NJPW New Japan Cup ’20 Day 3 Results: Taichi, Sho, Sanada & Kota Ibushi Advance

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Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Deparado & Douki) def. Yuji Nagata, Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura

NJPW New Japan Cup ’20 Opening Round Matches

Sho def. Shingo Takagi
Sanada def. Ryusuke Taguchi
Kota Ibushi def. Zack Sabre Jr.
Taichi def. Hiroshi Tanahashi


Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Deparado & Douki) vs. Yuji Nagata, Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura

The match begins with Suzuki-Gun jumping their foes before the bell sounds and the brawl between both teams spills all over the arena, Nagata and Suzuki exchange strikes on the arena floor. Kidd drops Douki with a shoulder tackle in the ring, Kidd then hits Douki with a back elbow strike and slam. Uemura tags in and he attacks Douki with some strikes, Douki sends a charging Uemura out of the ring and a second brawl breaks out between both teams. Suzuki grabs a wire and he chokes Nagata with it, Kanemaru nails Uemura with a suplex in the ring for a near fall. Deparado tags in and he nails Uemura with a series of slams, Douki tags in and he stomps away on a downed Uemura. Douki then nails Uemura with a back breaker for a near fall, Suzuki tags in and he levels Uemura with a forearm strike for a near fall. Kanemaru tags in as the entire Suzuki-Gun team chokes Uemura, Kanemaru nails Uemura with an enziguri before tagging Suzuki back in. Suzuki-Gun then quadruple teams Uemura before Kanemaru tags back in, Uemura fights back and he drops Kanemaru with a suplex. Nagata and Suzuki are tagged in by their respective partners, Nagata immediately starts brawling with Suzuki until the rest of Suzuki-Gun attacks.

Nagata fights back and he clears the ring before hitting Deparado with an overhead release suplex, Kidd and Tsuji hit the ring to double team Deparado. Tsuji nails Deparado with a power slam for a near fall, members of both team brawl all over the arena again. Tsuji nails Deparado with a spear before applying a Boston crab to him, Kanemaru hits the ring to break the submission attempt up. Everybody from both teams hit the ring and they all take each other out, Deparado then nails Tsuji with a spear of his own. Tsuji fights back and he drops Deparado with a shoulder block before landing a suplex for a near fall, Deparado recovers and he nails Tsuji with the angel’s wings for a three count.

Winners: Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Deparado & Douki)

NJPW New Japan Cup ’20 Opening Round Match
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Sanada

The match begins with Sanada backing Taguchi into the ropes before letting him go free, Taguchi starts focusing his attack on the arm of Sanada. Taguchi gets Sanada down before applying a chin lock to him, Sanada gets up and Taguchi gets him in a headlock. Taguchi looks to attack Sanada while showing him respect and Sanada avoids it, Taguchi trips up Sanada and he tries getting him in the Paradise Lock. Sanada gets free and he gets Taguchi in the Paradise Lock before landing a drop kick, Taguchi leaves the ring and Sanada gets him back in it before landing a series of atomic drops. Taguchi tries fighting back and he misses the hip attack against Sanada, Sanada keeps Taguchi down while holding him in a chin lock. Taguchi gets free and he fights back against Sanada before nailing him with a basement drop kick, Taguchi follows up by nailing Sanada with multiple hip attacks. Taguchi then hits Sanada with a few suplexes, Taguchi sets up for another hip attack and Sanada nails him with a drop kick to the knee. Taguchi falls out of the ring and he avoids a dive from Sanada, Taguchi then nails Sanada with a dive of his own. Taguchi gets Sanada back in the ring before landing a drop kick to his knee. Taguchi applies the ankle lock to Sanada and Sanada gets free momentarily before Taguchi reapplies the hold, Sanada gets free and he goes for the Cold Skull.

Taguchi gets free and he catches Sanada in a few roll ups for a few near falls, Sanada catches Taguchi in a roll up of his own for a three count.

Winner: Sanada

NJPW New Japan Cup ’20 Opening Round Match
Shingo Takagi vs. Sho

The match begins with Sho attacking Takagi with clotheslines right as the bell sounded, Takagi fights back and Sho eventually drops him. Sho goes for an arm bar and Takagi quickly gets to the ropes, Sho then chokes Takagi as he is leaning on the ropes. Sho drops Takagi again before kicking him right in the back, Sho keeps Takagi down while landing more kicks. Takagi gets up and a striking exchange breaks out with Sho, Takagi ends the exchange by nailing Sho with a shoulder tackle. Takagi follows up by knocking Sho out of the ring with a clothesline. Takagi also leaves the ring and he throws Sho into the barricade, Takagi then nails Sho with a DDT on the arena floor. Takagi gets Sho back in the ring and he wrenches away on his head before landing some elbow strikes, Sho tries fighting back and Takagi nails him with more strikes. Sho fights back again and he drops Takagi with a suplex, Sho follows up by nailing Takagi with a shoulder tackle and forearm strikes. Sho then hits Takagi with a spear for a near fall, Sho looks for a German suplex and Takagi defends against it. Sho starts focusing his attack on the arm of Takagi, Takagi recovers and he drops Sho with a clothesline. Sho catches an unsuspecting Takagi in a triangle choke and Takagi power bombs his way to freedom, Sho recovers and he drops Takagi before landing a series of kicks.

Takagi gets up and he exchanges clotheslines with Sho until Sho lands a series of German suplexes, Sho then hits Takagi with a knee strike before eating another clothesline. Takagi then hits Sho with a sliding lariat, Takagi then hits a dazed Sho with a face plant for another near fall. Takagi follows up by getting Sho on the top rope and he follows him up there, Sho fights back and he gets free before landing a lung blower on Takagi. Sho then crushes Takagi with a lariat for a near fall, Sho also nails Takagi with a German suplex for another near fall. Sho sets up for another move and Takagi nails him with a back body drop, Takagi and Sho have a striking exchange in the middle of the ring. Takagi then hits Sho with his finisher for another near fall, Takagi follows up by crushing Sho with a lariat for another near fall. Takagi looks for Last Of The Dragon and Sho counters to apply a straight arm bar, Takagi gets free and Sho nails him with a package pile driver for a three count.

Winner: Sho

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