We’re headed towards the second of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “big four” in Sakura Genesis, and that means only one thing— New Japan Cup!
A sixteen-man single elimination tournament spread across nine shows (check out the bracket and the schedule here), the winner earns a shot at a singles heavyweight-eligible title of his choice. All nine shows, naturally, will air live and in full on NJPW World, so why not watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet?
Today’s action takes place in Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, kicking off at a brisk 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific, and is headlined by the first of our semifinal tournament matches, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Juice Robinson, the winner of which will head to the finals on Wednesday, March 21.
Bullet Club (Tanga Loa & Yujiro Takahashi) over Tetsuhiro Yagi & Tomoyuki Oka by pinfall with Pimp Juice from Takahashi on Oka.
Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer, & Taichi) over David Finlay, Michael Elgin, & Shota Umino by pinfall with a superkick from Taichi on Umino.
Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) over Toa Henare & Togi Makabe by pinfall with the vertical drop brainbuster from Ishii on Henare.
Chaos (Chuckie T, Hirooki Goto, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens) & Kota Ibushi by pinfall with GTR from Goto on Owens.
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) over Chaos (Gedo & Kazuchika Okada) by pinfall with the Gotch piledriver from Suzuki on Gedo.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) by pinfall with Insurgentes (a Doomsday Device-style MX) from BUSHI & Takahashi on Michinoku.
After the match, the heavyweights clear out and the two junior tag teams start brawling when Roppongi 3K show up to clear house!
Hiroshi Tanahashi over Juice Robinson by pinfall with High Fly Flow. (New Japan Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
Enjoy the show!