As we enter the second round of the New Japan Cup 2019, we begin the ask the question “Who wants it more?” Every competitor who walks through that curtain is hungry for glory, but who truly has that appetite to devour anyone in his way to get to that 10 pounds of gold at the end? This week we ask ourselves these questions with these two matchups.
Our first contest for the night pits the “Ace of New Japan”, Hiroshi Tanahashi, against “The Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi. On paper, this should be a breeze for Tanahashi. However, Taguchi, who was a replacement for David Finlay in the tournament, defeated the powerhouse Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Don’t let his silliness fool you. He is a former multi-time champion in both the singles and tag team divisions. It could all be mind games that he is playing on all. If Tanahashi isn’t careful, his chase on getting back at Jay White and reclaiming the title he lost last month will be over before he knows it.
In our main event for the evening, Zack Sabre Jr., who is 5-0 in tournament action and is looking to make it 6 straight wins in two years, takes on Kota Ibushi. Ibushi is not someone that ZSJ can just walk through with ease despite defeating him in last year’s New Japan Cup. “The Golden Star” dug down deep and pulled out an impressive win over the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Tetsyua Naito in first round action, but what damage did he suffer as a result? ZSJ is a master in submission holds and joint manipulation. If Ibushi shows any signs of injury, best be sure that the British Heavyweight Champion will make him TAP OUT.
New Japan Cup 2019 Round 2 Coverage continues THIS FRIDAY 8/7c!
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