New Japan Cup Day 3 Undercard Sees Major Upset

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Sho (Foreground) And Shingo Takagi (Background) Prior To Their June 22, 2020 New Japan Cup First Round Match via New Japan World

Day 3 of the New Japan Cup saw a slew of competitive matches as the right side of the bracket got underway, coming off a solid second day where Yuji Nagata and Minoru Suzuki had a memorable match. 

The event began with Nagata teaming with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Los Angeles (LA) Dojo Young Lion Gabriel Kid along with NJPW Noge Dojo Young Lions Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura against the Suzuki-Gun team of Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and Douki. The Suzuki-Gun team would defeat the Young Lion heavy group with El Desperado getting the victory over Yota Tsuji. 

The second match saw Sanada face Rysukue Taguchi in the first round of cup action. Most of the exchanges between the two focused heavily on technical wrestling, with Sanada’s llave inspired style against Taguchi’s freestyle approach, learned from his time at the NJPW Noge Dojo.

Taguchi was able to hang with Sanada for the vast majority of the match, playing into the belief that there may be a larger junior heavyweight vs heavyweight angle coming soon that stretches across the roster. Sanada was able to capture the victory at the fifteen minutes and forty-seven-second mark.

The next match saw a rivalry that began as a tag team feud between current NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi and Bushi against current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi 3K (Sho/Yoh), going back to October 2018 when Shingo made his debut in NJPW.

On May 13, 2019, Shingo defeated Sho during the Best of the Super Junior Tournament, in their only singles match before meeting in the New Japan Cup. Per usual, Sho continued to match power with Shingo, despite having little success doing so in the future — however, on this occasion, Sho was able to call on more spirit to stand toe to toe with the champion.

Despite Shingo being up to the task, he didn’t have enough to overcome Sho who was able to grab the victory at the seventeen-minute and six-second mark. The victory for Sho likely means the teased Sho/Shingo NEVER Openweight Championship match will take place soon.

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