The Chaos faction ruled the action on Night Nine of the New Japan Cup.
Chaos leader Kazuchika Okada took on NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay while Tomohiro Ishii faced off against Yoshi-Hashi for spots in the Semifinals of the tournament.
Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi started things off with a hard-hitting, ruthless bout that saw both men pushed to their limits.
Yoshi-Hashi turned away from the Sliding Clothesline but suffered a German Suplex instead as Ishii blocked his super kick. Yoshi-Hashi kicked out of a clothesline and a Sliding Clothesline. Yoshi-Hashi rolled up Ishii for another close pinfall as he lifted him up for a brain buster.
Yoshi-Hashi clobbered Ishii with a kick and a clothesline of his own but couldn’t capitalize by making a cover even with the crowd cheering him on.
An unstoppable Ishii would not be pinned by a Fisherman Buster or double knees to the chest. He would eventually defeat Yoshi-Hashi with his Brainbuster.
Okada and Ospreay has a similar match with each outwitting the other. Okada had the presence of mind to thwart an OsCutter suplexing Ospreay, however, Ospreay hit back reversing a Rainmaker Clothesline into a Spanish Fly for a very close pinfall.
Two Shooting Star Presses on Okada only scored Ospreay a two count. Ospreay went for the OsCutter again. Okada caught him with a drop kick to the chest. Two Tombstone Piledrivers and a Rainmaker put Ospreay away.
In the Semifinals, Okada will now take on Ishii.
In other matches:
Yuya Uemura, Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata defeated Yota Tsuji, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The Nagata Lock made Tsuji submit.
Ryusuke Taguchi, Mikey Nicholls and Juice Robinson beat Bullet Club (Hikuleo, Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale). Nicholls pinned Hikuleo with the Mikey Bomb. Owens taunted Robinson with the U.S. Championship belt.
Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Taichi and Minoru Suzuki) defeated Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin, Toru Yano and Togi Makabe. Taichi pinned Honma with a low-blow.
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Shingo Takagi, Bushi and Tetsuya Naito) beat Ren Narita, Hirooki Goto and Kota Ibushi. Shingo pinned Narita with the Pumping Bomber clothesline.
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Evil and Sanada) defeated Toa Henare and Colt Cabana. Henare was pinned with a Magic Killer.
Suzuki-gun (Taka Michinoku and Zack Sabre Jr.) beat Shota Umino and Hiroshi Tanahashi. ZSJ made Umino submit.