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 Shizuoka’s Act City Hamamatsu, kicking off at an almost-reasonable 2AM Eastern / 11PM Pacific, and is headlined by the our second semifinal tournament match, SANADA vs. Zack Sabre, Jr., the winner of which will head to the finals on Wednesday, March 21.
Shota Umino over Ren Narita by submission with a Boston Crab.
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, & Yujiro Takahashi) over Toa Henare, Togi Makabe, & Tomoyuki Oka by pinfall with Pimp Juice from Takahashi on Oka.
Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) over Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Takashi Iizuka) by disqualification after Taichi attacked the referee to stop a schoolboy pin from Yano on Iizuka.
Juice Robinson & Michael Elgin over Chase Owens & Kota Ibushi by pinfall with Pulp Friction from Robinson on Owens.
Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) over Chaos (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) by pinfall with Killer Bomb on YOSHI-HASHI.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, & Tetsuya Naito) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) by pinfall with Destino from Naito on Desperado.
David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi over Chaos (Chuckie T & Kazuchika Okada) by pinfall with a backslide from Finlay on Chuck.
Zack Sabre, Jr. over SANADA by submission with the leg-trap, leg-assisted Ode to Jim Breaks. (New Japan Cup 2018 Semifinal Match)
Enjoy the show!