NJPW “New Japan Cup 2018” 3/9/18 [Fri] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
~ Katsuya Kitamura is out with a concussion, and Hikuleo is out with a right ACL injury.
(1) David Finlay, Shota Umino & Tetsuhiro Yagi vs Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano & Chuckie T
♦Winner: Chuckie T (6:14) with a Canadian Destroyer on Umino
(2) Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa vs Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
♦Winner: Smith Jr. (9:11) following the Killer Bomb on Loa
(3) Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI vs Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
♦Winner: Sabre Jr. (9:32) with an STF on BUSHI
~ TAKA Michinoku asked the fans who they think will win the New Japan Cup, then said Zack Sabre Jr. will win it.
(4) Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka & Taichi
♦Winner: Taichi (13:12) with the Tensho Jujihou on Henare
(5) Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs Kota Ibushi & Chase Owens
♦Winner: Okada (11:42) with the Cobra Clutch Hold on Owens
(6) New Japan Cup 2018 1st Round Match: Juice Robinson vs Yujiro Takahashi
♦Winner: Juice () with the Pulp Friction
~ On his way out Juice pointed at Hirooki Goto, who was on commentary, and indicated that he is gunning for the NEVER Openweight Championship.
(7) New Japan Cup 2018 1st Round Match: Michael Elgin vs Tomohiro Ishii
♦Winner: Elgin () with the Burning Hammer
~ Elgin called Ishii the best competition a man like him could ask for, but said competition is about winning, and declared he would win the New Japan Cup.
~ Michael Elgin vs Juice Robinson is set for the 2nd Round on 3/14.