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By James Kurokawa on 2023-03-22 08:57:00

NJPW New Japan Cup Final in Nagaoka, Japan:

1 - Yuto Nakashima and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. DOUKI and Taichi

Taichi pins Nakashima after a Dangerous Backdrop.

2 - Shota Umino and Ryohei Oiwa vs. Kosei Fujita and Zack Sabre Jr.

Umino pins Fujita after a Death Rider.

3 - El Phantasmo, Chase Owens and KENTA vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Tomoaki Honma and Tama Tonga.

ELP hits Sudden Death and CR2 on Honma and gets the pin.

ELP talks to the camera telling David Finlay to bring the Cup home to the Club.

4 - Dick Togo, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO and EVIL vs. Ren Narita, El Desperado, Ryusuke Taguchi and Toru Yano

SHO hits Taguchi in the head with his wrench.  Yujiro hits Big Juice on Taguchi.

Yujiro pins Taguchi.

After the match, SHO rips off El Desperado’s mask.   Crowd gets pissed at House of Torture.  EVIL rips the shirt off Narita and spray paints “HOT” on his chest.   EVIL challenges Strong Style for the NEVER Openweight 6-man Titles.  House of Torture beats down Desperado and Narita while the crowd jeers.

They played a video for a new wrestler to appear in New Japan.

5 - Great O-Khan and Aaron Henare vs. Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito

Naito pins O-Khan with a cradle roll up.

Good match.  Takagi and Henare continued to battle after the match.

6 - Jeff Cobb, Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis vs. Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI and Kazuchika Okada

Aussie Open hits Corealis on YOSHI-HASHI.

Fletcher pins YOSHI-HASHi

Aussie Open deserves a shot at the IWGP Tag Team Titles.  And they deserve to win.  Especially after their performance in the New Japan Cup.

7 - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Lio Rush vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Great fast paced match.  Rush hit many aerial moves.   Rush hit a Poisonrana and Rush Hour.  Two count.  Rush hits the Final Hour.  Two count.  Rush goes for another Final Hour but Hiromu gets the knees up. Hiromu with Time Bomb.   Two count.   They exchange reversals.  Rush hits a Spanish Fly.  Two count.  Hiromu goes for the Hiromu Roll.  Rush kicks out.   Rush hits a DMV.  Two count. Rush is getting frustrated.   Rush goes for another Final Hour.  Hiromu avoids it and hits an exploder.   Hiromu with a Victory Royale.  Two count.   Rush hits a Direct Driver.  But Rush misses a Final Hour.   Hiromu with a Dynamite Plunger.  Two count.  Hiromu hits Time Bomb II.

Hiromu pins Rush

Hiromu Takahashi retains the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title.

After the match, Zack Sabre Jr comes to the ring to announce Hiromu’s next challenger who is newest member of TMDK.   Robbie Eagles on video announces he will be the next challenger for Hiromu at Sakura Genesis in April.  Hiromu welcomes the challenge.

New Japan Cup 2023 Match: SANADA vs. David Finlay

 Both men were evenly matched.  Finlay tries all of his tricks. Good match.  Back and forth battle.  SANADA hits the modified DDT.

SANADA pins Finlay.

SANADA wins the New Japan Cup 2023.

SANADA calls out Okada.  The World champion comes to the ring and welcomes the challenge. 

SANADA will face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Title on April 8 at Sakura Genesis.

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