NJPW Lions Gate Project 8 Results: The Young Lions Cup Begins & Yuji Nagata Headlines

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NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Hirai Kawato def. Ren Narita

NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Katsuya Kitamura def. Tetsuhiro Yagi

NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Tomoyuki Oka def. Syota Umino

Yuji Nagata def. Daisuke Kanehira

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Go Asakawa & Yuma Aoyagi

Manabu Nakanishi def. Kotaro Yoshino


Match By Match Recap

NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Hirai Kawato vs. Ren Narita

The match begins with Kawato attacking Narita with some leg kicks, Kawato and Narita then do some chain wrestling with nobody getting an advantage. Narita scores a takedown on Kawato and he assaults him with strikes, Kawato gets angry and he stomps away on a downed Narita. Kawato would then catch Narita with a slam for a near fall, Kawato waits for Narita to get up before dropping him with a kick. Kawato would then apply the camel clutch to Narita until he gets to the ropes, Narita eventually recovers and he nails Kawato with a drop kick. Narita gets angry and he stomps away on a downed Kawato before apply the kravat, Narita releases the hold so he can stomp away on Kawato before choking him on the middle rope.

Narita releases the choke to hit Kawato with a middle rope leg drop for a near fall, Narita follows that up by catching Kawato with a slingshot into the bottom rope. Narita decides to slow things down by holding Kawato in a chin lock, Kawato eventually breaks free and he drops Narita. Kawato then slams Narita and he applies the Boston crab until Narita gets to the ropes, Kawato then catches Narita with a springboard drop kick for a near fall. Kawato follos that up with a spin kick to the head of Narita for the three count.

Winner: Hirai Kawato

NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Katsuya Kitamura vs. Tetsuhiro Yagi

The match begins with Kitamura immediately shoving Yagi to the ground a few times, Kitamura eventually drops a trash talking Yagi with a shoulder tackle. Yagi quickly recovers to drop a charging Kitamura with a drop kick, Yagi then corner a downed Kitamura and he assaults him with forearm strikes and stomps. Yagi would then get Kitamura into the opposite corner before dropping him with a running back elbow strike, Yagi looks for the submission by applying the triangle choke to Kitamura. Kitamura looks to escape and Yagi catches him in an arm bar as well, Yagi reapplies the triangle choke as Kitamura gets to the ropes. Yagi again stomps away at Kitamura as he traps him in the corner, Yagi then gets Kitamura in the middle of the ring to land a slam for a near fall.

Yagi then applies the Boston crab to Kitamura, Yagi releases the Boston crab to apply the Indian death lock to Kitamura. Yagi eventually releases the hold and he gets into a striking exchange with Kitamura, Kitamura then drops Yagi with a single chop for a near fall. Kitamura traps Yagi in the corner before attacking him with many more chops, Kitamura follows that up by dropping Yagi with a shoulder tackle. Kitamura then just destroys Yagi with a spear before landing a jackhammer for the three count.

Winner: Katsuya Kitamura

NJPW Young Lions Cup Match: Tomoyuki Oka vs. Syota Umino

The match begins with Umino immediately getting into a striking exchange with Oka, Umino eventually backs Oka into the corner before just assaulting him with stomps. Oka gets up to level Umino with chops and forearm strikes, Umino eventually drops Oka before twisting away on his ankle until he gets to the ropes. Umino holds Oka down while just stomping away on his injured leg, Umino then goes back to twisting away on the leg of Oka. Oka gets up and he gets into another striking exchange with Umino, Oka gets angry and he just slams Umino to the mat. Oka would then mount Umino and assault him with a plethora of strikes, Oka then slows things down by applying the scarf hold to Umino before transitioning into a chin lock.

Oka then applies a rear naked choke to Umino and Umino eventually gets to the ropes, Oka follows that up by hitting Umino with a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Oka then crushes Umino with a power slam before applying the camel clutch and Umino gets to the ropes, Umino catches a charging Oka with an elbow strike before nailing him with a middle rope drop kick. Umino follows that up by catching Oka with a running forearm strike for a near fall, Oka tries fighting back and Umino nails him with a drop kick. Umino hits Oka with a slam followed by a top rope elbow drop for a near fall, Umino then hits Oka with some kind of odd slam for a near fall. Umino follows that up by locking Oka in the Boston crab and Oka gets to the ropes, Umino picks up Oka and Oka nails him with a belly to belly suplex from out of nowhere.

Oka would then slam Umino and apply the Boston crab until Umino gets to the ropes, Oka would then hit Umino with another slam. Oka then catches Umino with an overhead release suplex for a near fall, Oka reaaplies the Boston crab and Umino taps out.

Winner: Tomoyuki Oka

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