It's happening! Kota Ibushi menantang Tetsuya Naito untuk pertarungam memperebutkan title IWGP Intercontinental Championship di G1 Supercard bulan depan!
New Japan Cup Bar the watchable main event, night 2 is not great. Night 3 on the over hand! Taguchi uses his speed advantage over Tenzan to take a step closer in becoming the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champ. Shota Umino is hugely impressive against the Ace. Putting Tanahashi in his own submission hold and scoring a near fall with a rollup that had me convinced the upset of the year was about to occur. ZSJ keeps his perfect NJ Cup record going in his match against EVIL. Quality exchange featuring some great counter wrestling, including EVIL having a counter for Sabre's European clutch. In the end, EVIL taps as a result of ZSJ's vicious Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All To Happiness submission. To top it all, the main event, Ibushi and Naito in a neck vs neck match... Incredible action from 2 of the most consistent wrestlers in the world. Insanely risky spots as per usual. The sit out tombstone on the apron makes you wonder whether they do indeed hate each other in real life. The closing stretch was one attempted murder after the other; mental stuff.
✨ You're 2:2, Kota. It's all good.. for now. Let's concentrate on Naito for the near future. Also, I just wanted to include the second slide with TAKA saying that because I'm still upset and confused as to why you'd make the ref stop their match last year and have Ibu tap out this year.. like, this is legit the first time he's made a commitment and he got the crowd hyped like never before and you do this?? WHY? It's okay, not really, but it's my ego more than anything else that's hurt. But really it's still quite unfair, even objectively.. he's supposed to be big this year. Whatever. Can't wait to see him get all the belts and claim all of NJPW as his.👏🏻 • #kotaibushi
Results NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2019” - 2nd Round, Sunday 3/17/2019 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. 1) Yuya Uemura & "TenCozy" Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Yota Tsuji. ◼ Nagata made Uemura submit (9:30) with the Nagata Lock II following a Backdrop. 2) IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson, Mikey Nicholls & Ren Narita vs. Bullet Club - Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & HikuLeo. ◼ Owens pinned Narita (8:07) with the Package Driver following a Right Knee. After the match, Owens once again attacked Juice from behind and took him out with a belt shot. 3) NEVER 6-Man Tag Champion Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin & Toa Henare vs. Suzuki-gun - Taichi & "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. ◼ Taichi made Henare submit (10:11) with the Emperor's Cross. 4) Kota Ibushi, Shota Umino & IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions "Roppongi 3K" SHO & YOH vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón - IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi. ◼ EVIL pinned Umino (11:23) with the EVIL/STO. After the match, Naito taunted Ibushi with his IC belt. 5) Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Suzuki-gun - Zack Sabre Jr. & TAKA Michinoku. ◼ Tanahashi made Michinoku submit (11:20) with a Texas Cloverleaf following a Kokeshi by Honma. After the match, ZSJ attacked Tanahashi and Honma from behind, then gave Honma a Double Foot Neck Twist. 6) NEVER 6-Man Tag Champion Ryusuke Taguchi & CHAOS - Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. CHAOS - NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto. ◼ Goto pinned Taguchi (14:43) following the GTR after Ushigoroshi. After the match, Ishii/HASHI and Ospreay/Okada once again had an exchange of words, ahead of their respective next round Cup matches. 7) New Japan Cup 2019 2nd Round match: Toru Yano vs. Colt Cabana. ◼ Cabana won (7:47) with the Superman Clutch to advance to the NJ Cup Quarter Finals, after Yano incidentally hit himself with the turnbuckle pad. Continued in comments⬇⬇
I thought we would see Ibushi/Okada in the NJ Cup finals but maybe that is something they've held off on for now. They also didn't pull the trigger having a Suzuki/ZSJ match. I still see Okada winning the whole thing. Having him against ZSJ in the finals is great because at that point Zack would be undefeated in the NJC so far, and we can see Okada once again overcome a challenge. Alternatively, if SANADA goes to the finals that may create a bit more unpredictability as an 'are we finally going to see SANADA go to the next level' scenario. And ZSJ and SANADA had two really good underrated matches last year, so I'd like to see them clash again on the way to the finals. This has been fun to watch
Hasil event NJPW “NEW JAPAN CUP 2019” - 2nd Round, Sabtu 3/16/2019 @ Korakuen Hall di Tokyo. 1) Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & "TenCozy" Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomoaki Honma, Shota Umino, Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji. ◼ Tenzan membuatTsuji submit (9:19) dengan Anaconda Vice. 2) IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin & Mikey Nicholls vs. Bullet Club - Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & HikuLeo. ◼ Nicholls pin HikuLeo (8:59) dengan Mikey Bomb. 3) NEVER 6-Man Tag Champion Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Suzuki-gun - "Killer Elite Squad" Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. ◼ Archer pin Henare (7:00) dengan Killer Bomb. 4) CHAOS vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón: Hirooki Goto & YOH vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi. ◼ Shingo pin YOH (9:21) dengan Last of the Dragon. 5) Los Ingobernables de Japón vs. Suzuki-gun: EVIL, BUSHI & SANADA vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku. ◼ BUSHI pin Michinoku (12:23) dengan Bushi Roll. 6) Colt Cabana & CHAOS - Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. CHAOS - Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii & NEVER 6-Man Tag Champion Toru Yano. ◼ Yano pin Cabana (11:48) dengan Roll-up. 7) New Japan Cup 2019 2nd Round match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi. ◼ Tanahashi menang (17:17) dengan Dragon Suplex. 8) New Japan Cup 2019 2nd Round match: Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. ◼ Sabre menang dengan submission Orienteering With Napalm Death (16:07) Dengan hasil ini Zack Sabre Jr. akan menghadapi Hiroshi Tanahashi di babak perempat final.
Kota Ibushi apologizes to Tanahashi—a man he views as a Living God and who beat him at the G1 last year—possibly for the words and actions of his Golden Lover, Kenny Omega. Interesting bit of subtle storytelling here, especially cause Kota—now alone—stayed in New Japan and not AEW. Anybody who’s ever had to apologize for their significant other’s actions to a person you respect, you know this feeling. . . #njpw #newjapanworld #hiroshitanahashi #kotaibushi #goldenlovers #kennyomega #newjapanprowrestling