NJPW “New Japan Cup 2018” 3/10/18 [Sat] 18:00 @ The Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
~ Togi Makabe is out with a minor knee injury from 3/10 – 3/12, and is replaced in his tag match by Juice Robinson.
(1) Ryusuke Taguchi & Ren Narita vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
♦Winner: Desperado (7:36) with the Numero Dos on Narita
(2) Yuji Nagata & Shota Umino vs David Finlay & Tetsuhiro Yagi
♦Winner: Finlay (8:51) with the Prima Nocta on Umino
(3) Michael Elgin & Tomoyuki Oka vs Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
♦Winner: Yano (7:57) via pinfall on Oka
(4) Juice Robinson & Toa Henare vs Takashi Iizuka & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
♦Winner: Smith Jr. (10:51) with the Bulldog Bomb on Henare
(5) Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & BUSHI vs Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., TAKA Michinoku
♦Winner: SANADA (12:55) with the Skull End on TAKA
(6) Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Chuckie T vs Kota Ibushi, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Hikuleo
♦Winner: Okada (12:57) with the Cobra Clutch Hold on Owens
(7) New Japan Cup 2018 1st Round Match: Bad Luck Fale vs Lance Archer
♦Winner: Fale (11:02) with the Grenade
(8) New Japan Cup 2018 1st Round Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Taichi
♦Winner: Tanahashi (23:53) with the High Fly Flow
~ Bad Luck Fale vs Hiroshi Tanahashi is set for the 2nd Round on 3/14
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.