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Csonka’s NJPW NJ Cup (Day 1) Review

March 8, 2019 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NJPW NJ Cup (Day 1) Review

NJ Cup Tournament Match: YOSHI–HASHI defeated Manabu Nakanishi @ 12:25 via submission [**]
NJ Cup Tournament Match: Taichi defeated Tomoaki Honma @ 17:55 via submission [**]
NJ Cup Tournament Match: Chase Owens defeated Juice Robinson @ 24:40 via pin [***½]
NJ Cup Tournament Match: Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yuji Nagata @ 21:40 via pin [****¼]

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– We get an El Phantasmo (a junior from Rev Pro) promo video, teasing his arrival and addition to Bullet Club.

YOSHI–HASHI vs. Manabu Nakanishi: Nakanishi looks to overpower HASHI to begin. They trade shoulder tackles and HASHI goes down. The running splash gets 2. To the floor they go, and right back in and HASHI attacks the knee. He grounds things, but Nakanishi makes the ropes. HASHI quickly grounds him again, focusing on the knee. Nakanishi fights back, lays in chops, and takes HASHI down. He then misses a knee drop, allowing HASHI to attack. He delivers chops, but Nakanishi hits an overhead suplex. He follows with chops, clotheslines, and a slam. He does his dance, takes HASHI to the corner, but HASHI dropkicks the knee. The blockbuster follows for 2. HASHI heads up top and gets cut off. He follows him up and hits a superplex. HASHI rolls to the floor and Nakanishi sorta hits a plancha. Back in and Nakanishi heads up top and hits the high cross for 2. The back breaker follows into the slam but the ref is down as HASHI had grabbed him on the way down. Nakanishi slaps the shit out of HASHI, but HASHI hits a lariat for 1. HASHI with more lariats, but Nakanishi spears him for 2. He looks for the back breaker again, but HASHI gets the butterfly lock. The superkick follows and the running knee strike gets 2, Back to the butterfly lock and Nakanishi taps. YOSHI–HASHI defeated Manabu Nakanishi @ 12:25 via submission [**] This was only, Nakanishi worked really hard, but HASHI escaped with the win.

Taichi vs. Tomoaki Honma: Taichi talks shit as Honma attacks. They go to the floor and Taichi gets sent to he barricade. Honma clotheslines him into the crowd, follows and brings him back into the ring. He follows with kicks, chokes out Taichi, and follows with clubbing strikes. The falling kokeshi misses. Taichi follows with a head kick, and Honma is down; the cover gets 2. Taichi follows with more kicks and Honma rolls to the floor. Taichi shoves the ref and attacks with chair shots. Taichi works the neck, and back in, Taichi looks for a countout. Honma beats the count, Taichi whips him to the ropes but Honma collapses. Taichi continues to work the neck, lays the boots to him, and talks shit. Honma tries to fire back, but Taichi unloads with more kicks. Honma fires up, lays in chops and the running forearm and bulldog. The falling kokeshi connects. Honma follows with a suplex for 2. Taichi fires back with more kicks, the pants are off. Another kick follows, but Honma fights off the powerbomb. Taichi hits a clothesline, they trade, and Honma takes him down. The sitout piledriver connects and Honma covers for 2. To the ropes and the kokeshi connects for 2. Honma all the way up top, Taichi grabs the ref and then cuts him off. Taichi follows him up, but Honma hits a sunset bomb for a good near fall. The diving kokeshi gets 2. Taichi fires back with kicks, but Honma counters the axe bomber into a cradle for 2. Dragon sleeper by Taichi, but Honma makes the ropes. Taichi hits the backdrop driver, and covers for 2. Back to the dragon sleeper and Honma taps. Taichi defeated Tomoaki Honma @ 17:55 via submission [**] This was really slow and overly long. It was ok at best. Honma looks done to me.

Juice Robinson vs. Chase Owens: Owens powders right away. Back in and Owens backs off. Juice blocks an attack, grounds things and works a side headlock. He transitions to a head scissors, and then starts working the arm. Owens escapes, but Juice maintains control with chops. Juice takes him down, follows with ground and pound, but Owens takes out the knee. He dumps Juice, follows and slams Juice to the barricade. Owens then whips him to the barricades repeatedly, and looks for a countout. Juice back in and Owens follows with a suplex for 2. Owens delivers elbow strikes, chops, and then rights. Juice battles back with a head butt, but Owens grounds him and slaps him around. Juice lays in chops, but Owens grabs a sleeper. He again grounds things, maintaining control. Juice finally escapes, hits a belly to back suplex, and they trade strikes. Owens follows with a flurry, but Juice hits a bulldog and senton for 2. Owens now stuns him off the ropes, but runs into a flapjack. Juice follows with a clothesline, hits another and charges and gets dumped. To the floor and Juice fights off the package piledriver. Owens cuts off the cannonball with a superkick and suplexes Juice into the barricade. Back in and Owens hits the running knee strike for 2. Juice counters the gut buster, follows with a kick, and lays in jabs. Owens fights back with kicks, forearms, and a back breaker and superkick for 2. Juice fights off the package piledriver, left hand of God follows and Owens spills to the floor. The plancha follows, and then the apron cannonball follows. Owens now pulls Juice face first into the barricade, pulls up the mat, and looks for the package piledriver but Juice escapes and hits a backdrop. They beat the count, Juice hits the cannonball, and heads up top. The high cross misses. Gut buster by Owens and that gets 2. Juice counters the package piledriver into a cradle for 2. The back slide follows for 2. Juice lays in chops, but Owens rolls him up with the ropes, but the ref saw it. Owens argues with the ref, cradles Juice with the ropes, the ref breaks it and pulp friction is countered. Owens hits jewel heist for 2. The package piledriver connects and Owens wins! Chase Owens defeated Juice Robinson @ 24:40 via pin [***½] This was a very good match, with Owens scoring a big upset and also making claim to a US Title shot.

Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii: They lock up, battling for position, and to the ropes. Nagata slaps Ishii; they trade and just unload until Ishii takes him down. Nagata grounds things, and starts working the arm. He lays the boots to him, but Ishii fires up and just absorbs strikes and lays in head butts. He follows with chops, backing off Nagata. Nagata now fires back with elbows, but Ishii lays in chops and rights. Nagata lays in kicks, taking Ishii down. The running boot follows, and then an overhead suplex connects. Nagata looks for the arm bar, but Ishii escapes and they trade again, lighting each other up. My word. Ishii is rocked, kicks by Nagata, but he runs into a powerslam. Ishii now lays in Nagata like kicks, Nagata fires back as they continue to punish each other. Ishii is pissed now, absorbs the kicks, and drops Nagata with rights. Nagata fights back with a twister suplex, and they work up top and trade strikes. Ishii slides out and hits the last ride. He follows with clotheslines, takes Nagata up top and hits the delayed superplex for 2. Ishii hits a lariat to the back, but Nagata pulls the arm bar as he bleeds from the mouth. Ishii fights, and makes the ropes. Nagata follows with blistering kicks to the arm, hits the justice knee strike and takes Ishii up top. SUPER XPLODER by Nagata gets 2. The brain buster follows for another 2. They trade; German by Ishii, but Nagata pops up and hits an XPLODER. LARIAT by Ishii and both are down. They trade slaps now, my word they are just lighting each other up. They keep throwing and Nagata finally drops Ishii. Ishii catches the kick and follows with a head butt. The big lariat follows for 2. Nagata counters the brain buster and hits a Saito suplex for 2. Nagata hits a German, hits the kick and covers for 2 again. They trade slaps again, Nagata drops the kneepad, but runs into a lariat, but he kicks out at 1. Enziguri by Ishii, hits the sliding D and that gets 2. The brain buster follows and Nagata is finally done. Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yuji Nagata @ 21:40 via pin [****¼] This was an absolutely great main event match, delivering exactly what I hoped and wanted from it. Ishii always delivered, and Nagata turned back the hands of time once again, and showed that he can still bring it. This was a beautifully violent and hard hitting match, with the veteran proving why he’s still so respected, while Ishii moves on and scores an important win, but Nagata still leads the series 7-4. This was easily the best thing on night one.

– Round two will see:

* Ishii vs. Taichi
* Owens vs. YOSHI-HASHI

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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The 411 on Wrestling Podcast returns after a long hiatus to the 411 Podcasting Network. On today’s show, 411’s Larry Csonka discuses Jushin Liger’s retirement, Tommaso Ciampa’s neck injury, previews the WWE Fastlane PPV, and discusses his recent medical issues, which led to his absence in early 2019. The show is approximately 33 minutes long.

Liger – 3:30
Ciampa – 6:20
Fastlane – 9:40
Personal Update – 23:45

The final score: review Average
The 411
Night one of the 2019 NJ Cup wasn’t a blow away show by any means, but the final two matches were worth the watch, especially the main event.