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NJPW crowns 2021 New Japan Cup winner


Will Ospreay has won the 2021 New Japan Cup.

Ospreay defeated Shingo Takagi to win the tournament for the first time. In a fierce back and forth match, Ospreay defeated Takagi after a hidden blade and the stormbreaker. As a result of the win, Ospreay will now face Kota Ibushi for the new IWGP World Heavyweight title at Sakura Genesis on April 4.

After the match. Ospreay said he had dominated the heavyweight division and put over his United Empire stable. He called out Kota Ibushi, who was doing commentary at ringside. Ibushi entered the ring. He agreed with Ibushi about the IWGP World Heavyweight title in terms of creating a new lineage and said he would do anything it takes to take the title away from Ibushi. He then laid out Bea Preistley with the ozcutter, abandoning her as the rest of the United Empire left the ring.

He later explained his actions backstage, saying that winning the IWGP World Heavyweight title meant more to him than he and Priestley’s relationship and if he could do that to someone he loved, what would he do to Ibushi?

Sakura Genesis will take place on April 4 at Sumo Hall.