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* Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata defeated Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji
* Toa Henare, Colt Cabana & Michael Elgin defeated Shota Umino, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
* Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma
* Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & EVIL defeated Kota Ibushi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Ren Narita & Tomohiro Ishii
* Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Will Ospreay & Hiroshi Tanahashi
* Hikuleo, Bad Luck Fale & Jay White defeated YOSHI-HASHI, Mikey Nicholls & Hirooki Goto
* IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship
Juice Robinson defeated Chase Owens to retain his title
* New Japan Cup Tournament Finals
Kazuchika Okada defeated SANADA
Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
The young lions went to work early, double-teaming Nakanishi until a single suplex turned the tide. That brought Nagata in, immediately landing kicks and then unsuccessfully attempting the Boston Crab. Nakanishi then re-entered, working over Uemura but soon falling victim to a defiant hot tag from Tsuji. A chop quickly halted that though and Nagata then rallied before simultaneous dropkicks left him floored. Corner attacks came next and then a Spear for 2. A huge suplex followed that but Nagata kicked out once more.
Uemura then briefly applied his own Boston Crab and unleashed some forearms too, eventually being wiped out by a knee to the stomach. Nakanishi then made an interfering Tsuji pay, hooking the Argentine Backbreaker while Nagata closed the show via Crossface.
Winners: Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata
Toa Henare, Colt Cabana & Michael Elgin vs. Shota Umino, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Umino and Henare got this one started, trading strikes until the former tackled his foe to the mat. Henare fired back though, quickly tagging in Cabana who was greeted by Tenzan. Colt wrestled himself into control but Mongolian Chops soon halted that, flooring Cabana as Kojima entered for some eventually unsuccessful tandem offense. Following a flurry from Henare, Cabana then attempted his own brand of Mongolian Chops but it backfired, with Kojima soon unleashing his famed chops in the corner.
Colt fired back with an elbow though, bringing Henare back in for his own take on the legend's aforementioned chops. Koji Cutter came in response and that brought in Umino who was stopped in his tracks by Elgin. After eating some strikes though, Umino landed a sharp dropkick and then combined with the legends, stringing together some offense for a near-fall. Elgin quickly came back, catching Umino with a sudden powerbomb counter and avoiding a roll-up before finally ending things via Elgin Bomb.
Winners: Toa Henare, Colt Cabana & Michael Elgin
Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr vs. Togi Makabe, Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma
Things immediately spilled to the floor, with Suzuki-gun taking control as in center ring, Davey Boy went to work on Yano. Archer then joined in as well, landing Old School before bringing in Suzuki who quickly fell victim to a vintage Makabe comeback. That quickly resulted in an exchange of heavy forearms, with Suzuki coming out on top and briefly applying the standing choke too. A lariat quickly turned the tide regardless, allowing Honma to run wild on Archer until a Black Hole Slam stopped him in his tracks.
With Makabe's help though, Honma then fired back, landing a Kokeshi Headbutt for 2. However, his middle rope follow-up missed, allowing Suzuki-gun to seize as KES closed the show via Killer Bomb.
Winners: Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr
Kota Ibushi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Ren Narita & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & EVIL
After isolating BUSHI early, Taguchi and co combined for some corner offense but LIJ quickly returned the favor, battering their foe as the action spilled to the outside. That left Takagi alone with Taguchi and he quickly went to work, next bringing in Naito who continued their control of things. A DDT combo soon floored BUSHI and Naito at once though, allowing Ibushi to run wild on Naito right away. The Intercontinental Champion fired back before long, landing a sharp German Suplex until a sudden kick left him floored too.
That resulted in Ishii and EVIL meeting in center ring, trading forearms and then violent chops too. EVIL briefly created space, tagging in Takagi who soon ran directtly into a powerslam. An entering Narita continued the onslaught too, landing some textbook suplexes but being stunned by a lariat for 2. Things broke down from there, with everyone landing their signature offense including Ibushi with a Last Ride on Naito. After surviving two quick pin attempts though, Takagi finished things in an instant via Pumping Bomber while on the outside, Ibushi stood over Naito before seemingly challenging him as well.
Winners: Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & EVIL
Post-match, EVIL and Ishii also continued to brawl, eventually being pulled apart in the midst of a heated strike exchange.
Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay & Hiroshi Tanahashi
With an attack before the first bell, Suzuki-gun immediately gained control, isolating Tanahashi until Ospreay broke things up with a crossbody. Some tandem offense followed but the tide quickly turned again, with Taichi's microphone stand cutting Ospreay off on the outside. In the meantime, Sabre Jr worked over Tanahashi on the floor before the pair cornered Ospreay in center ring. This unsurprisingly included some underhanded tactics but the defiant flyer eventually fired back, battling free of Zack's grip and landing a sharp kick too.
That brought in Tanahashi, with the legend flooring both of his foes until Sabre Jr swiftly caught him in an abdominal stretch. Taichi then did the same to Ospreay but counters resulted in a role reversal on both ends. Zack and Tanahashi were left alone as a result and before long, both found themselves floored too. Ospreay and Taichi then came in, with the former initially flurrying as in the meantime, Tanahashi landed Twist and Shout. A hurricanrana and hook kick continued Ospreay's momentum too but Taichi then stole the win, landing a low-blow and using the Gedo Clutch.
Post-match, both members of Suzuki-gun added insult to injury, applying submissions on their respective foes.
Winners: Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr
YOSHI-HASHI, Mikey Nicholls & Hirooki Goto vs. Hikuleo, Bad Luck Fale & Jay White
Fale and YOSHI-HASHI got this one started, with the latter using evasive tactics before landing a quick blockbuster as well. Nicholls and Goto immediately joined in from there but a Gedo interference halted them, with the fight then spilling to the floor. That put BULLET CLUB in control but YOSHI-HASHI beat the count only to be worked over nonetheless. Hikuleo then hit a big powerslam for 2 before bringing in Jay White who grounded things right away. A kick reset things though and that brought in Nicholls who quickly flurried on Hikuleo, eventually landing a Death Valley Driver for 2.
A suplex turned the tide regardless, with White and Goto then meeting in center ring. The latter got the better of things early, landing some of his signature offense but failing to close the show. A back suplex swiftly cut him off though, with BULLET CLUB then isolating Goto until only he and White remained. A lariat floored the champion and Goto's teammates then added to his momentum as he even hit Ushigiroshi as well. However, he was unable to follow-up, instead falling victim to a sudden Blade Runner.
Winners: Hikuleo, Bad Luck Fale & Jay White