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New Japan Cup night seven results: Ishii vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Recommended matches --

  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Taiji Ishimori

Report --

Korakuen Hall was the venue again today. 

New Japan Cup quarterfinal match: Hiromu Takahashi defeated Tomohiro Ishii (19:12)

These are two of the ten best wrestlers in the world and they had a either the best or second best match of the tournament so far here in the opener. 

They opened by trading shoulder tackles. Hiromu held his own in the exchange but Ishii established the clear advantage. They then traded hard chops. Again Hiromu held his own but again Ishii got the better of the exchange. 

Hiromu fired up and hit chops. Ishii answered with one headbutt which sent Hiromu stumbling to the ropes. Hiromu rolled outside but Ishii went right after him and threw him back in the ring. Hiromu landed a snapmare and a dropkick but Ishii was back in control after a vertical suplex. 

Hiromu hit a falcon arrow for a near fall. Hiromu hit a shotgun dropkick. Ishii popped right up and sent Hiromu into the buckle with a tackle. They did an intricate series of counters ending with Ishii hitting a backdrop suplex. 

Hiromu hit a rana and rolled through into a triangle choke. They did a long submission tease but Ishii broke the hold by powering Hiromu into the corner pad. Ishii hit a hard corner clothesline to set up a delayed superplex. Both guys sold this great on landing. Ishii got a near fall. 

Hiromu blocked a lariat. Ishii hit an enzuigiri. Ishii then connected with the lariat. Hiromu struggled to his feet and hit some weak forearms. Ishii answered with a single forearm shot and a sliding lariat for a two count. 

Ishii went for the Vertical Drop Brainbuster. Hiromu countered into a triangle. Ishii again broke the triangle and hit a lariat. Hiromu took a crazy flip bump off the lariat. Hiromu popped up and hit a dynamite plunger for a near fall. 

Hiromu hit two lariats and a superkick. He then hit a DVD into the corner pad. Ishii sold this like he was dead. They did a series of finisher teases. Hiromu no-sold a German. Ishii no-sold a lariat. Hiromu dropped Ishii with a single headbutt in a callback to the start of the match. 

Hiromu hit a lariat. He hit Time Bomb but Ishii kicked out at two. 

Ishii hit a headbutt. Hiromu spiked Ishii with a brainbuster then hit Time Bomb 2 for the pin. 

Both guys sold for a long time after the bell and both stumbled to the back after. This was a war. 

New Japan Cup quarterfinal match: EVIL defeated YOSHI-HASHI (2:00)

YH sold the knee injury from yesterday's show during his entrance. EVIL attacked as YH posed on the buckle before the bell rang. EVIL repeatedly hit the knee with a chair. 

Once the bell rang, YH tried to fire up and hit chops but EVIL would kick at the leg and cut him off. 

EVIL used a scorpion deathlock. They did a long submission tease. YH refused to tap but the referee called for the bell and a stoppage. 

EVIL went back after the leg after the match. They continue to build EVIL as a monster who will do anything to win this tournament and they protected YH on the loss. 

Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI defeated Hirooki Goto, SHO & Yuya Uemura (9:34)

Uemura started off and did well for himself against Shingo. SHO tagged in to face off with Shingo as that still appears to be a NEVER title direction. SHO got cut off and LIJ worked him over. 

SHO made a tag to Goto who got some offense in on Naito. Naito tagged BUSHI who hit Goto with a missile dropkick. Goto tagged Uemura. 

Uemura and SHO doubled up on BUSHI. Uemura hit a nice dropkick. Everyone jumped in for a big move as the match broke down. SHO and Shingo traded hard clotheslines. 

BUSHI and Uemura were left the legal men. BUSHI hit an enzuigiri and a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall before hitting a fireman's carry into a codebreaker for the pin. 

Shingo and SHO faced off after the match. Shingo taunted SHO with both his NEVER Openweight title and his NEVER Six-Man title belt. 

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Way to The Grand Master video and intermission time.

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New Japan Cup quarterfinal match: Kazuchika Okada defeated Taiji Ishimori (16:52)

Okada went to lock up but Ishimori hit a thumb to the eye instead. Okada quickly established the advantage once they did lock up and Ishimori rolled outside. 

Gedo appeared and distracted Okada. Ishimori attacked from behind. Okada then rolled outside where Gedo hit him with a wrench to the gut. Ishimori used a chinlock and hit a leg drop for a two count. 

Ishimori hit an enzuigiri and a sliding German for a two count. Ishimori then went back to the chinlock. Okada came back with a flapjack and more of his signature spots. Okada hit a DDT for a two count. 

Ishimori fought out of a tombstone attempt and hit a handspring kick. Ishimori hit a meteora. He went for a knee strike but Okada ducked and rolled him up for a two count. 

Ishimori got the Yes Lock applied but Okada forced a rope break immediately. Ishimori attacked Okada's abs with strikes. Okada hit an air raid crash at the 10 minute mark. 

Okada hit a slam and teased a top rope elbow. Gedo jumped on the apron and allowed Ishimori to recover. Ishimori knocked Okada off the apron and hit a golden triangle off the post to the floor. 

Back inside, Ishimori hit a shotgun dropkick and a meteora for a two count. Ishimori got the Yes Lock again. Okada did a great job selling this like it was a potential finish but he made the ropes. 

Okada hit a dropkick. Ishimori reversed a tombstone into a lungblower for a near fall. Okada sold his abs big. Okada made it to his feet and hit a spinning tombstone. 

Okada went for his head and arm choke. Gedo jumped on the apron and Okada gave up the hold. Okada got the hold again. Ishimori pulled the ref down and the ref took a bump. 

Gedo jumped in with brass knuckles. Okada ducked the knuckles and sent Gedo outside after a Woo dropkick. 

Okada hit Ishimori with a dropkick and then used the head and arm choke for the submission. 

This was Ishimori's best match in about two years. He has to pick his spots now because he's had so many injuries and he picked today to turn it on. 

They felt that the interference was necessary given that Ishimori has been an undercard junior heavyweight tag guy for the last year and it worked to enhance the match. 

New Japan Cup quarterfinal match: SANADA defeated Taichi (22:50)

Taichi pulled a length of rope out of his pants and used it to choke SANADA on the opening lockup. Taichi then beat SANADA around ringside. He sent him into the barricade. He dragged him through the building and choked him with a piece of fence. He posted SANADA's left shoulder. 

Back inside, Taichi went for a cover but Red Shoes refused to count the pin. Taichi again choked SANADA. SANADA came back with a low dropkick. He hit a second dropkick to Taichi's left leg and Taichi rolled outside. SANADA hit a plancha. 

Taichi hit a thumb to the eye and a jumping high kick at the ten minute mark. SANADA caught a thrust kick and tried to lock in Skull End. Taichi blocked and hit a backdrop suplex. 

They traded strikes. Taichi went for Black Mephisto. SANADA blocked. SANADA ducked an axe bomber and hit a draping neckbreaker. Taichi blocked a springboard attack but SANADA turned it into a sunset flip for a near fall. 

SANADA used a moonsault to set up Skull End. Yoshinobu Kanemaru ran in and took the referee. Taichi tapped to Skull End but the ref didn't see the tap. SANADA gave up the hold. Taichi hit a backdrop suplex. 

Taichi used a dragon sleeper with a body scissors. SANADA teased tapping but eventually reached the ropes to force a break. 

Taichi went for a last ride but SANADA fought it off. Taichi hit an axe bomber and a jumping high kick at the 20 minute mark. 

Taichi hit a backdrop suplex with a bridge for a near fall. SANADA ducked an axe bomber and hit a hurricanrana for a two count. SANADA hit a TKO. 

The finish saw SANADA use a spinning Skull End. He went for a moonsault press but Kanemaru jumped on the apron. Taichi shoved the ref down and hit a low blow. SANADA shoved Taichi into Kanemaru and Kanemaru flew off the apron. SANADA then used an O'Connor roll for the pin. 

Taichi shoved the ref down after the match as SANADA continued selling the low blow. 

SANADA closed the show with a promo. 

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The semifinal matches tomorrow: 

  • EVIL vs. SANADA
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiromu Takahashi