This show was held on June 24, 2020 and was the sixth night back after the hiatus from COVID-19. This is my review of night five of the New Japan Cup 2020.
The show opened with the New Japan Cup video package, then the ring announcer announced the card as the second round of the tournament.
Taiji Ishimori vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- This match starts when Ishimori walks out and is attacked from behind. Kanemaru takes Ishimori to ringside and throws him into the railings. Ishimori reverses and throws Kanemaru into a railing when the ref calls for the bell. In the ring Kanemaru cuts off Ishimori and targets the knee. Yoshinobu Kanemaru takes Ishimori to ringside again and wraps the leg around a railing. Taiji Ishimori fires up and fights back, but when the referee is knocked down, Kanemaru hits a low blow and gets the whisky bottle. Ishimori holds Kanemaru’s mouth shut when he has a mouthful of whisky and Kanemaru has to drink it. He chokes after. Ishimori then goes to the finish with a Bloody Cross and a pin. Winner: Taiji Ishimori in 9:19.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Togi Makabe
- These two immediately charge at each other with shoulder tackles. Makabe gets the upper hand early but Ishii begins to pick it up with chops. Ishii chops Makabe to the mat and begins trash talking. Makabe won’t take trash talk and fires up with a powerslam. Ishii now fires up and hits a German suplex into the corner. Makabe holds his neck when Ishii starts jumping and delivering hard knees to the back of the neck. The referee backs Ishii off and checks Makabe. As Togi Makabe comes round and begins to fight back they trade blows again. They trade huge clotheslines and Makabe takes control. Makbake takes it to the top rope for a spider German but Ishii fights out. Ishii is suplexed across the ring, pops up, and runs across the ring to bash Makabe in the head with a forearm. This is an absolute war as they trade headbutts and huge clubbing lariats. Finally Tomohiro hits a delayed brainbuster for the win. Ishii is always a pleasure and Makabe can certainly hold his own. Very good match. Winner: Tomohiro Ishii in 13:28.
Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr & DOUKI vs Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi
- Ibushi runs to the ring and attacks Suzuki-gun. He doesn’t even take his belt off, Kota is pissed and can’t wait. Kota rushes in and doesn’t see the bell hammer and is laid out at ringside. In the ing, Suzuki-gun works over the leg of Tanahashi while Taichi chokes Kota with a cord. Suzuki-gun work over Tanahashi for over five minutes while his partners were laid out at ringside. Ibushi tags in just shy of the eight minute point. Ibushi and Taichi trade leg kicks. Taichi gets the upper hand and Kota fires up but is suplexed onto the top of his head. Ibushi tags Taguchi and Taichi tags Douki. Ibushi is thrown into the railings as he and Taichi fight outside. Douki looks to finish but Taguchi reveres. Taguchi hits a Chicken wing facebuster called Dodon for the pinfall. Suzuki-gun attack after the match as they are looking for the tag titles that Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi hold. Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi, Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi in 13:55.
We take a break after the heels are run off so the NJPW staff can clean the ring and ringside area.
The bell sounded five times to signify the beginning of the second half.
Hiromu Takahashi vs Toru Yano
- Hiromu comes out first and is wearing a hard hat. The referee checks Yano but finds nothing. The bell sounds to start the match and Yano whips out a pair of clippers so Hiromu rolls out and hides under the ring. Yano goes to look for him as the referee counts. Hiromu rolls in, gets the clippers, and takes the helmet off. When Yano gets in, Hiromu tries to use the clippers, but they don’t work. They fight and Yano whips out more clippers. They brawl to ringside but in the mayhem the ring announcer takes the clippers. Yano can’t find the clippers, but does find some scissors. Eventually they find another pair of scissors and Yano tapes Hiromu to Tsuji, the Young Lion, and cuts Hiromu’s hair. Hiromu, taped to Tsuji, puts Yano in a elevator and sends him to the ground floor as the referee counts. Hiromu and Tsuji hop back to the ring and climb in at eighteen. Winner: Hiromu Takahashi in 8:56 by Count-out.
Yuji Nagata vs Kazuchika Okada
- They start the match with a lock up and Nagata takes Okada do with a side-headlock takedown. As Okada gets back up, Nagata holds the head and Okada pushes Nagata to the ropes. Okada pretends to slap Nagata against the ropes so Nagata kicked him for being disrespectful. Okada has to bail to ringside to recover. Back in the ring Okada takes over and then takes Yuji Nagata to ringside and throws Nagata into the railings. Why is there railings at ringside when there is no fans? To throw people into, obviously.. Back in the ring, Okada takes it easy, thinking he has it in the bag, and disrespecting Nagata again. Nagata doesn’t respond well to disrespect, and you don’t want to take it easy on him as Nagata then takes over and targets the knee of Okada. After much very good back and forth, Nagata gives Okada an exploder suplex off the top rope. As Okada stirs and begins to get up, Nagata starts kicking. Okada fights back briefly but Nagata cuts him off and gets the crossface on. Okada gets his boot to the rope to force a break. Nagata tries a backdrop driver, but is blocked. Okada gets in a Cobra Clutch, the move he finished Gedo with, but Nagata escapes and hits another exploder suplex. Nagata ducks a spinning rainmaker and hits a backdrop driver for a two. Okada gets a standing Cobra Clutch and Yuji Nagata goes limp. Just after the ring announcer makes the twenty minute call, the referee calls for the bell as Yuji Nagata is out. Good match. Winner: Kazuchika Okada in 20:16 by KO.
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