Nagata are tagged in. Second Forearm Exchange. Nagata unloads three mid-kicks. Nagata follows that with The Helluva Kick. Suzuki negates The Exploder Suplex. Suzuki with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Following a snap mare takeover, Suzuki hits The PK. Suzuki rams his boot across Nagata’s face. Forearm/Palm Strike Exchange. Suzuki ducks a clothesline from Nagata. Suzuki applies a side headlock. Suzuki transitions into a front face lock. Desperado tags himself in. Nagata avoids The Suzuki Gun Attack. Desperado kicks Nagata in the gut. Nagata reverses out of the irish whip from Desperado. Nagata with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. Nagata tags in Tsuji. Double Shoulder Tackle. Double Irish Whip. Tsuji with a Flying Forearm Smash. Kidd follows that with a Running European Uppercut. Tsuji PowerSlams Desperado for a two count.

Kidd kicks Douki in the gut. Kidd dumps Douki out of the ring. Desperado rakes the eyes of Tsuji. Tsuji ducks a clothesline from Desperado. Tsuji Spears Desperado. Tsuji applies The Boston Crab. Kanemaru breaks the submission hold. Kanemaru kicks Uemura in the gut. Uemura reverses out of the irish whip from Kanemaru. Uemura dropkicks Kanemaru. Suzuki applies The Sleeper Hold. Nagata attacks Suzuki from behind. Third Forearm Exchange. Tsuji goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Desperado lands back on his feet. Desperado applies a waist lock. Tsuji decks Desperado with a back elbow smash. Desperado Spears Tsuji. Desperado drives his knee into the midsection of Tsuji. Tsuji drops Desperado with a shoulder tackle. Tsuji connects with The Brain Buster for a two count. Desperado with a big haymaker. Desperado plants Tsuji with The Pinche Loco to pickup the victory.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Douki via Pinfall 

Second Match: Sanada vs. Ryusuke Taguchi in a First Round Match In The 2020 New Japan Cup 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sanada backs Taguchi into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Sanada pats Taguchi on the chest. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Standing Switch Exchange. Taguchi applies a wrist lock. Hammerlock Exchange. Following a snap mare takeover, Taguchi applies a rear chin lock. Second Hammerlock Exchange. Taguchi applies a side headlock. Sanada with a side headlock takeover. Taguchi answers with the headscissors escape. That leads us to a standoff in the center of the ring. Taguchi wants a fist bump from Sanada. Sanada obliges. Sanada blocks a boot from Taguchi. Taguchi puts Sanada to put his leg down. Sanada ducks a clothesline from Taguchi. Double Dropkick. Sanada mocks Taguchi. Double Fist Bump.

This game of chest continues. Taguchi with a single leg takedown. Taguchi doesn’t have the keys for The Paradise Lock. Taguchi dances. Sanada with a double leg takedown. Sanada applies The Paradise Lock. Sanada with a low dropkick. Taguchi regroups on the outside. Sanada rolls Taguchi back into the ring. Sanada with Two Atomic Drops. Sanada goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Taguchi lands back on his feet. Taguchi applies a waist lock. Sanada decks Taguchi with a back elbow smash. Sanada avoids The Hip Attack. Sanada with the lateral press for a two count. Sanada applies a rear chin lock. Taguchi puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Sanada hammers down on the back of Taguchi’s neck. Sanada applies a wrist lock. Sanada with the irish whip. Taguchi kicks Sanada in the face. Sanada dodges The Hip Attack. Sanada goes for a sunset flip, but Taguchi counters with a basement dropkick. Hip Attack Party for a two count.

Taguchi goes for The Three Amigos, but Sanada counters with Skull End. Taguchi with a Vertical Suplex. Taguchi is fired up. Sanada dropkicks the left knee of Taguchi. Taguchi avoids The SlingShot Pescado. Taguchi with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block to the floor. Taguchi rolls Sanada back into the ring. Taguchi dives over Sanada. Taguchi dropkicks the left knee of Sanada. Taguchi applies The Ankle Lock. Sanada floats over into Skull End. Taguchi transitions into another Ankle Lock. Sanada refuses to quit. Sanada flips Taguchi over. Sanada with The Swinging Skull End. Taguchi with an inside cradle for a two count. Taguchi denies the dropkick. Taguchi connects with The La Magistral for a two count. Taguchi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taguchi rolls Sanada over for a two count. Taguchi ducks a clothesline from Sanada. Taguchi goes for The Running Hip Attack, but Sanada counters with an Atomic Drop. Sanada plants Taguchi with The Bridging O’Connor Roll to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sanada via Pinfall 

Third Match: Shingo Takagi vs. SHO in a First Round Match In The 2020 New Japan Cup 

Sho shoves Takagi before the bell rings. Sho with a pair of running lariats. Takagi with forearm shivers. Sho answers with a leaping forearm smash. Takagi reverses out of the irish whip from Sho. Takagi blocks a boot from Sho. Corner Clothesline Exchange. Shoulder Block Exchange. Sho clotheslines Takagi for a two count. Sho applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Takagi puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Sho repeatedly stomps on Takagi’s chest. Sho is choking Takagi with his boot. Following a snap mare takeover, Sho kicks Takagi in the back. Takagi tells Sho to bring it. Sho obliges with two mid-kicks. Forearm Exchange. Sho dropkicks Takagi. Takagi with a running shoulder tackle. Takagi sends Sho across the ring. Takagi clotheslines Sho over the top rope. Takagi throws Sho into the steel barricade. Takagi repeatedly kicks Sho in the back. Takagi dumps Sho face first on the ring apron. Takagi with a DDT on the floor. Takagi rolls Sho back into the ring.

Takagi applies the cravate. Takagi with clubbing elbow smashes. Takagi follows that with a double knee drop. Takagi stands on Sho’s face. Takagi toys around with Sho. Second Forearm Exchange. Takagi unloads a flurry of right jabs. Takagi with a knife edge chop. Takagi with a running knee lift into the midsection of Sho. Sho goes for The Spear, but Takagi counters with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Sho with a Vertical Suplex. Sho with a running shoulder tackle. Sho with forearm shivers. Sho kicks Takagi in the gut. Sho with a corner clothesline. Sho ducks a clothesline from Takagi. Sho Spears Takagi for a two count. Sho goes for a German Suplex, but Takagi blocks it. Sho grabs the right wrist of Takagi. Sho with Three Arm-Ringers. Takagi delivers his combination offense. Sho applies a Triangle Choke. Takagi with a One Arm PowerBomb. Sho negates The Noshigami.

Sho applies a wrist lock. Sho with combination mid-kicks. Sho SuperKicks Takagi. Sho tells Takagi to get up. Double Lariat. Takagi with a Snap Saito Suplex. Sho rises back on his feet. Sho blocks a lariat from Takagi. Sho with Two Snap German Suplex’s. Takagi grabs the middle rope for leverage. Sho kicks Takagi in the chest. Sho applies a waist lock. Takagi with two sharp elbow strikes. Sho kicks Takagi in the gut. Takagi with a running short-arm clothesline. Sho answers with a Jumping Knee Strike. Takagi drops Sho with a Lariat. Takagi follows that with a Sliding Lariat. Takagi hits The Noshigami for a two count. Sho fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Takagi with a corner clothesline. Takagi puts Sho on the top turnbuckle. Sho applies The Kimura Lock.

Sho hammers down on the back of Takagi’s neck. Sho with forearm shivers. Sho with Three HeadButts. Sho with The PowerBreaker. Sho with an Inside Out Lariat for a one count. Sho connects with a Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Sho is fired up. Sho goes for Shock Arrow, but Takagi counters with a Back Body Drop. Sho clotheslines the back of Takagi’s neck. Takagi answers with a Rebound Lariat. Takagi talks smack to Sho. Third Forearm Exchange. Takagi rocks Sho with a right jab. Takagi HeadButts Sho. Takagi follows that with Made In Japan for a two count. Takagi connects with The Pumping Bomber for a two count. Takagi goes for Last Of The Dragon, but Sho counters with an arm-bar takedown. Sho applies The Kimura Lock. Sho plants Takagi with Two Shock Arrows to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sho via Pinfall 

– There was a cleaning/disinfecting intermission during this broadcast.

Fourth Match: Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr in a First Round Match In The 2020 New Japan Cup 

Feeling out process after the bell rings. Sabre grapples around Ibushi. Sabre applies a front face lock. Ibushi with a double leg takedown. Chain grappling exchange. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. Sabre talks smack to Ibushi. Ibushi signals for the test of strength. Ibushi kicks the left hamstring of Sabre. Ibushi avoids the double leg takedown. Standing Switch Exchange. Sabre applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Sabre transitions into a bodyscissors hold. Sabre follows that with another cross-arm-breaker. Ibushi gets Sabre in a crucifix position. A lot of mat wrestling in the early stages of this match. Ibushi regroups on the outside. Ibushi repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Sabre. Ibushi kicks Sabre in the back. Ibushi applies a rear chin lock. Sabre puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Ibushi tells Sabre to bring it.

Ibushi continues to kick the left hamstring of Sabre. Sabre applies The Heel Hook. Sabre grapevines the legs of Ibushi to add more pressure. Ibushi finally reaches the bottom rope. Ibushi dives over Sabre. Ibushi with a Mid-Kick. Ibushi follows that with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ibushi stomps on Sabre’s back. Ibushi with forearm shivers. Sabre uppercuts Ibushi. Ibushi answers with two forearm smashes. Ibushi sends Sabre to the corner. Ibushi with a Hurricanrana. Sabre avoids The Golden Triangle MoonSault. Sabre needs to catch his breath. Ibushi kicks Sabre off the ring apron. Sabre applies the knee bar on the floor. Sabre abuses the referee’s five count. Sabre toys around with Ibushi. Ibushi with forearm shivers. Sabre kicks out the legs of Ibushi. Sabre with a Running European Uppercut. Sabre with The Big Boot. Sabre blocks a lariat from Ibushi. Sabre with an OverHead Wrist Kick. Ibushi responds with a Lariat.

Ibushi goes for The Last Ride, but Sabre counters with a Guillotine Choke. Sabre applies The Heel Hook. Ibushi applies a Full Nelson Lock. Sabre drops his weight on the right shoulder of Ibushi. Sabre applies The Cobra Twist. Sabre transitions into a Sleeper Hold. Sabre follows that with a single leg crab. Ibushi grabs the bottom rope which creates separation. Sabre repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Ibushi. Sabre with clubbing mid-kicks. Sabre with a rolling crucifix for a two count. Sabre applies a Triangle Choke. Ibushi with a DeadLift PowerBomb. Sabre dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Sabre uppercuts Ibushi. Ibushi responds with The Pele Kick. Ibushi goes for The Last Ride, but Sabre lands back on his feet. Sabre kicks the left knee of Ibushi. Sabre avoids the leaping double foot stomp. Ibushi with a desperation head kick. Sabre hits The PK. Ibushi negates The Zack Driver. Ibushi connects with The V-Trigger. Ibushi plants Sabre with The Kamigoye to pickup the victory.

Winner: Kota Ibushi via Pinfall 

Fifth Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi in a First Round Match In The 2020 New Japan Cup 

Taichi PowerBombs Tanahashi before the bell rings. Taichi kicks Tanahashi out of the ring. Douki attacks Tanahashi behind the referee’s back. Douki applies a wrist lock. Douki sends Tanahashi back first into the steel barricade. Taichi wraps a cable chord around Tanahashi’s neck. Taichi rolls Tanahashi back into the ring. The referee admonishes Taichi. Taichi continues to choke Tanahashi. Taichi uses the middle rope as a weapon. Tanahashi with heavy bodyshots. Taichi sends Tanahashi to the corner. Taichi is choking Tanahashi with his boot. Taichi dumps Tanahashi out of the ring. Tanahashi kicks Taichi in the gut. Tanahashi throws Taichi into the barricade. Douki stops Tanahashi in his tracks. Taichi attacks Tanahashi from behind. Taichi and Tanahashi are brawling in the crowd. Taichi drives a chair into the midsection of Tanahashi. Taichi is choking Tanahashi with the chair. Taichi slams Tanahashi’s head on the steel ring post. Taichi rolls Tanahashi back into the ring.

The referee refuses to partake in Taichi’s cocky covers. Following a snap mare takeover, Taichi kicks Tanahashi in the back. Taichi toys around with Tanahashi. Tanahashi is pissed. Tanahashi with forearm shivers. Taichi kicks the left hamstring of Tanahashi. Taichi whips Tanahashi across the ring. Tanahashi drops Taichi with a Flying Forearm Smash. Tanahashi starts building momentum. Tanahashi bodyslams Taichi. Tanahashi follows that with a SomerSault Senton for a two count. Taichi goes for The Big Boot, but Tanahashi counters with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Taichi side steps Tanahashi into the turnbuckle pad. Taichi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi tells Tanahashi to get up. Taichi goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Tanahashi blocks it. Taichi rakes the eyes of Tanahashi. Forearm/Hamstring Kick Exchange. Taichi talks smack to Tanahashi. Tanahashi with an uppercut/forearm combination. Taichi unloads two mid-kicks.

Tanahashi hammers down on the left knee of Taichi. Tanahashi with a forearm smash. Taichi kicks Tanahashi in the face. Taichi with a Spinning Back Kick. Taichi hits The Saito Suplex. Taichi goes for a PowerBomb, but Tanahashi blocks it. Taichi with Kawada Kicks. Taichi goes for a PowerBomb, but Tanahashi lands back on his feet. Taichi with The Big Boot. Taichi goes for The Axe Bomber, but Tanahashi counters with a Uranage Slam. Taichi denies The SlingBlade. Tanahashi hammers down on the back of Taichi’s neck. Taichi punches Tanahashi in the back. Taichi goes for a Saito Suplex, but Tanahashi counters with The SlingBlade. Taichi ducks a clothesline from Tanahashi. Taichi goes for Black Mepshito, but Tanahashi counters with Twist and Shout. Tanahashi follows that with The SlingBlade for a two count. Tanahashi with a Flying Crossbody Block. Tanahashi is distracted by Douki.

Tanahashi knocks Douki off the ring apron. Taichi delivers a low blow. Taichi connects with The Gedo Clutch for a two count. Tanahashi denies The SuperKick. Taichi with The Axe Bomber. Taichi PowerBombs Tanahashi for a two count. Tanahashi with clubbing blows to Taichi’s back. Tanahashi with forearm shivers. Taichi responds with a forearm smash. Tanahashi with an open palm strike. Tanahashi is fired up. Taichi reverses out of the irish whip from Tanahashi. Taichi with a Saito Suplex. Taichi with another Axe Bomber to the back of Tanahashi’s neck. Taichi follows that with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Taichi rips off his pants. Taichi SuperKicks Tanahashi. Taichi plants Tanahashi with The Black Mephsito to pickup the victory. After the match, Taichi locks in The Stretch Plum. Kota Ibushi storms into the ring to make the save. Suzuki Gun lays out Ibushi to close the show.

Winner: Taichi via Pinfall 

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