New Japan Cup Day 4 Recap
Two First Round Matches Take Center Stage
Yoh and Bushi continued the reignition of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship feud between the two and their partners Sho and NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi. Coming into the match Bushi was 5-1 against Yoh in singles competition, including a victory over the Roppongi 3k member last year during the Best of the Super Junior tournament.
In what was a competitive match, Bushi was able to earn the victory in fifteen minutes and forty-two seconds, the longest singles match between the two.
The second match of the event saw Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yoshi-Hashi meet for the first time in singles competition. Both Tenzan and Yoshi-Hashi knew they needed a strong showing in the New Japan Cup to have any chance at competing for a singles title in the near future.
In another even match, Yoshi-Hashi was able to defeat the former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion and 4x IWGP Heavyweight Champion in seventeen minutes and thirty-five seconds, to move on to face Bushi in the second round of the tournament in what will be the first singles match between the two.
The final match of the undercard saw the CHAOS team of Sho, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, and Kazuchika Okada face the Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) team of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi, Sanada, and IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight ‘Double Champion’ Tetsuya Naito.
In what saw Hiromu/Yano and Sanada/Sho preview their second-round New Japan Cup match, the contest would eventually lead to a count-out and Yano taunt Hiromu with clippers, just as he did to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion when he was a Young Lion.
The headline match of the event saw Yujiro Takahashi face Hirooki Goto in a first-round New Japan Cup match. Goto had a 14-1 record against Yujiro going into the match, yet was in for the best singles effort from Yujiro since his 2018 New Japan Cup match against Juice Robinson.
Goto would win at the sixteen minute and forty-second mark, keeping his hopes alive to remain a player in singles title competition.
The marquee match of the event saw Satoshi Kojima and Evil meet for only the second time in singles action, Evil defeated Kojima during G1 Climax 27 in 2017. In what was a heavy-hitting contest Evil would best Kojima twenty minutes and eight seconds to move on to face Goto in the second round on July 1st.