By Scott Zaraki
Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7
NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 4 Results – 11/03/2019
Takamatsu City General Gymnasium
Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero
DAVEY BOY SMITH Jr. vs. TORU YANO:
Davey gives chase before Yano can get in the ring, he chases him back into the ring, Yano with a roll up for a 2 count, Davey with a Backslide for a 2 count, Yano takes off one of the corner posts, but Davy catches him and rams him into the ring apron then drives a chair into his ribs, back in the ring, but Yano goes to the eyes then pulls out his tape, but Davey puts the boots to Yano before he can use it, he bends Yano’s ankle in the barricade, then goes into the crowd, Knee Breaker on the Japanese Announce table, Davey sends Yano back in, Yano avoids a charge & rolls up Davey for a 2 count, Davey with an Inverted DDT for a 2 count, Bulldog Bomb, but Yano counters into Ura-Gasumi for a near fall, Davey tries another Inverted DDT, but Yano counters into a Small Package for a 2 count, Davey reverses it for a 2 count, Davey blocks the nut shot, Davey looks for a Sleeper, but Yano counters into a roll up for the win. Yano advances to Round 2.
Winner: TORU YANO
COLT CABANA vs. TOGI MAKABE:
Colt trips up Makabe and stacks him up for a 2 count, Colt with a Sunset Flip for a 2 count, Jabs then a Bionic Elbow, Flying Asshole, up to the 2nd, Makabe rolls out of the way, but Colt with a Double Jump Splash for a 2 count, Makabe with a Snap Powerslam for a 2 count, Colt blocks the Spider German Suplex & goes for a Moonsault, Makabe avoids it & hits a Lariat for a 2 count, Death Valley Bomb, up top, Colt avoids the King Kong Kneedrop, Colt with the Running Superman Pin for the win. Colt advances and will face Yano in Round 2.
Winner: COLT CABANA
Before we get to this next match allow me to break down some history. For anyone that’s just gotten into New Japan in the past few years, these 2 DO NOT like each other at all, there’s a long history that goes back to 2010: Taichi had just returned from CMLL and accompanied the then IWGP Champion Kojima, they would be joined by Nosawa Rongai and TAKA Michinoku. In January of 2011 Kojima officially named the group Kojima-gun, in February MVP would arrive and join the group. Nosawa would leave wrestling altogether due to legal issues he had to take care of. Flash forward to later in 2011 after losing the title to Tanahashi and another loss to Makabe, TAKA & Taichi would perform a coup d’etat and attack their leader Kojima before being joined by freelancer Minoru Suzuki, Suzuki would Choke out Kojima & leave with TAKA & Taichi, they declared Suzuki as their new leader, kicking out Kojima and renaming the stable Suzuki-gun. MVP was the only one to stay loyal to Kojima.
MINORU SUZUKI vs. SATOSHI KOJIMA:
They trade open hand chops, Suzuki blocks a DDT on the apron & grabs a Juji-Gatame over the rope then a Penalty Kick into the crowd and slams Kojima’s face on the Japanese announce table, he grabs a chair, Red Shoes takes it away & gets shoved down for his trouble, they go into the audience and Suzuki with a chair to the ribs then breaks it over Kojima’s head, he takes the barricade apart and slams it on Kojima then slams chairs on the barricade on top of Kojima, Kojima back in at 18, Kojima blocks a PK & hits a DDT, Kojima with Machine Gun Chops, Suzuki answers back with Elbows, Kojima back to the chops, Suzuki with more Elbows, Kojima with even more chops as Suzuki tells him to keep it coming and finally takes him down, up top, but Suzuki takes him down, Kojima with a Rolling Elbow, up top with a Diving Elbow Drop for a 2 count, they trade Forearms, Suzuki blocks the Koji Cutter and locks in a Choke Sleeper, Kojima fights out & hits the Koji Cutter, Brainbuster, but only a near fall, elbow pad off, Suzuki stops the Lariat, barrage of Shoteis, Gotch blocked, Kojima with a Lariat, Suzuki stops the Lariat, but Kojima comes from the other side with a Left Armed Lariat for a near fall, Suzuki ducks the Lariat, Choke Sleeper, spins him around & hits The Gotch-Style Piledriver for the win. Suzuki advances to Round 2.
Winner: MINORU SUZUKI
SANADA vs. HIROOKI GOTO:
Goto blocks The Paradise Lock attempt, SANADA with a Somersault Senton off the apron to the floor, he sends Goto into the barricade, pair of Elbow Drops for a 2 count, Standing Moonsault, Goto evades, but SANADA lands on his feet and hits a Basement Dropkick, but Goto gets his foot on the rope, Goto with a Saito Suplex for a 2 count, Ushi-Goroshi blocked, SANADA takes Goto to the floor with a Dropkick then follows with a Slingshot Plancha, he sends Goto back in for a 2 count, he looks for a Springboard, but Goto catches him, Ushi-Goroshi countered and SANADA hits Goto with a Ushi-Goroshi then locks in Skull End, SANADA lets him go, up top, Muta-Style Moonsault, but Goto evades, SANADA charges, but Goto counters with a Lariat, SANADA back slips into Skull End, Goto blocks the Body Scissors, roll through, Fireman Carry and right into the Inverted DDT clutch, GTR countered into a Victory Roll for a near fall, Goto with Ushi-Goroshi, Tora – the sign of the tiger, Mid Kick, GTR blocked, Shouten Kai, but SANADA counters and hits a Whiplash, Goto with a straight Headbutt, Ura GTR for a near fall, he goes for the kill, SANADA blocks, Goto counters back, SANADA with an Asai DDT, Goto blocks, SANADA with a Shiranui flip into Skull End, he feels Goto is out, up top & hits the Muta-Style Moonsault for the win. SANADA will face Suzuki in Round 2
That ends the 4th night and completes all the Round 1 matches.