New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [1st Round]”, 3/11/2013 [Mon] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
◆Winner: Ishii (13:37) following the Vertical Drop Style Brainbuster.
~ Ishii gets the upset win over Kojima.
(2) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga
◆Winner: Goto (9:37) following the Shouten Kai.
(3) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano
◆Winner: Yano (6:18) with the Karada katame.
(4) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
◆Winner: Anderson (8:42) following the Gunstun.
(5) Special 6 Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley vs. Captain New Japan, Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi
◆Winner: Tanahashi (12:09) with the High Fly Flow on Captain.
(6) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
◆Winner: Yujiro (10:45) with the Deadlift German Suplex Hold.
~ Yujiro once again pelted Makabe with his own chain.
(7) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki
◆Winner: Suzuki (10:24) following the Gotch Style Piledriver.
~ Suzuki gets his revenge over Nagata from the Dome show.
(8) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer
◆Winner: Okada (10:14) with the Red Ink (Modified Camel Clutch).
(9) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 1st Round Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
◆Winner: Smith (13:06) via pinfall.
~ Smith gets the upset win, Suzuki declares that Suzuki-gun will win the cup.
~ The odd are indeed in their favor with Smith on one side of the brackets and Suzuki on the other.
~ Okada tries to make intervene on Suzuki-gun, but gets locked into a sleeper by Suzuki for his trouble.
~ Round 2 will now look as follows.
New Japan Pro Wrestling “NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 [2nd Round]”, 3/17/2013 [Sun] 16:00 @ Beikomu General Gymnasium
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada
(-) NEW JAPAN CUP 2013 2nd Round Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
New Japan Event Cards for March & April 2012
Quite a few upsets I will say. Smith getting the victory is pretty big and regardless of the rest of the tournament, you know Nakamura will be looking to defend himself as the IC Champion (Maybe at INVASION ATTACK in April).
It is pretty much setup that we will see Okada vs. Suzuki on the March 23 show, especially with Suzuki locking Okada into a sleeper.
As for the other side of the Cup… both Yujiro and Smith are carrying momentum and same for Ishii. Goto has stated that he wants to win the Cup for the 4th time (That would make for the 2nd consecutive time for him to pull back to back NJC wins). But just for prediction sake… let’s say Yujiro vs. Goto.
~ BushidoRX, feel free to post your comments and predictions to me on twitter @PuroresuSpirit of the under the results link on the facebook page.