On June 16, 2020 New Japan Pro Wrestling presented night 1 of the New Japan Cup 2020. This show is available on njpwworld.
On this show is Togi Makabe vs Yota Tsuji, Toru Yano vs Jado, Tomohiro Ishii vs El Desperado, and Tomoaki Honma vs Hiromu Takahashi.
the show opened with a video package introducing the tournament, which will be mostly in front of no fans.
Togi Makabe vs Yota Tsuji
- The Young Lion, Yota Tsuji, started the match with lots of energy as he went straight for Makabe before Makabe even removed the chains he wears round his neck. The match goes to ringside early on and Makabe reversed an Irish whip and threw Tsuji into the barrier. Makabe controlled the match from their until the five minute point, where Tsuji hit a suplex to make a comeback. After a forearms exchange, Tsuji hit a spear for a two count. Tsuji gets a Boston crab on Makabe but he got to the ropes. Togi Makabe took over and looked to be closing in when Tsuji reversed a lariat and got a sweet roll up for a two count. Togi Makabe ended it pretty soon after that with a lariat and a German suplex with a bridge. Good opener. Winner: Togi Makabe in 8:41.
Toru Yano vs Jado
- This match starts with Yano and Jado chanting for themselves as there is not crowd. Then Yano gets a corner pad, while Jado gets a kendo stick. The ref counts them down, so they both pretend to throw the objects away, but don’t. Eventually they start to wrestle, and when they do, the referee keeps getting distracted so Yujiro Takahashi and Gedo can get involved. This match ended with Jado, Gedo and Takahashi knocking into each other and Yano rolling up Jado for the win. Winner: Toru Yano in 9:07.
Minoru Suzuki, Kanemaru, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr vs Yuya Uemura, Yuji Nagata, Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Suzuki-gun get the jump start when Tanahashi is introduced, but the match officially starts with Taichi and Tanahashi in the ring. Tanahashi runs wild on Taichi until ZSJ gets involved. Taichi holds Tanahashi as ZSJ hits two dragon screw leg whips. Suzuki tags in and continues the assault on the leg on Tanahashi. The fight spills to ringside, where Suzuki-gun work together to attack the knee of Tanahashi with a chair. Tanahashi finally gets a tag to Kota Ibushi who faces off with Zack Sabre Jr. Zack works over the leg of Ibushi too, until Ibushi hits a big roundhouse kick. They tag out to Suzuki and Nagata respectively. As they trade shots and moves, Suzuki looks stronger and faster most of the time. The Young Lion tags in against Suzuki and actually looks good. Minoru Suzuki kills Uemura with a Gotch-style piledriver for the win. Really fun tag match with lots leading to the next show. Winners: Suzuki-gun in 13:27.
The “Way to the Grand Master” video played again.
A short intermission for staff to clean the ring and ringside area.
Hiromu Takahashi vs Tomoaki Honma
- The IWGP Jr Heavyweight champion starts off slowly as he strolls around the ring. They exchange some shoulder tackles until Honma knocked Hiromu down. Hiromu dodges a headbutt from Honma and sends Honma to ringside with a sliding dropkick. Hiromu then came off the apron to dropkick Honma back, hitting his head on the metal railings at ringside. Hiromu then ran around the ring and hit another dropkick, sending Honma back first into the railing. Back in the ring, Hiromu worked over the neck of Honma with a leg-lock round the head. Hiromu teases Honma to get back up and starts forearming him. Honma fights back with a DDT. They have a very good exchange which includes Honma giving Hiromu a brutal German suplex on the back of his head. Both of these men have had neck surgery recently, and they are taking brutal bumps on their necks. And then Hiromu pulls Honma off the top rope and onto his shoulders. Hiromu gives Honma a Death Valley Driver on the apron and Honma sells it and gets back in the ring and nineteen. This isn’t over as they continue to fight, which leads to them trading what looked like hard shots to the jaw of the opponent. Honma misses another kokeshi headbutt but the headbutts Hiromu out of the air, hits a kokeshi on Hiromu, then hits another flying headbutts for a two count. Honma goes for kokeshi off the middle rope but misses. In the end of this pretty epic battle, Hiromu hits a brutal looking Time Bomb to pin Honma. I loved this match, Hiromu is wonderful and Honma can still go. Winner:Hiromu Takahashi in 18:45.
El Desperado vs Tomohiro Ishii
- Early on in this match, Desperado makes the same mistake that Kenny Omega made against Ishii, that was to underestimate Ishii for his height. Moments later Ishii had Desperado by the throat and beat him up. Ishii had Desperado on the mat and kicking the crap out of him. Desperado tried to fight back, and look tough, but he was facing Ishii. Desperado targeted the leg of Ishii, and even rapped Ishii’s leg round the ring post. The match spills to ringside and Ishii is thrown into the barrier. When Ishii rolls back in, Desperado jumps back on the knee of Tomohiro Ishii. After a few minutes, Ishii made a comeback, starting with a suplex that folded Desperado up in the corner. Ishii met Desperado in the corner and chopped him to the mat, picked him up and repeated the chopping. Desperado coward in the corner only to reverse Ishii and hit a spear. Ishii will not stop fighting and gets Desperado in a leg lock. Desperado hits a big spinebuster and transitions into a leg submission but Ishii gets to the ropes. Desperado is whipped into the exposed buckle that he exposed earlier on. Desperado uses the referee as a barrier, only to get Ishii back in the leg submission. Ishii fights out and hits a suplex and a powerslam on Desperado for a double down. They trade kicks to the head, then forearms until Desperado is on the mat. Ishii picks him up but Desperado takes out the knee again. Ishii hits a powerbomb and folds Desperado up for a two. Ishii hits a sliding lariat on a seated Desperado. Desperado hits a low blow on Ishii and rolls him up for a nearfall. Desperado slams Ishii’s face into the exposed buckle and rolls him up for another good nearfall, then hits a big pump handle slam for another good nearfall. Ishii hits a lariat which sends Desperado round and on his neck. The last few minutes were really really good, and it ended with Tomohiro Ishii hitting a stalling brainbuster for the pin. Winner: Tomohiro Ishii in 20:18.
And that was the end of night 1 of the New Japan Cup 2020. Stay here at altprowrestling to see my reviews of the continuation of this tournament.
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