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Andrew’s New Japan Cup Results & Match Ratings: 3.5.2021

The New Japan Cup tour officially starts today, even though we already got one upset! Who moves on to round 2!?

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Even though the first two matches happened on the Anniversary show, this is the first official show dedicated to the Cup.

With one huge upset already, do we get any more shocks to the system? And no, if Yano wins (which he probably will) that’s not an upset. He has a surprisingly good record in tournament first rounds.

So let’s all revel in the goofy way Yano invents to move to round 2!

Ratings:

  • Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI) vs Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Tomoaki Honma: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @10:46 – ***
  • Bullet Club (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) w/ Dick Togo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay: EVIL wins via Scorpion Deathlock @11:40 – ***
  • TenCozy & Master Wato vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) w/Bea Priestley: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @9:14 – ** ½
  • New Japan Cup: Toru Yano vs Bad Luck Fale: Yano wins via Countout @5:50 – **
  • New Japan Cup: Hirooki Goto vs Taichi: Goto wins via GTR @22:43 – **** ½

 

Results:

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI) vs Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Tomoaki Honma

This was fun and definitely had better energy than a lot of the preliminary matches New Japan has done before bigger singles. Honma and Suzuki took shots at each other often, with Honma getting the best of Suzuki often. But Honma never backed down, we’re slowly getting back to the underdog Vampire Chicken that people were initially introduced to.

ZSJ did a great job putting Gabe over in this match as well. They started with a lot of World of Sport fast paced counters, ringers, spins and what not, but surprisingly, Gabe and the face trio got the best of ZSJ at different times. Zack was actually on the receiving end for a bit, but after Yuya is tagged in legal, and the tandem locomotion corner spot, we knew it was a matter of time.

After ducking a lariat, ZSJ quick tags Suzuki and then heads out, which allows Suzuki to make quick work of Yuya, continuing to add on that story they had going earlier in the year.

Just very fun with good energy, and this is how prelim tags should work.

Bullet Club (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) w/ Dick Togo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay

Tanahashi starting the match against Ishimori was great. This could lay the ground work for a future Openweight challenge, especially since Ishimori got the best of the Ace. The moves were basic, but as soon as Tanahashi start flexes and doing body builder poses, Ishimori returns after he hits a few moves and also highlights his washboard abs; causing Tanahashi to grab his stomach and get flustered since he’s not 6% body fat like Ishimori.

So with the little taste of comedy, we then see YOSHI-HASHI come in and get beat on by everyone at some point. Bullet Club even pulls off an amusing human chain during an Abdominal Stretch. After HASHI eventually tags out, then we see Finlay and Tiger Mask gets some shine. Finlay actually looks really good, hitting a cool Spinning Backdrop to bring in Tiger, but Tiger isn’t quite back up to snuff.

Even with him still recovering, he pushes things to needing EVIL to tag in, and Dick Togo has to cheat to help BC win, but generally speaking, it was a fun match where Tiger taking the fall proves he’s still on the way back.

TenCozy & Master Wato vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) w/Bea Priestley

This feud has gone on a bit long, and I’m not a big fan of Tenzan using the Mongolian Chops even though he lost a match saying he can’t. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission I suppose, but I’m still not a fan.

This was a solid trios match with a fantastic finish, but it didn’t really excite me like the first two multi-tags. Cobb catching Wato mid Satellite DDT, to throw him into Powerbomb position, to block a Frankensteiner, toss him like pizza dough and catch him in the Tour of the Islands position, to hit his finisher. It was just a thing of beauty.

When Cobb tries, he’s a great wrestler, and he’s been much more consistent this year. I also liked that Cobb was talking smack to EVIL on the camera, but EVIL and Dick Togo jumped him to try and get a small advantage in their upcoming New Japan Cup match. It’s a good spot before intermission.

New Japan Cup: Toru Yano vs Bad Luck Fale

Now this was pretty amusing. Fale attacks Yano in the middle of his announcement, but not with a strike, with a Roll-up. Sadly for Yano, this causes the KOPW trophy to break, but he doesn’t notice right away.

Yano spends a good bit of the match running from Fale saying he’s scared. But we get to the typical Yano stuff and he tries to tape Fale to the guardrail, but Fale is keen. So he shoves Yano back, and uses the tape to tie Yano’s hands around the ring post.

As the countout starts, Fale tries to pepper in a few free shots, but Yano is kicking him away. Fale gets mad and charges, Yano shields himself with the post and then it seems like one of his defensive kicks…goes a little low. Marty Asami allows it since it look unintentional just trying to keep someone back. So Yano manages to swing his legs onto the apron and scoot halfway into the ring while tied to the ring post. Marty decides that’s good enough and counts out Fale.

The Sublime Master Thief pulls out some TOTAL BS, but it’s still funny. Afterward, he gets the broken trophy and starts crying like its Hardball and G-baby just got shot.

New Japan Cup: Hirooki Goto vs Taichi

This match had stage, Taichi was up to his old tricks of slow moving, malicious outside tactics with cables and general cheating, but that makes sense with all of the things Taichi went through to get Iizuka’s fingers back.

Red Shoes is ever lenient, and Taichi was doing it just to be a brat, every choke count he would smile bigger; hell even the crowd seemed to find it devilishly charming. But when Goto fired up, it seemed like it woke something up in Taichi. Taichi and Goto traded strikes and it was fantastic especially when they both just slumped down. Both men pulled out classics, I love when Goto does the Shouten Kai, even Taichi pulled out the Dynamic T Chokeslam! Kawada classics like the Step Kicks and the Jumping High Kick, Goto threw everything at Taichi, but they both did a good job avoiding the finishers most of the match.

It was a great back and forth where both men knew the other’s offense and it showed. Serious Taichi is more and more like Kawada, it’s fantastic, but Goto when Goto countered the counters and finally hit GTR, it was all over for the Holy Emperor!

The wrong man won, but it was a great match.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Well the Yano match was enjoyable, but if you dislike his style; that was going to do nothing to change your opinion. Taichi and Goto definitely deserved to be the main event, which was beautiful. Even the undercard tags were done well and the participants seemed to have a little more fun and remember the point of those.

Even if my personal taste is that the TenCozy/Empire feud is starting to wear out its welcome, it wasn’t offensive of anything, I’m just over it. I’m also looking forward to see if Cobb can continue this streak of evolution or if the new EVIL will just make me hate that match.

So there we go, another solid show…so now I’m gonna try my best to forget Castle Attack.


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.11.2021

Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

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Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

Hard to say I wasn’t a little annoyed the VOD took so long to post, but better late than never; especially when the next event isn’t until the 17th.

Anyway though! Zeus looks to topple the current Triple Crown champion and continue his undefeated Carnival streak and Ashino has to do something to get off the bubble; but Kento is a big ask. We could be looking at a quick favorite to win as well as the walking dead.

Let’s hope nothing too drastic happens! Check it out!

Match Ratings:

  • Jake Lee vs Koji Doi: Jake wins via D4C @8:10 – **
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Single Leg Cradle @11:13 – ***
  • Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino: Ashino wins via Grapevine Ankle Lock @12:11 – *** ½
  • Zeus vs Suwama: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @19:52 – *** ¾

 

Results:

Jake Lee vs Koji Doi

Total Eclipse inner faction fighting! Since Jake is the leader, he starts off in typical heel leader fashion telling Koji to lie down and eat the pin. Koji lies down; Jake drapes himself in a cocky cover, so Koji goes for the crucifix at the 2 count. Jake snaps up and he looks shocked that Koji went against an order, but then we get to a match.

Koji does a solid job keeping Jake off balance with power attacks, Shoulder Tackles and an interesting Football Tackle with the lift and slam. Jake eats a decent amount of offense, including a few short arm Lariats, before he starts stabilizing with Knee Lifts and Yakuza Kicks.

Lucky for Jake, even though Koji countered the D4C once, after Giant Killing, Koji wasn’t countering anything. Jake hits D4C and gets his second win of the tournament! Not a flashy match honestly felt a little silly at points with how quiet and echoed the arena made the match feel. Hopefully the setting doesn’t continue to plague the atmosphere of the matches.

Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi

Now this was decent, though the hollow quiet atmosphere of venue is really detracting from the matches. Yuma was trying to find openings, but Shuji continued to run him over and abuse him with power early. And it was during these slower spots, the deafening silence of the venue made for weird watching.

Even though Shuji hit a Scoop Slam into the corner of the arpon, multiple Tsunamis and a flashing Scoop Fire/Thunder Driver, Yuma stayed resilient. Yuma nearly made the bigger man tap in End Game, but Shuji was able to find the ropes. Yuma hits an O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch, Shuji manages to get out of that, goes for a Tsunami, Yuma slides and tries to scoop Shuji for a Roll-Up, but at two Shuji manages to reverse the Roll-Up, grab a single leg and keep Yuma down for a three count!

Even though I have yet to be convinced by Yuma, the fact he got a finish that still made him look strong while putting up a good fight against a decorated opponent like Ishikawa; that says a lot about his potential rise on the card.

Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino

Ashino is in the unenviable position of last place after two days. With a 0-2 record, he really REALLY needs this…and he of course has Kento as his roadblock. They’ve traded wins in the past, and come off as rivals who don’t really like one another.

The match starts quick with Ashino shooting the half, grabbing a leg and searching for the Ankle Lock early. Kento fights out, but Kento is surprised and Ashino stays on him. Ashino pulls Kento to the ring post and wraps Kento’s left leg against the post a few times. Kento fires and Snake Eyes lands Ashino into the corner of the apron.  This gives Kento plenty of time to walk off the early ankle damage and play into his cocky arrogance, all while messing with the referee and his opponent.

Whenever Ashino managed to get back in the ring, he was greeted by Blackouts to the front and back of his head. It wasn’t really until Kento went for the Shutdown Suplex, that Ashino hit a second wind. Both men trade German Suplexes, Ashino continues with a Deadlift Overhead suplex and he starts building momentum back.

He teases a German from the apron to the floor, but Kento blocks, fights off and Piledrives Ashino instead. Kento fires off Blackouts as Ashino once again barely beats the count out, but after landing his ninth Blackout of the fight, Ashino grabs the left leg, rolls through and goes for the Ankle Lock. Kento tries to fight off, but Ashino refuses to let go, readjusting, rolling through, pulling Kento back into the center away from the ropes; eventually dropping down into the Grapevine. Kento has no other option but to submit!

Ashino finally gets on the board, and Kento joins him in the 1-2 portion of the standings! I wonder how much the ankle will play into the rest of Kento’s carnival.

Zeus vs Suwama

Last year during Zeus’ carnival winning run, he had a match with Suwama which resulted in Suwama sustaining an arm injury. Thanks to this knowledge, and the sting of a failed challenge when Suwama recovered, Zeus came out attacking the arm and trying to replicate some of his success from last year.

The beauty in Zeus’ arm attacks, is not only were the Key Lock and Arm Bars effective to play on the old injury, they also inhibited Suwama from executing the Last Ride Powerbomb. Zeus’ attack really did great, as well as giving him the power advantage against someone who can usually match him in that department. Zeus lifted out of Boston Crabs, met Suwama head on with Biceps Explosions and even broke out the Frog Splash a few times.

In a nice reference, Suwama was able to fight out of the Arm Trap Facelock this time, but Zeus had too much of an advantage. Zeus peppered in Chokeslams, Lariats, another Frog Splash and eventually ended the match with an impactful Jackhammer. This was a solid struggle throughout, injured only by the awkward venue setting.

Who will be the first person to hang a Carnival loss on Zeus since 2019?

Overall Score: 6.75/10

While there wasn’t really a lot to complain about in terms of action, I really hated the venue. With the Japanese crowd rules of not being able to scream and having to just clap or stomp, it was very noticeably irritating in this event.  Slower moments felt empty and stupid, almost back to the empty Quarantine times, which definitely impact smaller events and smaller companies.

Aside from that, we got a lot of really great finishes. Ashino finally getting on the scoreboard AND over Kento is great. Zeus continuing his streak from last year, Jake well…doing Jake things and Shuji looking strong as a current title holder should. Otani and Sato were missed a little today, but let’s check out the standings!

 Standings:

  1. Zeus: 3-0 – (6 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  4. Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  5. Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  6. Shotaro Ashino: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  8. Suwama: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  10. Yuma Aoyagi: 1-2 – (2 Points)


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