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New Japan Cup night four results: Ospreay vs. Tenzan


The New Japan Cup tournament continued today in Yamanashi.

Here are the results and a report on the Cup matches. 

Yota Tsuji defeated Yuya Uemura (6:56)

Tsuji won by trapping Uemura's legs and flipping over into a cradle for the pin. 

Tsuji takes on Yuji Nagata in a first round Cup match on Tuesday, March 9.

Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb defeated Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma (12:00)

Cobb pinned Honma after hitting a Tour of the Islands. 

Cobb faces EVIL in a second round Cup match on Thursday, March 11. O-Khan faces Yano in a second round Cup match the same night. 

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated EVIL, Jay White, KENTA & Dick Togo (w/Gedo) (13:11)

Tanahashi pinned Togo with a High Fly Flow. 

Henare attacked White after the match. They will face off in a first round Cup match on Wednesday, March 10. Tanahashi will face the winner of that match on Monday, March 15. 

EVIL faces Cobb in the second round on Thursday, March 11. 

KENTA will take on Minoru Suzuki on Saturday, March 13. 

Shingo Takagi, SANADA, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI defeated Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & SHO (13:28)

Shingo pinned SHO after a Last of the Dragon. 

Ishii and SANADA had a staredown on the apron after the match. They will face off in the main event of the Tuesday, March 9 show in a first round Cup match. 

Shingo will face Goto in the second round on Saturday, March 13.

New Japan Cup first round match: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Gabriel Kidd (17:21)

Sabre gave Kidd way more than any Young Lion ever gets in this one. I think I've seen at least one better match that these two have had, but this was still good. 

This was a technical wrestling master class for the first five minutes. Kidd held his own with Sabre.

After the opening technical work, Kidd missed a dropkick. Sabre used a neck twist and then backed Kidd into the corner for some strikes. Kidd rolled outside to get some distance from Sabre. 

Back in, another striking battle ensued. Kidd got the better of this one. Sabre hit a hard slap. Kidd tried to fire up, but Sabre knocked him down with another strike.

Sabre used an armbar with some small joint manipulation. Kidd forced a rope break. Sabre hit a big penalty kick for a near fall. 

Kidd hit a dropkick for a near fall. Sabre tried to turn a suplex attempt into a guillotine. Kidd maintained his grip and connected with the suplex for a two count. Kidd then used a bridging German for another near fall. Kidd cradled Sabre for another two. 

Sabre blocked a butterfly suplex and used a cobra twist. Kidd hit a hip toss out of the hold. On landing, Sabre grabbed a triangle choke and Kidd quickly tapped. 

Sabre advances and will face the winner of Ospreay/Tenzan on Sunday, March 14.

New Japan Cup first round match: Will Ospreay defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan (w/Master Wato) (13:37)

This was probably as good of a singles match as Tenzan is capable of given the mileage on his body. Ospreay was going to have to be a bump machine for the match to work and he tried his best to be that. 

They began brawling before the opening bell. Tenzan knocked Ospreay off the apron to the floor. Ospreay took two big bumps on the floor. As Tenzan tried to climb back inside, Ospreay hit a nasty neckbreaker in the ropes. 

Ospreay took control of the match. Ospreay whipped Tenzan into the barricade. He hit a diving knee drop to Tenzan on the apron, bumping to the floor in the process. Ospreay hit a series of strikes in the corner. Ospreay hit another neckbreaker for a two count. 

Ospreay used a chinlock and a kravate. Tenzan managed a wheel kick, then hit a series of Mongolian chops. So much for that stipulation a few weeks ago. He's just back using them again. Tenzan hit a diving bulldog off the top for a two count. He followed with a brainbuster for another two. 

After an exchange of strikes, Ospreay hit pip pip cheerio and a brainbuster for a two count. Tenzan no-sold two high kicks and hit a mountain bomb. Ospreay popped up and hit a Spanish Fly for a near fall. Tenzan knocked Ospreay out of the air on a springboard attack. 

Tenzan hit a headbutt and a Mongolian chop. Tenzan used the Anaconda Vice, but Ospreay forced a rope break. Ospreay avoided a TTD and hit a side suplex. Ospreay hit a rolling elbow for a two count. Tenzan blocked a Storm Breaker attempt. 

Ospreay hit a hook kick. Tenzan hit a lariat and a TTD for a two count. Tenzan went back to the Anaconda Vice. He then hit an Anaconda Buster for a near fall. 

Tenzan went to the second rope, teasing a moonsault. Ospreay hit a cheeky nando's kick, then a powerbomb out of the corner for a two count. Ospreay hit an Oscutter, but Tenzan kicked out and fired up. 

Ospreay went for a Storm Breaker. Tenzan blocked with a headbutt and Mongolian chops. Ospreay hoisted Tenzan up for a gutbuster for a two count. 

Ospreay hit a Hidden Blade, then finally hit Storm Breaker for the pin.

Ospreay advances and will face Sabre on Sunday, March 14.