Matches from NJPW New Japan Cup Day 3
1.Tanahashi vs Shota ***1/2
2.Sabre vs EVIL ***1/2
3.Naito vs Kota ****1/2
Day three of the tournament had three standout matches, all worth your time. This year's New Japan Cup is already shaping up to be one of the best ever.
We start with Tanahashi taking on one of the most talented youths on the roster, with Shota showing once more that he is going to be a big part of New Japan's future. I thought this one was really good, and I am eager to see what they do with Umino next. The near falls actually had me for a second, despite all logic saying not to bite. Tanahashi said that he didn't feel like the star of this one, so even the ace is in this kid's corner. Keep an eye on Shota.
LIJ's recent rivalry victory over Suzuki-gun had some great moments, and we get a bit of a reply here with Sabre and EVIL taking each other on again. I enjoyed the game they were playing here, and the counter work was nice. I love how stacked the roster is, which was once again highlighted with this one. Pretty good match.
To finish, Naito and Ibushi tried to kill each other in a MOTYC level clash. Keep in mind that the victory sets up a rematch, this time for the Intercontinental title. I loved the end-stretch in particular, and they both worked their asses off.
I know Kota is staying with NJPW for now and is wanting to break out of the Golden Lovers shadow that he was in last year, and stuff like this is the fastest way.
Watch all three of these.