By Scott Zaraki
Courtesy of NBC Sports Radio – Pro Wrestling 24/7
NJPW New Japan Cup: Night 9 Results – 20/03/2019
Twin Messe Shizuoka
Commentary Team: Kevin Kelly and Excalibur
YOSHI-HASHI vs. TOMOHIRO ISHII:
YOSHI tries to match Ishii’s Chops to no avail, YOSHI with the Head Hunter, opts to infuriate Ishii with strikes instead of going for a cover, he hangs Ishii in the rope and hits a Running Dropkick for a 2 count, he continues to slap Ishii in the back of the head in a clear sign of disrespect, they trade Forearms eventually YOSHI slows down and Ishii drops him then pays back the disrespectful strikes with some of his own, Forearm/Chop Combos to dismantle YOSHI, pair of Headbutts then rips off the trainer’s tape on YOSHI’s shoulder and he wants YOSHI to stop using his injury as a crutch and show him his fighting spirit, they trade open hand slaps and YOSHI with the advantage and floors Ishii with a Mid Kick, Ishii absorbs a pair of Lariats, but YOSHI takes him down with a 3rd, Sit-Out Powerbomb for a 2 count then locks in The Butterfly Lock, Ishii back up, but YOSHI with a Lungblower then back to the Butterfly Lock, but Ishii makes it to the rope, Body Slam, Ishii avoids the Senton Atomico, Ishii blocks The Bunker Buster and hits a Backdrop Driver, YOSHI blocks the Lariat, they trade Chops, Ishii with a Powerbomb and stacks YOSHI up for a near fall, YOSHI avoids the Sliding Lariat, Ishii takes him down then hits The Sliding Lariat for a near fall, YOSHI counters the Brainbuster into a Small Package for a near fall, Victory Roll for a near fall, Rolling Solebut then a Running Lariat, they trade Headbutts & YOSHI catches him on the jaw, Running Meteora for a near fall, Fisherman Buster for a near fall, he goes for the kill, Half-Nelson Wrist-Clutch, but Ishii blocks Karma, YOSHI with a Release German Suplex, he tries Karma again, but Ishii counters into a DDT, Ishii with a straight Headbutt, he charges, YOSHI with a pair of Superkicks, Ishii with a Leaping Enzugiri then a Running Lariat and collapses on top for a near fall, then finishes YOSHI with The Vertical Sheer-Drop Brainbuster for the win. Ishii advances to the Semi-Finals.
Winner: TOMOHIRO ISHII
WILL OSPREAY vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA:
Ospreay sends Okada to the floor then fakes him out on a dive, Pescado, but Okada evades and Ospreay lands on his feet, Okada sends him into the barricade, Ospreay leaps over the barricade, Pip Pip Cheerio off the barricade, but Okada catches him with a European Uppercut then sends him back in, Okada with a Neckbreaker for a 2 count, Ospreay looks for a dive, Okada catches him & puts him back on the turnbuckle then Dropkicks him off the top to the floor, Ospreay back in & flies back out with the Sasuke Special, back in, Handspring Enzugiri for a 2 count, Ospreay blocks the DDT, but Okada catches him with a Flapjack, Okada with the Air Raid Crash Neckbreaker for a 2 count, up top with the Diving Elbow Drop, Rainmaker Pose, but Ospreay with a Roundhouse Kick during the pose, Pip Pip Cheerio for a 2 count, Okada blocks Storm Breaker, Step Kicks to the shoulder, Storm Breaker countered into an Arm Drag, Okada with a Shotgun Dropkick, Ospreay counters a Backslide and rolls through into a Lariat, Short-Arm Lariat, Rain Maker blocked, Ospreay ducks a Dropkick, Standing Shooting Star Press, but Okada gets the knees up, Ospreay back up with a Roundhouse Kick, Hook Kick, he takes off the elbow pad, Okada ducks the Hidden Blade, Fireman Carry, but Ospreay counters into a Stunner, Backflips off Okada, Step-Up Enzugiri, Hook Kick, Electric Chair and climbs up top, Avalanche Iconoclasm for a near fall, Robinson Special, Okada counters the OsCutter into a German Suplex and holds on for the kill, Rainmaker countered into a Rainham Maker for a near fall, Ospreay up top, Shooting Star Press to the back, up top and another Shooting Star Press for a near fall, OsCutter countered with a Dropkick, Okada with a Tombstone, Rainmaker countered right into a Storm Breaker attempt, but Okada counters into That’s Incredible then hits The Rainmaker for the win. Okada will face Ishii in the semis.
Winner: KAZUCHIKA OKADA
That ends night 9.