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NJPW: New Japan Cup | Second Round | 11th – 15th March 2021

The New Japan Cup 2021 returned this year, in its usual spot, ready to showcase some of the best talent in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. In the second round we get to see the Great-O-Kahn and Hiroshi Tanahashi take to the ring for the first time as they both received a buy to the second round of this world famous single elimination tournament.


New Japan Pro-Wrestling | NJPW: New Japan Cup | Night 6 | Thurs 11th March 2021 | 18:30 | Item Ehime, Ehime.

SEMI-MAIN EVENT | MATCH FIVE | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: Toru Yano [CHAOS] Vs Great-O-Kahn [United Empire]

New Japan Cup | Second Round

Toru Yano is on a six-match winning streak while the Great-O-Kahn is 2-2 in singles competition.  Yano find a roll of tape and brings it into the ring while Kahn tells him to tie his hands, he is just allowing Yano to continue all this tricks while having the upper hand in strength.  This whole match is just one giant game of chicken in wrestling form and if you are having a bad day, just put this on and you’ll be smiling in no time at all.

Match Time: 13m 02s

WINNER: Toru Yano via a NU

Star Rating: ****

MAIN EVENT | MATCH SIX | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: Jeff Cobb [United Empire] Vs EVIL [Bullet Club]

New Japan Cup | Second Round

Here we see two absolute powerhouses square off to show who is the most dominate Heel faction in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.  These two men don’t hold anything back taking things to the outside, using chairs, barricades, and the concrete floor as weapons while hitting huge power moves while in the ring.  EVIL’s sadistic nature is turned up to ten here and doesn’t look like it has any sign of stopping, it’s going to take a lot of work for Cobb to get the better of him.

Match Time: 23m 08s

WINNER: EVIL via an Everything is EVIL

Star Rating: ****


New Japan Pro-Wrestling | NJPW: New Japan Cup | Night 7 | Sat 13th March 2021 | 18:00 | Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (Dolphin’s Arena), Aichi.

SEMI-MAIN EVENT | MATCH FIVE | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: KENTA [Bullet Club] Vs Minoru Suzuki [Suzuki-Gun]

New Japan Cup | Second Round

This is KENTA’s first New Japan Cup appearance being locked out of the last one due to the global pandemic, but he did get to compete and win the New Japan Cup USA version of the tournament.  This will only be the second time the two have faced off in a singles match in the squared circle, the last time being on 27th August 2005 at Pro-Wrestling NOAH.

KENTA taunt’s Suzuki with a news paper but he isn’t having any of it, taking it from his younger opponent and laying it in the middle of the ring, sitting crossed legged and telling him to “come read it now”.  These two men put on an absolute master class in Japanese strong style as the two of them hit huge strikes with their forearms and legs before fully committing to the brutality of their reputations by slapping the sweat off of each other.

Match Time: 16m 50s

WINNER: KENTA via a Go2Sleep

Star Rating: *****

MAIN EVENT | MATCH SIX | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: Hirooki Goto [CHAOS] Vs Shingo Takagi [L.I.J]

Hirooki Goto has won 24 matches in the New Japan Cup and is a former winner of this tournament, Shingo Takagi has already eliminated Kazuchika Okada, another former winner, but can Takagi defeat Goto tonight?

This match is a slow build to a roaring crescendo, as is the general feel of a Takagi match, but this is fought with more intensity with an opponent such as Goto in the ring facing The Dragon.  It’s hard hitting and full of in ring psychology, the two men working the body parts that will ultimately get them the win with their finishing moves. This is a definite contender for one of the best matches in the New Japan Cup 2021.

Match Time: 23m 51s

WINNER: Shingo Takagi via a Last of the Dragon

Star Rating: *****


New Japan Pro-Wrestling | NJPW: New Japan Cup | Night 8 | Sun 14th March 2021 | 16:00 | Baycom Gymnasium (Amagasaki Memorial Park Gymnasium), Hyogo.

SEMI-MAIN EVENT | MATCH FIVE | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: Yuji Nagata [Main Unit] Vs SANADA [L.I.J]

SANADA and Yuji Nagata are huge fan favourites in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.  SANADA has the most wins of anyone in the company right now and should really be at the top of the mountain, will he be able to win this year’s New Japan Cup?

SANADA seems to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride, which isn’t always a bad thing, but in the case of wrestling a long singles championship reign would be great. It is said that SANADA wrestles to the level of his opponent and this match is evidence of that, still wrestling his way but also upping his level of intensity to match that of Yuji Nagata.

Match Time: 18m 18s

WINNER: SANADA via a Rounding Body Press

Star Rating: ****.5

MAIN EVENT | MATCH SIX | NEW JAPAN CUP 2021 | SECOND ROUND MATCH: Zack Sabre Jr [Suzuki-Gun] Vs Will Ospreay [United Empire]

Zack Sabre Jr

Match Time: 21m 23s

WINNER: Will Ospreay via a Stormbreaker

Star Rating: *****

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