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NJPW ‘New Japan Cup 2018’ 3.14.18 Results & Review



The first two quarterfinal matches of the New Japan Cup took place tonight at Fuji-san Messe. You’re here to read about the results, so let’s go!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado def. Ryusuke Taguchi & Tetsuhiro Yagi @ 9:01 via Desperado Numero Dos on Yagi – *1/2
Finlay, Henare & Narita def. Nagata, Oka & Umino @ 7:25 via Henare Samoan Drop on Umino – *3/4
Killer Elite Squad def. Yujiro Takahashi & Tanga Loa @ 8:44 via Killer Bomb on Yujiro – *1/2
Kota Ibushi & Chase Owens def. Zack Sabre Jr. & TAKA Michinoku @ 10:49 via Owens Package Piledriver on TAKA – **
Ishii, Yano, Chuckie T. def. Naito, SANADA & BUSHI @ 8:44 via Yano Cradle on BUSHI – *1/4
Okada, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI def. Suzuki, Taichi & Iizuka @ 14:05 via Okada Cobra Clutch on Iizuka – *1/2

New Japan Cup Quarterfinal Match
Juice Robinson def. Michael Elgin @ 17:05 via Inside Cradle – **1/2

Juice got the surprise win over his friend by rolling up Elgin as he was attempting to finish the match with an Elgin Bomb. This was a really smartly laid out match. Juice tried to keep Elgin on the mat rather than allowing him to use his strength advantage but when that failed, he used his agility and picked his moments to match Elgin’s strength. Although it’s not a memorable match, it was something fun. Just when the victory seemed to be in Elgin’s hand, Juice found a way to pull out a surprise that scored him the win. Not the barnburner I had been hoping for going in but it was a fun match as we continue to see Juice climb up the ranks of New Japan. Post-match the two friends embrace as Juice moves forward into the semifinals on Friday.

New Japan Cup Quarterfinal Match
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bad Luck Fale @ 14:35 via Countout – **1/4

The standard Fale/Tanahashi match we’ve grown used to seeing where Fale looks dominate but Tanahashi finds a way to outwit the big man. They went shorter than the previous match but felt longer. These two have good chemistry and the match was fine as they always are but it brought nothing new to the table for either man. The finish happened when Bad Luck Fale looked to hit a Bad Luck Fall into the crowd but Tanahashi pushed off the ring post with his legs, sending Fale into the guardrails where he was unable to break the twenty count. Fale tried to attack Tanahashi after the match but took a Dragon Screw Leg Whip for his troubles. Crowds love when Tanahashi comes out on top and that created a nice post-match atmosphere but the match was bland by both men’s standards.

Pretty standard night of wrestling that saw both tournament matches fail to be anything too memorable but absolutely fine in execution. Limited highlights but not a bad show, just kind of there.

Recommended Match
Juice Robinson vs Michael Elgin
Ibushi & Owens vs Sabre & TAKA

Robert McCauley watches wrestling all around Japan. In particular, he's most knowledgeable about the world of New Japan but he's always looking to learn more.