New Japan Need To Watch (3/11): New Japan Cup Night 3 *No Spoilers*

New Japan Need To Watch (3/11): New Japan Cup Night 3 *No Spoilers*

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New Japan Pro Wrestling continued their annual New Japan Cup tournament. Since the show aired at 2am EST on, here’s a spoiler-free summary for the non-nite owl New Japan fans. Each match receives a Need To Watch Rating of 0.0-10.0

FIRST MATCH: Tomoyuki Oka Yuji Nagata vs. Ren Narita Tetsuhiro Yagi

Really fun opening tag match. Young Lions seems to work even better against each other than against guys like Nagata. Recommended viewing.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.0)

SECOND MATCH: Shota Umino vs. El Desperado

Quick fun showcase match. Umino is an amazing underdog. His shrieks during this match were unnerving.

Need To Watch Rating: (3.5)

THIRD MATCH: Toa Henare, David Finlay, Juice Robinson Michael Elgin vs. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens Tanga Loa)

Definitely a wild 8-man tag. Minimal Elgin involvement. Owens continues to be a hidden jewel of Bullet Club. The Yujiro/juice rivalry is alive and well.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.8)

FOURTH MATCH: CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Lance Archer Davey Boy Smith Jr.)

A classic Suzuki-gun brawl. Killer Elite Squad continue to be operating at a higher level. Goto, Yano Ishii continue to make a case for NEVER Six-man Tag contention.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.9)

FIFTH MATCH: Hiroshi Tanahashi Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi Takashi Iizuka)

A fun romp of a tag match. Iizuka and Taguchi always create comedy gold, while Taichi continues to grow as a heavyweight. Definitely refreshing to see Tanahashi back.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.6)

SIXTH MATCH: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada Chuckie T) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI SANADA)

A quick, fun tag match. BUSHI and SANADA are a great team. Chuckie T continues to hold his own alongside Okada. Could’ve used more time, but definitely worth the watch.

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

SEVENTH MATCH: New Japan Cup First Round: Yoshi-Hashi vs. Kota Ibushi

This match was a dramatic battle of two men that had to prove themselves. Yoshi-Hashi is finally escaping Okada’s shadow, while Ibushi has regained the confidence that he seemed to lose during his Tiger Mask W run. This is a must watch match for new and old fans. Both men were competitive until the final bell.

Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)

MAIN EVENT: New Japan Cup First Round: Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

An amazing main event, with serious ramifications. Naito’s 2018 has not been the riotous success that 2017 was, and he went into this match a broken man. Sabre entered the match hungry to prove himself, and expose the cracks in Naito’s foundation. Every bit the must-watch that Ibushi/Yoshi-Hashi was. Seek out both New Japan Cup matches from Night 3. Well worth it.

Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)