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NJPW ‘New Japan Cup 2019’ (3.17.19) Results & Review



Round two of the 2019 New Japan Cup comes to a close on the second of two back-to-back nights at Korakuen Hall. After tonight there will be a two day break for everyone to prepare for the quarterfinals. Tonight, comedy legends Toru Yano and Colt Cabana face off and the main event sees a rematch from Sapporo as SANADA looks for revenge against Minoru Suzuki. Let’s get started!

New Japan Cup Second Round Match
Colt Cabana def. Toru Yano @ 7:48 via Superman Pin – **

Cabana takes the headlock, transitions into a waistlock and finds tape in Yano’s pants. The referee pats Yano down and finds another roll. Yano uses the distraction to roll Cabana up. Cabana pleads for no jokes and chases after Yano when he attempts to remove the pads. Yano gives Cabana his curry DVD as a present but Cabana throws the present into the crowd. Yano goes chasing after the DVDs, cuts Cabana off on the chase and sends him back in the ring but Cabana rolls back out.

Cabana frustrates Yano by rolling away from all of his stomps and elbow drops. He gouges Cabana’s eyes, they trade forearms and Cabana takes Yano down with a headscissors. Yano avoids the plancha, Cabana chases and takes the tape, applying it to the turnbuckle pad. Yano struggles to remove the tied pad, ducks Cabana’s attack with a pad and the referee cuts them both off from using the object. Cabana lands some punches, Yano atomic drops the elbow attempt, swings the pad but Cabana avoids, trips Yano and pins him with the superman. Cabana gives the referee a hug and a kiss. Yano gives Cabana his curry DVD set.

New Japan Cup Second Round Match
SANADA def. Minoru Suzuki @ 28:48 via Moonsault – **1/2

Suzuki backs SANADA to the ropes, SANADA goes for the leg but Suzuki takes the headlock. They trade wristlocks back and forth until they reach in a stalemate. SANADA goes for a headlock, gets caught in a Suzuki headscissors but handstands out to another stalemate. They trade overhands, SANADA catches Suzuki’s corner boot and attempts to apply the Paradise Lock but Suzuki transitions into an armbreaker. SANADA powers through, goes for the lock again but TAKA causes the distraction, allowing Suzuki to catch SANADA in a knee bar.

Suzuki figure fours SANADA’s legs around the post and continues the attack by trapping the legs in the rails and hitting them with a chair. SANADA throws a couple of overhands but Suzuki kicks the knee out from under him. SANADA powers up, lands a dropkick to Suzuki’s knee followed by a dragon screw, double jump dropkick and plancha. Suzuki ducks a springboard dropkick and hits both a corner boot and PK. They trade forearms. Suzuki smiles and rocks SANADA. SANADA responds with a big uppercut and they run the ropes, trapping each other in sleepers and Skull Ends. Suzuki’s sleeper is more effective, he brings SANADA back up for knees to the chest and goes for the piledriver.

SANADA backdrops out of the piledriver, goes for TKO but Suzuki transitions back into the sleeper only for SANADA to go back to Skull End. SANADA misses the follow up moonsault, lands on his feet and goes for a springboard dropkick but Suzuki catches into a knee bar. Twice does Suzuki pull SANADA from the ropes and reapply the hold. On the second go around SANADA transitions into a bridging O’Connor Roll but Suzuki applies the sleeper yet again. He brings SANADA to his feet and peppers him with slaps across the face. Another sleeper and SANADA collapses.

Suzuki goes for the piledriver, SANADA turns it into a TKO and fires off a flurry of forearms but Suzuki kicks the knee out. SANADA keeps coming with forearms, hits both a backdrop and backbreaker before heading to the top. Suzuki tries pulling SANADA off the top but gets booted away and SANADA flips off the second perfectly onto Suzuki for Skull End. SANADA wraps his legs around Suzuki’s body while applying the hold and the two trade heel hooks for Skull Ends. SANADA wins the exchange, heads to the top and finishes Suzuki with a moonsault. The crowd plead for a speech, SANADA obliges and that’s how we end the show.

What a frustrating performance from SANADA. He has Suzuki work his leg the entire match and not once does it stop SANADA from attempting his signature spots. Not only did he attempt them, he connected with them. All of the leg work yet we still see the springboard dropkick and landing on his feet with moonsaults while showing no effects. This was by far the longest match of the tournament and the first ten minutes had no effect on anything that’d come after. SANADA gets the big win over Suzuki but both look like complete goofs in the process. A match like this going nearly thirty minutes makes it an impossible recommendation. Yano and Cabana give you more entertainment for your time than the main event. Skip this show.

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Along with providing show reviews from across Japan, Robert McCauley is also an editor for FightboothPW.

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