IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada will meet Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito in the Semifinals of the New Japan Cup. In tournament action tonight Okada defeated Chima while Naito was victorious over Jeff Cobb.
Naito, who won the New Japan Cup in 2016, absorbed everything powerhouse Cobb could throw at him. Cobb even halted a Destino in mid-swing by just hurling Naito across the ring. Naito outsmarted Cobb by turning a Tour of the Islands into a sneaky roll-up.
In one of the best matches of the tournament Okada moved on by trouncing Cima with a Landside and Rainmaker Clothesline combination. All that I know is these two must meet for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. They would have one hell of a match. Okada and Chima bowed to each other after the match in a mutual show of respect.
Zack Sabre Jr. will now face Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi will fight his own Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate Hiromu Takahashi to decide who faces who in the other Semifinals match.
New Japan Cup Results Night 12
Yuto Nakashima, Ryohei Oiwa and Kosei Fujita versus Chaos (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii and YOH)
Yoh pins a Young Lion with a Falcon Arrow for the victory.
Winners: Chaos (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii and YOH)
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Satoshi Kojima versus Chaos (Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI)
Shoto pins Kojima.
Winners: Chaos (Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI)
The Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Jado) and Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato versus Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Gedo, Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo)
The faces come to the ring as a unified force all walking out together. Bullet Club stands their ground in the ring. The heels scatter when the faces enter the ring. Bullet Club hits the bricks when the bell rings. The Guerrillas and their allies cut them off on the entrance way from leaving the match. It’s clobbering time! Everyone brawls. Jado and Gedo fight. The Guerrillas pair off with Fale and Owens. The tag champs take on their eventual challengers Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo. Owens distracts the official so that Gedo can pop Jado with brass knuckles. Owens pins Jado with the C-Trigger knee strike.
Winners: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens, Gedo, Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo)
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and TAKA Michinoku) versus The House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO and Dick Togo)
Can they not give poor Taka one win? Yujiro pins him with Pimp Juice.
Winners: The House of Torture (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, SHO and Dick Togo)
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI) versus Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Tiger Mask
Takagi puts Honma away with a Pumping Bomber.
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI)
The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare) versus Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Taichi and DOUKI)
Henare pins Douki with Rampage and Streets of Rage.
Winners: The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Great-O-Khan and Aaron Henare)
Tetsuya Naito versus Jeff Cobb – New Japan Cup Match
Winner: Tetsuya Naito
Kazuchika Okada versus CIMA – New Japan Cup Match
Winner: Kazuchika Okada